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Friday, August 04, 2006

For a Taste of the Beach Head to Williamsburg's Surf Bar

Maybe this isn't your weekend for the beach house on Fire Island? Don't despair. Surf Bar will make you feel like you're in a tropical paradise replete with sandy floors, beach kitsch and an expansive garden deck with tiki lights. A sun-bleached surfer in Jams wouldn't be out of place.

Specializing in an eclectic menu of seafood, I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness, prices and taste in the no frills food. Calamari, easily overcooked, was nice and tender in the salad of mixed greens. I also tried the seafood gumbo where plump shrimp, scallops and other fish were served on a skewer in a chunky tomato sauce, accompanied by fried corn meal. The fried yucca and sweet potato fries made tasty side dishes while one of my dining companions proclaimed that his whole sea bass done "Costa Rican" style may have been the best he's had. The peel and eat jumbo shrimp in Old Bay seasoning was a treat as well. For dessert we tried the "ridiculously" (the waitress's words) chocolate ice cream which tasted just normal to me.

Overall Surf Bar is a fun, laid back place. For the summer time it's perfect and in the winter I can see it coming in handy to fight off the February blues.

Surf Bar is located at 139 N. 6th St., (718) 302-4441


Blogger meresy_g said...

Finding a good seafood restaurant to so hard, there are so many bad ones. My in laws LOVE Red Lobster but I always have an excuse if they suggest going there for a special occasion. I'd rather take a long car trip with Sean Hannity than eat at Red Lobster. Ewwww.

10:21 AM

Anonymous Pimpin Wils said...

Is that all I am to you..."one of my dining companions"?

It was seriously the best sea bass I've ever had. Period. Print.

8:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good food, well priced, noise level a bit too high.....unfortunately the beach atmosphere was taken away by the serious lack of heat in the dining room....besides that a good experience..

8:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the food is quite good. Last night Bob Marley played on the stereo while some 60's beach movie played on the screen. IT was very relaxing. Then someone would open the door and momentarily bring us back to winter in NY with a fresh Brick! Breeze. Then, just as my party was leaving somebody put on a record by The Postal Service... ... ... try the Crab/corn chowdah, or the NE Clam in a bread bowl.

12:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how their lobster roll was voted "Best in NYC" by New York Magazine. It was mostly mayonnaise and had only a few tiny pieces of lobster. They spent more on the hot dog roll and Lay's chips than lobster. At fourteen dollars, this is insulting.

6:09 PM


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