Months after opening, there was still no sign outside restaurateur Michael Schlow’s seafood spot—designed to be a hidden gem. Word is out, though the candlelit tasting room still exudes the charm of an undiscovered find. (Also: date night with soft jazz and sake cocktails from a tableside bar cart.) A model parade of seafood dishes—raw to gently cooked—arrive in three prix fixe options. The wallet-friendly $45 tasting might include tuna poke and octopus salad with fermented chilies and mango, while a $135 splurge can bring gin-spritzed oysters and hamachi crowned with uni and caviar. If the ambience doesn’t make you swoon, the crab risotto will. Expensive to very expensive.
Also great: Arctic-char crudo with celery and chilies; snapper ceviche with purple potato; sweet shrimp crostini with lardo; Negroni-san (sake, gin, plum wine).