New Yorkers are always looking for good seafood, and The Flying Fisherman, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is where it’s at. The room is large, but cozy. As you step-in you feel how casual it all is, but somehow they inject a bit of charm and warmth into the place which makes it perfect. Friendly hellos and smiles greet you at the door, which isn’t always the case at every New York City culinary establishment. But here, that’s standard.
I dined here recently and was seated in the window, with views of Columbus Avenue. The service was prompt, with a friendly gentleman greeting my table and taking cocktail orders. The cocktails at The Flying Fisherman are phenomenal, and all crafted by hand. You’ll find traditional offerings on the menu, as well as more innovative mixes.
Chef Juan Carlos Landazuri hails from Lima so you’ll find heavy Peruvian influences on the menu here – which is an amazing thing. As you read the menu you’ll peruse by their signature lobster roll, served on a buttery bun, ceviche, Jalea (Peruvian fried fish garnished with lemon), chowders and more. The oysters are always fresh and the shrimp cocktail, divine.
If you like your seafood more simple, don’t worry. You’ll see offerings of Faroe Island salmon, whole branzino, rock shrimp pasta and herb crusted chicken on the menu. One of my absolute favorite appetizers, and probably one of the best salads I’ve ever had, is the charred Boston lettuce – done with watermelon radish, avocado, fontina cheese, crispy mushrooms and mustard vinaigrette. If you’re in New York, whether local or visitor, don’t miss The Flying Fisherman.