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Spicy Squid Tacos / Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
Spicy Squid Tacos / Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
September 09, 2015


Spicy Squid Taco

Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

Michael Chernow has brought his magical entreprenuerial touch from the Meatball Shop to his new NoLita restaurant, Seamore’s. The new seafood venture has become so popular since its early-summer opening that diners arriving past 7 p.m. can expect both a wait and a cacophonous dining room. Despite these drawbacks, I can’t help myself from coming back. I’ve been waiting for a seafood restaurant like this in New York for a long time. The menu packs all the right components, from raw-bar selections including ceviche and poke to tacos and sandwiches. With daily specials of both fish and sides, the selection is varied enough that each time I return, there’s something I want more of and something I want to try. I always crave the spicy squid taco with squid grilled on the plancha, cut and served over a bed of corn purée, kale, apple, cotija cheese and crushed corn nuts. An adobo-like sweet-and-spicy sauce gives it both structure and a kick. The blackened fish sandwich is another favorite, and then there’s the Reel Deal, comprising your choice of fish from the daily specials, a choice of sauce (I highly recommend the miso brown butter), three daily sides and greens.

I love the Reel Deal because it’s as close as I can get to fish and rice (a Hawaiian staple), and it’s even healthier given the abundance of included vegetables. For dessert, soft-serve from OddFellows completes the meal. Executive chef Gregg Drusinsky told us to look out for a new shrimp-and-brisket taco on the fall menu.


390 Broome St
New York, NY