Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
01/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Noisy, dingy, and cramp little hole-in-the-wall with rude and absent service and a comically overpriced menu. It's a shame I have to give it a star. To top it all off, I wouldn't recommend the food to anyone. Wish I could get that hour of my life back
06/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Overcrowded. You know something’s wrong when the tables are so close that they need to be pulled into the center of the room to get up. Good if you want to hear every word of your neighbor’s conversation though. They only reason people wait in line is because it’s in a cool neighborhood.
Overpriced. $30 for a lobster roll? And with tables jammed so close are they are paying high rent or could it be that we sense certain greed and arrogance?
Safety. My girlfriend’s $600 cashmere shawl was damaged by a space heater temporarily placed in the exact spot the host directed me to leave our personal effects. If our dinner had lasted longer the shawl could have set on fire and sent the dozens of customers in the over capacity space climbing over tables to get to the single exit.
Arrogance. Despite our complaint, the owner Mary Redding failed to attempt any reasonable repair to the damage. She expressed no concern about our strong dissatisfaction about the damage itself and about the way she has been treating us as customers.
05/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I love Mary's! We always end up wandering over here in the summer when waiting on the line isn't so bad in good weather. Before it opens, there is always a line of people outside waiting to get in, but it's definitely worth the wait. Inside is a cozy fish shack with a few tables and seats at the bar to eat, and we prefer the bar. We usually split a few things- but the lobster roll is the staple we absolutely love. Its fresh, flavorful and a nice size. We also like their wine selection and desserts. Great, laid back atmosphere with yummy food.
12/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was there last week with my girlfriend, we sat at the bar and ordered the Lobster Knuckles, Oysters, French Lentils and a Whole Black Bass. Lobster excellent, oysters excellent, lentils excellent (however, we asked the server what the green was in the salad and she said it was parsley when we were thinking it was either Kale or Collards - it was Kale...like really parsley) The disaster arrived with the fish, it was practically raw - we told our server after filleting the fish completely and she took the fish back - no apologizes - we sat patiently waiting (thinking we were going to get a entirely new fish) NO the same fish came back, entirely mutilated, and VERY over cooked. You are a fish restaurant and you can not cook fish properly? In these rough economic times you expect the restaurant of this size to take the extra effort to accommodate their guests, there was no apology nothing. The Chef is standing arms distance from us and she did not even acknowledge that the kitchen screwed up. A simple apology would have made a world of difference, you are a Fish restaurant in a quaint space, the patrons expects more from the staff and chef. We love good food and will give them another chance, but I will not recommend this to a friend until we return and have a good experience.
05/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
hard to fault such a fantastic restuarant, get there early or be prepare to wait, first come first come first serve, a real gem in the west village crown. excellent specials and vary day to day, Lobster roll the best in new york by far. pan friend cod sandwich another fave, but try the corn in chesse its the dogs bollocks
12/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place was a big disappointment, mostly because of the rude service. We had to wait over an hour to be seated, of course, and by the time we ordered they were out of lobster rolls. Whatever- that's not such a big deal. What was astounding was that they asked the couple next to us to LEAVE while they were drinking their coffee (you should have seen the looks on their faces). Then, minutes after we signed the credit card slip and received our cappuccinos, they did the same to US! I looked at the door, expecting to see a line around the corner, but there were only 2 people waiting for a table (it was pretty late).
I'm sorry. I understand that somehow it's become ""acceptable"" in some places to ask customers to leave your restaurant once they've paid their bill. But I think it's bad manners, and violating some kind of unspoken restaurant-patron agreement. Allowing people to drink their coffee in peace, is part the cost of doing business. It's part of the agreement we make when i wait and hour and a half for overpriced risotto-- that i will be able to at least not be p*ssed off and angry when i leave. That's all i ask.
Even if the food and service had been fantastic (which it wasn't), asking people to leave immediately after they pay the bill is a sure-fire way to make sure they are angry and have a bad impression about the entire experience. Just on principle, I won't be patronizing any restaurant that thinks it's ok to take your money and rush you out the door.
12/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is one of my all time favorite places to eat. Each time I have eaten there the food has been amazing. It is perfect for a date or a night with good friends. The fish dishes are tasty, fresh and presented beautifully. Everything from the service, decor, food and wine is tasteful a delight to the senses.
09/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
That last review could have been written by me (I swear it wasn't!). I went to Mary's tonight. We arrived on the early side and were told by the very nice hostess that it would be about a twenty minute wait. We got a drink and waited on the bench outside. Eventually we got our table and proceeded to wait...and wait...and wait. Three tables that were seated after us had their orders taken first. Finally the waitress (dark hair, dark glasess) came over and rudely said ""Do you know what you want?"" as if she'd been waiting for us to make up our minds. She returned about five minutes later, dropped the food on our table and never came back again until she rushed us out the door when we had barely swallowed our last bite. Only when we were leaving, did we hear her telling others of the night's specials, how much the lobster roll cost that night, etc. We didn't get any of this.
All in all, it was a good meal, but it sounds like there might be an issue with this waitress.
08/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We ate here last night and aren't going to rush back anytime soon. Overall, the food is decent: good lobster rolls, fish is well prepared, oysters so-so. It's on par with a beach seafood house from somewhere like the Jersey shore (okay, a bit better--my wife says it's pretty good actually, and she's a foodie).
As for service, the hostess was really nice, but the waitress was pretty bad (the dark-haired, dark glasses wearing one). She basically walks away before you're done speaking and appears to be completely detached, as if she doesn't want to be there. For example, she rushed off before we could even order an appetizer. We witnessed her doing this multiple times with other customers as well. For those who don't care about service, this isn't a big deal, I know. But if you do care, expect something like this (which happened):
Customer: Do you have espresso or anything else besides coffee?
(The waitress taking plates from their table, detached, looking around a bit, and looks at the customer as he finishes the sentence with the word ""coffee)
Waitress: Coffee? Okay.
(Waitress starts walking away)
Customer: No, no...(repeats question)
Waitress: Yes (walks away quickly)
I mean, c'mon! If you don't want to be there, get a different job! Anyway, the music was also cranked really loud, which was bizarre. My wife and I had to kind of shout to one another.
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
GREAT, fresh food and our server was friendly and helpful. Delicious mussels with fennel, conch soup was just OK (not much conch) but the lobster rolls were to die for. The guy sitting next to us even ordered four to go! Be ready to wait (ours was about 45 mins) but well worth it. Unlike anything else in the city.
03/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Was just there last night, is just as the editorial review states it is PLUS extremely nice waitstaff, unheard of in ny levels of niceness. I was impressed by the food, having sampled the rich lump crab meat gratin and chunky, delish lobster roll. Thumbs up!
12/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We'd heard such great things about Mary's Fish Camp and were very excited to try it. The Crab Au Gratin appetizer was excellent, but it was downhill from there. The Lobster Risotto was mushy and bland with rubbery lobster. The Montauk Skate was doused with so much lemon it was hard to taste anything else. Though I will say that the greens were good and the texture of the fish was excellent. The hot fudge sunday was embarrassing - not hot at all and tasted almost entirely of the peppermint candy cane crumbled into it. The wait staff was just fine (though they forgot to bring us coffee).
06/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Mary's Fish Camp several times as I live in the neighborhood, just a mere 4 block away from the restaurant, and I can say the they have been consistent on 2 things. First, the lobster roll has always been good, second would be the service has always been rude and the waitress will talk down on you. After several years of going to this restaurant, I have just had it when I went this weekend. I had a $89 lunch bill for 2 persons, gave the waitress $120 so she could give me change so I could leave a $18 tip (20%). She only gave me back $11 change, when I told her (in a nice way) that I left $120, she remarked ""Oh I'm sorry, you wanted the $20 back?"" for everyone to hear. I just said yes, left the tip and exited quietly. I have never heard of the waitstaff deliberately not giving back the change to take as tip. That was the last straw from the rudeness of the wait staff that I will get and never again will I come back. Each time I went back in the past I hoped that I could get past the rudeness but, nope. I travel to New England often and nothing beats the lobster over there.
05/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We wanted to head to the Greenwich Village area (West Village) to check it out & eat dinner. Did research to find just the right restaurant. Had 2 choices, Mary's won hands down! Came late, so no lines. Got a table right away. Food is excellent and worth the prices. Top quality seafood, great choices and unpretentious atmosphere with very knowledgeable staff. Simple, plain, very casual, great food! A must if you are in the area! www.marysfishcamp dot com.
I loved my first visit to the fish-camp. I read the reviews and was worried that I may be in for a bad experience. Not so... We were greeted with chic attitude sans rudeness. Our food was nothing short of amazing. I had the crab sandwich and my B/F had something I normally would not have gone for, but I tried it and wished I had had it too. Our experience was that of a truly west village, intimate affair. For those of you looking for over the top, upper east side service, you should stay in your own neighborhood. Mary's fish camp is a real village experience and if you don't like it go home.
My boyfriend and I finally had the chance to check out this restaurant. We walked in and were seated immediately and we had 4-5 different fun happy people coming to check on us during our meal. I ordered the ""Montauk Skate fin"" (or filet?) that sounded really exotic?something definitely out of my ""safe zone."" The skate fin turned out to be a lemony, zesty dish that was an unforgettable taste experience. So good and so different! The prices were reasonable, and (as a west village resident) I am sick of cookie-cutter ""fancy"" restaurants?mary's really surprised me with its original taste and fun atmosphere! I can't wait to go back and try other menu items soon.
02/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I love Mary's Fish Camp. They have the greatest lobster roll that I have ever tasted. So, this past Saturday I decided to satisfy my craving and head over there. I arrived at 10pm and the hostess turned my friend and me away at the door saying that they were only open for another 55 minutes and had other tables waiting to be seated! What the hell kind of business is that? If you have a table willing to come in pay for appetizers, 25 bucks each for a lobster roll plus a bottle of wine and dessert, how can you possibly turn away that kind of business?
I will go back....but, lose the attitude and seat all of your gracious customers who are willing to pay the money to eat there!
01/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My bf and I went to Mary's Fish Camp on a Tuesday night - we figured we had a better chance of getting seated w/o a long wait if we went earlier in the week - and we were right! We waited no more than 10 minutes and got great seats at the bar. The hostess was very friendly and recommended a decent bottle of white wine. The first dish we had was the salt crusted shrimp - seasoned to perfection! Then we had the fried clams and oysters - which were good, but the fried oysters I had at Pearl's definitely beat out these oysters. Then there was the Spicy Florida Conch Chowder - from my experience - chowder is thick, this was more like a broth. It really lacked any rich flavor - tasted like water w/ hot sauce...but maybe that's being too harsh. Let's just say, I wouldn't order it again. The grilled seabass was just ok (not as terrible as Pearl's), but not something to rave about or order again. The sides were what stood out - the grilled haricot verts, brussel sprouts w/ bacon, and the fries - all must tries! At this point, we were pretty full, but not quite satisfied. The two diners sitting to our left had the bouillabaise and were extremely happy with it - so we decided to give it a go. What a good call! The bouillabaise was so flavorful w/ fresh seafood (lobster, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and squid). But then we ended w/ the hot fudge sundae - the peanut brittle was a nice touch, but the whipped cream and hot fudge were disappointing. A rollercoaster meal, but now I know what to get next time!
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No