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Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

Perfect For: Big Groups

Docks' former location on the Upper West Side used to be my family's go-to Mother's Day spot. Mostly out of convenience, but also because my little cousin Jane, who you met in the Cookies Across The City video, loves their lobster. We went again this year, only to find that a new Accademia Di Vino has taken over the space. Who gave that joint the go-ahead to breed?

Instead of ripping apart another Accademia establishment, I figured we'd drop a little arial font on Docks' lone surviving East Side establishment and the site of the Betty White/Jay-Z SNL after-party we went to a couple of weeks ago. Out of respect to family tradition and my Grandmother, who used to frequent the UWS Docks, I won't rip it apart. I'll also refrain from objectifying the rear end in this review, something Grandma tells me I do too much.

Docks is the furthest thing from a hip, happening restaurant. It's packed with old people and the after work crowd. It serves a purpose for the average Grand Central commuter who isn't baller enough to get into Cipriani, but still wants to spend big money on mediocre food. When dinner at The Cheesecake Factory is the norm, I guess Docks looks pretty good. If you find yourself in the area and hungry for a quick beer and some raw bar action, stick to the basics (oysters, clam chowder, grilled tuna) and you'll be fine. Just don't get ambitious and start pissing money away on steaks. We could think of a few better ways to drop forty bucks.

Food Rundown:

Oysters
The last time we were here we had some of the worst oysters ever. Considering they were consumed at 3am, we'll give Docks a pass on this one. Their raw bar is usually fresh and quite reliable.

Fried Calamari
Completely Inedible. Resist the temptation.

New England Clam Chowder
Docks has a very good clam chowder with a nice thick broth that's loaded with clams. Definitely order this.

Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna
A safe bet, which is the road we suggest taking. I've eaten this here plenty, and have never been overly impressed or overly disappointed. Generally, all the grilled fish options are solid, but unspectacular.

Lobster
Jane claims this is the greatest lobster ever. Then again, she says this about every lobster she eats, so that doesn't give you much to go on. On our last visit, the chilled lobster was spot on...fresh, rich and delicious. Check out the twit pic .

Organic Scottish Salmon
Served with a Moroccan chickpea puree and crisp fennel salad, this salmon tastes exactly how you'd expect it to taste. Like salmon. Simple and generic. Next.

Seafood Cobb Salad
I've gotta put this in here because it's Grandma's favorite. She loves her mixture of lobster, crabmeat and shrimp salad. On a warm summer day, this can be a really nice treat.

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