We ventured out in the rain (yes, more rain) on Friday night to continue working our way through the list. Inspired by a quick bite (delicious crab and artichoke dip) at Ed’s Lobster Bar earlier in the week and in keeping with my “reservation free” summer dining policy, I opted for Mary’s Fish Camp.
We arrived at 7:15 expecting a wait and were seated immediately. The restaurant is dingy and cramped in the most charming of ways. You might expect to find Mary’s tucked away in a New England coastal town rather than on a quintessential West Village corner.
To start, we split an order of the peekytoe crab beignets with key lime aioli. I would have preferred a more discernible crab flavor and the dense consistency reminded me more of a hush puppy than a beignet. The beignets were enjoyable, but I would recommend venturing elsewhere on the starter menu.
We had no such complaints about our entrees – summer flounder tacos with pico de gallo and chipotle aioli for me and a lobster roll with french fries for my husband. Both were excellent and perfectly suited to be enjoyed on a warm summer night. My husband washed his meal down with a can of NY-state brewed Porkslap Farmhouse ale, which he enjoyed, particularly for $4.
Our only qualm with dinner was the $30 price tag on the lobster roll (my tacos were a reasonable $18), but that’s more of a reflection on NYC than on Mary’s.
After all but licking our plates, we finished our meal with bread pudding served with hot buttered rum sauce and pecans. I would have preferred a more summery dessert (sadly, the peach cobbler that was advertised on the chalkboard was not available), but the bread pudding was good if a tad sweet.
I highly recommend a trip to Mary’s in these last lazy, hazy days of summer, before the natives return from the Hamptons and you have to wait an hour for a table. Camps are meant for summer, after all.