At MarkJoseph, a Seafood Tower Minus the Ice

MarkJoseph Steakhouse has a different take on the seafood tower. Rather than going raw and cold, theirs is cooked. It includes fried clams, calamari, lobster tail, shrimp, and mussels, and it’s great, swears wingman.

For a more conventional version, many hounds turn to Balthazar (see also ChowNews #206, #210, #236, #238, #239). Its plateau de fruits de mer gets a lift from standout sauces, including mignonette and a tomatoey tarragon one, says MMRuth.

Others swear by raw bar favorite Aquagrill for its plateau or plateau Royale (oysters, clams, shrimp, periwinkles, mussels, lobster, more).

Orsay and L’Absinthe also erect hound-endorsed seafood towers.

MarkJoseph Steakhouse [South Street Seaport]

261 Water St., near Peck Slip, Manhattan

212-277-0020

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Balthazar [Soho]

80 Spring St., at Crosby, Manhattan

212-965-1785

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Aquagrill [Soho]

210 Spring St., at 6th Ave., Manhattan

212-274-0505

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Orsay Restaurant [Upper East Side]

1057 Lexington Ave., at E. 75th St., Manhattan

212-517-6400

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L’Absinthe [Upper East Side]

227 E. 67th St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves., Manhattan

212-794-4950

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