Friday, August 8, 2008

Skate at BLT Fish (Sk8 is Gr8!)

As suggested by my good friend Laser McNeal, I ventured over to BLT Fish Shack on 17th and 5th Ave to try their skate, a dish I've never tried before. Let me begin with the accouterments. You are already A-OK in my book if you make your own tartar sauce in house and you cut your own fries. It's the simple things like this that make an establishment stand out. Even if your tartar sauce tastes like baby shit and your fries are better paper weights than food you're doing better than Sysco canned tartar cause and frozen fries. Luckily for me both were amazing. Fries dipped in tartar sauce... even better.

The skate is actually skate wings. It has a noticeable striation that was fun to peel apart. I was able to reserve the entire contents of my ramekin for the fries because this skate was perfectly cooked in oil and a little vinegar to give it a kick. The taste was similar to monk fish, which would make sense since they both are bottom dwellers that feed off of crustaceans. All washed down by a refreshing Blue Point Toasted Lager.

I will definitely come back for the impressive raw bar.


Heather D said...

What the fuck is skate? I've never heard of that. You're very exotic, Todd.

Anonymous said...

You really shouldn't be eating skate these days. It is extremely overfished. Most are caught with bottom trawls, which result in high levels of accidental catch and substantial damage to the seafloor.