While I was looking for a causal seafood restaurant on a Saturday night, I came across their Yelp! special so decided to go an try it. I have a soft spot for fish shacks so I was happy to hear about the Sagaponack, specially because it is a short walk from where I live.
It's right of Fifth avenue on 22nd Street. Locations is two level with a front dining area, bar area, back dining area and an upstairs room for either busy nights or private parties of about fifth people. As soon as you enter you think you are somewhere in the Hamptons. Decor is seaside-chic with framed starfish art to large glass jars full of sand and shells. Tables are nicely spaced to give you a comfortable room as well as somewhat privacy from your neighbors.
For a Saturday night it was pretty quiet. Maybe four or five tables and about half a dozen people were sitting at the bar. There is an ATM at the back next to the bathrooms which was great because they had the special Yelp deal for cash.
Service was great, they offered us any table we wanted so we selected a table in the back dining room. Our server explained the menu and even though there weren't any daily specials, she told us their specialties and customer favorites.
We decided on the Seared White Tune Tataki at $12 and Duck Confit & Mushroom Duxelle Dumplings at $8 for starters. Lobster Roll With Homemade Shoe String Fries & Mixed Green at $26 to share for our mid-course. Filet Au Povire at $24 and Spicy Miso Bouillabaisse at $21 for our main courses. Starters were okay, nothing to write home about but the lobster roll, wow! It was amazing. Yes, it is kind of pricey but you have to see the amount of lobster that goes in to this roll. Also it's not full of mayo as some other place where you can't even taste the lobster. Also the main courses were delicious; you should specify how spicy you want your Bouillabaisse because it does come spicy so if you want mild you should mention it while ordering.
They also have a nice list of reasonably priced but quality wine selection starting at $25 and up to $100. If you don't want to order a bottle you can also have a variety of wine by the glass. We had a great bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from NZ but next time I may just order my lobster roll with a cold bottle of beer. They have half a dozen of drafts and about dozen or so bottled beers, both local and imported for every taste.
Clearly we were stuffed but happy with our choices so there wasn't any room left for dessert but there are definite possibilities for those of you with room left after a generous meal. For our next visit we already picked out few dishes that sounded really good like: Seared Turbot Wrapped In Potato Crust, Slow Braised Korean Short Rib, Pan Roasted Crispy Skate and the Charred Octopus Spring Rolls.
Overall we immensely enjoyed our dinner; food was great, service was fantastic and it is a really comfortable environment without any loud music or crowds. They also serve an amazing selection for lunch, both eat in and take out so remember to take menu with you. Lunch also offers East End rolls like Crab, Lobster, Oyster and Shrimp Rolls as well as a Taco Bar so that's something to think about when you work or live in the area.
Sagaponack Bar & Grill
4 West 22nd Street
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10010