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Bait & Hook Seafood Bar
Dining Style: Casual
Location: 231 Second Avenue, at 14th Street, New York, NY 10003
Consulting Chef: Dave Martin (www.chefdavemartin.com)
Chef de Cuisine: Angela Dimino
Seating Capacity: 49 total, including 10 bar stools; plus, 49 sidewalk seats, weather permitting
Reservations: Yes, OpenTable.com and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: No/Yes
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hours of Service:
Monday – Wednesday, 3pm – 11pm
Thursday, 3pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Daily Happy Hour, 3pm – 7pm
Raw Bar/Starters: $2.50 – 13
Chowda’ & Greens: $8 – 11
Sandwiches & Burgers: $15 – 22
Larger Plates: $16 – 18 (Average $17)
Sides: $5 – 6
Dessert: $5 – 6
Signature Cocktails: $12
Wine: $8 – 12/glass; $33 – 36/bottle
Kung Pao Calamari $9
New England Style Clam Chowda’ $8
B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips $15
Dave’s Lobster Mac $18
La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken $16
If you are craving serious seafood without the fuss, look no further than Bait & Hook Seafood Bar, a newly revamped, casual bar/restaurant where seafood is the star. After two years of providing the neighborhood with an accessible seafood shack, the owners of this busy corner space reached out to Chef and Consultant Dave Martin to kick-up the concept. Dave, a Top Chef Alum, who has his own product line, Dave’s Homemade, and works on food and retail projects nationwide, enthusiastically accepted the challenge to bring Bait & Hook’s menu to a new level. The everyday seafood bar now offers the complete package – a relaxed vibe for a quick, satisfying bite, affordable date or group gathering at friendly prices.
It also offers one of the best martinis in Manhattan: 10 ounces of liquid heaven, served in a beautiful glass at $12 for Grey Goose Vodka,
Located on the north edge of the East Village, Bait & Hook (49 seats, including 10 at the bar) is the ideal destination for tasty seafood in a cozy environment. Whether you’re chilling with a cool cocktail or wine at the bar, you’ll always feel welcome in the laid-back atmosphere. Hang out and enjoy an ice-cold brew while watching your favorite game on one of the big screens, or enjoy full table service along the windowed street side. Sidewalk seating (49 seats) will be available weather permitting.
The chef has created a fun menu at Bait & Hook that will reel in diners and keep them as regulars. There is no compromising when it comes to ingredients; the menu has been created using quality fixings, such as chicken from La Pera Bros, sustainable seafood from Bronx Fish, and American Wagyu from DeBragga. All of Bait & Hook’s sauces are made in-house, and the menu offers several gluten-free options, as well as organic ingredients in the selections.
The Old School Lobster Roll, above, ($22) combines Fresh Lobster with your choice of Roasted Garlic Aioli or Drawn Butter in New England Style Hot Dog Bun with simplicity and perfection. Never had better in Manhattan.
The seafood driven menu begins with crave-able starters, like the signature Kung Pao Calamari, pictured below, ($9) with Spicy Sauce, Peanuts & Dried Chillis. If you like it hot, your name is written on this dish (don’t miss it). His unique New England Style Clam Chowda’ ($8) is made with Lobster Stock and Zero Flour. From the Sandwiches & Burgers, guests will love his B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips ($15) – Line Caught Cod, Served Pan Roasted or Fried on a Brioche Bun; as well as B&H Wagyu Burger ($15) with Irish White Cheddar. Larger Plates include Dave’s Lobster Mac ($18) – Fresh Lobster, Fontina, Romano, Shallots, Sherry & Slow Cooked Cream. A must order! Other larger options, such as Ginger Organic Salmon ($18) with Apple, Shallot & Brandy Glaze could hold court in a restaurant with far higher prices (truly elegant); and La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken ($16) – Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken with Spicy Hot Sauce (fried to order; the chickens come from Local Farms and are Free Range and Veggie Fed) are served with a choice of two tasty sides, such as Creamy Parmesan Grits ($5) and Garlicky Spinach ($6), making it a complete meal.
For those seeking a lighter bite, fresh East Coast Oysters ($2.50 each) with Pomegranate Mignonette and House Made Cocktail Sauce are as fresh and briny as it gets ; and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13) are excellent Raw Bar options. Bait & Hook’s Street Tacos are also crowd pleasers, coming three to an order with either Roasted Shrimp ($10), Baja Style Fish ($9), or Free Range Chicken (9). The fish tacos are our recommendation. Awesome Finger Food, such as Fried Free Range Chicken Thighs ($10) with choice of Kung Pao or Spicy Hot Sauce served with Groovy Gorgonzola for dipping, offer ultimate comfort on a plate. Finish up with The Sweet Stuff, including Memma’s Triple Chocolate Brownie ($6).
Bait & Hook’s bar program features Signature Cocktails, such as Cabin Boy ($12) – Patron Silver, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon& Lime Juice with Prickly Pear Puree. Select bottled and draft beer ($6 each), including its own private house brew, Bait &Hook Lager, are available, plus a small, approachable international wine list ($8-12/glass; $33-36/bottle). Daily Happy Hour offers $1 oysters, $3 fish tacos, $5 beer, $6 mixed drinks and more!
Bait and Hook is open daily for lunch and dinner. Whenever you check it out, you’re in for a good time, no phony attitude and gratifying food. A real NY experience and especially recommended to our out of town and foreign readers.
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Dave Martin was born and raised in Southern California and fell in love with food at an early age watching his mother, father and grandmother make everything from scratch. After graduating from The University of Redlands, Dave ventured into the world of technology, but his love for food remained firm. When the tech bubble burst in 2000, Dave took this opportunity to pursue his real passion – cooking. He went back to culinary school and added French training to the cooking skills he’d garnered from cooking and baking with his family over the years.
In 2006, Dave took a chance on a new reality show called Top Chef. The show proved to be an incredible opportunity for him where he was able to show that he could thrive under pressure. Viewers fell in love with Dave’s personality along with his ability to transform old school dishes into updated comfort food classics. After making it to the finale, Dave found himself and his food continually in the spotlight.
Dave went on to consult for restaurants in New York, Boston and California. He set-up Crave on 42nd, revamped VYNL, launched The Meatball Factory, helped out Sweetleaf & The Thinking Cup and worked with The Perfect Puree creating new menu ideas for California Pizza Kitchen. He even launched The Frying Dutchman a gourmet French fry truck with dozens of crazy sauces in NYC.
In 2009, Dave’s desire to reach the masses pushed him to publish his first cookbook, Dave’s Homemade, Volume 1 followed up in 2010 with Volume 2 thanks to popular demand. In 2012, he introduced Dave’s Homemade, his chef inspired line of artisanal sauces and rubs that can help any home cook elevate what they’re making at home.
Today along with his hectic schedule of consulting, teaching, private appearances and event production- Dave serves as Brand Ambassador for Messermeister Knives, Certified Angus Beef Brand®, The Perfect Puree® of Napa Valley Nueske’s& Row Eleven Wines. Dave’s ability to connect with audiences in person, on TV, and in the media makes him a valuable asset in promoting the brands that he loves. He has worked with Tabasco for on-air television promotions along with producing food/beverage media and influencer events for Ultimat Vodka (by Patron) and Johnnie Walker.
Dave is a firm believer in giving back to the community and supports several charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House- NYC, Impact Network and he currently serves on the board for Let it Flow which builds clean water and sanitation stations in Third World countries.
Dave is proud to be “Fast Food Sober” for almost 9 years and is an avid promoter, supporter and advocate for a healthier lifestyle through cooking with fresh, real ingredients.
STARTERS AND FINGER FOOD
Mucho Mussels $10
Prince Edward Island Mussels with Basil, Tomato, White Wine & Garlic.
Kung Pao Calamari $9
Crispy Calamari is Tossed With our Spicy Kung Pao Sauce, Peanuts & Dried Chilis.
Jumbo Coconut Prawns $13
Crispy Fried Prawns in Toasted Coconut served with Dijon & Apricot Preserves.
Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip $13
Crab, Artichoke Hearts, Cream Cheese, Parmesan, Chipotle Tabasco
& Lemon with Toast Points.
Little Bites $13
Free Range Chicken Thighs or B & H Wagyu Mini Burgers Served on Mini Brioche Buns with Sea
Salt & Malt Vinegar Fries.
Fried Free Range Chicken Thighs $10
Think Wings but a lot more meat with your choice of Kung Pao or Spicy Hot Sauce serve with Groovy Gorgonzola for dipping.
Notoriously BIG Nachos $10
Crispy Blue Corn Chips, Refried Black Beans, Sharp Cheddar, Pickled Jalapenos, Tomato, Cilantro, Sour Cream and Fresno Chili & Guajillo Sauce. Add shrimp $6.
Fresh Oysters $2.50 each
Pick your Poison: Pomegranate Mignonette or House Made Cocktail Sauce
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail $13
5 Jumbo Shrimp and House Made Cocktail Sauce.
Roasted Shrimp $10 – Baja Style Fish $9 – Free Range Chicken $9
Blue Corn Tortillas with Onion, Cilantro, Taco Sauce & Cabbage on the side
CHOWDA’ & GREENS
New England Style Clam Chowda’ $8
Clams, Turkey Bacon, Sweet Onions, Roasted New Potatoes, Thyme,
Lobster Stock & Cream.
The Wonderful Wedge $11
Romaine Lettuce, Applewood Bacon, Crispy Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes & Groovy Gorgonzola & Buttermilk
Dressing. Add Shrimp $6.
Simple Salad (Version 5.0) $10
Mixed Field Greens, Dried Cherries, Nutmeg Walnuts, Goat Cheese with a Tangy Pomegranate, Lime & Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
SANDWICHES & BURGERS
Comes with salt & vinegar fries
Old School Lobster Roll $22
Fresh Lobster with your choice of Roasted Garlic Aioli or Drawn Butter in New England Style Hot Dog Bun.
B & H Wagyu Burger $15
American Wagyu Beef With Irish White Cheddar, Romaine, Tomato & Red Onion on a Brioche Bun
Add Applewood Bacon $1.
B & H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips $15
Line Caught Cod. Your choice of Pan Roasted or Fried on Brioche Bun with Romaine, Tomato & Red Onion with house made Aioli. Fish & Chips is without the bun and sandwich garnish.
Dave’s Lobster Mac $18
Fresh Lobster, Fontina, Romano, Shallots, Sherry & Slow Cooked Cream.
Gingered Organic Salmon* $18
Ginger Rubbed Line Caught Salmon finished with Apple, Shallot & Brandy Glaze
Miso Butter Glazed Cod* $17
Red Miso, Riesling & Mirin Over Line Caught Cod.
La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken* $16
Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken With Spicy Hot Sauce
**Our Chicken is Fried to Order and Takes Up to 15 Minutes**
*Comes with your choice of two sides
Salt & Vinegar Fries $5
Garlicky Spinach $6
Creamy Parmesan Grits $5
Roasted Asparagus $6
THE SWEET STUFF
Memma’s Triple Chocolate Chunk Brownie $6
Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate & Cocoa make this the perfect Brownie.
Baci Gelato & Sorbet $5
Made Locally and Delish **Ask Your Server for This Week’s Flavors**
BOTTLED BEER $6
Amstel Light, Corona Extra, Harpoon Seasonal, Mermaid Pilsner, Ommegang Witte, Wheat Ale
DRAFT BEER $6
Bait & Hook Lager (Our Private House Brew), Stella Artois, Goose Island IPA, Corona Light, Guinness, Landshark, Magic Hat #9, Sam Adams Seasonal, Bud Light, Brooklyn Lager, Angry Orchard – Cider, Amstel Light, Lagunitas IPA, Heineken and Shock Top
Pinot Noir, Seaglass, Santa Barbara, CA $9/$36
Merlot, Red Diamond, Washington State $9/$36
Malbec, Diseno, Mendoza, Argentina $8/$33
Pinot Grigio, Villa Pozzi, Sicily, Italy $8/$33
Sauvignon Blanc, Epica Chile $9/$36
Chardonnay, Hidden Crush Santa, Lucia Highlands, CA $9/$36
Riesling, Hosmer, Finger Lakes, NY $9/$34
ROSE & SPARKLING
Sparkling, Mionetto Prosecco, 187mL, Veneto, Italy $12
Rose, Listel, Provence, France $8/$33
Cabin Boy $12
Patron Silver, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice with Prickly Pear Puree
Sapphire Gin, Rosemary Syrup and Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Jack Daniels, Coca Cola & Cherry Puree
Crow’s Nest $12
Grey Goose Vodka, house made Lemonade & Blackberries
Sailor Jersey Spiced Rum, Mango Puree & Nutmeg Syrup