My second visit to Catch, one of two restaurants in Manhattan by Chef Hung Huynh (winner of Top Chef Season 3), was even better than the first. I had back-to-back dinners planned for the evening, so I started early with a 5:30pm res at Catch. Within 15 minutes of being seated, the entire second floor was filled. The meal kicked off with a crisp bottle of Abraxas from Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa — a delicious blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Gewurtztraminer. The hints of Asian pear and lychee in the wine went really well with the seafood we ate. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the raw fish dishes (salmon belly carpaccio, hamachi tartare, tuna tartare, ceviche), the sauteed snapper (the fish was cooked perfectly and the lobster mash is to die for), and the desserts (the warm apple pie & chocolate brownie cake blew my mind and I’m not usually a big dessert fan). Hands down, the best dish of the night was the dungeoness crab spaghetti — one of the best seafood pastas I’ve ever eaten!

Catch: 21 Ninth Avenue (at West 13th Street)


Abraxas Vin de Terrior – Robert Sinskey Vineyards


Salmon Belly Carpaccio (Watercress, Sweet & Sour Onion, Yuzu)


Hamachi Tartare (Pear, Avocado, Potato Chips)


Ceviche (Shrimp, Snapper, Orange)


Tuna Tartare, Crunchy Rice Cakes, Wasabi Tobiko


Dungeoness Crab Spaghetti (Tomato, Scallion, Flying Fish Roe)


Sautéed Snapper (Lobster Mash, Truffle, Lemon Brown-Butter)