Hell's Kitchen has a new seafood joint. What was once Agua Dulce is now Pier 9, not to be confused with Nine, the restaurant next door, with the same owner and chef. At Pier 9, chef Eric Hara is serving up some pretty good seafood fare.
Skip the deviled lobster eggs ($10), the lobster is pretty much non-existent, and the dish should be relabeled "deviled eggs". Razor clams ($11) are fine, but nothing too exciting.
Instead order some fresh oysters and the grilled Spanish Octopus ($12). The oysters are fresh and splendid, the octopus is perfect.
If you are a fan of hot dogs (I am not), then you might try the Chicago style lobster dog ($17), it didn't tickle my fancy, but it might tickle yours.
The one dish I highly recommend though at Pier 9 is the grilled lobster. My dining companions and myself went gaga for this crustacean. I bet Lady Gaga would go gaga over it too. It was wonderful
If you are a sea urchin lover like myself, then you might dabble in the sea urchin carbonara ($20), it was fine and dandy.
You can end with the S'mores donut ($7), a Holey cream donut with marshmallow filling and s'mores ice cream. It's a sweet and fine dessert, but I prefer a donut made in-house as opposed to one bought at a store (Holey cream is a donut spot on 9th ave, not too far away). I fell in love with the chocolate covered pretzel sundae ($7), with tapioca pudding and caramel sauce. It was fantastic, and we are now dating.
So get your seafood on at Pier 9 in Hell's Kitchen. Order the grilled lobster and that sundae, and you'll have a great night.
802 9th Ave (bet. 53rd and 54th)
New York, NY 10019