I recently visited The Tiny Fork on the Lower East Side. The first thing you notice outside the medium-sized corner restaurant is a big red neon sign that says “RAW BAR”—and indeed that is what many flock to this hip eatery (formerly The Slipper Room) to get! You can be very loose when ordering from the raw bar and just say to the waitperson, “Give me three East oysters, three West oysters and a couple of clams” and they will gladly do it for you. You can even see a photo of such an order here. Seafood is so fresh that it tastes like it came out of the ocean five minutes ago, and prices are pretty standard as far as NYC raw bars –oysters are $2.50 to $3 each and clams are $1.50. In case you are curious, the catch from the east is mainly from RI, MA and Canada, while the West catch is from CA, WA and Vancouver, BC.
|Tiny Fork Atmosphere|
We started out by having two wonderful cocktails—the Blue Point ($12) made of Tito’s Vodka, white port, Blueberry Shrub, ginger beer and lemon juice. It was super fruity and refreshing and hard to drink just one. Eve’s Hot Apple Cider ($13) is the perfect autumn weather drink, and can be served in “virgin” style, which is just as tasty. It consists of fresh apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, lemon and Bulleit Bourbon.
|Mac and Cheese Bars|
|Corn on the Cob|
If you want dessert after all this (and trust me, you will be mighty full), you are out of luck. They REALLY do not serve dessert—this is the first time I have ever encountered this in Manhattan. PERIOD. I was kind of shocked but the waitperson explained, “We want our customers to fill up on the other food.” The atmosphere at Tiny Fork is much like an old-school LES eatery except that there are mainly nautical items scattered throughout the two main rooms and the basement—which is actually a hipster lounge called The Cellar. You can find fish nets on the ceilings and old fisherman’s oil lamps sitting around on shelves. It’s a fun atmosphere to eat seafood in, and is very dimly lit at night. The menu looks like it is printed on a brown paper bag, so bring a flashlight in your purse because the candlelight is not quite enough for reading the small black print, LOL!
The Tiny Fork
167 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Cuisine: Seafood and Modern American
Photos: Anne M. Raso