Downtown Lunch: A Sea World That Would Fry Shamu if They Could
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.) Everyone knows how much I love fried food, and this week Daniel has found a fried food palace…
At the amusingly named Sea World, located on the corner of Church and Lispenard, there are only 26 items on the take out menu and the word “fried” appears 27 times. How is that possible? Well, take item #23. Order that and you get FRIED squid, FRIED shrimp, FRIED rice. That’s alotta fried.
Sounds good to me though… and after Zach was robbed of his weekly grease intake a few days ago when lunching at Empanada Joe’s, I wanted to let him live vicariously through me today.
“Is there anything on your menu that isn’t fried?” I asked. “The bread” answered the manager, pointing to a loaf of grocery store sliced bread, which is used to make fried fish sandwiches. I asked if she could fry the bread if I wanted it, to which she answered an apologetic “no”. I guess you have to lay the sarcasm on a little thicker at Sea World.
On this day I sampled the fried shrimp platter. The portions are pretty generous and they fry your food to order, so it comes out piping hot.
The shrimp is a bit bland but some hot sauce or tarter sauce will help revive it. I wish they added some old bay seasoning to either the fries or the batter for the fish… something to bring a bit more life into the meal. But considering that the shrimp and fries platter is $5.95 and the basic fish and chips (they use whiting) is $5.50, you can’t really beat the deal.
The scene of eaters is a blend of Chinatown locals, Canal street tourists on break from buying fake Gucci bags plus the guys selling the bags….nice how it all works together in NYC sometimes.
So next time you want to eat like a whale go to Sea World.. just don’t expect to find a salad on the menu. I may need to make up for this post by doing a healthier post next week…I promise!
Sea World, 321 Church Street (btw. Lispenard+Canal), 212-925-4790
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger