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NYC seafood restaurants for every palate

Whether you have an addiction to all things on the half shell or your life’s mission is to seek out the most memorable seafood pasta, you’re in good hands at these six city spots.

Seafood is a celebration of the ocean’s vast offerings, but many palates abound. Deep fried or completely raw, there are options for you at spots like Brooklyn’s Geido for expertly sliced sushi, or Taverna Kyclades in Queens, where Greek tradition is king. And for those whose palate runs the gamut, go ahead and sample it all.

New England-style eats at Littleneck

Littleneck is a slice of New England just
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Littleneck is a slice of New England just steps from the city's most mysterious (and stinky) body of water: the Gowanus Canal. Anything that comes in a shell is sure to get special treatment at this charmingly kitschy shack-style restaurant. The stars of the menu may very well be the buttery Ipswich full belly clam roll and the Maine lobster roll. But those looking for a hearty approach to seafood should opt for the Portuguese stew, complete with spicy chorizo, kale and grilled baguette.

Yet most alluring is the weekday oyster happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., which includes kitchen's choice oysters for a dollar apiece. Be sure to sip through the wine list, which features thoughtful selections for the fare, like light Loire Valley reds and whites. (Littleneck, 288 Third Ave., Brooklyn, 718-522-1921, littleneckbrooklyn.com)

Playfully plated sushi at Geido

Tickets to Kyoto are expensive, but the subway
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Tickets to Kyoto are expensive, but the subway ride to Prospect Heights is much cheaper. For a no-frills and super-fun sushi experience (with friendly staff), head to Geido, which has been serving locals since 1985. Don't expect a dimly lit, hushed dining room, though. Geido's walls are covered in years of colorful graffiti, the floors are carpeted and the chatter of returning regulars surrounds you.

For a playful take on a classic, order the chirashi (slices of sashimi and egg omelet over rice) or one of the house sushi platters. The menu also includes inventive hand rolls, an array of miso soups, tender broiled squid and peculiarities, like kimpira (stewed burdock root). Wash it all down with Japanese beer or any of the sake or shochu specials. (Geido, 331 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 718-638-8866)

A taste of Greece at Taverna Kyclades

Where does one find unbeatable Greek food in
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Where does one find unbeatable Greek food in New York? Astoria, of course. Lines form down the street daily for a spot at this neighborhood institution and for good reason. Start with appetizers like the grilled octopus, fried halloumi cheese or the calamari. Main courses include a selection of daily fresh fish. At the top the list is the Mediterranean dorata, a traditional Greek fish, grilled whole and served with copious lemon wedges and glugs of grassy olive oil. Adventurous drinkers will delight in the retsina, a rich Greek white wine aged in pine resin-lined oak barrels -- a happy marriage for the fare. (Taverna Kyclades, 33-07 Ditmars Blvd., Queens, 718-545-8666, tavernakyclades.com)

Indulgence at Manhattan’s Marea

Over-the-top and in a good way, Marea is
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Over-the-top and in a good way, Marea is everything you might expect a restaurant along Central Park South to be. The lavish and ornately decorated interior sets the stage for a fancier experience (and one for the credit card). But Chef Michael White's Italian-influenced menu, which flaunts fish from every corner of the globe, is worth every penny.

The crudo bar selection features artfully sliced bites of raw fish like Long Island fluke, Pacific snapper or razor clam. Move on to starter plates like Hokkaido sea urchin or Sicilian anchovies before choosing house-made pasta dishes (like fusilli with red wine-braised octopus) or the wild striped bass (with pistachio and eggplant). Or go for the kitchen's recommended $102 four-course prix fixe menu and don't look back. (Marea, 240 Central Park South, Manhattan, 212-582-5100, marea-nyc.com)

Fish and chips at A Salt & Battery

At this West Village spot, it's all about
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At this West Village spot, it's all about the fryer. A Salt & Battery pays homage to the famed British working man's meal: fish and chips. Choose between options like cod, sole or haddock, all house-battered and deep fried to perfection. Sides are equally rewarding. Try the traditional mushy peas or the Heinz baked beans. And while fish has everyone's mouths full at A Salt & Battery, there is one dessert in particular that shouldn't be missed. The deep fried Mars Bar (Britain's favorite chocolate) takes what can be done in the fryer to a whole new territory. (A Salt & Battery, 112 Greenwich Ave., Manhattan, 212-691-2713, asaltandbattery.com)

Market meets raw bar at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

The white-tiled interior and tall windows at this
Photo Credit: Jane Bruce / Courtesy of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

The white-tiled interior and tall windows at this corner spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are home to one the borough's more alluring fish eateries. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. was founded by Adam Geringer-Dunn, a New Jersey native, and Vinny Milburn, who hails from New England. Both share a passion for sourcing ethically caught seafood of utmost quality.

The beauty of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is the duality: it's one part fish market and one part restaurant. Head to the market before 8 p.m. daily for a wide selection of local catches (porgy, fluke, flounder), seasonal finds (urchins, Alaskan king crab) and an assortment of dried and cured fish. Flip to the restaurant side for nightly crudo specials, tamari-broiled fish collar and entrees like fish tacos or whole lobster. And be sure not to miss out on raw bar happy hour selections from the East and West Coasts, every day from 2 to 6 p.m. It's a win-win. (Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., 114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, 718-349-0400, greenpointfish.com)

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