21 9th Avenue, Meatpacking District
Status: Certified Open
EMM Group, the team behind Abe & Arthur's and Lexington Brass, just opened Catch in the Meatpacking District with Top Chef champ Hung Huynh in the kitchen. The focus here is seafood, and in addition to sushi and oysters, the menu features a number of shareable small plates of things like toro tartare, ceviche, raw tuna with rice cakes, scallop dumplings, and clams "oreganata." For entrees, there are a handful of whole fish dishes, plus steaks, and a crispy chicken. The space features two floors of dining, a raw bar, a cocktail bar, and an enclosed rooftop lounge.
For what it's worth, many readers who attended previews have told Eater the food was better than they thought it would be, more than a few said the place will mint money, and one, who attended friends and family at 10 on a Friday, said there were already people in the bathroom having loud sex. So off to a great start!
Previous Coverage: Fall Tracking, 09/07; Fall Previewing, 08/21; Plywood, 06/01; Coming Attractions, 03/09.
Further Reading: NYP, Zagat, UD.