Almost every New Yorker has either been to or heard of Lure Fish Bar in Soho. This institution opened its doors in 2004 at a prime location in downtown Manhattan and the food has gotten better year after year.
This summer while we stayed at the Soho Grand Hotel, we agreed to eat "healthy" and opt for fish. My husband Shiraz said he had frequented Lure before we met, and the same applied to me as well. Yet in the five years of being married we had never gone back to this restaurant together.
After several days of steak lunches and Italian dinners, we decided to meet our friends at Lure for a healthy lunch of seafood.
Located behind the Prada store on the corner of Mercer Street, the restaurant is below street level. The interior is purely nautical from the red wood panelling to the round windows. It undoubtedly feels like being on a large boat.
We are seated in one of the large booths for four people and start to order the favorites we can remember from our previous visits.
The calamari is coated with a spicy batter and fried to crispy perfection. A good dose of lemon squeezed on top and it is probably the best I have eaten all year (sorry Capri).
The Tuna Taco is next and a combination of fresh marinated Tuna in a crispy taco shell.
The edamame is piping hot with coarse ground salt and disappears within minutes thanks to the voracious eaters.
Two rounds of delicious sushi later, everyone concurs that this may not have been as "light" a lunch as was originally planned. Whoops!