|Sea Scallops With Chickpea Tagine|
Mary's Fish Camp is insanely, inexorably popular. The tiny restaurant almost always has a line out the door in the evenings. Patrons are packed in like, ahem, sardines. And it's often no less bustling at lunch. I've had more tourists than I can count stop me in the street to ask directions to the restaurant, so I'm guessing it's been talked up in at least one NYC guidebook.
Some of the appeal I get: The restaurant is cute and casual. The floor and tables are slightly sticky in a possibly nostalgic, childhood fish shack by the sea sort of way. And all of the staff are really, really nice. But the appeal does not extend to the incredibly tight seating and the prices, spendy for the quality of the food.