When I lived in New York City, Blue Water Grill in Union Square was my favourite restaurant. I didn’t eat there too often, as it was beyond my meager budget, but it was my special occasion restaurant. They had this incredible miso glazed fish with wasabi-mashed potatoes that was the stuff of dreams. And their lobster sushi roll was out of this world. I haven’t been to Blue Water Grill in around 12 years, so when my mother asked me to meet her for lunch in NYC during a recent trip and told me to pick any restaurant I wanted, I jumped at the chance.
The restaurant was just as I remembered it, although enhanced with the largest pumpkins I’ve ever seen in celebration of Halloween. The decor is lovely, and the location in Union Square allowed me to quickly shmooze around the farmers market for a few minutes beforehand. Union Square is one of my favourite corners of the city, with the market, the shops, and the dog run in the park. I used to sit there for hours and people/dog watch. Good memories.
I’ve never been to Blue Water Grill for lunch, but I ate a very light lunch in preparation for the wonderful food I knew was to come. My mother and I shared a starter of Maine lobster & shrimp lettuce wraps with corn, edamame, avocado, tomato, and calamansi dressing ($16). It was light and flavourful and delicious. Sadly, there was an odd number (3) and I reluctantly allowed my mother to take the third wrap.
For a main, my mother got the special sushi roll of the day which was tempura shrimp with thinly sliced apple topped with fresh tuna. She shared a piece with me and it was delicious. The apple added an interesting texture to the roll, which I thought worked really well.
I had the spicy shrimp tacos ($21) with guacamole and pineapple-jalapeño pico de gallo in flour tortillas. I didn’t think they were very spicy, but I absolutely loved them. If I were looking for the spice, however, I would have been disappointed. They were very mild, to my relief. I thought they were delicious and I wouldn’t hesitate to order them again.
The waiter brought over two complimentary shot glasses of hot apple cider, which was pretty amazing tasting.
Sadly, we didn’t have room for dessert. I was very tempted by the chocolate fondue ($10) which comes with a selection of sweet bites and fresh fruit skewers and a warm chocolate dipping sauce, but I’ll have to save that for another time.
Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West at 16th St.
New York, 10003