Wild Salmon

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Type: Bar, Eatery

622 Third Ave
New York, New York, 10017
United States

(212) 404-1700

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Added by meguiar on 06-25-2007

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4.68/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

“Wild Salmon” is definitely one of my favorite Stones tunes, although everything on Sticky Fingers is awesome. Really, it’s the whole Mick Taylor era; Exile on Main Street, “Winter” from Goat’s Head Soup and that thing he does at the end of “Time Waits For No One”, damn that’s good. They never should have let him leave the band, Ronnie Wood is hardly a trade up but that’s another story. Anyway, out and about for more foodie Trouble, we look to take her list down some. As such, she pulled us an open table at this new Pacific Northwest Brasserie with her usual skill...
Located in the land of “Consulate parking only”, I discovered that there are reasonably inexpensive garages in the general vicinity (a total surprise to me), and hopped over to 3rd Ave dodging the exiting Midtown Tunnel traffic. The look from the street lends no hint of what’s to come here, but 10 feet in from the front door you’re in the rushing stream of things, literally. A long narrow room with vaulted ceilings holds a mad tear of a few hundred copper spermlike shaped pieces on light wire below inlayed subdued spots, a Salmonesque surge twisting this way and that. If you move your head back and forth quickly, it’s like you’re underwater amidst the flood of fish racing quickly above. As to the rest of the room, off to the right as you enter, a large curved raw bar, fresh fish & shells on ice, and an open kitchen with a corner brick oven just beyond that. A broad capitol “I” shaped partition in the center of the room serves to section off clusters of seating areas. A half dozen 2 seat tables lay to each side of the divider inside the center stretch, 7 booths running the length of the outside wall below the large blinded windows along 40th Street, 8 small tables on the opposite wall just beyond the open kitchen, 5 tables in the forward area and a handful more tables to the rear and an additional seating area off in the right rear corner. Above the rear of the room is a raised wine room with rows and rows of displayed bottles there. Slab marble floors, dark wood trim, small box oil candles on the tables, cylinder lamps on the divider sill, and oblongish dangle lamps over the booths along the window. Mad tunes, subtle or not, this song seems familiar somehow. I heard lounge music versions of Emotional Rescue and Sympathy for the Devil (I told you there was a Rolling Stones theme here) as well as GNR’s Paradise City.
The dining experience is that of Pacific Northwest fresh food and beer. We were dealt some flatbread and herbs and then started with the oven roasted Alaskan sea scallops wrapped in lamb prosciutto and the Pacific Northwest nuts & berries salad. The scallops were excellent. For entrees, Trouble ordered the cedar planked Coho Salmon with wild Oregon morel pinot noir sauce and I had the Alaskan red king crab legs, also very good. And for dessert, she had the goat cheese cake while I fell pray to the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Extravaganza (chocolate mousse, a shot of spicy hot chocolate, and cinammon ice cream with actual cinnamon crunchy craziness). All this paired nicely with some of their Washington & Oregon beers.
6 taps; 4 from Seattle’s Pacific Rim brewery (Admiral ESB, Rat City IPA, Driftwood Ale, Vashon Old Stock Ale) and a pair from Rogue (Juniper Ale, Nitro Stout), plus 9 bottles; 4 from Seattle’s Maritime Pacific Brewery (Islander Pale Ale, Flagship Red Alt, Imperial IPA, Nightwatch Ale), Rogue Dead Guy, Red Hook Copperhook Spring Ale, Widmer Hefe, and a pair of blah imports (Stella, Heineken). We ordered a pair of Pacific Rim drafts (Admiral ESB & Driftwood Ale) and then took in some of the Maritime bottled selections.
Afterwards, we drifted upstairs to the bar. Great views of the sea of salmon across the ceiling but from here you can see that they dive and rise along the run, quite cool. The “L” shaped marble topped bar seats nearly a dozen with a pair of towers of 3 taps each on frostiness. Shelves on the bar back holding booze and their small bottled collection. A half dozen round copper topped tables scattered about with tortoise shell oil candles, plus leather cushy chairs & love seats with cheetah print pillows. A small narrow plankway to the rear lets you get a better look at the wine room, and a single mounted flatscreen back there shows Clemen’s Yankees opener against Pittsburgh (Yankees are up 5-3).
Fresh seafood and beer, and a neat room. All in all, a really great meal from end to end.

“Wild Salmon, couldn’t drag me away
Wild, wild salmon, we’ll ride them someday”

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Wild Salmon in New York, NY
4.68 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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