7. Aquagrill (Founded 1996)

Aquagrill Restaurant

One of the city’s top seafood restaurants, Aquagrill in SoHo recently shut its doors permanently after 24 years. Opened in 1996 by Jeremy and Jennifer Marshall, Aquagrill was known for its 25 oyster varieties and other delicacies. The restaurant decided to close temporarily to COVID-19, yet last week Aquagrill shut its door permanently. Zagat considered the Aquagrill one of the top 50 restaurants, while OpenTable put it in the Top 100 in America.

Aquagrill was well-known for starters like Billi Bi French Mussel Soup with saffron, Roasted Peekytoe Crab Cake Napoleon, and Peppered Tuna Carpaccio. Among exotic seafood were selections like European Osetra Caviar and Chilled Fresh Maine Jonah Crab Claws. Popular entrees included Bouillabaisse with poached cod, mussels, and scallops, Mushroom Truffle Crusted Casco Bay Cod, and Seared Diver Sea Scallops.