Bivalves and Cocktails at Izzy's Fish & Oyster

The Who: Chef-owner Jamie DeRosa, chef de cuisine William Crandall and mixologist Maxwell Parise have teamed up for this neighborhood-friendly seafood joint.

The Space: Smaller than DeRosa’s recently closed Tongue & Cheek, this 40-seater is intimate and polished with gray stone-tiled floors, marble tables, antique tin and reclaimed wood ceilings. Claim a comfortable table by the oversize windows. A 15-seat white marble bar allows for views of oyster-shucking views and the busy kitchen.

The Dishes: New England fish-shack classics. The menu pays homage to the great seafood stops of Maine and Rhode Island while also remaining true to upscale culinary leanings. Prices are a bit high but that’s to be expected for well-sourced seafood. Starters are $9-$19 and mains are $17-$27.

The raw bar showcases six ever-changing varieties of East Coast oysters from Island Creek Oysters along with stone crabs, mussels, shrimp and blue crab salad. Get things started with an order of Parker House rolls and whipped butter and then it’s on to fried clam bellies, a crab cake over pepperade and a sugar snap salad with grana padano, mint and Champagne vinaigrette. The Maine lobster roll is available in a hot preparation with lobster butter or cold with lobster mayo and served with waffle fries. Pasta dishes include a golden potato gnocchi with oysters, American caviar and fresh herbs, and a lobster taglioni. Meat eaters can still get their fix with a Juicy Lucy burger, a steak tartare and a flat-iron steak.

Three dessert options include classic whoopies made with a marshmallow fluff filling, Boston cream pie and Grandma Celia’s lemon meringue pie.

The Bottom Line: Not just oysters but serious cocktails and high-end fish dishes at this polished neighborhood spot.

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