Friday, March 13, 2015
EAT: LOLO'S SEAFOOD SHACK ON 116TH
Food wise, one can expect ethnic themed fish that is not that common uptown. Conch Fritters and Fried Shark sandwiches are a few of the notable offerings on the menu but the battered smelt was our choice of the day this time around. We have only had fried sardines at Japanese restaurants in the past and this whole crispy miniature fish version was quite a deal for quality and portion at $9 which comes with battered garlic fries. Some of the great beverage selections that caught our eye include coconut water in a coconut shaped container or the coconut soda which is highly recommended. After finishing up with our dinner, the super friendly staff offered a coconut Long Boy taffy on our way out the door.
As far as the entire experience goes, Lolo's is the type of affordable neighborhood spot with great quality food that we have been waiting for. This shabby shack is like one of the cool hangouts you would find in the East Village in the 90s which were not so pretentious or self aware as the hip restaurants that are popping up downtown or in Brooklyn these days. There are also a lot of great fish fries in Harlem but Lolo's Seafood shack gets a major thumbs up for innovation and a quality concept.