If you ask Mondo Ramadan whether Central New York needs another restaurant serving big seafood platters, he has a quick answer.
“We have a million places to have pizza or a burger,” he said. “Until recently, we had nothing like this in Syracuse. And it can be healthy. So yes, there’s room for more, if it’s good.”
Ramadan last week opened the second location of his Cuse Catch & Grill seafood restaurant in the DeWitt Plaza on Erie Boulevard E. The first Cuse Catch & Grill opened in 2019 at 201 Wolf St. on Syracuse’s North Side.
They join such places as Storming Crab, also on Erie Boulevard, and Boil It, on Old Liverpool Road, both of which opened in 2018. Another restaurant, Seafood Harbor, is coming soon to space within the Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse on Old Liverpool Road.
And Daniella’s Seafood & Pasta House, a slightly more upscale take on the concept, recently opened at the New York State Fairgrounds.
At Cuse Catch & Grill, the signatures are the seafood entrees, most steamed with a few broiled options. They feature such choices as snow and king crab legs, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, salmon, catfish, pollock, and lobster tails, with corn, potatoes and broccoli, and your choice of Cajun spice, garlic butter, lemon pepper or the special house seasoning.
There’s also a fried haddock (of course), plus seafood-based soups, salads and sandwiches. The non-seafood eater will also find subs, gyros and other options.
The new Cuse Catch (but not the one on Wolf Street) is also featuring Sal’s Birdland wings.
Cuse Catch & Grill is in the plaza at 3179 Erie Blvd. E. that has the Taco Bell out front, a Harbor Freight store near the entrance and other tenants. It’s next to Crunch Fitness.
The store offers dine-in (with restrictions), takeout and delivery.
The original Cuse Catch on Wolf Street remained to-go only for much of the pandemic, and only reopened for dine-in about a month ago, Ramadan said.
But the concept adapts well to the times, he said.
“When cooked right, seafood is a healthy choice,” he said. “And our portions are pretty big. So I think we can be successful.”
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