The seafood snob in you seeks out fish-focused eateries that go way beyond commercial chains, so you should feel right at home at Kinmont. It’s a solid choice for a get-together with friends, especially for an occasion like a casual birthday dinner. Meet a half hour early in the bar so you can toast the guest of honor with libations made from small-batch spirits and fresh-squeezed juices. When you’re caught up, head to the main dining room, with its great candlelit atmosphere. A nice big table in the middle of the room is ideal, especially when the dishes start arriving in full force. Start with the three-level seafood tower—which could easily be a meal unto itself—brimming with raw oysters, marinated mussels, chilled shrimp, Maine lobster, and Alaskan king crab legs. It’ll be a fight to the finish to see if you can grab one of each, but if you miss out, there’s so much more to share. Just make certain the made-for-splitting sides like charred beets and smoked carrots are in easy grabbing reach. You’ll want to pair those up with Kinmont’s “catch of the day,” a whole roasted fish topped with brown butter and olive oil. It’s presented so impressively, with an array of fresh parsley and seasonal vegetables, you just might forget about birthday cake.