Norman's Cay washes onto the Lower East Side

The Grey Lady team goes tropical for this Caribbean-themed seafood joint on the Lower East Side.

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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Red snapper for two at Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Lionfish ceviche at Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Rum Pig at Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Sky Juice at Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Norman's Cay

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Norman's Cay

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Red snapper for two at Norman's Cay

A Bahamian breeze sweeps into Gotham with this rum-charged Lower East Side shack from the team behind New England–themed Grey Lady, set to open by October 9. Like its sibling, the 46-seat Caribbean joint—named after an islet off Exuma—hooks its focus on seafood: Chef Gavin McLaughlin casts out red snapper ceviche with aranitas (shredded plantain fritters), coconut shrimp with mango chutney, and chicken skewers with pickled onions and mojo sauce. Beneath the 1966 Cessna Skyhawk airplane hanging from the ceiling, bartenders serve Kalik beers and tropical cocktails like planter’s punch, Norman’s Rum Dum (light and dark rums, lemon, egg white) and Sky Juice (gin, coconut water, seltzer, nutmeg). Palm-tree wallpaper and a ten-foot-long taxidermied hammerhead shark add island kitsch to the blue-walled spot. 74 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts (646-481-1229, normanscaynyc.com)


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Pamela
Pamela

I wish the plane would come to life and everyone in this bar would climb inside and then fly away.