Owner Bobby Werhane (Dell’Anima) and chef Matthew Schaefer (Mermaid Inn) are behind this stylized seaside retreat, decorated with rope lamp shades and antique vacation postcards. The food is transparently trendy: Dixieland flavors are suddenly big, so there’s fried chicken—ironically, the landlubbing, buttermilk-soaked poussin is the best thing on the nautical-leaning menu. In fact, the restaurant’s theme-appropriate fare is also its worst executed: Hard-shell clams in a garlicky broth, for instance, arrive steamed until rubbery. And desserts—like a standard-issue warm chocolate cake—make Choptank no more a dessert destination than it is an old-fashioned fish shack.
310 Bleecker St
|Cross street:||between Seventh Ave South and Grove St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 5:30pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 5:30pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V|