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Grand Ferry debuts in Williamsburg

Joe Lee Kulp and John Clement (the Richardson) team up with Brett Ackerman (Diner) to open waterfront tavern Grand Ferry.

By Christina Izzo

New York’s nautical craze isn’t ending anytime soon—at least not if Joel Lee Kulp and John Clement have anything to say about it. The pair—of Williamsburg speakeasy the Richardson—honors a 19th-century boat with Grand Ferry, a maritime-focused waterfront tavern. Outfitted with wood banquettes, damask wallpaper and vintage Harper’s Weekly prints depicting East River life, the bar features 20 Old World European wines and 14 draft beers from all-American harbor towns: Hood River, OR’s Full Sail IPA, Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale of Nantucket and Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. The seafaring-themed cocktail program includes quaffs like the Hey Sailor, which features navy-strength English gin, Salers aperitif, Aperol and lemon juice; while the Seven Seas Cooler mixes Amaro Braulio, honey, Lapsang souchong tea and 100-proof rhum agricole. Brett Ackerman (Diner, Marlow & Sons) captains the pub-grub menu, lining out a full raw bar (Ipswich clams, East Coast littlenecks), saffron-flecked clam chowder, beer-braised brisket and wild-mushroom shepherd’s pie. 229 Kent Ave at North 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8500)


Oysters- six per order, selection changes daily, mp
Littlenecks- six per order, selection changes daily, mp

Grilled Oysters- citrus-herbed butter, $12
Fried Ipswich Clams- house-made tartar, $15
Brooklyn Clam Chowder- tomato, potato, leeks & saffron, $9
Ipswich Clam Roll- whole ipswich clams, citrus fennel slaw & sea salt fries, $21

Summer Veggie Crostini- market vegetables, $6
Sea Salt Fries- house-cut fries tossed with maldon flaked sea salt, $6
Great Blue Fondue- great hill blue cheese, caramelized shallots and rosemary, $12

Summer Vegetable Salad- asparagus, kale, goat cheese & sweet corn vinaigrette, $12
Grand Ferry Burger- grass-fed beef, grafton cheddar, summer slaw & sea salt fries, $14
Beer Braised Brisket- with market vegetables & garlic mashed potatoes, $18
Wild Mushroom Shepard’s Pie- with crimini, shitake & clamshell mushrooms & root vegetables, $12


Brandy Crusta- fresh lemon juice, maraschino & orange liqueurs, angostura Bitters, american alambic brandy, $12
Singapore Sling- fresh lemon juice, benedictine, maurin quina, orange & angostora bitters, london dry gin, $11
Liberal- sweet vermouth, amer torani, orange bitters & 100 proof american rye whiskey, $12
Mai Tai- fresh lime juice, orange & almond liqueurs, nicaraguan white Rum & trinidadian 12 yr aged rums, $11

Paris 1919- dry vermouth, maurin quina, maraschino liqueur, austrian pear brandy, $12
Hey Sailor!- fresh lemon juice, aperol, salers aperifif, navy strength english gin, $12
Captain Badass- fresh lemon juice, amaro abano, apricot liqueur, orange bitters, reposado tequila, $12
Seven Seas Cooler- amaro braulio, honey, lapsang souchong tea, 100-proof rhum agricole, $12

Our Bourbon Whiskey Cocktails are prepared with single barrel Old Weller Antique – chosen by our staff & bottled uniquely for us.
Old Fashioned- angostura- soaked sugar cube, bourbon, $10
Manhattan Perfect- vermouth di torino & vermouth de chambray, bourbon, & angostura bitters, $11
New York Sour- fresh lemon juice, sugar, bourbon & red wine, $10
Seelbach- orange liqueur, bourbon, angostura & peychaud’s bitters, sparkling wine, $11


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