Echoing the round-the-clock grocery-grogshops that serviced dockworkers in the early 1900s, this wood-paneled spot from Andrew Tarlow (Reynards, Diner) looks like a timeworn, below-deck tar bar—just leagues more hip than your average schooner’s saloon. Tabnabs such as artisanal soda bread and hangover-curing liveners dubbed “Morning Highballs” are served before the ship’s bell; East Coast oysters, clam chowder and marine-themed cocktails (the Skipper’s Choice blends bourbon, Byrrh, Strega and bitters) are on deck at night. 347-987-3666, achillesheelnyc.com.
Owned by eco-minded beach boys Lance Hess (a Jersey Shore native) and Adam Collison (from the Baltimore harbor), this Greenpoint seafood joint—named for the vessel from the 1789 mutiny—is battened down with dark and stormys, an 80-foot-long ship’s sail cast across the ceiling and old glass bottles plucked from Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. The maritime vibe is buoyed by a tight menu of wild-caught seafood designed by Craft alum Eric Mann, from North Atlantic littlenecks at the raw bar to a whole-grilled dorade at the dining room’s whiskey-barrel tables. 347-689-3325, thebountybrooklyn.com.
You don’t need to board an overcrowded Jitney to get a taste of Montauk—this breezy through-September pop-up at the swank Soho Grand evokes the beach with pebble-laden floors, a thatch-roofed bar, and kitschy accents like fishing nets, old-school waterskis and bright-orange life preservers. Beat the heat under a canopy with canned suds such as Whale’s Tale Pale Ale of Nantucket, or a frozen watermelon margarita dusted with cayenne sea salt, created by Donna’s head drinks-slinger, Jeremy Oertel. Il Buco alum Gary King serves booze-soaking grub like yellowfin tuna crudo with micro cilantro. 212-965-3000, sohogrand.com.
Channeling a bygone era of adventure-seeking swabbies, this kooky, bi-level canteen is roped through with all sorts of pirated booty: A 19th-century oyster boat tugged out of Cali’s Tomales Bay serves as the raw bar, rowing oars are repurposed as ceiling-fan blades, and glass-enclosed ship models are docked above whiskey bottles at the bar. Naval-themed quaffs like the Compass Rose (bourbon, bitters and strawberry-rhubarb preserves) are on offer, as well as mook bait like vodka-oyster shooters and truffle fries. The over-the-top pub will also stage a bizarre awareness campaign for global warming by shipping in and displaying a 2,000-pound hunk of Greenland glacier, keeping it frozen via solar power at the bar. There hasn’t been a sea expedition this weird since James Cameron toured the bottom of the ocean encased in foam. 646-837-6100, preserve24.com.
Along with a copper facade mimicking the sea-foam-rusted hull of a ship, this Latin-accented raw-fish haunt is rigged with boatloads of aquatic touches: vintage porthole windows, seafarers’ maps of Patagonian waterways and hand-carved mermaid statues on the bar. The racy fare updates the bluejacket theme, serving toker-approved oysters smoked in a gravity bong and specials like soft-shell crabs with blowtorched doughnut peaches. Zesty cocktails made with pisco—a sailor favorite since the 17th century—and tongue-tingling chilies from Trinidad and Mexico are a sexy step up from jacky pints. 718-387-0563, desnudany.com.
Senn: Thai Comfort Food
Sometimes even the most hardcore food adventurers need to take a break from the palate thrill-seeking that has made Elmhurst and Woodside the go-to destinations for enthusiasts of authentic Thai cuisine. For Upper West Siders looking for something a little simpler and a little closer to home, Senn Thai Comfort Food fits the bill. Located on Amsterdam Avenue next door Land Thai Kitchen, this under the radar spot is typically less crowded and more low-key than the long-time neighborhood favorite. Outfitted with corrugated metal walls, a large communal table and a shady bathroom that seems to be forever occupied, the restaurant has a rustic, unpretentious feel that is a marked contrast to the over the top glitz of many Thai establishments in Manhattan. That same simple aesthetic shows in the menu as well, which serves up unpolished home-style fare that might not be as glamorous as Chiang Mai khao soi or eye-opening as Isaan som tum, but can still please in its own way. This being a neighborhood spot in an area not otherwise known for on-trend Asian dining, you're not likely to find the type of pungent flavors that have endeared Northern Thai cooking to so many foodies, but there are a few hidden gems to be found. The crispy rice salad, yum kao tod ($8) is a must-order starter. While there were no signs of the advertised crispy fish described on the menu, the crackling sheets of deep-fried red curry-rubbed rice tossed with herbs and ginger are still an addictive symphony of spic
Venue says: “If you love Thai food, you will love Senn Thai! Stop by for our varied menu & Thai Comfort Food! Join us for Restaurant Week (April 22-29)”