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Taking a Look at Chesapeake Bay Themed Choptank

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[Krieger, 1/11/10]

As mentioned in yesterday's opening report, Bobby Werhane (former partner in Dell'Anima and L'Artusi) and Josh Morgan (Houston's alum) opened their restaurant, the curiously named Choptank in the old Bar Q space last night. the Chesapeake Bay themed seafood spot is headed up by Chef Matthew Schaefer (formerly of the Mermaid Inn and Le Bernardin), and serves an under $25 menu of fish, crab cakes, chowders, peel and eat shrimp, and steamed clams with a fried chicken, steak, and cheeseburger thrown in for good measure. It's just a day old, so please, send all early reports this way.

Raw Bar and Chilled Seafood
Daily Selection of East and West Coast Oysters M/P per doz
Gulf Shrimp Cocktail (1/2 doz.) 14
Jonah Crab Claws, Old Bay Vinegar (1/2 doz.) 12

Nibbles
Old Bay Chips & Dip 5
Virginia Ham Plate, Biscuits, Butter, Honey 8
Ostrowski’s Polish Sausage, Cabbage, Mustard 7

Starters
Crab Chowder 12
Bibb Lettuce Salad, Crispy Shallots, Lemon Vinaigrette 8
Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Warm Egg Yolk 12
Bone Marrow, Baby Winter Lettuces, Onion Marmalade 10
Braised Octopus, Paprika, Potatoes, 12

Steampot
Peel ‘N’ Eat Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce 12
Littleneck Clams, Garlic Butter, Herbs, Country Toast 15

Mains
Wild Striped Bass, Tuscan Kale, Clam Broth 22
Arctic Char, Beluga Lentils, Bacon 20
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Iceberg Wedge, Saltines 24
Fried Chicken, Black Pepper Honey, Collard Greens 20
Bistro Steak, Buttery Mashed Potato, Baby Veggies, Sweetbread Gravy 20
The Choptank Burger, Pickled Pepper Mayonaisse, Aged Wisconsin Cheddar, Bacon Jam, Fries 15

Sides
Boardwalk-Style Fries
Winter Greens
Baked Gigante Beans
Brussels Sprouts

Choptank

310 Bleecker St., New York, NY

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