Next week former Diner and Marlow & Sons restaurateur Mark Firth will make his return to New York when he opens Grand Banks, an oyster bar aboard the historic Sherman Zwicker schooner. He's teamed up with Adrian Gallo of Double Happiness and Happy Ending for the project, and signed on Rene Hidalgo of Lantern's Keep as head bartender. Earlier this week, after a brief tugboat ride, the wooden ship docked at Pier 25, where it will stay through the summer. The bar, which opens Thursday (and hosts a Fourth of July party Friday), will serve a large selection of oysters, plus small plates like coppa with arugula, scallop crudo with grapefruit, hush puppies, and a lobster roll, all in the $15 range. Drinks include beer, wine, and cocktails like a highball, a Pimm's cup, and a champagne cobbler. Although the menu hasn't been completely finalized, check out the preliminary version below.
The Sherman Zwicker will also house rotating exhibitions on maritime history and the history of New York Harbor and the Eastern Seaboard. Plus, throughout the season, lecturers will discuss topics that range from marine sustainability to seafaring culture. Grand Banks will stay open through October. Check out the sample menu and stay tuned for photos.
· All Coverage of Grand Banks [~ENY~]