Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Set Sail

The Water Table turns a WWII-era Navy ship into a floating restaurant


At one point or another you've said to yourself, "I could really hit tonight's date out of the park, if only I had a WWII-era vessel on which to close it." 
Now, you're in luck.
Meet The Water Table, a new floating restaurant aboard a minesweeper built in 1944 for the US Navy. The brain behind it is Kelli Farwell, a veteran of Rye and DuMont, so you know the eats will be good.
About those eats: Leave everything in the hands of your good captain, who will serve up a $75 three-course prix fixe meal. Currently, that includes mussel salad with roasted fennel, smoky corn chowder, bolognese on toasted bread, and a cheese-and-veggie pie.
That's all topped off with butterscotch cookies and a shot of rum, as all naval meals should be.
The classic cocktails — negronis, sazeracs, sidecars — are all à la carte. With the chill on the open water, though, you'll probably want a toddy (with honey from Brooklyn Honey) or the hot buttered rum during your two-and-a-half-hour cruise around the New York Harbor.
Right now, The Water Table only sails on Friday and Saturday nights, but come next year it plans to expand its hours.
Until then, you'll have to make do with minesweeper bolognese on the weekend.

The Water Table thewatertablenyc.com
India St. Pier (West St.), Greenpoint

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)

Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave.
Scene: Couples trying to get their sea legs over a plate of black kale.
Nearby: Achilles Heel; Alameda; Oak & Iron

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