At this point in NYC's evolution, waterfront space is an impossible dream. So The Brooklyn Barge created its own.
The floating bar and restaurant returns on May 25, at Greenpoint Terminal Market on Milton Street near Transmitter Park, after a brief end-of-summer stint last year. The team has "worked out the kinks" that delayed the opening of the bar, a rep explains, "since there was no precedent for a barge with water activities/programming and food/drinks." How did this take so long, NYC?
The result looks very much like the equipment on the deck of a ship was used to cobble together a bar — a nod to the area's industrial history — with views of Lower Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridge from the boat as well as a handful of tables on a dock along the East River shoreline.
The new menu designed by chef Bradford Thompson, who's worked in kitchens from Miss Lilly's to Daniel, includes dishes like a fried chicken sandwich with kale slaw and sriracha mayo and grilled fish tacos coming out of a tiny kitchen housed in a shipping container. There's wine, 10 beers on tap (plus bottles and cans) and a full liquor bar — in Greenpoint, the Moscow Mule is apparently made with tequila.
The Barge is also working on using the water around it — free kayaking is already available, with stand-up paddle boarding, sailing and catch-and-release fishing in the works. Historic boats that drop anchor nearby, presumably to freshen up their crews, will also be opened for tours.