The Crow's Nest: 3 reasons to revisit one of NYC's best rooftop bars
Have you been to The Crow's Nest, the rooftop bar of The Water Club? It's been closed since 2012 thanks to Superstorm Sandy, but it's time to revisit this hidden gem.
Although there are plenty of riverside bars from which to choose throughout the five boroughs, there’s one in particular you don’t want to miss: The Crow’s Nest at The Water Club (on the East River, between 29th and 32nd streets) is now in full swing — for the first time since Superstorm Sandy.
Although the restaurant proper was ultimately able to repair its catastrophic damage, with dinner service returning in October 2013, the restaurant’s most popular feature, its rooftop bar and grill, is only just reopening to the public.
But that’s not the only reason you should make a point to check it out. Here are three more reasons to patronize The Crow’s Nest this summer:
"I will never forget the image of standing and looking into the dining room where I had worked for the last few years, and just seeing East River water foaming up through the cracks in the wood and through the holes in the red carpet — the whole thing rocking and shaking.
The power was going off, and it was one of those moments when — your life doesn’t flash before your eyes, there’s not time for that. But it’s one of those moments where quite the opposite happens: You start to go blank.
All of a sudden it was like a disaster movie. All the emergency lights came on, and it was very creepy. The siren was going in the background; it goes when you turn the electricity off.
I sent [owner Michael 'Buzzy' O’Keeffe] out the service door, and I went out the bar door. I came to the water out front, and at this point it’s waist-deep. It was above my belly button, and I’m 6-foot-2.
I get over to the cars, and no one knows what to do now. We’re trapped."