229 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Cuisine: Seafood, Raw Bar, Bar Snacks, Burgers
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Price: Average dish $12 with cheaper small plates
Hours: 11:30am – 4am, daily. kitchen open 11:30am – 2am, daily.
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L train to Bedford Ave.
Bedford & Bowery says:
Despite the not insignificant development that has sprung up along Kent Avenue, Joel Lee Kulp thinks his week-old waterfront tavern, located between Grand and N. 1st St., fills an overlooked gap: “A lot of places in this particular neighborhood are opening straight-up restaurants, with a bar as an afterthought,” he said. “We’re a bar primarily that’s offering a food menu a swell.”
That bar — headed by Jon DeRosa, who also migrated from the Richardson — serves trustworthy cocktails, fourteen draft beers and 20 European-origin wines. And the chef, Brett Ackerman, offers up just the kind of food you’d hope to find at a tavern named after a ferry that docked nearby until 1918: fried clams, a grass-fed burger, shepherd’s pie, and similar hearty bites fit for a dock-worker are served till 2 a.m. daily. There’s also a raw bar.
Grand Ferry’s raw bar includes a rotating selection of oysters and littlenecks that are served in 6 pieces per-order. Bar snacks are affordable and include a decadent, Great Blue Fondue. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a full-dining experience off the large plate menu. I sampled the clam roll, and let me tell you—hypothetically—if you had been repeatedly seduced the night before by The Richardson’s tequila-laden maiden, the Devil Woman–this roll is your savior. Battered and lightly fried, a voluptuous portion of full-belly clams is served on a toasted roll topped with fennel slaw—YUM. To all my vegetarian friends, and to those not inclined toward mollusks, you, too, have options! Kulp boasts of his best seller, the Wild Mushroom Shephard’s Pie.
This turn-of-the-century-inspired tavern hosts a slew of exciting cocktails. Among them are classics like the Singapore Sling—and original cocktails, like the aptly named, tequila-based, Captain Badass. While docking at Grand Ferry, you can also savor drinks crafted from their single-barrel Old Weller’s Antique. Aside from the high-octane cocktail selection, those seeking something more polite have only to choose from the 20 European wines and an extensively curated 14 draft beers—each deriving from harbor town distilleries across the US.