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5 nautically designed restaurants making major waves

The Property Addict / Travel

Feb 26 2018

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Kate Donnelly, Architectural Digest

No matter the season or locale, a return to coastal life is always nearby. With oceanic nods and nautical decor, a new rash of restaurants evokes an airy seaworthy sojourn—without a trip to the beach.

Alcomar, Austin

For a touch of Latin seaside, Alcomar’s whitewashed space (designed by El Chile Group and local architect Juan Carlos de Leon) features polished concrete floors, painted sea animals adorning the walls, foamy green tables, knotted rugs, and Danish fishing baskets converted into pendant lights. Nab a bar seat, anchored by a ship’s wheel, and order a margarita de la casa with bright tapas plates.

Bateau, Seattle

Inside the creamy space designed by Price Erickson you’ll find rustic-industrial rough slate tables, antique sideboards, a vintage wine sign, and chalk art by Curtis Steiner. Other treasures include repurposed ceremonial hand-washing sinks and a weathered storefront sign purchased at a French flea market. While James Beard award–winning chef Renee Erickson’s menu leans meat-heavy, there are ample fall veggies like baby turnips and buttery mashed potatoes.

Pilot, Brooklyn

Aboard a historic 1920s racing schooner docked in Brooklyn Heights, the folks from Grand Banks have spawned a new oyster bar. For drinks, there’s a handsome U-shaped bar with brass and painted beadboard; the marble-clad oyster bar, built with traditional maritime scarf joints, cradles the forward mast. Soak in the views under chic yellow-and-white-striped shades as you nosh on chef Kerry Heffernan’s soft-shell crab po’boys. Docked at Pier 6 through October.

Caracol, Houston

Inside chef Hugo Ortega’s hip Mexican coastal kitchen, an aquatic palette is accented with suspended sailcloth waves, ash-gray tables, and white woven chairs. Sprinkled about are midcentury American illustrator Charley Harper’s paintings of deep-sea creatures, a perfect match for dishes such as ostiones asados (wood-roasted Gulf of Mexico oysters with chipotle butter).

The Ship, New York City

This moody speakeasy bar features dark wood balls, warm lighting (thanks to votive candles), inverted antique ship vents, upholstered booths, and vintage Knoll armchairs kitted with reclaimed sailcloth. Without any risk of being capsized, patrons snack on the smoked grilled cheese with a Brooks Riesling or opt for handcrafted libations.

SOURCE: Architectural Digest


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