Last time we wrote about the Brooklyn Barge Bar - a bar on, well, a barge, on the Greenpoint waterfront - it was still a speck on the horizon with just a lone rendering to help us imagine what it might look like one day. Fast-forward four months to today and the waterfront watering hole is nearly ready to start serving up drinks and eats to the public. The actual barge, which will act as a floating platform with al fresco seating, was delivered and connected to the bar's on-land base on the East River this week, and the bar's owners say they are now putting the finishing touches on the vino-serving vessel. Read on to see what the new bar and eatery will be serving up (in addition to killer views of the Empire State Building and 1 WTC).
The Brooklyn Barge Bar is a joint venture between partners Tom Morgan, “Captain” Jim, Matt Perricone and Will Drawbridge. The restaurant and bar is located at 3 Milton Street in Greenpoint on the East River waterfront next to Transmitter Park.
When we stopped by the Barge Bar this week, they’d made a lot of progress since the last time we checked in. The wooden decking had all been laid and the barge (which can be accessed from the deck via a small metal bridge) was also in place. In fact, the space was already hosting a private event for Namely, an HR software startup with offices right up the street.
Though a few speedbumps have delayed the Barge Bar’s opening (they originally thought they might be able to open in May), co-owner Will Drawbridge told us that they are now waiting on their final inspections before their grand opening. “We’re shooting for the last week of June,” Drawbridge told us.
When the Barge Bar is ready to open, the Historic Tugboat Cornell (the red boat) and the Black Diamond (a working barge) will say farewell, leaving the main barge behind to act as a floating dining area for the summer.
Once open to the public, the barge and accompanying land-locked deck space will be able to accommodate about 100 people, and will serve up reasonably priced eats like hot dogs ($3), french fries ($5), kale salad ($8), a prime sirloin burger on a toasted brioche bun ($10) and a salmon filet topped with lemon citrus glaze ($18). Gluten-free and vegan options will also be available. Beers, wines and cocktails will range from $7-$11. Check out the full menu here.
And since making all of that grub will require quite a bit of energy, the Barge Bar team has come up with its own proprietary method of generating power using diesel generators. They also plan to reuse some of their cooking oil as biodiesel. “We’ll probably need about one fourth of the energy another restaurant of the same size would,” Drawbridge told us.
Drawbridge told us that in addition to being a bar and eatery, the space will also be used for kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and historic boat tours, as well as serving as an outpost for NYC’s Billion Oyster Project, an initiative that aims to restore one billion live oysters to New York’s waters while also educating city schoolkids about everything from SCUBA diving to ecosystem restoration to marine vessel operation.
The Brooklyn Barge Bar will be open from 11AM to 2AM daily until mid-fall.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda