After a gorgeous afternoon at the Yankees game, my friend & I decided to catch the last rays of sunshine from an outdoor bar. We headed to the Water Club.
As has been discussed here, recently, the Club primarily caters to an older clientele. There was a business meeting taking place in the small 2nd floor lounge and the indoor bar contained 3 couples, all dressed as if they were going to opening night at the Opera.
We took our glasses of wine ($7.50 for large pours of very good Cab & Pinot Noir) to the outside deck and enjoyed the warm sun until it set.
Stephen, the bartender, graciously directed us to couches by the fireplace and we mourned the Yankees' loss with 8 oysters (cleanly shucked, fresh & sweet), a mesclun salad (topped with some of the best balsamic vinaigrette I've ever had - nice & peppery), and yellowfin tuna tartare. The tuna was absolutely fantastic! True sashimi-grade fish, cut into small cubes (not smashed beyond recognition), tossed with a perfectly salty-tangy soy-lemon dressing. A thick drizzle of cilantro paste adorned the plate and added just the right amount of "green" flavor to the dish.
Stephen topped off our 2nd glasses with a healthy gratis pour and brought us out a plate of warm-from-the-oven cookies, to finish our day.
I suggested that the Club start marketing to the younger people in the neighborhood, now that Peter Cooper & Stuy Town are destabilized & attracting more young families and upwardly mobile couples. I think a martini & oyster happy hour, ever weeknight, might be a good start.
The outdoor deck opens, officially, in another week. On sunny days, I can think of no better place to while away the hours & catch some rays.