I took some out-of-towners on the ferry ride to Governors Island for lunch at Island Oyster, an only-summer destination. It’s the seasonal restaurant under the tutelage of Kerry Heffernan, also the chef at Grand Banks, another seasonal restaurant, this one on a schooner moored at Pier 25 in the Hudson River.
We sipped the rosè on tap — this time an Everwild from Venice 2016 ($48/bottle) — while taking in the amazing view of Manhattan.
One wanted to try oysters but felt they were a tad overpriced. Our friendly waiter suggested she just try one, saying the set-up was the same for one or multiple. She ordered — and savored — one Wellfleet, Cape Cod, oyster ($3.50).
Two of us ate the fried North Atlantic cape shark tacos ($14 for 2) topped with a fennel and cabbage slaw, radish, pickled Fresno peppers, chipotle mayonnaise, cilantro and lime on corn tortillas. One had had the Debragga and Spitler certified Angus Beef hanger and brisket burger, topped with muenster cheese, tomato, Bibb lettuce and gochuchang aïoli on a potato roll ($16) while we all shared a serving of their fabulous seaweed salted French fries, sage aïoli and spiced ketchup.
Worth the fun trip!