Seaworthy, the anticipated Warehouse District oyster bar and sustainable seafood eatery from the Ace Hotel and NYC-based floating oyster bar schooner Grand Banks, officially opens today, August 1. The restaurant has already been drawing crowds during a soft opening with private events during Tales of the Cocktail, and it's pretty much the only spot in town to now offer a late night raw bar (serving until 1 a.m.).
Located in a Creole cottage dating back to 1832, Seaworthy's design is chic but distressed— a press release describes it as a 'sailor's clubhouse'— from Home Studios, the Atelier Ace design team, and Grand Banks' Alex Pincus.
The restaurant features seating for 115, including an intimate downstairs oyster bar area that can accommodate 41. A second floor seats 32 and has its own service bar. A secluded courtyard with romantic string lights is opening soon, and will add another 40+ seats. And the third floor is home to a small private dining room that Advocate critic Ian McNulty reports "feels like a captain's quarters."
Grand Banks, which is run by Nola native Alex and Miles Pincus and partner Adrien Gallo, also brought along chef Kerry Heffernan and beverage director Lauren Schell to help craft the food and drink menus.
Chef de Cuisine Daniel Causgrove, formerly of Grill Room, is serving an array of seafood from a lobster roll to ceviche to butter poached Sheepshead (but there's also a burger). A caviar and chilled seafood selection is also available, alongside oysters from the Gulf and beyond. Bar manager Lisa Nguyen and team serve classic drinks, progressive cocktails, and low-proof session drinks, along with a great wine list.
Status: Officially open at 630 Carondelet Street, Wednesday to Monday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (dinner served from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.) with brunch to come. (504) 930-3071.