Holywater is a new spot from the team behind New York’s Best Boat Bars

The crew hospitality group has been helping New Yorkers fake boating photos since 2014 when it opened big banks in the far west of Tribeca, more precisely, on a wooden schooner moored in the Hudson River. Pilot followed by another schooner at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2017, and today, the Crew team operates four seaside (or seatop) locations across the city. Now, he’s trying his luck on land with the opening of Holywater this Wednesday, May 11.

Holy Water
Photograph: Courtesy of Douglas Lyle Thompson

Holywater is a return to Tribeca, a few blocks inland. It still evokes nautical notions through decorative maritime literature, the cozy spaces of the ship’s cabin, and with aesthetic oceanic strokes like bronze mermaids and a lacquered faux hammerhead shark mounted near the bar. Its website also features a testimonial from actor and area resident Harvey Keitel (“I love this joint!”), who is credited with playing the “blue whale customer” on the 1960s soap opera . Dark shadowsmaybe presaging this same adventure.

In keeping with the theme, Holywater’s dinner menu abounds with seafood like oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster, and of course, a couple of shellfish towers. There are also some caviar preparations that go on top of tater tots, as well as larger dishes like lobster fries, crayfish étouffée, burgers, and steak.

Holy Water
Photograph: Courtesy of Douglas Lyle Thompson

Cocktails include the titular Holywater with Rum, Cognac, Chartreuse, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bitters and a Fire Burn, Sazeracs, Sidecars and an Arnold Palmer drink. Beer and wine are also available. Reservations are accepted for the dining room and the bar is open for walk-ins only.

Holywater is located at 112 Reade Street. It will be open daily from 5 pm starting Wednesday, May 11.

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