For a Taste of the Beach Head to Williamsburg's Surf Bar
Maybe this isn't your weekend for the beach house on Fire Island? Don't despair. Surf Bar will make you feel like you're in a tropical paradise replete with sandy floors, beach kitsch and an expansive garden deck with tiki lights. A sun-bleached surfer in Jams wouldn't be out of place.
Specializing in an eclectic menu of seafood, I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness, prices and taste in the no frills food. Calamari, easily overcooked, was nice and tender in the salad of mixed greens. I also tried the seafood gumbo where plump shrimp, scallops and other fish were served on a skewer in a chunky tomato sauce, accompanied by fried corn meal. The fried yucca and sweet potato fries made tasty side dishes while one of my dining companions proclaimed that his whole sea bass done "Costa Rican" style may have been the best he's had. The peel and eat jumbo shrimp in Old Bay seasoning was a treat as well. For dessert we tried the "ridiculously" (the waitress's words) chocolate ice cream which tasted just normal to me.
Overall Surf Bar is a fun, laid back place. For the summer time it's perfect and in the winter I can see it coming in handy to fight off the February blues.
Surf Bar is located at 139 N. 6th St., (718) 302-4441