To quote the website, The Easterly is a shoreline culinary oasis offering innovative craft cocktails and wood-fired cuisine of the rustic Caribbean. Yep. Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The moment you step inside, you’re transported to another place. If Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz came to visit, well, we’re pretty sure she’d say we’re not in Red Hook anymore.
Let’s start with the ambiance. You can tell a lot of thought, planning and care went into the design of this place – the perfect combination of an inviting, upscale, yet comfortably casual, warm, tropical beach vibe.
We opted to share a variety of the hot and cold plates, starting with the Taradito, which consisted of the daily catch, red onion, passion fruit, puffed quinoa, watermelon radish, and prickly pear-coconut water leche de tigre. Sounds deelish, right? It was. Next up was the fresh baked flatbread (with chili herb oil and sea salt) accompanied by three spreads – roasted garlic white bean (by far our favorite…can we just get three of those?). But the fire roasted tomato coconut, and avocado tomatillo salsa verde didn’t suck either.
After that we sampled the octopus, which was grilled and baked with crispy fingerling potatoes, romesco, and herbed yogurt. Quite tasty. And then…pork belly. Oh, yes. Roasted, with sweet potato puree, braised local mustard greens and chipotle-agave glaze. What’s not to like about that? And for the finale we chose mussels in a tomato-coconut milk broth, with sofrito, tomatillo, fresh herbs, and seeded sourdough.
A Breath of Fresh Air in Red Hook – The Easterly
By Sean Liphard, Editor
It finally happened. The Easterly opened near the ferry dock in Red Hook in the old Señor Frog’s location. And. We. Could. Not. Be. Happier. More than two years in the making, The Easterly was well worth the wait. And if you’re familiar with its sister restaurant on St. John, The Longboard, you knew the new kid on The Rock would not disappoint.
From its oyster shell walls, large L-shaped wrap around bar with plenty of seating, to the breezy porch overlooking the water, it’s just what the East End needed.
Now, on to the menu. Separated by an assortment of hot and cold shareable plates, including locally grown produce, ceviche, mussels, octopus and prawns, several main entrées, a fun mix of raw and grilled oysters, plus lobster and whole fish – if you love seafood, you’ll love The Easterly. But, chicken, lamb shank and ribeye are also offered for you landlubbers.
Let’s see, what am I missing? Oh, right. We saved the best for last. The craft cocktails! You really can’t go wrong here, but I opted for the Ahoy Mi Boy, a delightful blend of tequila, watermelon, passion fruit, lime, and black lava sea salt. Yes, please. May I have another? My partner enjoyed the Barb Gnarly, with gin, escubac liqueur, lemon, serrano-basil orange syrup, and rhubarb bitters. The Easterly also offers local brews and a decent wine selection. Cheers!
Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert, however, we can’t wait to go back and try the Dark and Stormy Tart, with ginger mousse, Goslings caramel, and candied lime. What? Well, we weren’t too full for espresso martinis, which we highly recommend, especially because they were garnished with the best coconut biscotti I’ve ever tasted gently laying across the top of the glass.
So, to sum up…for the locals, get there as soon as you can to experience this beautiful new gem of a spot. For the visitors, be sure to add The Easterly to your “must go” list next time you’re here.
The Easterly is open for dinner seven days a week, with the kitchen open from 4 to 10 p.m. and Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Reservations are accepted, though walk-ins are welcome. Call 340-714-1000 or visit www.theeasterlystthomas.com or visit them on Facebook or Instagram.
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