New NYC Cocktail Bar located in Manhattan’s coveted Soho area. The Ship features an open air concept lounge with high ceilings creating a unique appeal. Feeder tested the waters at The Ship and has a full report full speed ahead. Aye aye Captain!
New NYC Cocktail Bar
Feederie Alert: The chefs that brought NYC hidden bars PDT and Little Branch open an underground lounge in the Soho/Little Italy area of Manhattan.
Although, The Ship doesn’t have the same speakeasy feel that PDT and Little Branch are known for, The Ship is somewhat reminiscent of a speakeasy. The door isn’t marked very well and there isn’t much around the entrance, but a bouncer in black standing outside the door gives away its entrance. There’s a long hallway after the entrance that leads to the top of the stairs. There are high ceilings and the staircase down leads you to the bar/seating area, which is very open. The lounge gives off an “underground basement feel” but in a very classy, pristine way. No other restaurant/bar gives off this type of “underground basement” feel. It’s the first of its class! And for that, these restaurateurs definitely hit a home run. However, I didn’t get The Ship connection. I imagine that you are supposed to feel like you are venturing down to the bottom of a ship… although, lacking ship and nautical interior or décor, I’m not sure how that feeling is supposed to be portrayed.
The Ship flaunts a fairly typical “trendy lounge” look, nothing special there. Although, the lofty open air space from the high ceilings is something that is worth checking out. Definitely different… and a stunner at that.
This new NYC cocktail bar offers a list of uncanny cocktails, fine liquors, and small bites. The cocktails are $14 apiece, which is the going rate for a place like this in Manhattan. They were good, what I would expect from a high quality lounge. They have different concoctions, focusing a lot of efforts on whiskey. The drinks are strong and enjoyable to sip on… You will get your money’s worth out of the $14 drink! The drinks are very well thought out and are concoctions that you would expect from a group of cocktail masters like this…
I will say the cheese platter is well worth $14, with three very generous portions of cheese and all three cheeses were delicious! One of the better cheese platters I’ve had in Manhattan!
Overall, given the names who started this lounge, I would expect it to pick up a lot in the near future! It might even be the next hot spot… maybe you should take your friends now and say you found it first!
And, it’s in a pretty good spot of town, so if you get bored there, go across the street to babygrand for some karaoke. Or make your way to the LES which is just a hop skip and a jump away with plenty of bars offering the same thing in a much smaller space.
FeedMeMore of The Ship: You betcha. Drinks aren’t horribly expensive and there’s just so much open room… who wouldn’t want to go a time or two?