Day 55—Friday, March 5th
The bar at the Water Club Restaurant
I’m meeting my parents again tonight for dinner. Today I was swamped with errands, paying bills, scratching my toes, rubbing my ear lobes and pulling up my socks that I didn’t have time to go to a bar. So I thought I’d do the bar at the place where we’re going out to dinner. My mom and dad don’t know it yet, but they’re not only going out to eat with me, they’re going to be part of the 365 bar crawl. Hello Muddah, hello Faddah!
Here's the hotel my folks are staying at in midtown. We're going to have a pre-dinner drink there.
Obligatory elevator mirror self-portrait!
And here we are, the twelfth floor.
And here they are, my mom and dad enjoying a drink neat the mini-bar in the room! Welcome to New York, mom and dad, cheers!
I surprised them by dressing up for dinner. Here I am with my mom performing my suspended Budweiser over the head trick. (Kids, don't try this at home.)
By magic of the internet and a swift taxi, here we are, The Water Club restaurant and bar.
I guess they don't want people smoking pot before dinner. You'd think they'd encourage it, people would order more.
Here we are at dinner and we were lucky enough to get a window seat here. The view is spectacular from here.
It was tough to get a photo through the window, but here's one without the flash that shows you what we were looking at. Really beautiful.
My mom always gets a dish of ice cream for dessert, and my dad always hopes she can't finish it, so he can do clean up duty.
And tonight he's in luck! Okay, enough of this dinner crap, we need to get to the bar pronto.
And here we are, it's a classy yet comfortable place.
Nicalina was the beautiful and friendly bartender on duty.
Lisa and John were enjoying the fire in the lounge area.
The talented and friendly Robert Mosci is the nightly piano man at the bar. My mom requested "Purple Haze," but he had trouble getting feedback from the piano, so he performed, "Chicago" in honor of our midwestern roots. Check out Robert's website here: Robert Mosci Website.
Max and Jessica were relaxing on the couch, enjoying a drink and Robert's piano stylings.
Liam and Nisa live here in Manhattan and were enjoying a drink at the bar. Cheers!
And there's two familiar faces! Time for a family portrait at the bar.
It's the Wombacher's! Once again, kids, don't try the suspended Budweiser trick at home, it took me years of training to perfect. Goodnight everybody!
Join me on an elevator ride at my folks hotel. Fun, fun, fun!
The breathtaking view is reason enough to visit the Water Club in New York City. The restaurant overlooks the East River and the large windows that line the perimeter of the wall showcase this stunning view. If you’re lucky enough to get a table with a window view you get a great view of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn skyline. As the sun goes down watching the lights go up on the bridge and buildings and reflected into the water is a show unto itself.
The restaurant is spacious and you have plenty of room between tables. The waiters are friendly and swift and the menu includes Lobster Bisque (and take it from me, it’s the best in town!), a Raw Bar featuring Littleneck Or Cherrystone Clams, Shrimp Cocktai and a Chilled Ocean Platter with a selection of lobster, clams, oysters, shrimp and lump crab. Some of the entrees include, Olive Oil Poached Halibu, 14 Oz. Rib Eye Double Cut Colorado Lamb Chops and Maine Lobster with an 8 ounce Filet Mignon.
The bar at the water club is as nice as the restaurant. In keeping with the restaurant’s name, the bar has an aquatic theme with large models and pictures of boats on the river decorating the classy saloon. There’s a full bar, a lounge area with a roaring fireplace and comfortable chairs, couches and nightly live piano music by Robert Mosci. They have a full bar, a wide array of bottled and draft beer and a nice wine list. You can eat at the bar and the bar menu includes a steak sandwich, the Water Club burger and crab cakes. The place is a popular after work spot and on a lot of tourists must-see places. When you experience the Water Club, you’ll see why.
The Water Club
The East River At 30th St. (@ FDR Dr)