Bar at Galley Beach
A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a chic new facelift for its own 50th anniversary this summer. Brothers and co-proprietors David and Geoffrey Silva (who inherited the business from their parents more than a decade ago) put their heads together with Brazilian restaurateur Marco Coelho, and the resulting new Galley is every bit as successful as the trio’s other venture, Lo La 41°. By day, the elegant, rattan-furnished open-air dining room (which looks right onto the colorful beach umbrellas of the Cliffside Beach Club) still draws old-guard regulars, who pair their lump crab cakes and Pernod-infused escargots with wine by the glass. At night, though, a decidedly trendier scene unfolds in the newly created back room with its sleek zinc bar, and on the torch-lit new beach lounge (where St. Bart’s-style couches sit right on the sand). Here, a young, rich, and expensively dressed crowd canoodles over creative cocktails—like the Back of the House mojito, made with 10 Cane rum, fresh mint, and house-made mojito sorbet—and gets increasingly lively as the night wears on.
Tip: Although a sort of party corridor has formed between the Galley and Lo La 41°, with taxis bringing patrons back and forth between the two spots all night, the cocktail menus at both places are exactly the same.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.