Blue Water Grill & metropolis
A Wave of Renovations Creates a Splash in New York’s Seafood Scene
Blue Water Grill has been serving Union Square fresh, modern American seafood for two decades. Always looking for ways to support local purveyors and self-sustainability, they actively support vendors from the Union Square Greenmarket. To keep up with the fast-paced city, they have recently updated the restaurant’s appearance in a series of renovations; the largest, a decadent oyster room and cocktail lounge, called Metropolis.
Located in the heart of Union Square in what used to be the Metropolis Bank, hence the name of the new addition, the building’s rich history has not been left behind. The renovation of Blue Water Grill has placed the bar in the center of the room and separated tables to create an airy, open space. Calcutta marble brightens the top of the bar and you can take a seat on the new brass-and-leather bar stools. Dazzling, modern chandeliers covered in gold with pops of light highlight the historic architecture of the elegant coffer ceiling and wainscoted walls.
The appearance of the restaurant has not been the only change. New executive chef, Chris Meenan has 25 years of experience to bring to the new menu. Sharing the restaurant’s passion for locally sourced ingredients, the menu features entrees such as Blackened Swordfish, perfectly cooked swordfish with tangy barbecued shrimp, sweet potatoes and braised greens.
Look over the lights of Union Square while enjoying an autumnal cocktail, called the Jack’s Apple, with Baron Blanco tequila, fresh market cider and apple bitters. For dessert, try the indulgent Valrhona Chocolate Mousse garnished with Oreo crumbles.
For live jazz music infused with stunning architecture and sublime seafood and cocktails to share, their new lounge, Metropolis is the place to go. Located in what used to be the vault of the Metropolis Bank, the low-lit atmosphere creates an intimate environment for drinks and divine assortments of seafood for a romantic evening or a night out with friends. Velvet drapes line the walls and a gray marble bar creates the platform for heavenly cocktails. Red banquettes bloom like roses within the cozy ambiance of the room.
Chef Adam Raskin is the chef at Metropolis and has been working at restaurants since he was 14 years old. A variety of flavored oysters ensure everyone will be happy. Try the Baron Margarita Jalapeño oysters bursting with flavor and color. Indulge in the Ocean Water Ponzu shooter, each served in an individually garnished shot glass, invigorating your palate.
If you are not in the mood for seafood, Metropolis offers several other options, including the Metropolis Cheese Steak, tender steak atop a warm bun with creamy cheese. For poultry lovers, try a savory chicken dish, the succulent Sullivan Farmhouse Roasted Chicken Grandmere.
It is impossible to ignore Metropolis’s menu’s unique cocktails. The Spiced Girl consists of Grey Goose vodka, pomegranate juice, nutmeg and cardamom syrup for an enticing experience of spices. For six to eight friends or family, the Fruit Smash is a refreshing cocktail with Avion Balanco tequila, seasonal market fruits and garnished with fresh mint. For dessert, sip on a hot cappuccino paired with a warm apple crisp and magical Mexican cinnamon gelato.
Serving some of the freshest seafood and decadent cocktails in New York City both Blue Water Grill and Metropolis are the spots to dine amidst beautiful architecture in Union Square. Step away from the commotion of daily city life and sink into Metropolis’s dreamy banquettes or Blue Water Grill’s enchanting interior for a night that will be remembered.
31 Union Square
NY, NY 10003