Bon Chovie, the ambitious seafood stand at Smorgasburg that made fried anchovies sexy, now has a brick-and-mortar location in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Owner Renae Holland is at the helm. Aside from anchovies, the restaurant is cooking up crab and lobster dishes and a burger for landlubbers.
Some of the more creative items include "Crabby Mac" ($12) made with lump crab meat. Lobster can be substituted for a few bucks more. There are jumbo peel-and-eat prawns with a house-made tartare sauce at three bucks a pop. Different chowders are also being offered on a weekly basis.
We tried a few of the house favorites starting with a basket of anchovies ($8). I'll have to admit I'm not quite sold on the idea of deep-fried anchovies, but I did enjoy dipping their crispy little heads into some zesty aioli with smoked paprika. Fish and Chips ($14) are made with chucks of cod, beer-battered and fried until golden brown. The fries laced with Old Bay seasoning are also quite good. A basket of fried shrimp ($14) hit the spot. My only wish is that there were more shrimps.
Bon Chovie is also selling a Classic Caesar ($8) with shaved parmesan, crushed croutons and homemade dressing with anchovies of course. If you like, you can add a skewer of grilled shrimp, salmon and crispy calamari to it. A lobster roll with lemon mayo ($18) is served on a warm buttered roll. Other sandwiches include a grilled salmon burger, crispy cod with chipotle slaw and Surf N Turf; a cheeseburger topped with fresh lobster salad. Grilled Mahi Mahi tacos ($14) get topped with a mango salsa. Finish it off with a slice of key lime pie, or chocolate peanut butter tart.
Bon Chovie is brash and fun. The crowd is young. Drop anchor and give 'em a try.