Nantucket Restaurants change in 2015

Birds on Madaket beach
Birds on Madaket beach

We’re looking forward to our fall visit to Nantucket and interested in all the new restaurants and changes. If you’re coming any time soon, you might find these suggestions really helpful.

American Season
American Season

First and foremost, American Seasons was sold to Chef Neil Ferguson, after having an excellent ten year run under Michael and Orla LasScola. They remain the proprietors of The Proprietors, a notable small plates restaurant.

Ferguson was most recently the chef at Galley Beach, but has a great deal more freedom in his choices at American Seasons, where his menu includes rabbit terrine, pork chops, ribeye and chicken Ballotine. This hints that the playful aspect of American Seasons remain intact and we can hardly wait.

Corazon sign
Corazon sign

Seth Raynor’s Corazon del Mar has closed, although the Raynors still run both The Boardinghouse and the Pearl. Restaurateur Marco Coelho as bought and remodeled this space, but hasn’t opened anything there yet. However, if you are looking for sushi, you can find it at the relatively new Café V Sushi in the elegant Vanessa Noel Hotel, as well as at Sushi by Yoshi.

Galley Beach, having lost Neil Ferguson, has brought back chef W. Scott Osif, who did a bang-up job before he left two years ago.

Flounder at Galley Beach under Osif
Flounder at Galley Beach under Osif

Meanwhile, if one barbecue restaurant isn’t enough, (we wrote up B-Ack Yard Barbecue last year), Atlas BBQ and Fish House has opened at 130 Pleasant St, not far from Stop and Shop, in the space formerly occupied by Pazzo, and before that by Sfoglia, – using probably the best electric smoker in town (such a smoker should last years). The Atlas menu is barbecue heavy, but you will find salmon, chicken and Friday fish and chips among their extensive selections.

Also new this year is the Grey Lady at 2 Chin’s Way, featuring coastal seafood under chef Dave Nevins. It is a sister to the Grey Lady on Manhattan’s lower East Side. They also have opened a Grey Lady in Aspen. If the address sounds familiar, the Grey lady occupies the space of the old Bamboo Supper Club.

It looks like another great visit to our favorite island!

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