Fresh Salt is a neighborhood bar and cafe tucked away in a historic red-brick building near the South Street Seaport. I love their relaxed casual vibe, and it's one of my favorite local spots. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood, and vintage touches. The restaurant, open since 2004, is named after the faded signage out front that reads "Fresh Salt and Smoked Fish". The seaport was once a bustling fish market, and the building was originally used as a smokehouse in the late 1800's. Today the cafe specializes in comfort food and tasty sandwiches, and the bar is open until 4 am 7 days a week! This is a great spot for a casual lunch, an after work drink, or a low-key first date. Keep reading to see a full tour of this charming and historic space:
The restaurant is located on a historic street in the South Street Seaport. One of their most popular items is the signature "Salt" sandwich which features spec, avocado, lettuce and tomato with chipotle mayo on a ciabatta bun. Delicious!
The dining area is cozy, and clad in reclaimed wood.
Located at 146 Beekman Street, the bar serves drinks until 4 am 7 days a week.
The space is filled with historic charm and character, and gets great light filtering in through the windows. The seating is simple and cozy. Rough brick, reclaimed wood, and cement tiles create a relaxed and rustic vibe.
The restaurant sustained major damage after Hurricane Sandy, when it was flooded with 7 ft of water. But the owners did their best to restore the place to it's original glory. The reclaimed wood used for the repairs is older than the building itself! It's from the 1860's and belonged to one of the restaurant's partners.
Fresh Salt is a popular hang out for locals. You can grab a seat at the bar for a quick bite, or bring your laptop for an afternoon work sesh. The staff is warm and welcoming, and will make you feel right at home.
Be sure to check out Fresh Salt the next time you are in the neighborhood for a friendly, local bite!