Sept. 12, 2013 By Christian Murray
A new restaurant that will focus primarily on seafood is expected to open this weekend.
Murphy’s Lobster Grill, located at 48-18 Skillman Avenue, takes over the space that had previously been an Ecuadorian nightclub.
Mike Murphy, the owner of the new restaurant, is also the proprietor of Murphy’s Bar, a neighborhood pub located next door. He took over the space at the end of last year and began merging it with his existing pub.
Murphy has been meticulous in transforming the restaurant into a seafaring experience. The tables and chairs are made of reclaimed wood and so too is the raw bar. There are pictures of old ships doing battle in New York Harbor and an old cannon is placed above the raw bar.
The restaurant walls are decked out with pictures of the ports of Galway. The restaurant also features an anchor, a treasure chest and a large marlin replica. The doors to the kitchen appear to have port holes.
The menu is almost exclusively seafood. Murphy offers two seafood towers—with the smaller one comprised of a 1/2 Lobster, 3 Oysters, 3 Clams, 3 Shrimps, 6 Mussels & 1 Crab Leg.
Appetizers include baked claims, while entrees include a steamed lobster platter or a seafood pot pie. He also offers salads, steak and a curried chicken dish.
Murphy has kept the relationship between the bar and the restaurant flexible. He has French doors to separate the two if needed.
The restaurant also features a private booth—located behind a velvet curtain– where people can go out for a special evening and order bottle service.
The restaurant also has a front patio area where customers can sit near the sidewalk, yet still be within the restaurant.