In 2017 Empire Oyster Founder Kevin joseph saw a boaT WHILE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING IN TIERRA VERDE, FL…
…and knew right then and there he wanted to buy it. His dream was to refit it and operate it as a seagoing Oyster Bar featuring the finest oyster service as well as top quality Marine Cuisine™ & DelicaSEAS™.
The dream is coming true. Kevin purchased the vessel in February 2019. Since that time he prepared it for a delivery to Huntington, LI where it will operate in the Summer of 2019. On June 17th, 2019, she arrived in Huntington after a short stay in Newport, RI, where she was brought by a freighter from The Bahamas.
ABOUT THE VESSEL
Currently named Dare 2 Dream, RAW BARGE is a 52’ Tug Boat built in 1959 in Louisiana. She turns 60 in 2019 and we plan to celebrate that with the plan below. She makes 3-8 knots @ 1200 RPM (depending on the conditions) and is powered by a single Detroit 6-71 Diesel. She’s an Iron Maiden, made of steel and weights 89,000 pounds She does not get pushed around in small or medium seas like other boats her size. She can sleep up to 8 and has a 30’ x 12’ Topside Deck above the Salon which houses a galley, dining room and head. She also has 2 staterooms for Captain, Crew or Guests.
THE PLAN & 2019 - 2020 SCHEDULE
She left St Pete on April 28th. Made it to Palm Beach on May 6th. From there she went to Freeport, Bahamas and was put aboard a freighter for transport to Newport, RI. We collected her there in early June and by mid June we motored to Block Island, Montauk and, finally, to Huntington, LI, where she is now.
Our plan for 2019 is to offer an exceptional food & beverage experience “on the ball” in Huntington Harbor.
Enjoy sunset paired with our signature Marine Cuisine™ and DelicaSEAS™ while moored in Huntington Harbor. Summer service runs 7pm - 8:30ish. Catch the launch from Knutson Marine West and in 3 minutes you will be aboard.
THE MENU - MARINE CUISINE™ & DELICASEAS™
8 Courses featuring creatures from the river, marsh, bay, shallow seas & deep ocean.
ONE Amuse Bouche - Premium Caviar and Champagne Service to welcome you aboard!
TWO Empire Oyster’s Omakase Oyster Service™ & Accoutrement Premier™ - Multiple varieties of ultra-premium oysters with the finest & most creative toppings and dressings.
THREE Crab O Cado - Peeky Toe Crab & Avodaco Salad with Sweet Corn, Cilantro & Radish served on Belgian Endive Leaves and topped with Red Hawaiian Sea Salt
FOUR Ceviche Especial - Traditional & Creative presentations of the freshest locally caught, never frozen, fin fish or scallops.
FIVE Crudo Primo - Traditional & Creative presentations of the freshest locally caught, never frozen, fin fish.
SIX Smart Shrimp™ - 100% American, Wild Caught Shrimp, poached, chilled & peeled, served whole, “Taco Style” in a single leaf of grilled romaine lettuce with a heirloom tomato salsa. No TOXIC / FROZEN Asian product, EVER!
SEVEN Shark-uterie - Smoked Fish, Pickled & Fermented Vegetables & Seaweeds, Tinned Fish & Shellfish, Cured Meats, Exotic Cheeses, Rare Preserves & Honey, Artisanal Bread & Crackers
EIGHT FIN-ISH - Salty Sweets of the highest quality .
Traditional Grilled Romaine Ceasar Salad with Lobster, Bacon, Chicken and/or Salmon. Or without.
Heirloom Gazpachio made with the finest tomatoes and cucumbers. Served in teacups with a lemon & cumin dusted rim.
Other vegetarian or vegan requests.
If you’d like to book your group of 6 on RAW BARge please send us an email. At this time we are only offering dinner service for groups of 6 or fewer.
$125 per person, plus 8% sales tax & 15% gratuity.
For groups of fewer than 6 we may be able to change the menu to accommodate. Please call with questions or special requests. 917 656 4697.