Honeymoon Guide: New Providence & Grand Bahama
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BAHAMIAN KITCHEN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
Trinity Place, off Market Street
Nassau, New Providence
Paradise Island, Cable Beach and to a certain extent Nassau are ever more awash in chichi dining spots catering to sophisticated visitors. But first we want to mention this homey, sometimes busy spot on a side street in the heart of downtown, where you can find some real-deal Bahamian grub and hang with real-deal locals. Seafood’s big—you can’t go too wrong with the snapper, grouper or conch (this last cracked or in fritters or chowder). Service? Usually pretty friendly, if a bit on "island time"—but jeez, Louise, you’re chilling on your honeymoon, and hanging out with a couple of cold ones gives you all the more time to soak up the local flavor.
BECKY’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
East Sunrise Highway at East Beach Drive
Freeport, Grand Bahama
For a sampling of some down-home Bahamian soul food at very down-home prices, look for the yellow building with white trim and plop yourself down next to the locals at this laid-back, casual (well, not too casual—no swimsuits) joint in untouristy Freeport, right near the International Bazaar and Perfume Factory (see Shop). Yes, there is a Becky: She and hubby Berkeley Smith can be found here most days, making sure the cracked conch, peas ’n’ rice (rice and beans) and souse (meat or fish stew boiled with citrus juice and veggies) keep coming. Wash it all down with some crisp Kalik beer—or simply skip the food and knock back a few Kaliks or whatever’s your poison during happy hour (5–7 p.m.).
West Bay Street
Gambier, New Providence
You’d pretty much expect a resort centered on a cluster of Crayola-hued wooden luxury shacks to have an equally whimsical yet high-quality cantina. And sure enough, the feel here, out on Love Beach (west of Cable Beach), is funky and festive. The restaurant’s roomy poolside terrace is a great spot for taking in a dramatic Bahamian sunset while downing some exceptionally tasty fare, from New American (baby back ribs marinated in the restaurant’s own special sauce) to straight-ahead Caribbean (pan-fried conch) to imaginative hybrids (a seafood pot pie including lobster, conch and shrimp with vegetables and potatoes baked in a puffed pastry). The wine list may not be long, but it’s eclectic and well chosen.
One&Only Ocean Club
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Tel. 242-363-2501, ext. 64757
Set amid the dunes of Paradise Island in one of the Bahamas’ most upscale resorts, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s only foothold down in the islands is a study in dramatic black minimalist chic from French interior design superstar Christian Liaigre. Here J.-G. takes some of the signature dishes from his New York restaurants (Jean Georges, Vong, Mercer Kitchen, etc.) and gooses ’em with a little Caribbean zing, to produce such delectables as roasted grouper with an herb mash. Foodies like sitting by the blue-glass wall facing into the kitchen; lovers prefer the open-air terrace with sweeping views over the big blue.