It is our duty and pleasure to make the all important rounds of sampling the best restaurants of Newport RI. (Somebody's gotta do it). This is our job, making sure when we give you our recommendations, you are pleased with our selections. Whether it's attractions, shopping or dining, we scout out our recommendations as we concierge you on the City by the Sea. As for dining, one restaurant we consistently recommend to our guests is Fluke wine,bar and kitchen. Last night, we made our way to the popular wharfs of Bannister and Bowens. Tucked away on two floors above Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI is Flukes wine,bar and kitchen. The restaurant is facing the Newport RI harbor. During sunlight hours, the rays bounce off the Narragansett Bay and at dusk sunsets can be exquisite and the back drop of the Newport Bridge looks like a pearl necklace, draped across the sky. On this night, the fog hung lightly over the wharf, making this wharf no less exquisite and all the more intriguing to be out and about in Newport RI. As we made our way up the stairs to the restaurant, we were greeted by Jeff and Geremie Callaghan, the owners of Flukes; whom we have worked closely with since their opening in 2007. With each passing year, this restaurant gets better and better and our dinner last night gives us all the more reason to continue our support of their culinary efforts. The restaurant is modeled after the cutting-edge spots they loved while living 15 years in New York City, only softened by their personal touches. Fluke's relaxed, modern American cuisine is perfect for any occasion. They up'ed the anti in 2009 by hiring executive chef Neil Manacle (a J&W grad) and sous chef Kevin King, both imported from Manhattan. The food is fun and creative and fresh as the day. The sea provides beautiful fish, which inspires them and the most seasonal and local foods are always paramount to their dishes . But then there is the land, too. The Callaghans have contracted for four acres at nearby Rhode Island Nursery to be farmed for them. Zucchini blossoms and snow peas are just the beginning of what it will produce this season. The energy expended on this restaurant, makes this restaurant Darlene and Daryl McKenzie, innkeepers of the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast, Newport RI one of the top picks of the season.
Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, (401) 218-7884, flukewinebar.com. Casually upscale. On street parking; pay lots. Reservations. Not wheelchair accessible. Highchairs. AE, MC, V. Open daily at 5 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Small plates $6-$13; large plates $12-$38. Extensive cocktail menu and wines by the bottle and glass.
Summer Hours: Open nightly from 5 pm
Winter Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday from 5 pm
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The 39th Annual Newport International Boat Show, September 17-20, 2009, will feature new sailboats and powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors.
2009 Show Dates
September 17-20, 2009
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Multiple waterfront facilities along America's Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf and Newport Harbor Hotel. All Show sites are accessible by land or by FREE water taxis service.
NEW SPECIAL EVENT:
Gary Jobson Presents: Upcoming Events in Sailing 2009 Plus Update on the America's Cup Saturday, September 19, 10:00 - 11: 00 AM Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina Ballroom FREE with Boat Show Ticket
CPR/AED and First Aid Certification Clinics Offered during Newport International Boat Show By First Responder Educational Services
GENERAL PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND EXHIBITOR PARTY TO SUPPORT ITRS:
Show your support by attending the Newport International Boat Show Exhibitor Party on Friday evening from 6 - 8 pm at Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and please make a donation. The general public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $50.00 at the reception table.
Newport International Boat Show Special Classroom Series
Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather - Two- Part Course Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20th, 2009 at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina - Ballroom (on Show site) Register Early - Space is Limited!
(Receive a Complimentary Boat Show Ticket When You Register - Value $22.50) Sponsors: Sailing World and Motor Boating.