We are happy to announce that Cru was featured in the SAVEUR magazine in May 15th issue. Please read the article below.
May 15, 2014
A Dozen Things to Do in Nantucket
This classic East Coast vacation spot has much to offer, both on- and off-season
By Kellie Evans
In the dialect of the Wampanog Indians, the island's native inhabitants, "Nantucket" means "The Faraway Land"—and in this promise of escape, the sleepy, picturesque island draws nearly 200,000 visitors a year. Just 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Nantucket is near to bursting during the steamy summer months; the modest off-season population of around 11,000 swells to over 60,000 with the arrival of day-trippers and renters, who mix and mingle among the locals at farmers’ markets, shops, bars, and restaurants. The high season kicks off on Memorial Day while Labor Day generally marks the close, and while there are plenty of reasons to visit in the off-season, just a few hardy restaurants and shops will remain open for the landlubbers who dwell on the 14 mile island. Here, a selection of my favorites, for the summer season and beyond:
INDULGE IN SEAFOOD AT CRU
On the site of a former fried clam-slinging local dive bar carpeted in AstroTurf now stands the understatedly elegant restaurant Cru, helmed by an intrepid trio: Jane Stoddard, who handles the day-to-day operations and special events, Carlos Hidalgo, handling libations, and the loveliest of chefs, Erin Zircher. While honoring her impressive résumé of globetrotting and classical French training, Erin’s menu ebbs and flows with seasonal, locally grown produce, and a bounty of shellfish and seafood from the rich waters surrounding the island. When you finally decide on which masterfully curated cocktail to imbibe, don’t forget to order a pile of fresh corn hushpuppies glistening in a sticky Aleppo-spiced honey butter as a preamble to what’s sure to be a memorable meal. They may be more sophisticated, but you can still get fried clams; try the fried Ipswich clams with Meyer lemon tartar sauce, unctuous blue crab cocktail with both zesty cocktail and horseradish cream sauces, Nantucket-harvested oysters, exquisitely prepared pork schnitzel, and warm-buttered lobster rolls.
1 Straight Wharf
Nantucket, MA 02554