Celebrity Chef David Burke opens second venture in Sea Bright, New Jersey!

World-renowned celebrity chef and New Jersey native David Burke launched his second culinary venture in Sea Bright! Nauti Bar by David Burke - formerly the Tiki Bar – located directly on the beach at Driftwood Cabana Club. The beach bar will be open to the public from October 2018 to May 2019, when it will return to the use only by members of the beach club.


The Stavola family, owners of the Driftwood Cabana Club since 1957, are in partnership with the new Nauti Bar and David Burke and also with the highly acclaimed Drifthouse by David Burke, which opened in March of this year.

Plans for the Nauti Bar - which has stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean - include some interior decorative changes with a nautical theme, a new wood stone oven, new menu, new cocktail list and a dozen beers on tap pouring many local craft beers. The new logo incorporates navigational compass points and a mermaid holding a seahorse – Driftwood’s mascot – in her hand. As in his other restaurants, Chef Burke, a leading pioneer in American cooking, will offer his fresh, creative interpretations in Nauti Bar’s new expanded menu. The kitchen is led by Drifthouse Executive Chef Robert Burke, who is also David’s brother. Some of the dishes for the casual, bar-style menu include Classic Onion Soup, Raw Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Wings, Cheese and Charcuterie Plate, Bacon on a Clothesline, five House-baked Pizzas baked in the wood stone oven, Lobster Roll, Chicken BLT Wrap, and Dry-aged Cheddar Burger, There are also many premium wines by the glass and a full boutique wine list with a generous selection of half bottles and an especially Nauti Cocktail list. lIve music will also be available on some occasions.


Nauti Bar has six big-screen TVs showing NFL Ticket and other pro sports. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3-10 p.m. Friday 3-11 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Monday. There will be Happy Hour specials daily from 4-6 p.m.


Nauti Bar will be open for Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend.


Nauti Bar will be available for private social and business events during the week. Holiday parties are currently being booked. For information call (732) 530-2047.


In a statement, the Stavola family said, “Our collaboration with David Burke with Drifthouse has been a positive experience; and has proven to be very popular at the Jersey Shore. We’re very excited to bring another unique David Burke venture onto our beachfront property.”


David Burke, the former owner of Fromagerie, Rumson, is one of the leading pioneers in American cooking today. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Burke’s career is marked by creativity, critical acclaim and the introduction of revolutionary products and cooking techniques. He is the winner of France’s coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur, the only American to ever achieve this honor, and has also won the Nippon Award for Excellence from the government of Japan, for overall skill and technique. He has appeared on several TV shows, including Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and has received a US patent for his pink Himalayan salt dry-age technique for steaks.


His other restaurants include BLT Prime by David Burke, Washington D.C. Tavern62 by David Burke and Woodpecker by David Burke in Manhattan, Red Salt Room by David Burke, King Bar by David Burke, Patio Bar by David Burke, Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY.; Blue Hen, Salt & Char, Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga, NY; Opening soon Grand Tavern by David Burke, St. Louis, MO; and Ventanas, Fort Lee, NJ.

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17 Oct 2018