“This is my first day off since the hurricane,” said Sherry Delamarter, the owner of Cowgirl Sea-Horse, on Wednesday morning. Sea-Horse is the even farther downtown sister of Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, and was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Sea-Horse endured up to six feet of flooding inside the restaurant. Yesterday was the first day they were able to serve food to patrons.
“The neighborhood is much worse than the press is saying,” Delamarter said. One block of Front Street is completely boarded up, while Pier 17 is dark. She said her establishment is one of three restaurants open in a couple-block radius.
Since the storm, they were able to serve up booze to patrons, but on Tuesday, they began making chicken, shrimp, beef, and black bean tacos, nachos, guacamole, and black-eyed-pea salsa.
“We’ll hopefully be making egg dishes this weekend,” Delamarter said, and they’re thinking of serving breakfast on a daily basis. “No one is able to serve that down here.”
As much of the area is closed, Delamarter said she’s had to walk 20 minutes to find food for her staff. Now they’re just excited to serve the neighborhood. “Yesterday, our cooks said they could make us lunch,” she said. “The idea that we can have food here is thrilling.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 28, 2012