New waterfront restaurant opens as Cape May ferry park overhaul continues

Boat Drinks was launched in a newly refurbished space in the Cape May Lewes terminal. Image courtesy of Ferry Park.

The ongoing revitalization of the Cape May Ferry Terminal reached a new milestone earlier this week when the third of four planned new restaurants welcomed its first customers.

On May 11, Boat Drinks launched its “new take on bar food” in the newly renovated space at Cape May – Lewes Terminal. Located at 1200 Lincoln Boulevard in North Cape May, the restaurant is perched along the Delaware Bay just off the ferry docks and is running a special “shots across the bow” where customers can purchase a shot of 2 $ each time a ferry docks at the terminal.

Cape May Ferry Terminal
Lewes station. Image courtesy of Ferry Park.

The Boat Drinks menu includes an array of dips and crudités as well as innovative salads and soups like a Cajun crab and corn bisque. The grill offers a selection of paninis, including a variety of mushrooms and goat cheese as well as a Cuban sandwich, while drinks include a host of cocktails and draft beers from local spots like Cape May Brewing Company and Dogfish Head .

Featuring live music daily and opening at 11am, Boat Drinks is the third restaurant to open at the terminal in recent months. The overhaul is being undertaken by Exit Zero Hospitality, which is partnering with the Delaware River and Bay Authority to elevate the generally utilitarian facility.

The company operates the Exit Zero filling station in West Cape May and signed a ten-year lease on the ferry’s property before starting renovations last fall. The group last month opened a fine dining experience on the building’s second floor dubbed The Lookout, an octagonal-shaped restaurant with panoramic views of the Delaware Bay.

Cape May Lookout
The lookout. Image courtesy of Ferry Park.

Besides the indoor dining area, The Lookout also features a patio with gas fireplaces and a 50-seat bar. A full raw sea bass graces the menu, as do choice cuts like bone-in cowboy ribeye and seafood dishes like Scotch salmon wellington or cream of cognac lobster tail.

Lookout Cape May Menu
The menu offers choice cuts and seafood dishes. Image courtesy of Ferry Park.

The new dining options follow the opening of Café 64 in the terminal’s former gift shop last September. This spot, named after the 1964 ferry service started on the property, uses a quick-service model and offers egg sandwiches, wraps, and more for people on the go.

The fourth and final restaurant planned for the terminal is Exit Zero Ferry Station. Scheduled to open later this spring, the 300-seat restaurant is the “beachfront sibling” of the existing West Cape May Group business which offers an eclectic menu ranging from their Hot Chick sandwiches, Pad Thai, coleslaw bites -flower and Thai shrimp soup.

The terminal redesign is the first part of a larger project called Ferry Park, which aims to transform the region into a pure destination that better connects with the surrounding region. The plan calls for a new community park with landscaping, recreational games and a mini shopping village that will feature some of Cape May’s favorite stores.

This phase of construction at Ferry Park is expected to begin in the fall following the summer tourist season, which is expected to include a series of concerts, yoga and movies on the property’s lawn and several art gallery exhibits.

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