Sink/Swim, had opened in my neighborhood, within easy walking distance, while I was vacationing in Peru, so I made a point to check them out when I was unpacked and resettled in the routine of regular life. The exterior of the restaurant is white painted cinder block with a large front window. The sign Sink|Swim is painted simply on the upper right corner of the restaurant in black lettering. The dining room is narrow and deep with a long bar along one wall. The walls are white painted brick with paintings of men that look like old sea captains and there is a composite floor. There are blue padded leather booths along the wall opposite the bar (which has blue seats) and a lot of design elements that wave back to their seafood shack origins. The menu was divided into Snacks, Cold Appetizers, Warm Appetizers, Entrees, and Dessert. I didn't sample from the Snacks, but I did try something from every other section. I started with the Beef and Oyster Tartare with Malt Chips, Caramelized Shallots, and Horseradish. I like beef tartare, but I had never had it with oysters. The combination was ground more coarsely, and had a nice crunch with the malt chips mixed in. The horseradish and the shallots went well with the combination with the horseradish providing a nasal clearing burn and the shallots adding a sweet finish.
Nico Osteria. It actually seemed to be a variation on something I had had at Nico Osteria. I had Spaghettone, which was Spaghetti with Clams, Dashi, Pepper, Pecorino Cheese, and Onion Brulee. There was spaghetti on the menu at Nico, but it didn't have clams. The pasta that had clams, Paccheri, also had sausage though, so it was a different dish despite the similarities. The spaghetti was al dente, there were plenty of clams and cheese, and the onion brulee added a nice onion flavor with a crisp sweetness. The dashi provided a savory finish. Despite the fact that I liked this dish and thought that it had a lot of good flavor, I would have preferred, if possible (it really wasn't), not to have to eat around the clam shells.
I like Sink|Swim and think that it's a good addition to the neighborhood. My meal was good and the service was friendly and helpful and I can easily see myself returning.