Executive Chef Pete McMahon has brought in the big guns at Ivy, marking the 2015 season with a brand new menu. Chef Aileen Delario can be credited with the new lineup of goodies. Her experience includes the Cultured Pearl and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, and her affinity for cooking stems from her mother and grandmother, and she has garnered a number of accolades, including a Chef of the Year award and first place at several Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festivals.
The decor and lighting at Ivy are just as good as ever, and as the sun dips below the horizon, the visual experience ramps up appropriately. Hundreds of snow-white books are illuminated in deep colors that either change slowly over time or move in rhythm with the music. (It depends on what time it is.)
The DJ booth in the middle of the room is flanked by VIP seating with low couches and spacious tables (bottle service is available there). The food lends itself to this sort of seating, as much of it can be easily negotiated with your fingers. The separated couch/table areas also occupy the two front corners of the room on the bay side. The bar is huge and faces the tiny beach filled with tables and an inviting gazebo). And pretty much everything is wired into the lighting system. A dress code exists, but it's pretty much common sense. No wet bathing suits, no PJs and no big ol' schmatas. So there. Now let's get down to business.
Of course, by sunset we can only hope you're on your second martini – check out some of the good sunset photos in the gallery.
I was the first to break the news of Ivy's opening in spring 2012, and there's a brand new menu for 2015. The “tiny plates” tapas have morphed into slightly bigger appetizer selections, and they kept about half of the original offerings. Entrees are now front and center. But the new goodies are quickly becoming favorites, so we're doing a few visits to bring you more photos and news of what's on the menu at the newly reinvented Ivy.
Romaine Salad w fried anchovies1/22 This is what happens after dark!2/22 Lasers, strobes and speakers. Oh my!3/22 DJ Jazzy Jeff on opening night4/22 Some of the indigenous fauna. Photo courtesy Cape Gazette.5/22 Sunset free of charge. Get a martini!6/22 Tables on the sand. Is the beach or what!?!?!7/22 When the deep purple falls….8/22 Blue on blue…….9/22 Now isn't that nice!10/22 Ivy11/22 Ivy12/22 Ivy13/22 Ivy14/22 Ivy15/22 Ivy16/22 Ivy17/22 Ivy18/22 Ivy19/22 Ivy20/22 Ivy21/22 Ivy22/22
For those of you who are concerned about these things, Ivy in fact represents a good value for what you get. There you are, watching the Rehoboth Bay lap up onto your own sandy shore as the sun slowly dips below Thompson Island. A multi-thousand dollar lighting and sound system gently pulses around you (and slowly increases in aforementioned pulsation as the evening progresses). Enjoy the generous cocktails, and you can make an evening of this place. Stay long enough, and you can even enjoy the newest craze, Silent Disco. Nope, you'll have to figure that one out for yourself. I can't reveal all the surprises….
By the way, half-price martini night is Wednesdays! Ivy is in the old Venus on the Half Shell/Coconuts location at 136 Dagsworthy Ave. You can't miss the place. If you pass it, you'll get wet. There's tons of free parking.
See the menu here. (D., Bar, Late nite) Price Range: Moderate.
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