From The Coast’s reader-selected “Best New Restaurant” honours in 1999 to joining a roster of Canada’s best, The Press Gang restaurant and oyster bar has new reason to celebrate. The Prince Street seafood and cocktail hub was just named one of the “Top 100 Restaurants in Canada” by reservation and review platform OpenTable.
The honours come from a survey of roughly “1.1 million diner reviews” and reservations, according to the booking site. The Press Gang comes as the lone Halifax honouree on the list—and one of three Nova Scotian restaurants, along with New Glasgow’s Tilly’s Kitchen and Annapolis Royal’s Founders House.
Bryan Corkery, executive chef at The Press Gang, tells The Coast it’s a “quite an honour” to make the list.
Founded in 1999, the Halifax oyster bar has been a favourite of Sidney Crosby’s and a member of Eater’s “Essential Restaurants of Halifax.” It has also become popular with visiting actors through the years. (Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Kevin Spacey shared a table at the bar in 2001 during filming for The Shipping News and K-19: The Widowmaker. Tom Selleck enjoyed the menu.)
Corkery recalls Ford and his company as “regulars in the dining room,” which the chef credits to the worth-of-mouth The Press Gang enjoys.
“There’s no pretensions; there’s no stuffiness; there’s no stodginess. You’re welcomed with a friendly smile... and the dining is amazing.”