Lucy’s Story

Lucy’s first opened its doors in 1985 on the corner of 84th and Columbus Avenue (deep in Manhattan in the upper west side), New York City, far away from the nearest reef break. Owner Bruce Rampick, a native Southern Californian, joined forces with long-board riders, Kim Rampick and Bill Durkin, to open New York’s first “surfer bar” and restaurant. According to legend, lore, and a few interesting characters, the name Lucy is the closest American translation of the Polynesian Goddess of Surfing (that’s our story, anyway). The décor featured old surfboards hung from walls and ceiling accented by red and blue neon lighting, black-and-white surf photos were the artwork of choice, and the wild drink concoctions were laced with tropical toys. The style was relaxed, the Cali-Mex dishes hearty and fulfilling, and the drinks inspired by the ocean breezes and the crashing surf. Long a hangout for  celebrities and sports figures, Lucy’s hosted the likes of David Letterman, Jennifer Anniston, Mariah Carey, and Tom Cruise was a fixture as he trained for the movie, Cocktail.  

Today, you can experience Lucy’s laid-back, surfer-inspired digs at locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Austin, Texas.. In addition to our Cali-Mex favorites, Lucy’s serves Southern delicacies such as Po-boys, Crawfish, Shrimp and Grits, Oysters, refreshing salads and creative brunch items like Eggs Monterey and the Santa Cruz skillet, pancakes and more. Surf’s up, dude…and the legends live on!