One must tread very carefully.
And while you didn’t plan on it, you and your pal’s former flame seem to be on that path. And you need somewhere safe to see it through. Tonight.
Out of state seems to be the way to go. We’re thinking Portsmouth, NH.
For this: Martingale Wharf, downtown’s newest waterfront watering hole in a refurbished wharf from the 1800s, now open.
Fade in: you and danger-zone head here, hand in hand, and descend the granite steps, landing on the sprawling, 100-seat, killer-sunset-observing deck with unreal views of the Piscataqua River (and the occasional on-shift lobster fisherman).
Once inside, you’ll grab a seat at the 360-degree, LED-lit glass bar for a few local pints (Smuttynose, Tuckerman) or a meaty bottle of red. Vantage points from it: the Sarah Long Bridge across the water, the massive mahogany wine display inside (it holds 2,200 bottles) and the wall-sized nautical maps, handy for charting your next weekend schooner excursion over foie gras and local charcuterie (salted meats have fueled sailing voyages for centuries).
They’re also building a separate lounge in the back with all-leather couches, 55-inch plasma TVs and a touch more privacy.
But if it’s real privacy you need, there’s an inn down the road.