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Posted: Jun 01, 2022

I'm on Boat: NYC Edition

  • new york city
  • restaurants
  • boats + beaches
  • bars

Who says you need to go to Long Island or the Jersey Shore to be out on the water this summer? From the East River to Hudson, New York City has restaurants and bars on boats abound. Here are the best places to eat and drink off land.

01

Grand Banks

West St, New York, NY 10013

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Just off the coast of Tribeca, Grand Banks is the perfect spot for oysters, small bites, and drinks aboard a docked sailboat on a sunny date.

02

Frying Pan

205 12th Ave (at Pier 66 on W 26th St), New York, NY 10001

Frying Pan

This restored Coastguard lightship is docked off Pier 66 in Chelsea. Open from May to October, it boasts a lively bar scene and a seafood forward menu. While it can feel a little like a frat party, it's also a classic staple of the boat bar scene in NYC.

03

The Honorable William Wall

NY Harbor (near Ellis Island), New York, NJ

The Honorable William Wall

NY Harbor (near Ellis Island), New York, NJ

The Honorable William Wall is Manhattan Yacht Club's floating clubhouse in the harbor. Nicknamed the "Willy Wall", this steel barge has an open air deck, enclosed lower level loung and killer Manhattan skyline views.

04

North River Lobster Company

Pier 81, W 41st St and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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Welcome to New York City’s first and only floating (and cruising) lobster shack. All you need is $10 to hop aboard this 3-story yacht and take a cruise around Manhattan. The seafood forward menu is is perfect for a summer day and features a 2 ft long lobster roll.

05

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Looking for a boozy boat docked outside at Brooklyn Bridge Park? This seasonal oyster bar aboard one of America's most prized wooden schooner serves up sustainably harvested oysters, nautically inspired cocktails, and unrivaled skyline views.

06

The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Permanently tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge, the River Cafe is the classy, classic, on the water dining experience in NYC. Sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty along with the Michelin-starred menu make this restaurant a bucket list spot for any New Yorker.

07

La Barca Cantina

Pier 81, W 41st St and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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Tacos on a boat. Need we say more? Oh yeah, there's also mezcal, cocktails, and some killer views while you cruise along the Hudson river.

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