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Here Are the NYC Boat and Park Restaurants Open for Outdoor Revelry

Warm weather restaurants return to NYC

Dozens of people are seated at tables and chairs on the hull of a boat
Grand Banks
Photo by Doug Lyle Thompson via Grand Banks

Temperatures are finally rising in NYC, and some of the summer’s popular seasonal restaurants are opening their doors. Here are restaurants on boats and in parks that you can hit up for outdoor bites and drinks this week, and check back as more open in the coming weeks.

Boat Basin

The Upper West Side Boat Basin is open. The outdoor restaurant on the Hudson River serves sandwiches, salads, and burgers. West 79th Street and Hudson River

The Frying Pan

The outdoor frat party that is The Frying Pan is back in action, serving buckets of beer and fried food to the masses. It’s open from noon to sunset for the rest of the season. Expect lines. Pier 66 at West 26th Street, NYC


New York City’s artisanal pizza chain Fornino opens its seasonal Brooklyn Bridge Park rooftop location at 5 p.m. Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

North River Lobster Company

Pier 81’s three-floor yacht-meets-lobster-shack, North River Lobster Company, is back at it, open Monday and Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday starting at noon. In addition to the lobster, the boat has burgers, a raw bar, and more. Roundtrip cruises last about 45 minutes. Pier 81 at West 41st Street

Grand Banks

Tribeca’s seafood sailboat Grand Banks is back in full swing, slinging six kinds of oysters and small plates like ceviche and burrata. There’s also a lobster roll and a “caviar latke” on the menu. Caviar service for $75 is also available on board, along with an extravagant $200 lobster rolls, champagne, and french fries combo. Pier 25 at North Moore Street

Brooklyn Barge
Brooklyn Barge
Brooklyn Barge [Official Photo]

The Brooklyn Barge

The Brooklyn Barge — Greenpoint’s waterfront seasonal bar with a killer view of Manhattan — serves cocktails like a take on a piña colada, beer by the pitcher for $24, and $8 glasses of draft wine from Pump House, a North Fork winery. Food is a slew of bar fare, like nachos, sliders, french fries, and guacamole. Fish tacos and sandwiches round things out. Milton Alley and the East River, Greenpoint

Island Oyster

The Grand Banks’ team also has a waterfront oyster bar a ferry ride away over on Governor’s Island. Island Oyster has, of course, a selection of raw oysters, a tight menu of entrees like a burger and fish taco, and cocktails like a mai tai and a sazerac. The breezy bar has a full view of downtown Manhattan. 146 Carder Road, Governors Island


Also from the Grand Banks team, Pilot is a boat over at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it will start business on Thursday, May 24 in time for Memorial Day weekend. Like with other Grand Banks projects, the boat restaurant serves a selection of raw oysters and seafood entrees, such as seared scallops, a lobster roll, and a softshell crab po’ boy. Lots of cocktails are available as well. Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Turf Club and Mister Dips

The outdoor green space at the very top of the William Vale Hotel — right above Noho Hospitality Group’s cocktail lounge Westlight — will have a seasonal restaurant called The Turf Club. The hotel is the tallest building in Williamsburg, so crazy views are built in, but starting Memorial Day weekend, it will also host lawn games and music. A petite food menu of lobster rolls, corn dogs, soft pretzels, and strawberry-shortcake ice cream sandwiches will be available, along with drinks. It’s open Friday from 4 p.m. until dark and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until dark. Also open at the hotel is food Airstream Mister Dips. It’s on an elevated park closer to the ground floor of William Vale and offers a summery menu of griddle burgers and elaborate soft-serve ice cream cones. 111 North 12th St., between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

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