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Grand Banks: drinks on a boat in New York

Summer in New York is not perfect: there are days that are too hot and our beaches (far from Manhattan) are not like Miami. However, as summer is short – and the winter is sooo long – I do not even complain. There are things to do here all year long – but it is certainly during the summer that the offer of activities is more intense, you can not deny. A few weeks ago, we were at the Grand Banks: a bar and restaurant located on a … boat!

Hand-built and christened in 1942, the F/V Sherman Zwicker is the last original salt bank fishing vessel.  The boat doesn’t sail – it’s docked at the Hudson River Park, at Pier 25 – but it tends to shake a little. As it is an open boat, the place only opens for a period during the year – from mid-April to mid-October. You can either get a drink and hang out near the bar or get a table. We were there on a Saturday, at the end of the day, and got a table with a prime location. The views that the Grand Banks provides are something that needs to be mentioned: nothing is more enjoyable than having a drink seeing the Wolrd Trade Center, the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background, and Jersey City.

On the menu, the highlight is the oysters. In addition, there are also several choices of fish and seafood dishes such as ceviche and lobster roll, as well as french fries and burrata. These options are served all day. At weekends, the place features a special brunch menu, which includes classic egg dishes and French toast. You can check out the full menu here.

The place is very lively and full of young people. We love our experience! I had a drink and Thiago had a beer, and we also ordered some french fries. Grand Banks is a definite choice for a happy hour in the summer – the view from there is sensational. I also think it’s a cool option for a couple to go in the evenings and have a more romantic date! According to information from the website, the less busy hours are before 5 pm (on weekdays) and before 3 pm (on weekends). It is possible to make reservations through the site, but there are few places, so it is recommended to go even without a reservation.

Address: Hudson River Park, Pier 25. Monday: 3pm –12am; Tuesday: 3pm –12am; Wednesday: 12pm –12am; Thursday: 12pm –12am; Friday: 12pm –12am; Saturday: 11am –12am; Sunday: 11am –12am.

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