All aboard! Outdoor drinking hits the harbor with these fantastic boat bars

Marlow & Sons' Mark Firth to open floating oyster bar Grand Banks, plus the Water Table and Frying Pan return

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The Sherman Zwicker

The Sherman Zwicker Photograph: Jacklee/Wikimedia Commons

Cue up Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat" because sailing season's right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some boat-bound boozing? Marlow & Sons founder Mark Firth—who left the Brooklyn scene in 2010 to open his Massachusetts restaurant Prairie Whale—returns to NYC to open Grand Banks, an oyster bar with Adrien Gallo (of the shuttered Double Happiness) aboard the historic Sherman Zwicker, docked at Pier 25.

Tribeca Citizen reports that, along with lecture series and art exhibitions, the 142-foot wooden schooner will feature a full liquor license at the 20-seat bar, as well as seven types of Empire State oysters (Blue Point, Fishers Island), sauces (red-wine mignonette, horseradish ice) and sides (hush puppies, olive-oil–poached cod on toast). Grand Banks is gearing up to set sail on June 1, running through October 31, but in the meantime, you can get your maritime fix on these other boat bars:

The Frying Pan

The Frying Pan Photograph: Jolie Ruben


The Frying Pan
Pier 66's floating watering hole officially re-opened for the season this week. For now, it's only open on weekends from noon to midnight, but starting May 1, you can head over any day of the week for a burger, a Captain John (Malibu rum, Curacao and pineapple) and an unbeatable view of New Jersey.

The Water Table

The Water Table Photograph: Virginia Rollison


The Water Table
The Navy Yard Patrol vessel-originally docked in Greenpoint-is currently boarding out of the Skyport Marina in Manhattan for its sail along the Hudson, serving a New England-inspired menu that includes baked Peekytoe crab cakes and Maine root-beer floats. The cocktail list boasts old-school concoctions like Moscow Mules and a Negroni infused with bitters from the 1940s.


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