Some boat bars can feel like a fraternity took over. That’s not the case with Grand Banks, which opened in 2014 with an oyster bar aboard a wooden schooner that you’d find circling New York’s waterways in the 18th and 19th centuries. This year there’s even more seating on the surrounding pier along Hudson River Park. You can still expect the same Manhattan and New Jersey views while sipping rosé and slurping oysters on the Hudson.
From rooftops bars to lounging in the city’s best parks, New Yorkers will go anywhere to take advantage of warmer weather—especially this year. Perhaps the ultimate outdoor experience is taking in the waterfront views at one of the best boat bars in NYC as you imbibe a cocktail (or three) with menus that feature everything from freshly-shucked oysters to lobster rolls. So hop aboard one of these boat bars, and you’ll quickly find out it’s one of the best things to do outside in NYC right now.