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Frying Pan

Bars, Dive bars Chelsea
4 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)
Frying Pan
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Frying Pan
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Frying Pan
Photograph: Courtesy The Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Photograph: Courtesy The Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Photograph: Courtesy The Frying Pan

This “lightship”—a floating lighthouse once used by the Coast Guard—sank while docked in Maryland and spent three years underwater. Later salvaged, the vessel is now a floating boat bar near Chelsea Piers that slings burgers and buckets of beer seasonally from May to October. Walk right on the bi-level railroad barge from Pier 66 to order booze and nautical bites like fish and chips or lobster rolls, then kick back on the Frying Pan or its accompanying fire boat caboose, which is moored alongside.


Venue name: Frying Pan
Address: Pier 66A
New York
Cross street: W 26th St at the Hudson River
Opening hours: Daily noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St
Price: Average drink: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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4.1 / 5

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Lovely venue to chill and watch the sunset, with average drinks, but you aren't here for them. We sat on the upper deck of the boat (as it gently rocked) on a Sunday afternoon in October and it wasn't crowded and there were plenty of seats.


Summer isn't complete without a visit at Frying Pan! Expect lines to be long but it sure is worth the wait. Grab a bucket of beer and enjoy the view--don't forget to bring a sweater too because it can get breezy at night.

Frying pan is a great hangout spot for the summer weekends. You can literally spend the whole day here with friends drinking and enjoying the sun. It is a boat that is docked, and doesn't move, so don't worry about getting motion sick or stuck on a boat until it re-docks. 


Frying Pan is just so fun. Get here early if you want a table, and get here even earlier if you want a table in the sun. BRING SUNSCREEN and prepare to camp out. Hoard all the chairs for your lazy friends who are still in bed. Later in the day there is an actual line to get on the boat (as well as one to get on the top level of tables - and  that becomes 1 in, 1 out and they give you a little chip to return if you're going to the bathroom or to get food. Insane.) It's expensive but mainly because when you're there, you're there all day enjoying bucket after bucket of beers.


One of my favorite new waterfront spots in NYC! This place is such a unique venue, located on an old boat off of the West Side Highway. It has different floors and a number of bars, so you never have to compete with hundreds of other people for the attention of 2 bartenders - something that's common at lots of NYC bars. They also have food so you can line your stomach with some delicious seafood before drinking from your Corona beer buckets! I only went at night and couldn't see all the sights, but come during the day with a group of friends or even with a date at sunset for what I can imagine are some unforgettable views!

As the weather hopefully continues to rise, a search for outdoor venues begins.  The Frying Pan will be opening May and is a great location for post work drinks and fun.  Located on the water, literally, its a large boat that serves as a bar.  Seating is all over the place and if you come early, you can claim some cozy nooks where you and friends can enjoy the sights of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River.  Bands often play on weekend nights and the vibe is relaxed, like a cruise ship.  Bon voyage!


If you're looking for a casual spot to sit back and enjoy cool drinks in warm sunshine, The Frying Pan is the place for you. The Frying Pan is great with a small/medium-sized group of people, but only for ordering drinks and fries - not actual dinner.  The Old Bay french fries are great and the drinks are fine, but the real benefit is getting to drink on a boat on the water for (essentially) free. What better way to spend summer?


Frying Pan is a wonderful spot for sunny, summer afternoon day drinking. The crowd can get a bit bro-y at times, but nothing can spoil the beautiful atmosphere of drinking right on the water. Just be careful not to stay too long - it really is a floating bar and depending on the tides, you might feel the bar moving under your feet. And alcohol to that equation and you could be in for an interesting afternoon. Overall though, Frying Pan is a blast - perfect for New Yorkers seeking an outdoor drinking spot.

This place can definitely get bro-ey, but still, the sunset view can't be beat in the warmer months. I love to take a run along the west side, then stop by here for a beer, effectively negating my workout. But it's a tranquil spot to sit on a boat, sway and get a nice buzz on while you have a beautiful view of Jersey and Chelsea. A great place to bring the parents, dates, friends or just yourself after a workout! Drinks are a little overpriced, but the spiced fries are AMAZING. Get there early on weeknights, and don't go on weekends—you don't want to deal with those crowds. There's often live music on the lower deck!

Frying Pan is an awesome summer drinking spot on a boat. The ship has been re-salvaged and docked on the Chelsea Pier. This is a great place to go for some daytime drinking or relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, watching the sun go down. It’s never fails any time you go – it gets super packed during the weekends. It’s a bit out of the way to get to though, great views of the Hudson. Everyone usually gets their buckets of beer – though sangria is great as well paired with the basket of fries.

Great place to go on weekends for good beer and food.The lines can get absurdly long, especially on Saturday afternoons, but once you can actually get in, it is definitely worth it.The views are unbeatable as you drink and eat on a docked boat.I personally like to get a good group going with buckets of coronas and seafood.Downside is that everything can get very expensive very fast.Other than that, a fun overall vibe and a little different experience from the typical NYC bar scene.Also, can be a fun experience for happy hour, again if you can get there before the really long lines.

This place is off the chain - if you are looking for a spot that is right by the water, with killer views, and don't mind a rowdy crowd then Frying Pan is for you.  A whole bucket of Corona or copious bottles of Rose on a sunny day, this spot is jumpin'!!  If no frills drinking is your thing, check out Frying Pan - killer views of Hudson and beyond!

Frying pan is one of the best spots to go out during the summer.  They have great beers/wine and food.  You can get buckets of beers, which is great for a big group of people.  Make sure to get there early on the weekends in the summer because the line can get long, but if you get there early you'll get a great table in the sun!  Perfect way to get a nice tan, meet new people, and be on the water all at the same time.  There are 2 levels to the boat, which is great and there are awesome views.  I would highly suggest the meatball sliders if you're hungry!  It's really a great summer spot and I had a great time there.

The Frying Pan is a New York staple. If you're in the mood to have a drink on the Hudson, this is the place to go. It's a little bit of a trek (right off of the Hudson Highway and 26th Street), but it's worth the walk over. Their burgers and mussels are delicious. I've had a few bottles of rose with co-workers one night, and it was quiet enough to have a conversation, and there's always a good crowd so you can easily make new friends... if that's what you're looking for. My only stipulation is... if you get sea-sick easily, this may not be the place for you!

This is one of the best locations in NY City, for the best laid back time of your life! This is the formula,  live music, great cocktails, and a view to die for watching the sun come down on the Hudson. The burgers taste like you were at your best friend's backyard grilling, on the side you have the tastiest garlic fries, crab cakes with crab pieces in you can see and taste for a reasonable price. Drinks are cheap, the service is great. Bartenders are fun, polite and although it is busy, they are quick.All this as you hang out with a crowd that is just as happy as you are celebrating out on a barge... then when the night comes to an end (yes, they do close up for the night) you head up 12th Avenue to a cab or public transportation. Happy that you have had one of the best times in NY.