Grand Banks

Restaurants, Seafood Tribeca
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 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

The Montenegro Royale, Negroni Sbagliato and Engine Room at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Montenegro Royale at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Negroni Sbagliato at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Engine Room at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dark and Stormy at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Baked oysters at Grand Banks

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Grand Banks

By the peak of summer even New York’s most venerable boat bars have become flooded with frat-tastic curios, all watered-down brews and Lonely Island references. This season, a new anchor drops in the Hudson, offering grown-up alternatives to that bustling sea of bros: Grand Banks, the historic schooner turned oyster bar captained by Mark Firth (Marlow & Sons). Bid farewell to plastic chairs and “I’m on a boat!” sing-alongs—it’s only smooth sailing from here.

ORDER THIS: Small plates outshine the cocktails, so pass on the lager-based Engine Room ($16), which hits too hard on the ginger. Instead, opt for a white-wine Sherman’s Cup ($16) with fresh berries. (Pro tip: Ask for the fruit muddled.) The waitstaff runs like a well-groomed crew, outfitted in navy striped shirts, delivering baked oysters in shallot marmalade ($18) and bacon-flecked fluke crudo ($17). 

GOOD FOR: Blowing out-of-towners out of the water. Though docked at amenity-rich Pier 25, the elegant Sherman Zwicker sits belowdeck for an out-to-sea feel, but with the glittering World Trade Center and spotlighted Statue of Liberty still in sight.

THE CLINCHER: Two brass-tapped bars flank the bow and mizzen-mast, offering prime seating even without reservations, while the yellow-and-white-striped awning and business-casual crowd hint at the Hamptons without diving deep into bourgie-dom.

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo


Venue name: Grand Banks
Address: Pier 25, West St at North Moore St
New York
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-11pm; Sat, Sun noon-11pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to Franklin St
Price: Average entree: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Moriah S

I love that there are so many boat/outdoor bars along the riverfront and Grand Banks is a great one! Seating is limited so if you're going for prime sunset time or want to eat small plates, definitely prepare for a wait or going early. Really well-made drinks and great staff. They let us taste some different drinks to help aid our decision! Great date spot!

Kristen R

Start the weekend right with some delicious oysters and tasty cocktails courtesy of this boat at Pier 25 in TriBeCa. It's less crowded than the Frying Pan and has a more mature crowd. The views are killer especially around dusk and are the perfect complement to their delicious snacks and drinks. Even better, a portion of Grand Banks revenue goes to support the Maritime foundation, a not for profit that helps restore healthy rivers, develop oysters habitats in New York Harbor, and preserve at-risk historic seagoing vessel so you'll do good ordering another drink or two


This place is a 'must do' for a tourist or local. Every time I go it feels like I'm on holiday. You're on the water, the boat is lightly rocking, you're being served refreshing cocktails, the breeze is blowing your hair and the staff are serving you the most delicious seafood. What could be better?! 

Get yourself down there for sunset drinks or Sunday brunch - both are delightful!

Sonia G

In terms of food quality I give it a 3, but in terms of atmosphere it definitely gets a 5. Order oysters and some great cocktails. Most of their cocktails are a little sweet so if dry is more you thing opt for a martini When you get in put your name in and grab a drink at the bar it usually does not take more than 30 minutes to be seated even if they tell you it takes longer. It may not be a quality dinner spot, but it is a great place for snacks and sunsets. 

Lisa R

What could be more magical on a balmy evening than bobbing on a boat, sipping cocktails and gazing at the Statue of Liberty? Grand Banks offers an ersatz Hamptons escape for landlocked New Yorkers without descending into full-scale douche-baggery. As an aficionado of umbrella drinks, I loved the Painkiller, a pina colada riff, though my BF would have preferred something stronger. Oysters (East and West Coast) were plump and creamy, but the lobster roll, packed into an average-size hotdog bun, didn’t measure up in size to its beach-resort equivalents. It was a tasty morsel, but the mountain of accompanying spiced potato chips didn’t quite compensate for the $25 price tag.