If you're looking for an elegant seaside experience that rivals a day in the Hamptons, step aboard Grand Banks, the historic schooner turned oyster bar docked at Tribeca Piers. The waitstaff runs like a well-groomed crew, delivering top-notch naughtical plates (raw oysters, soft shell crab) like clockwork to the throng of tables on deck. If you'd prefer to simply sip and watch the sunset, two brass-tapped bars flank the bow and mizzen-mast, offering prime seating even without reservations. Though docked at amenity-rich Pier 25, the Sherman Zwicker sits just enough below deck for an out-to-sea feel, but with the glittering World Trade Center and spotlighted Statue of Liberty still in sight.
|Venue name:||Grand Banks||Contact:|
|Cross street:||West St at North Moore St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 3pm-11pm; Sat, Sun noon-11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Franklin St|
|Price:||Average entree: $25.|
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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!
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.
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.