Grand Banks

Restaurants, Seafood Tribeca
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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.

 

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

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Venue name: Grand Banks
Contact:
Address: Pier 25
New York
10013
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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tastemaker

What a great on the water bar-restaurant atmosphere!! I definitely loved everything that Grand Banks encompasses;  a very chic bar arrangement along with great water views that make you feel far away from the city. The cocktails are carefully crafted and are truly savory. The staff is very pleasant and friendly. I love the fact that this is only a short walking distance from the main road and to top it off you get to enjoy amazing sunsets while on the Hudson River. This is my latest favorite spot while sightseeing the west part of the city. I was deeply intrigued to visit them since I had recently heard from Zagat, No leftovers & Brunch boys (on all their Instagram accounts) that the restaurant offers a one of a kind experience...I am very glad I took the time to explore their venue.      

tastemaker

Great ambiance.  One of the chicest boat venues in the city.  Watching the sunset here makes you feel like you have left the city.  Light bite options available.  Great for a before or after dinner drink.  Nice escape for city dwellers and impressive for visitors.

tastemaker

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!


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.