Summer in New York is not perfect: there are days that are too hot and our beaches (far from Manhattan) are not like Miami. However, as summer is short – and the winter is sooo long – I do not even complain. There are things to do here all year long – but it is certainly during the summer that the offer of activities is more intense, you can not deny. A few weeks ago, we were at the Grand Banks: a bar and restaurant that sits on a … boat!
Hand-built and christened in 1942, the F/V Sherman Zwicker is the last original saltbank fishing vessel in existence. It is always moored – more precisely at the Hudson River Park, at Pier 25 – but it tends to shake a little. As it is an open boat, the place only works for a period of the year – from mid-April to mid-October. You can either get a drink and hang out, near the bar, or see the host to get a table. We were there on a Saturday, at the end of the day, and got a table with a prime location. The views that the Grand Banks provides is something that needs to be mentioned: nothing is more enjoyable than having a drink seeing the One Wolrd Trade Center, the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background and Jersey City.
On the menu, the highlight is the oysters. In addition, there are also several choices of fish and seafood dishes such as ceviche and losbter roll, as well as french fries and burrata. These options are served all day. At weekends, the place features a special brunch menu, which includes classic egg dishes and French toast. Prices range from $ 9 to $ 27 and you can check out the full menu here. Grand Banks drinks include cocktails ($15), beers ($10) and wines ($15).
The place is very lively and full of young people. We love our experience! I had a drink and Thiago had a beer and we also ordered some french fries. Grand Banks is a definite choice for a happy hour in the summer – after all, the view from there is sensational. I also think it’s a cool option for a couple to go in the evenings and having a more romantic date! According to information from the website, the less busy hours are before 5 pm (on weekdays) and before 3 pm (on weekends). It is possible to make reservations through the site, but there are few places, so it is recommended to go even without a reservation.
Address: Hudson River Park, Pier 25. Monday: 3pm –12am; Tuesday: 3pm –12am; Wednesday: 12pm –12am; Thursday: 12pm –12am; Friday: 12pm –12am; Saturday: 11am –12am; Sunday: 11am –12am.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.