Via Tribeca Citizen:
Grand Banks, the raw bar (and more) on the Sherman Zwicker schooner docked at Pier 25, is magical. I honestly can’t remember a more delightful dining experience in the area.
You board via the gangplank nearest West Street and hope you can score a seat at the main circular bar, smaller oyster bar, or the tables along each side. (To the woman who told me the stool next to hers was reserved: Grow up.) I went last night at 5:30 p.m., and there were various options available; as the evening went on, things got busier. I sat at the oyster bar, which suited me fine. Grand Banks doesn’t take reservations, but you can leave your phone number to be texted when a table is ready.
Last night was sticky and still in most of Tribeca, but at Grand Banks there was a lovely breeze. The boat rocks quite a bit, which you may or may not enjoy. (I loved it.) The service was warm, with zero of the attitude you might fear from a place with this much style. I ordered one of each of the four types of oyster and a Narragansett beer, which came in a can with no offer of a glass. Right now, the food is more suitable as nibblybits than a meal (the menus are below), but I understand that the more extensive food service kicks off this Thursday.