The Absolute Best Waterfront Restaurant in New York


This bar and restaurant is set on the gorgeous Sherman Zwicker, a 1942-built schooner that’s said to be the largest wooden ship in New York City. On the deck, you’ll be surrounded by finance workers and early-30s money types on Tinder dates. But they’re easy to make peace with when you consider the setting: The boat rocks gently as ships pass by, the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. (Also: While you might have to grab your check quick to avoid getting soaked, it’s particularly exciting to watch a storm approach from the west here.) Order the heirloom-tomato salad; the thin and crispy seaweed-salt-dusted fries with spiced ketchup and sage aioli; thatlobster roll; and, of course, the oysters. Most dishes are charmingly brought up through a dumbwaiter from the below-deck kitchen, which only adds to the experience. And Grand Banks is community-minded: It operates in partnership with the Maritime Foundation, and the team behind it work with Billion Oyster Project here and at their other projects (Pilot, Island Oyster). Make reservations to avoid a wait, and maybe bring a Dramamine. (April to October.)