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Local Spotlight: Grand Banks at Pier 25

Built on a historic wooden schooner, this local favorite bar and restaurant draws the chic set night after night.

“In-the-know New Yorkers flock to Grand Banks, the seasonal bar and restaurant situated on a historic wooden schooner docked along Pier 25.”

As the sun starts to set on a warm summer night in Manhattan, the Hudson River sparkles as the light hits the water. When the sky evolves in colors, from cotton candy pink to a fiery cerise, the city suddenly has the most magnificent, cinematic backdrop. On a night like this, in-the-know New Yorkers flock to Grand Banks, the seasonal bar and restaurant situated on a historic wooden schooner docked along Pier 25.

The boat itself has a rich history: The 142-foot vessel, the largest wooden vessel in New York City, was originally a fishing schooner named Sherman Zwicker. The hand-built ship dating back to 1942 is said to be one of the first of its kind to be built, and one of the last original saltbank fishing vessels in existence.
But it's not the boat's one-of-a-kind background that draws the well-dressed crowds shipboard night after night in the summertime. They come for the relaxing atmosphere and the great location of the restaurant, a joint effort by industry veterans Adrien Gallo and Mark Firth.

“Sustainably harvested raw oysters and fried squash blossoms, are overseen by ex-Eleven Madison Park chef Kerry Heffernan.”

It's also the handcrafted cocktails like the house Negroni, and the fare, such as the sustainably harvested raw oysters and fried squash blossoms, overseen by former Eleven Madison Park chef Kerry Heffernan, that make this restaurant a much beloved local favorite.

  • kristin tice-studeman words
  • jason schmidt photography & video

GRAND BANKS

Pier 25, Hudson River Park, New York, 10013

grandbanks.org

Grand Banks reopens for the spring/summer season on April 15, 2016.

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