new york

• Sample gourmet oysters aboard a historic wooden boat
• Enjoy picturesque views over a bottle of sparkling rosé
• Taste locally sourced seafood dishes from a renowned chef

New York’s two famous riverside bacchanalias—West 79th Street’s Boat Basin and perma-docked ship bar Frying Pan off the West Side Highway—are overcrowded and overrun with besotted Sperry-clad prepsters. Instead, take a 10-minute walk from the Conrad to Grand Banks for your waterside imbibing. A stylish scene unfolds at this oyster and wine bar on the deck of a 1942 Grand Banks schooner at TriBeCa’s Pier 25 during summer. The concept is the brainchild of Mark Firth, cofounder of Brooklyn’s Marlow & Sons, and an ownership group that included two lifelong sailors and a Manhattan nightlife veteran. Locals are buzzing about the addition of Kerry Heffernan, the original chef at Eleven Madison Park, who elevated the nautical small-plates menu with dishes like sustainably sourced shellfish fricassee, made with ramp broth and smoked haddock, and seared sea scallops with English peas and pickled chiles. There’s also a killer lobster roll with house-made pickles, if that’s your speed (it is ours!). If you can swing it, arrive at sunset and soak up the pink-crimson Magic Hour with a dozen local oysters and a glass of South African sparkling rosé.

Just west of Tribeca, you’ll find Pier 25 at the end of North Moore Street. Keep an eye out for the 1942 Nova Scotia schooner. It’s hard to miss.

​​Pier 25 (at N. Moore St. and West St.); 212-960-3390; grandbanks.org; open May to October