• 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.