As New Yorkers, we often forget how lucky we are to be surrounded by a body of water. What better way to take advantage of the season than with a riverside getaway? Climb aboard these fine establishments on boats, vessels, and ships to relish in the warm temperatures.
Experience waterfront dining on the F/V Sherman Zwicker, a 75-year-old salt bank fishing vessel now serving as the location for the award-winning oyster bar, Grand Banks. On deck, opt for daily-selected oysters paired with one of their sea-inspired cocktails—all the while taking in the skyline views of FiDi nearby. Pier 25, Hudson River Park, 212-660-6312
The Brooklyn Barge Bar celebrates the city’s rich nautical history with its working barge on the East River. Stop by this hidden treasure in Greenpoint to indulge in reasonably priced light bites, a full bar, and a refreshing breeze. The bar also supports water conservation programs such as kayaking, community fishing, and visiting vessels. 3 West & Milton streets, Brooklyn 929-337-7212
As the largest floating lobster shack in New York City, North River Lobster Company offers fresh seafood by the river all summer long. The three-floor boat takes diners on a cruise along the Hudson River, giving you enough time to see the sunset with one of their signature Mason jar cocktails in hand. 12 Ave. & 41st St., 212-630-8831
Set sail through the New York Harbor on The Honorable William Wall. Known by locals as the "Willy Wall," the Manhattan Yacht Club's floating clubhouse is located near Ellis Island and only accessible by ferry. Their open-air upper deck provides the public with the best views of the city skyline without the hustle and bustle. New York Harbor, 212-786-3323
At Pier 81, the three-story yacht that once housed Fish Bar has become Hudson’s. The Mediterranean-inspired lounge and rooftop bar includes daily sailings down the Hudson River with panoramic views of Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. Get up early on Sunday to bask in their two-hour brunch buffet, including unlimited mimosas. W. 41st St. and 12th Ave., 212-630-8840
This docked Coast Guard lightship referred to as the "Big Red Boat" isn’t hard to miss, and you’ll want to come early to find a good spot aboard. So grab your friends, and take advantage of the bucket specials on this seasonal treasure. 207 12th Ave., 212-989-6363
PHOTOGRAPHY by ALEXANDER PINCUS (Grand Banks); JASON BURKE (The Brooklyn Barge Bar); COURTESY OF NORTH RIVER LOBSTER COMPANY; COURTESY OF THE HONORABLE WILLIAM WALL; COURTESY OF HUDSON’S; COURTESY OF THE FRYING FAN