New York’s incredible outdoor dining options, including restaurants by the water, are a massive attraction. The residents flock to these restaurants to enjoy delicious food, scenic views, and an unforgettable experience. The freakish rains mean there is only a limited amount of time to enjoy al fresco dining. So, you must make the most of the time available and enjoy everything out from dinner cruises to boat bars and from enjoying meals on historic boats with stellar views of the sunset to experiencing secluded seafood hotspots on NYC’s tiny surrounding islands. If you are confused about where to begin your food journey to enjoy a breezy cocktail and bites, here is the list of top-notch restaurants in NYC by the water.
List of top-notch restaurants in NYC by the water
1. The River café:
The River Café has a reputation for being the finest restaurant in Brooklyn. Although it is a tall claim, the ambiance, the flavors, and the customized service mean the restaurant does live to its reputation. Apart from offering mesmerizing views of downtown Manhattan, this eatery has a tradition of housing celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer (Aureole, Crimson & Rye), David Burke (David Burke Kitchen), and Rick Moonen (RM, Oceana). One should visit this place for its signature dishes that include Crisp oysters with smoked salmon and caviar, rack of lamb, or lobster specials. For dessert, the chocolate marquise Brooklyn Bridge, shaped like the famous Brooklyn Bridge, is irresistible.
2. Baylander Steel Beach, Harlem
If you want to enjoy a meal at a place of significance, The Baylander Steel Beach is your best spot. Opened on July 9, this restaurant and bar at the West Harlem Piers is aboard a historic aircraft carrier ship. The eatery is a new venture of Prohibition Lounge’s owners, who came into ownership of the decommissioned ship in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the menu is full of yummy seafood and bar grub such as fish & chips, fried clams, and lobster rolls. This eatery has plenty of nautical-themed cocktails like the Dark’n Stormy and a ‘Port Side Paloma’ to add to the aura of the ship’s ambiance.
3. Grand Banks:
The summer sees New York’s highly acclaimed boat bars getting flooded by a sea of frat-tastic curios, watered-down brews, and Lonely Island references. These experiences can quickly become mundane. So, for a more sophisticated seaside escape, walk into Grand Banks, the historic schooner turned oyster bar. This famous hotel is docked at Tribeca Piers (with tables being set up as well). Waitstaff outfitted in navy-striped shirts is a distinct feature of this place, and they deliver top-notch nautical plates. The specialties here include raw oysters and soft shell crab. The best thing about this place? You get to gaze at the stunning World Trade Center and spotlit Lady Liberty while munching on your food.
4. City Vineyard, Pier 26 in Tribeca
The Hudson River has a unique aura thanks to its scenic beauty and quiet charm. Hence spending an evening enjoying the Hudson River’s beauty is an unforgettable experience when you are in New York. And the City Vineyard, Pier 26, is the ideal place to enjoy this view. Plus, you get to enjoy the famous wine made right here in NYC at City Vineyard! You have multiple options for seating here: the socially distanced patio and the rooftop, with both offering stellar views of the water and covered in romantic vines. It doesn’t matter where you sit as there is plenty of frosé to be had!
The Westlight is one place you cannot afford to miss in New York as it offers breathtaking views from the 22nd floor. The eatery is now open for outdoor dining and drinks on the sprawling, wraparound terrace. If sunset cocktails are your thing, then you will enjoy your time on the upper floor.