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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Experience New York City and its waterfronts at Grand Banks, Island Oyster and Pilot

Island Oyster | Governors Island | @islandoyster

Pilot | Pier 6 | @pilot_brooklyn

Marine Co. 7 | coming soon to Fulton Ferry Landing | @marineco7

Grand Banks, Island Oyster and Pilot, three destinations that have changed the way locals and visitors experience New York City and its waterfronts, are reopening: Grand Banks opens for drinks tomorrow, and Island Oyster and Pilot in May. In June, owners Alex and Miles Pincus, brothers originally from New Orleans and now Brooklyn residents open Marine Co. 7, a bar aboard a fully restored, 1962 fireboat docked at Fulton Ferry Landing, looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. Chef and sustainable seafood expert Kerry Heffernan oversees the menus at all of the venues. 

This year, the brothers are partnering with charity: water to provide access to clean water to underserved communities. Across all venues, they're making filtered flat and sparkling water with proprietary filtration systems and selling it to guests for $1, the proceeds of which will build a complete community water project. The in-house water system further expands upon the brothers’ commitment to running near zero-waste establishments by eliminating bottles and energy expended through shipping. 

Grand Banks Reopening tomorrow for drinks, and serving food as of May 1st, Grand Banks is an oyster bar aboard the Sherman Zwicker, a historic schooner docked at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Guests can enjoy a newly revamped menu of dishes such as buttermilk-fried soft shell crab along with f+b director Zak Snyder’s cocktails, such as the Get On Up w/tequila, lime, habanero, fassionola + Peychaud’s bitters. The Grand Banks crew collaborated with New York Distilling Company to create their own straight rye whiskey, Captains Courageous, to be enjoyed aboard the boat neat or in a specialty cocktail featuring the whiskey along with Applejack, spiced cordial, orange lemon + Angostura bitters.

Island Oyster Nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design, the 32,000 square-foot Governors Island bar with unparalleled views reopens May 13th for drinks and May 20th for food. Guests can expect a variety of oysters and summer fare, including a burger straight from the grill topped with gochujang aioli.  Governors Island has extended their weekend hours, so visitors can linger over dinner and drinks at Island Oyster while taking in summer sunsets from May 26th through Labor Day.  

Pilot Reopening April 29th for drinks and May 15th with food, Pilot is an oyster bar aboard a prized 1924 wooden racing schooner docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. There, guests can enjoy Heffernan’s menu of dishes such as a lobster roll and Jonah crab claws with smoked paprika aioli. Snyder serves reimagined classic cocktails such as the Spirit Animal w/light rum, Aperol, coconut, lemon + strawberry. Pilot was the longest serving pilot ship in American history, circumnavigated the globe twice and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Pilot, Island Oyster and Grand Banks will open through October.


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