We had another one of those only in New York experiences last Sunday. An oyster bar on a docked boat by the pier in Tribecca. What a day!
I have been reading about the expectation for Grand Banks for a while. It was our top priority on the summer to do list. And I wanted to go on an afternoon, to be able to enjoy the sunset eating oysters. What more could you ask for?
So we headed that way around 6pm. I actually had no idea they had such a huge entertainment area at Pier 25: beach volleyball, mini golf, tracking and sprinkles for kids. Amazing. And, right at the end of the pier, on the Hudson River, there it was:
I love sailing boats. They were a huge part of my childhood, and therefore, a part of me. And I love oysters. And sunsets… Our friends bailed on us, but it wasn’t disappointing at all. It was actually better. ‘Cause it was so romantic as it was.
We thought we were gonna face a huge line (to be honest, my bf thought it, I actually thought it wouldn’t be so bad), but we got in in around 5 minutes. To get a table is a different story. They said it would take around an hour. But you can sit at the edges or find a spot at the bar. We were able to sit there in 20 minutes.
It was pretty full, but in a nice way. There was even a dog walking around. Advice for the girls: don’t wear heels. I was yelled at for trying to take a picture from the stairs because it was unstable and I was about to fall. The boat really sways, so beware. But other than that, the environment is great. Everyone is really chilled out, enjoying the perfect sunny afternoon.
Service is still a little confusing, but we have to give them some credit since it just opened a couple of weeks ago. We ordered a red wine and it took over 20 minutes to arrive. Our waitress said it was chilling, but it wasn’t that cool once it arrived. Plus, it was not exactly the bottle we ordered. But it was ok. The oysters, on the other hand, were amazing and just perfect.
They usually have four different types, but they ran out of the Cape Cod oysters by the time we sat down. We had two of each for our first round.
Since we were sitting at the bar where the oysters were being opened, we had the privilege of watching the guys work first hand, and smell the oysters up, close, and personal, of course.
They have other dishes as well, but we didn’t try them. The ceviche looked really good, tough. It can get pretty pricey, especially if you eat a bunch of oysters, but you basically pay for the whole experience. And it’s worth it. Overall, I’d give it an A+ for the environment. Guys, if you wanna impress your date, take her to this place. You will have the most memorable night ever.
Pier 25, Tribecca
Manhattan, NY, 10013
Hours: Mon-Fri, 4PM – 11PM; Sat-Sun, 12PM-11PM