It’s not often that city dwellers surrender their land legs to the gentle sway of a ship. But lucky for us, last year a schooner pulled into town that encouraged us to do just that, and we’re counting the days until it returns. The Grand Banks, an oyster bar housed aboard a wooden ship that docked right down the street from our Tribeca shop + office at Pier 25, is not your ordinary bar. Decked out, so to speak, in crisp nautical chic stripes and classic bistro furnishings, the bar on the boat became our home-away-from home last summer. Sure, the crowds showed up once the press was all over it (damn you, New York Times!), but for a few short weeks it was an undiscovered gem, and we would saunter over in the evenings for cold, cold rosé and creamy chilled oysters, watching the sun dip down over the Jersey City skyline. Now it’s nearly time for the ship to return; the website promises that it’ll dock again ‘in early May’. Our fave source for local news, Tribeca Citizen, tells us that shortly after they return they’ll host a pop-up shop with Mate Gallery, a Santa Barbara-based shop curated by two New England obsessives. Think vintage beachcomber treasures, tiny ships in bottles, and nautical rope décor.
Lest you think we’re just in it for the booze and the scenery, we’re also happy to report that the team behind The Grand Banks, all sailing lovers with restaurant experience under their belts (you’ve maybe heard of Marlow & Sons?), raised over $50,000 for the Maritime Foundation, and that cash, earned on the water, went right back into it—the funds raised are being used to restore our rivers and develop oyster beds in New York Harbor. So really, we were being charitable while we were imbibing, and there’s nothing better than that. You’re sure to find us back on the Banks this summer, elbowing our way through the throngs to snag a seat and watch the pretty people of the city pretend, just for a bit, that they’re out at sea. We can dream, can’t we? Grand Banks, Pier 25 (212) 960-3390