Surrounded by rivers on all sides, New York City has no shortage of places to eat, drink and play near the water. Here are the best riverside hangouts in NYC.
If there’s one outdoor eating experience you don’t want to miss in NYC, it’s Brooklyn’s wildly popular Smorgasburg. This self proclaimed “food flea market” sets up shop on the Williamsburg bank of the East River every Saturday. Rows of colorful tents house cult food vendors like Ramen Burger, Dough, Porchetta and Duck Season. Get here by 11am when the place opens to avoid the midday rush and eat at the tables near the miniature beach for some of the best views of Manhattan in the city.
Smorgasburg. 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 928-6603
In the 19th Century, New York City’s piers were lined with oyster barges, where hungry New Yorkers could indulge in the latest local catch. But you don’t have to travel back in time to enjoy bivalves by boat thanks to Tribeca’s very own floating oyster factory, Grand Banks. Just a ten-minute walk from the Duane Street Hotel, it operates from the deck of the Sherman Zwicker, a 142 foot schooner built in 1942, docked at Pier 25. Order a dozen East Coast oysters, a Negroni Sbagliato and enjoy the breezy views of One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
Grand Banks. Pier 25, Hudson River Park, New York, NY.
Take advantage of the Duane Street Hotel’s complimentary bike program and pedal toward South Ferry, where a ten-minute boat ride will land you on Governor’s Island. Take a leisurely cruise around the car-free island and stop by historic landmarks like Castle Williams—a fort built over 200 years ago to protect New York City from naval attacks in the War of 1812. Stock up on Blue Marble Ice Cream at the food court and sunbathe next to Lady Liberty who stands just a few hundred yards across the harbor.
Governor’s Island. Governor’s Island, New York. (212) 440 – 2200
North River Lobster Company
New Yorkers no longer need to trek to the outskirts of Massachusetts to get a taste of Cape Cod thanks to North River Lobster Company. Kick your feet up on the open-air top deck’s wooden picnic tables and enjoy a bucket of Sam Adams, fries and a lobster roll while this floating lobster shack takes you on a 45 minute tour of the Hudson River.
North River Lobster Company. North River Landing, Pier 81 W 41st Street, New York, NY. (212) 630-8831
Trapeze School New York
If you’re in the mood for a more high-octane riverside hangout, then you’ll want to head to Trapeze School New York on the roof of Pier 40 on Manhattan’s west side. Knowledgeable instructors will teach you how to hang, swing and flip on the high ropes, where you’ll feel as tall as the Empire State Building.
Trapeze School New York. Pier 40, Hudson River Park, New York, NY. (212) 242-8769