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July 01, 2014

New York’s Newest Oyster Bar Is on a Boat

By Sasha Levine | Food

 Grand Banks Oyster Bar
© Courtesy of Grand Banks

When it comes to summertime, New Yorkers cherish any amount of outdoor space, whether found on a rooftop, a patio or a wooden sailboat docked at Tribeca’s Pier 25.

The 142-foot schooner Sherman Zwicker, built in 1942, lowered its gangplank yesterday and welcomed the public aboard for exhibitions on maritime history, a curated lecture series on aquatic sustainability and an alfresco oyster bar called Grand Banks.

Developed by brothers Alex and Miles Pincus, founders of the sailing school Atlantic Yachting, and restaurateur Mark Firth, co-founder of Brooklyn favorites Diner (85 Broadway; 718-486-3077; dinernyc.com) and Marlow & Sons (81 Broadway; 718-384-1441; marlowandsons.com), the Sherman Zwicker project plays to a seafaring theme. That includes the menu, which, in addition to serving sustainably sourced oysters (Naked Cowboy, Malpeque, Kumamoto), offers seasonal dishes like scallop crudo, lobster rolls and grilled peaches and “nautically inspired” cocktails (many made using Navy strength rum) alongside beer and wine.

While the boat bar will be docked in Tribeca until October, Firth is considering taking the moveable feast elsewhere, with possible stops in Brooklyn, New Orleans and Key West. As he says, “Lets see where the wind blows us.” Pier 25, Hudson River Park; 212-960-3390.