Escape the city scene this summer by heading to a riverside refuge to get your cocktails served up with a splash of sea breeze.
If you’re looking for sunsets in a paradise setting, make your way over to Mako on Pier 79. After walking through the palm-lined entrance, you will find yourself transported into the middle of an opulent waterfront party scene that has a French Riviera vibe. This exclusive riverside lounge features luxurious décor complete with daybeds and glowing blocks of neon light tucked between tropical trees.
Exclusive seasonal restaurant and Bar Lounge in the heart of Manhattan. Mako provides the highest quality of comfort, dining, music and entertainment.
459 Twelfth Avenue ( 39th Street & 12th Avenue – Pier 79)
Make your way past the sunbathers and rows of historic ships docked alongside Pier 15, and you will find Watermarks Bar. This shorefront sanctuary offers indoor seating with floor-to-ceiling windows as well as outdoor patio seating and a sun-soaked deck with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The bar features a variety of sea inspired bites such as lobster rolls and salmon burgers that you can nibble on as you sip local craft beers and take in the scenic skyline.
Pier 15/78 South Street
If you are searching for a slice of South Beach along the Hudson, make your way up to La Marina at the end of Dyckman Street in Inwood. This waterfront hotspot covers over 75,000 square feet of shoreline along the river and features candlelit tables lined with hookahs, a sandy beach bar and a covered dining area.
348 Dyckman St, Washington Heights
THE FRYING PAN
Only in a maritime-based metropolis like Manhattan would someone have the creativity and ingenuity to take a sunken 1929 lightship and turn it into a dive bar. Perhaps that’s why The Frying Pan has become one of the city’s biggest summertime hot spots, in every sense of the term. Rustic, gritty and ever so slightly steampunk (its exposed engine room is a sight to see). Seating is first come, first served and it crowds up fast; so, if you’re with a large group, get there early. And, fair-weather warning to all booze-loving landlubbers, the tables on this temporary tidewater sometimes wobble with the waves, so if you’re the sort who’s easily seasick, you’re better off staying on terra firma.
Hudson River Park at W. 26th St. (by Pier 66) New York, NY
The Water Club is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and just reopened its rooftop bar for the season. It’s called The Crow’s Nest, and it’s a pretty ideal location, perched right above the East river with sweeping views of Brooklyn and Queens. Chef Aaron Bashy is doing sort of an upscale seafood shack bar menu, with options like Yellowfin Tuna Sliders with toasted sesame seeds, avocado tartar sauce; lobster rolls; and tasty fresh pretzels topped with black truffle and served with spicy and honey mustards. The cocktail menu features both “classic libations” such as Pina Coladas, Margaritas, and Red & White Sangria, along with twists on seasonal drinks: Pomegranate Lime Rickeys, Bourbon Iced Teas, and Vodka Spiked Lemonades.
The East River at 30th Street