Grand Banks

4.5
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337 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Oyster Bar

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About

Grand Banks is a celebrated oyster bar aboard a historic wooden schooner. Named “Absolute Best Waterfront Dining in NYC” by New York Magazine and “Best Outdoor dining in NYC” by The Village Voice, Grand Banks features a concise menu of wild-caught and sustainably harvested East and West Coast oysters, ingredient-driven seasonal plates, nautically-inspired cocktails, and crisp summery wines and Champagnes. In the words of Bon Appétit, “There’s no better way to start the weekend than oysters and rosé at Grand Banks.”

Please note, reservations are for dining only. You are welcome to join us anytime at the bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–12:30 am
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:30 am
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Phone number
(212) 660-6312
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kerry Heffernan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Moore
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Parking details
Limited street parking is available on the northbound lane of West St. Paid parking is available at the Icon garage on Greenwich St. just south of N. Moore.
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Public transit
The closest subway stops are the 1 at Franklin Street and the 1,2,3 or A,C at Chambers Street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.7
ambience
3.6
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful experience! Overall great restaurant

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great lunch date with my 6 1/2 year old twins. They had the day off from kindergarten and I thought they would enjoy having lunch on a boat and they certainly did!!!! They both said,”best French fries ever!” Neither asked for an iPhone or iPad. Alex, our server was awesome!!

V
Charlotte
52 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This is a good concept, however a few things to consider. The boats rocks back & forth, sometimes badly, if you are queasy this will affect you. It’s also very close quarters. If you value space, this isn’t the place for you. Lots of activity & noise due to the bar area being overly packed. If it’s hot, you may roast in the sun, although there are some shaded areas. The food & drinks are way overpriced!! Ordered an iced tea, took 2 sips, didn’t like so asked if I could switch for a Diet Coke. They were happy to oblige, without indicating they would not only charge me $6 for the tiny glass of coke (which didn’t even hold a regular can’s worth), but they would also charge $5 for the iced tea that I didn’t like or drink. We spent over $120 on 2 sandwiches, 1 glass of wine & 1 Diet Coke. Not worth it! If you value your money, this place is not recommended.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

It was my friend 30th birthday and it was lovely sunny day. Beautiful people and great experience. We’ll definitely come back!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

When I got here, the entire boat was packed. You are literally on a date with a bunch of other people from the seating to the bar. When we sat down we were greeted by a friendly waitress and our dining neighbors. The oysters were delicious! The drinks were sooo good. However, we ordered food and it took some time to come out. My date and I started to get really sea sick so we needed to get off the boat ASAP. The restaurant wouldn't serve our food to go. They just don't do it they said. So with that, we left. I wouldn't recommend this place. It is extremely pricey and if you get sea sick and need to leave they won't give you your food. Luckily we weren't charged.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Wait time for a server to even come offer us water was 30mins and it should not take me asking for a server to finally be recognized. Quality of food is subpar for service to be so unprofessional.

TJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always aces at Grand Banks. It is a neighborhood gem. Sorry to see the winter come.

CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Great food and drinks. Incredible staff

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Hudson River view.
Oysters were fresh and overall very memorable and decent experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were delicious, loved being on the water

JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

55th Birthday

GC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience4

So we came there for the 30th birthday of my girlfriend, they didn’t even care about this ( I was expecting at least a little word for her from the restaurant but nothing happened) Therefore, this is why I don’t recommend this restaurant for this kind of event. Overall the food wasn’t bad at all and the view is amazing there. The tip seems overpriced (18% minimum and until 22% for the service, are you kidding me? ) and you can’t paid with cash.

So If you come there for a drink for an after work I would recommend, I think it’s better as eating there.

Hope my review will help

OB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a mess up by Open Table regarding my reservation, and nearly an hours wait (not Grand Banks’ fault) we had an amazing experience, thanks to the Grand Banks team. Huge shout out to Natalia (the host) and Dani (our server) and also the leader on duty who delivered outstanding hospitality and excellent communication. They really did put the customer first. Well done guys and a huge Thankyou for making our visit memorable.

LR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall5food3service3ambience5

We love the atmosphere and the champagne and oysters.
It is a wonderful view!!!

l
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great Banks is a beautiful ship tied up at Pier 25. The lobster rolls are highly acclaimed and delicious although not a bargain. The atmosphere was great- especially on a beautiful day. My only concen is you are on a boat. Other boats are in the harbor and cause waves and rocking of the Grand Banks boat. I couldn’t have stayed for a second glass of wine for fear of losing by lobster roll lunch. If you don’t have great sea legs you might consider another venue.

JJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this unique location views of Statue of Liberty. Great food, careful service.
Good cocktails Excellentt. Thank you

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place!
Drinks ok, delicious lobster rol and ceviche.
Really enjoyed the view

AG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The waitress took away our drink menus after my boyfriend and I ordered our first drinks, and when we finished and sat there with our empty glasses, it took three requests, from three different waiters, to get another drink menu...after 20 minutes, somebody finally brought the menu over, and it wasn’t our waitress. Another waitress, wearing bootie shorts where her cheeks were hanging out in the back, dropped cocktail sauce, which splattered all over my coat ... so all in all, I’d probably not return here.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Everything was awesome, except for the food. Amazing view!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We love the view and ambiance of the boat. The food and service were sub par for the price.

DH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional to be able to eat on a boat. Good food and service but ambience is the win.

r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The weather was perfect so it felt awesome being on the boat. Only gripe is that the entree servings weren't big enough. I ordered the scallops and they tasted good but were small and few.
Oh yeah my water melon cocktail with Vodka tasted like sugar syrup, more juice and sugar and not much alcohol.

GM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Plenty of staff but not really watching customers needs.
Oysters were great. Soft shell crab frying batter too thick, cannot taste the crab. Great tartar sauce though.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view! Excellent food!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Une horreur jamais vu ça! Vin tiré , en pichet pas en bouteille à 60 dollars, c’est hallucinant! Bouffe plus que bof, 4 dollars l’huitre qui mesure 3mm par 2 mm!! Non mais on sait vous faites payer la vue!! Ayez la décence de donner au moins un service minimum!
Une arnaque dans toute sa «  splendeur ».

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got there and it was closed. No warning.

OC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early lunch with friends prior to catching our flight from JFK. Fantastic view, atmosphere and menu. Service and staff were also excellent - we will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our engagement. It was perfect.

BC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic. Our server Coleman was particularly wonderful and attentive. Definitely coming back.

k
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's definitely pricey but really great time. Drinks and food were good and it's really pretty atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was awful. We pretty much had no service whatsoever..

DS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautifully restored 1942 sailing ship on the Hudson with great view! Buzzy but not overcrowded - seats at the Oyster bar as well as tables. Friendly, efficient service. Nice small and larger plate selections - we tried a range and all were tasty. Helped that we had a perfect end-of-summer evening!

SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waterfront view is unbelievable. Enjoy just a drink or some amazing food.

SO
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food4service3ambience5

ロウワーマンハッタン 西側の船上レストラン。夕日を見る時間帯が人気でなかなか予約は取れませんが、昼のランチタイムもおススメです。

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f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

its a great view! some great drinks. but its so not about the food. its okay at best- but the service and location makes up for it. its also over priced. osysters and chiviche were okay. dont get the salads or hashbrown, the latter felt like a 4 year old made it given there was nothing to make but cook a frozen hashbrown and open a can of caviar. was underwhelming.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view! All around amazing!

AJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, astonishing view, excellent food. I definitely will come back

JP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Certainly a must if you are an out-of-towner... eating "on the water" is always a unique experience but this is actually eating on the water... if you get queasy with a little bit of a roll to your table then maybe you should pass this by but really it isn't so bad... you get used to it fairly quickly. Definitely a "must experience"... book two months in advance during peak season.

KI
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, I had an amazing time, beautiful view, great food.

TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my meal at this restaurant. The oysters were fresh and delicious, and the chicken was so good! I really loved their cocktail menu. The drinks are a little pricey, but I only needed one (lol)! Overall the food, drinks, and atmosphere were wonderful. Will go back.

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