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Pier 9
Pier 9

The piers of New York have long been vibrant marketplaces, from longshoreman unloading their imports while drinking liquor, to Long Islanders unloading on attendants while buying wicker. But if you're not into Pier 1, you should check out Pier 9.

Setting up in the old Agua Dulce space, this sister restaurant to recently opened 9's a fish shack-y homage to the Apple's aquatic landing pads, fittingly bedecking its bar, dining room, and outdoor patio with seashell-colored floors, water-stained driftwood, and repurposed sails, as Styx doesn't need them now that they're only sailing on Carnival cruises.

The menu starts with raw bar essentials (oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc.), but gets more creative with bites of lobster deviled eggs, Berkshire pork belly & oyster buns, and crab-shiitake arancini; entrees stay on theme, from a ground brisket burger w/ peeky toe crab and tartar sauce, to a bacon-wrapped filet with optional king crab surf, to a lobster hot dog done up Chicago-style, so expect to have plenty of wind.

Beers'll include crafts like Shipyard Blue Fin Stout, Euros from Kwak to Jever, daily special cask pulls, and large format joints from two liter Chimay Blues to three liter St. Feuillien; vinos, meanwhile, are predominantly sourced from coastal wineries near fishing communities, and cocktails include Martinis like the black truffle brine & blue cheese By Land and the homemade seaweed brine By Sea, topped off with a raw oyster, a glorious way to get shucked up.

Finish it all off with a marshmallow-filled s'mores doughnut or a chocolate-covered-pretzel sundae from their Happy Ending menu, though if you want a real one you'll probably have to hit the docks.

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1. Pier 9 802 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Setting up in the old Agua Dulce space, this sister restaurant to recently opened 9's a fish shack-y homage to the Apple's aquatic landing pads, fittingly bedecking its bar, dining room, and outdoor patio with seashell-colored floors, water-stained driftwood, and repurposed sails, as Styx doesn't need them now that they're only sailing on Carnival cruises.

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