Aside from the four commuters who use it each morning, the East River Ferry seems largely forgotten by the city's general population. Which is a shame, because not only is it the most enjoyable way to cover large swaths of ground... er, water... it's also the fastest way between a lot of points. So, we took it upon ourselves to create a food-filled, booze-soaked Ferry Bar Crawl, the real reason why Noah invented boats.
Stop One -- E 34th St/ Midtown: You're heading towards the 34th St terminal in Manhattan, but on the way, stop by the Pod 39 hotel's rooftop to fuel up with guajillo chili, salt-rimmed margaritas, and twisted Salvation Taco offerings from crispy pig ears to lamb tongue tortas
Stop Three -- India St/ Greenpoint: One of the biggest bonuses of bar crawling this way is hitting parts of the city that you may not otherwise think to, aka your next stop: Greenpoint. Much of the area's best stuff is a little more inland (Torst, Manhattan Inn, Spritzenhaus…), but if you want to keep your momentum, head to Black Rabbit for a Frito Pie, board games in the backyard beer garden (or next to the fireplace, depending on the month), and a pickleback before hitting the road/ water
attack content. Then, head a little further inland to Surf Bar, where the floor is loaded with sand, and the tiki drinks are loaded with booze. Do the Gorilla Milk, which lacks the cloying sweetness of many tikis, but still comes in either a coconut shell or a hula lady mug
Stop Six -- Brooklyn Bridge Park/ DUMBO: This stop could easily derail your bar crawling, what with the bounties of the nearby BK Bridge Park including beach volleyball, a pool, and plenty of legit concessions. But stay hungry (or at least motivated) and head a few blocks into DUMBO to Superfine, the very definition of a chill bar where you can snag a beer and decompress with a game of pool
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