Andrew Zimmer
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1. Frying Pan 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Located at Pier 66 in Chelsea, the Frying Pan is quite literally a bar on a docked boat. The boat is a historic 1929 lightship, and the outdoor bar juts far out into the pier thanks to a long barge. A center bar and grill serves up beer and bar bites like Pat LaFrieda sirloin burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and garlic fries. There's a dance floor at the end of the barge, which gets more and more crowded as the sun sets on happy hour.

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2. Boat Basin Café 390 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

This ever-popular summertime joint rocks a laid-back burgers-&-Corona style and generous seating.

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3. La Marina 348 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034 (Upper West Side)

This multifaceted venue is a great alternative to living in Florida. You get three riverside bars, a man-made beach, and an indoor/outdoor restaurant with views of the Palisades, plus mooring services at the nearby docks, should you happen to have a boat.

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4. Low Tide Bar Beach 96th St Boardwalk, New York, NY 11693 (Queens)

This unassuming beach bar is the go-to spot for scoping sets while enjoying tap offerings of brew (all michelada-able for a buck) and kombucha. Run out from their boardwalk beer garden to catch a wave before returning for theme nights, which range from Fridays filled with SoCa/West Indian beats and shark & curried bean sandwiches, to reggae Sundays, for which a sit-down dinner of North African fish couscous is prepared for 48hrs by "world traveled" cooks, one of whom literally walks around doling out pro massages, then goes home and obviously never gets laid, ever.

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5. Grand Banks Pier 25, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This seasonal oyster bar perched atop a historic fishing boat at Pier 25 serves an incredible selection of soft-shell crabs, lobster rolls, and of course, lots of oysters. It's best to make a reservation for dining, but you can easily snag a seat at one of the two on-deck bars if you're there for drinks. Refreshing nautical cocktails, wine, Champagne, and craft beer round out the drink menu. Grand Banks is open from May to October.

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6. The Crow's Nest 500 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

Situated on the rooftop of The Water Club, The Crow's Nest is more or less an East Side version of Frying Pan with casual eats that include burgers and a raw bar, as well as killer 'tails to enjoy while taking in the NYC views. Instead of Spring time on the subway, you could be staying cool with the Club's river breezes.

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7. Watermark Bar 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Downtown)

Reasons to spend your summer at Watermark Bar: burgers, cocktails, alcoholic sno-cones, and, oh, just a rooftop park. Get your mingle on at this Pier 15-adjacent hotspot -- it's one of our NYC warm-weather favorites.

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8. Fornino Pier 6, Brooklyn, NY 11201

With gorgeous views of the East River and the Financial District, the beloved Brooklyn pizza purveyor churns out delicious pies, both classic (like the Margherita) and creative (like the Al Roker, with tomato, mozzarella, Fontina, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, soppressata piccante, and rosemary).

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9. Brooklyn Bridge Park 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Central Park's great and all, but Brooklyn Bridge Park is where it's at when it comes to sunset pilates classes, kayaking, and a free outdoor film series. This Spring, warm up the grills on the BK waterfront then stick around for a flick at Pier 1′s Harbor View lawn.

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10. Ruby's Bar & Grill 1213 Boardwalk W, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Ruby's is an institution that's been open since the 1930s and is still slinging pub food and no fuss drinks right on the boardwalk.

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11. Governors Beach Club 1 Carder Rd, New York, NY 11231 (Governors Island)

This spot has concerts and crazy parties, but you can also go before 3pm on most days and soak in some beach vibes and killer views of downtown Manhattan.

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12. North River Lobster Company Pier 81, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

This floating lobster shack is perfect if you want a totally unpretentious atmosphere for drinking and eating out on the water. Docked in Midtown West, North River offers 45-minute cruises that serve great seafood -- think four different kinds of lobster rolls and a full raw bar -- as well as a solid bar menu with Mason-jar cocktails, beer buckets, and an ample selection of wine.



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