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Most Popular Waterfront Bars in the NYC Area

New York City is a cultural beacon and one of the world’s most touristy cities. Along with some of the best museums and theaters, it’s also known for its incredible restaurant and bar scene.

refreshing summer cocktails at waterfront bars in NYC

While New York is a concrete jungle, with skyscrapers towering over cramped and busy city blocks, it is surrounded by waterways that offer spectacular views of iconic bridges and NYC’s many skylines.

If you’re looking for drinks with a view, I’ve compiled a list of the best waterfront bars in NYC for you to check out below.

Industry Kitchen

70, 10005 South St At, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 487-9600
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Industry Kitchen is a sleek New American restaurant with cool, self-contained glass greenhouse seating for year-round outdoor seating in the Financial District.

You can enjoy spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Staten Island Ferry, along with the highly trafficked Upper New York Bay.

They offer a wide list of wine by the glass and interesting cold and hot cocktails to accompany a vast menu of creative New American appetizers, salads, pizzas, and main dishes.


78 South St Pier 15, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 742-8200
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Located a block from Industry Kitchen at the end of the Financial District’s Pier 15, Watermark is an enormous 10,000-square-foot, two-story bar and restaurant with unfettered views of both the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges.

Watermark is a favorite for holiday parties and large events, like weddings, and corporate events. They offer a full menu of American pub fare along with creative cocktails, beer, and wine.

I went for their happy hour specials to savor cheap prosecco and truffle fries.

Grand Banks

Park, Pier 25 Hudson River, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 660-6312
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Grand Banks is a bustling outdoor seafood restaurant and bar in Tribeca serving oyster, inhabiting an old wooden schooner docked at the edge of Pier 25.

You get incredible views of the Hudson River, Rockefeller Park, and Jersey City location across the river while you enjoy the freshest oysters and a craft cocktail.

The River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 522-5200
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Praised by OpenTable as one of the 20 best NYC restaurants and one of the most romantic NYC restaurants, River Café is a stunning fine-dining New American restaurant with a fine location in DUMBO Brooklyn.

Its location directly under the famous Brooklyn Bridge offers incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and a luxurious and romantic atmosphere serenaded by live piano performances.

I enjoyed a French 77 with gin, champagne, lavender honey, and a frothy egg white foam.


1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 522-5356
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Located one block from the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, Celestine is a lively neighborhood Mediterranean bistro with an elegant and welcoming atmosphere.

They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, along with a creative list of cocktails, wine, and beer. Their cocktails offer Mediterranean twists on classic cocktails.

Take, for instance, the Fig Dipper, a Mediterranean-style Old Fashioned, with ground black mission fig, brown sugar, smoked bitters, and bourbon.


Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (917) 810-8550
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Located in the iconic and beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, PILOT is another historic restaurant atop an old 1920s-era wooden racing schooner docked at Pier 6.

They’re a seasonal restaurant offering fresh oysters and seafood during the spring, summer, and early fall.

I went and enjoyed a refreshing summer cocktail called the Tropicalia with vodka, cucumber, watermelon, and lime.

Brooklyn Crab

24 Reed St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (718) 643-2722
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Brooklyn Crab is a family-friendly Red Hook neighborhood seafood restaurant inside a giant warehouse space with open-air seating, high ceilings, and giant windowed garage doors for unobstructed views of New York Bay, Pier 44, and the Statue of Liberty.

They have a rotating tap list of 8 independent beers, numerous domestic bottles, and creative cocktails to pair with fresh seafood.

The Baylander

Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10027
Phone: (646) 207-0440
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Lying atop the 1968 aircraft carrier Baylander, docked on the Hudson River at West Harlem Piers Park, The Baylander is a bar, kitchen, and glimpse into life aboard a Navy ship.

The aircraft carrier was sold at auction to a foundation that converted its barracks and shipping containers into a well-preserved restaurant that history buffs and families will love.

They serve a varied menu of American food, from shrimp tacos to short rib sandwiches, along with a full list of cocktails, beer, and wine.

Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill

4-40 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 433-9269
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Anable Basin Sailing Bar and Grill is a family-friendly Queens neighborhood bar and restaurant with a massive outdoor deck overlooking the East Channel, Queensboro Bridge, and Roosevelt Island.

They offer a meat-centric food menu to accompany a small selection of draught beers, cans, wine, and classic cocktails. I loved their Polish kielbasa with a side of sauerkraut and mustard.

The Brooklyn Barge

79 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (929) 337-7212
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Named for the giant floating barge atop which it’s located, The Brooklyn Barge is a Greenpoint Brooklyn favorite location for waterfront dining and community programming.

The giant barge has outdoor seating, using giant wooden barrels for tables. They offer American pub fare, with classics like hot dogs, sliders, grilled corn, and wings, to name a few.

City Vineyard

233 West St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 677-8350
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Another Tribecca favorite, City Vinyard, is a romantic and family-friendly winery and eatery on Pier 26 in a large, two-story restaurant with a large outdoor deck on both levels.

They feature live music and incredible views of the Manhattan Skyline to enjoy with great food and a full bar.

Their wine bar list features numerous bottles from their proprietary winery, which you can order or purchase to pop open at home.

Bar Blondeau

80 Wythe Ave 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: (718) 460-8006
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Located between Masha P Johnson State Park and McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Bar Blondeau is a stunning, high-end French cocktail bar and restaurant on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel.

The beautifully designed modern space has panoramic windows to catch views of the Brooklyn skyline and Bushwick Inlet.

They offer an elegant wine list, frozen cocktails, and craft cocktails to accompany a Southern European menu of seafood-centric dishes.

Johnny’s Reef

2 City Island Ave, The Bronx, NY 10464
Phone: (718) 885-2086
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Johnny’s Reef is a kid-friendly, casual seafood restaurant and fish fry joint with a huge concrete deck dotted with picnic tables at the very tip of the Bronx’s charming City Island boating community.

They’ve been a City Island institution for over 60 years, serving the freshest catches, battered and fried to perfection, and served on disposable paper plates along with a selection of beer and frozen cocktails.

Frying Pan

207 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 989-6363
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The Frying Pan is both the name of a restaurant and the historic lightship on which it sits. The bright red ship with a white upper deck and the giant white letters Frying Pan painted along the side is docked at Chelsea’s Pier 66.

They offer a vast menu of classic American seafood dishes along with a full bar. The boat was built in 1929 and has been a Chelsea bar and restaurant for over 30 years.

Drift In

389 West St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (646) 860-0964
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Drift In is a fully outdoor restaurant with seats all along West Village’s Pier 45. It’s surrounded by green fields and parks overlooking the Hudson River.

It’s open seasonally according to weather conditions. They offer beachy, tropical food with summery cocktails, wines, and refreshing types of beer.

I went for a vibrant Mezcal drink called Iko Iko, with passion fruit, hibiscus, mint, and lime.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club

302 Beach 87th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11693
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Located in a colorful and funky outdoor event venue on the beach village island of Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach Surf Club is a surf-community-inspired space covered in local artwork, featuring live music and a great menu of summery, surfy cocktails and bar fare, including their Pina Colada.

I also loved their on-the-rocks take on the frozen classic, with rum, fresh pineapple juice, and coconut rum.

Bungalow Bar

377 Beach 92nd St, Queens, NY 11693
Phone: (718) 945-2100
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Another Rockaway Beach favorite, Bungalow Bar, is a modern beach bar situated in a quaint, wood-floored, exposed beamed bungalow with extensive outdoor seating overlooking Broad Channel.

They offer a tap list of 6 beers, a small list of wines, and a well-rounded list of craft cocktails to accompany an all-day menu of tasty American food. I recommend their Sumptuous Espresso Martini.

The Fulton

89 South St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 838-1200
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Featured in the Infatuation for its outdoor patio and over-the-top burgers, The Fulton is a seafood restaurant and bar located on Pier 17 in the Financial District. It’s named for the old Fulton Fish Market in whose building The Fulton now resides.

The gritty fish market warehouse has been converted into a stunning modern bar and kitchen in a massive 53,000-square-foot space.

Even though it’s a seafood restaurant, I recommend trying one of their burgers to accompany a cocktail or pint.

Sayra’s Wine Bar

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11693
Phone: (347) 619-8009
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Sayra’s Wine Bar is a quaint, rustic-chic wine bar in the heart of Far Rockaway, with a cute outdoor patio covered in vines.

They offer a long list of international wines along with craft beers and cocktails to accompany a delicious menu of high-end, gourmet takes on bar fare.

I loved their pretzel baguettes with spicy mustard and the perfectly crispy grilled cheese panini with gherkins to accompany a happy hour glass of pinot grigio.

The Buoy Bar

72 Bayside Dr, Point Lookout, NY 11569
Phone: (516) 432-3975
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Located at the Northeastern tip of Long Beach’s Point Lookout, The Buoy Bar is a cute, family-friendly bar and grill with a kitschy sports-bar feel and an outdoor deck overlooking Long Beach’s south shore.

They offer a full seafood menu with a kid-friendly menu and a great selection of draught beer, cocktails, and bottles of different sizes.

The Bayhouse of Breezy Point

500 Bayside Dr, Queens, NY 11697
Phone: (347) 926-4926
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Overlooking the Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay in Far Rockaway’s Rockaway Point neighborhood, The Bayhouse of Breezy Point is a quaint and laid-back restaurant and bar on a wooden dock.

They have live music to accompany an All-American menu of regional favorites, plus a great cocktail, beer, and wine list. I loved their shrimp tempura with sweet chili sauce.

Final Thoughts

New York City is a collection of islands surrounded by bays, oceans, rivers, and inlets. There are countless riverfront bars in NYC to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to a list of diverse favorites.

Which one did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments below.

Best Waterfront Bars in NYC

  1. Industry Kitchen
  2. Watermark
  3. Grand Banks
  4. The River Café
  5. Celestine
  6. PILOT
  7. Brooklyn Crab
  8. The Baylander
  9. Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill
  10. The Brooklyn Barge
  11. City Vineyard
  12. Bar Blondeau
  13. Johnny’s Reef
  14. Frying Pan
  15. Drift In
  16. Rockaway Beach Surf Club
  17. Bungalow Bar
  18. The Fulton
  19. Sayra’s Wine Bar
  20. The Buoy Bar
  21. The Bayhouse of Breezy Point
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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