We had a hell of a winter, and now it’s going to be a hull of a spring. That’s because two of our favorite floating bars, the Frying Pan and the Grand Banks, have opened for the season.
The folks at the Frying Pan recently shared an old photo taken many years ago, before the former lightship was pulled out of the water and rehabbed. As of this past weekend, she’s back in service at Pier 66 Maritime, at West 26th St and the West Side Highway, and open from noon to sunset on Memorial Day. You can expect the usual long lines after work and on the weekends; photos from the opening weekend festivities show a packed ship o’ fools.
Further south on the Hudson River, at Pier 25 (North Moore and West Street), the Grand Banks also started serving drinks. The lobster rolls and other grub will be added to the menu May 2. In the meantime, here’s a look at what they’re pouring.
The ice has been a little slower to thaw over in Brooklyn, where the Grand Banks’ sister schnooner, Pilot, won’t reopen until mid-May. The Brooklyn Barge, in Greenpoint, also won’t be open until next month, according to its website.