In the time it takes you to ride the 6 train from Union Square to Grand Central, you can take a ferry from Fidi to Governor’s Island. And once you’re there, you can check out Island Oyster. It’s the latest spot from the Grand Banks people, and it’s essentially just one big, long outdoor bar where you can grab some drinks and seafood while you stare across the water at downtown Manhattan. There’s plenty of seating, and you should try to grab a drink here before it gets too cold to do so.
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Spots For A Big Group Hang Outside
When you want to eat and drink outside with a big group, you could fill up water bottles with white wine. Or you could go to any of these 24 spots.
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The original Seamore's is in Nolita, and the Chelsea location is pretty much the same. Stop by for some casual seafood, maybe in your gym clothes.
Mar serves very good seafood-focused Spanish dishes inside Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards.
LoLo’s Seafood Shack
At Lolo’s you can sit in a backyard in Harlem and drink a rum punch while you eat large quantities of crab, shrimp, or other types of seafood.
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If the Queen Mary just ended up being a nicely appointed tug boat loaded with alcohol and raw oysters, you’d have Grand Banks. Load up on ceviche and fried veggies, just make sure you aren’t prone to motion sickness.
Good Story Rooftop Lounge
Good Story is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Soho hotel, and, as far as rooftop bars go, it’s a pretty pleasant place to hang with a group downtown.
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