City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

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We may live on an island but there are definitely times when it couldn’t feel further from it. In a city of concrete and pavement where we swoon when seldom seeing evidence of Mother Nature, it’s time to take to the waters!

From the moment I set foot at Pier 66’s Frying Pan I was in love. The absolutely perfect water venue, it’s always my first suggestion when meeting up with friends. The bar is situated on an actual boat that was built in 1929 and is said to have been sitting at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before it was restored to its current glory. Favorite of a young and trendy crowd, the Frying Pan often hosts live DJs and has an observation plank that offers up the most breathtaking views of the NYC skyline.

If you’re looking to really set sail, check out the dinner cruises available at Bateaux New York. Serving up a sophisticated and savory dinner with a comprehensive wine list the restaurant on water offers mouth-watering dishes like a rosemary and mint braised lamb shank, a coriander and cinnamon seared raw tuna or a chocolate torte served with dulce de leche gelato.

If you want all of the perks of the open sea but want to keep yourself firmly planted on dry land, check out West 79th street’s Boat Basin Café. Located in Riverside Park, Boat Basin’s outdoor patio looks onto the Marina and Hudson River. Feast your eyes with a great view and one of the best burgers in town.

Originally published June 2009

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