Your ultimate guide to a seaside-inspired NYC just got 2x better!
Blame it on my appreciation for oysters, lobster rolls and rosé—but I seem to inexplicably be drawn to places that are inspired by the ocean no matter where I go. How else would I have rounded up two full lists of seaside-inspired spots in the heart of the concrete jungle? Because I just can’t help myself (and clearly neither can my friends), here are 5 new surfside-inspired spots to try in New York City, just in time for Fourth of July!
I loved staying with friends in NYC, but on my last trip I treated myself to a hotel room and got a great rate at Hotel Hugo through Hotelied. Have you tried it yet? Hotelied gives hotel discounts based on social media following and travel reward programs. You connect all your accounts and watch the discounts fly in!
Hotel Hugo is brand new; it’s nautical-inspired and located in SoHo (a walk to the West Village is a short 10 minutes). The rooftop has a gorgeous view overlooking the Hudson River (I had a pretty great view from my bedroom on the 17th floor too). My favorite details about Hotel Hugo were the monogrammed hotel bedding and the vertical gardens in the lobby and restaurants. If only I had a green thumb…
Grand Banks is the place that made me write a Part 2 to this seaside-inspired NYC guide. Why? Because it’s also set on a boat (see Part 1). This boat is a historic wooden schooner and it’s docked at Pier 25 in TriBeCa. It doesn’t sail away like The Water Table does, but it sure has a killer view of the city and the sunset over the Hudson.
I visited Grand Banks with Lauren and a few other friends after the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. After spending all day in the sun drinking rosé champagne, it’s safe to say we were #hangry. We tried not to get discouraged by the 2-hour wait to get a table and stood patiently in line, cracking jokes with the staff that we were about to order the entire menu (made up of delicious wild harvest oysters, a seasonal selection of small seafood plates and nautically inspired cocktails). That comment didn’t fall unto deaf ears because within minutes we were ushered to 5 prime seats at the bar with a full tasting menu in waiting.
The food was delicious. The sunset was magical. My tip: show up overdressed (grand hats and all) with a group of gals and order the entire menu (it’s not that big). You just might skip all the lines.
I loved this place. It has to be one of my new favorite spots in NYC. I had brunch there with Amy and Lauren the day after the Polo Classic. When it comes to NYC local gems, Amy knows where it’s at. Every time I hang out with her, she makes me discover a new spot that’s better than the last and Bar Sardine is no exception.
The vibe at Bar Sardine in the West Village is tropical beach bar meets all-american diner. The place is tiny, with only eight tables and bar seating all around. The cocktails are delicious and brunch appropriate (it’s one of the only places I found in the US who make a real Canadian Bloody Caesar). I’ve yet to try the Cold Brah, made of Colf Coffee, Rum, Amaretto and Combier but I bet it’s basically a better iced coffee. I ordered the smoked whitefish toast and it did not disappoint. Lauren’s benedict caesar and Amy’s fedora burger looked equally yummy. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu.
Last week I stopped by Navy NYC in SoHo for a quick drink with Nathalie. Upon walking in, I immediately guessed that this place shared the same owners as Smith & Mills which I talked about last October (a little bit of research confirmed I was right). The place is tiny (like Smith & Mills). We sat at the bar and cracked jokes with the bartender who was serving us rosé out of a magnum bottle.
As you would guess from the name (and the fact that it’s featured on this guide), the place is nautical themed. I loved the blue and white tiles around the bar that were shaped like tiny waves and sailboats. The menu is (surprise-surprise) primarily seafood-based. I didn’t get to try the food but judging from the plates around me, it looked delicious. Their signature dish is an uni-butter toast which I obviously have to try. I will be back.
Mary’s Fish Camp
Stepping into Mary’s Fish Camp is like walking right out of the West Village and into a New England seafood eatery. The décor is simple, not fussy. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The menu is extensive. I had anxiety choosing my meal just looking at how delicious everything looked. It brought me right back to the harbour-side eateries of my childhood summers in New Brunswick: fried clams, lobster rolls, Canadian steamers, oysters (with a “foodie twist” naturally).
The fried clam roll immediately caught my attention and did not disappoint. Amy had the lobster roll which looked perfectly authentic (and according to Grace, lobster roll connoisseur, it’s the best in NYC). We washed down our plates with a healthy dose of freshly squeezed lemonade.
The question remains, when is Part 3 coming out? In the meantime, read Part 1.