A rare post about a meal that frankly wasn’t great. I dont normally write those, and I’m not necessarily starting now. On the contrary in fact, this is a recommendation. On occasion, even foodies have to swallow their pride, and eat overpriced potato chips with a hint of sea sickness, and a view that turns those potato chips into very good potato chips. Just dont be me and forget your big boy camera at home. Even take a photography lesson if needed for this one. To have any sort of view in the city, you either need to be up somewhere, or swim somewhere else. This is the latter.
Someone asked me recently to recommend something for a couple in their 30’s on a first date. 30 minutes and 20 questions later, I recommended The NoMad Bar, Santina, and The Grand Banks, a schooner (boat) docked on the tip of pier 25 in Tribeca between May and October. Albeit, this was before my recent meal there, though my confidence in the place wasnt exactly shattered. The Grand Banks is the kind of place you want to take everyone. Friends, neighbors, co-workers, work neighbors. In My office floor, there are two companies, and you can easily distinguish the two when you visit the man’s bathroom (maybe the female too, who knows). While we go in and out and do our business as quickly and
clean quiet as possible while playing Doodle Jump, the other office members like to chat to each other, and wheel and deal while sitting in their stalls. Yes, those guys especially would enjoy the Grand Banks. But I cant picture them enjoying the stalls there nearly as much
There’s a good chance upon sitting down, that your first urge will be to get up and leave (wonder how many do). The boat will shake. Its just a matter of how much shaking you are willing to take. But unless you easily get seasick, you should be golden. It’s sort of a hot spot at peak times, so plan accordingly. They take reservations on OpenTable which I find a little bizarre, yet convenient.
Something tells me the food is better than this. I’ve been to the Grand Banks before for the coveted lobster roll, but this time we came back with another couple for lunch. The menu consists of seafood driven small plates ranging between $15 – $28. The more expensive items like the pictured three piece Tilefish is still considered a small plate by all measures. The fish was cooked well, but did not offer any distinct flavor. The Ceviche this day (it changes based on market availability) featured slices of scallops that lacked any sort of oomph, and were rather limp. The asparagus was perhaps the surprising highlight after the roll.
The lobster roll was still as good as before based on my three bites (I shared it this time with my significant other). And as with pretty much any lobster roll in town, it will not win any value awards. But for this price ($26?), I wish they’d pull a Cull & Pistol and offer it with their terrific fries instead of potato chips. The roll is served Maine style cold, with cucumbers that would probably make roll traditionalists vomit at the sight. But I dont mind it as it helps keep the bread texture intact, and never gets soggy (I’m looking at you Red Hook Pound) without interfering with the meat flavor.
So whether you are a young couple looking for something different to do, an older gentlemen who likes young couples, someone who likes to chat in the bathroom, or sing in the shower, check out this little love boat.