The Frying Pan
New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
The Frying Pan, a salvaged floating lightship said to have spent three years at the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, and now berthed at Pier 66 Bar and Grill, has been reincarnated as one of the best al fresco drinking spots in the city. The space is pretty massive, and while it can get packed its size means that it’s usually possible to find a place to perch. There are actually a few boats making up the complex, and the seats on the second floor boasts some particularly fine waterfront views. The space has a raw, metallic rather industrial feel and a fun-loving, casual vibe. It’s essentially a floating dive bar so expect drinks to be potent things in plastic cups rather than anything more refined. It’s the venue itself you come for, the atmosphere and the views; it’s a heady combination and when the weather’s playing ball few things beat it.