Unless you were there for a special food event, until now the best you could hope for on Governors Island was some food truck fare or the smooshed PB&J you carted with you on the ferry. No more! Island Oyster, a gigantic, 32,000-square-foot oyster bar and bar-bar, opened over the July 4th holiday weekend right next to the ferry landing.
It's the latest venture from the folks behind boat bar Grand Banks, who'll also be opening a new floating bar, Pilot, at Pier 6 later this summer, the Times reports. This is the first restaurant opening on Governors Island (at least in its current incarnation), with outdoor seating for 600 offering views into downtown Manhattan and the harbor.
"Everything is oriented explicitly toward the water," co-owner Alex Pincus told Grub Street.
That includes the food, too. For now, Island Oyster's only open for boozing at the 100-foot bar, but when the kitchen—helmed by "seafood expert" Kerry Heffernan—opens, expect oysters "playing a major role," along with burgers, lobster rolls, fish tacos and, in Grand Banks tradition, a raw bar.
Island Oyster is located next to the main ferry landing on Governors Island, 917-268-0200, islandoyster.com