Now that it’s finally getting warmer in New York City, I am rejoicing in finally being able to partake in summer activities like picnicking in Central Park, going to rooftop bars, and hanging out at the Frying Pan. Only open from May to October, the Frying Pan is a historic lightship built in 1929 that remains permanently docked at Chelsea Piers. While it had previously sat at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland for three years, it is now a popular local dive bar that also serves food.
A fair note of caution – since the ship is docked on the Hudson River, it is susceptible to some gentle rocking back and forth, so be careful if you tend to get seasick. I love the Frying Pan for its nautical interior, sweeping views of the Hudson River, and relaxed atmosphere. It’s the ultimate New York summer destination to go with a group of friends to enjoy the sun and the warmth over a few drinks. With two floors, the Frying Pan is also by far one of the roomiest bars in Manhattan, and is excellent for large groups. Drinks ahoy!