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Grand Banks takes a new tack with contactless takeout

If you love oysters and live Downtown, your ship has come in!

Aquagrill in Soho sadly has closed for good, as The Village Sun recently reported. But, all is not lost, as the Grand Banks schooner sailed back to Pier 25 in Tribeca last week.

Crew members were getting it ready to offer “contactless takeout,” starting last Friday. You text an order and pick up your food and/or nautically themed cocktails within 15 to 20 minutes.

Getting things shipshape at Grand Banks. (Photo by Milo Hess)

Grand Banks offers six varieties of wild-caught oysters — from Long Island, Massachusetts, Virginia and British Columbia — along with lobster rolls, ceviche, burrata, arctic char, scallops, soft shell crab, lobster macaroni ’n’ cheese and caviar hash browns, plus organic kosher hot dogs and grilled cheese.

The culinary schooner was “Best Lobster Roll in NYC,” by Gothamist, and “The Absolute Best Lobster Roll in NYC, by New York magazine.

Signs of the times: takeout only. (Photo by Milo Hess)
(Photo by Milo Hess)

The ship’s executive chef, Kerry Heffernan, previously headed the kitchen at top Big Apple eateries One Fifth Ave. and Eleven Madison Square Park.

Grand Banks has plied the Tribeca pier the past few years, typically attracting lines of seafood lovers waiting to come aboard and enjoy its great atmosphere. It tends to draw an affluent young crowd.

Getting ready to serve up cocktails from the sanitized bar. (Photo by Milo Hess)

The boat is quite a story in itself. Built in 1942, the Sherman Zwicker is the last original saltbank fishing vessel in existence. Once part of the proud Grand Banks fleet that fished the turbulent North Atlantic, it traded cod and salt throughout the Americas. Modeled on the famed Canadian fishing and racing schooner Bluenose, it’s currently the largest wooden vessel in New York City.

A black-and-white archival photo of the Sherman Zwicker at sea with sails raised. (Courtesy Grand Banks)

Grand Banks is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit their Web site or e-mail hello@grandbanks.nyc .

Those were the days: The photographer’s friend publicist Lisa Zari enjoying Grand Banks pre-pandemic. (Photo by Milo Hess)
(Photo by Milo Hess)

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