We believe--with the deepest sincerity--that there is no happier phrase than "summer Friday."

And, hey, that’s today!

So, come 3 p.m., you could hit up the usual suspects: a rooftop or any old happy hour. Or you could rock gently in the harbor aboard any of NYC’s fabulous boats made specifically for sipping cocktails.

Yeah, we’re gonna go with one of those.

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GRAND BANKS

This historic, hand-built fishing schooner is the largest wooden vessel in New York City, but these days she’s docked in Tribeca for the sole purpose of slinging sustainable small plates. Think: Atlantic oysters and sea-scallop ceviche.

Open daily; Pier 25 at N. Moore St.

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THE WATER TABLE

Shipping off from Greenpoint and sailing to Lady Liberty herself, this hip little dinner cruise is prime date material. (Relationships are built on lobster mac and cheese.) 

Sails Thursday through Sunday evenings and reservations suggested; India Street Pier in Brooklyn

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NORTH RIVER LOBSTER CO.

Can’t make it to the beach? This is a great place to score a little tan--all while noshing on lobster rolls and sipping on mason-jar cocktails. The Hudson-docked boat leaves the pier every few hours for 45-minute jaunts down the river. The best part: No tickets are required, and you can hang out as long as you like.

Open daily; Pier 81 at W. 41st Street

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HORNBLOWER

Especially great for entertaining out-of-towners, this luxury yacht (that sails from the West Village and tours around the harbor) has a wide range of dinner-cruise and happy-hour options to choose from.

Sails Thursday through Sunday evenings and reservations suggested; Pier 40 at Houston St.

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MANHATTAN BY SAIL

Imagine if Grand Banks ever left the dock. That’s the kind of intimate, open-air vibe you get here. Two different ships sail at various times throughout the week--some offering full meals, others with a simple cash bar.

Sails daily and reservations suggested; North Cove Marina (at Liberty St.) and Battery Park (at South St.)

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HONORABLE WILLIAM WALL

And now for New York’s best-kept secret: This anchored barge smack-dab in the middle of the harbor. It’s a bit tricky to get to (as of this summer, you have to take a tender boat from Jersey City, not Manhattan), but once you’re sipping Sauv Blanc with a full skyline in view, you’ll forget all your Path train woes.

Open daily and reservations required; Jersey City location announced upon ticket purchase

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FRYING PAN

Needing little introduction, this anchored Chelsea spot has been an NYC day-drinking bastion for years. Maybe she’s not as chic as the others, but when all you need is a bucket of beers and a breeze, she’ll do you right.

Open daily; Pier 66 at W. 26th St.

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