Inspired by the floating "oyster barges" that lined lower Manhattan's waterfront in the 18th and 19th centuries, Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar aboard a historic 142-foot wooden schooner, the Sherman Zwicker. The menu at Grand Banks features sustainably produced oysters from both coasts—with a special emphasis on the native Atlantic oyster species harvested from New York waters—as well as ingredient-driven small plates and nautically inspired cocktails.
Grand Banks' hand-built wooden ship, officially christened in 1942 as the F/V Sherman Zwicker, is the last original saltbank fishing vessel in existence. Once part of the proud Grand Banks fleet that fished the abundant but turbulent North Atlantic, the Sherman Zwicker traded cod and salt throughout the Americas. Today she is an exceptional and rare surviving example of traditional boat-building skills. The Sherman Zwicker is also the largest wooden vessel in New York City.
Design » Alexander Pincus + Eric Cheong
Client » GBSZ LLC
Program » Restaurant
Type » Restoration + Renovation
Location » New York, NY
Budget » NA
Status » Complete
Year » 2014