Party Earth Review Located on the Hudson River waterfront at Pier 66, The Frying Pan and the adjacent Lackawanna Barge are two old vessels transformed into a unique seasonal hotspot that attracts swarms of fashionably casual and outgoing... ... read full review
Pier 66 in Hudson River Park at West 26th Street
New York, NY 10011
C, E: 23rd Street-8th Avenue
M–W 11am–midnight, Th 11am–12:30am, F–Sa 11am–1am, Su 11am–11pm (May 1–October 1, weather permitting)
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Located on the Hudson River waterfront at Pier 66, The Frying Pan and the adjacent Lackawanna Barge are two old vessels transformed into a unique seasonal hotspot that attracts swarms of fashionably casual and outgoing young professionals ready to party in the open air.
Fitted out with a bar and grill, Lackawanna teems with a festive after-work crowd that packs in elbow to elbow to flirt and socialize around two centrally located cabanas, one of which serves as a full bar and food-ordering station and the other as the kitchen and meal pick-up window.
A large, partially covered space in the center of the barge contains a smaller bar, a stage framed with Havana-style windows and palms, and scattered cocktail tables where chatty groups share buckets of beer.
The barge also acts as home port to the 1929 Frying Pan, an historic former lightship-turned-shipwreck that was salvaged from the deep to become one of the city’s most unusual venues.
The top level offers deck chairs, cocktail tables, and a terrific view of the sunset, but both history buffs and party-seekers will want to check out the action below deck, where an eerie labyrinth of narrow corridors leads tipsy young urbanites through sleeping quarters, a transmitter room, and other rusty chambers featuring original items still intact, though a bit barnacle encrusted.
Even further down, drink-sipping mates will reach the musty open belly of the ship, where a DJ draws in swarms of partiers ready to dance.
Undoubtedly the most popular floating landmark in town, The Frying Pan often gets packed early and stays that way until closing.
Flirty young professionals and the single set at night, groups and occasional tourists during the day, 20s to 30s.
A DJ spins every night from 10pm in the bottom deck of the Frying Pan. Live music a few times a week on the Lackawanna Barge.
The Frying Pan serves lunch M–F noon–5pm, dinner M–F 5–10pm and Sa–Su noon–10pm, and “quickfire” 10pm–midnight on cool-weather days in the early and late season. Menus feature burgers, sandwiches, crab cakes, and New England comfort foods.
Appetizers and small plates $7–$15, sandwiches $8–$10, entrées $9–$18. Beer $5–$8, bucket of six Coronas $35, wine $8, cocktails $8+, sangria $37/pitcher.
Casual during the day: jeans, khakis, summer dresses. Dressier at night, especially Fridays and Saturdays: button-downs, jeans and heels, stylish dresses.
Friday and Saturday nights for a crowded party vibe, sunny weekday afternoons for a leisurely lunch, or any day of the week for the sunset.
Hudson River Community Sailing (Pier 66) is right next door and offers great boat tours of the river – a nice escape before a night of partying on The Frying Pan.