A shady, summery, seasickness-proof outdoor bar and grill with vibes and views that will make anyone happy to waste a few hours of the day.
While Upper West residents would certainly prefer to keep Pier i Cafe a secret, the brightly colored umbrellas and comfortable lounges make it worth a trip from anywhere in the city. Luckily, there are plenty of corners and seats to tuck away, making it easy to relax under the warmth of the sun and the sangria.
Noshing on lobster rolls and Old Bay fries, the crowd, which runs the gamut from 30-something couples, sometimes with young kids, to cheerful retirees, seems pleasantly at ease in the clean and vibrant space. The better than average bar food just adds to the splendidness of the spectacular views of the Hudson, and gives anyone the excuse to come back every weekend.