Fleet Week is one of the most unique and exciting times of the year. If you’re ready to get into the spirit of the celebrations like never before, help head to one of these fabulous nautical-themed restaurants, bars and venues. The 28th annual Fleet Week in NYC will take place from Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
The Maritime Hotel | No, the Maritime Hotel isn’t the most novel concept for Fleet Week celebrations, but there’s a good reason it’s become a bit of a nautical cliche. Aside from the massive, striking facade, this Chelsea hotel hosts a barrage of upscale parties and events on a regular basis. When the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing, there are few party destinations better suited for the celebrations than the hotel’s outdoor nightclub, the Cabanas.
The Folly | Not only does The Folly have a beautiful take on nautical accoutrement, but it also serves a whole lot of rum. The rum cocktails are whimsical and reasonably potent, and even the food gives a jaunty nod to the sea. Crab mac and cheese, cod tater tots and halibut ceviche are just a few of the seafood-focused snacks on the menu.
The Ship | Lafayette Street’s The Ship has a decidedly more subtle take on the nautical theme than many other venues, but it takes its cocktails and small plates quite seriously. Accents like canvas-upholstered chairs and rich wooden accents give the space a warm, intimate and upscale feel.
The Frying Pan | Sometimes the only thing that takes a Fleet Week celebration where it needs to be is an actual ship. The Frying Pan, located off the West Side Highway, has great food, a celebratory vibe and plenty of liquor to make you forget you’re a little further from land than you might be prepared for. In case you become seasick, though, don’t worry–the deck is just a few steps away.
– Naakai Addy