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This Old Aircraft Carrier In Harlem Is Now A Breezy Floating Bar • Baylander Steel Beach

By Claire Leaden

This Old Aircraft Carrier In Harlem Is Now A Breezy Floating Bar • Baylander Steel Beach

Dine on the water without leaving the dock at this picturesque restaurant in Harlem!

The Baylander Steel Beach, which opened for the first time last July, is a new restaurant and bar at the West Harlem Piers that’s aboard a historic air craft carrier ship. And it’s now officially open for the 2021 season!

The eatery comes from the owners of Prohibition Lounge on the Upper West Side, who came into ownership of the decommissioned ship in 2017. The IX- 514, or the “Baylander,” is the world’s smallest aircraft carrier at 133-foot long, and was used as a US Navy Helicopter Landing Trainer and also served in the Vietnam War.

The eatery is on-theme with picnic tables on the upper and lower decks of the ship, and a bar and kitchen that are in Army cargo containers, according to West Side Rag. The “steel beach” in the name comes from a Navy nickname for the deck of a ship.

The menu of course boasts yummy seafood and bar grub — like fish & chips, fried clams, and lobster rolls. And of course, there are plenty of nautical themed cocktails like frosé, Dark ‘n Stormy, and a “Port Side Paloma.”


Of course, with lots of outdoor space, socially distanced dining is quite manageable. Guests do have to wear masks if they leave their tables and walk around the ship.

They are open from 3-10pm Thursday-Friday, and 12-10pm on Saturday & 12-9pm on Sunday. After 6pm, all guests must be 21+ unless accompanied by a parent. It is located on the Baylander IX-514 ship in the Hudson River West Harlem Piers on 125th Street.

Since it is totally outdoors, weather will affect their opening time so be sure to check their social before you go.

Looks like the perfect summer hangout spot to us!

featured image source: Courtesy Photo

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