True, Labor Day has passed and though I have reluctantly tucked away my seersucker for the season and indulged in a Starbucks’ pumpkin latte, I am still in denial of summer’s end. Some of this denial stems from my desire to cross off a few more Summer Bucket List items, but mainly I want to avoid the slide into Thanksgiving for just another week or so! What better way to celebrate denial than over a little glass of sangria? That’s right, last night I made my way to Pier-i for the first time this summer after being a regular patron in years past. Take that, Number 16!
The West Side offers a few good seaside drinking and dining options to enjoy the views of the Hudson River and the Dirty Jers: The Frying Pan, Boat Basin and Pier-i, of course! Of all of these, Pier-i is the most relaxed as it attracts a variety of cyclists and runners enjoying the West Side Highway bike path (Note: they offer free ice water to athletes!). The fare is a little pricier than at the other seaside eateries, but it is significantly better. The menu boasts LaFrieda burgers (with huge sesame buns!), Caprese salad and a legitimate lobster roll. This joint at 70th and Riverside is open through October, weather permitting, so there is still time to enjoy some sunset sangria—the breeze in the evening is quite delightful (and a cool reminder that fall is undeniably approaching.)