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Outdoor Openings: Frying Pan, Water Taxi Beach, Rooftops, a Burger Garden, and More

Outdoor Openings: Frying Pan, Water Taxi Beach, Rooftops, a Burger Garden, and More

Photo: Melissa Hom

Now that you’ve heard the bad news, here’s the good good-weather news. Pier 66 Maritime (better known by the name of the boat that’s tethered to it, the Frying Pan) is now serving a “quickfire” menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, and salads (proprietor John Krevy tells us the full menu launches in May — you can find it at fryingpan.com). Thanks to a new permanent fire pit, the pier will be open so long as it’s 60 degrees or above. And here’s the rest of what’s happening outdoors today.

Chef Richard Gussoff tells us the Frying Pan’s sister venue, Pier I Café, is also open with a limited menu. He’ll eventually be serving new items such as curried crab dip, five-spice shrimp noodle salad, a pulled barbecue sandwich with aged Cheddar, and blackened salmon with pineapple chutney.

The folks at Water Taxi Beach tell us that Harry Hawk is gone and new chef Mark Davidoff (formerly the food and beverage guy at New York Cruise Lines) will be smoking meats at what will now be called the Burger Shack at Water Taxi Beach LIC. Expect the usual Motz burgers but also a pulled-pork sandwich, among other menu additions. Meanwhile, on Governors Island, he’ll be opening the much-anticipated locavore café. Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport opens April 30 from Monday till Thursday (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Weekend hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. till 3 a.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m till 3 a.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. till midnight. Water Taxi Beach Long Island City opens during the weekends on May 1: Saturday from 1 p.m. till 3 a.m., Sunday till midnight, and Fridays from 4 p.m. till 3 a.m. (weeknights start in June). And Water Taxi Beach Governors Island opens June 5, whenever the island is open to the public and for live music events.

Fishtail, DuMont, and Elizabeth are among the venues that have currently opened their retractable roofs. [Zagat]

The outdoor carousing on Stone Street will begin this weekend. [UrbanDaddy]

The owners of Provence en Boite have opened JB’s Burger at 255 Smith Street. It has a back patio. [Strong Buzz]

And in case you missed it, the Gowanus Yacht Club has opened. [Eater NY]

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