Island Oyster Grand Opening


This 4th of July weekend there was more than one reason for Governors Island to celebrate. Island Oyster, a 32,000 square-foot waterfront restaurant and bar opened for business. The restaurant, run by Alex and Miles Picnus, the lifelong sailors and restauranteurs behind celebrated oyster bar Grand Banks features a variety of refreshing cocktails, wines, a selection of craft beers, and a soon to launch menu of sustainably harvested oysters and approachable dishes.

Located adjacent to Soissons Landing, guests at Island Oyster can look out at Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey and Ellis Island at a 36-seat white marble and mahogany oyster bar, a 44-seat waterfront banquette and a 100-foot bar along the water’s edge. The restaurant owners are also partnering with The Billion Oyster Project, a non-profit organization on the Island, is dedicated primarily to the restoration of the New York Harbor. In a recent interview with Grub Street Alex explained that Island Oyster “is oriented explicitly toward the water.” Maintaining the theme of water, Island Oyster’s menu features a variety of seafood dishes in addition to its raw bar. Situated right next to Ferry Landing, the restaurant offers a gorgeous view of the harbor and downtown Manhattan. Whether your are sitting down for a meal or just grabbing an afternoon drink at the bar, Island Oyster is soon to become a staple of the Governors Island experience.

Island Oyster is open for drinks Monday-Friday from 12PM-6PM, and Saturday and Sunday 12PM-7PM. For more info, visit and