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Governors Island is open for passive recreation. Ferry ticket reservations and face coverings are required. Read our COVID-19 Response.

Governors Island is open for passive recreation. Ferry ticket reservations and face coverings are required. Read our COVID-19 Response.

Reserve a Grill

Grilling stations are available on a limited, reservation-only basis during the Island's 2020 season.

Now you can reserve a grill and get cooking on Governors Island! Reservations can be made while the Island is open to the public.

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance and are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance. Included with your reservation are:

  • Two reserved charcoal grills (2 feet in diameter each, joined to one base) for the entire day. Visit our visitor info page for Island open hours. 
  • Four reserved picnic tables at your selected grilling site

Transportation is not provided to grill sites, so be prepared to carry your supplies on and off the Island.

Remember to maintain social distancing on Governors Island. Read our health and safety protocols before you visit.

Available Spaces

  • No vehicles
  • No alcohol
  • No overnight storage
  • Gatherings must adhere to all existing GI rules and regulations. Groups are currently limited to 10 visitors or less on Governors Island.
  • Grilling is permitting in the grill area only. Grilling is NOT permitted elsewhere on Governors Island.

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee.
  • Applicants are responsible for bringing their own grilling supplies (including charcoal, lighter, etc).
  • Dates and locations are confirmed once the Grill Reservation Form has been successfully submitted.
  • Grills are reserved for the entire reservation date and groups are welcome to arrive anytime; we cannot permit early arrival to set-up or staying later for clean-up.
  • Groups are responsible for cleaning up food, drink and decorations at the end of the party. Garbage receptacles will be placed close to the picnic tables.
  • Portable toilets are available near all gathering sites.
  • A cleaning fee will be charged if the site is left untidy.

    Apply For Permit

    If you are not yet a registered user, you will be prompted to sign up before you can fill out the application.

    Register & Apply For Permit Login To Your Account


    Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

    Personal vehicles are not permitted for any reason.

    Alcohol is only allowed in designated areas within the GI food court. 

    If you must cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least 48 hours before your reservation at reservations@govisland.orgFees are non-refundable.

    Permits are not required for small, informal gatherings that do not require reserved or private space, such as family reunions, picnics, or meet ups that take place when the Island is open to the public. Your group is welcome to come out to the Island during these days, pick a spot and enjoy all that the Island has to offer.