Frequently Asked

How do I host an event?
To book a private event for up to 40 guests, please fill out our booking form here.

Can I place a hold on a particular date and time?
Yes, to receive a quote for a certain date and time please please reach out to us at events@grandbanks.org. We place holds for up to 24 hours.

Do rates vary?
Yes, our private event space fees (up to 40 guests) vary depending on the time of day, with lower rates earlier in the date and later the evening. Peak rates are at sunset, our most popular time. We also offer 20% off of space fees for parties in April and October. Rates for full buyouts vary both based on time of day and the day of the week.

What are the food and drink options?
Food and drinks are offered either À la carte from our daily menu (for groups up to 12), or prix fixe for any size group. Prix fixe beverage pricing includes "open bar" for the duration of the event, with options ranging from non-alcoholic to signature cocktails, wine, and beer. Prix fixe food service is presented family-style, with menus ranging from a simple oyster presentation to a complete meal. Here's a link to the prix fixe menu, and here's a link to the À la carte menu.

Does the boat rock at all?
Yes the boat does rock at times. We are on a real boat floating in the Hudson River and from time to time we feel the natural movement of the waves below us. It’s a part of the overall maritime experience. It has not caused a problem aside from a limited amount of guests who suffer from extreme motion sensitivity.

Do we set sail?
No, the boat stays docked at the pier allowing you to come and go as you please.

Do guests have to wait in line to board if they are part of an event?
No. Guests joining us for events at Grand Banks do not need to wait in line to board. Our doorman and hosts are well informed of all events and will kindly escort your group aboard.

Is internet /wifi available on board?
We do not have wifi, but we do have stunning sunsets.

What’s the cancellation policy?
Private events (up to 40 guests) may be canceled at no charge up to 24 hours after reserving. Outside of this window, any event cancellation will forfeit the 50% downpayment.

Buyout event (groups up to 175) cancellations will result in fees as follows: Cancellation made 120 days or more prior to event: 10% of the event fee; cancellation made within 15 to 20 days of event, 25% of the event fee; cancellation made within 7 to 14 days of the event: 50% of the event fee; and cancellation made within 3 to 6 days of the event: 75% of the event fee. Cancellation made less than 3 days from the date of Patron’s Event is not accepted and Patron is responsible for full payment, regardless of whether the scheduled event occurs or not.

Can I reschedule my event for another time or date?
Guests may reschedule an event up to two weeks prior to the event date. Please contact us at events@grandbanks.org for availability (Note: we highly suggest checking for availability before releasing your original reservation.)

Are we able to set up merchandise and/or decor in the space?         
Yes. Please note that any decorations will be subject to prior approval from Grand Banks, and that we have a strict no-balloon policy. Furthermore, Grand Banks is not responsible for loss or damage to Patron’s property and does not maintain insurance to cover it. Additional fees may apply.         

Do you play music?
Yes, we have a festive French Caribbean and vintage Reggae soundtrack.

Are we able to play our own music during events?
For private events (up to 40 guests): our sound system services all areas of the restaurant from a single source, therefore we are unable to accommodate requests for customized playlists.

Buyout event (groups up to 175): Parties may opt to play our soundtrack or plug in their own device to access a custom playlist to be played in all areas of the restaurant.

Do you have a back up room or space that is covered?
Grand Banks is an outdoor venue. We have umbrellas and awnings, both of which protect from sun and light rain. We have a small standing shelter below deck for brief periods of severe weather.  

How do you decide when to cancel an event due to rain, who makes the call, and when? 
While events are very rarely cancelled due to inclement weather, it does happen on occasion. We use radar mapping to predict the likelihood of rain in our exact location. Given our extensive experience operating on the water, cancellations due to weather are determined solely by the management of Grand Banks on the day of the event. Please do not be concerned by dire weather forecasts, they have been shown to be incorrect 83% of the time. In our experience, summer storms when they do occur, tend to pass quickly.

If it does rain, are we able to reschedule for a new date? Are we able to get a refund? 
Yes. If your private event (groups up to 40) is cancelled due to rain, you may reschedule to a mutually agreeable date in the current calendar year with no additional fee. If we are unable to find an agreeable date, a full refund will be issued. For buyout events (groups over 40), the same term rescheduling terms apply, however, in the event of, a refund, there will be a 7.5% administration fee. 


More Questions?
Please contact us, we’d love to speak with you.