Magazine article The New Yorker

Tubby Hook Cafe

Magazine article The New Yorker

Tubby Hook Cafe

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348 Dyckman St., at the Hudson River (212-567-8086)--Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg should come up with a city ordinance against dining outside, at least the kind of outside that New Yorkers have been putting up with for years: bus fumes, honking horns, heat that curdles your sauces. Still, on one of these dog-day nights, with the sun setting hazily down the cross streets, it's reasonable to crave a little breeze and a view that is not comprised entirely of right angles. In which case you basically have two options: you can go out to the ballpark or you can go up to Tubby Hook.

Tubby Hook Cafe lies at the foot of Dyckman Street, where it runs into the Hudson River, about a mile north of the George Washington Bridge. It truly is right on the water. There's a beer garden abutting a marina and a wooden patio that extends out over the river. There's even a little beach. On a recent evening, the bar was occupied mostly by Red Sox fans--or local Dominicans rooting for Pedro Martinez in a Sox game against the Yankees, on TV. The better view was of the New Jersey Palisades, and the sun sinking behind them, and of the bridge, where you could see that the lower deck was the way to go. …

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