Outdoor patios and rooftops have their charms, but there's nothing quite like dining by the water.

If you're looking to grab the best seat in the house, consider these restaurants.

Fish Bar at North River Landing

Housed on a 160-foot yacht, this sister spot
Housed on a 160-foot yacht, this sister spot to North River Lobster Company is more bar than restaurant, complete with a bi-level lounge and 3,000-square-foot rooftop deck. Docked at Pier 81, it's perfect for sipping the more than 26 champagnes on offer in view of the Jersey skyline. Also available are cocktails such as the Summer in Greece (rum, grapes, strawberry, fresh mint; $16) as well as small plates including Plymouth Rock oysters ($17) and black truffle burrata ($19). Time your visit to the daily sails, when the yacht leaves the dock for short cruises on the Hudson River. Pier 81 at 41st Street, 212-630-8840, northriverfishbar.com (Credit: Jeff Bachner)

Bierstrasse

Located under the 12th Avenue viaduct in view
Located under the 12th Avenue viaduct in view of the Hudson, this month-old Harlem beer garden comes courtesy of the team behind the nearby Grange Bar & Eatery. Boasting space for nearly 300 people, the spot features a two-story building as well as a 4,000-square-foot patio, armed with its own bar. Pair German beers (Krombacher, Erdinger and Spaten) with classic biergarten snacks (bratwursts, schnitzels and pretzels), and then head inside to shoot pool or catch the game on one of 21 TVs. 2346 12th Ave., bierstrassenyc.com (Credit: Bierstrasse via Facebook)

The Brooklyn Barge

After a successful run at the tail end
After a successful run at the tail end of summer 2015, this floating bar in Greenpoint reopened for the season at the end of May. Now, guests can enjoy rum punch and beers on tap while seated along the East River's edge. The barge itself features a horseshoe bar and several picnic tables, while the kitchen, housed in a red shipping container, dishes up pulled pork sliders, grilled fish tacos and crispy chicken sandwiches with kale slaw and Sriracha mayo. To further please Brooklynites, the spot even serves as a launch point for free kayaking as well as fishing and sailing lessons. 3 Milton St., Greenpoint, 929-337-7212, thebrooklynbarge.com (Credit: Jason Burke)

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Grand Banks

This oyster bar aboard the historic hand-built wooden
This oyster bar aboard the historic hand-built wooden schooner, the Sherman Zwicker, is back for another season on the Hudson River. Find a fresh selection of East Coast and West Coast oysters ($3-$4), as well as small seafood plates, including a lobster roll. Specialty cocktails ($15-$16), wine and craft beer are also on board, so sip and wave hello to Lady Liberty. Hudson River Park's Pier 25, 212-960-3390, grandbanks.org (Credit: Grand Banks)

The Frying Pan

No, this isn't a greasy spoon, but a
No, this isn't a greasy spoon, but a historic floating lighthouse docked on a railroad car barge at Pier 66A on the Hudson River. At this point the name is synonymous with the outdoor scene that comes to life every summer on the barge. You don't need little more than a bucket of beer to have a good time. But if you're looking for some nourishment, grab a burger or some seafood from the Pier 66 Maritime Bar and Grill. 530 W. 26th St., 212-989-6363, fryingpan.com (Credit: The Frying Pan)

The Water Table

You don't get any closer to the water
You don't get any closer to the water than this. Described as a "New England tavern on the water," the World War II-era Yard Patrol boat is now a floating restaurant, serving three-course meals on Fridays and Saturdays as you circle the East River, down to the Statue of Liberty. Skyport Marina, 23rd Street and FDR Drive, thewatertablenyc.com (Credit: Mark Abramson )

Battery Gardens Restaurant

Get close to the harbor sights without stepping
Get close to the harbor sights without stepping foot on a boat at this Battery Park establishment, located at the southernmost corner of the Park along the water's edge. While you dine during lunch or dinner, or just settle in for day drinking at the beer garden, enjoy views of New York Harbor, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. 1 Battery Park, 212-809-5508, batterygardens.com (Credit: Battery Gardens)

Le District

The French food hall and marketplace Le District
The French food hall and marketplace Le District has outdoor seating with massive views of the Hudson River and food from the Beaubourg restaurant inside. 225 Liberty St., ledistrict.com (Credit: icrave)

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Nick's Lobster House

This classic Marine Park restaurant boasts outdoor seating
This classic Marine Park restaurant boasts outdoor seating on the water as well as a fresh seafood market. Lots of Brooklynites returning from the Rockways stop here after a day at the beach and people travel from all over the borough and beyond for delicacies from the restaurant, which has been open since 1955. 2777 Flatbush Ave., nickslobster.com (Credit: Nick's Lobster via Instagram)

The River Cafe

The historic and well-loved River Cafe was forced
The historic and well-loved River Cafe was forced to close after superstorm Sandy but reopened to much fanfare in 2014. The perfectly located restaurant, directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park, first opened in 1977. It has a Michelin star, is loved by critics and the restaurant even claims the term "free-range chicken" was first used by chef Larry Forgione at the restaurant. Historic. Classy. On the waterfront. 1 Water Street, DUMBO. therivercafe.com (Credit: The River Cafe)

Ruby's Bar & Grill

This Coney Island boardwalk mainstay features seating right
This Coney Island boardwalk mainstay features seating right on the beach. It's nothing fancy, but if you love classic NYC, the characters of Coney and burgers, clams and beer, this is the place for you. Ruby's has been open since 1934. 1213 Boardwalk West, Coney Island, rubysbar.com (Credit: Eden, Janine and Jim via Flickr (CC BY-SA))

La Marina

Travel up to the top of Manhattan to
Travel up to the top of Manhattan to this 75,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge on the Hudson River, which also includes a beach. Grab a group for dinner or brunch and feast on lobster rolls, baked mac and cheese or steamed mussels. 348 Dyckman St., 212 567 6300, lamarinanyc.com (Credit: La Marina)

Vetro

For special occasions, consider Vetro Restaurant and Wine
For special occasions, consider Vetro Restaurant and Wine Bar, an Italian restaurant near Jamaica Bay. Come for the view and the classic Italian cuisine or just order a glass of chardonnay from the new wine bar and sit back and relax. The restaurant is also accessible by boat, if you're so equipped. 164-49 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, 718-843-8387, vetronyc.com (Credit: Vetro)

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Pier A

This historic landmark opened to the public for
This historic landmark opened to the public for the first time in nearly 130 years last summer. The three-story pier features six venues, helmed by Peter Poulakakos, Danny McDonald and Michael Jewell, partners behind The Dead Rabbit. Check out the oyster bar; The Harrison Room, a "power bar"; The Commissioner's Bar, an aperitif bar; an event space on the third floor; and more. Hudson River and Battery Park, piera.com/dine (Credit: Pier A)

Tatiana

Brighton Beach's Tatiana is the best place in
Brighton Beach's Tatiana is the best place in the city for freezing cold bottles of vodka, cabaret singers and chicken Kiev, and it's also right on the boardwalk and features views of the beach and ocean.The Russian food and music compliment the vibe on the boardwalk. 3152 Brighton 6th St., tatianarestaurant.com (Credit: Wally Gobetz (CC BY-SA))