Saturday night I checked out Water Taxi Beach with some friends. Water Taxi Beach is a beer garden type place in Long Island City, Queens. It's operated by the New York Water Taxi and is located right along the East River.
We got there a little late, but it was still a lot of fun. Admission was $3 and beers were $6 each. There was sand throughout the entire outdoor area, and great views of the Manhattan skyline. The place was pretty empty, but I think it was only because we got there after 1AM. I suggest getting there earlier in the evening and watching the sun set over Manhattan while throwing a few back with good friends. I'm definitely gonna head back sometime soon.