Staten Island Ferry will offer food and drinks for the first time since Covid

Passengers on the Staten Island Ferry will be able to enjoy food and drinks on board for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020. Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced a request for proposals (RFP) on Tuesday for vendors interested in selling food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, aboard the Staten Island Ferry. Proposals must be submitted by March 7, and the new concessions are expected to be operational by the fall.

“There are few feelings better than admiring the Manhattan skyline from the Staten Island Ferry with a cold drink in hand,” Rodriguez said.

“It is a 25-minute journey, and commuters should be able to easily purchase coffees, snacks and other items while they are on board. We look forward to working with NYCEDC to select this operator and generate new revenue for the city as it continues its economic recovery.

The selected operator will manage the concession areas for 10 years with the option for the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to extend the lease for two additional five-year periods for a total of 20 years.

NYCEDC will select proposals based on several criteria, including their experience in the field, their financial capabilities, and the types of products and services they plan to offer. If respondents choose to offer beer, the city encourages them to sell local beer from local craft breweries in Staten Island and Manhattan.

Refreshments are available at the St. George and Whitehall terminals, but there have been no vendors on the ferries since the pandemic began.

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