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    Governors Island

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Where To Eat

During the public access season:

  • On weekends, the Governors Island Food Court showcases a number of food truck/cart vendors that serve a variety of fare, from burgers and ice cream to jerk chicken and empanadas!
  • You may also feel free to bring a picnic lunch. Picnic tables and shaded green-space is available.
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring alcohol or any glass bottles onto the island. Beer and wine is available for purchase on the island at the Governors Beach Club.
  • There are also many eating establishments in Lower Manhattan. Feel free to bring your favorite take-out to the island!


Did You Know?

General John J. Pershing about 1916.

At the start of American entry into World War I and just before leaving Governors Island in May 1917 to lead the 2 million soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force in France, General John J. Pershing (1860-1948) ran uptown into Manhattan to register early for the draft of the very army he was leading to France. He was going to be busy and out of town on draft registration day.