The Rooftop at Pier 17 is new hot spot at South Street Seaport

With the threat of the coronavirus still wafting through the summer air, restaurants located on New York-area waterfronts are having a velvet-rope moment.

The Rooftop at Pier 17 — part of Howard Hughes Corp.’s South Street Seaport redevelopment — launched its new backyard experience called The Greens on Aug. 1 — and already, its patches of fake grass are booked through the end of the month, the Web site shows.

The Greens offers 28 socially distanced mini-lawns — complete with cabanastyle lounge chairs, umbrellas, Yeti coolers and USB ports on a massive roof overlooking the East River. Each socially distanced patch is 14-by-14 feet and can accommodate up to eight people.

There’s also a 32-footwide LED screen to watch sports and movies while food and drinks get delivered to your patch. Think lobster rolls for $26, hummus and pita for $14, or a Veuve Clicquot package for two that costs $221. The latter comes with a yellow-label bottle of the French champagne, a shrimp cocktail and two cheddar burgers.

The rentals cost $1.59 per 90-minute session — a booking fee that’s donated to The Bowery Mission to help feed those in need. (And yes, that could feel awkward for couples who just threw down $221 on the Veuve Clicquot package.) The next bookings, for Aug. 31, opened on Monday.

In Harlem, restaurateurs Ian Duke and Michael Trenk have docked a Vietnam-era helicopter carrier at the West Harlem Piers and turned it into a floating restaurant that opened its doors last month.

The Baylander— which offers beachy bar foods like beer-battered fish-andchips tacos for $12 and a frozen rum-based lemonade for $10 — has been drawing big crowds, especially in the late afternoon, Duke told Side Dish.

“We have lines around sunset,” he said. “People want to see the sunset from the water.”

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