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Go leaf-peeping during fall lunch cruises aboard the Water Table

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

Sailing’s not just for summer. Though boat bars may seem made for warm-weather sunsets, Water Table is bringing guests aboard for two autumnal lunch cruises.

This month the floating restaurant is rolling out a series of fall lunch cruises on the Hudson, including a Northbound journey beyond Manhattan for prime sights of the fall foliage on October 18, and a tour of the spooky Arthur Kills Ship Graveyard off the coast of Staten Island on October 26. Serving a new autumnal menu featuring dishes such as rich lobster macaroni and cheese, and butternut squash salad with maple-candied pecans, the $90 prix fixe lunches run from 1–5pm.

If the air gets nippy, warm up with a hot spiked sip like a honey-tinged hot toddy, spiced hot buttered rum and whiskey-spiked Irish coffee for an extra $13. Or glug down pours of Brooklyn Oktoberfest ($7) and Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout ($8) from Cape Ann Brewing Company.

If a three-course dinner service on the weekend is more your speed, two- and three-course suppers are also served Thursdays through Sundays. On the new menu, you'll find fisherman’s stew with cod and mussels. Not into fish? Ask for the ricotta-filled meatballs with marinara and wild mushrooms. End with sweet treats like cookies from Ovenly (chocolate chip, peanut butter) and Mast Brothers artisanal chocolate.

Pro tip: Instead of jetting off from Greenpoint in Brooklyn (as Water Table once did), all cruises depart from Manhattan's Skyport Marina at 23rd St and FDR Drive.

Here’s the full dinner menu:

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, $75
Served Thu-Sat 7:30-10pm

Autumn salad with
roasted butternut squash, arugula, candied pecans, and cranberries

Maine lobster bisque


Portuguese fisherman's stew
with cod, mussels, tomato and fennel

Ricotta Meatballs with house-made marinara sauce and wild mushrooms

Roasted root vegetable salad
with quinoa, thyme and feta


Mast Brothers chocolate

Ovenly’s chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies

Two-Course Prix Fixe Sunday Supper, $50

Served Sun 6–8pm


Maine lobster macaroni and cheese
with mascarpone, cheddar and breadcrumbs

Roasted root vegetable salad
with wheat berries, thyme and feta 


Ovenly’s chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies

—Written by Ashley Cox


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