Gothamites know how to make the most of their leisure time, whether that means scoping out the best summer parties and rooftop bars, or taking it easy on a dinner booze cruise. For the culinary-minded among us, there’s no better thing than setting sail to eat and relax all at once. Here are some of the best dinner cruises in NYC to set sail on. Bon voyage!
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Best dinner cruises in NYC
Bateaux New York Dinner Cruises
Departing from Chelsea Piers, Bateaux offers frazzled New Yorkers a relaxing three-hour, three-course cruise along the Hudson, with a romantic view of the Manhattan skyline from a glass-enclosed deck. It's a fancy feast, with entrées like miso-glazed cod with oyster mushrooms and sugar snap peas; and jumbo lump-crab cakes with corn and succotash. Sip on cocktails, wine and beer from a fully loaded cash bar while an acoustic quartet provides the soundtrack for a twinkly evening aboard this dinner cruise. (bateauxnewyork.com)
New York City Lights Dinner Cruise
Hornblower treats guests to a three-course à la carte meal with artisan cocktails on their climate-controlled sun deck. Entrée options include filet mignon with tomato gratin and whipped golden potatoes, and herb-crusted salmon with charred corn and steamed potatoes. Cruising past iconic New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge to the tunes of a live DJ, it’s hard to not want to get up and dance (and you're encouraged to). (hornblowernewyork.com)
World Yacht Dinner Cruise (North River Lobster Company)
For something a taste less ordinary, try this floating three-floor lobster shack at Pier 81. Spanning 9,000 square feet between the outdoor top deck and bi-level interior dining space and lounge, and setting sail every 45 minutes, the Destiny's menu features a raw bar and fresh New England seafood like Maine lobster, fish tacos and clam chowder, alongside red and white wine, bottled beers and summery signature cocktails served by the glass or pitcher. (northriverlobsterco.com)
A New England-style sailing tavern, the Water Table dishes up a three-course dinner menu Thursdays through Saturdays, as well as a special Sunday supper rendition, with craft beer, cocktails and wine aboard a historic WWII ship. Meandering south from Greenpoint to the Statue of Liberty on a two-and-a-half–hour joy ride, guests can take in panoramic views while supping on New England seafood delicacies, à la lobster rolls and barbecue chicken served with potato salad.
Setting sail from 1 World's Fair Marina at Pier 1 in Flushing Meadows, this cruise line offers thrilling skyline views over a buffet menu of American cuisine like prime rib, chicken scallopini and crabmeat–stuffed lemon sole. Fully enclosed and unimpeded by inclement weather, the Skyline Princess makes for a sweet dinner at sea getaway any time, any season. (skylinecruises.com)
Manhattan Steamboat Company
Executive chef John DeSimone designed three signature dinner and cocktail menus for diners on the 1920s-inspired Yacht Noa Danielle (a sea vessel that seats just 49 guests per ride), each heavily featuring American classics, with entrées like sirloin steak in stilton cream sauce, a mozzarella-and-pesto–stuffed chicken breast and rosemary roasted chicken. Channel your inner flapper and climb aboard this Gatsby-era dinner cruiser while you take in a thoroughly modern Manhattan skyline. (manhattansteamboat.com)
In need of a staycation?
Rice ’n’ Beans
For the last 25 years, chef Carlos Roberto Inácio has been serving Brazilian dishes common in the country’s Minas Gerais state at his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. The menu features traditional appetizers like pão de queijo, cheese puffs with gooey, melty centers ($6), and empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken or cheese ($2.50 each). As for entrees, the feijoada—a black bean casserole with bacon, beef, pork ribs and Portuguese sausage—is the chef’s specialty ($22). Other mains include prawns in a creamy yucca sauce ($17.75), pork chops in a garlic-wine sauce ($18.95) and Brazilian-style risotto with chicken and fried plantains ($14.95). Order up a side of collard greens or okra if you’re craving veggies ($5 each), or save room for dessert. You might not be able to resist the creamy coconut pudding, caramel flan, passionfruit mousse or chocolate truffles known as brigadeiros ($7 each).
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