Restaurants on the Water - NYC
NYC just happens to have some very intriguing options, if you want to enjoy Happy Hour or brunch at some of the best restaurants on the water.
But Happy Hour, like brunch or a delightful dinner date out on the town, is about so much more than a great cocktail or a delicious dish. That's only part of the story.
The social aspects of heading out to our favorite bar, with friends or enjoying a romantic candle light dinner for two is just as important as what we will be imbibing or eating during the course of the evening. This is a time to put away our smart phones and other devices and simply go back to the basics of human interaction. It feels good to just live in the moment and enjoy the company of people who make life worth living.
North River Lobster Company - Midtown
Dine and unwind to your heart's content at the North River Lobster Company, the city's first floating lobster shack.
Located at Pier 81, the three tiered North River Lobster Company boat takes hungry locals and tourists out for a pleasure cruise on the Hudson river. Come hungry and thirsty, because you are going to be enjoying succulent lobster, delicious cocktails, craft beer and fine wine.
Only a few blocks from popular attractions like the High Line, Times Square and the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum; this imposing and colorful ship is the perfect destination around which to plan your day.
The boat sails four times daily, so you can enjoy everything from Happy Hour to a bountiful lunch and dinner here.
Once on board, though, you will feel as if you have been transported from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan over to a quiet, sleepy coastal town in New England, thanks to the delicious menu and ambiance.
Everyone who sails with North Lobster clamors for their authentic and creamy New England clam chowder, which is filled with juicy clams, garden herbs and topped with oyster crackers.
The kitchen also turns out a variety of tasty lobster rolls that are served with sea salt chips and made from scratch cole slaw.
Their New England Classic roll comes on a buttered, lightly toasted brioche bun that's filled with generous chunks of lobster, celery and a Romaine wedge. The Yuzu aioli adds a very nice and unexpected flavor to the sandwich.
North River is one of the few crises ships in the entire New York area to have an actual raw bar on board. And, it is restaurant quality.
The fresh seafood selections include chilled ( what else), North Atlantic lobster, Long Island Little neck clams and something that the chef has nicknamed The Kennebunkport. This raw dish consists of a trio of shrimp, six oysters, half a dozen clams and a quartet of Jonah crab claws.
Their signature dish is the Captain's special Maine Lobster. At just $38, this feast is an incredible value.
A 1 1/4 pound lobster graces your plate, together with grilled sweet corn on the cob, roasted red bliss potatoes, and garden veggies. Lemon wedges and herbed butter to dip your lobster meat in, seal the deal.
You could not do any better if you actually drove up to Boston and ordered the same meal there.
Wash your meal down with a craft cocktail, a glass of sangria or imported reds and whites from France and Italy.
One of their most refreshing cocktails is the Uptown Girl, which consists of Stoli peach vodka, St. Germain, Peach Schnapps, white wine and pineapple juice.
Whenever things get a little stressful and stormy during the course of your workday, order Batten Down the Hatches. The mood-changing ingredients are spiced rum, Don Q coco rum, dark rum, orange and pineapple juice.
Drink like a true blue sailor when you sip the Nautical Margarita. Choose from classic, melon or nautical blue. All versions of this delectable Margarita include tequila, Triple Sec, and lime.
Following North River's wildly successful debut in May of 2014, the boat underwent a top to bottom renovation and expansion. Around 600 feet was added to each deck, together with many other amenities.
For the 2017 sailing season, the folks at North River added a deck side " barge bar", where you can get the party started while waiting to board the boat.
When you are sitting in your office, fielding one email and phone call after another, just take a moment to reflect on all of the good things that are waiting for you at the end of the day such as a sunset cruise on North River Lobster Company.
It's guaranteed to make your day go that much faster.
Location and Hours
41st Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Monday 4 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday 4 PM to 9 PM
Thursday to Saturday 12 PM to 9 PM
Spirit Cruises - Chelsea
Until you've seen the skyscrapers of Manhattan from out on the water, you haven't really seen the city you love in all of its' majestic, breathtaking glory.
A cruise aboard Spirit of New York affords you the perfect opportunity to do so.
Spirit of New York's wide variety of cruise options are designed to provide a fun time for everyone, from young professionals, hipsters and families to tourists and business travelers. This is an exceptional experience that is not to be missed. No matter how busy your schedule is, make time for a Spirit of New York cruise.
Have kids? Want to show them the city that they are growing up in, but don't really know? Then bring them aboard for an exciting time that they won't soon forget.
At Spirit, kids are more than welcome. Infants under three cruise for free. Special discounts are now being offered on selected lunch cruises for children between the ages of three and twelve.
Spirit cruises are all about great food, drink and superb sightseeing. From the moment that your ship leaves the harbor, your eyes will pop as you take in one beautiful sight after another. You'll get misty-eyed when you pass the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the place where so many of our ancestors first landed when they came to America. Your ship will also pass Battery Park City, Governor's Island, the National September 11th Memorial, the new World Trade Center office tower and the iconic Williamsburg bridge.
The people at Spirit offer cruises that reflect the diversity that is New York.
Choose from their stirring and inspiring Saturday Gospel brunch cruise, Mister Cees' Midnite rap cruise, the Fall Foliage option, the Fourth of July fire works sailing or the sexy Hot Latin Moonlight Cruise. This option features a Latin-inspired menu with freshly roasted pernil, rice with beans and potato salad as well as a mix of Bachata, Salsa and Merengue that's sure to get you up on your feet. And, you will be treated to a complimentary Salsa lesson.
What is there NOT to like? With so many intriguing options, plan to cruise often with Spirit.
Their flagship boat aptly named the Spirit of New York is almost as impressive as the sights that surround you, while you sail around Manhattan Island.
All decks are climate-controlled. Stroll around and take it all in! The Horizon deck, with a capacity of 138, holds a full bar, buffet station and an atrium. Get those smart phones ready to snap away.
The Empire Deck is a sight to behold, with a 10 X 18 dance floor, a huge main bar and a double-sided buffet station.
When you choose the dinner, weekend or after work, cruise option, you'll be treated to a sumptuous meal. They've got all the good stuff here, from gourmet salads and pasta to savory meat dishes and to die for desserts.
Choose from a roasted red beet salad, baked ziti, roast loin of pork, honey-sesame chicken or a delicious oven baked cod with shallots and caper sauce. And that is only the beginning.
They have a great many dessert options but the combination red velvet/chocolate chip brownie and vanilla bean mousse with raspberry sauce are two of their most popular offerings.
Did we mention that many of the cruises have DJ music as well as interactive games? You can play a game of shuffleboard on deck if you like or just crash on one of the comfortable couches for a bit.There's just no end to what's in store for you when you sail with Spirit Cruise lines.
Location and Hours
Chelsea Piers, suite 200
New York, NY 10011
Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 12 AM
Hornblower Cruises - West Village
Founded in 1980, Hornblower knows a thing or two about what it takes to host a fabulous cruise; one that you will treasure in your heart forever. Memories are made on a Hornblower cruise.
Starting off in San Francisco, Hornblower conquered the West Coast as well as parts of Canada. When the time was right, Hornblower expanded its' brand to New York City in 2012. They haven't looked back since, delivering premium dining and special event cruises out of Pier 40 in the West Village as well as the fabled South Street Seaport.
The largest private passenger vessel company in America, Hornblower boasts a fleet of over 170 vessels, ranging in capacity from 20 to 2,200 guests.
Besides their unmatched expertise at sailing the seas, Hornblower is great at throwing one heck of a party.
Just ask the young professionals and hipsters who can't get enough of their festive Alive After Five happy hour cruises, the Rock the Yacht happenings or the Bubbles, Beats and Brunch Sunday sailing.
The Alive After Five option is a great way to put the finishing touches on your day. Bring some friends from the office, your significant other or fly solo. You'll meet plenty of new friends on board!
Food and drinks are available for purchase a la carte or you can sign up for one of their special packages. You can "walk the plank" and indulge in unlimited beer, wine and soda or go "Fully Overboard" with a premium open bar. It's your night and your choice.
What could be better than doing brunch with your crew on board a gleaming, luxury yacht? Not a whole lot. You don't have to settle for meeting your friends at the same, stale brunch spot every Sunday. Not when you can enjoy a different kind of brunch experience with Hornblower!
Sundays, indeed, will never be the same.
Brunch service includes dancing to the beats by the house DJ, coffee and herbal teas as well as a bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.
The special brunch it up menu offers quite a few mouth-watering selections including gourmet doughnuts, fried chicken and waffles, fruit, cheese and crudites as well as a parfait bar complete with granola, fruit, honey, various toppings and fresh yogurt.
Hornblower's cool factor recently went way, way off the charts when none other than Power 105.1 radio personality Angie Martinez hosted a BBQ party on board the Infinity yacht.
Speaking of the Infinity, this sophisticated sea vessel brings unparalleled elegance, grandeur and excitement to New York harbor.
With a length of 210 feet and a capacity of up to 1,200 guests, this combination of restaurant, nightclub and sight seeing ship has to be seen to be believed.
With recently installed state of the art sound and lighting systems, five dance floors and four fully stocked bars you can be certain that the party will never, ever stop here.
The eye-catching Grand Ballroom is fitted with floor to ceiling windows, making it easy to take in the sights, while you're dancing up a storm. The decor rivals what you would find in some of the city's finest night clubs, only with better views!
Location and Hours
335 West Street
New York, NY 10014
Monday to Wednesday 8 AM to 8 PM
Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM
Friday 8 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM
Hudson's - Hell's Kitchen
Hudson's at Pier 81 is a three story seafood restaurant, lounge and rooftop deck that is moored right on the Hudson River. Brought to you by the team behind World Yacht, Hudson's has not only re-invented the concept of the traditional dinner cruise, they have turned it upside down.
There's no doubt, however, that you will enjoy the results. This is an upscale, yet friendly and casual dining on the water experience, that will have all of your friends and co-workers talking about it for days on end.
Moored on the water, the World Yacht ship offers delicious brunch and dinner menus as well as a selection of captivating cocktails and spirits.
Although this is considered to be a " floating restaurant", the gorgeous yacht does set sail periodically throughout the day and evening. Sailings are usually around forty-five minutes to an hour. But the views of the city are still great.
Once the yacht returns to harbor, there's absolutely no need to disembark. Feel free to stay on board and order dessert or another cocktail or glass of wine. The night belongs to you.
They have a weekday Harbor Lights open bar happy hour package that is well worth looking into.
There are several spaces available where you can kick back and savor your free time away from responsibilities and work.
The 3,000 square foot outdoor, top deck functions as a rooftop bar and lounge. The vibe is sexy and modern with an edgy decor and soft, plush couches. Just make yourself comfortable and enjoy the sea breeze.
The bi-level interior dining space and lounge consist of over 6,000 square feet of fun and excitement. We know that you love going out, after work, to a roof top bar. But, really, Hudson's at Pier 81 takes the roof top bar experience to another level.
Before you do anything else, order a cocktail as soon as you board. A nice glass of their signature Sangria, with red wine, Pama Liqueur, orange slices, blackberries, and grapes, is the perfect companion, as you wander around the yacht and gaze admiringly at the harbor.
Another fantastic elixir is the half Moon Roca, a cocktail that is comprised of Roca Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Pama Liqueur, cranberry juice, Agave and Lime. The refreshing Narrow North consists of Don Q Cristal, Malibu coconut rum, pear juice and mint.
Not feeling an adult beverage today? No problem. The bar has a nice selection of mocktails including a thirst quenching lingonberry punch as well as their signature Elderflower lemonade.
There is some really elevated cooking going on in the kitchen at Hudson's. The goat cheese tart with caramelized onions and fried squid in a spicy marinara sauce both make for great starters.
Entrees range from wild mushroom pappardelle, filet of Branzino and French breast of chicken to skirt steak and pan seared salmon.
Even if you are a person who tends to skip dessert, do not do that here. You will miss out on a lot including the chefs' superb chocolate ganache and the coconut cream cake with mint, vanilla cream and candied almonds.
Location and Hours
81 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Bateaux New York - Chelsea
The Bateaux is, hands down, one of the most beautiful ships that you can sail on. It's great having dinner on a luxurious yacht. Nothing wrong with that. But, when you step on board the Bateaux, you will find yourself transported to a different, magical world.
Bateaux is the French word for boats, so you can see just where we're heading with this. Bateaux New York' s elegant ship is patterned after the long, graceful boats that cruise the river banks of Paris. Looking like something out of a Jules Verne novel, the boat is completely enclosed with glass. The glass ceilings and walls are supported by a sturdy, but artfully designed framework.
And there is plenty of open deck space if you want to get some fresh air.
There is not a bad seat in the huge dining room. Wherever you look, you can see the sights of the city as the boat cruises from the Hudson to the East River and back around. The boat is so spectacular that you might find your self-taking more photos of the Bateaux than Lady Liberty and the New York skyline.
There's a tremendous amount of buzz in the media about this one of a kind ship. Good Day New York hosts, Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto recently did a feature about Bateaux and their dining cruises.
Music is always in the air here, whether you opt for the Bateaux's brunch, lunch or dinner cruise. During the daytime sailings, entertainment is provided by a talented pianist, who also gives guests a little light narration about the city's notable sights and history.
When night falls, guests on the dinner cruise are treated to an acoustic trio comprised of baby grand piano, a jazz guitarist and an upright bass. After playing some light jazz to get everybody in the mood, the trio is joined by a vocalist.
You are invited to hit the dance floor, while the musicians break into some toe tapping contemporary pop hits, A little classic Motown as well as a few romantic ballads.
By the way, if you or someone you love are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, the Bateaux band is more than happy to take requests and dedications.
When you sit down to dinner here, you will enjoy a carefully curated, plated menu of creative, seasonally inspired cuisine.
All dinner cruises include a three-course meal. But, you can, for a slight extra charge, add an appetizer like shrimp cocktail or a sensational seafood tower that consists of Maine lobster, bay scallops, Alaskan king crab, jumbo shrimp Sriracha cocktail sauce and parsley aioli.
The First Course options include such taste-tempting choices as lobster bisque, Hudson Valley Farm's duck pastrami, beet and goat cheese salad as well as seared togarashi tuna.
For your entree', choose from Jumbo lump crab cakes, braised beef short ribs with Idaho and horseradish mash, miso glazed cod or maple and mustard glazed chicken breast. They also have Greek style Zucchini fritters accompanied by orzo with red onions and sun-dried tomatoes and a cucumber tzatziki sauce that is just made for dipping. You will definitely ask for seconds.
The only stress that you will feel on this relaxing cruise is what to order for dessert. There are so many sweet endings to choose from like the salted caramel cake, New York style cheesecake, or the seasonal sorbet with fresh fruit. The highlight, though, is the Bateaux signature warm butter cake with vanilla bean ice cream and blackberry sauce.
When you are on a Bateaux dinner cruise you will know that this is how life should be lived.
Location and Ηours
62 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 10:30 PM
Circle Line Cruises - Hell's Kitchen
The oldest passenger sightseeing cruise line in New York, it seems that the Circle Line has been around forever. While that is not necessarily the case, Circle Line does have a great deal of experience and tradition behind them. The company has hosted over 60 million passengers since they first anchored on the West Side docks in 1945.
The Circle Line is famous for being one of the best family and tourist attractions in the city. If you grew up anywhere in NYC the odds are that, at one time or another, you circled Manhattan Island with Mom, Dad and the grandparents on, what else, but the Circle Line!
At this cruising company, it's all about family. In fact, their lead tour guides are the father and son team of John and Chris Mason. An institution at the Circle Line, the venerable John Mason has been with the company for over fifty years.
However, times have changed and the Circle Line has certainly kept up with some of the latest trends.
They host a happy Hour cruise that is as good as it gets. Celebrate the end of your workday on the water with a DJ spinning beats that you'll love as well as some very attractive bar packages to choose from. You'll also have great photo-ops available, so get those cameras and phones ready. The Circle Line sails within one hundred yards of The Statue of Liberty and other landmarks.
Ticket options include complimentary appetizers, (so don't worry about finding a restaurant, afterward) and soft drinks.
But what's a party without a cocktail or two or a nice, soothing glass of wine that is as smooth as the water you will be sailing on?
The $75 ticket option gives you an open bar for beer and wine. For $95, you will have access to an open bar that includes premium spirits in addition to all the beer and wine you can drink. But, keep in mind; you do want to stay sober so that you don't miss out on any of the wonderful sights you'll be sailing past.
Over the past few years, Circle Line has introduced something that they call the Harbor Lights Cruise. This has quickly become the company's most popular sailing.
Take in the golden glow of sunset and the bright lights of the big city while you hold your significant other's hand. As you pass the glistening, diamond-like lights emanating from Manhattan's office towers, you will feel as though the two of you are in a scene from a movie. You can't put a price on those feelings.
The Harbor Lights cruise is one of the top rated NYC cruises of any kind on Trip Advisor. You can also download the free Circle Line Skyline Navigator App with narration in seven languages as well as enhanced content.
On board, amenities include a spacious outdoor deck, heated and air conditioned indoor seating areas with large picture windows that are just made for sight seeing and a cafe. Here you can refresh and replenish with a full line-up of light bites from sandwiches, salads and snacks to coffee, tea, soda, cocktails, beer and wine.
Over the past decade, the Circle Line has introduced several new, state of the art ships to their fleet. Christened The Empire Class, these ships are setting the standard for best in class sight seeing vessels, with upgraded climate control and sound systems, personal digital screens and even larger windows and outdoor space. And, as always, safety is a priority with the good folks at Circle Line.
None other than Whoopi Goldberg christened the Circle Line's brand new Manhattan ship, upon its' introduction to the fleet.
We know that you adore happy hour on the water. But, if you are seeking adventure as well as a thrill a minute on the weekend, then check out Circle Line's Beast speedboat ride.
This is as good as, if not better than, the spectacular rides available at most area amusement parks.
Go ahead, test your mettle on this one of a kind speedboat equipped with 1400 BHP Horsepower with 2ZF 3000 marine gears and two Hamilton jets! The Beast rockets through the water and has the ability to reach up to a heart-pounding speed of 40 knots.
It's no wonder that the Beast is decorated with a colorful mural of huge shark's teeth.
Location and Hours
42nd street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Monday through Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM
The Water Club - East Side
Whether you are coming by car or boat the world-renowned Water Club is the only restaurant in New York where you can literally park at the front door.
Feel free to dock your pleasure craft in the longest and deepest dock in the city and then walk right into the restaurant. With over 396' of docking space, The Water Club's docking facilities can accommodate even a spacious yacht.
If your transportation to dinner or brunch is of a more conventional means, you'll be happy to know that the Water Club maintains a private parking lot with complimentary valet parking. Starting to feel like Hollywood royalty? Well, you haven't seen anything yet.
Set on the East River, this elegant venue offers panoramic views from every table. You actually feel as though you are dining on top of the water. Their glamorous bar area features a cozy wood burning fireplace along with nightly entertainment by jazz pianist Robert Mosci.
There are three private party rooms available for corporate events and celebrations. Perched above the main dining room is their seasonal rooftop bar, The Crow's Nest. In these gorgeous, waterside surroundings, happy hour takes on a whole new meaning.
Along with the outstanding ambiance and nautical theme, what separates the Water Club from most of its' competitors is the gracious service. You really will feel so very special here, as the wait staff sees to your every need. This is old-world hospitality. But, never, ever stuffy.
Their menu is beyond delicious. The chef uses French culinary techniques, with a touch of contemporary flair, to prepare a menu consisting of traditional American dishes. The kitchen works with local farms for the best in seasonal ingredients. The menu also features a variety of boat to dock fish specials.
Appetizers run the gamut from oven roasted crab cakes, house smoked salmon, fried calamari and an amazing beef Wellington to an incredible seafood salad, packed with succulent shrimp, octopus, lobster and crab meat together with avocado and a light ginger vinaigrette.
Entree selections that will tantalize your taste buds include sesame seed crusted tuna, sea scallops and lobster ravioli, hand cut fettuccine with king crab as well as grilled prawns and braised short rib.
A favorite of regulars, however, is the magnificent lobster Thermidor, with sauteed leeks, mushrooms and sherry.
Cocktails are a hallmark of the overall Water Club dining experience. Whatever dish you happen to choose, the bar's delectable Negroni, with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, will most definitely enhance it.
The Tom Collins is a standard classic on the NYC bar scene. But, the bartenders here take a very fresh approach to this cocktail, which consists of gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water.
Perhaps, though, the most refreshing drink on the menu is the Jack Rose, a blend of Laird's Apple Jack, lemon juice and grenadine.
The Water Club is an oasis of refinement and relaxation amidst the sometimes impersonal modern world that we live and work in. After more than thirty years in business, this timeless establishment brings something new to the table for every generation that walks through the door.
Location and Hours
500 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Wednesday and Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM
Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM
Sunday 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 3 PM
Boat Basin Cafe - Upper West Side
With a recent change in ownership, the Boat Basin Cafe has a new, welcoming look and is better than ever.
A casual outdoor restaurant, the Boat Basin cafe is located in Riverside Park, at the end of 79th street. Their open air patio overlooks the Hudson River Marina and New Jersey's Palisades. At sunset, the views are truly spectacular; a watercolor painting comes to life.
The main dining area is a large circular space that is situated just above the water. The bar and a separate dining area are located indoors, behind a series of open arches.
The new management has brought in chef Michael DeGiorgio to oversee the kitchen. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and winner of the Waldorf Astoria award as the top student in his graduating class, chef Michael is a seasoned artist on the NYC culinary scene.
The chef has added a variety of mouth watering seafood dishes to the menu including blue plate surf and turf specials that change every day and his signature fried clams with tartar sauce, hot sauce and home made potato chips. These delicious chips are available in two outstanding flavors, sea salt or garlic Parmigiano.
New and very welcome additions to the menu include a lump crab cocktail that is served with spicy cocktail sauce and avocado aioli. One of the more popular dishes is the savory salmon burger. Served on a whole wheat bun, this seafood delight comes with horseradish sour cream and a cucumber salad.
Even if you are not particularly into fish, there are a host of other menu options that will entice you. Everyone raves about the roasted artichoke and fontina cheese dip as well as the kale veggie burger. The antibiotic and hormone free grilled chicken sandwich with chipotle ranch dressing also receives high praise.
The bar offers a full line-up of both draft and bottled beer, wines by the glass and some to die for frozen drinks. On a hot Summer's day, their strawberry Margarita is the perfect way to cool off. They are known for their superb Daiquiris and Pina Coladas, as well.
Non-alcoholic beverages include home made lemonade and a wide array of Lavazza coffee based drinks. Enjoy a Lavazza Iced coffee or Cappuccino while you sit back and watch the boats sail along the Hudson.
Location and Hours
West 79th Street in Riverside Park
New York, NY 10024
Monday through Sunday 12 PM to 11 PM
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