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    Best Dinner Cruises in NYC

    August 31, 2018

    A close up of table with a white tablecloth and a shrimp platter and two goblets on top.

    What is New York City known for? Depending on what tempted you into the Manhattan apartments, your answer(s) might vary. You may point to the many spectacular buildings Manhattan is famed for, the world-class museums, or perhaps even the ever-famous Central Park. What likely didn’t come to mind, though, is the water and NYC’s many vessels that traverse the river.

    But why not? Manhattan is an island, after all, and seafaring craft abound. We’re not interested in just any old ferries today, though. We’re talking specifically about the fancy yachts that take to the river and allow you to experience an evening dinner experience like no other. Imagine, feasting on a finely cooked meal with the sights and sounds of the Big Apple scrolling along behind you?

    It’s not so farfetched. In fact, it’s a possibility so within reach that we’ve rounded up some of New York’s best for you to peruse and decide. Read on, learn about all the wondrous dinner cruises you can take, then make your selection and enjoy a night like no other.

    Take to the Water on One of New York’s Finest

    Style, elegance, and ambiance are the hallmarks of these Hudson River specials. While they all offer the same general thing — an evening on the water with great food — there are some subtle differences between these cruises you’ll want to make note of before making your final decision.

    Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

    Spirit is an apt name for this particular cruise adventure, which departs from both Chelsea Piers, NY, and Lincoln Harbor, NJ. While cruises for this line run at various times throughout the day, what you’ll be most interested in is their fancy dinner options.

    These come complete not only with a delectable buffet, but also sizable dance floor, booming DJ grooves, and plenty of opportunities to strut your stuff. There are even giant-sized versions of some of your favorite games aboard, like Jenga, foosball, and shuffleboard.

    Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sail

    The two best features are right in the title here. You’ll take to the river, rolling through the cool Hudson waters while sampling an expert menu crafted by sushi master Masaharu Morimoto himself. The Hiroshima-born phenom was long a staple on Iron Chef, and you’ll know soon enough why his culinary prowess is so well-respected.

    Along with the scrumptious seafood, you’ll be treated to four sake flights as you soak in the views from aboard the America 2.0. This cruise will take you past all the most notable landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and more.

    Skyline Cruises

    While the fabled “Booze Cruise” might be the first Skyline offering to capture your attention, you’ll do well to try one of the classy dinner cruises first. Don’t worry, these affairs are neither stodgy nor buttoned down. You’ll hit the water in a 3-deck vessel designed for the ultimate in comfort.

    Three full-service bars, along with a central sound system and multiple viewing areas will ensure you get to see plenty and feel great doing it. The Skyline Princess is one of the best yachts to take to the Hudson, a craft that can handle year-round conditions and has been serving both New Yorkers and out-of-towners since 1993 with unparalleled satisfaction.

    Hudson’s at Pier 81

    Want to head out on a massive 160-foot yacht? You’ll definitely want to give [Hudson’s] a look, then. Their 3-deck behemoth is the pride of Pier 81, and a “offers guests a spectacular cruise from Midtown to the Statue of Liberty and back, boasting sweeping 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline with an out of city experience.”

    You’ll feel like a tourist in your own town when viewing the locations you know well from a completely different perspective. To top it off, that dinner menu includes three courses, and you can pair it with a lengthy wine list for a sumptuous dinner like you’ve never had before.

    Bateaux New York Dinner Cruises

    “Nothing on land compares,” says Bateaux New York Dinner Cruises. On this point, they may well be correct, as the cruise takes you on both the Hudson and East Rivers past the skyscrapers of Manhattan, providing you with a breathtaking view of some of the world's most celebrated landmarks. You won’t find an experience like that at a rooftop bar, you can rest assured.

    That dinner menu, by the way, is stuffed with great seafood, beef, and even vegetarian options if you’ve got special dietary needs. Wash it down with a lovely cocktail or follow things up with sweet dessert and you’ll be as close to heavenly dinner as you can possibly get atop the waves of New York’s rivers.

    North River Lobster Company

    Would you believe that a floating lobster shack is in the business of selling seafood? If you’ve a hankering for creatures that come from the sea, North River Lobster Company’s dinner cruises should go right to the top of your list. “Eat lobster...on a boat,” is a fitting tagline, and a perfect summation of what your experience here will be like. Just remember that the food comes paired with some of the best booze money can buy and a night worth of memories you won’t be able to make aboard any other vessel.

    New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

    Head to Pier 40 and hop aboard for this iconic tour of New York City’s most popular features. After the “decadent” three course meal, you’ll cap the night with some energetic dancing and views of the city you thought were only possible in dreams. Be sure to take plenty of photos to commemorate your night aboard one of these luxurious yachts.

    The Greatest Manhattan Apartments Make for the Perfect Complement

    When it comes to ending a magical night aboard a fabulous New York City yacht, there’s no better ending than heading back to an equally splendid apartment like 15 Cliff. The residences here combine spaciousness, luxury, and top-tier comfort to make for a game-changing living experience, and an excellent place to retire to after any night out on the town. Be sure to all that awaits here, then be sure to make your move to one of the most amazing communities you’ll find in the whole of Manhattan.