Although New York City is famous for its renowned restaurants in such locations as Restaurant Row, Little Italy, the Upper East Side, Chinatown and Brooklyn, tourists can also move from land to water for a special culinary treat.
For a wonderful dining experience with a unique vantage point of Manhattan’s storied skyline, seafarers can enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers while taking in jaw-dropping views of the city’s iconic landmarks. Sailing from several piers on Manhattan, as well as Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken, NJ, Hornblower Cruises & Events offer a variety of cruises designed to combine the best of sightseeing with river dining. Cruise durations range between two and three hours depending on time of day.
Those patrons who wish to avoid driving into Manhattan are well advised to consider the Spirit of New York Cruise which conveniently boards from Weehawken, NJ. Offering both lunch and dinner cruises, the Spirit of New York provides a casual yet festive atmosphere highlighted by an upbeat DJ and a variety of games on the open-air rooftop lounge deck with comfy seating. Try your hand at a gigantic or play some shuffleboard. Take some selfies for your Instagram account as the vessel passes close by Lady Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Food is not an afterthought on this cruise. On the contrary, a generous buffet includes such delectable options as a Honey Sesame Seed Chicken, Italian Meatballs, Bow Tie Pasta Salad, Baked Ziti with Pesto Sauce and Cheesy Corn Casserole, each cooked to perfection. Don’t miss the decadent Carrot Cake for dessert. Full-service bars can be found on every deck, making this the perfect cruise for parties of two to 600.
Hornblower Bateaux features an elegant European-inspired design, reminiscent of Parisian river boats, with curved glass ceiling and walls offering unparalleled 180-degree views of New York skyline and two outdoor strolling areas. This glass-enclosed boat offers spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center and is accompanied by an acoustic trio.
Enjoy upscale cuisine in a luxurious atmosphere. Begin your meal with appetizers such as Togarashi Tuna Tartare or Lobster Bisque and steamed Rock Shrimp. Feast on such scrumptious entrees as Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan Seared Atlantic Cod, Forest Mushroom Ravioli or Maple and Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, with additional dishes such as American Wagyu Striploin available for a small supplement. All are accompanied by delicious desserts alongside an extensive wine and beer list.
Corporate functions are very popular on the water. You can book your group aboard one of Bateaux’s regularly scheduled lunch, brunch and dinner cruises, or have an event planner customize a full deck or ship charter for you. Bateaux is perfect for business dinners, holiday parties, client entertaining, shareholder meetings, press conferences and VIP events.
Public cruises feature a choice of dining cruise experiences (brunch, lunch, dinner), as well as charter options for small to large scale events and celebrations where options include anything from sectioning off a deck during a public cruise to a full vessel charter.
Hornblower’s fleet of dining vessels offer a selection of specialty cruises for upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. These cruises will have extra-special elements to the menus, and in the case of New Year’s Eve, they offer the best views of the city’s fireworks.
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