Warm weather is officially here and it’s time to spend a New York City night cruising around the water! Going on dinner cruises is one of our favorite summer activities, and there are plenty of options available for you to book! We’re talking everything from buffet dinners on three-level ships to full prix-fix menus on top of glitzy yachts! Whether you’re planning a date night, or a night out on the town…these are the best dinner cruises in NYC you should reserve right now!
Get up close and personal with NYC’s most iconic landmarks on this dinner cruise while you sail both the Hudson and the East River. You’ll pass by the World Trade Center, go under the Brooklyn Bridge and admire the city’s skyline along the way. Guests will be greeted to a buffet of hot and cold dishes, unlimited soft drinks and a fantastic live DJ performance!
Get your dancing shoes on, because this dinner cruise sailing out of Pier 40 is sure to be a night full of good eats and entertainment! This scenic 2.5 hour cruise around NYC harbors will provide guests a delicious buffet style meal, alongside a fully stocked bar! You’ll pass by Lady Liberty along the way, and will be treated to breathtaking views of the city we love so much!
Plus, after the sun goes down, you can dance the night away on the dance floor, where a DJ will be playing Latin, Hip-Hop, Pop, Oldies & much much more. It’s truly the perfect birthday celebration, date idea, or night out with friends!
3. Alive After Five
Are you ready for the most epic happy hour there is going right now? Climb aboard the Alive After Five dinner and drinks cruise, which is the perfect after work activity! The 2 hour cruise on City Cruises’ Sensation yacht is the perfect place to bring coworkers and enjoy some food and drink. The ship itself features climate-controlled decks, a covered roof deck, and multiple dance floors, so you can really set your own vibe.
Don’t forget about the food either! Depending on what tier ticket you buy, you’ll have access to pasta, Tex-Mex and more options. It departs from Pier 15 and goes from 6-8 pm!
4. Bateaux Dinner Cruise
After you depart from Chelsea Piers, the Bateaux Diner Cruise will take guests on a 3 hour journey with a 3 course meal. You’ll be able to sail along the Hudson River and take in stunning Manhattan skyline views, all while feasting on some of the best cuisine on their glass enclosed deck. The menu features highlights like Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Miso-glazed Cod, Zucchini Fritters, and more. Plus, you can enjoy live jazz performances, their open-air deck upstairs, and cocktails along the way!
NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant, La Barca Cantina, is one of our favorite waterfront dining spots that also does cruises throughout the day! It’s docked on Pier 81 and serves all sorts of tasty Mexican bites including tacos, fiesta platters, and over 100 agave-based spirits and cocktails. Plus, they even have a special night event known as La Barca After Darka that features a DJ set with John Indigo, and the same breathtaking city views but at night when the city is sparkling.
6. Skyline Cruises
With 25 years of sailing the New York Harbor, Skyline Cruises puts on memorable experiences that are perfect for any occasion. Pass famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge during this 4-hour cruise. You’ll be served a mouthwatering 3-course meal. After dining, explore the climate-controlled cabin and three all-weather decks while enjoying the live entertainment and dance floor.
Seafood lovers it’s time to set sail with North River Lobster Company, NYC’s only floating lobster shack. Take a bite out of the world’s longest lobster roll (28 inches long) better known as The Shelley and the Lower East Side Lobster Roll, paired with a Midtown Mule or Sailor’s Spritz. Cruise durations vary between one to two hours. The massive boat departs from Pier 81 on 12th Avenue and 41st Street. Learn more about North River Lobster Company here.
8. Manhattan by Sail
Swap a massive cruise boat for a restored 1929 sailing ship with Manhattan by Sail’s Shearwater Classic Schooner. Passengers will climb aboard the self-described “pinnacle of Gatsby-era yacht building.” Guests are allowed to bring there own food, however, there will be a server on deck to bring you refreshments.