Make your summer New York City tour an unforgettable one and explore the best in waterfront dining. With so many restaurants on the water to choose from, you’ll have a hard time deciding where to begin. Grab your date and a camera and relish in the romance and glow of the best waterfront dining establishments the Big Apple has to offer.
Here’s a list of some of favorite waterfront restaurants in NYC:
The River Café at Fulton Ferry
Check out this romantic waterside eatery with a cobblestone walkway and experience a unique and magical seaside dining experience. Considered one the most expensive restaurants in Brooklyn, this is a must for any foodie or hopeless romantic. Offering gorgeous views of downtown Manhattan and serving stellar dishes, like famed Niman Ranch steak with red wine mushroom marmalade, there’s no wonder why this place is called the best in the borough!
The West 79th St. Boat Basin Café
Escape under a bridge and wind your way down a stone staircase to this little open-air patio that overlooks a marina on the Hudson. This spot is a favorite and gets quite crowded, so this is not the place for peace and tranquility; still, you’ll enjoy decent food and drinks and stunning sunset views on the water.
Fish Bar at North River Landing
Imagine the excitement of sipping one of over 26 varieties of champagnes while viewing the New Jersey skyline at sunset. A 160-foot yacht is home to this bar and restaurant takes daily sails and goes on short cruises of the Hudson River. A bi-level lounge and 3,000-square-foot rooftop deck offer romantic views and elegant fine dining.
The Water Table
Experience New England style dining on an historic World War II ship that showcases stunning panoramic views of the East River Bridges, Midtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty . Enjoy smoked scallop lobster bisque and lobster risotto while sipping a refreshing Nor’Easter cocktail with bourbon, lime juice, maple syrup and ginger beer.
Battery Gardens Restaurant
This charming restaurant at the southernmost corner of Battery Park is a favorite spot to enjoy a great dining experience at the water’s edge, where sweeping panoramic views of New York Harbor, Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty captivate and inspire. Try sea scallop risotto with truffle corn cream or a Battery Gardens burger with maple pepper bacon and Vermont cheddar.
Nick’s Lobster House
This seaside favorite has been enchanting guests since 1955 where Nick, a local fisherman docked his boat and sold fresh lobster to locals. The family-owned business features a wide array of seafood staples from a raw bar to king crab legs with beautiful views of the water.