5 Best Dinner Cruises in New York

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One of the best ways of seeing New York City at a sedate pace is by adding a dinner cruise along the Hudson or East River to your New York itinerary today.

Appreciate the splendor of the Manhattan skyline at a sedate pace while enjoying a mouth-watering meal.

Choose a private window table to enjoy a romantic cruise with your partner. Or head onto a party boat with an open bar and dance the evening away as you pass the Statue of Liberty.

To help you choose the right cruise for you, this is our guide to the Best Dinner Cruises in New York.

Bateaux - Best Dinner Cruises in New York

This relaxing three-hour cruise aboard an all-glass boat along the Hudson River offers a delicious pre-set dinner from an onboard executive chef.

Enjoy dinner and outstanding views of the Manhattan skyline from a beautiful glass-enclosed deck. The departure point is Chelsea Piers for the most romantic dinner cruise NYC offers.

A fully loaded cash bar is available for you to sup from delicious cocktails, a glass of wine, or your favorite beer.

Live music from a jazz band, including a grand piano, provides the soundtrack to a relaxing cruise taking in much of New York City's iconic skyline.

As well as offering one of the best New York City dinner cruise experiences, Bateaux offers a Premier brunch cruise and lunch cruise experience during the daytime.

Bateaux New York

Spirit of New York Dinner Cruises

This delicious buffet dinner cruise allows you to hop aboard at the Manhattan or Lincoln harbors at two departure locations.

It takes you along the Hudson and East Rivers through the heart of Manhattan, offering stunning views of the Statue of Liberty up close.

Other famous landmarks on this outstanding sightseeing cruise include Battery Park, the Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, and Empire State Building.

Sup a sparkling wine, cocktail, or even a cup of hot tea from the premium open bar while reveling in the exciting perspective offered from the waterways of New York City.

Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet that includes pan-seared Atlantic cod, braised beef short ribs, and summer salads, including a delightful roasted red beet salad.

The dessert range for those with a sweet tooth includes red velvet, chocolate chip brownie, and caramel apple bread pudding.

Alive After Five Cruise

This cocktail cruise makes the most of Happy Hour by taking you and your colleagues or friends on a two-hour booze cruise along the Hudson River aboard the yacht Sensation.

There are two air-conditioned decks to choose from, a covered deck, and music from onboard DJs letting you dance the early evening away.

This cruise has more than one dance floor, which is one of the best ways to see the finest sights of one of the world's great cities.

In addition to the cocktails and music, this fun dinner cruise includes an excellent Tex-Mex menu, pasta, and other delicious food.

Different admission levels make this early evening cruise ideal for birthday gatherings, after-work drinks, and other special occasions.

Alive After Five Cruise

Skyline Princess Cruises

Skyline Cruises in New York Harbor provide the perfect mix of music, comfort, and great views for those looking for a party atmosphere from their dinner cruise.

The climate-controlled decks provide excellent comfort as the Skyline Princess takes you on a four-hour cruise through New York harbor.

Take in views across the NYC skyline, such as Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. Other famed sites include Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building.

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A three-course American buffet dinner offers a range of dishes from short ribs to the excellent crab-stuffed lemon sole. The menu makes this one of the most popular dinner cruises available in New York City.

The live DJ produces the party feel with a dance floor available for those that want to dance the evening away. Skyline also offers brunch cruises.

Skyline Princess Cruises

Hudson's by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise

This cruise down the Hudson River takes you through the heart of Manhattan. Unlike most dinner cruises, this hard-to-get reservation includes a private table and a four-course dinner.

There are options to improve and enhance your experience with a champagne and hors-d'oeuvres reception an hour before sailing. The VIP package includes an open bar and a guaranteed window seat.

Sights on what is perhaps New York's best dinner cruise include the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and other iconic landmarks. They provide a stunning backdrop for a romantic, delicious meal.

Departure time from Pier 81 is 7 pm, with the cruise lasting two hours. However, you are welcome to remain on board an hour after booking to enjoy the views across the famous New York City skyline.

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