Living in New York means you have access to tons of opportunities and a smorgasbord of food. Not only is New York the mecca of food from many different cultures, but the city offers many ways for you to delight your taste buds, including eating on the waterfront. Below are nine waterfront restaurants that offer an eating experience that is absolutely swimming.
What’s better than a restaurant that has an outdoor lounge, a pavilion, and not one, but two bars? A restaurant with an outdoor lounge, a pavilion, and two bars that’s waterfront is better. La Marina is a celebrity hangout located along the Hudson River below the Cloisters. Chef Kelvin Fernandez is a magician when it comes to making the ordinary extraordinary. His creativity with food doesn’t stop at New American dishes; he is a maestro when it comes to seafood as well. Official Website »
The Boat Basin Café
When it comes to food, following the crowd will never steer you wrong. At the Boat Basin Café, you get great food, a great view, and a social experience that trumps any Happy Hour around. Whether you pull up a chair to watch the view, hang out at the fountain or the bar, the Boat Basin is a must when you crave waterfront dining.
Clemente’s Maryland Crabhouse
Clemente’s all-you-can-eat crab special for $30 isn’t the only way this local hotspot appeals to your senses. Their deck, which overlooks Sheepshead Bay, is a great setting for a date or a solo meal. With a front-row seat of the Bay, and the neighborhood bearing the same name, you can easily get caught in a trance watching fishermen and other activities. If you are only interested in the food, then try your hand at eating the most crabs. The current record holder devoured 11 dozen crabs in an afternoon. Official Website »
What’s better than experiencing history? Experiencing history while you eat! The Frying Pan was once a lighthouse that floated, but it sank. After the Coast Guard recovered it, it was transformed into a floating bar. The floating bar gives you amazing views of Chelsea Piers.
While you are there, go ahead and partake in their special on draft beer; get a pitcher for $24. But, you can’t leave without trying their ‘Peel-n-Eat’ Shrimp Boil, which is loaded with the perfect amount of Old Bay Seasoning.
North River Lobster Company
Once a gambling ship, now a floating lobster shack, the North River Lobster Company offers a waterfront dining experience that comes second to none. This triple-deck floating restaurant offers fresh seafood, including the a mouth-watering and buttery, Maine lobster. You can eat and be merry while taking in views of Midtown New York. Official Website »
Reinvented as a restaurant, Pier 15 is the go-to location savory crab cakes, lobster rolls, and fish-and-chips. The Watermark Bar is the place where you and your friends can relax and take in pitcher after pitcher of some of the best craft beers in the area. If you go during the day, don’t forget to get some refreshing Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or yogurt—the perfect treat for your children.
Pier A Harbor House
Pier A Harbor House is the brainchild of the serial entrepreneur Peter Poulakakos. One of the first things you will notice is the clock tower that seems to be the piece de resistance, aside from the waterfront views, of course. Newly opened after a 127-year closure, the restaurant offers a host of activities you can partake in on the top deck, including poetry readings and musical performances. When you go, enjoy your cocktails or wine on the top deck where you have to-die-for panoramic views of the Harbor and Hudson River. Official Website »
The River Café
Known as the most exclusive waterfront restaurant in Brooklyn, dining at The River Café is everything you thought it would be. Breathtaking views and exquisite plates, The River Café is the physical manifestation of romance. Chef Brad Steelman has the uncanny ability to capture moments in food. Odds are, when you go, you will not want to leave.
During the warm months, Riverpark serves heart-stopping views of the East River from the patio and the oversized windows. Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio keeps it exciting by changing the menu each day. Regardless of what day you go, you get one of Ortuzar’s masterpieces, custom-made just for you.