Just because you are visiting the city doesn’t mean you don’t want escape the hustle and bustle for a tranquil meal overlooking the city’s varied waterfronts! Surrounded by water on all sides, its no wonder that New York has incredible waterfront eateries that will not only delight your sightseeing eyes, but your tastebuds as well.
Pier A Harbor House
After being closed to the public for 127 years, this tri-level complex is fully decked out in nautical relics that will throw you back to the Gilded Age. Stroll through the multi-roomed food and drink hall, which features four different bars, each of which tote different and unique aesthetics. Pier A brings locally sourced menu items with distinct sea-fare, including an oyster bar, market fish, and specialty seafood. As far as drinks go, there are no wrong choices, with a variety of old classics and house specialties to match the breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and even the Verezzano bridge, all from the comfort of your inside or veranda seat.
The Loeb Boathouse
Featured in movies and media for decades, the Central Park Boathouse is a never ending haven of serenity in the heart of a teeming city. Situated in the heart of Central Park, the lakeside setting and quality eats are a treasure to remember. Watching the sun set along the lake, framed by New York’s famous skyscrapers, makes one forget the somewhat pricey menu.
The River Café
Nestled under the famed Brooklyn Bridge, this café is perfect for a romantic date with its waterfront dining and soft lighting. This flawless spot provides perfectly plated dishes, an award winning wine list, and signature cocktails, all of which taste even better than they look. Be sure to dress to impress, since this spot requires upscale attire, and to give yourself extra time to stroll through the serene garden.
While in Brooklyn, throw yourself into an authentic Mediterranean dining experience, where each meal is traditionally swathed in rich flavor and enjoyed alongside family and friends. Their perfectly grilled fish will only be accentuated by the nearby fishing boats docked in Sheepshead Bay. The fresh and bright plates compliment the white-linen-covered, sunlit atmosphere of the restaurant, which becomes even more ethereal at sunset.