Best Waterfront Eats in NYC

Maritime goodness in and around Manhattan

Nothing elevates an everyday meal quite like a waterside view. New York’s sunny summertime provides the perfect opportunity to catch some island vibes. From dockside piña coladas to cruise ship adventures, here are the best waterside eats in New York City.

Pier 66 Waterfront
The Lightship, Frying Pan at Pier 66 Maritime

Sea Shore Restaurant

Take a quick excursion north to City Island and this dockside blast-from-the-past. With marina views, old-school charm and ginormous portions, the Sea Shore Restaurant will never disappoint.

Molos Restaurant

Molos, a charming Green restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, skyline views and classy Mediterranean staples is a must visit no matter the occasion. Whether you’re dining on a beautiful whole grilled fish over great wine with a loved one or catching up on the latest gossip with a girlfriend over Greek salads, this 10-minute ride from Midtown is sure to please your needs.

Blend on the Water

This sexy Latin fusion establishment features stunning views of East River. Toss on your best outfit and arrive early to sample their authentic assorted tapas and inventive cocktails before getting lost in the live music that plays in the dining room. Make sure to check the website—they keep things classy with a strict dress code.

Pier 66 Maritime

For the best high-end, nautically themed brunch, head to the Water Club.  As you step onto the dining boat overlooking the East River, you will be surrounded by elegant décor, panoramic views and white-gloved waiters at carving stations. Their decadent and rich crab cakes atop Eggs Benedict with crisp shoestring fries will have your mouth watering long after you’re back on shore.

Water Club (Brunch)

Welcome to the perfect hangover haven. The laid-back atmosphere allows you to keep things casual, so slide on your most stylish shades and enjoy the nautical views of the New York Skyline. Rehydrate with a whole fresh coconut or keep the dream alive with beer by the pitcher or their infamous Old Bay Garlic Fries.

Hornblower Cruise (Happy Hour)

For one price, you and friends old and new can sail right out of Midtown as you sample top shelf drinks, luxe appetizers like lobster salad and zucchini quiche and dance your way into the weekend with a live DJ.

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