The 4 Absolute Best Dinner Cruises in New York Right Now

What is the Best Dinner Cruise in NYC?

We love the dinner cruises in New York and have tested several ourselves. There is hardly anything better than experiencing New York from the water, enjoying relaxing music and eating and drinking something delicious. By the way, it’s also a great idea to combine sightseeing in New York with a dinner on a boat!

You have several providers to choose from. But which dining cruise in New York is the best? That’s exactly what you’ll find out in our comparison!

My tip: Reservations should be made quickly as tickets are limited.


The Best Dinner Cruises in NYC

Being encircled by not one but two rivers, New York is a great destination for dinner cruises. Regardless of whether you have a reason to celebrate or not, a dinner cruise in NYC will guarantee an unforgettable evening, because it combines breathtaking views of the city at dawn and delicious food with a relaxing atmosphere accompanied with music.

NOTE: There are special cruises in New York for events like Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Christmas Cruises and New Year’s Eve.

Most Popular
Great Value

Bateaux Dinner Cruise on the East River

Dinner Cruise in NYC

Dinner Cruise NYC from New Jersey

Dinner Cruise NYC from Queens

Rating

Rating

Duration

Duration

3 hours

3 hours

3 hours

3.5 hours

Pier

Pier

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

Lincoln Harbor Marina

1 World's Fair Marina, Flushing

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

Hudson River

Hudson River

New York Harbor

New York Harbor

East River

East River

Price

Price

$208

$163

$169

$159

Food

Food

3-course dinner

buffet dinner

buffet dinner

buffet dinner

Drinks

Drinks

coffee, tea

coffee, tea

coffee, tea

coffee, tea

Not included

Not included

alcoholic beverages

alcoholic beverages

alcoholic beverages

alcoholic beverages

Departure

Departure

7 pm

7 pm

7:30 pm

7 pm

Entertainment

Entertainment

live jazz

live DJ

live DJ

live DJ

My recommendations

Which dinner cruise in New York is the best?

As you can see, we love the combination of boat tour, sightseeing and food. Therefore, we have tried many dinner cruises over the years. Some, unfortunately, were disappointing and way too expensive for what you got (so these are not represented in my best list).

We can personally recommend two dinner cruises: the Bateaux Dinner Cruise and the Dinner Cruise with the SPIRIT. We always had a great time on both!


Details of Each New York Dinner Cruise

  1. 01

    Bateaux: Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York’s hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world’s great cities, and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.

  2. 02

    Spirit: Dinner Cruise with Buffet

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    Get a totally different and exciting perspective on New York: from a fun dinner cruise that floats around New York Harbor and Manhattan offering stunning views of the city and some of the world’s most famous landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Empire State Building. Indulge in a delicious buffet dinner and then groove to the onboard DJ’ed music being spun. Add this dinner cruise to your New York itinerary today!

  3. 03

    La Barca All-Inclusive Mexican Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    La Barca is New York’s only Mexican restaurant on board a ship. On this dinner cruise, you’ll cruise the Hudson River to the southern tip of Manhattan while eating delicious tacos and churros. Grab a margarita and then head to the outdoor deck – from here you can enjoy the stunning evening skyline of New York.

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    Spirit: Dinner Cruise with Buffet

    Cruise in New Jersey
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    This dinner cruise starts in New Jersey and takes you along the Hudson River and East River. You will see the skyline of New York with all its important buildings. You will also see the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge from very close and have a delicious meal.

    It’s really nice when you go to the outside deck and hear the typical New York sounds. It doesn’t get any better than that!


FAQ

Which dinner cruise in NYC is the cheapest?

One thing in advance: the dinner cruises are not cheap. However, considering that you get dinner, a 3 hour sightseeing cruise, and a very special experience, it justifies the price.

The cheapest dinner cruises start at around $160. An alternative to this are brunch cruises or lunch cruises. These take place on the same ships and the itineraries are a bit shorter – here, the cheapest tickets start at $80.

Where do the dinner cruises depart from in New York?

The departure point depends on the operators: the two main ones depart from Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River at Pier 61/62. However, there are also Queens and Jersey City as departure locations.

Are there dinner cruises for special events?

Yes, especially the 4th of July, Thanksgiving dinner cruises, Christmas cruises and New Year’s Eve dinner cruises are very popular. If you are in New York at this time and plan to have dinner on a boat, you should book quickly. The tickets are very popular and the tours sell out quickly.

To help you quickly find the right dinner cruise for you, here are the best 4th of July Cruises, Thanksgiving Cruises, Christmas Cruises and New Years Eve Cruises for you.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, there is a dress code: smart casual.

Profilbild Steffen Kneist
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Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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