If you're visiting the New York City area and want to escape the noise of Manhattan for a quiet dinner on the water, Long Island is a great place to take a brunch or dinner cruise.
Located to the east of Queens and stretching 118 miles along the ocean, Long Island is a popular destination for outdoor and beach enthusiasts alike, but after a day exploring the many area attractions, there's no better way to experience some local cuisine than out on the water.
While sailing through calm waters, there's often a pleasant breeze even in the hottest months of summer, allowing you to relax and enjoy the lovely landscape of Long Island.
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Sit back and relax on a four-hour cruise to the Statue of Liberty from the Manhasset Bay Marina at 10 Matinecock Avenue in Port Washington. From May through the middle of October, the M/V Sterling cruises past Long Island's Gold Coast and Millionaires' Row in Kings Point and Sands Point on its way to Liberty Island.
Dinner on Lady Liberty Cruises features an assortment of hors-d'oeuvres to whet your appetite and a buffet-style meal with entrees including prime rib of beef, breast of chicken, and salmon filet as well as a vegetarian pasta dishes.
An open bar for the first three hours of cruises features brands like Finlandia vodka, Seagram's 7 Crown Rye, and much more as well as draft beers and wines like Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Merlot.
Lady Liberty Cruises offer a variety of options to meet your particular needs—including wheelchair and children's accommodations. You can choose from an evening harbor cruise to Lady Liberty, a Sunday brunch cruise, senior... citizens' afternoon cruise, Father's Day harbor cruise, or even an elementary graduation cruise for the kids.
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Sailing from the World's Fair Marina in Flushing Meadows, New York, you can enjoy the view of the sights of Long Island while enjoying dinner onboard one of Skyline Cruises.
Enjoy a Long Island Lighthouse brunch and sightseeing cruise on the Skyline Princess as it sails past Fort Schuyler and Fort Totten, Sands Point, the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, Hart Island, the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges, and the North Shore mansions.
Skyline Cruises also offers special holiday party cruises as well as standard sightseeing tours that don't feature a meal, but if you want to book a romantic evening or a group brunch out on the water, check out the full schedule on the company's website.
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Fire Island is a popular destination for LGBT visitors in particular, and although there are plenty of ferries that provide access to this summer hotspot, booking a reservation on Flynn's Fire Island Dinner Cruises is a great way to enjoy a meal while you travel across the ocean.
Flynn's Dinner Cruises on the Moonchaser depart from Captree State Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in July and August, and reservations are required for the 40-minute ride to Flynn's at Ocean Bay Park in Fire Island, NY.
The boat features a cash bar and you'll enjoy live music when you arrive at Flynn's. Dinner includes baked clams, shrimp, marinated mussels, paella, BBQ ribs, and a number of specialty desserts and appetizers.
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The Lauren Kristy is a turn of the century-style riverboat that sails from the Bay Shore Marina and offers sight-seeing tours, private charters, and brunch and dinner cruises.
South Bay Cruises offers charter services for private events as well as early afternoon and evening public cruises that includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Reservations are required on all cruises, and guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure for boarding.