Whether you are visiting New York City for the very first time or have been a “New Yohkah” for many, many moons – if you have about two hours – go check out the North River Lobster Company this summer.
Located at Pier 81, West 41st Street (off of 12th Avenue – at the water)
Walk towards the west side of Manhattan. If your compass or sense of direction is a little off that day, have no fear – New York has many identifiable landmarks to assist you get your bearings. In this case, should you suddenly find yourself facing 194 colorful flags – TURN AROUND – you went the wrong way and are now at the United Nations General Assembly Building. So, once turned around and heading west the approximate walking time across Manhattan in either east/west direction is a good 45 minutes. Once you walk past the majestic Intrepid, take in the sights, then make your way to the North River Lobster Company Boat.
The North River Lobster Company is a brand-new floating lobster “shack” – and, in my opinion, really terrific. The boat leaves the dock several times a day and makes it’s way slowly up the Hudson River – then comes right back to shore (all in all – about 40 mins sailing time). I
Free: It’s free to walk unto the boat – you can stay all day if you like.
The ship is brand new , very clean, nicely decorated – has three levels with a bar each (and clean, sizable bathrooms on the first and second levels).
-First level: Bar (standing room)
-Second level: Rows of tall wooden communal tables & stools as well as regular tables and chairs/benches. Tasty food and drinks can be ordered from the bar – though here you can also find a beautifully presented raw bar.
-Third level: Outside deck with tables, benches – and it’s own bar as well.
The food is delicious and the prices very reasonable. I ordered the Lobster Roll (came with a bag of chips and sauerkraut) and it was excellent. For drinks – I highly recommend the Nautical Margarita served in a Mason jar souvenir glass! A couple of extra bucks, but makes for a good keepsake.
The staff is super-friendly and helpful, makes for a pleasant visit.. all around it’s a fun time to be had. The moveable restaurant setting makes for a unique – and jovial – environment. You are free to roam around the ship, take pictures, eat, meet others, or even sit by yourself if you prefer. After your excursion is over, you really will feel like you’ve just returned from a mini-vacation! I loved it.
It’s fun, was comfortable and was really – a very pleasant experience. I can’t say enough good things about it – I highly recommend it ! If you go, ENJOY !! (You can even watch the World Cup games on the ship!)