Fall Voyage: North River Lobster Company


Celebrate Autumn With Libations & Crustaceans.

Everyone knows that Manhattan is booming with development in and around Hudson Yards: This juggernaut consists of skyscrapers containing more than 12,700,000 square feet of new office, residential, and retail space. There will also be six million square feet of commercial office space, a 750,000-square-foot retail center with two levels of restaurants, cafes, markets and bars, a hotel, a cultural space, about 5,000 residences, a 750-seat school, and 14 acres of public open space. Before this neighborhood is completely transformed, I suggest that you take boat ride, eat lobster and toast the cityscape with a cocktail on The North River Lobster Company.


The boat, Destiny, underwent major renovations in 2014 and facilitates a capacity of 450 guests, making it the largest lobster-boat restaurant in the nation.

The pulsating sounds of a DJ rock the dock as you enter the pier at 41rst Street. There are plenty of seats facing the Destiny and a friendly bartender mixing-up cocktails; it’s a very happy hour. The vibe is intoxicating as the passengers embark dressed in come-as-you-are attire. For drinks, I recommend the Burning Sun made with Fire Ball, New Amsterdam Citrus Vodka and orange juice.


While passengers mingle and scramble for a picnic table on the outdoor top deck, others let the good times roll with table and billiard games on the second floor. Nearby is the raw bar, packed with ice and brimming with fresh seafood: shrimp, a variety of oysters, chilled whole lobster, Jonah crab claws and Littleneck clams. I recommend the Cadillac Mountain accompanied with an assortment of sauces, it’s a sampling of all of the above.


This cruise is a mermaids and merman’s fantasy so keep in mind that the entrée selection is based on the company’s name. While there are land offerings, I recommend the Maine lobster at 1 ¼ pounds and the Poached Maine Lobster Roll with tarragon aioli on a homemade Cuban roll accompanied with coleslaw and chips on the side. Succulent, buttery and a heaping portion of lobster meat, this roll was better than one that I had recently ordered at an infamous seafood restaurant in New England.


The North River Lobster Company cruises north on the Hudson River for approximately one hour and embarks everyday throughout the day and evening for lunch and dinner. The later excursions, when the city lights illuminate the metropolis, are well worth the voyage alone.

Note: It is not another barge full of tourists so much as a group of New Yorkers in-the-know with discriminating taste.

Think of it as a casual outing in the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby for affluent young people with tattoos, piercings, bank accounts and a 10001 zip code.

Bon voyage!

Visit and plan your excursion here: http://northriverlobsterco.com

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