Best Waterside Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated waterside restaurants in New York City.

Battery Gardens
American · Financial District · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

The "harbor is at your feet" at this "shoreline" Financial District bastion where the "peerless" views of the harbor and Lady Liberty are matched with "better-than-expected" American-Continental fare; tabs skew high, but for the most "priceless" experience, go for "outdoor cocktails at sunset.
French · Battery Park City · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

Set in Battery Park’s Le District food hall, this roomy "fine French option" specializes in "classic bistro food" , including raw-bar items; maybe it’s "expensive for what it is" , but to most the seasonal terrace and its "stunning" Hudson River views make it "worth a trip.
The Loeb Boathouse
American · Central Park · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.5 · Service 3.7

It's all about the "unbeatable location" at this lakeside American, where "the decor is Central Park" and watching the rowboats drift by "feels like being on vacation" ; the menu's "not overly exciting" and the service just "so-so" , but for tourists and natives alike, this "must-have" NYC experience truly "sells itself.
Brooklyn Crab
Seafood · Red Hook · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

From the owners of Alma, this "casual" Red Hook triplex fields a "solid" menu of fish-shack classics and raw-bar snacks that taste even better given its "to-die-for" views of the harbor; additional perks like "fun" mini-golf and plenty of "outdoor seats" offset the "ridiculous" waits and "slow" service.
Italian · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

With "first-rate" fare from Rocco Sacramone (Trattoria L'incontro) and "stunning" skyline views, this Italian "sleeper" on the LIC waterfront delivers an "exceptional" Queens experience; "attentive" service, an "inviting" rustic-chic space and a patio are other reasons many swear it’s "worth the drive from the city.
Pier A Harbor House
Gastropub · Battery Park City · $$
Food 3.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 3.7

A circa-1886 pier is home to this "big, beautiful" Battery Park City hangout with a "publike" area for "drinking and snacks" at street level, plus a balcony bar and private rooms above; maybe the seafood-centric American fare "could be better" , but the "astonishing" harbor views and sprawling outdoor space need no improvement.
The River Café
American · DUMBO · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

Is there a more beautiful setting in NYC? " swoon fans of this Dumbo waterfront " classic " whose " romantic " dining room offers " unbeatable " views of Manhattan, as well as a fairy-lit " Garden of Eden " just outside; " elegant " prix fixe–only American cuisine and " exceptional " service complete the " high-end " experience – for which an " expensive " price tag is " to be expected.
American · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

Out of the way and hard to find ", this " serene " hideaway in a Murray Hill office park offers Tom Colicchio’s " sophisticated " New American food showcasing " divine " seasonal dishes sourced from its own herb garden; the " special-occasion " pricing is offset by " inexpensive parking " and a " spectacular" East River view.
Asian · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Fantastic views of the NYC skyline " combine with " tasteful " Pan-Asian cuisine and " amazing cocktails " at this " upscale " LIC high-rise dweller; since it's " stronger than most in the area", insiders advise reserving in advance.
The Water Club
Seafood · Murray Hill · $$$