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The North River Lobster Company (Pier 81, West 41 Street) is New York's first floating lobster shack. Eat, drink, cruise, repeat: that's the best way to enjoy the North River Lobster Company. The ship departs about once every hour for a 30-minute ride. You can stay on as long as you want.

Getting on the boat is free; all you pay for is the food and drink. The lobster rolls are $18 and a whole steamed lobster is $29.

I don't know what's better: the food or the view. The main attraction is lobster, of course, but don't overlook the fish tacos. They're packed with flavor. There's also a raw bar. And if you're thirsty there are bars for that, too. The cocktails are a little sweet so I'd stick to the beer and sangria.

The lobster cruise is the ideal party spot, but for a more romantic dining experience climb on board the Water Table.

The Water Table is like a New England tavern similar to what you'd find in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont. For $75, the water table offers an intimate two-and-a-half-hour cruise and three-course meal. Built in world war two, the former U.S. Navy boat has been transformed into a full-service restaurant. The cruise heads up around Roosevelt Island. 

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