East River, NYC

East River, NYC: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Fireworks Harbor Cruise

1. NYC: New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Fireworks Harbor Cruise

Countdown to midnight and toast the New Year with unbeatable views of the New Year’s fireworks while you cruise around Manhattan on the Spirit of New York. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday dinner buffet freshly prepared by the chef along with an open bar. Savor a 3-hour New Year's Eve dinner cruise featuring delectable cuisine, elegant décor, and stunning views that make for an unforgettable holiday. Imaginative culinary creations, a sparkling wine toast, and a live DJ combine to create an unforgettable New York experience. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Choose your departure point from either Pier 61 or Pier 15. Dinner Buffet Sample Menu SALADS (ALL SALADS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREADS AND BUTTER)CAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Crouton | Traditional Caesar DressingMESCULIN SALAD (G*)(V)(N)Dried Cranberries | Feta Cheese | Sliced Almonds | Orange Champagne Vinaigrette | *Contains NutsKALE QUINOA SALAD (V)(G*)(VG)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette MAINPASTA AL FORNO (V)Alfredo Sauce | Panko Parmesan CrustHONEY SESAME CHICKENScallions | Fresno Chilies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguHAND CARVED PRIME RIB (G*)Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au Jus COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(V)(VG)Toasted Garlic | Chili FlakesGARLIC MASHED POTATOES (V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION (V)(N)Assorted Cakes | Brownies, Pastries | Seasonal Fruit | *Contains Nuts

New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

2. New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

Avoid the traffic and take in spectacular views on 30-minute or 45-minute scenic helicopter flight over Manhattan. Bring your special someone along on this unique tour that’s priced for 2 persons. Tours depart from and arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, located just outside NYC and easily accessible by public transit (Metro-North rail) and by car (free parking). Alternatively, opt to include roundtrip hotel transfers from anywhere in Manhattan. Upon arrival at the airport, begin with a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter. Take off and enjoy stunning aerial views of Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the iconic Manhattan skyline, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, and the East River bridges. Gaze down at the incredible sights from the air, knowing that there truly is no other place in the world like New York City.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

3. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

From New Jersey: NYC New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

4. From New Jersey: NYC New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Countdown to midnight and toast the New Year with unbeatable views of the New Year’s fireworks while you cruise around Manhattan on the Spirit of New York. Enjoy a holiday dinner buffet freshly prepared by the chef along with an open bar. Experience a New Year's Eve dinner cruise featuring delectable cuisine, elegant décor, and stunning views that make for an unforgettable holiday. Imaginative culinary creations, a sparkling wine toast, and a live DJ combine to create an unforgettable evening. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Dinner Buffet Sample Menu SALADS (ALL SALADS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREADS AND BUTTER)CAESAR SALADRomaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Crouton | Traditional Caesar DressingMESCULIN SALAD (G*)(V)(N)Dried Cranberries | Feta Cheese | Sliced Almonds | Orange Champagne Vinaigrette | *Contains NutsKALE QUINOA SALAD (V)(G*)(VG)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette MAINPASTA AL FORNO (V)Alfredo Sauce | Panko Parmesan CrustHONEY SESAME CHICKENScallions | Fresno Chilies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*)Spicy Tomato | White Bean RaguHAND CARVED PRIME RIB (G*)Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au Jus COMPLEMENTSROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(V)(VG)Toasted Garlic | Chili FlakesGARLIC MASHED POTATOES (V)Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERTSEASONAL DESSERT STATION (V)(N)Assorted Cakes | Brownies, Pastries | Seasonal Fruit | *Contains Nuts

NYC: Christmas Eve Buffet Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

5. NYC: Christmas Eve Buffet Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Celebrate the magic of the season on the water with a Christmas Eve buffet lunch or dinner Cruise on the Spirit of New York. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday lunch or dinner buffet freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. Savor a 2-hour Christmas Eve lunch or 2.5-hour dinner cruise featuring delectable cuisine, elegant décor, and stunning views that make for an unforgettable holiday. Imaginative culinary creations, a top-class wine list, and a live DJ combine to create an unforgettable New York experience. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate Christmas Eve on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Sample Lunch Menu Salad: (all salads accompanied by fresh bread and butter)mesclun salad (g*)(v)kale-quinoa salad (g*)(vg)(v) Main Course:three-cheese baked macaroni (v)American cheddar cheese | aged Reggiano parmesan cheese | Monterey jack cheeseoven-roasted whitefish (g*)spicy tomato | white bean raguhand-carved oven-roasted turkey (g*)cranberry sauce Accompaniments:fall vegetable ragu (g*)(vg)(v)butternut squash | brussels sprouts | cauliflower | carrots | white bean ragu Side dishes:garlic-mashed potatoes (g*)(v)mashed sweet potatoes (g*)(v)haricots verts (v)(g*)(vg)traditional stuffing (v)turkey gravy Dessert:seasonal dessert station (v)

NYC: Christmas Day Buffet Brunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

6. NYC: Christmas Day Buffet Brunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Embark on a Christmas day buffet brunch or dinner cruise as you celebrate the magic of the season aboard the Spirit of New York. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday brunch or dinner buffet freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. Savor a 2-hour Christmas Day brunch or 2.5 hour dinner cruise featuring delectable cuisine, elegant décor, and stunning views that make for an unforgettable holiday. Imaginative culinary creations, a top-class wine list, and a live DJ combine to create an unforgettable New York experience. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline, DJ entertainment, and festive décor. The crew will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate Christmas Day on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Buffet Menu: EARLY RISER BREAKFAST PASTRIES (V)(N) Assorted Muffins and Danishes *May Contain Nuts SCRAMBLED EGGS (G*) American Cheddar Cheese BREAKFAST MEATS (G*) Applewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage Links BREAKFAST POTATOES (G*)(VG)(V) Caramelized Onions | Red & Green Bell Peppers LATE RISERS FIELD GREEN SALAD (G*)(V) Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V) Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V) Sweet Peas | White Beans | Scallions HONEY SESAME CHICKEN (G*) Scallions | Fresno Chilies OVEN-ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*) Spicy Tomato | White Bean Ragu ROOT VEGETABLE FRICASSEE (G*)(VG)(V) Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce ROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(VG)(V) Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes DESSERT DESSERT STATION (V)(N) Cakes | Brownies | Seasonal Fruit *May Contain Nuts Sample Dinner Buffet Menu: STARTER FIELD GREEN SALAD (G*)(VG) Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V) Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette GREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V) Sweet Peas | White Beans | Scallions ENTREES HONEY SESAME CHICKEN Scallions | Fresno Chillies OVEN ROASTED WHITEFISH (G*) Spicy Tomato | White Bean Ragu THREE-CHEESE BAKED MACARONI (V) American Cheddar Cheese | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Monterey Jack Cheese BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB (G*) Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce ROOT VEGETABLE FRICASSEE (G*)(VG)(V) Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce COMPLEMENTS ROASTED BROCCOLI (G*)(VG)(V) Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes GARLIC MASHED POTATOES (G*)(V) Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic DESSERT SEASONAL DESSERT STATION (V) Assorted Cakes | Brownies | Seasonal Fruit and Pastries *May Contain Nuts

New York City: Weekend Holiday Brunch Cruise

7. New York City: Weekend Holiday Brunch Cruise

Get into the holiday spirit on this weekend brunch cruise with a 3-course prix fixe menu family-style at each table. Enjoy baked bagels, an assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, harvest mix salad, quiche, festive breakfast meat, spicy Bloody Marys, mimosas, juices, coffee, and tea. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous 360-degree view of Manhattan from the climate-controlled and glass-enclosed back deck observatory of this vintage-style motor yacht. Cruise around the entire island as you pass under all 18 bridges. Enjoy your own banquet for your booking party in the grand salon. Some of the sights to observe on this cruise include the Upper West Side, George Washington Bridge, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, World Trade One, Roosevelt Island, United Nations Building and the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on the East River.

New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

8. New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

Take a high-speed boat ride out on the Hudson River professional captains licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. See famous sites in and around New York Harbor, learn about them from your guide and feel the thrill of being out on the water. At each of the stops, the captain positions the boat so that every guest can get a perfect photo and will help you with any photo requests. Upon your arrival you'll be greeted by your captain and checked in. After a short but mandatory safety briefing, you'll get suited up and board the boat.   Depart from North Cove Marina and head out onto the Hudson River to get spectacular views of downtown and midtown with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Travel north along the Manhattan waterfront and see the FDNY Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers, the VIP Heliport, Hudson Yards, the Highline and the Jacob Javits Convention Center, before stopping at the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and Cruise Ship Terminal. Listen to narration at every stop and ask your guide questions about the sites.   Then, continue to the New Jersey shoreline and run south for panoramic views of the entire Manhattan skyline. From Hoboken, follow a straight line to the Financial District where you'll get excellent views of the Freedom Tower. Rounding Battery Park, you will enter the East River and see the helicopters take off and land at the helipad before cruising past South Street Seaport. Pass under the Brooklyn Bridge and sail to the Manhattan Bridge for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.   After taking in the iconic views, you'll see the Brooklyn waterfront, the Red Hook Container Terminal and Governors Island. Crossing the Upper Bay, observe commercial vessels such as tug boats, oil barges, and the Staten Island Ferry.   Reach the climax of the tour at the Statue of Liberty. Stop right outside the security zone to get an up-close and unobstructed view of Lady Liberty. Then, return to Manhattan. With Ellis Island to your left, you'll have a clear view of the entire New York skyline.

Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

9. Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

Start your tour in Dumbo on the beautiful waterfront with sweeping views across the East River. Visit the historic and newly redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard and head into southern Williamsburg, a neighborhood of artists, graffiti, and some of New York City's best bars. Stop for breakfast before exploring the neighborhood. Ride into Greenpoint and Bushwick. Head to Fort Greene Park to see the Martyred Prisoners' Monument. Pass by the Barclay's Center and Historically Preserved Government Buildings. Stop at the Grand Army Plaza to see the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch and the Public Library. Ride through Prospect Park, a cycling paradise. Head through Park Slope, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, and perhaps stop at Other Half Brewing Company. Ride into Red Hook peninsula for a quick snack and drink along the waterfront.  Visit Steve's Key Lime Pies and take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Stop at Widow Jane Distillery, and perhaps enjoy a quick chocolate tasting at Raaka Virgin Chocolate. Explore Cobble Hill's brownstone-lined streets and small restaurants. Head into Cadman Plaza and Brooklyn Heights to see the diverse architecture in tranquility at the first historically preserved neighborhood in the United States. Carry on back through Dumbo.

Full-Day New York City Tour: All Must-See Sites

10. Full-Day New York City Tour: All Must-See Sites

Meet your private local guide and venture to Central Park, the heart and soul of New York City. Afterwards, get your art fix at one of five museums near the park: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Neue Galerie, Cooper Hewitt or the Museum of Modern Art (optional). Next, your tour will continue on to the Rockefeller Center, America’s first multiuse shopping, entertainment and office space. You’ll have a great opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the city’s brilliant skyline from the spectacular open-air observation deck. You’ll pass by the prominent Grand Terminal, one of the city’s Beaux Arts-style architectural landmarks and see the glitzy Times Square. You’ll learn to eat like a local and try a very local slice of New York-style pizza. End your afternoon strolling down Broadway, the heart of the American theater industry and explore the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the former site of the World Trade Center where the tragic events in 2001 took place. Get incredible views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges on the planet. See the East River and recharge at a popular Stumptown cafe. Your guide will recommend you good bakeries to try after the tour as well. You will finish the tour at One World Observatory, the highest observation deck in the US. If you like, you can extend your journey to visit the Statue of Liberty (to be discussed with the guide on the tour).

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What people are saying about East River, New York, United States

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 276 reviews

A unique and wonderful experience. Do not hesitate to book the transfer proposed from hotel to airport. The team is amazing, the tour, 45 min, just INCREDIBLE, you can see the city in a very different and unique way, including the statue of liberty and all the main monuments and bridges. DO NOT MISS this tour!!!

This tour is brilliant. A great way to see New York from the water. The boat captain knew all the best photo opportunities and gave great details about what we weee seeing. Cannot recommended highly enough. The company were also advertising shorter tours from the pier

Was really a great moment. We can just recommend this company, really professional, a warm welcome, a great pilot that took time to stop the boat and explained us lot of details of what we were seeing and what we should not missed …. No negative point !

Very professional and available team! The pilots were extraordinary and the customer service can be reached at any time Thanks to Christine, Sabine and Anthony The night flight was as magnificent as the Day flight See you very quickly for other flights

Very good trip although a long way to get to the heli airport