About Us

North River Lobster Company is the city's first casual, fresh, three-floor floating lobster shack located at Pier 81 on W41st Street and the Hudson River, convenient to Times Square and the High Line. Be our guest and enjoy all things lobster, amidst breathtaking views of New York City’s skyline.


We take diners on short cruises out onto the Hudson up to seven times per day. Dine and unwind at your leisure, with a sailing schedule designed for quick lobster lunches, happy hour drinks, sunset dinners and incredible views of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline. We offer fresh seafood, light fare, signature Mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer and a raw bar boat. North River provides a laid back, casual atmosphere and even more casual ordering - we don't offer reservations. Simply come in, pick from a wide variety of seafood staples, order with the bartender and grab a seat - then sip on your favorite cocktail and let New York become New England! Meet your new favorite happy hour in Hell's Kitchen and finally treat NYC like an island. Welcome aboard!

We take our social and environmental responsibility very seriously and are always working with our purveyors on employing the very best in sustainable sourcing practices.


North River Lobster Company is owned and operated by parent company New York Cruise Lines. Sister companies include Circle Line Sightseeing CruisesThe BEAST Speedboat, and World Yacht Dinner Cruises.

Sailing Times

& Hours of Operation



October 2015
Monday - Thursday: 4.00pm - 10.00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11.30am - 11.00pm
Sunday: 11.30am - 10.00pm

November 2015
Saturday and Sunday 11.30am - 11.00pm


Monday - Thursday: 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Friday - Sunday: 12.30pm, 3.00pm, 5.00pm and 7.30pm 

Note: Kitchen closes one hour prior to close.
All bars (on board and pier) close 15 minutes prior to close.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have to pay to board the boat or sail?

    No. Sailing is all part of the fun! Think of us as a regular restaurant, just on a boat. You're welcome to come and go, on and off the boat, unless we're getting ready to sail in which case you're either with us for the ride or you hop off. Click here for the current sailing schedule.

  • Are you open/do you sail in the rain?

    Yes! We are both open and sailing rain or shine. While we have outdoor space, you can hunker down in our indoor areas - available on each deck - until the rain, rain, goes away.

  • Do you have to be a certain age to go to North River Lobster Company?

    We welcome customers of all ages and we have a kid's menu available too.

  • Do I have to get off after the sail, or after I eat?

    No, please take your time and relax. Our kitchen is open and operating on board from 11:30am to 11pm. While we do take 45-minute jaunts around the Hudson River, you are welcome to stay on board for as long as you wish before and after the sailing.

  • Do you only offer seafood?

     No. Though our menu is predominantly seafood, there are other items on the menu like our delicious North River Burger. We highly recommend it!  Also, the fries---ohhhhh, the fries.

  • Do I need reservations?

     No, we do not take reservations unless you are a group of 20 or more. Please fill out this form and we'll be in touch ASAP.

  • Is this a table service restaurant?

    No. We are a leisurely sit and go lobster shack—on a boat. There is no table service. You place your order with the bartender and are given a number. When your food is up, a food runner will promptly bring you your food. You can feel free to order again and again, and we hope you do!

  • Can I book a party on the boat?

     Absolutely! Please email info@northriverlobstercompany.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

  • How do I know your offerings?

    There are menu boards throughout the boat, and menus available both online and at the pier. You can view our menu here.

  • What is the atmosphere?

    We’d like you to feel like you escaped the chaos of Manhattan for a mini getaway. The North River Lobster Company is casual, fun and perfect for happy hour or just clearing your mind and filling your tummy.

  • What is the dress code? Is it formal?

    We’re casual, the dress code is informal and laid back.  Think Key West or Cape Cod.

  • Can I bring my pet onboard?

    Unfortunately, we do not allow pets on board. Pets are welcome on the pier only. 

  • How many people fit on the boat?

    We can fit up to 450 people on the boat comfortably, spanning our three decks.

  • Does the boat have an outdoor deck?

    We have three!  We have a floating rooftop and extended outdoor deck space on the 2nd and first levels. On top of that—we have an aft facing balcony on the stern for folks who want to see their troubles float away behind them.

  • I went to North River Lobster Company and it was closed. Why?

    Just like other restaurants, sometimes we close for private affairs. When the restaurant is booked ahead of time, we will keep our patrons abreast of the dates. Our sailing schedule provides the most up-to-date information.

The Boat

Primarily utilized as a dinner and privately-chartered event boat since 2007, the Destiny underwent a major renovation in Spring ’14. With that, the North River Lobster Company was born.

Following North River's wildly successful grand opening May 2014, the Destiny was expanded for the 2015 season to add around 600 square feet on each level and can now host 450 guests, making it the largest lobster "boat-staurant"in the nation. There are newly expanded bars on all levels, perfect for groups, after-work cocktails and sunset hangouts.