Starting Monday, Aug. 5—and every Monday and Tuesday in August thereafter—you can cruise and eat Harlem. The West Harlem Food & Beverage Association, in conjunction with NY Waterways & Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, DockNYC and the BillyBey Ferry Company, have created the West Harlem Gastro Cruises to encourage tourists and locals to experience Harlem in a unique and fun way.
Departing from the World Financial Center Terminal at 5:30 p.m., the cruise arrives at the 125th Street Pier at 7:30 p.m. Passengers are invited to dine at Harlem restaurants like Bier International, Savann and 9A Kitchen & Lounge with specially priced menus before rejoining the cruise at 10 p.m. to return to their origin. Harlemites can partake in the dining specials before or after sailing on the Hudson River. The boat will depart from 125th Street Pier at 8 p.m., cruising to the George Washington Bridge and returning to the 125th Street Pier at 9:30 p.m.
Savona Bailey-McClain, curator of art and lifestyle for WHFBA, says, “This initiative is exciting because boats have not come regularly to West Harlem in over 50 years.” Together with food from local Harlem eateries, the total experience promises to be the first of many.
Cruise and dinner costs $45 per adult while the cruise only is $20 per adult. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.letscruise.ticketleap.com/cruise-and-harlem-restaurant-pre-fix-dinner.