My mom always encourages me to "be a tourist in your own city." And she's right. To this day, I'm shamed to admit that I've never been to the following major NYC attractions: Top of the Rock, Museum of Natural History, MoMa. And those are just a handful. Oh, did I mention that I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate museums?
So, you can imagine how excited I was to learn about something a little more my style, if you will: Every Tuesday evening, Benchmarc Events (owned by celeb chef, Marc Murphy) hosts a "Summer Cruise Series," featuring different themes (see postcard, below). For $60, guests enjoy 2-hour's worth of unlimited assorted cocktails/wine/beer, Chef Marc Murphy's delicious food, and priceless views of NY Harbor. Now, I don't know about you but, to me, that sounds like the ideal way to "be a tourist in my own city." So much so, in fact, that two friends and I grabbed tickets for this past Tuesday's Bastille Day-themed cruise!
"Oh, that has to be it," I said, pointing to the line of beautiful people at the NY Waterway Pier (Battery Park City location). And, sure enough, as we neared, a friendly Benchmarc employee approached and checked us in for the cruise.
While boarding the bi-level, open-air ferry, Nicole, Em, and I were offered ice cold Brooklyn Summer Ale.
At 8:15pm on the dot, we set sail! Cocktails began being poured atop the ferry's upper deck.
I opted for the specialty cocktail, the Bastille Blanc: Lillet, Limoncello, Soda, and Orange.
We socialized and imbibed as the sun slowly set over Manhattan...
And passed by some breathtaking sites and urban-scapes...
Just after sunset, we headed to the lower deck and filled our plates with an abundance of delicious, French-inspired bites.
For dessert: Hand-made pistachio macarons with salted caramel, strawberry macarons with dark chocolate (apologize for not having a photo - it was too dark to get a decent shot).
And the piece de resistance? Breathtaking (literally), magical views of lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty under the dark night's sky...
I had such an incredibly fun and delicious evening "being a tourist in my own city," that I've decided to return for July 31st's "Sparkling Wine and Swine" cruise. As my birthday celebration! Seriously, is there a better way to ring in (gasp) 32? I don't think so...
Until we eat again,
The Lunch Belle