Sundays are typically reserved for anxiously awaiting the next murder on Game of Thrones, but there's a spectacular way to take your mind (temporarily) off that creepy breastfeeding kid and his "moon door" by floating away the evening in the East River. The Water Table has been cruising the New York City waterways since December of last year, when they debuted their restored U.S. Navy Yard Patrol boat turned maritime bar and restaurant. While their indoor cabin was heated for the cold season, the ship has just now come into prime time, debuting a New England-style Sunday Supper each week to help ease you into the nine-to-five ennui.
While the India Street Pier gets its act together, The Revolution launches at 6 p.m. from the Skyport Marina at 23rd Street at the FDR; just hang around the building on the south end of the pier and wait for staffers to guide you along the dock. Once aboard, you'll find assigned seats looking out the windows or at the communal table in the middle; there's also a cute on-board bar, though the servers take care of shuttling drinks back and forth. There's also a roof deck, so to speak, where you can take your drinks and snap brag-worthy Instagrams.
This would be just another cruise without Captain Kelli Farwell's exemplary cooking, much of which she draws from her Northern Maine roots. On the menu for the debut season, decadent Lobster Mac & Cheese, studded with large hunks of lobster meat and a delicate and creamy cheese sauce; the breadcrumb topping just about sent this butter-lover over the edge. The vegetarian option doesn't skimp on heft with a Spring Panzanella Salad fortified with white beans, asparagus and hunks of chewy baguette. For dessert, a choice of Root Beer or Blueberry Soda floats with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Just because it's Sunday doesn't mean eschewing alcohol; the boat has a full bar, including classic cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. Try a Manhattan ($12), which appears as a large tumbler of rye strong enough to put down even the most seasoned drinker or perhaps a glass of rum from their selection in keeping with the nautical theme. Budget boaters can sip on cans of Naragansett for just $5 or upgrade to a Brooklyn Summer Ale for $7. The mercifully hipster rock-free soundtrack also helps set the imbibing mood, with tracks from Meatloaf, Eddie Money and Guns N' Roses blasting from the speakers on debut night.
Sunday Supper cruises out at 6 p.m., returning to the dock at 8 p.m., leaving plenty of time to squeeze in the dense Sunday night teevee lineup. Dinner costs $50 per person, not including alcohol or gratuity; make reservations here. The Water Table also voyages out on Friday and Saturday evenings with a $75 three-course prix fixe menu.