There are dozens of restaurants in upstate New York that are fortunate to be located on the area’s spectacular waterways. From Lake Champlain to the Finger Lakes and from the Hudson River to western New York, these restaurants have taken full advantage of their beautiful, watery front doors.
“Dock and Dine” isn’t new, but at least it has a name now. Restaurants in recent years have set up marinas, piers, beach chairs and floating docks where boaters can stop, moor and have a bite to eat. Without even getting wet feet.
What better way to enjoy James Fenimore Cooper’s Otsego Lake than from a boat. And when it’s time for you and your guests to have dinner, the Blue Mingo is waiting for you to “dock and dine” in comfort. It’s on our list.
There are a few places on the list that represent Lake George. With many restaurants lining the 32 miles of lakefront, you will have no problem docking and dining at the vacation mecca. You will see some of them on this list. Some of the places on this list are sprawling lakeside resorts, where the size (and cost) of the boats moored outside reflect the type of clientele inside. Elsewhere you will see absolutely every type of pleasure boat imaginable, mostly smaller ones moored telling you that a crowd of all types has gathered to have a great time. Harpoon Eddie’s in Sylvan Beach fills this slot.
So, boaters, fear not. Dock and Dine is here!
14 delicious places to land and dock and dine in upstate New York
“Dock and Dine.” I knew people did it, but didn’t know it actually had a name. With so many beautiful lakes in upstate New York (as well as rivers and canals), it’s no wonder the owners have thrown out the welcome mat for passing boaters to stop and grab a bite. They’ve set up docks, piers and marinas right in front of the restaurants, and the boaters and their guests don’t even need to get their feet wet!
Here are 14 of the best upstate dock and dine destinations.
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