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NEW YORK--Top off the summer with a sunset cruise on the Bateaux New York. Docked at Chelsea Pier, Bateaux New York is a beautiful glass-enclosed cruising vessel that offers 180 degree views of the New York skyline and a sumptous three-course dinner served in white tablecloth and fine china fashion. Besides elegant offerings such as Blue Crab Cakes, Surf and Turf, Braised Short Ribs and Sea Bass and Salmon, there are Vegetarian and Gluten-Free menu items as well. The Bateaux (french for boat) is inspired by the elegant European river cruises, such as the romantic cruises on the Seine in Paris. The Bateaux cruises year-round for Champagne brunch, lunch, dinner and full moon cruises and special cruises for the holidays. The extensive wine list runs the gamut from Napa Valley Mumm Cuvee Brut sparkling wine for an aperitif, to sophisticated cellar collections from California, Italy and France. A lively jazz trio and excellent cabaret singer keep the mood going in swinging fashion with the latest in pop, R and B and soul with a healthy mix of jazz standards and romantic favorites. Views from the two climate controlled dinings rooms are inspiring. The completely glass enclosed cabins offer unobstructed panoramas. Two outdoor decks fore and aft offer even more wide-open views of the Manhattan skyline. The dance floor is open throughout the three hour cruise if you decide to work off that Gelato. Dramatic views of the skyline and the bridges at sunset are only the visual appetizer. The cruise ends dramatically with an up-close-and-personal look at the iconic Statue of Liberty. Nothing short of awe-inspiring, being brought within mere feet of this shining symbol of Freedom makes for a heart pounding experience that will live long in memory. For more information on Bateaux New York, visit www.bateauxnewyork.com.