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Collective Retreats - Governors Island

4.9
39 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Collective Retreats offers the most memorable outdoor dining experience in New York City. Lunch at our island retreat, overlooking the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, is now open to non-overnight guests. For dinner, you will travel to Collective Retreats via a private boat and soak in the skyline. You will experience our Ferry to Flame, six course menu where you will be personally attended to by our chef & sommelier.

For LUNCH, please take the public ferry located at 10 South Street.

For dinner, your journey begins with a ride on the Collective Water Taxi to our retreat.
All dinner guests will be picked up from Pier 25, located off N Moore and West Street.

Your reservation time is the time of your boat pick up, and you will be provided with a return trip 2.5 hours after your reservation.

** There is a $20 boat fee PER PERSON that will be added to the final check**

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 39 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, very relaxing and peaceful

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gabriell
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top five dining experience ever. I believe experience and food would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the staff are incredibly warm and friendly. I can’t say enough good about my experience dining with them.

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Karina
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything from the boat ride to the ambiance was amazing!! We ended dour night with smores by the fire pits with a view of Manhattan. Couldnt have asked for a better night!

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and overall service was amazing! Would definitely recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing especially the grilled porkchop. The staff are very nice and will take care of you from your boat ride up to your dining experience.

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Onima
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing experience. No words!! It was absolutely perfect.

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SashaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. 10/10.

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OtisS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Which we could of stayed longer after dinner around the fire.

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vipMatt
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience that makes you feel like you're getting out of NYC. Could not recommend it more highly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From arrival until we left, the brunch experience was amazing. Our server was so lovely and accommodating. She answered every question... even when she has to go ask numerous times. We had the most amazing time and loved sitting out on the deck looking at the water. It was a true oasis.

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BriannaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. I would recommend to everyone!!!

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MarianaS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Food and drinks were great and everyone was so pleasant!

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AdventureSeeker
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my dad here for his 75th birthday and it was sensational from beginning to end. The evening began with a private boat ride to governor's island and impeccable service from our Captain, John. We then got to the island and were greeted with smiles from everyone we encountered (golf cart drivers, waiters, etc). Our waiter went out of his way to ensure that my dad's night was special. Everyone was kind and attentive. The restaurant itself has gorgeous views of Manhattan and offers live music. The food and cocktails were delicious. If you're looking for an evening to remember, you cannot go wrong here. The temperature had dropped on our boat ride back and the captain offered us blankets. Service was above and beyond. I'm incredibly grateful for the memorable experience and look forward to coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely incredible! It was the perfect way to get out of the craziness of New York while still being in New York. The boat ride was exceptional. We scheduled the pick up for 7 and we caught the sunset, and on the way back our boat driver took us right by the Statue of Liberty. Overall, an experience we will never forget!

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EliseB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our group of six had a memorable birthday celebration for one of our group - nothing beats a sunset boat ride through New York Harbor. Food was wonderful. Only drawback was that service was so slow we did not have time for dessert since there was a hard departure deadline.

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Alexis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC experience! I could not recommend this enough for a date night, family outing, girls dinner, etc. Water taxi ride, employee service, quality of food, and ambiance were all top notch. I will be returning and sharing this place with others!

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weesinator35
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, romantic place to go. Food was incredible, everyone was generous, loved the boat ride out there. Great views as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setup and even better food. They made everything perfect for us, including an unexpected s’mores bonfire before our boat back to manhattan.

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BrianH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unforgettable experience, from the water taxi to Governors Island, to the ambiance, food, the service and warm hospitality throughout.

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bmihael
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a date, super romantic. There was live music (a very talented guitar player), but the volume was at a very comfortable level where you can still have a conversation. The food is fantastic, the steak and the lamb specifically. The boat taxi/water taxi ride is quick, but the views are great.

The couple of things I’d be mindful of: the water taxi is fast, so while it is quick - it’s also very windy and you could be cold, especially on the way back/after sunset.

The service is good, but only good. I’m not sure if our server was maybe overwhelmed, as it seemed like the dining area was split up between two servers, or maybe he wasn’t having the best day but he seemed to be a little aggressive towards the end.

The restrooms are outside of the dining area, so there’s some gravel/pebbles/uneven road you have to trek on. Wear comfortable footwear.

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vipAmber
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and amazing food. I absolutely recommend this for a nice dinner and getaway from the city. The restaurant was very unique in terms of location. Only wish we could have stayed longer than 2 hours.

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a magical, one of a kind experience. AMAZING! I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone who can get a reservation. John, the boat captain was amazing and so pleasant, and really went out of his way to make sure this was a memorable, special experience for us. We were lucky enough to be the only couple riding the boat to and from the island, which felt like a really romantic, unique VIP experience. The live music was awesome, the restaurant itself was such a cool, one-of-a-kind setup, and I CANNOT wait to come back to stay over one night at the Collective Retreats. Truly, words cannot do it justice. You don't feel like you're in New York. Also, every single staff member I interacted with was SO pleasant and friendly and helped us with anything we needed. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service , food and ambiance was amazing.

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vipArielleK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sucha great experience. We spend the whole day hanging out on the retreat. Everyone was very helpful.

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vipmichelek
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy we celebrated our anniversary here. It was absolutely amazing from start to finish! The food was excellent and the staff were warm and welcoming. The ambiance of the city skyline and candle lit restaurant was beautiful!!

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NICK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible experience from start to finish - it was seamless from the moment we go to the pier to the moment we left. I really appreciated how the staff were so kind and genuine. Our server Lenny was awesome! He was so kind and went above and beyond to correct a mistake when one of our sides was not brought out. Overall, I would highly recommend this place. I cannot wait to return!

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Kayla2392
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience overall! Thank you! There was some confusion in the beginning but the staff and service was so awesome they made up for it. We had a wonderful time!

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Roma
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food,nice staff especially Chris who picked us up..the views are excellent..will definitely go back and stay overnight

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vipPattiL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a special experience, starting with the boat ride across the harbor to the restaurant. The views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty are amazing. The food is good too.

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vipCarriFarrand
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was beyond special. From the private boat ride to the island, to the amazing food, wonderful service and spectacular views. I just wish we could come out for weekend brunch!!

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KaitlynK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a special and romantic experience.
Not to mention the food and drinks were delicious as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time!! The sunset was incredible and so was the food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing experience!!! Beautiful boat ride to the island, delicious food, and relaxing setting.

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vipOJPJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Collective Retreats on Governor's Island two nights ago on a MAGNIFICENT NIGHT, that was cool and clear, with a spectacular sunset. The location certainly can't be beaten - and is pretty much unlike anything else in the city. The experience included a ride to and from the island from Pier 25 on a small motorboat at sunset - a shout out to John Carter, expert captain of BoatrideNYC, who provided the transportation - wonderful, flavorful food - the tomato appetizer and the salmon and steak main courses were standouts - and a view of Lady Liberty at the entrance to the harbor. We will remember this experience for a long time. If you can't find the transportation at Pier 25 do not hesitate to call the number provided for help in locating the boat.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience! Collective Retreats is worth every penny. The property is absolutely stunning. Sitting outside the large tent restaurant, admiring the view of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty, made for an unforgettable experience. The staff is all extremely friendly. Most importantly, the food is DELICIOUS!! If you're looking for a great dinner with an even better experience attached, this it the place to go.

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vipBrantM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I found Collective Retreats in Time Out. I did not know what to expect. I had heard about “glamping” but never experienced it.

My entire party found the experience magical. The setting was breathtaking. We had an unobstructed view of the Statute of Liberty as the sun set on a summer night.

The evening boat ride to and from Governor’s Island was great fun.

The setting was airy (what we needed in a COVID world), the live blues guitarist player creative variations on rock standards.

The food ranged from tasty to exceptional.

This exceeded our expectations in every way. It was an unforgettable experience for my entire party, and we are lifelong New Yorkers.

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GinaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience for dinner here. The staff was lovely and service was great. Food and cocktails were delicious to. Looking forward to heading back for an overnight stay some time!

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vipElliotL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a great overall experience. the food and the service was terrific. the boat ride there and especially the return ride at night made the entire evening memorable

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Collective Retreats - Governors Island is rated 4.9 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.