Hello. We were in NYC about 4 weeks ago. We caught the ferry to the statue of liberty. It takes you out there, it lets people off, then lets people on who have been waiting. Then, it goes to ellis island and does the same thing. We did not get off the ferry at all. In fact, ALOT of people didn't even get off the ferry. So, I don't know if you can get lunch at the statue. We wanted to just get pictures of her, and see her up close. Hope this helps.