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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #844 of 11,623 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $55
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Transit: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
Description: With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This green certified full service restaurant with beautiful views is not as great as it sounds. There is no service. You order at the boot. You get orders from the staff. The food is pre-packed, and all in plastic. Even though the food is not so bad at all, the way you get treated here is just the worst you... More

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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have never had a crab cake that was so amazing! This was pure sweet crab meat with just enough other 'stuff' to hold it together for browning on the grill. It had some amazing sauce on the plate surrounding it. That alone would have been enough. But then I had the filet of beef and it was out of... More

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Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went for anniversary treat while staying in New York. Setting has to be one of the best in New York. Could not fault food and service. The atmosphere and ambience lived up to expectations and would highly recommend any visitor to New York to put it on their list for something to experience.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had dinner and lunchtime drinks the following day. The location and venue are beautiful. The service is good, the restaurant is very upmarket and feels it. The food was good, we did not feel it was exceptional. I would regard this as a "must do" when in New York. You must book months in advance.

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Middlesex, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We booked a table for 4 for the 11th July for 3pm, as we were getting married in Central Park & wanted to have lunch here as the pictures on the website looked lovely and it wasnt too far a walk from our wedding location in Shakespeare Garden. We did request a table over looking the lake and hoped that... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A MUST to do while in NYC. Book ahead and request a balcony front table. We were fortunate to visit on a sunny day and the view was great.... Take a few hours to dine and then wander the park either by foot or a pedi bike tour, we did both and it was a wonderful day. Close by are... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The location of the Boathouse makes it an iconic NYC resto. We stopped in after renting a rowboat on the pond. Luckily, we were seated right away despite it being a busy Sunday. We were disappointed that we were not able to enjoy a mimosa until after 12 o'clock, but had a fresh pear juice that was very nice. We... More

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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I know everyone says its a must do in NYC. I was a little worried that such an institution could retain its charm. Gladly we were not disappointed. The atmosphere is magical and the menu and wine list allow options that are not that pricey and cater well for kids. We found the service and quality of the food very... More

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our party of 7 included a 10 month old, two teenagers, and 4 adults. The baby smiled and didn't make a peep the whole time. The teenagers are extremely well behaved. We ordered from the Sunday brunch menu. First, the atmosphere. We sat at a table right by the water. Wow. Covered porch-like area, breezes, soft music, ceiling fans, row... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We often find that restaurants at special locations don't live up to the location's promise. The boathouse restaurant lived up to it and surpassed it. We had the salmon with peas and a puree of peas to add color and pizzazz. We also had monkfish with couscous and coconut curry. Delicious! We were planning on not having dessert, but a... More

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