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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

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East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
2125172233
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Description: With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Service, Small Portions but Great Quality

We made a last minute lunch reservation and were seated at a table overlooking the icy lake - loved the window table. Our waiter was genuinely nice and service was great. Fresh bread choices were offered 2 different times. Food was beautiful and fresh, although the portions were just a bit small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
grubyrun
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Queens, NY
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were recommended this by some of our friends; we visited here on our last day for lunch and were seated by the window looking over onto the frozen lake. Lovely food- a little pricey but worth a visit and fab end to the trip

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Queens, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We made a last minute lunch reservation and were seated at a table overlooking the icy lake - loved the window table. Our waiter was genuinely nice and service was great. Fresh bread choices were offered 2 different times. Food was beautiful and fresh, although the portions were just a bit small for the prices. Ordered a Roasted beet salad... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended pit stop while walking through Central Park. Good food, good service, great views. Full bar service.

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Thank Chuckwud
Bolton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had contacted the restaurant a number of months ago to book a table for the night before our wedding and were told bookings were not taken till the month before when the booking would be for. I contacted again a few days ago as it is the year of the wedding now and was told bookings for large parties... More 

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Thank Nicola O
Madrid, Spain
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I called for a reservation to ask for a nice table when i would go. When we got there we got a beautiful center table for 10 of us, right next to the window. The food was spectacular and so was the service. Its beautiful because it is in central park. Right after eating we rented some boats and were... More 

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Thank GianP1192
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Boathouse several times since they have the greatest Chardonnay! Lovely place to sit on the outside terrace or near the fire at the bar!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and service were good but the restaurant temperature was sooooo cold we could not enjoy the experience. We were there on a 4 degree day and inside felt as cold as outside which is unusual in NYC and most venues are so overheated. The temperature of the restaurant spoiled our whole experience.

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Thank smg50
North Salem, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited many times, the food is very good. The location is amazing with full view of the park. Service last visit was a bit off, but highly unusual. Lovely place!

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I visited on Saturday morning around 10am. The restaurant had several lovely window tables available however we were shown to a table in the middle of the room by ourselves. When we asked if we could move to a free window seat, we were bluntly told that window seats are for parties of 3 or more leaving... More 

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Thank Sophie D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked lunch for Christmas Day via email from Sydney, Australia. The table booking for three was a ‘challenge’ as we were originally told it would be around mid-October when the menu would be decided and bookings taken. After more emails, this timeline became November so we contacted them on the 4th to make a 1:30 pm reservation to which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
  • Public Transportation: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: 2125172233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 55
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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