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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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12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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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
Most recent review
Amazing hot chocolate

Stopped off here on a cold March day for a warming drink. I had the hot chocolate which was absolutely divine. My other half had a coffee which he said was good. Lovely views over the lake and a comfortable atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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241 reviews 241 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped off here on a cold March day for a warming drink. I had the hot chocolate which was absolutely divine. My other half had a coffee which he said was good. Lovely views over the lake and a comfortable atmosphere.

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Toronto, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Had a late brunch here on a wintery weekend in February. It was nice to have the free shuttle from the Met Museum directly to the Boathouse. The view of Central Park is absolutely spectacular from the restaurant - ask for a table by the window. There are basically floor to ceiling windows overlooking a pond in Central Park -... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Made a reservation well in advance after seeing this spot in 27 Dresses, and the whole family loved it. Looking out over a snowy Central Park, we enjoyed Bloody Mary's and Brunch as the table next to us got engaged! Many of us ordered the Eggs Benedict and found the meal well-crafted and satisfying. It is definitely a high-end breakfast... More 

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

A magical lunch at the Boathouse was had by all on March 10th in Central Park. We got as requested a fabulous table by the window overlooking the frozen lake and beautiful blue sky. The food was outstanding and fantastic selection of wines. The crab cakes to start were outstanding, followed by the special which was filet mignon. Remember to... More 

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Las Salinas
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We went for breakfast last Saturday and it was just perfect. Our server, a tall blonde lady was an absolute joy - polite, attentive with a sense of humour. The food was great and the atmosphere good. It was a treat but I'll definitely push to go back! Courtesy bus was great too, it poured all day so it saved... More 

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Redlands, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had lunch on a beautiful winter's day. The lake was frozen and the park sparked with a blanket of snow. The food was excellent. My husband had an exceptional salmon entrée with a lentil salad. The service and atmosphere make the restaurant such a treat. .We had eaten there years ago on an autumn day, and it was gorgeous... More 

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Mantoloking, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The view obviously is magnificent, but the food and service are even more spectacular. The menu changes seasonally and their are options for all from burgers to amazing vegetarian options. The price is very fair for an upscale dining establishment.

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Dallas, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'd go back here for the bread alone...amazing! The views can't be beat - but the food is even better than the views.

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New York City
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have lived in NYC for over 25 years and had poo pooed the idea of the Boat House. Was I wrong! The restaurant has a great menu and wine list, active bar and the setting is spectacular. Good value in the heart of Central Park.

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

we stopped for breakfast and were told we could only have snack bar food and sit on the wobbly uncleared/ dirty tables or outside If we could stand the cold. We chose an omelette which was ok but the sliced potatoes weren't fresh, perhaps pre-fried and reheated. Coffee was poor. Annoyingly the staff couldn't give a jot about the place.... 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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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