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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: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Brunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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
Loeb Boathouse, Central Park

Beautiful setting on a lake in Central Park. Food was first class although perhaps a little pricey but when considering the setting in the middle of New York it was probably worth it. The staff were very attentive although clearly very busy. We were there on a Monday night and the place was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Sharon L
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful setting on a lake in Central Park. Food was first class although perhaps a little pricey but when considering the setting in the middle of New York it was probably worth it. The staff were very attentive although clearly very busy. We were there on a Monday night and the place was extremely busy. Booking is necessary. Nice menu,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Let me begin with the positives: This is a beautiful, vintage restaurant in a glorious setting in the middle of Central Park. It is a treat just to walk up to it. We had a table overlooking the pond on a gorgeous, spring evening, and the experience should have been transporting. The food I ordered was nicely presented and quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It's a jewel, this restaurant, and the tab for five people was around 350$, which wasn't bad. The great thing is the location, since the front of the restaurant is floor to ceiling windows overlooking a small lake in Central Park. Improbably, there was a Venetian gondola complete with red-and-white striped gondolier, and if it was just a bit over... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Thank you to all the staff at The Boathouse for making my birthday lunch so special. The weather was a shocker but from the moment l stepped into your restaurant l felt very well taken care of. My fish was perfectly cooked and dessert was sensational as always.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the Boathouse restaurant early Monday evening after a trip to the Met. The atmosphere was lovely, with outdoor tables next to the lake. The service was fantastic. Attentive waitstaff always close by with bread & drink refills. Food was good. We split some appetizers--crab cake, beets, & pasta. Delicious Bellini. Highly recommend. Get reservations & ask for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Simply the best place on earth ! I came with friends and they seated us near the windows - what a marvelous view we had. I had steak and it was cooked perfectly. I look forward to coming here again in the fall :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Went there on a sunny Saturday for a late breakfast / lunch The place is really nice and the veranda overlooking the lake is just gorgeous. Food and service are good And the wine carte is very good Highly recommended

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I went here for the first time recently and loved it. I was able to take some wonderful pictures outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere and food. I thought with this being such a well known spot in NYC that maybe the food would only be mediocre but I was wrong because it is wonderful. I hope I get to... More 

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Perth
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Idyllic setting overlooking the famous lake in Central Park and a menu which promises greatness, but the reality of this restaurant is in a word - ordinary. On our last day of a ten day stay in New York we felt lucky enough to secure a booking at the Loeb Boathouse. But our vision of a Romantic Sex and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If I only had one day to eat Lunch in NYC, the Boathouse would be my choice. Excellent selection of food. You must make reservations one day in advance to ensure you get a time that works for you. Staff is friendly and accurately descriptive of your selection.

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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