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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
2125172233
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Ranked #948 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $55
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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Stanton Harcourt, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We booked this on a recommendation for our visit to New York to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We went for lunch and you need book ahead as there were queues and from our experience I can understand why The venue is great with the views overlooking one of Central Park's lakes. Food is very good, especially the crab cakes,... More

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Yountville, California, United States
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30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

After finding the Etruscan art on the Mezzanine at the Met and enjoying it all to ourselves, we walked down Fifth to the Boathouse for some wine. We enjoyed reasonably priced Chardonnay and took in the lovely scene for part of the afternoon. There is a reason this is a popular destination and was mostly filled with tourists: it's terrific.

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Rockville, Maryland, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visit this restaurant every time I go to NYC, especially when friends from overseas are visiting. The setting is beautiful, the food was spectacular but the service disappointed this time. Our waitress was not friendly, and we had to keep asking to be served water and for her to pour our champagne bottles (we had 2 bottles; the ice... More

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45 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

First, I would like to say this review has nothing to do with the cafe or the food or the service at the cafe. This is reflective solely on the treatment I received when looking at the space to possibly host my wedding. This review is reflective of one person, Peter Bischoff. I made an appointment to see the space... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Myself, my husband and two other couples spent a wonderful long weekend in NYC over Labor Day. We all agreed that one of the highlights of our trip was lunch at The Boathouse in Central Park. We got there at about noon on Sunday and did have to wait about 45 minutes because reservations were not accepted, but we were... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have been to this restaurant four or five times now and consistently they have the best crab cakes anywhere! Aside from the crab cakes the location in Central Park is idylic and the service is always wonderful.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Good food, great service and excellent view! Always a treat to dine here when we're in the city. Central Park is a must-see and this restaurant is one the reasons.

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Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had a delightful lunch in this lovely restaurant well within Central Park. The lakeside establishment has beautiful views of people in row boats and serves up upscale, delicious lunches. The place was packed even though it was 1:30pm. We were glad to have made reservations. We highly recommend this restaurant!

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Newcastle, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We celebrated three friends' birthdays recently at The Boathouse. Our table was by the window overlooking the lake where lovers were rowing in little boats. The food was outstanding - absolutely delicious crab cakes, monkfish in curry sauce and scallops speciality. Our waiter was very accommodating - graciously taking many photos and patiently explaining all the meals. He even ran... More

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Brisbane
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Terrible. We made a booking for a 1.30pm lunch week's in advance and assumed that the very long queue that snaked out the door was for those who didn't have a reservation. To our surprise, they also had a reservation. We were told we had to join the end of the queue and there was a 1.5 hour wait (this... More

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