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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 #868 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I think this is one of the must dos of New York City. On a gorgeous summer's day the views of the boating lake are beautiful. We had a lovely lunch outside. The menu is great and reasonably priced. We will definitely try to come back for an evening meal here in the future. Highly recommended.

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Grand Cayman
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I eat ate her on Tuesday 22nd of July at around 2:45 having walked many miles. The staff were friendly and my Crab Cakes were fantastic, packed full of white crab meat. The wine was very nice, from Oregon, didn't know they made such great wine as that's the second really nice bottle I've had from that region. Main course... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

They had automatic reservation with restaurant pagers. I was given one and was told it would be 45 minute wait. I waited 45 minutes and then asked them for the table and they said another 15 minutes. i deliberately stood near the reservation area and saw that the manager Ayeshah gave two or three tables to people who did not... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 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

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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Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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