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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #783 of 11,866 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $55
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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
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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Lexington, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My friend and I walked by on our way through Central Park recently and stopped in to inquire about Sunday brunch. The hostess told us that they didn't take reservations for brunch but that if we stopped in around 11 am on Sunday, we shouldn't have to wait. She was right (this was in January). We walked right in and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We were visiting NYC from the UK and although I had been many times, I had not heard of The Boathouse, but it was recommended by a friend. It is a great find and my fiance and I had a lovely lazy romantic lunch. We both went with recommendations from the waiter and had crab cakes to start. I have... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited The Loeb Boathouse as my son had booked a Gondola for a surprise for his girlfriend. The open bar and restaurant overlooks the lake although very busy we managed to find a seat in the bar and sampled a few cocktails whilst waiting for my son? On a warm sunny day in August this place is picture perfect... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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95 reviews 95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Of course this is a beautiful location. That is why you should make sure to make reservations before you come. We had lunch here in late December and still had to wait a few minutes for our table, even though we had a reservation. Our waiter talked really fast, but he seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic about the food, which... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

before travelling had read some pretty indifferent reviews about this place but booked anyway. Attended on a Monday lunchtime and there were no queues, we were seated really promptly. Service was very good and the waiter very attentive. Food was excellent and can recommend the crab cakes! Views of the lake were really good despite not having a window seat.... More 

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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The boathouse is in Central Park, and overlooks the pond. We were there for a rehearsal dinner, and it was the perfect venue. The decor is lovely, the food was incredible, and the wait staff friendly. I would recommend it for a wedding!

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Guyancourt, France
20 reviews 20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I had Thanksgiving lunch. It was not a bad choice. The service was very good. The traditional menu was also very good. The portions were unbelievable. Since I did lunch, there was no need for dinner. I deviated from the traditional dessert and went with a sort of chocolate pie with peanuts and caramel. It was good but too much:... More 

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Enjoyed a lovely meal on Xmas day. Booked this from home so we knew to have a special meal on Christmas day whilst visiting New York for the first time with our teenager girls. We were not disappointed - we each had different starters and desert but all went for the steak mignon for mains and this was beautifully tender... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We really enjoyed this. First of we drove by cab and walked through the Central park to get to the Boathouse. It had been snowing overnight, was a sunny day and the lake was frozen. so the setting was magnificent. We were greeted warmly by staff. The restaurant was very busy but a windowside table was available. Tip-Try and get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A good place to go with your family or in a couple, specially during the winter time when the lake freezes. During Holidays don't forget to book in advance.

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Additional Information about The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

Address: East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
Phone Number: 2125172233
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 55
Cuisine: American

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