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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 #1,002 of 11,588 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $55
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
Upper East Side
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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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New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

After walking through part of central park, we came upon the Boathouse, which you instantly recall from several movies. The restaurant overlooks the lake, where you can rent a row boat or take a gondola ride. The food is good-I had salmon and my wife had an omelet. The price was fair, and the food was delicious. Service is on... More

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Dieppe, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A beautiful view of the lake in Central Park on a balmy September evening, our last evening in the city, what could possibly go wrong? The food. It was overpriced, not very well cooked and disappointingly bland. Service OK but no better than that. And what's with the pure theatre of offering 7 different types of bread, without explanation until... More

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Miami Lakes, Florida, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to get a table without reservations at noon on Friday - and the best table in the house. Very nice lunch - the appetizers were a bit small but enjoyed it greatly.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We sat on the dock to the side of the restaurant for a relaxing drink on a recent Friday evening. Although it wasn't overcrowded (full but not overcrowded), service was super slow. We would have had another drink and maybe the cheese plate if the waitress would have been more attentive. It was a great location at sunset, and watching... More

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Binningen, Schweiz
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53 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We tried the Loeb Boathouse (not the restaurant inside) but the take away place on the back. It's a great location in the middle of the Central Park and the Lake in front is as seen in many films!! We had the fresh roastbeef sandwich and as it was so good... we had a second one :-) just delicious. The... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I always wanted to eat or drink in central park so we did just that. We had cocktails outside beside The Loeb boathouse. The cocktails were $14 so were same price as glass of wine. Disappointed in the service as man in front ordered 4 cocktails he was in the process of making his when he asked me for my... More

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York, United Kingdom
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186 reviews 186 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Arrived at this place at 11:45 AM and after looking at the queue (which was immense) decided to just have a drink. We went into the terrace bar which was great, great view, friendly staff however when some of our drinks arrived in cheap plastic cups we were a little perplexed. We stayed for a few drinks and then carried... More

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Such a disappointment! We were really excited about this lunch. Yes, we had a nice table, yes our waiter was fine. But the food, very ordinary. My crab cakes were very plain, our steak was overcooked. Our bottle of wine cost more than our food! At least we can say that we have eaten here but very disappointing. Had a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Went there as my cousin lives near there and recommended it. Scenery is nice but and the waiter was initially nice!!! Food is overpriced for the quality had burgers and chips which were cold and buns burnt! The waiter twice picked up my bread plate whilst I was eating and then they tried to rush us off the table which... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

The food is very good, not great. But the service and atmosphere are high end. Great place to enjoy lunch on a beautiful day. If they have the lobster rolls, try them. Crab cakes and salads are all excellent. We have been here several times and it's always consistent.

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