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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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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot to rest & eat in the Park

Venue: Memorable and great park spot!! Service The service was quick and pleasant Menu: Good choice and range Food Surprisingly good for the location and footfall of visitors

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I rented a rowboat for an hour yesterday- on a beautiful afternoon. Boat rentals were very reasonably priced. Friendly atmosphere. A bit crowded in certain areas, but plenty of room for paddling and some gorgeous city views. Saw some groups with a picnic, and even saw a proposal. Highly recommended way to spend an afternoon on a... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Venue: Memorable and great park spot!! Service The service was quick and pleasant Menu: Good choice and range Food Surprisingly good for the location and footfall of visitors

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited on 20th August for lunch. Emailed to explain celebrating birthday and asked for waterside table - which they did. Atmosphere wonderful and the food fabulous .

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

One of the best scenic places I have ever been blessed to have eaten at. It was so lovely...perfect in very way. To sit outside and look out over the water and watch others in their boats, sipping wine and eating appetizers...so very nice. Henry was a fantastic waiter who was always attentive.

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New York, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The views, the atmosphere, the food....a wonderful restaurant. Many visitors to NY dine here, yet it is not at all "touristy". Overlooking the lake with beautiful views of the boats and west side landmark buildings. Great bar too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The food is great. The view is also very nice and it was a wonderful atmosphere. The service was pretty good as well, especially in comparison to other restaurants where servers don't speak and just say umm-hmm..

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had reservations for 7:45 but didn't get seated until well after 8:00...but didn't care. Between looking out at the rowboats on the small lake, people watching and taking in some of the great pictures on the walls of famous folks who had come before, we had plenty to entertain us. This is definitely a place that is more about... More 

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Goulburn, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

After a 5hr Sunday walk around Central Park we found the boat house just at the right time. Ready for a cold beer and a bite. We had to wait for a table est time 45min so we sat at bar, right on time we were called to our table. Service was great. An all round good stop.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went for a long bike ride and were starving. The burgers were delicious and the prices were very reasonable. Skip the cobb salad though, the chicken tasted old. I am giving it a good rating because the burger was so good and I think any of the hot items are good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We absolutely loved Loeb Boathouse. We saved it until our last day. We had been in Central Park to see other things during the week but saved this until our last day- departure day. They don't take reservations. The restaurant is so relaxing. All the food (whatever you choose) is beautifully displayed on your plate and the service is excellent.... More 

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

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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