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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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12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
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One of a kind. Great place to visit. Food isn't bad either. The selling point is the location, in Central Park, right on the boat pond.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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New York City, New York
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  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful spot for brunch/lunch/anything! My boyfriend and I had brunch here last week and it was just perfect! The waffles are incredible, mac and cheese is also a must! Would definitely recommend a visit when you're in NYC!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

One of a kind. Great place to visit. Food isn't bad either. The selling point is the location, in Central Park, right on the boat pond.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Came here for a few drinks after our Central Park wedding. We didn't plan on eating here but the heavy rain stopped our plans so enquired about making a reservation. Very quickly we were seated to our table with a lovely view overlooking the lake. Had plenty of room for my son's pushchair and was a lovely atmosphere. Staff were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

What a pleasant surprise to find this delightful restaurant in the park. I was expexting a tourist style over priced, crummy service, mediocre food place. What we had was a beautiful table on the water where our little grand daughter could watch the fish and turtles and we watched the boaters. We did have to wait an hour for table... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Take the advice of the servers they know the menu and what is superb that day. Wonderful setting. Book via open table or alternative it is so easy to ensure you get a table when you need it. Great selection on the menu. The crab cake as a starter is fantastic. Bread is really good too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of the most relaxing spots in NYC! This time my husband and I just had a drink and watched the turtles surface to catch some food. It had rained the night before, and there was a cool breeze to enjoy. July in Central Park. Highly recommend for the peaceful experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are not on a budget and want somewhere decent to eat in the middle of Central Park then this is the place. We went there before going to watch Matilda and only had an hour to eat . They kindly served us within the hour but it cost us nearly $150 dollars for four main meals with no... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon for a few cocktails on a sunny day. The bar service is walk up, but relatively quick. Drinks are high quality but 2 martinis will set you back almost $40.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

After a long tourist day in the city, with all it's hustle and bustle. The Boat House is the best place to have a happy hour drink and relax. Great service, even when it's busy. Never felt rushed. Yes it,s a little $$$, but you are in Central Park and the view was worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had a reservation for a Thursday dinner as our first night in NYC - My friend and our 2 daughters were excited about this place - as were we. We got there one hour early to sit at the bar and wait for a good table. Our drinks were very small and it was $44 dollars for 2 alcoholic... More 

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