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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Historical Location in Central Park, great food with a great view

We ate there on Friday afternoon at 2;00, I made reservations 3 months in advance and requested window seats. I was very disappointed to find out they don't guarentee window seats. We got lucky and got window but that is why I made the reservation at 2:00 I would have rather eaten lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
DMBusbee
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Colleyville, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Colleyville, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We ate there on Friday afternoon at 2;00, I made reservations 3 months in advance and requested window seats. I was very disappointed to find out they don't guarentee window seats. We got lucky and got window but that is why I made the reservation at 2:00 I would have rather eaten lunch earlier but didn't want to chance being... More 

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Jodhpur
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

No booking so you need to be there by midday or you may have to wait a while. Most of the tables have a view over the lake. Great atmosphere and pretty quick an deficient service given the numbers they were serving.

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Nowra
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It's pricey but it's on the to do list for New York . Meander through Central Park on the way to the restaurant ,watching the New Yorkers do their thing .make sure you book a table otherwise it's the cafe outside and it's not quite the same . Their signature dish is the crab cakes and they are scrumptious But... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Shown straight to our booked table. Waiters plentiful and helpful. Really fantastic food. Only less than flattering thing I have to say is that there wasn't really a light option as far as I could tell so my wife and I had a much bigger meal than anticipated.... thank goodness it was excellent then!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was one of the best restaurants and destinations for our recent trip to the Big Apple. Our entire party of six enjoyed a leisurely lunch while overlooking the lake at Central Park. We made reservations two weeks ahead. Our waiter was terrific. He was VERY attentive and smart. Everyone there took great care of us. Never once felt rushed.... More 

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Patti, Italy
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29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The place is so nice and relaxing. You can look at "The Lake" in Central Park while eating good food. The prices, considering the place and the food that you are eating, are not so expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The food was excellent, our service was good. The only downside was when we arrived we had to wait some time until we were seated, this was disappointing considering we had a reservation. The food was excellent, the crabcakes a particular favourite. I asked for my steak to be very rare, it came out medium, however it was still tasty.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We loved the Loeb Boathouse! This was the perfect place to go After our day walking thru Central Park & seeing all the sites. The setting is beautiful right by the lake as the atmosphere is beautiful and charming. The staff & service was excellent as well as the food . We enjoyed bread which was so fresh. We enjoyed... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I Love the Loeb Boathouse and make sure I dine here every time war in NYC. The setting is beautiful right by the lake and the atmosphere really, really cosy and charming. Service is excellent and food really tasty. The bread is so fresh and a great start together with a starter. Personal favorites are the crab cakes, the steak,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Do yourself a favour and have lunch at Loeb Boathouse as part of a visit to Central Park. Great service, fresh tasty meals, good wine list, in a beautiful place. We had a great table looking over the lake - no boats on it that day - but such a lovely vista. We call in here every time we visit... 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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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