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Boat Basin Cafe

Upper West Side
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W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 496-5542
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12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Closed now
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Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Beautiful Hidden Treasure

It was a beautiful view. The food came quickly, even though they were completely packed. The food selection didn't have a lot of variety. Mostly fried food. I had one of their margaritas and it was great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Alexandra E
Great Neck, New York
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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English first
Morris, OK
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were at an outside table, enjoying the boats on the river, a cold beer, and the special lunch of soup and a sandwich. Relaxing, the weather cooperated, and we had a great time. They had heaters on the other side of the wall, but not the river view. We were there the last weekend that they were going to... More 

Thank tdillsav
Great Neck, New York
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a beautiful view. The food came quickly, even though they were completely packed. The food selection didn't have a lot of variety. Mostly fried food. I had one of their margaritas and it was great!

Thank Alexandra E
Woodridge, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We were recommended to try this place to see the sunset on a beautiful night in NYC. We saw a great sunset, but then they served the burgers - cooked perfectly to order, large, hand-pressed and really tasty! Recommend it highly, even on an overcast day.

Thank GSMurdock
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

As the temperature has chilled down a little, I was drawn back this week to the BOAT BASIN CAFÉ, one of the sweet nearby pleasures in my Manhattan neighborhood. Perched high above the Hudson River, when viewed from the water, this fresh-air restaurant is actually tucked into the boat basin underneath the West Side Highway 79th Street exit, even though... More 

1 Thank VKMc
Brooklyn, New York
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403 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

So the reason I am giving this spot 4 stars is for the view, otherwise it would get three. The view from the patio is gorgeous. I highly recommend going as the sun is about to set and then watch it set. It's very beautiful. The patio has tables with umbrellas that are strung up with string lights that go... More 

Thank Jvalliant
North Vancouver, BC
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A quiet refuge on the shores of the Hudson River. Casual and friendly diner with good food and good service. A short walk to the subway station on Broadway and 79th. Great spot on a warm day!

Thank NorthVan5
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This was an unexpected jewel that we found away from the typical hub-bub of Manhattan. We went for lunch on a beautiful early fall day. It was relaxing and fun to watch the boats and people walking dogs etc. We found the food and beer refreshing and the atmosphere wonderful.

Thank BigcatVirginia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We joined my daughter for a happy hour gathering she put together for her birthday! We took a cab to 70th and Riverside and we so excited when we crossed the street and saw out destination! The boat basin was a perfect place to spend a warm Thursday night! we drank beer and ended up staying for dinner, nothing great,... More 

Thank bonniebenson1404
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I love the location and low-key casual after-work atmosphere of this outdoor standby. Only thing is, once last call rolls around (which is understandably early during the beginning of the week), the staff pulls out all the stops to clear the deck. Although the waitress was kind and helpful and told us that we could linger on the porch awhile... More 

Thank Intergalactose
New York City, New York
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51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nice view and drinks are good. Very casual, somewhere to go hang out with friends, drinks are reasonable for NYC. Have some fooseball to play in the corner and lots of seating, can get really crowded

Thank Stephanie D

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 496-5542

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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