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Boat Basin Cafe

W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
(212) 496-5542
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Ranked #3,420 of 11,615 restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

stumbled over this place walking along the banks of the Hudson. Very glad I stopped. The view of the marina and the Hudson are really good - the table settings basic. BUT I had the grilled salmon burger and, I have to say, it was the best burger I have had in years. Well done. I hope this was not... More

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Albany, New York
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This hideaway is the best outdoor drinking spot on Manhattan. No frills, picnic style chairs an tables, paper plate service. Good specials, tasty wings and bar food. Good beer selection including drafts, bottles, and cans.

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Sheffield, UK
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

You have to go looking for this place down by Riverside Park but it's well worth seeking out. Great location with river Hudson views. The atmosphere is lively & buzzing, Service a bit patchy, but that was probably because of how busy it was & the incredible level of noise generated by all those folks having a good time. The... More

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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The only reason this didn't get a 5 star rating is because of the wait for a table overlooking the water. There is a lot of space to explore while you wait and after being seated, all is right with the world. This fabulous restaurant has the most glorious view of the water that overlooks the New Jersey skyline. The... More

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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The best thing about the Boat Basin is the atmophere! The views of the hudson river are amazing. They are very dog friendly! Don't leave your pups at home!! Bring them with you for brunch or dinner! The food is affordable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Eating a hamburger at this restaurant reminds me of a joke my grandfather told me about a waiter asking a guest "how did you find your steak?" and the reply he received was "I lifted up a french fry and there it was". Substitute hamburger for steak and lettuce for french fry and you now know how small it was.... More

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New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As people have said.. it's not necessarily the food (although it's not horrible) but the beer and frozen drinks are pretty tasty. This is the place that's hard to give directions too (keeping walking over the entrance/ exit to the parkway, under the overpass and before you hit the water you will see stairs heading down)... but once you descend... More

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New York, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great option to watch the World cup and have some drinks on Summer time. It's perfect for friends and family. The food is just OK, but great views and drinks.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I usually don't take the time to write reviews that would contain nothing positive about a particular place, and this is no exception. The only positive thing about this place is its proximity to the water -- which had been the drawing force in choosing it as a nice weekday lunch destination. However, in my experience, that's about it, so... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Never would have found this casual and river side cafe. The service was attentive and friendly. A crowd of locals of all ages. Dog friendly. My salad was fresh and tasty.

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