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Boat Basin Cafe

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W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 496-5542
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Didn't see the water, but still very nice!

We were here for a pre-wedding drinks reception, which meant our party was away from the main bar and the waterfront. It was still a cool venue though as you are below road level and so somehow, despite being in NYC, it's feels secluded and quiet. Drinks weren't too costly, and service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Sam W
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We chose the boat basin cafe for our last night in NYC because of the outside seating and views over the Hudson River. We had nachos, a burger and fish tacos and all were very disappointing. We did not get a table outside and it was very noisy under the bridge. The service was terrible.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

As long as I have been living in NYC, I had never been aware of this place until yesterday. Always enjoying dining on the water when traveling, I always wondered why there were no places I was aware of here in Manhattan. Well, yesterday I found out it IS here. After a short walk from Riverside Drive, you go down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We were here for a pre-wedding drinks reception, which meant our party was away from the main bar and the waterfront. It was still a cool venue though as you are below road level and so somehow, despite being in NYC, it's feels secluded and quiet. Drinks weren't too costly, and service was friendly. I imagine the experience is really... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place was really nice! Located along the river it has a beautiful view and it's perfect to go there on sunny days. We had the hamburger of the day and it was delicious. They have also a good choice of beers. I've seen that also the inside of the restaurant it's nice and that day there was a little... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Nice place and with a nice view of NJ, Hoboken. Good food and drinks. A nice place to meet friends, but better in warmer days.

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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Seriously, if you have never experienced the Boat Basin Cafe on a beautiful day in NYC, you really must. We went in the summer, so it was open, but I'm not sure when their open / closing days for the season are. Food is ok - nothing super special - but you aren't really here for that. Grab a bite,... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

What could be better than a beautiful, sunny table overlooking the Hudson River on Sunday afternoon after a half marathon at Central Park. Casual atmosphere and casual menu. They offer a variety of Burgers(beef, Salmon, Kale/brown rice, and Veggie with cheese) and salads. Appropriate food for the casual setting. The server was friendly and attentive. Great value for a NYC... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My friends and I took a ride down the west side and stopped for lunch. What a GREAT view. The food is ok but the view and ambiance is what sells this place. Particularly for a bike ride.

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New York City, New York
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52 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The location on the riverbank offers a lovely view of the water and Jersey shore. Service was prompt and friendly but several menu items were not available - probably because we're getting late in the season. Food was OK - a variety of burgers, nachos,...casual and tasty but not particularly special. Come for the view (or the happy hour, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is one of favorite spots for an after-work beer. After being inside all day, it's wonderful to sit there and watch the sun set over the Hudson River. To get a table you must order food, but the staff allows you to take a chair from the stack by the host stand and sit on the wide steps. I... More 

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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: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
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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