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Boat Basin Cafe

W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
(212) 496-5542
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Ranked #3,372 of 11,659 Restaurants in New York City
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A view of the city and the Hudson could not get more scenic. Arrive early as the bar gets crowded in the evening. Go for either one of the burgers or the baby back ribs (these fall off the bone and are absolutely perfect). Definitely a must visit!!!

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Quincy MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This cafe is very loud and holds a lot of people. That said, it's great location allows for view of the Hudson River, and the stone stairs take you right down to the walking/bike path.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Here, you really can enjoy lunch. But look past the plastic plates and cutlery, be prepared to sup beer or wine from squishy party cups, and pass through the "beer-garden" section of the restaurant to access the open terrace. Here, insulated from the city bedlam, you will find the food is good, and reasonably priced, the service is efficient and... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Loud music and cold beers and a great place to spend an afternoon og evening. The serve simple but fine food from the grill. I enjoy stopping by when I am in New York

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food was ok-ish although being served on thin plastic plates did make it seem worse than it probably was - the price is reasonable on the surface however whe it arrives it seems expensive for what you get - Starbucks for larger sandwiches for half the price. The service was the worst we've had in NYC although at was... More

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Southold, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have been to Manhattan too many times to count and absolutey had no idea that this place even existed. We have always been captivated by everything the city has to offer from Downtown to Central Park. We were invited by friends to meet here. It was absolutely beautiful. The views and atmosphere were fun and vibrant. I would recommend... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Can't beat the location/atmosphere at Boat Basin. Let's face it, though, this is the only reason New Yorkers come here. Service is generally bad, drinks overpriced, and food downright awful. Basically the selection is previously frozen burgers, chicken fingers, and poorly cooked fish. Go for drinks and atmosphere, but eat somewhere else first.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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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