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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: Breakfast, Late Night

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  • 23
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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
Cold spring afternoon

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Andre L
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Sao Paulo, SP
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Sao Paulo, SP
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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Spring Hill, Kansas
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46 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 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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NY
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55 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
50 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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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A bit of a hike from Penn Station area but worth it. Good food, reasonably priced beverages for New York

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220 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I sat outside on the patio this time, and had a fun engaging waiter. The food actually seemed better too. The covered section, while interesting in itself is not as nice as sitting in-view of the Hudson River. Net, I wouldn't say that the food is standout (its just fine), but the better part of the Boat Basin is the... More 

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Strasburg, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Sent there for the view, the food is canned and processed - the music was so incredibly loud that even up close and shouting you could not hear anything - and the serving staff did not care, no one returned for drinks or follow up. You can take a nice walk on the Hudson and see the view and pick... More 

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New York City, New York
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63 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been there a couple of times for events. The cafe can hold a large group of people both indoors and outdoors. It's best to go there during warm and dry weather. It's right on the Hudson river, I've watched an amazing sunset from there. Bar service was pretty good and generally waitstaff is courteous. They're not known for their... 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 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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