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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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Today
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/Brunch, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Stop for a Bike Ride on the West Side

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Huisking
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NY
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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204 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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62 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Palmetto, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Boat Basin is a destination restaurant. The food was good...not 5 star but why would you expect 5 star at a fun, dockside pub? The service, view and atmosphere makes it worth the trip.

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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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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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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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