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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 - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 8
    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
Disruptive ending to a pleasant beginning

I love the location and low-key casual after-work atmosphere of this outdoor standby. Only thing is, once last call rolls around (which is understandably early during the beginning of the week), the staff pulls out all the stops to clear the deck. Although the waitress was kind and helpful and told... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Intergalactose
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Brooklyn, New York
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I love the location and low-key casual after-work atmosphere of this outdoor standby. Only thing is, once last call rolls around (which is understandably early during the beginning of the week), the staff pulls out all the stops to clear the deck. Although the waitress was kind and helpful and told us that we could linger on the porch awhile... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nice view and drinks are good. Very casual, somewhere to go hang out with friends, drinks are reasonable for NYC. Have some fooseball to play in the corner and lots of seating, can get really crowded

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New York City, New York
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Was here for a Sunday lunch, menu is limited, indoor and outdoor seating. Nice view over the Hudson River to NJ.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We arrived at 12noon on Sunday and were able to get a table in the shade and on the waterfront. Very casual. Good Bloody Mary. Easy brunch food. Within 30 minutes all of the tables were full and when we left at 1:30pm there was a wait. Great experience in NYC at a reasonable price. You do need to walk... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I live outside of the city and a friend who lives in the area took me here. She's probably not happy I'm sharing because she's afraid it will get too crowded. After going there I know why. There are not many places in NYC you can sit on the water, enjoy drinks and feel like you are in a marina... More 

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new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This place is very lay back....It's great to come in with friends or family and sit outside and have some drinks and food while enjoying the view. The food is not great but it's ok..Note it will have tons of calories and oil....Look at it as an outdoor fast food place w a view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Beautiful view and great food Attentive staff and reasonable prices Had a great Sunday brunch while visiting my daughter I recommend this place for great view, service and food

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I dragged my husband over on a Friday evening and we had to wait over an hour only to get cramped table in the middle of the patio. If you want to avoid the crowds go around 10 pm (they close at 11). My margarita was nice and strong but the food was crap. Please do not consider this place... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Thoroughly recommend the 79 street boat basin marina and moorings. The moorings especially on the fast flowing hudson are well placed the staff are friendly and courteous they have a free washing machine and dryer and the location is a dream next to the boat basin cafe, subway, zabars famous deli on 80 th street, and central park .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We enjoyed a brunch here before walking Riverside Park. We sat outside overlooking the walking path and the boat basin. The brunch menu is limited and served on paper but the pleasant atmosphere made it an enjoyable experience. Our omelets were basic but good and came with home fries and toast. The coffee was in a little paper cup and... 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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