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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

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East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-517-2233
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My friends and I called in for a glas of fizz. It was wonderful. The pianist playing with a fire alight in the fireplace. Some good banter with the bar keep. Great place to people watch and was a fun brunch break

1 Thank Amanda C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A very expensive below average meal. The waiter didn't even bother to introduce himself to us .... yet took $120 in a non Negotiable tip. Food extremely mediocre .... treated like a conveyor belt. Food handed to us to place on the table ... for $90 a head so so so disappointing.... will never go back. I should have known... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful venue, beautiful views and the food was fantastic. Really friendly staff - literally couldn't fault the boathouse at all :)

1 Thank Tara H
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My 16 year old granddaughter was visiting from out of town so we took her to the Boathouse for a special treat. I had the garden omelette which was light, fluffy, and delicious surrounded by a salad of root vegetables which were perfectly cooked The challah french toast was a real treat as was the quiche. On weekends the restaurant... More 

1 Thank MWM880
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok, it's NYC - so prices will be a bit elevated. However, the food was excellent, the service was attentive, and the view was wonderful! There are no reservations for brunch - so get there a bit on the early side to avoid the wait. If you do find yourself waiting for a table to open up, you'll find a... More 

1 Thank josephkolinsky
Warrington, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wouldn't bother going here, if I would have known how rude and impersonal the service was I wouldn't have gone a first time. Firstly there is a long queue to wait to be seated - we had try to book but were told they didn't take bookings. As you wait there isn't exactly a big area to wait so they... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here for a wedding party and it was on a Sunday. We had a nice meal but some of the staff were not very friendly. It needs to be updated with some bigger and nicer bathrooms and HVAC system. I was seated by the window and found it to be cold most of the evening and then hot in... More 

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Holtsville, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch in the Lakeside Restaurant. Disappointed in the limited menu selection. No sandwich or soup selections on the menu. There was only one salad option under the appetizer section. Pricey Entrees and small portions. We ordered the pork and chicken entrees. They were ok. The view was the best part of the lunch.

Thank maria k
Cowes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch here and it was brilliant. We were able to eat without a reservation but did get there early for 12. It is clearly very popular. Service was great and good brilliant. Good choice on the menu and stunning views over the lake and Central Park

1 Thank Nicola P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to stop on your walk through Central Park for a bite to eat. You can wait to be seated and have wait staff assist you or you can order directly and sit inside or outside weather depending. The view is lovely overlooking a small lake where people can canoe. Food was generous portion and tasty.

2 Thank Jennifer W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $55
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
  • Public Transportation: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-517-2233
With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?