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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
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In January 2018 the main restaurant was closed for refurbishment but we visited the Express Café which was very busy on a weekday lunchtime - very difficult to get a seat as space was limited. Had a coffee and cookies / snacks - quality and...More

Thank fork_handles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here twice, once in November and another time in December. In November we went into the main restaurant and had a drink, there is a lovely bar with a beautiful fireplace, it felt very warm and Christmassy. We got some 'fast food' from...More

Thank nataliewebb513
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband booked in advance to reserve a window seat to celebrate my birthday lunch here. Wonderful service and for the great location and wonderful view, we were happy with the price and quality of the food. A little expensive but appropriate if you’re celebrating...More

Thank Susie_20042002
Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in to have lunch with the family on a cold day Christmas week. There was a bit of a wait as to be expected but a beautiful view and warm fireplace made it go by quick. The food was great and we all enjoyed...More

Thank Walter I
Reviewed January 18, 2018

Was as flash as we expected, full of aussies (which we didn't expect!) and I will probably never spend as much on a meal again in my life! As expensive as it was, the place ticks a box because of its notoriety and history so...More

1  Thank Grunter65
Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

It’s a fine place. A little overpriced. The appetizers and wine was excellent but the main course was just standard. I would recommend coming here just once. Maybe twice but not more.

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

Simply the best of everything. Love the place. This is my favorite place in New York and we always go there. Love the walk in the park as well.

Thank molloy1966
Reviewed January 10, 2018

We booked several months ahead to get in for lunch and were rewarded with a window seat looking out at the beautiful frozen lake. Service was what you would expect from a top class restaurant, very attentive and polite. Our main courses were delicious and...More

Thank Brent S
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Me and my husband called in here for a drink, mainly to get out of the snow for a while. It’s a really nice place with big windows looking out over the lake. It’s a little pricey $22 for a Malibu & coke & a...More

Thank thewarrens-2013
Reviewed January 6, 2018

The restaurant was pleasantly decorated with a lovely view across the lake via floor to ceiling windows, however the temperature in the room was uncomfortably low, many diners were wearing coats and/or hats/scarves; when I asked if the heating could be adjusted it was apparently...More

3  Thank Carole G
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Rebecca M
February 17, 2018|
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Response from Hannibill | Reviewed this property |
It is a vendor outside that rents the boats. In my visits, I never saw a waiting line. More boats than demand.
Jan S
December 22, 2017|
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Response from Crothers | Reviewed this property |
I would look at Leon Boathouse. We went for breakfast at the start of December and it was already very festive. Definitely recommend it for food and service.
Jenny M
October 27, 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $55
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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