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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
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon it after visiting the Guggenheim while hangry. Battling crowds, hot, and tried from walking. We were dressed very casual in t-shirt and shorts. Though I don't suggest attending dressed as we were, we were treated very well by a wonderful staff. Short wait at the bar and then we were seated next to the water. The food... More 

Thank just_eh_guy
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

All I can say is Wow! What an amazing place for dinner, we had a water front table and had the best meal of our trip! Sitting watching the turtles swimming in the lake, people on the boats and the attentive staff made such a great evening!

Thank Laura Jade K
Naples, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went there with 3 other couples. Even though we were 30 minutes late, they kept our table waiting for us. Yes, the restaurant was busy, but a phone call was all it took. I was impressed. For lunch, I had their mini-burgers. So delicious...nice and tender, not a hard, dried up burger. And, it tasted like really good meat.... More 

Thank dcep2
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If your visiting New York either for the 1st time ( it was ours) or the 10th, this restaurant has to be put on your list of places to go to. Excellent service, incredible food, we actually skipped the generous lunch options, and had several selections of appetizers and salads.....all of which were delicious. The seating positions were just ok,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere - right inside Central Park. There are bike carriages in the event that someone cannot make the 5 minute walk to the restaurant from the street. We sat inside which still offers a great view of the water and the boats.

Thank Kay C
Dublin, Ireland
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting history to the place, lovely spot to pause and refresh. Good coffee, plenty wildlife around, worth a visit or two.

Thank Odie B
Riga, Latvia
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had this place in mind while strolling in Central Park, however there was a long queue and in the end I decided to eat their hotdog and french fries outside - pretty cheap and you get a big portion of fries. There is little seating outside so you're lucky if you can be seated. If you want to eat lunch... More 

Thank Elena M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best views you could expect in any big city. While we enjoyed nice appetizers, I looked out the window dreaming of Walden Pond. We enjoyed the food, I guess, but really did not pay attention to it much. It was the view that created a relaxed place to have a good talk with old friends... More 

1 Thank dudeman8
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally made it here for lunch! We usually go for a drink, but made reservations this time, highly recommended. We love the brightly lit dinning room, there are three, so thy to sit where you can look out at the lake. This not a walk in with shorts kind of place, I'm not sure they have a dress code, but... More 

1 Thank tigerlilykelly
Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, what a beautiful place. Unfortunately the management should remember that every customer counts even when they have shorts on. We were told that we could eat outside until we did then we were told by the manger that we couldn't due to raccoons. If he had a clue about animal behaviour the reason there are issues is because his... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $55
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, 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
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?