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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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“brunch” (235 reviews)
“crab cakes” (139 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (41 reviews)
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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 November 25, 2015

Get a reservation for a window table and come on the early end of lunch hour. We had a great table with a view of the lake! Food is excellent and ambiance the best!

Thank Claudia M
Reviewed November 25, 2015

Great bar and view of the Pond. Lively, comfortable, good views and people watching. Terrific live pianist. Perfect place to warm up, or slake your thirst.

Thank PaulZCapeAnn
Reviewed November 25, 2015

A lunch or a drink at the Boat House is something you cannot miss visiting New York irrespecitve of how many times you have been there. Nice atmosphere, good food, an interesting mix of people at the tables around you and quite easy to get...More

Thank Agbeta R
Reviewed November 23, 2015

the boathouse in central park great for lunch or dinner. make reservations in advance. if you've seen any movie filmed in central park featuring row boats, you've seen the boathouse as well. the food is good as is the service.

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Such an iconic part in Central Park with a fabulous view. Must pre book online or risk not getting a reservation. Request a seat by the window to get a great view of the lake. Cocktails are good and well priced. The crab cake is...More

Thank nicole85
Reviewed November 22, 2015

Came here for lunch with my wife. I had booked this in advance, so glad I did. It was very busy, but not cramped. The waiting staff were very attentive and not intrusive. The food was of a very high standard. Definitely would visit again.

Thank Welshtraveller247
Reviewed November 21, 2015

Busy place but worth the wait. Pleasant patio seating by the lake. Simple but ample menu at reasonable price.

Thank Dudley H
Reviewed November 21, 2015

After a long walk around Central Park, my hubby and I went to the Boathouse for some lunch. While we waited 45 minutes for our table, the time passed quickly as we enjoyed drinks outside and watched the boats on the lake. I was surprised...More

Thank Amy2117
Reviewed November 20, 2015

If looking for a special dinning experience in NYC and you don't have a lot of time in the city, this is it. In the summertime you can sit outside in the afternoon and enjoy a drink surrounded by incredible views. In the winter you...More

Thank Angela A
Reviewed November 19, 2015

The Boat House is a landmark in Central Park. Nice menu, great views, and prices that are not out of this world. You come here to say you where there. Something on your to bucket list. Also take a row boat for $15 an hour...More

Thank Chris T
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margaret b
Where can I park my car
May 8, 2017|
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Response from AussieSwimmer | Reviewed this property |
G'day Margaret During the week you can drive in Central Park but not on the weekends or public holidays when it is closed for pedestrian traffic only. I suggest you park on 5th Ave near E 72nd Street and walk or take the... More
What kind of food do they serve in Sunday brunch and how much does it cost per person?
March 28, 2017|
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Response from FdeSR | Reviewed this property |
I remember eating the best Benedict eggs of my life and some delicious waffle. But I saw people eating some more lunch-like dishes. I payed around $30.
Kristy A
Is this place child friendly ? Would they be able to offer highchairs ?? Thanks in advance!!
March 11, 2017|
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Response from AussieSwimmer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is child friendly & yes, they have high chairs. It's very laid back, just like us Australians....no worries.
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Restaurant Details

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