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Boat Basin Cafe

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Upper West Side
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
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W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 496-5542
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York, NY
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I come here almost every weekend with my family and dog. You can't beat the outdoor ambience. Great burgers and beer. This is simple food done well enough.

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Thank GirlFromNYCity
Ferrara, Italy
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is really nice, you can enjoy the sunset on the river. But the serive is bad: the waiters are not kind and the food doen't deserve its price.

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Thank CerryChers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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218 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decent views (not great as compared to other waterfront establishments) and a friendly staff. The drinks were delicious too. Overall, a very good experience.

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Thank Larry K
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

This must be one of the nicest lunch locations in NYC with river view And terrace. But why not some better food? And esp. real plaits and cutlery? Is the place owned by a plastic magnate? Service is efficient.

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Thank Alexander M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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119 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I haven't been to the Boat Basin since the early 2000's and was relieved to see that it was pretty much the same. I took some friends here and we all thought it was the perfect spot to sit and have a bite and enjoy the summer breeze of the river. We had some beers and an order of the... More 

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Thank Windsor999
New York City, New York
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190 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

This place has a European feel to it. You don't feel like you are in New York. Walking down to the basin, you may think you are not going the right way, but just keep walking down. Food is good and a great place to meet friends for drinks

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Thank John D
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Nice place, lots of space, beautiful view Food was good: hamburger , French fries, grilled chicken Cesar salad! Ice cream for desert It was a rainy day

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Thank silvania T
Rhode Island
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Drinks on the terrace overlooking the Hudson with beers galore - solid apps and killer sunset. I'll be back. Got lucky with no wait when we got there was a bonus that according to my daughter never happens ! Thank you to the woman manager who was very attentive while her people were very busy !

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Thank Michael G
Chorley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My son and I called in here as it was close to our hotel, just looking for a quiet place for a drink and some food. I ordered a couple of drinks.....the bartender walked off twice while I ordered and paid...maybe a sign of things to come. To be fair he was busy taking a delivery order, but it would... More 

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Thank John_Carolyn_Aaron
New York City, New York
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

I had the regular cheeseburger and it wasn't anything special but also not bad. The place is awesome though, you have an amazing view of the river and it's usually empty for lunch. sorry i didn't take a picture before I chomped on it!

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Thank emaiuolo

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, 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
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

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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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