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Boat Basin Cafe

Upper West Side
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
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W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 496-5542
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Open now
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Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

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 1 week ago

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 

Thank Windsor999
New York City, New York
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank John D
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank silvania T
Rhode Island
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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 !

Thank Michael G
Chorley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Thank John_Carolyn_Aaron
New York City, New York
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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!

Thank emaiuolo
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

After a couple hours at Central Park, we walked west to the Boat Basin Cafe. It was a little difficult to get to. Pretty busy with cars. They weren't very busy so they told us they were closing in an hour. We sat outside for a short while...the rain was starting. Moved to the inside and had great service and... More 

Thank JajuBenreed
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is a fun place to grab a beer and burger while seated outdoors. There are three seating areas: by the water, inside (NOISY) and under the tent (much calmer and you can still get a view of the water). It's a casual place with plastic utensils and cups. The burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches are actually quite good and... More 

Thank Kim D
Bristol, Connecticut
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73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Went on a beautiful day. Atmosphere and area was fun and beautiful. Good times. If you go through the cafe you come to a park like area where people roller skate and ride bikes.

Thank Wendy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
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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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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