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Central Park BoatHouse

4.5
5284 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 4:00pm Walk-In Only; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm Reservations Recommended; Dinner (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October): Saturday & Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm Reservations Recommended. Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October) Reservations Recommended
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Phone number
(212) 517-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fred Mero
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Weekdays from 3pm to 7pm when vehicles are permitted in the park, you can use our parking lot. At all other times, we recommend using the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue and taking the free Boathouse Trolley to and from the restaurant. The garage is open 24 hours.
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Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
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Bar/Lounge
What 5284 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.6
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Eating at the Boathouse, looking out the picture windows onto the Lake is the most beautiful and relaxing way to celebrate in New York. It is gorgeous. The food is delicious. The service is welcoming and accommodating. It is expensive but great for a special anniversary or birthday.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

50th birthday celebrations with my son daughter and cousin. Totally enjoyed the food drinks view and experience.

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Venue lovely, service excellent, food only ok and quite overpriced I think

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Perfect day thank you so much. All staff were fantastic and food exquisite

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Lovely lunch to celebrate my birthday in NY! Visiting from Sydney!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent!! Beautiful views and the food was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Great location and excellent atmosphere after a new year’s walk through Central Park.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The server came by once - never checked on us. The busboys were great they came around often. I wanted to ask for something for my lunch- by the time he came over all of us were done with meal.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Absolutely amazing in every way. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Visited for Boxing Day lunch on our trip from UK. Place was very busy but we were seated immediately as we'd booked in advance. Service staff were friendly, smartly dressed and helpful. The setting is great and we had a window table with view out over the lake. Food was delicious and well cooked. The Monkfish Risotto I ordered was particularly good. We shared a bottle of our favourite Taittinger NV, which was priced very reasonably compared to other places and wines available. All in all, a very enjoyable experience, followed by a horse and carriage ride around the park. Tip: Wear a jumper if you are visiting in Winter, it ain't triple glazed!

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Nice setting - probably better in the warmer months. We felt very rushed. The service was poor and the food wasn't great. It's very expensive considering the average food and service. The setting is the only thing going for this restaurant in my opinion.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent service. Creative menu without going “too far”. Beautiful setting and while very open still conveyed a sense of warmth and inviting atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

I have been wanting to go here to eat for a good number of years and as we were visiting New York for my 50th birthday it was an ideal opportunity to visit.
I was quite disappointed by the shabby appearance outside with peeling paint and broken signs but once inside it was lovely and very christmassy but in an elegant way not tacky. The menu was a little limited but the food that we had was very good. Now for the service, the waiters and staff were outstanding, nothing was too much trouble and they were very informative about the choices, etc.
Overall a lovely dining experience in a beautiful setting but i would suggest asking for a table lakeside as this was where we were and it was stunning.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Great company
Great weather
Terrific location
Outstanding food and location

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1.0Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was only 1 Star...waste of time and money!!!!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Visited for my husbands birthday, fan food and service

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

In NYC visiting the Met and had a delicious meal right in central park at the Boathouse - great ambiance and delightful meal on a crisp winter day. Great place to meet!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Exceptional service and the quality of the food was so good.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Great lunch spot in iconic location. Our server was great and had excellent recommendations.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

A beautiful setting and warm friendly atmosphere. Requested a window seat which did not dissapoint it was a gorgeous view.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2017

We love this restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful the service is great and one is always so very happy

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was excellent great variety. Staff friendly and very efficient. View from table on to boating lake was magical. Will definitely return next time I'm in New York.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

It is worth the walk to get there! We were seated promptly. Everyone enjoyed their lunch!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

This place never disappoints. Great food in a stunning setting and super efficient, friendly waiters. White table cloth dining that manages to be relaxed and fun.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Fun restaurant...nice, relaxing and a beautiful view.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent service and food was well prepared and service was excellent. Highly recommended.
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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

The Boathouse is in a beautiful situation with delightful views over the lake. We asked for a seat at the window and were not disappointed although there were no boats out at this time of the year. Service is attentive and discreet. The food was delicious. This is the place to come for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the most iconic restaurants in Nyc? We thought our expectations were met and more!
Super good food, kind of resonble prices and very friendly staff!

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Great ambiance, good food and the service was efficient and professional

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

This is a beautiful comfortable atmosphere.. my granddaughter's first trip to the city for her 18th birthday. Want to return in the summer for the outdoor seating❤️

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Amazing food, brilliant service and a perfect location

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Disappointing, standands dropped hygiene not as it should be. Overall v poor

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Lunch, made reservations 20 minutes before arriving. Asked for table by the water and they happily accommodated. Prompt and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Adored the setting and grateful for our lakeside view. I flew my dad to NYC all the way from London as he’d never been and wanted to visit the boathouse after reading reviews from others. Our server was extremely welcoming, accommodating and friendly. Thank you all for a unique and cherishable dining experience.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Always great service and food. Never rushed during a business meal. A go to restaurant for me whether business or pleasure.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Great location for that special NY lunch. Food and service were of a very quality

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

We returned to The Boathouse to celebrate a family occasion which I booked in advance from Australia. I was delighted to find my earlier experience from a few years ago repeated with excellent service, wonderful food and a good wine list. For me, a meal at the Central Park Boathouse is a New York highlight. I look forward to coming back!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I came here to celebrate our first six months of marriage, and it was an incredible treat. Our food was fantastic, service was wonderful and the ambiance/view was outstanding. Definitely would recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

From the beginning, the ambience of the location, the attentiveness of the service and the quality of the meal were all faultless. We had booked a couple of weeks in advance (which is necessary) and dressed for the occasion (which, one rapidly realises in New York, is not). We had the crab cake which was full of real crab meat (as opposed to filler) and the excellent grilled octopus to start. Then my partner had the ahi tuna while I had the steak. In all cases the portions were very generous. We washed it all down with a very pleasant Pouilly Fume.
And then to signal the special occasion, the waiter bought us a warm chocolate fondant with chocolate sorbet - absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Learned my lesson last time I was in the city so, this trip I booked reservations well in advance for a great dinner at the boat house. My Husband raved for 2 days about his meal. Great food, great ambiance, great service. We will be back (and book ahead)💜😉

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