Central Park BoatHouse

4.5
5488 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fred Mero
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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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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good. This is my second time having dinner. I was a bit disappointed when we could not get a seat next to the window and were told that it was reserved for large parties however, there were other parties of two as we were.
I was not aware that there was a 15% tip added so I tipped the normal amount. Our waiter brought it to my attention so I rewarded that and left it as a good tip.

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HT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After reading some bad reviews I booked a table just for the view expecting poor service and not so great food but it was quite the opposite. Would recommend going

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M
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

This place is iconic and hard to get into. The steak I had was actually really good. Not great but I did not go there for great food so I was pleasantly surprised. But just after I ate .... There was a mouse running around. The server was not surprised and assured me it is just comes with being close to nature. Yes they are in a park but the are in the middle of New York. Hardly rural. Regardless it is a restaurants legal and moral responsibility to keep rodents away. I am glad I went as it is in Central Park and famous. That is it’s strength. If that’s enough please enjoy

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was an amazing waitress! She made sure we had a fantastic night for our anniversary!

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BN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with visiting English friends. Even though it was a rainy day in October, the setting was wonderful and the food was delicious. Service was very pleasant and unobtrusive. Would always recommend for a very nice lunch.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Zooooooone.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daugher and I had a very nice experience at the Bosthouse. I had mixed up with the date for reservation but they fixed it with no problem. The food, athmosphere and the staff was very nice. Next time in NY I will come back.

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AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible experience. Wonderful server and amazing food!! Would come here again!

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch with my new husband! We thought the food and service were amazing!

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried to visit The Boathouse when we were in New York some years ago without success. As we were celebrating my wife’s birthday I was determined not to miss out again. We arrived slightly early and so we expected to wait but we were shown straight to a lakeside table. The waiter was excellent and even advised us not to order additional side dishes to avoid too much food. The meal itself was first rate - even exceeding my expectations. We were offered the shuttle bus back to 5th Avenue but decided that a walk through Central Park would be a great ending to a lovely evening.

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Wonderful location and view. Excellent service. Food was average.

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JF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice view of the Central Park Lake. Make sure to sit with a lake view. Friendly staff and good NYC location after an afternoon at the MET.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic afternoon at the Boathouse...this is our go to place on every trip to New York!

Food, Service and location overlooking the lake makes this a brilliant location for a family celebration if your in Central Park

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KM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing! We were celebrating my mom’s 81st birthday. Thank you to the staff at The Boathouse!

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the staff was amazing, esp. the hostess. so so accommodating & in control. would come back based on that alone!

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EV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I have been earlier at this restaurant but it have changed. The restaurant is not as exclusive at it was. The prices of the restaurant have not been changed however. The value for money now is not ok. The quality of the food is not ok. We had chicken but it was dry en not tasty. The total experience was that the restaurant wants to serve as many people as possible in a sort time. I would therefore not recommend this restaurant to have a pleasant lunch.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

In 45 minutes we’ve had our starter, main course and dessert! It should have been a special time for our anniversary but the service and kitchen rushed us at a way I have never experienced before. :( they should be ashamed!

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went there last Wed. Arrived late gad booked before to avoid any trouble. Waitress was super nice and after a tiny wait we got 2 seats at the waterfront which was exactly what I had hoped for me and my bf. Big thanks!
Burgers were OK, staff was great.

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LM
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

At this lunch, I was celebrating special birthdays with two special friends while visiting NYC. We booked a lunch reservation a month in advance. I'm so glad we planned ahead. We ended up with a (covered) waterfront table on a beautiful, warm October day. The handcrafted cocktails were delicious. The service was prompt, courteous and friendly. Thank you for a lovely meal in a beautiful setting to celebrate wonderful friends.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and attentive service. Food and ambience lovely.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch to celebrate our birthdays. Great service, very well trained staff. Excellent food, inclusing the recommendations of best choices, signature dishes and huge selection of great wines.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding at The Boat House, and recently our 14th anniversary there, as luck would have us working that week in NYC from the U.K.

The food was ousrstanding, great flavours, looked appealing and very generous portions. The service was the best we have had in years. Our waitress moved us to a better table the second one was vacant, without being asked, was attentive but not intrusive, friendly and polite without being too much for us reserved brits!

I would have no problem in recommending The Boat House to anyone, for brunch, lunch or dinner, it just fits the bill!

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TD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent unforgettable experience. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Highly recommended for special occasions and romantic getaway.

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CG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, lovely experience. The food was great, the service wonderful, ambiance special. It's a special place - great for special occasions. Pricey. Worth it.

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KT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was recommended this restaurant and told to try the crab cakes. They were out of this world!!!!

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CT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Y’all. This place is amazing. This was such an amazing view and feel. Our waiter was amazing I can’t remembet his name but I know he is a twin :) he was informative and recommended the crab cakes WHICH WERE AMAZING!!!! Love love love this place!!!! Manager was legit too- Asian guy, didn’t catch his name I hope the owners read this and know who I’m talking about bc this place was awesome and they need to know.

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UV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice, politr and fast service . All stuff were nice.
To loud in the restaurang is the oblygt negative

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and superb service, we had travelled form the UK to New York for my wife's 50th birthday and were not disappointed

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The waiters don’t seem to mind when tourists feed the schools of large fish that jump and swarm but it seems more appropriate to me for those who wish to feed the wildlife (which is against park rules) to do so away from where people are eating.

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T
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Boathouse was recommended to me by my daughter and it certainly lived up to my expectations fine dining at affordable prices, with beautiful surroundings and excellent customer service.

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H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great setting with a view of the lake in Central Park. Casual with nice ambience. Food was good too!

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend recommended me to visit this place while in New York, because the food was OUTSTANDING. I sure believe her. Wow. The food were delicious and the service was perfect. Thank you!!

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LV
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

A bit disappointed in this restaurant. The food was ok but inconsistent. The crab cakes were good but the monkfish was not properly cooked. It lacked finesse. The place itself is lovely and the views are amazing. Some attention should be paid to the toilets, it doesn’t reflect the rest of the restaurant.

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VM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

After planning my trip to New York with my boyfriend for many months and making reservations well ahead of time, we were so disappointed with our experience. Our server was less than attentive. She barely acknowledged us for most of the meal. Did not inform us of any of the evening's specials. We only knew about them when we had already ordered and she was informing the table next to us. We were part way through our appetizer when a member of the staff informed us that he was going to clear our plates as our main course was ready. We advised him that he needed to come back as our appetizer was not even half eaten when he came. After we had finished our appetizer, we sat for over a half hour with our dirty dishes in front of us until they brought out our main at which point they then finally cleared our dishes. Our server was so occupied fawning over the table behind us that I had to actually get up and go find her to get a knife after mine fell on the floor. It was supposed to be a special and romantic evening that was ruined by horrible service and rudeness. I would never recommend this establishment to anyone that I know if they were planning a trip to New York. Such a disappointing experience. Since the gratuity was already added to our bill we had no option but to pay it but given the choice I would have left nothing. We tip well when we are treated with care and attention.

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Worth booking for a luncheon whilst in New York for 4 days and was a priority on the list of things to do for 2 friends from Sydney Australia. Food and ambience was great and would recommend to anyone visiting New York.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were booked in for 12.30, and due to an extended stay at the 9/11 Memorial, delayed our getting to you on time - of which we apologise. Your girls and staff were fantastic in acommodating us, and our table near the window overlooking the lake was very much appreciated. The food, service and ambiance made a great New York experience for 2 Aussie Travellers and their great American friends.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and location. Would highly recommend if visiting New York

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!

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S
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and food was excellent. Very friendly staff and great service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just wish we sat by the water and not so close to another party

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