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Central Park Boathouse, New York, NY

Central Park Boathouse

4.6
4.6
6308 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

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Booked 147 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Phone number

    (212) 517-2233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Greeley

  • Private party facilities

    The boathouse is the only place in Manhattan where you can host any affair right by the lake. Whether it is a wedding, conference or a private event we can provide the best you can find. Visit our banquets section at www.thecentralparkboathouse.com for more details.

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    72nd Street and 5th Avenue

  • Parking details

    We recommend using the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue. The garage is open 24 hours.

  • Public transit

    6 Train – Exit at Lexington Avenue @ 68th Street (Hunter College); Walk west to Central Park entrance at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue B & C Train – Exit at 72nd (Central Park West) Walk east through Central Park across the 72nd Street Traverse.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 6,308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. VS

    VisitorSweden

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Loud and messy and overall didn’t feel like the standard that we expected for that price. The staff was not focused on the table.

  2. C

    Chelcsoprano

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the best mother & daughter lunch at The boathouse!

  3. CF

    ChrissyF

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    We had AMANDA - she was THE BEST WAITRESS !!! She made our wonderful Lunch perfect !!!

  4. KD

    KateD

    Mayo

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting Waiting staff were very attentive Food presentation was done very well

  5. j

    jorgec

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    I made a reservation around 5 weeks ago, I asked to be seated next to the little lake instead they put us on a corner with an uneven table, so we had to be careful every time that we eat so we don't spill our drinks, I told them that I asked for a table next to the lake and they told me that they were all reserved it, when we left the restaurant they were still three tables empty, you guys really ruin my bday, not to mention that the gratuity was included for two people.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    Food was ok but not up to the location (sad). Worst part was feeling super rushed. We ordered 2 very expensive appetizers to share with the table. We are maybe 2/3 finished with them when the main courses arrived. No pause, no consideration that this was a special occasion. So we pushed back that we weren’t ready. The waiters literally left our main course on the tray next to our table, so they could sit there getting cold, and left. At that point we kept eating the appetizers while discussing how stupid the whole situation was. We finally waved down the servers to get our now tepid meals. So dumb. Appetizers were delicious. Main courses were under-seasoned, and mostly either overcooked (the lamb) or had raw pieces in it (the salmon). All were cold because of the rushed service. Obviously the place is very expensive given the location. I understand that. But I don’t appreciate feeling like our special night was hijacked by the restaurant trying to rush us through like cows in a cattle shoot.

    Central Park BoathouseResponded 1 day ago

    Thank you for taking the to share your experience. I’m sincerely sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time with us. Anything less than genuine hospitality is absolutely unacceptable, so your situation is being addressed. If you would like to discuss your experience further with a manager please send your details and review to us and someone will be in touch.

  7. b

    bt10011

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    131 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience5

    The restaurant is very pretty and if you're looking for somewhere to have a very special feeling meal in New York, watching turtles and people in boats on the water this is an ideal place. Unfortunately, the food does not measure up to the ambience. The tuna appetizer has a small portion of good fish, but the seaweed salad that accompanies it is palty, and the avocado and soy sauce mixtures that accompany it don't have much flavor. The crab cake had an excellent amount of crab meat, but was a little bit dry. Had to come with a spicy jam It would have been fantastic, but unfortunately the mayonnaise based accompaniment was tasteless. The "ranch dressing" that accompanied the burrata was overpowering the slightly bland burrata and tasted truly bad. The tomatoes it covered were tasteless. The seafood pasta had an interesting sauce that tasted like butter and cheese and cream. If the large variety of seafood described in the menu could have been seen in the dish It would have been worth it. Even so the spaghetti with sauce was tasty. I think if I were to go back I would pick more basic food and drink more, the place is definitely worth a visit if you're looking for someplace pretty and special.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience !!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    We went to the boathouse for my daughters birthday and have to say I was disappointed although the food was lovely we had to wait 40 minutes for 2 burgers, nothing was noticed for my daughters birthday and the service overall was just disappointing.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great.. polite chef and waiters.. stunning ambience..

  11. c

    chris

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    i understand they started serving dinner not too long ago. the menu was very limited and the quality of food is still mediocre. though this place is my to-go place for over last three decades food isn’t what makes us return here. hope they can improve it. i had few unpleasant surprises (think from tiny shell or stone) in my scallop dish that i’m always fearful of when having seafood. you order them only at highly confident restaurants and it was disappointing this time. all rests were good as usual.

  12. C

    Candis

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent and very professional although I had hoped they would put a candle I'm my boyfriends desert when I informed them that it was his birthday.

  13. CR

    CaroleR

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service. Would definitely recommend

  14. WE

    WyattE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is only outdone by the fabulous view. Service is fun and fast.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We asked for and received seating at a lovely table overlooking the lake. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was good, especially the lobster Cobb salad. Prices were high but one was paying for the scenery and enjoying iconic NYC location. Wine pour could have bern a bit more generous.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved having lunch overlooking the pond. Wonderful experience.

  17. H

    Happyeater

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Even if the Boathouse is a little touristy, it’s a beautiful setting with very good food and excellent service. A gem in the park that’s wonderful for a special occasion or any other time

  18. SS

    SS999

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Setting is absolutely amazing we managed to get a lakeside table food amazing

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A highlight of our day in Central Park ! Amanda our server was thoughtful, had great food suggestions and gave us an elegant lunch along the waters edge 😍 amazing !!! New favorite in NY !

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    El ambiente, el lugar, la ubicación excelente. La comida no es espectacular, es regular buena. Lo que se paga es la vista.

  21. G

    lydiG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Food was great and location was great. Our server was sweet but he didn’t get the drinks right and never delivered the dessert menu that we asked for. He talked a good game but didn’t deliver. We did love the restaurant and will be back.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere. Lamb was undercooked but other than that food was good.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    Gorgeous setting and surprisingly good food

  24. KB

    KathyB

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    beautiful setting

  25. w

    will

    Austin

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    better than i had expected. food was perfect. will go back

  26. H

    Helene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    To me, having dinner on the terasse, on a warm summer evening, with a glass of cool white wine, surrounded from a excited murmur of voices, is one of my most profound memories!

  27. MR

    MarcelR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    I got the halibut. Never had fish so overcooked. What a shame. Wine list not at par with expectations.

  28. BW

    BelindaW

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely setting Delicious food Generous portions

  29. AB

    AngieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Amazing service, beautiful venue. Food was over priced and mediocre.

  30. CB

    CydB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful table and a lovely server!!! Love the view!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My waiter was exceptional! I was celebrating my birthday by myself and he took such good care of me, including putting a tiny candle in a strawberry served with my dessert and quietly singing Happy Birthday to me. He made the celebration special and I appreciated all his kindnesses. It was very hot seated anywhere near the pond. The lack of blinds and fans exacerbated the situation.

  32. ZT

    ZoeT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came to celebrate my 50th birthday and was very impressed with the service and the food itself was delicious, our waiter was very friendly and attentive

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for lunch & service was great even the guy taking your name to get in & bar tender was great guy five ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Buona . Luogo incredibile.Non si può restare lì senza prenotazione.

  35. LF

    LaurenF

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent scenery, a delicious meal, and wonderful service. Thank you for such a lovely experience.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    Need easier access to restaurant. Safety concerns walking back thru the park late at night. No security or well lit path.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vacation/ graduation

  38. A

    Angela

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lover late lunch at the Boathouse. The view was beautiful. Our table was right by the water and we enjoyed looking at the fish and turtles in the lake. Our server was excellent, very knowledgeable and did a great job. The food was very good. We will definitely be back!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Placed outdoor, it was an excelent lunch. Quiet, good weather... good to remember later...

  40. i

    intlfoodie

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We used to visit the Boathouse frequently before the pandemic. Then Food was never that great, service was sourly, but the environment made up for the shortcomings. Last week was our first time back and what a surprise! Food was excellent, service was amazing and friendly, and we got to our reserved table on time. Over all an amazing experience. Cannt wait to go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.6 stars by 6308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 147 times today
Google Map for Central Park Boathouse

E 72nd New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Cross street

    72nd Street and 5th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We recommend using the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue. The garage is open 24 hours.

  • Public transit

    6 Train – Exit at Lexington Avenue @ 68th Street (Hunter College); Walk west to Central Park entrance at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue B & C Train – Exit at 72nd (Central Park West) Walk east through Central Park across the 72nd Street Traverse.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Greeley

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 517-2233

  • Private party facilities

    The boathouse is the only place in Manhattan where you can host any affair right by the lake. Whether it is a wedding, conference or a private event we can provide the best you can find. Visit our banquets section at www.thecentralparkboathouse.com for more details.

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