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Central Park Boathouse, New York, NY

Central Park Boathouse

4.5
4.5
6566 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!

PROOF OF VACCINATION
Please note: New York law mandates that people 5 and older who visit restaurants are now required to show identification and proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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 6,566 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. So sad that is closing
  2. LP

    LPalma

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Bucket list check off! Beautiful place in a perfect setting
  3. c

    corpus

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Staff made us feel very out of place and unwelcome as we did not match their typical high-class clientele. Not a great feeling when you are trying to enjoy a nice dinner. Will not be going back any time soon as it was extremely uncomfortable.
  4. d

    divine

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iconic. Hope it reopens soon. Much luck and success to all the great staff! Thank you for a beautiful evening.
  5. SK

    SamKaas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Great ambiance, very romantic atmosphere. Food of good quality (crabcake was superb). Service a bit hurried.
  6. r

    rdhuws

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant to dine in NYC. Heartbroken it is closing today. Was very happy to have a final meal in this wonderful restaurant. Thanks for the memories!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To celebrate my sons new job and my daughter’s masters, and just being able to spend time together on holiday list the pandemic. We had a table outside overlooking the boating lake, sun was shining, service exceptional, crab cake to die for, all food in fact was superb. Couldn’t fault it, a lovely celebratory lunch with loved ones
  8. SZ

    SusanZ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food , service and ambiance are outstanding. The waiters worked together as a team and we received excellent service. I highly recommend this restaurant
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The place itself is amazing . The view and the ambiance in general feels like a dream . Nevertheless food was just ok . The crab cake and the dessert were the highlights of the meal but the “seafood” pasta and the tuna tataki were kinda disappointing. To be fair I have high standards when it comes to food so its probably not as bad as I’m making it sound -and I apologize for that- I just wish food was another reason to come back . Don’t get wrong . I felt like in a movie, so I’ll definitely go back not necessarily for the food. Anyways, loved it .
  10. j

    jvbc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Ambience was amazing. Service was a little slow. No refill on my empty water cup for 15 minutes. Bread was hard and cold. Food was little for the price.
  11. SB

    StevenB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful spot for lunch but very sad to hear they will be closing their doors soon. Hope it’s bought by someone else and this iconic place continues
  12. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I ordered the halibut and was told they were out of it. My waiter recommended the Cod and I said ok. I’ve had Cod before at other restaurants. Cod is white and a big fish. I was served a very small flat Fish and it was brown or stored too long or overcooked. I don’t believe it was Cod. The vegetables were very funny. It was supposed to be Broccoli Rabe. Maybe it was but too many stems and few leaves. It was also served with tiny onions. A disappointing meal.
  13. BR

    BrendaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience Delicious food Excellent serbice I recommend it highly.
  14. RM

    ReneM

    Orlando

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch at the venerable Central Park Boathouse. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. It is a shame that it is scheduled to close within days. Luckily we had reservations and our table was right next to the water with an unobstructed view of the lake and people rowing their boats. Now the food we started with a pumpkin soup. My wife then had the cod and I the crab cakes. As to the latter pure crab not filled with flour at all. My wife had a delicious cheesecake.
  15. JS

    JoannaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Had such high expectations. The food was terrible. Very dry and felt as though it had been cooked the day before. It cost $205 before tips and we had two courses each and a glass of wine each. Very disappointed
  16. h

    hgteevee

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well- depending on which rumors come true, The Boathouse may or may not close indefinitely! At any rate, with all the business and such a large area to serve, everyone there, especially my server and busboy were upbeat and caring! The food was delicious and on a warm autumn, day, sitting by the water is pure heaven!
  17. AS

    AudreyS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our first trip to New York and was advised to book here to eat. Beautiful and scenic part in Central Park, lovely premises, food was ok i ordered the cast-iron crispy chicken and found the meat was a bit tough. The service was excellent and would go back again but would order something else next time.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor dining and great food and drinks.
  19. SD

    SDSO

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff could not be more gracious and welcoming! We had an amazing time! I really hope the restaurant will stay open!
  20. BG

    BethG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant with beautiful backdrop of Central Park. Hope the restaurant remains open!! It will be a big loss to Central Park if it closes for good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Great food shocking service
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    The food was decent but our drinks were served after our appetizers and we had to track down the servers multiple times
  23. NJ

    NancyJ

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My son and his wife were married there 8 yrs ago. The difference between the wedding in the banquet room and the dining room were like night and day. Servers were friendly but took a long time and was Luke warm. My husband’s quinoa dish was horrible - mushrooms like leather, asparagus mushy, and quinoa okThe kids pasta dishes and french fries came out hot and quickly. My husband had to look for the server to get the bill.
  24. MA

    MatthewA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Very average food for the price, you are essentially paying for the amazing setting by the lake
  25. ML

    MichelleL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, delicious food and lovely staff. Would definitely recommend
  26. MS

    xoxoMcSorley

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse is a New York treasure and I'm sorry to see it's existence end... Our crab cake appetizer was the best we've ever had.
  27. ST

    StanleyT

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Most diners comes to the Central Park Boathouse for the iconic location, the view and the ambience, myself included - especially this location have sentiment because of a life event for me that were held here many years ago. Nonetheless, the food is not great, and service is just ok.
  28. C

    Commish

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went for the last time before it closes with friends. Everything was wonderful. The view exceptional, service good, drinks good, food good with one exception. The calamari served with the halibut was overcooked and tough. Sad to see the restaurant closing.
  29. MR

    MRog

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and the food was incredible service! We went on a rainy day, and the views were still beautiful. Our group was worried service might be slow bc they were so busy, but food and drinks came out very fast!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food fast service. I was hoping to get a more romantic setting but it waa very noisy. Typical of tourist place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the restaurant very much. Our server was wonderful and food was very good.
  32. KB

    KellyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Given the price of the food, I was expecting fine dining but the food was average and not very tasty unfortunately. I had the Lobster Toast for a starter but it didn't really taste of anything. I had the miso glazed oyster mushrooms for entree and it was "okay". The mushroom quinoa that it came with was cold which was a shame. The service was adequate, they add the tip to the bill so they probably know they don't have to make the effort. It's a stunning location but that is what you are paying top dollar for.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious crab cake appetizer and salmon entree, delightful pineapple mojito, great service, beautiful views.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary dinner
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The server was great! The food was not good
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monkfish was excellent. Butternut squash soup was velvety and creamy. Strawberry shortcake was heavenly. I hope this place does not close.
  37. AA

    AndrewA

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse is a must. Closing 10/6 but hopefully new mgmt coming.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic girls get away in the city. Lakeside table and vistas. Patient service as we took our time. Beautiful afternoon. Beautiful park. Beautiful city!
  39. A

    Alie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special spot!! Love dining here each time we’re in nYC! :)
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on a beautiful early fall day. Exceeded expectations all around. It is a shame they’re probably closing, and I’d suggest anyone thinking about going to do so.

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 4.5 stars by 6566 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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