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Central Park Boathouse, New York, NY

Central Park Boathouse

4.6
4.6
6231 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 181 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Basket of Boathouse Breakfast Breads$12.00

    house-made bread, croissants, biscuits, muffins

    • Greek Yogurt$12.00

      toasted almonds, granola, fresh berries, local honey, chantilly cream

      • Mixed Greens$13.00

        shaved vegetables, champagne vinaigrette

        • Macaroni au Gratin$11.00

          vermont cheddar, toasted bacon crumble

          • Shaved Berkshire Prosciutto$21.00

            marinated artichoke, burrata, arugula, toasted hazelnuts, balsamic drizzle

            • Tuna Carpaccio$22.00

              salt cured capers, pickled red onion, radish, arugula, lemon vinaigrette

              • Seasonal Oysters

                cocktail sauce, champagne mignonette, crackers

                • Seafood Cocktail$20.00

                  calamari, shrimp, scallops in a spicy tomato cocktail, heirloom pepper, avocado, crispy tortillas

                  • Crab Cake$23.00

                    marinated cucumbers, bell pepper remoulade sauce

                    Main Courses

                    • Full Boathouse Breakfast$25.00

                      fried eggs, sausage, irish bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, roasted tomato, fried potatoes

                      • Eggs Benedict$21.00

                        grilled irish bacon, toasted english muffin, hollandaise, seasonal vegetable garnish

                        • Steak and Eggs$34.00

                          grilled petite filet of beef, scrambled eggs, chive potato purée, peppercorn jus

                          • Warm Vegetable Frittata$22.00

                            shitake mushroom, bell pepper, leeks, broccoli, feta cheese, mixed greens

                            • Omelet of the Day

                              seasonal garnish

                              • Waffles

                                warm mixed berry compote, whipped maple butter

                                • Stuffed French Toast$22.00

                                  blueberry mascarpone filling, lemon-scented sugar

                                  • Fish & Chips$28.00

                                    beer battered cod, french fries, celery root and red cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli

                                    • Grilled Chicken$26.00

                                      homemade french fries, braised white beans, salsa verde

                                      • Smoked Fish Platter$32.00

                                        locally smoked Norwegian salmon, whitefish salad, smoked sturgeon, beefsteak tomatoes, bermuda onion, toasted bagel, capers, lemon, herb garnish

                                        • Sautéed Salmon$29.00

                                          lemon crumb topping, beet hummus, asparagus, olive dressing

                                          Sides

                                          $7

                                          • Crispy Bacon

                                            • Toasted Bagel with Créme Cheese

                                              • Esposito's Breakfast Sausage

                                                • Country Fried Potatoes

                                                  • Sautéed Market Vegetables

                                                    Desserts

                                                    • NY Cheesecake$12.00

                                                      macerated strawberries, raspberry coulis

                                                      • Butterscotch Bread Pudding$12.00

                                                        caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

                                                        • Caramelized Banana Split$12.00

                                                          vanilla ice cream, sour cherry sorbet, walnut brittle, chocolate sauce

                                                          • Chocolate Truffle Cake$12.00

                                                            raspberry and chocolate chip mint ice cream

                                                            • Crème Brûlée$12.00

                                                              fresh berries and gingersnap cookie

                                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                              What 6,231 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
                                                              • 4.5Food
                                                              • 4.6Service
                                                              • 4.8Ambience
                                                              • 4.2Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              1. JK

                                                                JaniceK

                                                                New York Area

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined today

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                Great setting, looking over the lake with row boats. Very tasty food and wine. A buzzy atmosphere, perfect on a sunny afternoon!

                                                              2. TC

                                                                TimC

                                                                New York Area

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined today

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                We were seated promptly and at a nice table right on the water. Very picturesque setting which, of course, is one of the main attractions. Food was great and server was attentive without being all over us. I had the halibut special which was excellent. I would recommend that everyone should experience this place at least once as part of a nice day in Central Park.

                                                              3. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Dallas

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wonderful food. Great service.

                                                              4. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food and great view. And they accommodated a request to sit on the waterfront for our graduation celebration.

                                                              5. ND

                                                                NDalFoodie

                                                                Dallas

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very good food from an interesting menu. Attentive service and the best views!

                                                              6. a

                                                                altaym

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                great location for lunch in central park. highly recommend

                                                              7. T

                                                                Tasha

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                Amazing ambiance! I made reservations for a party of 7 for a graduation dinner. I requested lakeside seating, which was honored. We arrived earlier than our 8:30 pm reservation and they made efforts to seat us earlier but to honor the requested lakeside seating, we were seated close to our reservation time. Finding the appropriate entrance was a bit of a challenge, as the shuttle from the E 72nd & 5th Ave. entrance dropped us off at the side of the restaurant that is for private events. Despite asking staff, we were incorrectly directed to check-in for our reservation at what was the area of check-in for a private event. The restaurant entrance is a bit nondescript for 1st timers. It seems there should have been signage that we were entering a private event area and the staff should have answered our question accurately. Upon eventually entering the restaurant there was a rather unfriendly female at what appeared to be a hostess desk of sorts but was not. When I told her of my reservation, she looked as if I didn't need to tell her and pointed me toward the hostess desk in the distance, beyond closed French doors. Point being, the hostess desk wasn't visible and her unfriendliness was unwarranted. The host was far more friendly. After waiting in the bar for our table (we arrived around 7:50pm), we were seated lakeside, as requested. All 7 in our party were pleased with the entrees ordered. Most ordered the scallops. My side of asparagus was rather bland. The 2 deserts ordered, flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake, were enjoyed. Flamur was our server and provided a very good experience. The ambiance provided by the lakeside dining is special! I will return on future NYC visits.

                                                              8. GL

                                                                GretchenLG

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We had a lovely dinner experience.

                                                              9. L

                                                                Leslie

                                                                New York Area

                                                                63 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                63 reviews

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                A magic space with surprisingly good food and fair prices for what it is

                                                              10. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Was a perfect night.

                                                              11. C

                                                                Christine

                                                                New York Area

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                This is a delighful place to dine. You can not beat the scenery and the food is very good. Clay is the best waiter - knows every item on the menu!

                                                              12. m

                                                                marge

                                                                New York Area

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                If you want a spectacular setting, wonderful food and out of this world bread and dessert choices take advantage of the Loeb Boathouse. It's a Central Park gem.

                                                              13. SB

                                                                SeeBee

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Stunning location with a great menu offering good choices. Small-ish portions allow for a good meal - expensive yes, but memories are priceless, right?

                                                              14. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A must go to if your touring NYC.

                                                              15. MS

                                                                MaryS

                                                                Detroit

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Beautiful view- excellent food. Everything we hoped it would be!

                                                              16. m

                                                                martins

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                Was expecting a little better from the boathouse, but as it was in a unique location was also being realistic.... Started off with a variety of stale and inedible bread, leading to waiters almost sticking their armpits into your face whilst filling water glasses... Ending with entrees that smelt off and funky, not really the value of 40 bucks a plate... The location is a plus, but would have received more stars for ambience if the staff weren't lounging around at tables and the bar when we were walking out. The only plus side of eating there would be to say you did!..

                                                              17. NS

                                                                NancyS

                                                                New York Area

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely summer-like evening. Excellent service and food. Rain squalls on the lake. Uncrowded and peaceful.

                                                              18. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Key West

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Beautiful view, lake front table, it was an amazing experience in every way. Food was excellent

                                                              19. C

                                                                Chris

                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                As always, a delightful afternoon at the Boathouse. It's always a treat to dine or have a drink. The food, and the staff, are consistently exemplary.

                                                              20. JA

                                                                JoanneA

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing food, cocktails amazing and the view was magnificent!

                                                              21. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Mobile

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Perfect place for a rainy afternoon in NYC. Beautiful view of the lake .

                                                              22. EC

                                                                ElizaC

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The place has such a beautiful view. We had an amazing dinner and the waiter Edgar made it really special. So nice service.

                                                              23. B

                                                                Ben314

                                                                Fort Lauderdale

                                                                81 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                81 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                Good experience could have been better. We felt rushed - three times the busboy tried to take my son's plate even though he was not finished with his meal. Crab cakes are as good as ever. The scallops dish had been changed since my last visit and it was so much better before the change. Adding rubbery clams and squid took away from the dish.

                                                              24. HS

                                                                HeleenS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                We absolutely enjoyed the night at the boathouse! The food was delicious and the ambiance was super!

                                                              25. LR

                                                                LindsR

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely food, great service, wonderful location. A real highlight of our trip to NYC.

                                                              26. EC

                                                                ElizabethC

                                                                Birmingham

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                It was absolutely wonderful and a very special evening for us. Thanks!

                                                              27. P

                                                                Peter

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The restaurant didn't fall short in any category; wonderful ambiance and experience overall. The quality of the food was also excellent. Highly recommend!

                                                              28. JD

                                                                JillD

                                                                New York Area

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was delicious ! Service was fantastic and view amazing ! Fully recommend !

                                                              29. SM

                                                                ScottM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The servers were all outstanding and the food was creative and perfectly prepared. And, of course you can't beat the view!!

                                                              30. LV

                                                                LindaV

                                                                New York Area

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                We were celebrating my husband’s birthday on an especially beautiful day in Central Park. We were seated on time in a window front table. Our server was welcoming, professional and friendly. It couldn’t have been lovelier from start to finish.

                                                              31. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Quintessential NYC experience. Beautiful establishment in an amazing location! Very nice menu selection, and our meals were fantastic! Waitstaff was very professional and genuinely happy to serve patrons. Great upbeat vibe.

                                                              32. TS

                                                                TriciaS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food & location Try & visit every time visit NYC

                                                              33. MS

                                                                MarcS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                Amazing lunch experience; delicious food combined with a nice view on Central Park and the NYC Skyline

                                                              34. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wedding celebration

                                                              35. M

                                                                Mashie

                                                                London

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A fabulous waterside restaurant that did not disappoint. Incredible views and fantastic ambience along with delicious food and excellent low key (no hassling) service from Eddie our waiter. Five Star ⭐️

                                                              36. SW

                                                                SeanW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The service was excellent. The food was good. It was a delight to eat in this iconic place. The welcoming warmth of the staff made it even better. I highly recommend dining here!

                                                              37. GK

                                                                GeorgeK

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very good food in a wonderful setting; service was attentive and accommodating. A great afternoon

                                                              38. J

                                                                James

                                                                Montreal

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                This was our second time at the Boathouse, and we've enjoyed it both times. The first time was for Sunday brunch, this time for a mid-afternoon lunch. We ordered the scallops and short rib, and both were cooked perfectly. It was a very pleasant lunch.

                                                              39. J

                                                                Jlove

                                                                Kansas City

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Great food, great view! Such a perfect meal! Not touristy food menu at all! Just go, you won’t be disappointed.

                                                              40. Y

                                                                Yorker

                                                                New York Area

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                Call restaurant, they dont read requests via open table.

                                                              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 6231 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                              Booked 181 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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