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Central Park Boathouse, New York, NY

Central Park Boathouse

4.6
4.6
6244 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 185 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 6,244 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                              4.6
                                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.5Food
                                                              • 4.6Service
                                                              • 4.8Ambience
                                                              • 4.2Value

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                                                              1. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined today

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A must go to if your touring NYC.

                                                              2. MS

                                                                MaryS

                                                                Detroit

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined today

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              3. m

                                                                martins

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 1 day 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!..

                                                              4. NS

                                                                NancyS

                                                                New York Area

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              5. C

                                                                Chris

                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined 1 day 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.

                                                              6. JA

                                                                JoanneA

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing food, cocktails amazing and the view was magnificent!

                                                              7. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Mobile

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              8. EC

                                                                ElizaC

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              9. B

                                                                Ben314

                                                                Fort Lauderdale

                                                                81 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                81 reviews

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                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.

                                                              10. HS

                                                                HeleenS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                              11. LR

                                                                LindsR

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              12. EC

                                                                ElizabethC

                                                                Birmingham

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              13. P

                                                                Peter

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                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!

                                                              14. JD

                                                                JillD

                                                                New York Area

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              15. SM

                                                                ScottM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              16. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                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.

                                                              17. TS

                                                                TriciaS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food & location Try & visit every time visit NYC

                                                              18. MS

                                                                MarcS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                              19. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wedding celebration

                                                              20. M

                                                                Mashie

                                                                London

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                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 ⭐️

                                                              21. SW

                                                                SeanW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                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!

                                                              22. GK

                                                                GeorgeK

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              23. J

                                                                James

                                                                Montreal

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                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.

                                                              24. J

                                                                Jlove

                                                                Kansas City

                                                                36 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                36 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Great good, great view! Such a perfect meal!

                                                              25. 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.

                                                              26. MS

                                                                MaryS

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wonderful place to celebrate Mother's Day. Best crab cake I have had in a long time. Great service and lovely views!

                                                              27. l

                                                                luvbtown

                                                                Chicago

                                                                74 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                74 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent experience for Mother’s Day Brunch! Lovely table. Great variety on the Prefix Menu. Tasty beverages.

                                                              28. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Dallas

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Was confused about the entrance since there isn’t really a sign, the windows were broken on the front doors and there are two other awnings that could be an entrance. Me and my best friend had our daughters with us for Mother’s Day weekend. I was a little disappointed we couldn’t get a window table when we requested it and it was super loud the first 30 mins or so due to cocktail hour for a wedding when we first arrived at 7:30. Also, I thought the scallops were pretty small for only getting four in the entrée. Other than that everything tasted good, the drinks were delicious and our service was great with Juan Carlos! He was friendly and helpful!! Would come back for sure.

                                                              29. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                2.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                overall2food4service1ambience1

                                                                We were first seated near a loud party (looked like a wedding reception, with 3 large tables filled with ~10 people each). We asked if we could at least sit closer to the lake for a better view, but we were told they were reserved (we saw ~5 tables empty with our reservation at 6:30). Around the time our entrees came, a large crowd of 100+ came in close by. We were the only ones seated so close to the loud parties without the better view, although even by the time we left there were many tables, at least 10 tables much further away from the loud crowd of 100+. Additionally, the other person in my party asked for an Arnold Palmer at the bar while waiting for our table, and they were given a spiked version without being asked first. When we mentioned it we did get the price adjusted but we were surprised that the bartender assumed it should be spiked when it is typically a nonalcoholic drink. When we had to move from the bar to the table, even with our hands clearly full no one helped us transfer our drinks to our table. Although the food was good, our experience was unpleasant. We had to shout at each other, and service was lacking (everyone else was seated closer to the window except for us, and we were much less visible to the waitstaff). It did leave us wondering whether some of our experiences were due to the fact that we are POC.

                                                              30. MF

                                                                MaryF

                                                                Dublin

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                Go for the location and the view (if you can get lakeside table) but not much else. The food is good but not spectacular and definitely overpriced. There was an awful stench of sewage when we entered the restaurant. Luckily our table was at the far end, away from the door and the foul odour did not permeate that far. However, the bathrooms, something by which any health inspector will often gauge their opinion, we’re an absolute disgrace. Dirty, littered, unclean and looked as though they hadn’t been cleaned in days.

                                                              31. MM

                                                                MartinM

                                                                New York Area

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                A very nice place to eat. Service and food was very good, the Mans Restroom was not cleaned.

                                                              32. EA

                                                                EABNYC

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A wonderful experience. The views are magical, the cuisine divine (and great portion sizes) and me and my party felt very well taken care of. We will definitely be back!

                                                              33. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Tasty food, lovely setting, every table was full so the restaurant was very lively. Amazing service, the best we have experienced anywhere in New York

                                                              34. HD

                                                                HeatherD

                                                                Charleston

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                In the City for a girls trip & my friend had never been to the Boathouse. It was really crowded but that was expected. I had requested a table with a view & the view was absolutely beautiful. The service was great & the food was delicious. One of my favorite places in the city.

                                                              35. E

                                                                Eunice

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Super service and a great experience. I absolutely recommend going here.

                                                              36. BW

                                                                BWaugh

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I wasn't with the group that I booked this lunch for but they had a great time and said that the food, service and atmosphere were tremendous! Thank you!

                                                              37. MK

                                                                MeghanK

                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I had never been and always thought this place was just a cute tourist trap. It was so much better than I expected! The ambiance is exactly what you see, beautiful view of the pond and the perfect place to be on a nice spring day. The service was excellent - the hostess moved quickly through her line, and gets it done! The serving staff was exceptionally friendly and courteous. I’m particularly fond of the server who brought us the bread basket with various bread options. It was a wonderful dining experience! I had the filet, which was flavorful and so tender. Our dessert was the strawberry shortcake. What a lovely time.

                                                              38. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                Awesome except for the breakdown of the ladies restroom.

                                                              39. JJ

                                                                JayJ

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Been dreaming visiting this place for years. So on our trip from Australia it was an absolute must. Excelled my expectations.. absolutely fabulous in every way.

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                                                                TraceyO

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                We got a lovely table and my friend had never been before so despite it being a cold and rainy day it was a wonderful experience. Service was very prompt and food was delicious, particularly the desserts!

                                                              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 6244 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                              Booked 185 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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