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About Central Park BoatHouse

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!

E 72nd
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 4:00pm Walk-In Only; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm Reservations Recommended; Dinner (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October): Saturday & Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm Reservations Recommended. Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October) Reservations Recommended

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 517-2233

Website:
http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/

Parking Details:
Weekdays from 3pm to 7pm when vehicles are permitted in the park, you can use our parking lot. At all other times, we recommend using the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue and taking the free Boathouse Trolley to and from the restaurant. The garage is open 24 hours.

Public Transit:
Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street

Executive Chef:
Fred Mero

Additional:
Bar/Lounge

Central Park BoatHouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (124)
Waterfront (117)
Special Occasion (102)
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Romantic (85)
Great for Outdoor Dining (79)
Great for Lunch (77)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Good for a Date (72)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Great for Brunch (48)
Sunday Lunch (45)
People Watching (41)
Fun (31)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Authentic (24)
Cozy (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Business Meals (21)
Casual (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Seasonal (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Healthy (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This place never disappoints. Great food in a stunning setting and super efficient, friendly waiters. White table cloth dining that manages to be relaxed and fun.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fun restaurant...nice, relaxing and a beautiful view.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent service and food was well prepared and service was excellent. Highly recommended.
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Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The Boathouse is in a beautiful situation with delightful views over the lake. We asked for a seat at the window and were not disappointed although there were no boats out at this time of the year. Service is attentive and discreet. The food was delicious. This is the place to come for a special occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the most iconic restaurants in Nyc? We thought our expectations were met and more!
Super good food, kind of resonble prices and very friendly staff!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great ambiance, good food and the service was efficient and professional

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is a beautiful comfortable atmosphere.. my granddaughter's first trip to the city for her 18th birthday. Want to return in the summer for the outdoor seating❤️

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Amazing food, brilliant service and a perfect location

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Disappointing, standands dropped hygiene not as it should be. Overall v poor

Tags: People Watching
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Lunch, made reservations 20 minutes before arriving. Asked for table by the water and they happily accommodated. Prompt and friendly service.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Adored the setting and grateful for our lakeside view. I flew my dad to NYC all the way from London as he’d never been and wanted to visit the boathouse after reading reviews from others. Our server was extremely welcoming, accommodating and friendly. Thank you all for a unique and cherishable dining experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always great service and food. Never rushed during a business meal. A go to restaurant for me whether business or pleasure.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great location for that special NY lunch. Food and service were of a very quality

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We returned to The Boathouse to celebrate a family occasion which I booked in advance from Australia. I was delighted to find my earlier experience from a few years ago repeated with excellent service, wonderful food and a good wine list. For me, a meal at the Central Park Boathouse is a New York highlight. I look forward to coming back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

From the beginning, the ambience of the location, the attentiveness of the service and the quality of the meal were all faultless. We had booked a couple of weeks in advance (which is necessary) and dressed for the occasion (which, one rapidly realises in New York, is not). We had the crab cake which was full of real crab meat (as opposed to filler) and the excellent grilled octopus to start. Then my partner had the ahi tuna while I had the steak. In all cases the portions were very generous. We washed it all down with a very pleasant Pouilly Fume.
And then to signal the special occasion, the waiter bought us a warm chocolate fondant with chocolate sorbet - absolutely delicious.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Learned my lesson last time I was in the city so, this trip I booked reservations well in advance for a great dinner at the boat house. My Husband raved for 2 days about his meal. Great food, great ambiance, great service. We will be back (and book ahead)💜😉

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Essex)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic setting in Central Park, eating and drinking great food and wine watching people on the boating lake in such a beautiful setting!
This iconic place as to experienced at least once when visiting NYC but I’d definitely come back, Brilliant!! 💕

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Came with my daughter from California on vacation. We loved the atmosphere and the view.
It was a perfect 70 degree sunny day. The trees were gorgeous in the background. The food was quality. I liked the portions, not too much, not too little. We will come back next visit!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Waterfront, Casual, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were 4 women travelling to NY for a fifthiet for one of the party. We could not have asked for a better setting for the special lunch. The food and service was amazing, the setting beautiful with a table right on the lake. They went above and beyond with a lovely unexpected dessert with candle for the birthday girl. It was everything we expected and more! Go. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Fun, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great atmophire on a sunny autumn afternoon. The service was good. We both loved the appertizer (crab cake). The entrees were ok and the desserts exellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a truly memorable experience. The staff were really professional but were also welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere is very special, it is difficult to find the words to describe it. The food was delicious and very well presented. A wonderful place, everybody involved should be very proud. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service was spot on.
However. I wasn’t asked if I wanted the bill
We was asked if we wanted any desserts
Which we declined
But we wasn’t asked for any coffee.
The bill was just presented to us

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Perfect setting, excellent food and friendly service. Highly recommended

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service were excellent. We sat close to an adjacent wedding party which was quite loud. The shuttle service out of the park was convenient. Would have been nice to know about the shuttle before we arrived (it was not that obvious from the website or reservation).

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner at the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant last Saturday did not disappoint. My original reservation was for dinner at 6:30 for 4, but I called them a few hours earlier to add another person to the party, which request they gladly granted. Our table was right beside the bay windows overlooking the water so the view as the sun was setting, was magnificent. Two of us in the group ordered and loved the seafood pasta. My husband ordered salmon which he said was cooked just to his liking. One of my friends, however, had the coffee rubbed pork loin which was a little too tough and dry. Overall, though, everyone thought it was a great dining experience . To top it all, our waiter even gave us a free dessert consisting of chocolate cake with strawberries and ice cream after learning that my husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excelente todo en especial la mecera una joven colombiana de nombre Alejandra muuuy atenta simpática y servicial !! Lo recomiendo

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The BoatHouse was highly recommended to me so I was expertly a special evening and was not disappointed. The food, service was wonderful.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It's an iconic NY spot. My family and I always come when we are in NY

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The view was wonderful. Our waiter was amazing and the food was fabulous.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I was there four years before. Went back for the memories of the surroundings rather than the place itself . The food is OK but nothing special. You are paying for the location rather than the food. The service is very good, typical American a but over the top I want a big tip style, but good. The place is a little stuffy. The bathrooms are always so busy and the attendant is standing there so you feel you have to leave a tip. I am not sure I will go back for food or even for a drink. It’s a shame as the place could and should be amazing!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Famous Central Park resteraunt was ok, soup de journ was very tasteless.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Every time my friend and I visit NYC - we have lunch here. It never disappoints!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome place with great service and good. Loved the outlook will definetly go back. They remembered my husbands birthday from the reservation and delivered a cake with candle after we had lunch.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Très bon restaurant et vue magnifique sur le lac et Central Park. A recommander+++++

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (London)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was ok, but not the wow factor
Ambience not so great verry quiet maby 5 tables occupied .
We went there for my wife birthday.
Overall ok but not worth the money for me

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful. Loved it and definatly coming back! The service, food, view, everything!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

As usual the Boathouse excels , this restaurant is a must for all visitors to NYC

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful venue, went there Sunday night for my mother’s birthday. We both loved it, we both had the crab cakes for starters, amazing! Thanks so much, we will definitely be back when we visit New York.

Dawn x

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I took my sister to the restaurant for her birthday. We found it to be a sociable hub with amazing service by amenable waiting staff but nothing really outstanding to warrant the cost. On leaving we visited the ladies restroom which we found to be a disgrace, not very clean and not in good condition. For a supposed upmarket restaurant the restroom was sadly lacking and lets down the restaurant immensely. Always judge a place by its toilets!!!!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The restaurant came recommended by a friend and whilst I have to admit the setting was good (helped by the warm weather we had during October 2017) I could not recommend the restaurant to others. The food was OK but didn't match the total price of the meal which was over $300. We seemed to have a multitude of waiters and the side had ordered with my main course did not come out I had finished my main.

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