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The Boil, New York, NY

The Boil

4.7
4.7
730 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

Seafood restaurant in the Lower East Side

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2 people

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 925-8815

  • Payment options

    Cash Only

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    between Delancey & Broome

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    J Bowery 0.05 mi<br />B D Grand St. 0.10 mi<br />4 6 Spring St. 0.27 mi

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

*All baskets come with cajun fries

  • BBQ Shrimp Basket*$15.00

    • Catfish Basket*$13.00

      • Chicken Fingers Basket*$12.00

        • Soft Shell Crabs Basket*$15.00

          • Crab Cake$15.00

            • Burger Sliders (3)$13.00

              • Catfish Sliders (3)$15.00

                • Oyster Sliders (3)$18.00

                  • Crabmeat Sliders (3)$18.00

                    • Wings (6) Cajun or Southern Fried$12.00

                      • Fried Calamari$13.00

                        • Mac n Cheese$9.00

                          • Cajun Fries$7.00

                            • Papaya Mango Salad$9.00

                              • Lobster Roll$20.00

                                • Crab Roll$15.00

                                  • Gumbo$10.00

                                    Chicken, shrimp & Pork

                                    Raw Bar

                                    • Oysters (6)$15.00

                                      • Littlenecks Clams (6)$12.00

                                        • Shrimp Cocktail (6)$12.00

                                          • Chilled Lobster$32.00

                                            • Chilled Dungeness Crab$38.00

                                              Main

                                              • Crawfish (Seasonal)

                                                • per lb$19.00
                                              • Dungeness Crab (Seasonal)

                                                • per lb$38.00
                                              • King Crab Legs (Seasonal)

                                                • per lb$45.00
                                              • Snow Crab Legs (Seasonal)

                                                • per lb$28.00
                                              • Lobster

                                                • per lb$32.00
                                              • Shrimp

                                                (Head On)

                                                • per lb$19.00
                                              • Clams$15.00

                                                Sides

                                                • Brussel Sprouts$9.00

                                                  • Sausages$6.00

                                                    • Corn$4.00

                                                      • Potatoes$4.00

                                                        • Steamed Rice$4.00

                                                          • Vermicelli$4.00

                                                            • Garlic Bread$4.00

                                                              • Extra Sauce$4.00

                                                                Desserts

                                                                • Creme Caramel$7.00

                                                                  • Creme Chocolate$7.00

                                                                    Combos

                                                                    All combos come with potatoes & corn. Substitute shrimp or crawfish. 1 corn, 1 potato added for every 2 lb order same item

                                                                    • 1 Lb Crawfish & 1 Lb Shrimp$36.00

                                                                      • 1 1/2 Lb Lobster & 1 Lb Crawfish$48.00

                                                                        • 1 1/2 Lb Dungeness Cab & 1 Lb Crawfish$52.00

                                                                          Step 2: Pick a sauce

                                                                          • Dry (No Sauce)

                                                                            • Garlic Butter

                                                                              • O'bay

                                                                                • Ragin Lemon Pepper

                                                                                  • The Boil Special - Cajun Blend!

                                                                                    Step 3: Pick a level

                                                                                    • Mild

                                                                                      • Medium

                                                                                        • Spicy

                                                                                          • Fire

                                                                                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                            What 730 people are saying

                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                            4.7
                                                                                            4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                                                            • 4.8Food
                                                                                            • 4.7Service
                                                                                            • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                            • 4.5Value

                                                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                                                            Loved For

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                                                                                              Peach

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Very delicious food and a good amount for the price you pay. My friend and I were stuffed after both having got the queen combo.

                                                                                            2. CC

                                                                                              ChantallyC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                                                              The Food Is Good The Drinks Are Great I Just Wish They Give More Food Portions For The Price The Atmosphere Is Pretty Nice And I Love That They Have Indoor And Outdoor Seating

                                                                                            3. C

                                                                                              Ceezalino

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The best seafood boil in the city bar none. You will not be disappointed!

                                                                                            4. NG

                                                                                              NatalieG

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              Really great time.Very attentive service was awesome

                                                                                            5. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              So good. So spicy. Snow crab was delicious. Service kind and quick. Best boil in the group. Best seafood in the city. Keep killin it y’all

                                                                                            6. A

                                                                                              Alannah

                                                                                              Las Vegas

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              We really enjoyed our meal. My sister had never tried a seafood boil before and she said it was one of the best meals she’s ever had. The food was fresh and flavourful. The only suggestion we have is to add a bread side dish to your menu as this would be a perfect vehicle for dipping in your delicious sauces 😅 Thanks for a great dinner in our first night in NYC! We’ll definitely be back again next time.

                                                                                            7. q

                                                                                              qink

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              Food is always hot, fresh and delicious every single time!

                                                                                            8. M

                                                                                              Msindee11

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              They have the best crab legs i have ever tasted (medium with old bay and butter sauce)! The food was fresh and the service was great!

                                                                                            9. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great place

                                                                                            10. A

                                                                                              Ajay

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The food was amazing!! Service was great and the vibe is cool. I'm a New Yorker at heart so the noise the level was not a bother at all. I highly recommend eating here.

                                                                                            11. GP

                                                                                              GabriellaP

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great food, everything was very good and service was spectacular

                                                                                            12. CC

                                                                                              CarmineC

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                                                              The seasoning of the food changed. I preferred the old seasoning, and it was more colorful and full of life. This new cajun blend seasoning was pretty dull and didn't live up to my expectations. The Boil used to be renowned for their cajun blend, and yesterday, it felt subpar. Secondly, they used to provide two corn. Now they've decreased the amount of corn and potatoes that they provide. However, the corn was still as sweet as the corn in the past.

                                                                                            13. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                              Had a very good meal here of crawfish. Was disappointed in the portion size of the appetizers. Only one crab cake and one soft shell crab per order…at $15 per order. This should have been stated on the menu.

                                                                                            14. SL

                                                                                              SarahL

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              56 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              56 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                              Good drinks & food. It was a fast dining experience - before our table was cleaned off the waitress asked if we wanted the check. With that said, we still will be back.

                                                                                            15. S

                                                                                              Shante

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                              The experience at the Boil was great. The food, pricing and ambiance exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.

                                                                                            16. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              I love the employees. The host and security are so personable!!

                                                                                            17. CG

                                                                                              CeciliaG

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great food great music great service. After 2 years due to COVID the bartender still remembered me.

                                                                                            18. TC

                                                                                              TownCountryFoodie

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              Dinner at The Boil was an unexpected treat before a show at the nearby Bowery Ballroom. It's messy, but every shellfish we tried, from king crab to shrimp to crawfish, was delicious! Great beer on tap, too.

                                                                                            19. MG

                                                                                              MatthewG

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              The food is delicious, the ambiance intimate even with lots of people around...nouse level okay

                                                                                            20. MW

                                                                                              MrsWoods

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The food and service was delicious and perfect!! I can't wait to come back.

                                                                                            21. AB

                                                                                              AlysseB

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Just hits the spot every single time. 😋😋

                                                                                            22. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The food was delicious, well prepared! Great Friday Night Experience .

                                                                                            23. MH

                                                                                              MikeH

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              From the beginning to the end I was welcomed Thank you

                                                                                            24. DG

                                                                                              DeniseG

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The Boil is a great place to dine. the snow crab legs are delicious, the price is affordable. the sources with the crab legs is delicious. good service. I have been there over 6 times that's how good the food is. I recommend this place to dine.

                                                                                            25. AU

                                                                                              AieshaU

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              I’ve been to The Boil all of 3 times. Each visit was great. The service, the staff, everything. All staff are amazingly nice and welcoming. Down to the Host. I will visit The Boil again and again. The food is amazing every time!

                                                                                            26. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Everything was great!!!

                                                                                            27. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Birthday Great seafood

                                                                                            28. E

                                                                                              Edwige

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              The staff was very nice, food was delicious. I'd definitely come back, I didn't know it was cash only until we got there so just a heads up to bring cash with you.

                                                                                            29. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                              I’ve been going to The Boil at this specific location for over 10 years now the quality of seafood is still fresh and that delicious sauce is addicting! I cannot leave NYC without eating in or getting take out!

                                                                                            30. s

                                                                                              shirleyf

                                                                                              Atlantic City

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Exceptional, from the service to The food! The waiters were very attentive.

                                                                                            31. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 23, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Great food and nice environment

                                                                                            32. A

                                                                                              Aisha

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                                              overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                              Waitress was rude and had no patience. Food was alright just wish the service was better. (waitress wore glasses)

                                                                                            33. CG

                                                                                              ChristinaG

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                                                              overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                                              My feedback is based on 1) this place does not take credit cards despite asking for a card to make a reservation (not sure if this is the restaurant vs. an Open Table requirement), and 2) the food was just okay. I visited this restaurant years ago and had a positive, tasty experience. Now the food is just mediocre and not worth the price. The service is great overall and they do have a nice layout to accommodate social distancing. I expect, based on past experience, more of a variety in the boil options. They do offer plenty of appetizer options if you want to try non-boil items. Overall, suggest reviewing the menu before going and bring CASH!

                                                                                            34. l

                                                                                              lisaf

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                              Besides the fact that they try to rush you out, the place was clean, the food is great. The sauce is delicious and everything arrives at your table in good time. Drinks were also wonderful

                                                                                            35. H

                                                                                              Hungry

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                              overall3food5service3ambience2

                                                                                              Incredibly expensive for what it is. They charge like a higher end restaurant, give small portions, and friendly but average service

                                                                                            36. k

                                                                                              kirstyd

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              We are from the UK and this was the first time trying seafood boil. Tasted AMAZING!!!! I cannot believe iv never had it before, service was awesome to. I enjoyed getting stuck in using the gloves they provide and they really looked after us!

                                                                                            37. AB

                                                                                              AniyaB

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Amazing Cajun seafood! The owner was super helpful & made us feel so welcomed.

                                                                                            38. S

                                                                                              Sgio

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                                                              overall3food3service5ambience2

                                                                                              The food was ok, service was nice, attentive.. there is a mandatory %20 tip which is ridiculous because tip is earned by the service it shouldn’t be mandatory. It’s expensive, without any alcohol, 2 person cost $240 with the mandatory tip. The location was horrible, so many homeless and they were arguing loudly. I would not go there again.

                                                                                            39. BH

                                                                                              BrylanH2

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                                                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                              The good was great. Its not Maryland but its good. Tip is included and its only cash so thats why its ehh. I dont believe the 20% tip was necessary when I only spoke with the waiter once.

                                                                                            40. K

                                                                                              Kacey

                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                                                              overall3food4service2ambience2

                                                                                              While I have visited the Waverly location before I have never visited the Chrystie street location so I decided to give it a try. Overall impression, skip this location and go to Waverly. The service at this location is horrible it took staff over 10mins to recognize myself and my dining partner to order. However, because the location is so small atleast 3 members of the staff were huddled in the corner near us laughing and talking while we waited for service the entire time. In fact, they walked by us several times without acknowledging us. The food itself was good, however, the seasoning and flavor were not as strong as the Waverly location. The Boil is still a great restaurant but if you want to support do not go to this location. I for sure will not be back. I am very disappointed that the experience between locations varies so heavily.

                                                                                            Safety precautions

                                                                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                            • Physical distancing

                                                                                              • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                            • Protective equipment

                                                                                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                                            • Screening

                                                                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                              • Diner temperature check required
                                                                                              • Staff temperature check required
                                                                                              • Contact tracing information collected

                                                                                            FAQs

                                                                                            You can order delivery directly from The Boil using the Order Online button. The Boil also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 925-8815.

                                                                                            The Boil is rated 4.7 stars by 730 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                            Booked 16 times today
                                                                                            Google Map for The Boil

                                                                                            139 Chrystie St New York, NY 10002

                                                                                            Additional information

                                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                                              between Delancey & Broome

                                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                                              Lower East Side

                                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                                              Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                                                              Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
                                                                                              Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                                              Seafood

                                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                                              Casual Dining

                                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                                              Casual Dress

                                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                                              Street Parking

                                                                                            • Public transit

                                                                                              J Bowery 0.05 mi
                                                                                              B D Grand St. 0.10 mi
                                                                                              4 6 Spring St. 0.27 mi

                                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                                              Cash Only

                                                                                            • Additional

                                                                                              Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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