The Boil

4.6
660 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Seafood restaurant in the Lower East Side

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 660 people are saying
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RansleyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! We had the crab legs and crawfish with the cajun blend, and everything had a lot of flavor. We will definitely come back next time to try their other dishes.

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vipKasheemaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks! Very nice staff and waiters

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DwayneG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was very good. However, the service was indeed lacking. From cash only that was completely advertised, a built in 20% service fee and then waiting over an hour for just appetizers, didn’t leave the best impression with my friend and I. There were others waiting very long for food on a Saturday night dining experience. They really need to work through their customer experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the garlicky crab!!!

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MelanieM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Our party was a bit tardy, but the hostess, and the rest of the staff were very understanding. We were sited immediately once everyone arrived. I love this place.

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Gtrunci
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boil is perfect. Just notice you will eat with your hands and the wine will be served on a plastic cup. But the flavors are fantastic!!! Will go back!!!!

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jackc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Over priced for what you get. Cash only also annoying.
Server was great!

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SassyD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pandemic prices. Happy hour too short. I'll return. Compared to similar places. Still one of the best

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Group of 3 but they charge service charge

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FoodLuver
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the boil. To me it is the best seafood boil I’ve ever had, and I’ve had plenty, has come from the boil. The flavors from their house blend is amazing!
I took two of my girlfriends, both visiting from out of state and they loved it.
We tried the crab cake, soft shell crab, raw oysters, lobster, side of sausage and three boils!

It was also happy hour and the drinks are worth every Penny.

Overall, the food is delicious as well as the drinks. 🤤 😋

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with a group of 5 and we all enjoyed ourselves. The food was flavorful and the drinks were strong. Would definitely return in the future

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vipMargaritaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good reliable spot for great seafood cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Experience at The Boil staffs were very nice!

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Marquetta
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best seafood i’ve had so far. compared to claw daddy and crab du jior (or how where you spell it)

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Janethpink
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Highly recommend reservations. The food was delicious, the prawns were whatever but the shrimp, fries, calamari, and wings were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The special blend of sauce is always good but the quality of the seafood is minimal. Shrimp was definitely not fresh

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp & crawfish combo boil in garlic butter was excellent.

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yetty
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful service!
the crew is always so friendly when me and my family and friends come in and, of course, the food was bangin!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boil is always on point. I love the consistency and professionalism they provide.
The outdoor seating and the extended hours made it so much more convenient during the pandemic. Always 5 stars.

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okasa
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the boiled shrimp came in a yummy sauce (we ordered mild garlic butter) softshell crabs were small but soft & delicious. the service was attentive and we had a very good dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at The Boil! The outdoor dining was spacious and comfy, the service was wonderful and prompt and friendly and the food was amazing! We look forward to going back soon!

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TyeG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time haven’t been since they have reopened. They never disappoint. Linda our server was amazing. She had many tables and she still was able to keep us happy. I’ll def come back with her as the server.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing 😩😩😩😩 Great service. If you love seafood I recommend that you come here !

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Nyia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good place to go for a night out good food and customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing
Crab cakes are a mustttt

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great and the food was delicious. Oysters nice and fresh

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Dealon
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

If you don’t like the food and you tell the server they will not refund it if even if you didn’t eat it so make sure to complain to the closest person to a owner if you end up here. My friend got chicken nuggets and they came out like flounders. Other then that the sauces is good, decent view and security is dope.

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DanysiaF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Paid 230 dollars to not be able to eat my food . The server barely checked up on us and to top it off didn’t bring us crackers when all 3 of us had crab legs ! I then asked for them and he decided not to bring it after showing his face multiple times as he forgot . Horrible waitstaff honestly made the experience horrible . They don’t care because they are automatically entitled to a tip because 20% is included. I almost deducted the balance off by myself but didn’t as it was my sons birthday and didn’t want to ruin the day and cause problems but I will never return here again . If you’re looking to spend top dollar to eat food that won’t get you full and horrible waitressing where they barely check on you and ask or bring you what you need this is the place to go !

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NaritaD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at this location. It was nice and confined and. It to many people. Everyone was nice and friendly. Food was great. One thing I was a little ticked about was I called to check if they had WiFi and mussels and I was told yes over the phone. But then when we arrived was told the answer to both was no!! Which sucked but it still was a great turn out. Get some mussels and I will definitely be back .

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JP54
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

20% gratuity added regardless of party size so employees try to get you out as fast as possible. They keep offering to bring you the check. Food is good though

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GregH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere is a blast. Just remember it’s cash only.

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JohanneF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place, I've been going for years. It's still a great place to eat seafood.

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Youngyisraeltribeofjudah
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food good host respectful security at the front door.

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Vinsxn
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, chill environment would go back again

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Brooklyn99
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and delicious food! My friends and I had a great time at this location. Our servers were very friendly, establishment was clean and covid safe, everyone in my party was very happy with our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time coming here n I really enjoyed my time . The food was amazing and everyone was very nice and friendly. Definitely coming back!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First, we are from the gulf coast area New Orleans born and live in Houston area currently so we take our seafood serious. I was visiting my daughter who attends college in NYC and was craving crab and crawfish and heard about The Boil. We went and reserved a table and held the spot with a credit card. This begins issue number 1. They only accept cash!! Why take my CC to hold the table?? We had to them scurry around looking for an ATM machine because it was going to be an expensive meal and the $20 we had wasn’t going to cover it. We then get into the restaurant and it is a cute restaurant. The bouncer dude at the front door is not welcoming at all, but if you can ignore his vibe an focus on the smells it was great. The place was packed so we expected great things! We ordered Brussels sprouts and calamari, both of which were very good! We then ordered crabs and crawfish. None of us (total of 4) ordered the garlic sauce but some version of old bay or cajun spice and ALL 4 had so much garlic butter that it was unbearable. I mean, garlic should never be used on crab or crawfish like this. You couldn’t even see the crabs and couldn’t even taste to sweet meat because all you could literally taste was garlic. It was pure awful. They ruined the experience. Please don’t waste your money. If you have to, drive to the south!!

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ElroyR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s our first time and the food was great this will be our go to seafood spot from now on. The BBQ wings were delicious and all the sauces were so good. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Kristin
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The Boil is always a solid choice. It's a bold statement though to automatically include 20% tip. Might wanna look into that. When you have the auto grat, service slows down bc they're guaranteed big tips given the cost of dinner at The Boil. With that being said, our busboy deserved that tip more than the server bc he was more present at our table than she was and the true star of the evening. I've been in the industry for awhile and would gladly offer him a job. Overall, still love The Boil.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here because my fiancé wanted king crab & as per him “ we gotta come back “ great Father’s Day dinner ...

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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 4.6 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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