The Boil

4.6
689 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 689 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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Kacey
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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RyanW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I was dissatisfied with the shrimp. It was not deveined and it seems a bit wrotten. Black spots all over.

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MohammadC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Cash only and obligatory 20% service fee...food was ok but nothing special.... I have had better seafood boil before....service is good...the restaurant is in bad condition...

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CherayJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time as always. The food was amazing as always

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IsaacL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Cash only and charge 20% service fee. NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS

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JackieN
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is great, even the music ! Go to Rice to Riches afterwards for some yummy dessert. 🤤

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NAHLI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WAS IMPECCABLE!!!!!! The absolute best meal I’ve had in New York. I was totally blown away. I’ve seen a lot of mukbang online and ASMR videos of seafood, and I’ve always wanted to try it so researched and found this website. I’d also been recommended it. It absolutely did not disappoint. The sauce was totally delicious. We’re from the UK and I’d literally fly back over just to eat here again ha ha!

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LoraC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiter, I didn’t get his name but his service is excellent!!!!! The food was great. Only thing is the crawfish tasted a bit fresh. Overall, perfect. Be back again soon. The corn by the way is suupperbbb ❤️❤️

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RonaldO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great the staff was excellent I love the little place will go again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious, great ambiance, loved the music, amazing food!!! Will certainly be back!

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EL123456789
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very good. The staff was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. The food was very good and will definitely visit again.

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ElectraT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our experience at the Boil, great service. Cash Only!

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good service was great I would definitely go again

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Kenishab
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place doesn't miss a beat. Drinks were on point.... We had the hurricane. Fried Calamari and Cake was really good.

But of course we go there for the crabs and shrimp and they never disappoint!

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

Food was great …just wish they take credit card.

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DeenaS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with my girlfriend we enjoyed it… Great food I will definitely visit again..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst ever. Besides the reservations, the cash only, service tip added into the bill because they suck!,confusing menu, bland food and pricey.
I’ve been to better places and I got more quality for my money.
It was a birthday dinner that felt like a typical lunch.
Don’t go you’ll regret it

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LayneT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We’re out having a wonderful time until our fun was interrupted by creepy crawlers and when we brought it to the Managers attention instead of apologizing or caring about the matter of the issue he had an attitude and said its a problem they’re dealing with every day. Lost a customer

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StephenJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic the seafood was very tasteful. My date had her dungess crabs and killed those and I had raw clams with a catfish basket. Our mixed drinks were patron tequila and grand shots. The apron is a hit especially with the gloves. Overall I would recommend The Boil to everyone.

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Traveler
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , nice facility, relaxed atmosphere and incredible service! Prices are surprisingly fare! One of my favorite places when I’m in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love that u can make reservations now. Pre pandemic u could not if ur party was less than 6 and it was soooo annoying. We got seated maybe 10-15 mins after our reservation waiting for ppl to pay and table to be cleaned. Which is much better than pre pandemic waiting over 1 hr. We did outdoor seating which was great. They also had outdoor heaters which were on that i wish was off cause it was not that cold yet. Outdoor seating was slightly hard to flag down the waiter we wish there was a call button. Otherwise food was great, service was great and outdoor seating was very cute

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JayNor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was chewy, no flavor. When we asked the waiter to get more seasoning they took an hour to do so. Ended up taking food home it had gotten cold. They still force you to pay 20% gratuity even for bad service. Not much food for the price, put it this way a pound of shrimp is 6 shrimps to them.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Staff was fantastic.
Food took a little longer than expected. Just used to it being very fast I suppose.
My only gripe is that the Outdoor speakers kept cutting in and out. Music was great when it was playing but the constant disruption was worse than just not having any music.

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Deeka
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to go. The food quality is amazing. I have to visit this place at least once a month

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TonettaL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always good and fresh love it will always come back when I'm in NYC

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Ceezalino
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the boil. Wish there was more grab in the bag for half.

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DanD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! This place was delicious and the service was top notch. Definitely going back soon.

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ErikaP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were amazing. Great music great food. Definitely will be coming again. Service charge plus tip is a little much but other than that it was great

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RansleyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
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
4 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
22 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

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 4.6 stars by 689 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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