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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-517-2233
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“crab cakes” (146 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (41 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Invoking Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf, high society dining with a spectacular view across the lake in Central Park. Amusement from the boating couples trying to row and the professional gondoliers skilfully avoiding them. The food and service are amongst the best anywhere and the...More

Thank timdbass
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have always been a fan of the boathouse and once again it did not disappoint. We went there for brunch, and we all really enjoyed it. Ok it may be slightly over priced but you're in New York City, you should expect that. But...More

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a special place. Let's face it, this is not the Ritz, but it is in Central Park and does exactly what you expect and more. Simple menu, really nice and friendly staff and the food was awesome. The chicken breast sandwich was out of...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Some reviews say the food is not up to snuff, but my meal was exceptional. The view is beautiful, overlooking the water in Central Park. The service was attentive.

Thank distortiongirl
Reviewed 4 days ago

I booked well advance for my wife's birthday while we were in NYC and it was definitely worth it. The food and service was quite good, and the setting is obviously quite nice too! As a bonus they gave us a free chocolate cake dessert...More

Thank jazemaster
Reviewed 1 week ago

Half hour wait and silly pricing made me opt away from the Lake side tables. Around the back is a walk-up bar with burger menu with reasonable New York pricing and good food. We had the pulled pork sandwich and a ham with Brie on...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with friends yesterday. What a gem... nestled in the trees next to the lake this little restaurant is beautiful. We started with the Jumbo Fishcakes..absolutely stunning, you really must have them when you visit. I had the Halibut ...wow what a fish, meaty...More

Thank AngiebTamworth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only stopped for a quick drink, but what a place. Exactly as it looks in the movies and worth every cent.

1  Thank Dan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Made reservations in advance, food was so good , weather was perfect and people watching made the day.

2  Thank janice a
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I visited NYC over the weekend and spent a day in Central Park. We asked around and people suggested the Loeb Boathouse for an inexpensive lunch. Initially we were confused because when walking through the front we saw nothing but white table...More

2  Thank Jessica B
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8 May 2017|
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Response from AussieSwimmer | Reviewed this property |
G'day Margaret During the week you can drive in Central Park but not on the weekends or public holidays when it is closed for pedestrian traffic only. I suggest you park on 5th Ave near E 72nd Street and walk or take the... More
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Response from FdeSR | Reviewed this property |
I remember eating the best Benedict eggs of my life and some delicious waffle. But I saw people eating some more lunch-like dishes. I payed around $30.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$55
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:00
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
09:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
  • Public Transportation: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-517-2233
With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!
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