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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (235 reviews)
“crab cakes” (139 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (41 reviews)
Opens in 27 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were walking in Central Park at dusk in early summer and stopped in to see if we could have dinner. Within 15 minutes, we were seated on the patio with a gorgeous view of the lake. From the scrumptious hearty bread to caprese salad,...More

1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed yesterday

I went here because of the views and the iconic atmosphere. When the crab cakes were served underdone and runny, I mentioned it to the waiter. He became condescending, and then nonexistent. I think there may be an issue here because I was dining alone,...More

Thank Betty2245
Reviewed 2 days ago

The service and atmosphere of the Boathouse set it apart from most restaurant experiences. There is a take-away restaurant on the other side of the venue if you are looking for a more casual experience. Reservations can be made with Open Table in advance and...More

Thank kfin99
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here to celebrate my friends 40th birthday & it was beautiful, the food was outstanding as was the views, I would highly recommend this hidden gem... the service was fabulous, they do run a bus service to & from the restaurant but it would...More

Thank Gill M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stoped here for drinks. We sat at the bar. You have three options here: the bar, the restaurant and to go. Nice view on the lake and very relaxing, service was good and drinks too! But no food at the bar! Will come back...More

1  Thank nabeab
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We attended a wedding at the boathouse and all I can say is what an amazing venue! The views and setting were amazing but more importantly the waitstaff and food were amazing! It was wonderful to see the venue staff working so seamlessly without interrupting...More

1  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After a visit to the Met for the morning, walked through the park looking for a place to eat. The wait at the boat house restaurant was an hour, so we had dinner at their cafe. The salads and the burgers were great and the...More

1  Thank damienk2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

After hearing this restaurant doesn't take bookings for sat or sun brunch ,we decided to try our luck and turn up early on a Saturday morning at 9.45am. We walked straight in and were seated second row from lake. The servers are many and attentive...More

1  Thank Dexter555
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The restaurant is very picturesque with being in the center of the park. The filet of beef was very tender and delicious but the fingerling potatoes were overdone. The strawberry rhubarb crisp is absolutely delicious and I highly recommend! The prices are very steep for...More

2  Thank goldeneagle2712
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I made reservations for lunch because I couldn't pass up eating at one of the most iconic places in NYC. We had 12:30 reservations and were lucky enough to get a somewhat waterfront table (there was one other table beside us so...More

2  Thank jwilk241
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margaret b
Where can I park my car
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
What kind of food do they serve in Sunday brunch and how much does it cost per person?
28 March 2017|
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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.
Kristy A
Is this place child friendly ? Would they be able to offer highchairs ?? Thanks in advance!!
11 March 2017|
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Response from AussieSwimmer | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is child friendly & yes, they have high chairs. It's very laid back, just like us Australians....no worries.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$55
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, 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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