NYC Parks

Central Park Boathouse

Harbor / Marina, Lake, and Other Great Outdoors
Central Park, New York
  • The experts at Time Out New York and New York Habitat recommend this place
    • Time Out New York
    • New York Habitat
  • Sarp E.
    "A great patio to have a drink or two to enjoy the park and the view."(12 Tips)
    Eric V.
    "Long lines for boat rentals"(2 Tips)
    JP P.
    "Quick service for a romantic row boat around Central Park."(3 Tips)
    Donny D.
    "Great cocktails"(4 Tips)
86 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • cocktails
  • brunch food
  • wine
  • crab cakes
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  • Shane G.
    Shane GrahamOctober 3, 2014
    The Crab cakes are a really good choice for appetizer. The ambience is unmatched in my life thus far. Sure the weather has much to do with it but it's definitely one of your best choices.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShawMay 29, 2013
    The restaurant here is one of the better places I've ever eaten. I've eaten steak tartar before in France and in Belgium but this is the best I've ever had. A truly beautiful setting doesn't hurt.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkNovember 12, 2015
    Quick service for a romantic row boat around Central Park. It'll be tough to avoid the mobs of people coming in and going out but once you get past that, it's an amazing NYC experience
  • Camila R.
    During the summer and spring it is a lot of fun to rent a boat and go rowing. It is great for a date and it is really relaxing. Also, if you take a picnic it is not very expensive.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 7, 2011
    Escape the city and feel like you're in an entirely different world here. The outside bar is great to stop in for a drink after rowing your way through The Lake.
  • Sarp E.
    Sarp ErkayaJuly 8, 2015
    A quintessential New York spot. A great patio to have a drink or two to enjoy the park and the view.
  • Jessi W.
    Jessi WalkerFebruary 18, 2016
    Seriously -- if you are looking to get out of the city for a few hours, this place feels like you've been transported to a magical scenic garden. Summertime favorite!
  • Maria Yvonne T.
    Maria Yvonne TanSeptember 30, 2013
    Loeb's Boat House: had a hamburger with a big helping of fries and sparkling water for less than $12. Very reasonable price! See the stranded Venetian Gondolier with is gondola?
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkSeptember 13, 2010
    Fall, with its beautiful foliage and cool breezes, is the perfect time to take a row. Boats hold up to four people, and cost $12 an hour. Sate your appetite at the Boathouse Restaurant afterward.
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerOctober 16, 2015
    A tad expensive but rowing is so romantic that you should definitely do it! Really good spot to propose from 😊😉
  • Guest of a Guest
    The thinly pounded steak paillard and poached eggs at CPBH was cooked to perfection. Read more
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CordesJuly 3, 2011
    If you get out of dinner at night and don't want to walk through the park in the dark they have a complimentary shuttle that goes to the street entrances
  • Shane G.
    Shane GrahamNovember 5, 2016
    Really great Crab Cakes! The weather was awesome which made the experience and view unbelievable!
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The patio is the best outdoor seating in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • Ben H.
    Ben HantenSeptember 22, 2013
    Eat in the formal dining area for a great view. Your wait could be an hour or more, however.
  • Wa Y.
    Wa YaApril 9, 2013
    Rent a boat, and enjoy the skyline view! Spécialy on a sunny day!
  • JamesBrownInMiami
    JamesBrownInMiamiSeptember 8, 2013
    Breathtaking boat ride in Central Park. Don't miss it .
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeOctober 21, 2016
    Had a very fun boating experience. Rowing the boat was easier than I thot. $15 for an hour, with a $20 deposit.
  • Anna H.
    Anna H.July 22, 2013
    You should definitely add this on your to do list at Central Park!! Very fun and relaxing.
  • jamie r.
    jamie rykenJune 4, 2013
    Awesome good, everything from the pulled port to the chili dog!!
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WertzbergerAugust 20, 2013
    Such a fun activity to do with friends. And it's worth the price!
  • Isaac S.
    Isaac Sanchez SilvaSeptember 18, 2010
    Boat rentals are just $12.00 plus a $20.00 refundable deposit for an hour around the pond (cash only). Great to do on a warm day.
  • Donny D.
    Donny DontJanuary 2
    Great cocktails, the 'back 9' is good if you like something whiskey based
  • uSell
    uSellAugust 24, 2011
    The view from the deck will make you forget you’re in the big city. Definitely make reservations.
  • Rajesh
    RajeshSeptember 4, 2011
    Get a hunter or cucumber cooler to drink. Skip the fish dishes. Not sure how fresh they were since they came out 7 minutes after we ordered them
  • JoDee T.
    JoDee TaylorApril 18, 2013
    They make you wait to check in for dinner until dinner room opens, but then they don't open when they say they will. Nice view!
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandJuly 25, 2016
    Good food with a view and amazing service
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaOctober 19, 2015
    Fun activity to take visitors or a date on. Cheap too.
  • Pinar E.
    Pinar ErdoganFebruary 27, 2016
    It has a lovely view and brunchs are good
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayJuly 22, 2015
    Burrata appetizer is delicious
  • Las Vegas M.
    Las Vegas MannequinsSeptember 10, 2011
    $12 for an hour! Great deal and boats fit up to 4 people.
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesSeptember 1, 2011
    Enjoy a picturesque boat ride and then treat yourself to refreshments at the famous Central Park Boathouse. Read more
  • Carolina S.
    Carolina Secondo MagliaSeptember 30, 2013
    Don't miss out on the crab cake! Excellent!
  • Mariana A.
    Mariana AcchinoJuly 22, 2013
    Beautiful place, wonderful view, but food and drinks are expensive.
  • Se P.
    Se PekenioSeptember 5, 2013
    beautifull view one of the most amazing parts on the world
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NgJune 17, 2011
    BEST BOATING EVER!! so so much fun and really great prices!!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.August 2, 2013
    Don't rock the boat (don't rock the boat, baby). Don't tip the boat over.
  • Emmanuel G.
    Emmanuel GalvanSeptember 30, 2015
    Very romantic! A must for this fall season.
  • James M.
    James MielkeApril 16, 2014
    Looks like a lovely place to dine. Too bad no one from the Boathouse could be bothered to respond to my inquiries (plural) sent in via their web submission form.
  • Audrey N.
    Audrey NeilAugust 18, 2012
    Ask for Samir as your waiter. He is awesome!!!
  • Mike V.
    Mike VeckovicDecember 6, 2011
    really good beef and chicken kebob outside
  • Anna S.
    Anna SakharovaJune 2, 2013
    Do not use this place for any arrangements - they will 100% ruin your stay. Try any other restaurant
  • Las Vegas M.
    Las Vegas MannequinsSeptember 10, 2011
    Perfect spot for a nice glass of wine on the patio!
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 22, 2014
    Big money for cocktails by the water, probably not worth it for a non-tourist. Long lines for boat rentals, be prepared to stand and wait for a good while.
  • San
    SanSeptember 23, 2013
    They don't give out the wifi password for diners unless you are part of private party group
  • Pelita N.
    Pelita NapitupuluJuly 5, 2013
    $12 an hour for 4 people? It's fun. You better try it, buddy !
  • Allison
    AllisonNovember 8, 2013
    3 employees gave me and attitude within 1 min just Bc we had one less person. No one seemed to be accommodating.
  • Asia G.
    Asia GilesJuly 18, 2013
    Venice in NYC. How sweet.
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ClaryOctober 14, 2012
    Sit near the lake
  • Megan S.
    Megan ScarfoSeptember 8, 2013
    Have a Bloody Mary! The best!
  • Alperty
    AlpertyOctober 10, 2013
    Amazing !!! lovely place...
  • Fabio
    FabioOctober 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Open, nice, peopl
  • Shravan R.
    Shravan ReddyJuly 14, 2013
    Awesome brunch place
  • Tulin E.
    Tulin ENovember 18, 2014
    Great lunch with sunshine really cold day
  • Jackson E.
    Jackson EvansSeptember 15, 2011
    The workers are on strike so cross their line at your own risk.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KieslingJune 7, 2012
    Excellent mojitos!
  • Igor B.
    Igor BaltiyskiyOctober 15, 2013
    Swordfish is incredible
  • Nurah
    NurahJanuary 12, 2013
    Perfect waffle
  • mike g
    mike gMay 27, 2012
    Line moves surprisingly fast
  • Diana
    DianaJune 22, 2013
    Night atmosphere is better than day
  • Fabio
    FabioOctober 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Early is great
  • Barneys New York
    Barneys New YorkNovember 21, 2011
    Bask in the beauty of the Central Park Boathouse!
  • Christina D.
    Christina DwyerSeptember 5, 2011
    Would've liked to stop but had to respect the strike!
  • Connie N.
    Connie NielsenDecember 4, 2011
    Salin is a great bartender!
  • Samuel C.
    Samuel CrystalJuly 11, 2011
    $12 for an hour is a bargain Read more
  • LuLY ..
    LuLY .comAugust 9, 2014
    Super happy
  • tovenusandback
    tovenusandbackMay 30, 2011
    They don't serve the patio food anymore. Just tragic. I'd rather bring my own picnic now.
  • Will C.
    Will CifuentesJuly 1, 2012
    The air conditioning is very poor. Hot as balls in here!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel S.August 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This employer (Dean Poll) has treated his workers so poorly that they have gone on strike. For more, go to
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    Nice view but super crowded.
  • Dana M.
    Dana MostellucciOctober 3, 2014
    Crowded even for a Tuesday afternoon.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MarslandDecember 18, 2011
    Birthday brunch!
  • Evonne S.
    Evonne SOctober 16, 2011
    Roast beef delish
  • Anabel T.
    Anabel TeixeiraNovember 14, 2011
    Great brunch!
  • Heather R.
    Heather RoseSeptember 16, 2012
    Bathroom REEKS!!!!!
  • Robin C.
    Robin ColemanApril 24, 2011
    The cafe food is cheap but tastes like crappy. Bring a picnic instead
  • C.
    Have an ice cream and row a boat.
  • Gina N.
    Gina Naomi BaezAugust 12, 2011
    strike....don't go.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RobinsonOctober 26, 2013
    Horrible service horrible people
  • Maria G.
    Maria GlushkovaDecember 31, 2013
    Столик ждали больше часа, но за вином и болтовней с соседями не заметили. Место, вид и кухня стоит того!
  • Lorenzo A.
    Lorenzo AndraghettiAugust 11, 2014
    Buono e a buon prezzo
  • Mathieu G.
    Mathieu GuastellaFebruary 16, 2011
    Superbe endroit et possibilité de louer un bateau...
  • Aurelio A.
    Aurelio AlfanoDecember 13, 2015
    Un posto affascinante. Ottime le ostriche!
  • Aurelio A.
    Aurelio AlfanoDecember 13, 2015
    Atmosfera old fashion e ottimo cibo
  • rejane b.
    rejane boaventuraNovember 4, 2013
    aproveite muito bom
  • Debora C.
    Debora CavalheiroMay 17, 2015
    Linda vista com clima agradável perfeito para uma taça de espumante ❤️ super familiar
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