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Central Park Boathouse

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Central Park, New York
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    "guilt-causing calories by renting a rowboat or a bicycle"(7 Tips)
    Sarp E.
    "A great patio to have a drink or two to enjoy the park and the view."(45 Tips)
    Steven S.
    "Great crabcakes drinks are good view is great."(13 Tips)
    JP P.
    "Quick service for a romantic row boat around Central Park."(4 Tips)
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  • Jean M.
    Jean McCarthyJuly 26, 2016
    Perfect to sit outside, have a drink, and enjoy the view on a nice day. Make reservations in advance for dinner inside and enjoy the live piano.
  • 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.
  • Anya
    AnyaApril 18, 2016
    The service is a little slow, I guess it's because the 15% tip is already included to your bill, but the view and the food was good. I had a delicious octopus salad and scallops.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The famous boathouse in Central Park is known for its fancy lunches for the ladies who lunch. But you can also get takeout and enjoy the same view for under 10 bucks. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: A-. Yay! We’re so glad the quality of Central Park Boathouse’s brunch matched the caliber of the beautiful ambiance. Eating brunch here in warmer months is a must for any New Yorker. Read more
  • 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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperSeptember 1, 2016
    So touristy uugh... But the canoe rental is real fun and can be relaxing, even if it is a workout to row!!! One hour for only $15, up to 4 ppl in the boat is great
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Though the food isn't necessarily exceptional considering the high price, it's fun to watch visiting boaters paddle by you while you munch on lunch dishes like herb-roasted filet mignon cob salad. Read more
  • Irene M.
    Irene MayansJune 8, 2013
    Go for the fresh brewed hibiscus tea and crab cakes At least 2-hour waiting during weekends, either go to the outside bar (only tapas/drinks but still nice) or during weekdays to avoid the crowds.
  • 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
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 14, 2016
    The Benny at the Central Park Boathouse is great! It isn’t too heavy on the Hollandaise sauce, and has a well proportioned amount of spinach. Read more
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 24, 2014
    On a sunny nice day, you would be waiting for a boat forever. If you want to just enjoy the view, grabbing a drink at bar is the way to go. Takeout food is reasonable
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusMarch 30, 2012
    Meet Birding Bob at the Boathouse restaurant for a bird tour through the park. Enthusiasts & novices alike can join in Saturdays at 9:30AM for a $10 three-hour walk. Find more wildlife at MetroFocus. Read more
  • 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.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RJune 26, 2012
    Such a great view of the boating lake in Central Park and the food is really good! Not a cheap place but a winner with parents if they are in town visiting
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Luciana L.
    Luciana LuperiJuly 20, 2013
    On Saturdays the brunch takes place until 4pm. Good food, fair service, great view and environment. Try the Blood Mary drink, fantastic!!!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 25, 2014
    chilled yellow fin tuna tartar, roasted colorado rack of lamb, roasted pork tenderloin, n truffle cake♥ great location, view, n service ;)
  • 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?
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FApril 18, 2011
    Picked up a coffee and cranberry scone after they opened on a Sunday AM. Great scone. They could use sleeves for the cups though because the coffee is super hot & they only give one cup.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HunwickAugust 14, 2013
    If you look out to the water, then look to the right, you'll see a nice big sunny rock. Have your lunch then go take a break on the rock. It's bliss.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MuDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be intimidated by the line if you go for Sunday brunch. It moves faster than expected. Good food, awesome view. Take the seat by the window.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SipotzFebruary 23, 2014
    Food and service was pretty meh, but the view and environment was spot on. Perfect brunch spot as long as you're not expecting the best food at that price.
  • Arlene A.
    Arlene Aran AmaranteDecember 22, 2011
    There is an area that has the view of the lake. Great lunch venue. Otherwise stay at the inner room to grab a drink from the long walk.
  • 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.
  • Dom H.
    Dom HJanuary 12, 2014
    If you don't want a full service meal, go round the side to the bar and grill for more casual dining with the same views.
  • 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
  • Reemo A.
    Reemo AlmanieJuly 26, 2015
    Great view, friendly waiters but really slow service! And the food is good.
  • Kristen A.
    Kristen AFebruary 23
    The quiche is my go to brunch dish.
  • Loris U.
    Loris UzanNovember 24, 2014
    Eggs benedict with salmon mind-blowing and the salmon was not cooked it just stayed perfectly smoked. Beautiful place too
  • Sal
    SalAugust 9, 2014
    During summer time, try not to sit underneath an A/C unit. Otherwise, you'll get soaking wet when it starts leaking non-stop.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Come around sunset and have a glass of wine with friends. Can't go wrong at this location.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BJuly 30, 2014
    Desserts- Rhubard and choc tart were the best. A great spot for atmosphere, food isn't amazing.
  • 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
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YounSeptember 8, 2011
    Very romantic spot for lunch/dinner. We went here for dinner and the food was spectacular. It's pricey but look at the location!! ;)
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Amazing views. Come here to see and be seen... Cool place.
  • Shane G.
    Shane GrahamNovember 5, 2016
    Really great Crab Cakes! The weather was awesome which made the experience and view unbelievable!
  • Ruth G.
    Ruth GonzálezAugust 29, 2013
    You must include the "Jumbo Lump Crab Cake" in your to-do list before die! Abs amazing!!
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksApril 21, 2010
    After stuffing your face with delicious food at The Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park, burn off those guilt-causing calories by renting a rowboat or a bicycle from the adjacent kiosks.
  • KristiaMarie P.
    Fries & lemonade were great! Lots of little birds were perched on my table...while I was eating. They would not let up. Ballsy.
  • Wijdan A.
    Wijdan AliSeptember 7, 2014
    I had this dessert last week, but I can't find it on the menu :( it's the best dessert ever!!!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LauerMarch 18, 2014
    Row Boat Rentals April - November, ]10am till dusk. $20 cash deposit, $12 for the first hour, $2.50 each additional 15 mins
  • Maggie B.
    Maggie BaerSeptember 14, 2011
    What if someone held a protest a nobody cared??? Ignore the pathetic losers outside and enjoy the amazing food, wine, and ambiance. Ps--someone should really throw a net over those ppl outside.
  • Janet
    JanetJune 2, 2014
    Excellent service and food. Waited an hour for a table of 11 plus 3 kids. free dessert were offered end of this party.
  • Estrella
    EstrellaMarch 1, 2010
    A must if you're in central park, all year long. Beautiful inside with a wonderful pianist - in cold months try to snag one of the big leather armchairs near him.
  • 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
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