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The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park

American Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central Park, New York
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  • NYC Parks
    "guilt-causing calories by renting a rowboat or a bicycle"(6 Tips)
    Luciana L.
    "Good food, fair service, great view and environment."(31 Tips)
    Jessica L.
    "Row Boat Rentals April - November, ]10am till dusk."(3 Tips)
    Steven S.
    "Great crabcakes drinks are good view is great."(10 Tips)
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  • 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
  • Anya K.
    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
  • 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.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comFebruary 13, 2012
    The Boathouse is one of those surreally rural-feeling places. Were it not for the eclectic, oh-so Manhattan clientele & those skyscraper glimpses, you could easily forget that you were in the city. 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
  • Pinar M.
    Pinar MertlerFebruary 28
    Nice view.Bad coctails, bad service at the bar. Be prepared to wait for 45mins and see the people who came after you get a table before you. Food is good but not amazing. This place is overrated.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Liz N.
    Liz NachtegallSeptember 20, 2013
    It's a beautiful restaurant, with a beautiful view, but if you're coming here for good service.....don't. Very rude staff, have never felt so pushed to eat my food and get out, like an assembly line.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rodrigo M. G.
    Rodrigo M. GazaliAugust 3, 2015
    Service was of a "C" class restaurant and very disappointed with the service etiquette. Serving spoons and Oysters picks had to be requested after food was served. Really a disappointing experience.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • '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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MuDecember 2, 2011
    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.
  • Sally S.
    Sally SchmidtMarch 7, 2010
    Eggs, bagels, pancakes and really good bacon make this a good dog friendly stop in the AM (they open @ 8am) $1.35 coffee is cheaper than Starbucks.
  • 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!!!
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 25, 2014
    chilled yellow fin tuna tartar, roasted colorado rack of lamb, roasted pork tenderloin, n truffle cake♥ great location, view, n service ;)
  • Charlie305 S.
    Go for a gondola ride 212.517.2233. Ask for Andres. Join the frequent floater club. Best secret in the City. Even die hard New Yorkers who have seen and done everything will be delighted.
  • 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.
  • 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!! ;)
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksApril 21, 2010
    If the main menu is out of your price range, pick up a quick bite from the Boathouse’s express café and dine at a lakeside table.
  • 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.
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksApril 21, 2010
    To avoid waiting for a table in the main dining room, sit at the bar, where the menu choices are the same, while enjoying a draft beer.
  • 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
  • Frappuccino
    FrappuccinoFebruary 1, 2011
    Deliciously good and fashionable! A fav spot in fashionable movies. Be seen here and you might be picked up by an agent…
  • 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.
  • Eduardo D.
    Eduardo DamascenoOctober 27, 2013
    Nice View, food ok, nothing exceptional, and expensive. We had a very bad experience with the waiter. Not coming back. The hostess was very nice with us.
  • Tessa I.
    Tessa IkslazmodSeptember 13, 2015
    Food is average and overpriced. Service is mediocre at best. Typical tourist trap. Expect a lot of white tablecloths and a lot of white people.
  • John Z.
    John ZJuly 19, 2011
    Call before heading there as the dining room is often closed due to an event. Otherwise, it is a great experience.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweJune 15, 2010
    ...enjoy relaxing views at/from the Bar and Grill. Go for the Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce. Deliciously good... Read more
  • Tarek D.
    Tarek DaoukApril 24, 2011
    Lovely setting and great for people watching. get there before 11 am to have breakfast outdoor by the lake
  • Juan Carlos O.
    Bring cash. You get to row around the park and make sure you bring an umbrella since there's hardly any shade. Amazing.
  • Ms A.
    Ms AgathaSeptember 7, 2013
    If u consider going here, remember, that staff is rude and the menu is very limited, but u MUST order a main course!!!!!!!! Wtf??????????
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 8
    Come around sunset and have a glass of wine with friends. Can't go wrong at this location.
  • Ethan D.
    Ethan DSeptember 25, 2009
    And the kids love it too. Rent a boat for an hour and paddle around the lake in Central Park. Its a unique NYC experience.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BJuly 30, 2014
    Desserts- Rhubard and choc tart were the best. A great spot for atmosphere, food isn't amazing.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MeskauskasApril 2, 2010
    Among the few open public restrooms in Central Park. And a great place for a drink on a sunny day.
  • morgan m.
    morgan monnetAugust 22, 2010
    Brunch is very good for a fair price. No alcohol before noon, so be sure to hit the bar beforehand
  • 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.
  • HBO
    HBOSeptember 3, 2011
    Sex and the City happened here. "Don't let him kiss you, that seems to be where you get into trouble." After Big and Carrie fell in love, they fell in the pond.
  • Reem A.
    Reem AlmanieJuly 26, 2015
    Great view, friendly waiters but really slow service! And the food is good.
  • Ruth G.
    Ruth GonzálezAugust 29, 2013
    You must include the "Jumbo Lump Crab Cake" in your to-do list before die! Abs amazing!!
  • 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
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