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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
    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
    Gothamist · August 1, 2014
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  • 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.
    Anya Kolbasko · April 18
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  • AFAR Media
    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
    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
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  • Irene M.
    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.
    Irene Mayans · June 8, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com
    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
    ThePurplePassport.com · February 13, 2012
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  • Bitches Who Brunch
    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
    Bitches Who Brunch · October 15, 2015
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  • Pinar M.
    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.
    Pinar Mertler · February 28
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  • Jennifer F.
    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.
    Jennifer F · April 18, 2011
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  • Harumi U.
    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
    Harumi U · August 24, 2014
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  • Liz N.
    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.
    Liz Nachtegall · September 20, 2013
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  • 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
    Bitches Who Brunch · April 14
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  • MetroFocus
    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
    MetroFocus · March 30, 2012
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  • NYC Parks
    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.
    NYC Parks · April 21, 2010
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  • Rodrigo M. G.
    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.
    Rodrigo M. Gazali · August 3, 2015
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  • Estrella
    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.
    Estrella · March 1, 2010
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  • Laura R.
    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
    Laura R · June 26, 2012
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  • 'Sal
    During summer time, try not to sit underneath an A/C unit. Otherwise, you'll get soaking wet when it starts leaking non-stop.
    'Sal · August 9, 2014
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  • Rob H.
    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.
    Rob Hunwick · August 14, 2013
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  • Andrew S.
    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.
    Andrew Sipotz · February 23, 2014
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  • Maggie B.
    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.
    Maggie Baer · September 14, 2011
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  • Michelle M.
    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.
    Michelle Mu · December 2, 2011
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  • Luciana L.
    On Saturdays the brunch takes place until 4pm. Good food, fair service, great view and environment. Try the Blood Mary drink, fantastic!!!
    Luciana Luperi · July 20, 2013
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  • Sally S.
    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.
    Sally Schmidt · March 7, 2010
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  • S_J L.
    chilled yellow fin tuna tartar, roasted colorado rack of lamb, roasted pork tenderloin, n truffle cake♥ great location, view, n service ;)
    S_J L · October 25, 2014
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  • Arlene A.
    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.
    Arlene Aran Amarante · December 22, 2011
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  • 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.
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  • Jennifer Y.
    Very romantic spot for lunch/dinner. We went here for dinner and the food was spectacular. It's pricey but look at the location!! ;)
    Jennifer Youn · September 8, 2011
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  • Dom H.
    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.
    Dom H · January 12, 2014
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  • NYC Parks
    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.
    NYC Parks · April 21, 2010
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  • NYC Parks
    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.
    NYC Parks · April 21, 2010
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  • Loris U.
    Eggs benedict with salmon mind-blowing and the salmon was not cooked it just stayed perfectly smoked. Beautiful place too
    Loris Uzan · November 24, 2014
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  • 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.
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  • Frappuccino
    Deliciously good and fashionable! A fav spot in fashionable movies. Be seen here and you might be picked up by an agent…
    Frappuccino · February 1, 2011
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  • Eduardo D.
    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.
    Eduardo Damasceno · October 27, 2013
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  • Tessa I.
    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.
    Tessa Ikslazmod · September 13, 2015
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  • John Z.
    Call before heading there as the dining room is often closed due to an event. Otherwise, it is a great experience.
    John Z · July 19, 2011
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  • Robert R.
    ...enjoy relaxing views at/from the Bar and Grill. Go for the Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce. Deliciously good... Read more
    Robert Rowe · June 15, 2010
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  • Ms A.
    If u consider going here, remember, that staff is rude and the menu is very limited, but u MUST order a main course!!!!!!!! Wtf??????????
    Ms Agatha · September 7, 2013
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  • Tarek D.
    Lovely setting and great for people watching. get there before 11 am to have breakfast outdoor by the lake
    Tarek Daouk · April 24, 2011
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  • 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.
    Juan Carlos Oliveros · July 5, 2010
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  • Ethan D.
    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.
    Ethan D · September 25, 2009
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  • Paige C.
    Come around sunset and have a glass of wine with friends. Can't go wrong at this location.
    Paige C · 2 weeks ago
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  • Patrick B.
    Desserts- Rhubard and choc tart were the best. A great spot for atmosphere, food isn't amazing.
    Patrick B · July 30, 2014
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  • Jim M.
    Among the few open public restrooms in Central Park. And a great place for a drink on a sunny day.
    Jim Meskauskas · April 2, 2010
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  • morgan m.
    Brunch is very good for a fair price. No alcohol before noon, so be sure to hit the bar beforehand
    morgan monnet · August 22, 2010
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  • HBO
    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.
    HBO · September 3, 2011
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  • Janet
    Excellent service and food. Waited an hour for a table of 11 plus 3 kids. free dessert were offered end of this party.
    Janet · June 2, 2014
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  • ReemO A.
    Great view, friendly waiters but really slow service! And the food is good.
    ReemO Almanie · July 26, 2015
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  • Alyssa
    Great location right in Central Park, perfect for special occasions. Order the crab cakes!
    Alyssa · January 10
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  • Ruth G.
    You must include the "Jumbo Lump Crab Cake" in your to-do list before die! Abs amazing!!
    Ruth González · August 29, 2013
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