Central Park

The Loeb Boathouse

American Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central Park, New York
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    "guilt-causing calories by renting a rowboat or a bicycle"(6 Tips)
    Luciana L.
    "Good food, fair service, great view and environment."(32 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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  • 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.
    Upvoted Apr 29
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reemo A.
    Reemo AlmanieJuly 26, 2015
    Great view, friendly waiters but really slow service! And the food is good.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 8, 2016
    Come around sunset and have a glass of wine with friends. Can't go wrong at this location.
  • 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.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJanuary 10, 2016
    Great location right in Central Park, perfect for special occasions. Order the crab cakes!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BJuly 30, 2014
    Desserts- Rhubard and choc tart were the best. A great spot for atmosphere, food isn't amazing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Cindy O.
    Cindy OlMay 14, 2016
    Great views and ambience tucked away in the park.
  • Ying Z.
    Ying ZhangSeptember 1, 2012
    After row boating, take a beer in a boat house is the most joyful experience I have ever had!
  • 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…
  • Joel S.
    Joel SavitzkySeptember 6, 2015
    If you get to attend a wedding reception here, consider yourself lucky!
  • Philip W.
    Philip WinslowJuly 20, 2014
    Sit at the open-air bar in the summer, have a cocktail, and enjoy the view.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ishwarya R.
    Ishwarya RajendraBabuNovember 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Golden pancakes and three egg omelette is the best combo under 10 bucks.
  • Pinar M.
    Pinar MertlerFebruary 28, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Carli D.
    Carli DAugust 18, 2016
    Great location for large events. Food/drink bar is only okay - works in a pinch when hungry in the park.
  • Angela F.
    Angela FettersOctober 26, 2014
    My favorite place to bring visitors to have a mimosa/bloody mary. Enjoy the pond and ppl rowing boats.
  • Dalal A.
    Dalal Al HAugust 20, 2013
    Highly recommend for a good time with family and beloved ones. Classy food and luxurious place.
  • Sanzidul
    SanzidulSeptember 3, 2013
    Please give a tip to the hard working men who pull and push the boats in and out of the water
  • @sloane
    @sloaneDecember 10, 2011
    Away from the crowds, beautiful spot year-round (plus delicious food).
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrenizerAugust 4, 2014
    Such a great venue for summer weddings: http://ryanbrenizer.com/2014/08/central-park-boathouse-wedding-jennifer-and-marc/
  • Josette
    JosetteMay 31, 2015
    No place in New York can beat this spot and quality of food and music on a beautiful evening
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mark P.
    Mark PollardAugust 29, 2015
    $15 for an hour on a boat in the middle of Manhattan is the dopeness.
  • Luiz Filipe M.
    Luiz Filipe MachadoAugust 3, 2011
    Nice restaurant with a great view. Go for the salmon, great choice
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherNovember 21, 2015
    Take a boat out for a row around the lake and then grab a drink at the Boathouse after. Read more
  • 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.
  • Olli N.
    Olli NastamoMay 5, 2011
    What could beat sitting here and enjoying a nicely priced Moet & Chandon with your friends
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Really nice and beautiful place. The Sunday brunch is awesome.
  • Leena A.
    Leena AlRajhiSeptember 23, 2015
    The lake view is amazing but I don't like there menu and food.
  • Geraldine V.
    Geraldine ViscoAugust 20, 2015
    Wine and the bar. Gabor the bartender is cute!
  • Alice R.
    Alice RoseJanuary 17, 2014
    Fish and chips yummy! View is sunny!!
  • 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
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJuly 17, 2012
    Barry at the bar made a great Cucumber Cooler for me. Very refreshing!
  • David H.
    David HartmanSeptember 24, 2013
    Cool sailboats for rent and nice bathrooms with no lines
  • Joachim K.
    Joachim KeimJuly 27, 2016
    Service was good as was The place it self. For the price you get far better Food in other places.
  • Irinka
    IrinkaFebruary 18, 2015
    Great for coffee! Nice view
  • Ken C.
    Ken CookJuly 16, 2016
    The yogurt parfait and the chocolate croissant were good
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergDecember 5, 2011
    On 4/7/11, I joined World Bank President Bob Zoellick here at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • L
    LApril 17, 2012
    Great place for a drink on a Sunday afternoon (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ozgur A.
    Ozgur AksoySeptember 14, 2016
    Rent a boat and row in the lake before you leave
  • 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.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MuellerJune 15, 2013
    Highly suggest the turkey burger. Crazy amount of fries for $2.75
  • Winnie
    WinnieOctober 13, 2013
    The sautéed monkfish is incredible 🐟
  • César MR
    César MRApril 20, 2014
    The homus and vegetables wrap is the best
  • Luma
    LumaAugust 26, 2016
    The service is a bit slow but the ambience is fantastic.
  • Stacey G.
    Stacey GeddieJune 19, 2011
    No alcohol severed until noon on a Sunday :( Really wanted a Mimosa on this beautiful Sunday morning (11:00). Next, back to NYC in November.
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataMay 17, 2013
    Perfect for a drink on a nice Summer afternoon.
  • Lillian C.
    Lillian ChanSeptember 5, 2010
    beautiful at night for desserts. The sorbet and molten hot chocolate cake was divine...
  • Håkan F.
    Håkan FApril 4, 2015
    Beautiful location in the park, but worse cappuccino ever 😂
  • João Paulo M.
    João Paulo MattosNovember 4, 2011
    Make a reservation from the website before you go. www.opentable.com is a sugestion.
  • ash
    ashJuly 31, 2010
    Sit at the bar!! Full menu options and the bartenders are the best!!
  • Fotini🍭
    Fotini🍭December 21, 2016
    If you come to NY you need to come here for sure!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomversation.com C.
    Most tranquil place in Manhattan if you get on a boat and just row, row, row your boat.
  • David A.
    David AOctober 21, 2012
    Perfect place to come if you wanna see some high class stuck up snobs !
  • Lyndsey H.
    Make sure to make reservations ahead of time for seating and the gondola!!
  • Wendy V.
    Wendy VerbraeckenApril 6, 2015
    Delicious food at a super location!
  • Sacha S.
    Sacha S6 days ago
    Come here for the romance, the view and the history. The food is good but overpriced.
  • Shawn K.
    Shawn KormondyJuly 31, 2010
    Just sit at the bar and enjoy the champagne. The bartenders are the best! :)
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinOctober 16, 2015
    Great place for special occasions
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 9, 2015
    Voted Best Brunch with a View 2015 by Bitches Who Brunch. Read more
  • Mandy F.
    Mandy FatemiJuly 22, 2012
    Rent a rowboat here and row in the Central Park pond!
  • Steve W.
    Steve WattsFebruary 28, 2015
    Great food...great views
  • Bárbara C.
    Bárbara CaparrozAugust 10, 2014
    A vista maravilhosa é só para grupos de 3 ou mais. Casal só pode ocupar as outras mesas. Ainda, vale pela comida deliciosa e ambiente muito agradável! Prepare o bolso e a paciência.
  • Gabriela A.
    Gabriela AraujoNovember 21, 2014
    Almoçar com a vista do lago do Central Park já vale a visita! A comida é boa, mas não tem nada de espetacular! O ambiente é que vale!
  • Ana Carla A.
    Ana Carla AraujoMarch 9, 2014
    Delicia de lugar, se nao tiver reserva chegue no máximo ao 12:30 para almoçar e ficar em uma boa mesa. O Twin burger é divino, os outros pratos servem duas pessoas.
  • Lívia E.
    Lívia ErvedosaFebruary 15, 2015
    À beira do The Lake você se remete ao romantismo daqueles filmes que nos fazem chorar! Drinks e comidinhas são atrações à parte!
  • Abel B.
    Abel Bueno ArandaSeptember 27, 2015
    El servicio fue bueno, la comida, aunqu no excelente, está muy por encima de la media y la localización es inmejorable. ¿Vale esa mezcla lo que cuesta? Es difícil de justificar pero si lo tienes...
  • Paula T.
    Ótimo atendimento, pedimos peixe e carne vermelha e ambos estavam deliciosos. Fora a vista para o central park q dispensa comentários. Não é barato
  • João Paulo H.
    João Paulo Hentz RedivoNovember 15, 2016
    Bom atendimento e pratos saborosos. Sem contar no ambiente é vista para lagoa do Central Park.
  • Alex J.
    Alex JJanuary 8, 2015
    Um dos melhores restaurantes de NY. Almoçar em uma mesa rente ao lago comendo o steak. Tudo de bom
  • Amanda Z.
    Amanda ZavataroApril 9, 2014
    Brunch delicioso. Valeu a pena esperar 1hr pela mesa na janela com vista perfeita para o lago.
  • Rodrigo C.
    Rodrigo CampisiFebruary 6
    Ambiente muito agradável. Pratos gostosos e valores médios para mais.
  • Cesar L.
    Cesar L.September 24, 2015
    A vista é maravilhosa e o atendimento muito bom. E só ! A comida não a vale a pena, seja o steak New York ou o linguini. Totalmente sem graça e gosto.
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