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The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park

East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-517-2233
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (237 reviews)
“crab cakes” (142 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (41 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
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Reviewed yesterday

A setting that's beautiful in all seasons, this restaurant is actually 4 places under one roof...a very casual (and exceptionally well-priced) take-away with indoor seating within the boathouse, more seating for a beverage or a snack adjacent to the boat rentals, a busy bar with...More

Thank Elfma
Reviewed yesterday

Came here for lunch in the summer, was such a great atmosphere. Booked a table before we flew out and so pleased we did as this was the best day of our trip. We were sat outside, right next to the lake. Ordered crab cakes...More

Thank millyc266
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped for a light lunch. The food was ok. I had a salmon salad. The salmon was chopped and mixed with dressing, so more like a pâté. My partner had a hot dog. He said it tasted as expected. I order French fries which are...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a fab spot and a real treat to sit outside to celebrate our friend's birthday. The food isn't great but it's good. The staff ranged from excellent to some with a bad attitude. The actual venue is great and I would go back...More

Thank UKJAX8
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just called in and were luicky to be led to a table very quickly.Clay our waiter was fantastic. The outlook is exceptional and the food was delicious

1  Thank philgey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was extremely average - when you serve stone cold bread as part of your bakery selection, that's a warning sign of whats to come. Crab cakes were great but the BBQ octopus was lacking any flavour whatsoever, For main course, my wife ordered the...More

Thank sm00rthy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here 2 times during our week in NYC as it was a great little outside bar that sits beside one of the ponds in Central Park. We didn't go into the main restaurant. We just really enjoyed the location and had a beer...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really looking forward to a lovely meal with great service when arriving for brunch. We were second in line but were seated 10 minutes after we had walked in (watching everyone else walk right in and be seated. We had a party of...More

Thank M B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And I know this is the case, but each time I go I hope that they will deliver more than just the restaurant's location, which is superb particularly on a sunny lunchtime. The menu is predictable. The food not great (my companion was very disappointed...More

Thank GeoffNicholas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dined here with my family on our last day in NYC on July 6, 2017 while walking in Central Park before heading to the airport. This place is located in the heart of Central Park overlooking the pond with row boats. We started with...More

1  Thank caymankid
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Tom O
4 July 2017|
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8 May 2017|
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Response from AussieSwimmer | Reviewed this property |
G'day Margaret During the week you can drive in Central Park but not on the weekends or public holidays when it is closed for pedestrian traffic only. I suggest you park on 5th Ave near E 72nd Street and walk or take the... More
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Response from FdeSR | Reviewed this property |
I remember eating the best Benedict eggs of my life and some delicious waffle. But I saw people eating some more lunch-like dishes. I payed around $30.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$55
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:00
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
12:00 - 15:45
09:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East 72nd St & Park Dr North, New York City, NY 10021
  • Public Transportation: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-517-2233
With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!
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