Marinas >Central Park: Loeb Boathouse
Central Park Lake off East Dr, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.776154 -73.969060
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Central Park
Great Anniversary date – My boyfriend and I had lunch there on a saturday for our anniversary. I had always wanted to go there since I had moved to NYC. Its iconic New York. The wait was about an hour and a half, so we decided to kill time by taking a boat ride on the water. It was amazing. The retaurant was great. Not as many brunch selections as I thought there would be, but it was worth it. Not as pricey as I thought it would be. There were plenty of plates under $20.
Good for special occasions, elegant yet casual date – The setting by the lakeside is fresh and unbeatable in its charm. Go early, maybe a bit of boating and catch the sunrise on the river as you eat.
If you call and make a prior reseravtion, you get a good lakeside table and no waiting. The service here is smooth waiters accomodating but non-intrusive. Atmosphere is not stuffy or snooty (though you do need to dress well) so taht makes it perfect to take a special friend or family out for birthdays as well as a more elegant yet casual early date.
Its not all in the setting. The food is good too. Above average mostly with some dishes excellent depending upon what you order. Serving sizes were what i liked best, filling and satisfying.. makes you feel you got your value for money. Bit pricey but not excessively so. The cocktails are interesting. Mostly lighter ones... the mango mojito was my fave of the evening.
Definitely, a restaurant worth a visit. Give it a try.
Poor Service, Food was Very Good – The restaurants website does not support Mac, forcing me to use opentable directly, at higher cost to the restaurant. Our guests arrived before us and were told the reservation was made for 2, not 4 people. I arrived to find them sitting in the waiting area, not at the table, and had not been offered a drink. I showed the host the email confirmation on my iPhone. He shrugged and said they were having problems with opentable. Having made dozens of reservations this way, it has never been a problem. When we were seated, we asked for the table next to the pond, but were told it was reserved for a friend of the owner. Nobody ever showed up. The server was rude, offering as a response to what he considered medium rare "bloody". Nice. He was evasive, slow and rude. I like the location a lot, and the food was very good (I noted there were no vegetarian entrees on the menu), but the service was a turnoff. I'm not sure I'll go back, and I'll certainly be careful who I take there in the future (ie. not clients).
too bad – first time at the boathouse, which i thought was a lovely place in central park. we sat on the side tables near the gondola boat to enjoy the last part of the day. Then came the mean waitresses. Consistently rude, after 1 beer and a glass of wine, the bill was promptly put on our table without asking us if we would like anything else. We asked for a second round and as time went by with no drinks, we politly asked again, at which point the waitress said "wait a minute" in a nasty tone. Boathouse should send staff to manners school asap. I would probably not go again.... and go somewhere else in the park instead.
You may never make it to Venice, but you can still ride in a gondola. – Overview
Perched on the easternmost corner of the lake, the boathouse has been providing a respite from urban anxiety since the 1870s. The original fixture--designed by Calvert Vaux--was replaced by the current copper-topped lakefront edifice in the 1950s, yet the nostalgic charms of this inner-city escape have not been diminished by an upgrade.
To fully experience this Central Park gem, you're going to need to get on the water. With that in mind, you can either rent a boat and paddle yourself around or take a ride on a gondola and let someone else do the rowing. Afterward, grab a bite at the restaurant, which has an outdoor terrace that's perfect for warm summer nights.
Superb – The Boat House is my favorite place in the city, either for a nice brunch near CP's Lake, for a glass of wine and grilled shrimps at the Grill or for an abundant and delicious dinner al fresco.
It's a MUST.
The food is fabulous (especially fresh seafood). The staff is professional (except for some of their maitres d'). And the location is heavenly.
Who new? – The Boat House was always a unique location with great potential but had fallen into disrepair. So its about time that new owners have completed a multi million dollar restoration that has made the Boat House a top notch, first rate catering venue.
I attended a wedding there recently. It was superb. From the passed elegant Hoards d oeuvres to the four artfully plated courses that followed. The hotel grade silver, china and stemware were what I would expect at at small 5 star restaurant. The service was on the mark, seeming to anticipate my needs but never intrusive. The restoration/renovation has brought in lighting that made everyone look like movie stars. Add to this its idyllic setting on the water nestled in Central Park and what else can you ask for?
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