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E. 72nd St. at Park Drive North (Central Park)
New York, NY
(1) 212-517-2233 | www.thecentralparkboathouse.com
HOURSMain restaurant (dinner served Apr.-Nov.): Mon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-4:00pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Sat.-Sun.: 9:30am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-9:30pm; Bar & Grill: Hours seasonal and vary depending on weather; Express Cafe: Apr.-Nov.: 8:00am-8:00pm, Nov.-Apr.: 8:00am-4:30pm
BEST FORBrunch; lunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTREÉ)USD 12-18; USD 24-44
FAMOUS PLATESCrab cakes; pan-seared rack of lamb
DRINKS AND WINECocktails; extensive wine list; full bar
# OF SEATS300
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO68th St.-Hunter College (6); 77th St. (6)
Impressionist masterpieces are not the sole preserve of the august Museum Mile institutions: discover a Monet come to life at this historic lakeside property in Central Park. The formal main restaurant offers gourmet grub, but the more relaxed outside bar and grill (which serves snacks and cocktails) boasts winning views of the rowboats and gondolas skimming the lake, park greenery, and even skyscrapers peeking through the surrounding trees. The most casual option, the Express Café, a favorite destination of Central Park strollers, serves snacks and light meals throughout the day. All three venues are prettily picturesque, the perfect getaway for lovebirds and view-lovers alike.
A mix of younger professionals, older couples, families, tourist types, and Central Park strollers
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
For the main restaurant, go a bit dressy in a chic two-toned blouse, high-waist skirt, pumps, and choice handbag. The other two venues are more casual.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; a date; friends; coworkers
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Boathouse is one of those surreally rural-feeling places in New York, where you dine as if surrounded by miles of forest. Were it not for the eclectic, oh-so Manhattan clientele and those glimpses of skyscrapers, you could easily forget that you were in the city.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Due to its lovely location, crowds can become overbearing and touristy, especially in warmer months. (Along these lines, the gondola rides are near impossible to book unless you call well in advance.) We find the service less than impeccable and the food hit-or-miss (let’s face it, you come here for the scenery).
GOOD TO KNOW
The original boathouse, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, was built in 1874 but tragically burned to the ground. The 1950s version, known as the Loeb Boathouse, is what stands today. Dinner at the Boathouse is served seasonally, from April to November. The Boathouse is located right on the edge of Central Park Lake, but if you don’t feel like walking all the way into the park to get here, a seasonal trolley service is available at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street. (Trolley available from April to November on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays).
Le Quai (Beijing); Inn The Park (London)
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