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Boat Basin Cafe

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Upper West Side
American, Bar, Cafe
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W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
+1 212-496-5542
12:00 - 23:00
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Thu - Fri 12:00 - 00:30
Sat - Wed 12:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Such a amazing cafe with a great view in the middle of the city.. if you are looking for a getaway from the city life for a few hours or enjoy natural and great food. This is definitely the place to come to.. We started with Cesar salad, followed by grilled salmon with asparagus and a side which was very... More 

Thank kayj1105
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The Boat Basin is the type of place you can forgive for having mediocre food. That said, if you're looking for something low key and have a dog it's an ideal spot!

Thank AidanTak
New York, NY
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I come here almost every weekend with my family and dog. You can't beat the outdoor ambience. Great burgers and beer. This is simple food done well enough.

Thank GirlFromNYCity
Ferrara, Italy
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The place is really nice, you can enjoy the sunset on the river. But the serive is bad: the waiters are not kind and the food doen't deserve its price.

Thank CerryChers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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243 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Decent views (not great as compared to other waterfront establishments) and a friendly staff. The drinks were delicious too. Overall, a very good experience.

Thank Larry K
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213 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

This must be one of the nicest lunch locations in NYC with river view And terrace. But why not some better food? And esp. real plaits and cutlery? Is the place owned by a plastic magnate? Service is efficient.

Thank Alexander M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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133 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I haven't been to the Boat Basin since the early 2000's and was relieved to see that it was pretty much the same. I took some friends here and we all thought it was the perfect spot to sit and have a bite and enjoy the summer breeze of the river. We had some beers and an order of the... More 

Thank Windsor999
New York City, New York
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249 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This place has a European feel to it. You don't feel like you are in New York. Walking down to the basin, you may think you are not going the right way, but just keep walking down. Food is good and a great place to meet friends for drinks

Thank John D
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Nice place, lots of space, beautiful view Food was good: hamburger , French fries, grilled chicken Cesar salad! Ice cream for desert It was a rainy day

Thank silvania T
Rhode Island
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Drinks on the terrace overlooking the Hudson with beers galore - solid apps and killer sunset. I'll be back. Got lucky with no wait when we got there was a bonus that according to my daughter never happens ! Thank you to the woman manager who was very attentive while her people were very busy !

Thank Michael G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: W 79th St, New York City, NY 10024
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-496-5542

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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