Boat Basin Cafe

(212) 496-5542

W 79th St, New York, NY | Directions   10024

40.783063 -73.978809

Open Hours

Monday To Sunday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 11:00 PM To 11:30 PM Sunday From 11:00 PM To 10:00 PM

 
Restaurants, Bars & Clubs, Bars & Pubs  more

More Categories: Certified Green Restaurant(R)

Bar & Club Special Features: Live Music, Outdoor Seating

Bar & Pub Special Features: Water View

Cuisine: New American

Tags: Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side

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Boat Basin Cafe

Reviews for Boat Basin Cafe

Recommends

I think I've lived in every neighborhood in NYC in my 18 years of being here and this place was the only reason why I was seriously thinking of not moving again. On a warm, sunny day, going here makes you feel as if you've made it in this life. Enjoy the views of the Hudson river while sipping on summery cocktails and shooting some yummy raw bar food.

Recommends

The food isn't the draw here, to say the least, but the view, the mood, and the undeniably romantic atmosphere more than make up for it. It's also dog-friendly.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Service and attitude there is disappointing – I walked my dog from East 80th and 2nd Ave to wait 10 after being seated to order a beer then another 10 to get the beer. Placed my lunch order a burger, after 40 minutes waiting for the burger, I asked what was going on, after another 7 minute wait I left. It was not a busy afternoon may a dozen tables seated. I found this to be a very disappointing afternoon and nobody there seemed to care. I would not recommend this place after what happened today. Walking home to the eastside I stopped at another dog friendly spot the boat house cafe in central park. I ordered a burger, friesand beer for the cost of a buger at the boat basin. The buger was actually good and fries what you expect. Best of all no 45 minute wait with out even an apology.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good for out of town visitors – Great option when you have guests.. Well at least in the spring or fall time.. I don't think I would go there again in the summer or the winter.. but I still recommend going there in the winter.. it's very nice atmosphare plus if you can get the tables that are overwatching the Hudson you are in luck!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Wedding Place – I wasn't here for the normal food/rest piece of it. Friend of mine had a wedding here and I have to say the venue is great for those looking to have 150 or so people at the wedding. Views of the pond and skyline in the back can't be beat on a early summer nite.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Bar To Relax, Enjoy The Sunset, And Have A Drink – Perfect for late spring, summer, or early fall drinks, The Boat Basin is a real treat for New Yorkers. As a bar, this place has more space than most and offers drinks that don't burn through the wallet (more than other bars, that is). Yes, you'll pay $6-$8 for a beer, well drink or margarita, but it's worth it to experience an outdoor bar with amazing views of New Jersey and sunsets over the Hudson River. I strongly recommend the margaritas, which are frozen and actually contain a pretty decent amount of tequila... hooray! Our group ordered shrimp cocktail and a few other appetizers to nosh on while we hung out here -- beware, the shrimp (which were delicious, by the way) are served with the tails still on! I've been here a few times and I have never felt overwhelmed by a crowd (big plus), nor have I had a bad experience. The bartenders have always been friendly and the scene plays to an upscale crowd without coming off overly chic. Try Boat Basin for lunch on a weekend... it can be tough to get a table but the wait is usually pretty short and totally worth it for the view you'll have while eating. A crosstown bus drops off passenger only a few blocks away... you won't wait long for the bus after you leave The Boat Basin, though, since it closes by 11:30pm. What a shame!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Horrible Food, overpriced, all for a nice view – Honestly some of the worst food I've ever had, and overpriced to boot. The drinks are watered down and also overpriced. The only reason to go here is for the beautiful view, which is specially gorgeous at sunset. It is a place that family visiting from out of town would love, if you are willing to spend way too much money on bland food. If I am going to say anyting positive, it's the staff. The service was fast and the people were very, very nice.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

I thought Boat Basin was great. – We went there on an off day, so we ended up with a nice table and great view. Food was good, but that was not why we were there. I wrote a review on ManhattanBars . com. I will be going back soon!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I LOVED it! – Maybe b/c I went around 8p.m. on a Sunday night - almost empty, food came STAT, so much so I was shocked. Reminded me of that scene from Roman Holiday where Hepburn and Peck dance away. Being a dog momma, I was ecstatic with my reception - bar people were super nice. Regarding people who don't want dogs around - true, all dogs should be restaurant-trained (no excreting indoors) or at least put a diaper on it. And nonstop yappers need to stay home. The view is INCREDIBLE and I will definitely go back with friends. The prices are also surprisingly reasonable for Manhattan. For people who dislike dogs - I suggest you frequent any of the 6,000,000, OTHER, dog-hostile places in Manhattan! Give us dog people this gem of a refuge, please! This place is PERFECT for easygoing, unpretentious types (i.e. DOG PEOPLE)!!!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Long wait for bad table – As nice as the location is- beautiful sunset, next to the river...its not worth going there anymore. You can't reserve a table which means waiting time is looong. They said its 45 minutes and after that we heard again its 45 minutes. Food is average, has become more expensive and is served in plastic baskets. If you are lucky you have a table with a river view but if not- LEAVE! The smell under the roof is disgusting and its way too loud to talk there.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great place to bring the pooch! – They will even bring a plastic bowl of water for your four legged friend! The food is OK but the atmosphere is really great. Our particular server was very attentive and brought everything out in a timely manner. She even brought water for the dog.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Beautiful Sunset on the Hudson – Great for drinks after work, very lively ambiance. The sunset was beautiful .

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