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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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went after Columbia graduation - wasn't busy when we got there, by the time our food was served (90+ minutes later) it was busy - starters were ok, food was sub-par! Don't expect to make a return visit, ever...

1 Thank Lynn H
Scottsdale, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great space and vibe busy and loud but fun great views! They also had an outdoor band playing! Lots of singles and groups relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Carole L
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

The food is worse than cafeteria and they charge a fortune. Definitely a place to drink and not to eat.

1 Thank maria l
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

arrived around 6pm on a thursday- VERY busy and buzzing! Got lucky with a river view table on a sunny evening,watched sunset over the Hudson. However with live music on inside area there are no bad seats here. 4 of us mixed and matched our entrees- salmon,burger,chicken and sandwich, all tasty and superbly cooked. If you want a lively, buzzing... More 

Thank garyspeck
Sao Paulo, SP
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

It was difficult to find its entrance, not even the taxi who drove us there could help us, but after a feel minutes we managed to find it... and it was worth it. If you are a foreigner whose native language isn't English and you don't speak it, you may find it difficult to order anything in there. My parents... More 

Thank Paula F
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

1 Thank AidanTak
New York, NY
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank CerryChers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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258 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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