Monday, June 6, 2011

Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park

The Boathouse Restaurant
East 72nd St. & Park Drive North
(within Central Park, west of the Metropolitan Museum)
Mon thru Fri: Lunch noon-4:00p; Dinner (Apr-Nov) 5:30-9:30 (last seating)
Sat and Sun: Brunch 9:30a-4:00p; Dinner (Apr-Nov) 6:00p-9:30 (last seating)

Located at the northeastern tip of the Lake, the Loeb Boathouse houses the Boathouse Restaurant, a famous icon of Central Park. Overlooking the lake, it is a charming place to have lunch on a pleasant afternoon (or dinner April through November). Many diners prefer the deck, where they can watch the rowboats and occasional gondola drift by.

Year-round, a complimentary trolley picks up patrons from a stop at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street and drops them off directly at the boathouse (between Nov. 4 and Apr. 14, the trolley runs only Sat., Sun., and holidays). Weekdays from 3pm to 7pm (when vehicles are permitted in the park) patrons can use the restaurant parking lot. At all other times, diners may use the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue and taking the free Boathouse Trolley to and from the restaurant. The garage is open 24 hours.

Note: Vehicles are permitted in Central Park only Monday through Friday from 7-10am and from 3-7pm. Whether by car or by foot, enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street and follow the traffic road to the right. It is a very pleasant walk to the restaurant and takes approximately 5-6 minutes.