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Boat Basin Cafe

in Riverside Park
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  • American (Traditional)
  • W 79th St, New York NY10024 40.709733 -74.014481
  • (At Riverside Dr)
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  • (212) 496-5542
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User Ratings (Based on 40 reviews)

Food 3.1 Value 3.7
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 4.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 496-5542
Visa, MC, AmEx, DC
Mon-Wed: 12pm-11pm Thu-Sat: 12pm-11:30pm Sun: 12pm-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Live Music, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Scenic View, Waterfront, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by Kate from Pa. on 07/10/2006

    Keep Dogs Off the Tables

    Enjoyed our casual dinner watching the beautiful sunset and summer night traffic on the river. Did not enjoy watching fellow diner allow her dog to eat off the table. Then they allowed their Pug to sit on the table! Maybe allowing dogs is not a very healthy idea. Or maybe they could allow the dog, but not the owners.

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by Fido on 07/02/2006

    Awesome atmosphere

    One of the best places to relax and enjoy a casual meal in a perfect setting. The food is good for what it is...it doesn't try to be pretentious, and actually is pretty tasty. Margaritas are great. You will have to wait a while for a table on a weekend evening (an hour plus), but even the wait is nice. Just grab a margarita and go sit on a bench overlooking the hudson. Beautiful sunsets.

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by Matt on 05/05/2006

    Dont be ridiculous

    It is an extremeny nice and relaxing break from the typical city dining. I have gone there numerous times and never even noticed dogs were present. Maybe you should enjoy yourself instead of looking for something to complain about.

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by bella on 09/11/2005

    A gem!

    You go to this place to escape! I have never noticed any problems with the dogs. In fact they are a great addition to the ambiance. The food is just average. You go for the view and for the relaxed atmosphere. If you are a nut and super sensitive about dogs- STAY away!

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2005

    Why it's Great

    It's a beautiful setting where a person can eat outside and not have to deal with honking horns or people passing by and staring at your food. The food, while not spectacular, is exactly what you want to compliment your mood and margerita. Okay, so some other posters have an issue with the dog thing. But they have to recognize that their problems are with obnoxious dog owners who think it's cute when their "teacup" yorkie/chihuahua/etc. yips and yaps from under its pink sweater. This is a societal issue, not a dog-friendly restaurant issue. Dog friendly restaurants are great and unfortunately, there are SO FEW of them. This is an outdoor restaurant where you can have a bite to eat while taking a stroll with your dog through the park. And it's beautiful. If you have a problem with the dogs, then go out to eat somewhere else where you can't watch the sunset over the river or listen to the creaking boats in the fresh air. It's a trade-off and it's definitely worth the occasional yip.

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by weddinggal on 08/29/2005

    Pros and Cons

    I think the posts here have valid points. Having a dog, I go way out of my way to find cool places where she can join me in a yummy meal. It satisfies my heart to see my little fella so happy and content by my side. I agree that if your dog is going to "do his business" while people are dining, leave him at home or do what I did with my male: use a diaper. Even when I went to the pet shops, I knew he'd try to leave his mark over other dogs' marks, so I would put little Underoos on him. It worked, and the store staff were really appreciative of my consideration. Also, if your dog is a nonstop yapper, leave it home. As much as I love dogs, I do not want to dine in the middle of a barkfest, either. The occasional yell or such, quickly hushed, is a different story. I would urge dog owners to use common sense and consideration: if your dog is not properly behaved and clean while out, leave it home. I take my dog out because she sits quietly, does not relieve herself in the place and does not bark. This is how it should be done. The Boat Basin is a gem. I was there for the first time last night and I went there after trying to go to Revival downtown but getting stuck in traffic I figured I'd try the Basin. I thought it'd be pricey but it was not only friendly, inexpensive and clean, the view was like a movie scene. I was ecstatic, I will be bringing more people there, and I only hope irresponsible dog owners don't ruin it for us "genteel" folk!

  • Boat Basin Cafe

    Posted by Stone on 08/26/2005

    Regarding the Negative Dog Reviews Here

    Ok I just had to write to say, There are a BILLION restaurants in the city. If you don't like the place because of dogs, DON'T GO. This place is for people with dogs. Period. So it's ridiculous to judge it because of that. It's at an amazing nestled corner of the city, decent food, great atmosphere. So keep your snooty clothes in the closet and come enjoy a great atmosphere with or without a dog, and understand what it entails to be at a dog friendly restaurant, you must be friendly & ok with dogs. And, YES, I'm very into fine dining myself, but I have no problem finding other restaurants to satisfy that need.

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