The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café

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79th Street Boat Basin Cafe
Upper West Side
Yes, it gets crowded. And yes, it gets crowded with annoyingly preppy UWSers. But the view, the terrace and the breeze make it hard to write off the Boat Basin. Summer in the city almost requires a visit or two to this social hub, and if you don’t mind waiting, you will be rewarded with a cynicism-busting sunset over the Hudson while you down burgers and beers with your best friends.
Venue name: The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café
Contact:
Address: Hudson River at West 79th St
New York
10024
Opening hours: Mon–Wed noon–11pm; Thu, Fri noon–11:30pm; Sat11am–11:30pm; Sun 11am–10pm (weather permitting)
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average main course: $18

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Monica L

Boat Basin is such an unexpectedly delightful outdoor watering hole inside Riverside Park. Visitor’s have to hunt a little to find the place - walk as far west on 79th street as possible, cross Riverside Drive, and walk below the highway underpass (don’t worry - there’s a sidewalk, it’s safe). There are staircases that lead you down to the Cafe which opens up gloriously free of traffic noise from the traffic circle above and with beautiful views of the Hudson. The food is nothing to write home about and the beer selection is pretty generic, but it’s a great spot to while away a warm summer evening with friends.