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Boat Basin Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés Upper West Side
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Boat Basin Cafe
Venue says A casual open air treasure overlooking the Hudson River. Catering is our specialty, book your private party today! 212-496-5542

Time Out says

The story of the 79th Street Boat Basin goes back to 1937, when construction first began in order to provide boaters a place to dock during the summer months. Crooner Frank Sinatra has docked here, as has 'The Godfather' author Mario Puzo and Mad Magazine journalist Dick DeBartolo.

Over the years the Boat Basin has passed through various management, at times flourishing and at others falling into disrepair, but New Yorkers' love of the site has kept it alive. And thank the heavens it did! Nowadays, from March to October, you can visit the characterful Boat Basin Cafe, which resides in the  Guastavino-tiled rotunda and overlooks the Hudson, offering priceless views of the sun setting behind New Jersey.

Chef Michael DeGeorgio has revamped the menu, which features fresh seafood dishes, contemporary American cuisine (burgers, dogs and gourmet sandwiches) and pizza. There's also a dedicated kids' menu, making the Boat Basin Cafe a perfect spot for all the family.

Boat Basin Cafe says
The nostalgia of the West 79th Street Boat Basin is something we cherish as it is one of New York City’s oldest event locations on the Hudson River, having famous historic guests like Frank Sinatra and Mario Puzo, to name a few. Therefore, we couldn’t ignore the importance of updating the restaurant and giving a new look and feel to the dining atmosphere as well as improving our menu choices for our loyal customers of the West 79th Street Boat Basin.

We’ve been working very hard to develop our menus and restore the West 79th Street Boat Basin to a cleaner and more welcoming experience for our guests to come and spend quality time with friends and family. Our main menu and catering menus have been elevated both in style and taste with the culinary expertise of Chef Michael DeGeorgio. Chef DeGeorgio attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York where he earned the Waldorf Astoria Award as the top student in his class upon graduating. For the past 20 years Chef DeGeorgio worked as an Executive Chef at Il Cortile, the Five-Star restaurant in Manhattan, taking on many other culinary efforts including a catering partnership. With Chef DeGeorgio’s involvement with the Boat Basin Cafe, the food is better than ever, including some of the freshest seafood and best American dining NYC has to offer on the marina.



Address: W 79th St
Riverside Park
New York
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average main course: $17
Opening hours: Daily noon-11pm
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The Boat Basin is an awesome place to drink and hang out. There are beautiful views of the Hudson River. Go here on a beautiful day to day drink. I am a huge fan of the frozen drinks. I also enjoyed the turkey burger, but it was on the pricier side. Be sure to walk through Riverside park afterwards!

Great stopping point along bike path that travels up the west side of Manhattan to George Washington Bridge.  This open air restaurant is very pet friendly and is good for a quick drink or sit down meal.  It easier to access from bike path, but coming from the street side, just keep walking west., under West Side Highway and you'll reach it.  Great to watch sunsets or just people gaze.  


The Boat Basin is mostly cool because it is unique - a large, outdoor area right alongside the river on 79th Street - but the food and drinks are lacking. It is definitely a fun spot to hang out with a group of friends in the summer - very casual and VERY crowded on a nice summer day. New York doesn't offer many places to chill out by the water, so this is an option, but not the nicest or best place.

The boat basin is a great spot on the upper west side if you are looking for a fun time, good food, and good views.It can get a little packed on Fridays and Saturdays, but compared to some of the other bars near the water it is not nearly as packed.You usually can get a table within a few minutes no matter what.Food is your typical bar food, beer menu is solid, and the view out into the water is unbelievable.Wait staff is usually pretty good, and the atmosphere is fun especially when a good game is on.

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.