Boat Basin Cafe

Boat Basin Cafe

(Now Closed)
Upper West Side, New York
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  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 1, 2011
    A real hidden gem in the Upper West Side and it gets our vote for the best place to watch the sunset. Right on the Hudson River with sailboats passing by, relax, have a drink, and enjoy the view.
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    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    A great spot for those cool summer nights. They close early so be ready for a backup spot if you're looking to stay up till the cows come home.
  • Katie
    KatieMarch 19, 2012
    absolutely delightful outdoor bar, right on the hudson river. very similar to the frying pan, but it was far less crowded... although that might be because people didn't know it was open yet!
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LudmanAugust 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You're here with friends to drink outside with a view of the water, but don't leave without getting the onion rings; super crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and it's a generous portion.
  • Courtney R.heart icon on user image
    Courtney R.December 29, 2014
    One of my favorite summer spots. Great views and a fun place for drinks. Skip the food there and enjoy one of the many UWS restaurants nearby.
  • Erin W.
    Erin WolffJuly 16, 2012
    Edamame, grilled aspargus, and all salads are awesome! Also they have san pellegrono blood orange-major plus! Awesome views, but you have to walk outside for the bathrooms so not good when it rains.
  • Psychedelic Messheart icon on user image
    Psychedelic MessJuly 7, 2015
    the frozen margaritas are great! the view is the amazing and there are no bug problems as I previously read on here. Thankfully I didn't experience this even though I ate outside. Beautiful @night too
  • Michael S.
    Michael SlavenApril 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to watch the sunset. Tables on the deck are reserved for those eating food. Put your name on the list early and grab a few beers. Happy hour till 7pm but only at the bar.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 5, 2015
    The Hudson River sure is pretty in the summer. All that beauty is even better with an electric lemonade in hand, a vicious cocktail consisting of frozen lemonade, vodka and blue curaçao. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 20, 2016
    After running some laps at the West 72nd Street Dog Run, cool down and take in a gorgeous view of the Hudson. (It’s even cool if your date drools on the sidewalk.) Read more
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole ChecoMay 16, 2015
    Chill and dog friendly place. Such a nice view <3 strawberriew daiquiries are awesome! Good service too. Drinks, sun and the hudson river view, what else could you want?
  • Sarah B.heart icon on user image
    Sarah BachmannAugust 24, 2013
    Best Date Night, thanks to the welcoming host (bigger guy) hooked my boyfriend and I with THE BEST table. What a fun place for drinks with friends. DEF coming back & bring everyone I know!
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseJuly 26, 2015
    Summer staple- standard fare bar food (I opt for the Turkey Burger), buckets of beer, or a Dark and Stormy.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 5, 2013
    Come here for happy hour during the early evening - the sunsets are gorgeous, as are the views. The food is decent, but we come here mainly for a beer or a margarita.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 24, 2017
    Elevated and built out of rusticated stone like a Transylvanian castle, is the West 79th Street Boat Basin Café, overlooking a marina. Read more
  • StayNYC R.
    StayNYC RentalsAugust 27, 2018
    Should you find yourself in the mood to ogle New Yorkers’ yachts and slightly less-enviable sailboats, grab an outdoor seat at Boat Basin, a cafe and bar on the west end of Riverside Park
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonOctober 10, 2011
    The beautiful view of the Hudson can lead to a romantic evening however...LOUSY food (Pier 1 Cafe owns). Good place to meet up w/ a group of friends for summertime drinks. -
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    HarryJune 5, 2015
    Excellent location with views of Hudson River. This "café" could be great, but instead it is in desperate need of a renovation. "Eco-friendly" napkins at a place full of plastic seems like an oxymoron
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Sitting below ground with open-air seating looking over the Hudson, the restaurant is known as one of the best spots to catch a New Jersey sunset. Read more
  • Ashita M.
    Ashita MehtaJune 13, 2011
    Enjoy great views of the Hudson from the patio or go indoors for an upbeat ambience. The crowd is typically composed of the young and the yuppies. Oh, and try the nachos and sangria! :)
  • Ryan G.heart icon on user image
    Ryan GallagherJuly 11, 2017
    Great views of the Hudson and NJ. Food is poor but the view makes up for it.
  • Laura K.heart icon on user image
    Laura KathSeptember 9, 2014
    Dine with the views of the west river! Simple food but really tasty and cheap! Worth every penny! There's a basket of fries for $5 !
  • Heather O.
    Heather OkeefeJune 22, 2014
    They officially open at noon on Sundays, but begin serving a bit earlier. Come early for a table with a view
  • Danheart icon on user image
    DanAugust 16, 2012
    come in the afternoon - its the greatest place in the world to have a pepsi and listen to hotel california and american pie played back2back! ;)
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithAugust 29, 2014
    Food is a bit overpriced but the drinks are reasonable during happy hour. Come here during sunset and enjoy the view
  • Becka S.heart icon on user image
    Becka SimonMay 14, 2014
    Best place to relax on the UWS during the summer. Take shade underneath the stone arches and enjoy the outdoor bars along the water. Many people bring their dogs!
  • Tony G.
    Tony GandiaMarch 27, 2013
    Water-front views of the marina and Hudson River in this open-air restaurant at Riverside Park serving burgers and others.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiApril 15, 2014
    The forgotten 4th sunny day drinking spot (after Standard, Frying Pan, and Beekman) is actually 2nd best (only after Standard)
  • Michaelheart icon on user image
    MichaelAugust 10, 2015
    Skip it! A bit too much of a scene. Walk 10 blocks down the river to Pier i instead and enjoy the sun(set) with beers, burgers, and fries.
  • Victoria N.
    It's the trip all the way over here, but totally worth it. Sit outside and you get a stunning view.
  • Red Sea P.heart icon on user image
    Red Sea PedestrianMarch 30, 2013
    Great place to grab a few drinks by the river. Keep in mind you all need to get food in order to get a table outside overseeing the water, but contrary to what most say the food is OK.
  • Wilmer S.
    Wilmer SAugust 29, 2011
    Beautiful view. Great, surprisingly strong, frozen margaritas. Service is a little slow, but the view makes it all worth it. Dog friendly place.
  • Wen Seng L.heart icon on user image
    Wen Seng LieSeptember 2, 2015
    I was half drunk. The wine and beer are cheap. Their burgers are so so. But the ambiance is what they sell. Cool place to chill out with friends
  • Tim R.heart icon on user image
    Tim RAugust 14, 2014
    Food wise: burger is the way to go. We also tried the chicken sandwich, nachos, and Turkey sandwich but found them all a bit meh.
  • Karen M.heart icon on user image
    Karen McAnanamaDecember 29, 2014
    This is a key New York experience -- for family and pooches alike
    MeCritic.comNovember 26, 2011
    Nice outdoor bar, good happy hour for after work. Sit next to the water and see beautiful views of northern nj. Food is average at best.
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    JPJuly 1, 2015
    I love the open floor and the view of the water but it can get crowded quickly
  • Charles S.
    Charles SmithJuly 19, 2012
    For competitors in the New York City (Olympic Distance) Triathlon this is a great place for a meal after Bicycle drop off Saturday and Pick up Sunday.
  • Pedigree Brand
    Pedigree BrandNovember 7, 2011
    A covered outdoor eatery with wonderful Hudson River views that welcomes dogs. After enjoying a casual meal with your dog, stroll over to the nearby Riverside dog run near the Boat Basin.
  • Jacqueline W.
    Jacqueline WeppnerDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your kids / dog / bike... This crowd-friendly outdoor UWS staple is a summertime favorite and good for casual private parties. Beware of the electric lemonade though - super strong!
  • Lina
    LinaMay 30, 2013
    Way an amazing view. Great place for drinks and a view in NYC
  • Charles S.
    Charles SmithJuly 19, 2012
    One of the best locations for family, friends and supporters of New York City (Olympic Distance) Triathlon competitors to watch their racer exit the water and waddle to their bikes.
  • Abby
    AbbyJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A good place for summertime drinks. Huge outdoor area with an awesome view of the river. Drinks are reasonably priced for the view you'll get. Skip the nachos. Read more
  • Will C.heart icon on user image
    Will CutroneJuly 17, 2015
    Solid beer selection. Food standard pub fare. Killer views. Can get WAY hot in the summer.
  • Elena H.heart icon on user image
    Elena HoodJanuary 4, 2015
    Great place for outdoor drinks. There's always a breeze coming off of the river.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerMay 12, 2015
    Come with good company on a warm summer night to enjoy the sunset and a few drinks on the water.
  • Monica S.
    Monica SumaSeptember 22, 2013
    Great sunset views off the Hudson River. Cool outdoor cafe, casual summery vibe. Food sucks though, especially the burgers.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HeffronJuly 28, 2011
    Wonderful outdoor location for drinks in the summertime. Great alternative to the frying pan scene...sit overlooking the water and enjoy the breeze
  • Kash G.
    Kash GuhaApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to have lunch and drinks with friends. I love the view of the Hudson River. The chicken sandwich is really good.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RyanAugust 22, 2011
    Watch the sunset from this HIDDEN gem...underneath the West Side Hwy. Right on the Hudson Marina...great bar and food!
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