love being different
There is something to be said about old favourites, oldies but goodies, the classics. They’re well-remembered and are still around for a reason. That’s exactly what The Lakeside Restaurant at the Central Park Boathouse is; a classic, a favourite, an oldie but always a goodie.
When I went to lunch at the Boathouse, I honestly did not think I’d end up writing about it. The entire thing seemed like a very typical, somewhat not noteworthy lunch out in the city. But sometimes it’s the simple poetry of normal ordinary days that are worth remembering. Because it’s those ordinary days that can make up an extraordinary life.
The People: The staff of the restaurant are very well trained and very polite. PLUS our waiter did the strangest thing I’ve ever seen a waiter do in a New York City restaurant. He tried to give the tip back! He politely told us that service charge was part of bill and so there was no need to tip him. What an honest person. That made us want to tip him even more!
The Ambience: Probably the best aspect of the place, with Central Park as a backdrop and the boats lazily drifting across the lake, there couldn’t be a lovelier place to eat on a summer day. It’s a great place for families, friends, and couples to go. That makes it the perfect place to go on almost any day of the week.
Perhaps the only downside is that they do not take reservations, which means you have to show up early and line up. That doesn’t really affect the ambience on the inside. In fact, it gives you a chance to check out the photos of celebrities who have eaten at the boathouse and of movies that have been filmed there.
The Food: Clean, fresh, and delicious. The Lakeside Restaurant has those well-loved classics you always wouldn’t mind eating, and may even crave on a regular basis. I mean, any day that I don’t have to make my own crab cakes and they come perfectly cooked and delicious is a great day. The same goes for the Roasted Pork Tenderloin.
The Price: The Lakeside Restaurant of the Boathouse is not cheap, but I found it to be absolutely worth it.
Now, the hour of decision…
Would I go back? Yes. The overall experience was absolutely lovely. I’d definitely make it a point to go back each summer and during different seasons as well.
Decide for yourself:
The Loeb Boathouse is by East Drive inside Central Park. It can be accessed from the 5th Ave & 72nd St;(212) 517-2233; thecentralparkboathouse.com