The Loeb Boathouse – Central Park, NY
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park -aka- the Boathouse offers a few things – scenery, food, drinks, people, a 150yr history, and Central Park lakeside.
It is a very charming venue that apparently is the only restaurant that sits directly on a lake in Manhattan.
It’s a safe choice if you have the duckets and are in impress mode, or simply want to unwind. We went one Saturday and it was packed. We even took in a boatride in one of their Venetian gondolas to kill time as we waited on our table. That and we engaged in a few drinks at the outdoor patio bar.
Their drinks were excellent.
We had the cucumber cocktail and martini with organic vodka, which were both perfect.
Once our table was ready inside, we quickly ordered a few courses. I started off with the Arugula Salad with figs, ricotta and vinaigrette. (I didn’t include the photo because it came out way too blurry, unphotoshoppable blurry..)
I then ordered the seasonal Duck which I don’t believe was on the menu, while my FPIC ordered the Wild Striped Bass. I then finished with a glass of Moscato and dessert.
All in all I’d have to say the experience overall was great. Their food itself however, was perfect in appearance, lackluster in taste. The duck looked amazing but its taste didn’t match up. The bass was ok, and although the figs were a nice touch – the salad was a salad, and their was nothing special about the dessert. This place earns its stripes in other areas obviously, but certainly not with the food in my obsessionista opinion. If I were to go back, I’d head right to the outdoor patio and let the bartender work his magic and the gondolier serenade us with his Venetian vocals. Preferably around sunset.