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The Central Park Boathouse

New York , NY

LOCATION

5th Ave at 72nd Street
New York, NY 10028 US

PHONE

212-517-2233

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Had our wedding on 9/19/14 at the Boathouse. The venue is stunning; many, many guests have commented to us of how impressed they were with the Boathouse, including the beauty of the venue and professionalism of the waitstaff. We've also been told that the food was the "best food I've tasted at a wedding." Peter was our coordinator-- from the very beginning, he was kind and very responsive, and guided us throughout the wedding planning with patience. Peter and the highly professional staff at the Boathouse were invaluable in making our wedding so memorable.
Had our wedding on 9/19/14 at the Boathouse. The venue is stunning; many, many guests have commented to us of how Read more...
Had our wedding on 9/19/14 at the Boathouse. The venue is stunning; many, many guests have commented to us of how impressed they were with the Boathouse, including the beauty of the venue and professionalism of the waitstaff. We've also been told that the food was the "best food I've tasted at a wedding." Peter was our coordinator-- from the very beginning, he was kind and very responsive, and guided us throughout the wedding planning with patience. Peter and the highly professional staff at the Boathouse were invaluable in making our wedding so memorable. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.8/5.0
Doesn't get anymore New York City than the Central Park Boathouse! We really wanted an iconic venue for our wedding and for our guests and when we went to visit the Boathouse for the first time we were instantly convinced that's where we wanted to have our wedding reception. It was the perfect venue, especially for warm summer night. The venue is BEAUTIFUL in the center of the park overlooking a lake. They are well oiled machine and definitely know how to run events at their venue. James was our coordinator and he was fantastic. Responsive to my questions and very flexible with all our requests. He assured me that our wedding day would be well managed and it was. Everything was seamless, they really made the whole night flow very nicely and everything went off without a hitch. We highly recommend the Central Park Boathouse!
Doesn't get anymore New York City than the Central Park Boathouse! We really wanted an iconic venue for our wedding and Read more...
Doesn't get anymore New York City than the Central Park Boathouse! We really wanted an iconic venue for our wedding and for our guests and when we went to visit the Boathouse for the first time we were instantly convinced that's where we wanted to have our wedding reception. It was the perfect venue, especially for warm summer night. The venue is BEAUTIFUL in the center of the park overlooking a lake. They are well oiled machine and definitely know how to run events at their venue. James was our coordinator and he was fantastic. Responsive to my questions and very flexible with all our requests. He assured me that our wedding day would be well managed and it was. Everything was seamless, they really made the whole night flow very nicely and everything went off without a hitch. We highly recommend the Central Park Boathouse! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.5/5.0
We were thrilled to have our wedding at the Boathouse. We worked with James who was warm and eccentric and followed through on making our wedding a tremendous experience. The food was unbelievably good--even better than the restaurant, the staff was friendly and sweet, and James was there to see that everything ran smoothly.
One thing to be aware of--the liquor selection is rather poor and there is no upgrade available, so we appreciated that the Boathouse allowed us to bring some of our favorite bottles in for no extra charge. We also came in on the gondola--cheesy we know!--but it was magical and our guests couldn't stop talking about it, or the whole wedding really, and we have the Boathouse to thank.
We were thrilled to have our wedding at the Boathouse. We worked with James who was warm and eccentric and followed Read more...
We were thrilled to have our wedding at the Boathouse. We worked with James who was warm and eccentric and followed through on making our wedding a tremendous experience. The food was unbelievably good--even better than the restaurant, the staff was friendly and sweet, and James was there to see that everything ran smoothly.
One thing to be aware of--the liquor selection is rather poor and there is no upgrade available, so we appreciated that the Boathouse allowed us to bring some of our favorite bottles in for no extra charge. We also came in on the gondola--cheesy we know!--but it was magical and our guests couldn't stop talking about it, or the whole wedding really, and we have the Boathouse to thank. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We worked with James to arrange all of the details for our ceremony and reception. He had great advice and was really flexible when we wanted to change some things around. The event turned out more beautiful than I ever imagined and the night ran smoothly and seamlessly. Everyone has said what a fun and beautiful wedding it was-- and we couldn't agree more!
We worked with James to arrange all of the details for our ceremony and reception. He had great advice and was really Read more...
We worked with James to arrange all of the details for our ceremony and reception. He had great advice and was really flexible when we wanted to change some things around. The event turned out more beautiful than I ever imagined and the night ran smoothly and seamlessly. Everyone has said what a fun and beautiful wedding it was-- and we couldn't agree more! Read less
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Liza
Wedding:
2/20/2014
4.2/5.0
This restaurant is truly in a remarkable location with direct views into nature. Our small spectacular wedding reception was handled beautifully by the staff, waiters and especially the Bakery and Chef. Our wedding cake was beautiful and deliciously moist.
Our wedding officiant, Rev. Samora Smith, truly knew to pick this location as our venue for our special day.
This restaurant is truly in a remarkable location with direct views into nature. Our small spectacular wedding reception Read more...
This restaurant is truly in a remarkable location with direct views into nature. Our small spectacular wedding reception was handled beautifully by the staff, waiters and especially the Bakery and Chef. Our wedding cake was beautiful and deliciously moist.
Our wedding officiant, Rev. Samora Smith, truly knew to pick this location as our venue for our special day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
We held our wedding reception at the Boathouse in early November 2013 and, while our experience was not great in the year leading up to our wedding, were absolutely thrilled with the final outcome. I wasn't ever entirely sold on the venue: it felt too casual, cliche, and cookie-cutter for the elegant black-tie party I hoped to throw (other locations we considered, for context, were the NY Historical Society, the Museum of the City of NY, and the University Club). But being able to have our reception in Central Park, which we thought would be a cool thing to tell our kids, along with the price/size, ultimately won the day. And I'm actually convinced that the venue's more laid-back feel (which we paired with black tie anyway) made people more willing to cut loose and party.
We worked with Peter on planning, and found him to be insufficiently responsive. We were also disappointed by the food at our tasting, finding it overcooked and catering-hall-like (though we didn't pick the venue for the food). On both fronts, the Boathouse turned out to give a first impression (bad) that differed materially from what they ultimately delivered (excellent): the attention improved materially as our date approached, and the food at the event was remarkable. In the end you wind up forgiving their initial transgressions, because everything works out beautifully (in no small part because of our maitre d', Harold, who was phenomenal). The one lingering disappointment in retrospect was that we couldn't bring in our own florist.
I would not get married here when their restaurant is open to the public for dinner (May-Oct) unless you are willing to buy out the restaurant; you pay more "in season" but only get the side banquet room, which feels peripheral. We did the first weekend after they close for dinner, which is the height of fall (and often foliage) and meant we got to use the main restaurant too. I would not have been married there if we had only had the banquet room.
We held our wedding reception at the Boathouse in early November 2013 and, while our experience was not great in the year Read more...
We held our wedding reception at the Boathouse in early November 2013 and, while our experience was not great in the year leading up to our wedding, were absolutely thrilled with the final outcome. I wasn't ever entirely sold on the venue: it felt too casual, cliche, and cookie-cutter for the elegant black-tie party I hoped to throw (other locations we considered, for context, were the NY Historical Society, the Museum of the City of NY, and the University Club). But being able to have our reception in Central Park, which we thought would be a cool thing to tell our kids, along with the price/size, ultimately won the day. And I'm actually convinced that the venue's more laid-back feel (which we paired with black tie anyway) made people more willing to cut loose and party.
We worked with Peter on planning, and found him to be insufficiently responsive. We were also disappointed by the food at our tasting, finding it overcooked and catering-hall-like (though we didn't pick the venue for the food). On both fronts, the Boathouse turned out to give a first impression (bad) that differed materially from what they ultimately delivered (excellent): the attention improved materially as our date approached, and the food at the event was remarkable. In the end you wind up forgiving their initial transgressions, because everything works out beautifully (in no small part because of our maitre d', Harold, who was phenomenal). The one lingering disappointment in retrospect was that we couldn't bring in our own florist.
I would not get married here when their restaurant is open to the public for dinner (May-Oct) unless you are willing to buy out the restaurant; you pay more "in season" but only get the side banquet room, which feels peripheral. We did the first weekend after they close for dinner, which is the height of fall (and often foliage) and meant we got to use the main restaurant too. I would not have been married there if we had only had the banquet room. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Everything was absolutely perfect and amazing!
Everything was absolutely perfect and amazing!
Everything was absolutely perfect and amazing! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
The food was fantastic for our wedding. Better than the restaurant itself! The staff went above and beyond and Harold, the head of the house, made our event seamless. He knows how to run an event - we could not have done it without him. Our guests had the most fantastic time and we would recommend it to anyone!
The food was fantastic for our wedding. Better than the restaurant itself! The staff went above and beyond and Harold, the Read more...
The food was fantastic for our wedding. Better than the restaurant itself! The staff went above and beyond and Harold, the head of the house, made our event seamless. He knows how to run an event - we could not have done it without him. Our guests had the most fantastic time and we would recommend it to anyone! Read less
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Nicoletta
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Excellent wedding venue....they made all our requests a reality! James was AMAZING!
Excellent wedding venue....they made all our requests a reality! James was AMAZING!
Excellent wedding venue....they made all our requests a reality! James was AMAZING! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
The event was better than I could have dreamed the staff was very attentive and helpful even when we feared our cake wouldn't come they were going to go out and get another, it was a magical night and we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate our love and marriage.
The event was better than I could have dreamed the staff was very attentive and helpful even when we feared our cake Read more...
The event was better than I could have dreamed the staff was very attentive and helpful even when we feared our cake wouldn't come they were going to go out and get another, it was a magical night and we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate our love and marriage. Read less
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