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The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café

W. 79th St. at Henry Hudson Pkwy., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Riverside Dr.
212-496-5542

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"Recommended"

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My only wintertime regret

By Exuparem on 1/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love this place during the Summer. It's such a lovely 'escape' from the city on a Saturday morning or afternoon, especially when the sun is blazing and the accordionist is playing. Pooping pigeons, plastic plates, long waits and all, I will keep going back to this place when the city thaws!

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540 out of 1103 people found this review helpful.

location... location... location

By guyatlarge on 12/3/2002

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Turn a blind eye to the plastic plates and tableware... this open air eatery on the Hudson is a great escape from the stroller-filled Upper West Side streets. The strolling musician from Central Casting adds a level of camp to the proceedings. The fare is salad and sandwhich, but if a modestly priced outdoor escape is what you yearn for - you will do no better.

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478 out of 862 people found this review helpful.

Boring postcollegiate meatmarket's a waste of a beautiful space

By shamrock on 1/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

On each of the rare occasions I've gone to the 79StBB, there's a Tufts, Brandeis, or Syracuse reunion in full swing: guys in "office casual" and girls in pastel dresses desperately schmoozing each other. There's cheap beer in plastic cups... woo-ee. This is like a dull end-of-school frasority BBQ. You WILL go home discolored by the inescapable, respiratory-system-clogging gritty smoke. Too bad this cool space with its weird faux-classical pillars is home to such a consistently dull scene. Maybe someday it'll get better.

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