79th St. Boat Basin Cafe
- richard Jun 29, 1999 05:49 PM
I realize this is not typical Chowhound fodder, but
how's the food and atmosphere at the 79th Street Boat
Surprisingly edible. We were there a few weeks ago.
My wife had a turkey burger which was, well, turkey
burgerish. Not great (perhaps barely good), but when
is a turkey burger ever great or even good, and I've
had worse. I had a grilled steak sandwich. I expected
sliced steak, and instead got a single piece of meat,
and was anticipating a lot of work chewing form my
dinner for not much flavor. Much to my surprise, the
steak was tender and tasty -- a very nice sandwich,
even if the bread was a little dry.
So try it , you could do worse. On a similar note,
though, driving up west side highway I noticed another
cafe in the park around 104th st -- anyone know
anything about this??
re: Alan Divack
I ate at the uptown version last night--it's in
Riverside Park around 104th st. I had a very good
veggie burger--had a real grilled taste which is quite
unusual for the genre. The atmosphere right now is
fun, slightly disorganized, friendly and new. I hear
the downtown version is overrun and obnoxious already,
and I'm hopeful that this won't happen to the less
trendily-located northern locale. Others at my table
had the vegetarian chili--labeled "chili salad" but
actually just a very good, spicy, vegetarian chili
covered with way too much cheddar cheese (which we did
ask, to no avail, to have left on the side). Tossed
salads came with a balsamic vinaigrette that was very
low on oil (a matter of taste: I liked it), and I
grilled chicken sandwich that was reportedly quite
good. Everything came with a bag of "Utz" potato
chips, and the whole evening had the feel of a picnic.
re: Daniel Sonenberg
79th Boat Basin is run by same folks who run O'Neals
by Lincoln Center (is it still there?), and the quality
of the food is about what you'd expect...which is to
say, good bar food.
BUT...the setting is unique. You have the Rotunda to
the east...and houseboats, the mighty Hudson, and the
sun setting over New Jersey to the west.
And it's a great place for parties. Plenty of room for
music, dancing, speechifying, and other forms of
enjoyable carrying on.
Have eaten there only at a private party, but the
atmosphere at the Boat Basin is wonderful on a nice
night. Informal, convivial, and a rare outdoor
experience in NYC without buses or pedestrians in the