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Anyone Eat RW at Central Park Boathouse, Water Club or the Palm Court in the Plaza?

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roze Jul 21, 2010 08:25 AM

I do multiple restaurant week meals every year. So far this RW I went to Maialino and Lure for lunch, the Modern is tonight for dinner and tomorrow I wanted to do one more for lunch. I notice this year there are a lot of "Old School" places on the list I've never been too and I thought it would be fun to try one. I'm not expecting a RW meal like Eleven Madison or Maialino, but I would like some good food and a nice atmosphere.

Has anyone been to any of these places before and comment on ambiance, food, etc.? I will be dining alone as a single gal. Also since some of these places are more on the touristy side I'm wondering about the cost of wine. I really don't want to be paying $17 for a glass and I'm worried the Palm Court or Boathouse may be like that. Thanks!

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Palm Court
768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

The Water Club
500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

Central Park Boathouse
Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    uwsister Jul 21, 2010 07:53 PM

    I've only been to the Boathouse, though not during RW. It's a lovely setting, but the food is only so-so. I've never had anything bad, but nothing especially good or memorable either. I don't remember their wines being overpriced. It's a nice spot to take out-of-towners, but it wouldn't be my RW meal of choice.

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      roze Jul 23, 2010 08:26 AM

      Thanks everyone for the replies. I had decided on the Water Club but then my morning activites ran late and I ended up being too late for their lunch which ends at 3:00 and went to the Boathouse instead which runs till 4:00.

      As you guys said the food was the weakest of my RW meal's but it was decent and the ambiance was great as yesterday's weather was beautiful so I still enjoyed it.. Wine was $9 a glass so not too bad. Thanks again!

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      The Water Club
      500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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        Littleman Jul 23, 2010 08:58 AM

        Roze I like the Boathouse for the ambiance and atmosphere. Central Park is a beautiful place. I'm glad you had a nice lunch. Let me know if you make it to the Water Club soon. Good luck.

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        The Water Club
        500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      Littleman Jul 21, 2010 01:13 PM

      I have not been to NYC during Restaurant Week but I have dined at The Water Club many times. I think the food, service and atmosphere make it one of NYC's finest restaurants. Local CH's will not agree but I love the ambiance due to the gorgeous view of the E River. The food is above average and the service is outstanding. The bar is very nice and you would enjoy dining by yourself at TWC. The room overlooking the river is beautiful and a very nice place to dine. Wines by the glass are $9.00.

      I like the Boathouse also but you are talking about apples and oranges comparing the two.

      http://www.thewaterclub.com/

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      The Water Club
      500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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        stephaniec25 Jul 21, 2010 01:43 PM

        I went to the Water Club 2 years ago for restaurant week and I will not return - it's dated and the food was awful. It's a pretty view but not worth it!

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        The Water Club
        500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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          Littleman Jul 21, 2010 05:09 PM

          Stephanie.........You should go back if it's been two years.. The food may have been awful then but it's not now and it sure isn't dated.

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            stephaniec25 Jul 21, 2010 07:36 PM

            Maybe I will give it a try then. That just ruined it for me!

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        bronwen Jul 21, 2010 11:12 AM

        You won't pay $17 for a glass of wine at either of those places, the Palm Court is rather expensive but I don't think the Boathouse is. Of all three places I'd do the Boathouse.

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        Palm Court
        768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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