The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park
One of my favorite things about New York is the food – tasty, delicious food everywhere you go. From street carts to fine dining, you can’t beat the flavors, convenience and variety that New York has to offer.
Walking thru Central Park, I stumbled into the Loeb Boathouse. I wasn’t particularly looking for it, but it’s such an iconic restaurant, how can I resist going in?
The restaurant offers stunning views of the lake in Central Park – visitors can rent row boats there. Although this place is considered fine dining – the atmosphere is casual. Waits for a table can be long – I asked for a table and was told it would be 2 – 2 and a half hours. Yikes. Lucky for me, since I was flying solo, I managed to score a table at the bar. And the bar offers the same view of the lake.
For lunch I had the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ($18) This tasty morsel came with a marinated Cucumber salad that was tangy and perfectly seasoned. Also the portion was reasonable. The crab cake meat was tender and very juicy. I loved the crunchiness of the top layer and the soft and tender middle. This is a dish The Boathouse is famous for and I recommend it.
My second dish was The Roasted Beets Salad ($12) It came drizzled with a walnut pesto that was to die for! it was also sprinkled with ricotta cheese and grapes. Can you say delicious? The red and yellow beets were cooked to perfection. Again, a good portion size. But by far, my favorite dish was dessert: The Frozen Passionfruit Mousse Cake ($8) was amazing! it has got to be tried! Such an amazing flavor, I can barely describe it.The top of the cake was sprinkled with a sugary crust that just melted in your mouth.