Living as a young professional in the city can be tough. Especially when more than half of your paycheck goes to rent. I really mean more than half here. Anyways, it’s nice to live a little on the edge and treat yourself once in awhile. While I do love my Kate Spade splurges, one should diversify their investments and so the next best option is an experience. How about the New Yorker’s favorite – brunch??
It’s just like applying to college. One must have a list of safety, target, and even those reach locations. I’ve found myself at the corner bakery for a classic NY bagel and schmear, a diner for a stack of waffles or pancakes, and then there is The Boathouse. Who wouldn’t want to sit and eat at this picturesque location? It has been featured in films such as When Harry Met Sally, Sex in the City, Little Manhattan, and 27 Dresses.
Hope had thrown around the idea of going to brunch and mentioned that she had always wanted to try The Boathouse. Well, I am always game for an adventure and had also expressed an interest in eating at the iconic location. Since they don’t accept phone reservations, we decided to give it a shot.
Doors open for weekend brunch around 9:30, but there is a much more casual option of ordering from a side bar and sitting in the back. This is a great option for those wishing to run or walk about the park and saddle up to the window while still still adorned in their get fit clothes.
If you are more interested in having a drink, then there is that option as well. Although, you have to wait until 12, when the NY officials allow one to indulge in those adult beverages. The atmosphere and decorations reminded me of a golf course clubhouse with proper seats and white linen tablecloths.
The prices on the menu may be a bit steep but I swear that each dish is worth every penny. I may very well have spent $18+ on brunch elsewhere, but I doubt the food or atmosphere would have been as grand.
As you sit down, you are graced with a basket of delicious zucchini bread. Really, if you want to know what type of breads I enjoy, it’s the ones with the most ingredients and flavors and spreads. Ah, it was so flavorful and had just the right amount of sweetness and gooey texture. Spread a little softened butter on top and I’m in seventh heaven. Definitely not a paleo approved meal here. 😉
Now normally my sweet tooth gets the better of me and I have a slice of french toast or mini stack of waffles in my presence. But, this time I decided to be good and limit my sweet habit to the basket(s) of zucchini bread on the table.
The decision came down to “Eggs Florentine w/ Chef’s Vegetables” $18 or the “Warm Quiche Lorraine w/ Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Leeks” $18
The Boathouse ~ Central Park
East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021