Lakeside Restaurant at Loeb Boathouse

American in Upper West Side & Central Park

Perched on the northeastern tip of the Central Park Lake with views of the midtown skyline in the distance, the Loeb Boathouse provides one of New York’s most idyllic spots for a meal. That said, you’re paying for the setting. While the food is generally good (crab cakes are the standout), we've often found the service to be indifferent.

If you want to experience the location without having to lay out the bucks, a better bet is to hit the adjacent open-air bar, where you can enjoy cocktails on the lake.