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Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Family Fun | 0 comments

The Central Park Boathouse

Today was one of my favorite Sundays in NYC to date!

Dave & I decided to head over to The Boathouse in Central Park for a brunch date.

Best decision we’ve made in a while.

We have consumed a lot of delicious food thus far in NYC, but I think The Boathouse takes the cake as our new favorite restaurant. Not only was the food incredible, but the restaurant is situated on a beautiful lake in Central Park so the view is spectacular.

The entire backside of the restaurant is open, so while you enjoy the air circulating from the ceiling fans you can also enjoy the breeze from outside. *This is important to someone who is 37 weeks pregnant and has a body temperature of 110° at all times.*

I knew we were in for a real treat when the waiter brought out our bread and butter. It wasn’t just any ole’ bread. It was a tiny loaf of perfectly baked banana bread.

After finishing off that banana bread like it was my job, we ordered appetizers. Mac n cheese for Dave & a crab cake with a side cucumber salad for me. After tasting a bite of our respective appetizers, Dave and I both said “You have GOT to try this” in unison. I’m not sure we could pick a favorite. Both dishes were delicious. We cleaned our plates and realized we were too full to order a main entree though (the main courses looked like a lot of food).  However, we weren’t too full for dessert. And by “we” I mean “me.” I ordered a banana tart with vanilla bean ice cream and allowed Dave to have 1 bite before polishing that off. It really doesn’t matter how full I am – I can always find room somewhere for dessert.

Everything we tasted at the Boathouse was amazing and before we even left the restaurant we were planning our next visit back. If you’re ever visiting NYC, I highly recommend checking it out. It isn’t cheap, but the food, view and atmosphere can’t be beat.

After a lovely brunch, we decided to continue our date and rent a row boat. I mentioned that I wanted to do this in a previous post and today Dave made it happen. For $12 (cash only) you can rent a row boat for an hour right outside The Boathouse and explore Central Park from the water.

Dave & I took turns rowing the boat. Dave rowed us around the lake in calm smooth motions like a pro. I treated my time in the captain’s seat like I was training to qualify for the olympics. All out. As fast as I could go.

Surprisingly, my hardcore rowing didn’t induce labor.

I’m not sure how much time Dave & I have left together ‘just us 2′ before this baby boy arrives, but if today’s date was our last one pre-baby it was definitely one for the books. It was a gorgeous day filled with scrumptious food, laughter and love.


After our boat ride was over we meandered around Central Park for a while before coming home to watch football for the rest of the afternoon. We took the dogs for another long walk in the evening and then ate a healthy home cooked meal (quinoa and veggies).

Aaannd, if you must know we topped our healthy dinner off by having ice cream donut sandwiches delivered.


Only in NYC.

Yes. Ice cream donut sandwiches do exist.

Someone save me from myself.

Rowing a boat burns like 2,000 calories, right? Right.

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