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Adored UWS Outdoor Restaurant Boat Basin Cafe Has Permanently Closed

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A construction project pushed the 22-year-old restaurant out

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One of New York City’s favorite waterfront restaurants Boat Basin Cafe has closed.

The Upper West Side institution opened in 1997, but its riverside view has remained a big draw for city dwellers over the past two decades. It was a dependable pick for blissful outdoor dining, built into a fancy-feeling, elevated stone structure with dramatic arches.

During warmer months, people flocked to its open-air location off of West 79th Street on the Hudson River for affordable bar food like fried appetizers and sandwiches. It was also a popular meeting spot for casual parties.

The cafe announced the closure on its Facebook page, which has since been taken down, Gothamist reports. It’s all due to a four-year construction project happening near the city-owned site. Once completed, the city will let restaurant operators bid on the property — which is now reportedly reserved for a fine dining venue. A former employee tells the blog that Boat Basin’s owners don’t plan on bidding.

It’s been a tough week for New Yorkers. Just two days ago, the public learned that beloved pretzel croissant shop City Bakery had closed after 30 years.

Boat Basin Cafe

West 79th Street, Manhattan, NY 10024 (212) 496-5542 Visit Website

West 79th Street Boat Basin

W 79th st, New York, NY 10024 (212) 496-2105 Visit Website

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