The Boil

4.6
642 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Seafood restaurant in the Lower East Side

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 642 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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yetty
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful service!
the crew is always so friendly when me and my family and friends come in and, of course, the food was bangin!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boil is always on point. I love the consistency and professionalism they provide.
The outdoor seating and the extended hours made it so much more convenient during the pandemic. Always 5 stars.

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okasa
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the boiled shrimp came in a yummy sauce (we ordered mild garlic butter) softshell crabs were small but soft & delicious. the service was attentive and we had a very good dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at The Boil! The outdoor dining was spacious and comfy, the service was wonderful and prompt and friendly and the food was amazing! We look forward to going back soon!

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TyeG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time haven’t been since they have reopened. They never disappoint. Linda our server was amazing. She had many tables and she still was able to keep us happy. I’ll def come back with her as the server.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing 😩😩😩😩 Great service. If you love seafood I recommend that you come here !

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Nyia
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good place to go for a night out good food and customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing
Crab cakes are a mustttt

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great and the food was delicious. Oysters nice and fresh

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Dealon
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

If you don’t like the food and you tell the server they will not refund it if even if you didn’t eat it so make sure to complain to the closest person to a owner if you end up here. My friend got chicken nuggets and they came out like flounders. Other then that the sauces is good, decent view and security is dope.

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DanysiaF
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Paid 230 dollars to not be able to eat my food . The server barely checked up on us and to top it off didn’t bring us crackers when all 3 of us had crab legs ! I then asked for them and he decided not to bring it after showing his face multiple times as he forgot . Horrible waitstaff honestly made the experience horrible . They don’t care because they are automatically entitled to a tip because 20% is included. I almost deducted the balance off by myself but didn’t as it was my sons birthday and didn’t want to ruin the day and cause problems but I will never return here again . If you’re looking to spend top dollar to eat food that won’t get you full and horrible waitressing where they barely check on you and ask or bring you what you need this is the place to go !

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NaritaD
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at this location. It was nice and confined and. It to many people. Everyone was nice and friendly. Food was great. One thing I was a little ticked about was I called to check if they had WiFi and mussels and I was told yes over the phone. But then when we arrived was told the answer to both was no!! Which sucked but it still was a great turn out. Get some mussels and I will definitely be back .

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JP54
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

20% gratuity added regardless of party size so employees try to get you out as fast as possible. They keep offering to bring you the check. Food is good though

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GregH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere is a blast. Just remember it’s cash only.

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JohanneF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place, I've been going for years. It's still a great place to eat seafood.

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Youngyisraeltribeofjudah
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food good host respectful security at the front door.

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Vinsxn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, chill environment would go back again

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Brooklyn99
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and delicious food! My friends and I had a great time at this location. Our servers were very friendly, establishment was clean and covid safe, everyone in my party was very happy with our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time coming here n I really enjoyed my time . The food was amazing and everyone was very nice and friendly. Definitely coming back!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First, we are from the gulf coast area New Orleans born and live in Houston area currently so we take our seafood serious. I was visiting my daughter who attends college in NYC and was craving crab and crawfish and heard about The Boil. We went and reserved a table and held the spot with a credit card. This begins issue number 1. They only accept cash!! Why take my CC to hold the table?? We had to them scurry around looking for an ATM machine because it was going to be an expensive meal and the $20 we had wasn’t going to cover it. We then get into the restaurant and it is a cute restaurant. The bouncer dude at the front door is not welcoming at all, but if you can ignore his vibe an focus on the smells it was great. The place was packed so we expected great things! We ordered Brussels sprouts and calamari, both of which were very good! We then ordered crabs and crawfish. None of us (total of 4) ordered the garlic sauce but some version of old bay or cajun spice and ALL 4 had so much garlic butter that it was unbearable. I mean, garlic should never be used on crab or crawfish like this. You couldn’t even see the crabs and couldn’t even taste to sweet meat because all you could literally taste was garlic. It was pure awful. They ruined the experience. Please don’t waste your money. If you have to, drive to the south!!

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ElroyR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s our first time and the food was great this will be our go to seafood spot from now on. The BBQ wings were delicious and all the sauces were so good. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Kristin
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The Boil is always a solid choice. It's a bold statement though to automatically include 20% tip. Might wanna look into that. When you have the auto grat, service slows down bc they're guaranteed big tips given the cost of dinner at The Boil. With that being said, our busboy deserved that tip more than the server bc he was more present at our table than she was and the true star of the evening. I've been in the industry for awhile and would gladly offer him a job. Overall, still love The Boil.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here because my fiancé wanted king crab & as per him “ we gotta come back “ great Father’s Day dinner ...

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Grumpy
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A different, fun and delicious meal. Service was great except for one problem. Server said the softshell crab basket was 3 softshell crabs. Sounded like a lot. It was one crab which made more sense for the price.

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AdrianaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of fun! Good food, drinks and company.

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JulesaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Don’t know my server name but she has a sleeve tattoo and she was so pleasant. Treated me and my children with so much customer service. My son loved her.

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catcat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from staff. Food came out quickly and in good order. The flavor of the theBoil special sauce was savory and with the perfect amount of spice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!!!

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vipkashifw
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very flavorful and "Served hot". Everything was fresh. The staff was extremely professional, helpful. Felt a little rushed with dining time and we arrived early but for the most part it was a Great experience. My daughter and I will be returning!

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Unsatisfiedcustomer
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The resturaunt did not bring our food. They basically forgot about us after taking our order.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

the food was great! been going here for over 5 years. this particular time in going we waited over an hour and a half for our food and then the waiter forgot our order so they had to re submit the order again. we waited a total of almost 2 hours for the food. that was the only negative.

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JAMIE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Prior to the Pandemic The boil used to be the best Seafood spot in the city. After the pandemic the food is horrible. The drinks are always good and strong but that’s the only thing I would recommend or give a five star. The lobster roll was spicy with a bunch of old bay on top. The meals were basic and not seasoned. It was as though they steamed the food and threw it in the bag and said oh Wells. I ordered the sausage and it was blanched in water and had some sauce and ton of old bay thrown on it. It would have been better if it was fully cooked like fried or something. Today is 5/3/21 and I would not be returning. I paid 150 to eat and still ended up hungry when I left because the food was horrible. Oh and there is also a 20% convenience fee for dining inside.

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Teshhh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

New pricing, extra charges and if you order multiple pounds in the same bag you will not get the additional potatoes and corn unless each order is separated.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mommy boyfriend and I enjoyed the food, it was our first time there so the experience was nice. He plans to bring his dad so he can try it.

The Boil
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you for your kind words! hope to see you again soon

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ZeyeforFashionandBeauty
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the food taste very good, cash only plus an extra 20% for service.

The Boil
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you for your kind words! hope to see you again soon

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AiandraK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Can’t wait to visit NYC again so I can eat here. Loved it!

The Boil
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you for your kind words! hope to see you again soon

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LakeshaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome 👌 I will be back with friends and family

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desireel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg..a friend recommended this place. Staff was attentive and friendly..food was great...I licked all ten fingers..

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LayneT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining here took my mom here for the first time to celebrate her Birthday

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vipJenniferS
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved The Boil- big portions and seafood in a baggie at different spice levels. The lobster was excellent- but hard to crack open! Fun, down to earth atmosphere- IPA beers- one of our fave restaurants during our stay in NYC. It’s messy fun, so dress casual and comfortably and they provide bibs as the seafood and curries can get a bit messy.

The Boil
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you for your kind words! hope to see you again soon

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You can order delivery directly from The Boil using the Order Online button. The Boil also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 925-8815.

The Boil is rated 4.6 stars by 642 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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