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7Square

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Time Hotel
224 W. 49th St., New York, NY 10019 40.760889 -73.984831
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-333-7749 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, American Traditional, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: *

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    10 out of 10

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Official Website

7SQUARENY.com

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 50th St.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.; C, E at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.

Prices

$15-$34

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Theater District

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

7Square is located in the small Time Hotel on 49th Street, and before it was a chophouse, it was a struggling gourmet establishment serving high-minded Continental creations by the Lespinasse-trained chef Shane McBride. Mr. McBride is still in the kitchen, but now he’s turning out highbrow chophouse fare, like lettuce wedges with feta cheese, salmon crusted in gingersnaps, and short ribs braised in root beer. To accentuate this nouvelle workaday theme, the menus are encased in corrugated cardboard, and the small room has been decorated with swooping brown wood installations, which make it look like a swanky cafeteria designed for hip, mid-level executives at, say, UPS. Before you get to the steak, there’s an interesting appetizer of artisanal hams (duck ham, wild boar), and a surprisingly nice “dirty rice” risotto, spiked with duck confit and andouille sausage. Among the entrées, the short ribs are Lespinasse quality, even if the root beer makes them taste a little too much like a candy bar, and the fat, well-seared veal chop with wild mushrooms is unlike anything you’ll find at any cafeteria run by UPS. The Colorado lamb chops are double cut, and garnished, not unpleasantly, with sweet raisins. The beloved rib eye comes from Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Maine and is marbled with the kind of corn-fed fattiness that old- fashioned carnivores covet. The side dishes are okay (nicely caramelized Brussels sprouts, tasty macaroni and cheese), but if you’re on your way to the theater, forgo the desserts (Frankenstein-size banana fritters, a gold-leaf-flecked chocolate “Square Ding”), which are clunky and uneven.

Note

The wine list is modestly priced, even for a modest chophouse, and rigorously American.

Ideal Meal

Dirty-rice risotto, rib chop, chocolate “Square Ding.”

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