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Swifty's

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1007 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.77061 -73.96202
nr. 72nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-535-6000 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional
  • 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:

    6 out of 10

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    4 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Official Website

swiftysnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 68th St.-Hunter College; 6 at 77th St.

Prices

$25-$35

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Despite an unbearable noise level, cramped tables, and a dingy brown motif broken up by oil paintings of foxhunters, sailing ships, and the pug that's the restaurant logo, Swifty's is always packed. The patrons, universally on in years, come for the top-notch takes on highly traditional American cooking, with an emphasis on New England–style softshell crabs, Nantucket Bay scallops, Hudson Valley foie gras, and the like. While the menu rarely strays from standards like burgers, battered onion rings, and "Swifty’s Slaw," the food doesn't need any twists to stand out. In addition to seafood like mahi mahi in a pineapple salsa, there is a selection of grilled steaks, plus chicken in various guises, including curried. Boneless baby chicken with mango chutney is served with bread crisps, set on basmati rice in a bright curry sauce. It hits just the right note of tart and sweet, crunchy and smooth; no fusion influences are needed. Desserts, including a line of Swifty's homemade ice creams, are equally appealing; baked Alaska comes with a macadamia nut caramel ice cream on a dense banana cake bed, covered in banana-flavored meringue baked into tiny peaks, reminding you simultaneously of summer camp and a New England sweet shop.

Recommended Dishes

Banana foster baked Alaska, $12

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