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Beacon

25 W. 56th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-332-0500

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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77% would go back.

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Not Recommended

By fg22 on 5/19/2012

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Starting right away, I wasn't happy with my meal at all. I expected food from a restaurant this expensive to be on par with at least a Capital Grille, but found it to be much less. The oyster appetizer was drenched in butter to the point where I couldn't taste the oyster itself. The steak for the main course, ordered med rare, came out medium and was overly salted. The dessert. They "ran out" of two of their dishes. And of the two dishes that did come out, they were simply over the top with sugar. Service at the table was ok, however the meal came out slowly, and I found myself looking around for the waitstaff so they would know that I was ready for the next course. That fault, I leave to the kitchen. If you're looking to impress a spouse, client, or date; this is not the place to do it. Go to Smith & Wollensky, or yes, the Capital Grille.

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34 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

Great Sunday Supper

By restaurantfan on 3/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

By pure accident, I stumbled upon their excellent Sunday Supper program (basically I was trying to get out of the horrific rain storm). For just $42 I received a family style serving of oysters, pizza, salad and soup... For my entree I had the winter vegetable risotto unfortunately they had run out of the weekly skillet special. For dessert, I was barely able to get half way through a family style sundae.. insane. I will definitely return with my kids. I witnessed other tables with kids getting escorted into the kitchen and coming out with plates filled with cotton candy. They seemed to be having a blast.

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100 out of 200 people found this review helpful.

Good Food...but no kids menu

By tarakelian on 12/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I read a review on this website saying there was a great "little people" menu and that they brought out french fries right away to appease the kids. When I asked for the children's menu they were confused and said they didn't have one. When I asked about the french fries they said they do that but apparently not for our table because we never saw them. You have to ask to be seated in a special section that would allow for you to view any kind of cooking...there are only a few of these table available. The food overall was very good. I was just expecting something different.

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112 out of 236 people found this review helpful.

Great portions, great food

By thebrownshaun on 8/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went to Beacons as part of restaurant week. The oysters are hands down the best oysters I've ever had. And the steak defined perfection: perfectly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside. And the wine pairings were excellent. Waiter was friendly. Food came out quickly (but that's more likely to be a result of restaurant week, not sure what its like regularly). I was sufficiently full after this meal and even if I paid regular price, it would still be worth it.

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111 out of 240 people found this review helpful.

Hudson Valley Local

By martin_chamois on 2/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Having enjoyed BLT Market we decided to return to Beacon, a favorite that was one of the first Midtown restaurants to feature local, in this case Hudson Valley, American regional cuisine. The décor of Beacon has always been a satisfying blend of Frank Lloyd Wright and Adirondack natural wood styles meeting Manhattan sophisticate interior design. The dining room is multilevel, with a comfortable main dining area, a wood oven/stove open kitchen lower seating area and a wrap around upper balcony seating area including private party dining spaces. The menu is a wonderful blend of American comfort food. The wood grilled meat, fowl, fish and vegetables have distinctive and appealing flavors. The daily prix fixed menu provides ample choices and great value. The staff, while perhaps not the best in town, is friendly and helpful. We can summarize by simply stating that the entire dinning experience was one of warmth and comfort.

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178 out of 391 people found this review helpful.

not worth it

By tommaso on 10/6/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

It was not bad, it was no good, it is just one of those blunt experience. No much interest, just another restaurant. The crowd also was simply blunt.

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381 out of 795 people found this review helpful.

better and better

By foodaholic on 4/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Big, bold, beautiful space. Very different seating areas offer very different experiences. Food's good, drinks great, service exceptional if you get Luis or Jason. Weekend brunch and happy hour pizza-drink specials are a steal. Wood roasted oysters must always be ordered, and summer theme-dinners-with-vino have been exceptional. If only they'd ban cellphones, it would be near perfect.

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389 out of 834 people found this review helpful.

Beacon

By sahw on 4/12/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

A sleek and beautifully designed restaurant with excellent food, gracious and impeccable service, and a menu that pleases all. Start out with the roasted oysters, big and succulent. The fish selections such as the swordfish is prepared beautifully. The meat dishes are hearty, and prepared to perfection. Leave room for dessert, especially the flourless chocolate cake. Children are welcome with their own menu that is quite extensive. An excellent dining experience.

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352 out of 777 people found this review helpful.

Big Place

By abomb26 on 9/2/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is a resonable spot with some good food. If you want to dine out in a relatively nice place. I did feel like my friends and myself were the youngest in the room and it def. is not a "pick-up" scene but we had a nice dinner and the prices were not that crazy. The onething is it took forever to get a drink at the bar and it was really "quiet" not crowded at all so maybe look elsewhere if you are lookign fo a happy hour joint.

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354 out of 726 people found this review helpful.

wood fired food slow going staff

By lala_c on 8/1/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Admittedly I was there for a late lunch, so the service staff whittle down to 3 on the floor. Still they were polite and attentive enough, though took a while getting menues to us and no bread arrived. The food though was quite good. Roasted tomato soup v. flavorful; roasted chicken well-seasoned, but a little dry; desserts were pretty to look at and great for anyone's sweet tooth.

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371 out of 791 people found this review helpful.

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