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113 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Bleecker St.
Don't go for brunch
By kbattle on 8/22/2010
Disappointing experience. The service was terrrible with the waitress actually rude with an attitude not worthy of sunday brunch. We waited nearly an hour for food which was good, not great. It honestly felt like Minetta was trading off it's name and using this as a reason for poor service, average food and high prices. And as a party of 6 we were handed the 20% gratuity included which we definitely would not have paid if we had a choice. The host was apologetic upon leaving but too little too late... Love other McNally restaurants and would stick with them and avoid Minetta.
Great food, delicious drinks, crowded joint.
By JPEaton on 8/17/2010
I came here after seeing the joint featured on some food network channel...saw the "behind the scenes" with their Black Label Burger and thought I had to try it. Indeed the best "burger" I've ever had (I say "burger" because it's made from a combo of their aged steaks). The "frites" were nothing to write home about...have had better at McDonalds. My wife's fish was tasty, fresh and generous in portion. The drinks were delicious...we each tried a different one and enjoyed them all. Have to agree with other posters that the place can be somewhat crowded. Our table of 5 was TIGHT...I understand they're trying to maximize space, but fear they're sacrificing comfort. Our res was the first time avail (5:30), and I was somewhat shocked to see how quickly the place filled up...within minutes it was fully packed. The exterior is very unassuming, so unless you're a local or are specifically seeking the place, you'd probably pass it by. Overall a fun experience; didn't encounter anything remotely similar to the bad experiences posted above.
By TNT on 5/9/2010
To say we were disappointed is an HUGE understatement. For starters, they sat our party, a table of 6, at a table that could fit 4 MAX and stuck us slammed up against to the bread station. (We had reservations for over a month) My brother's head was so close to the actual cutting surface that the cutting board kept hitting is head if he moved it back at all. They COMPLETELY OVER PACKED the place for Mother's Day. The waiter forgot to bring my mother's drink back after he got the drink order wrong the first time. She then had to ask another server about 15 minutes later to simply bring a beer- don't worry about making the cocktail, and that took another 15 minutes. Food was average. I got the french toast- it was as goos as anywhere in the city. Burger's were pretty good though. They got my brother's omelet order completely wrong but it was such a disaster he didn't say anything. They charged us for more drinks than we had. Oh, and the waiter spilled a tray of drinks on the table next to us and I got some of the spillage. The spill occurred because the waiter was shimming between tables and a gentlemen moved his arms and up went the tray. They should be ashamed of themselves- at the priced they charge the least you expect is a little bit of room to eat and some decent food. We got neither.
Most overpriced diner food ever.
By RCE on 3/30/2010
Saturday Brunch: Place is so packed with tables, it's hard to move around if you're not at a booth. Fire code violation? Ordered the potato latkes (something you might find on http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/ - Eggs on top of lox on top of fried potatoes, all covered in dill hollandaise). Temperature: medium warm, not hot. Hollandaise made my stomach churn all afternoon. Several people ordered the Black Label Burger; several people were underwhelmed. $26 dollar burger was disappointingly small, about 4 inches in diameter. The tomatoes were not fresh, and the burger never really melded together. It was like eating a bun with meat and some tomatoes separately. Supremely disappointed.
Fun and lively Tavern
By rularulz on 2/17/2010
Situated in a random location this tavern was phenomenal. Our waitress was nice and friendly and french! The food and ambiance were great. Granted it's overpriced but also not planning on making it my weekly burger fix!
best brunch in 2010
By foodndrinks on 1/24/2010
if you are looking for a place for brunch in nyc this year - this place is a must. sausage and oyster, smoked hearing, chicken noodle soup, duck hash, thick cut bacon, baked eggs with truffle, french toast and the baked ham... i can keep going. and don't forget all the drinks! the best part is the you can also get all the signature dishes that are offered during dinner - black label burger, pasta zaza... service is exceptional. start calling - it will be hard to get in after this weekend.
By RandlePinkFloyd on 11/21/2009
It was a bit of a stretch to get in but everyone enjoyed their food... Choices were unique and the decor was retro chic. My burger was damn tasty and I would recommend it as one of the best in the WV.
unbelievably poor PR
By tornadocat on 10/27/2009
Made a res 1 mo. ago. Showed up tonight w/ husband and were told we weren't on the list. I made the hostess look through her list and found my name on the "unconfirmed list." I got a new phone # 3 days ago and therefore did not receive that call. There was NO mention that there would be a conf. when I made the res. I know that for a fact b/c I am anal and write everything down - would've made note of that. Hostess said "no tables, wait 30 min." OK, wait 30 min, still no table. Asked for manager & woman whom I thought was hostess claimed to be the maitre'd and said "physically there are no tables. We will call you as soon as something comes up. maybe 30 min" We left. Guess what? It's 7:40 and I have not received that "call." Furious. Husband and I worked our schedules around for this. Then read this article: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2009/07/the_gatekeepers_minetta_tavern.php about how no one is ever turned down. Too bad McNally wasn't there himself.
Great Food, Service, Setting & Value
By gomolon on 9/22/2009
We arrived at 5:30pm without a reservation on a Thursday night. We were warmly greeted and seated at a table in the bar, which was not as tight as dining areas in other bar settings. Our waiter was courteous, attentive, efficient, etc. We ordered the mesculun salad to share, the red snapper, the trout and finished with coffee and desert. My meal was accompanied by a glass of excellent wine, and he had a cocktail. The food was really excellent...as was the wine and cocktail. Although the bar and restaurant filled up quickly, we had no difficulty hearing each other. Overall, I was extremely pleased with Minetta Tavern and have recommended it to all my friends and colleagues.
One Tough Steak!
By my10 on 7/31/2009
The meal started fine. The Mussel soup was very good even though the bread was a bit soggy. But we came here for the steak! What a disappointment. After reading Adam Platt's glowing review as well as Frank Bruni's in the NY Times we really expected more. To compare this restaurant to the other steak houses in New York is a big stretch and I mean a really big stretch. Maybe Platt and Bruni need to go back to some of the steak houses to remind themselves what a real aged steak tastes like. What is really disappointing is how often reviewers like Platt and Bruni get it so wrong.
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