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Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Bleecker St.
212-475-3850

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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Appalling treatment

By galehat on 6/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I have had dinner at Minetta several times at the bar and it was always a great experience. The decor is beautiful, The food is superb. I especially praise the bartenders. However my last visit was quite Kafka-esque and dated - as in back to the civil rights era. We were two "women of a certain age" having a few drinks and dinner at the bar early in the evening. After the third drink, we ordered another and waited ...a very long time. Then the bartender informed us that we were "cut off". Apparently, the source was the two managers. My companion questioned both and was not given a reason. She the asked to speak to Keith McNally. He came out of the restaurant, already fuming and shouted that it was his restaurant and he could decide that 3 drinks was enough. I can only assume that had we been young model type females or men of our age or black, this would not have happened. It's shameful in this age.

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138 out of 268 people found this review helpful.

Great food, great service! My new favorite restaurant!

By neophilenyc on 5/19/2009

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

I have been here a few times with my husband and also a group of friends. Each time has been exceptional. Mr. McNally really has it down, and his staff are top-notch. You can tell a restaurant has a good front of house when you arrive for your reservation and you do not have to wait for your table very long, even though the restaurant is packed with people. The place is buzzing with energy, and the small space and vintage photos on the walls give it a neighborhood speakeasy feel. On a recent night there, we sat next to Candace Bergen at one table and Jimmy Fallon at another. The food is solidly good and dare I say even better than the food at Balthazar (which is a favorite haunt of mine also). I had the rack of pork special which is roasted on the bone and then sliced to order. It was simply delicious. The chocolate souffle is not to be missed, so save room for dessert! I cannot say enough about what a wonderful experience dining it is. I can honestly say, it is not just hype!

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95 out of 179 people found this review helpful.

Overrated, Doesn't deserve Michelin Star

By ellenchains on 5/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We felt our server discriminated against us. She treated expensively-clad clients with enthusiasm, but was rather aloof with us. Now the food. If you don't like fat, skip the $90 dry-aged steak. It was one third fat, ENORMOUS slabs of FAT. Someone should have told us when we ordered. We don't know where those rave reviews and the Michelin star came from, but we're not going back.

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82 out of 168 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Meal

By rohinh on 3/24/2009

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

Came here for dinner a few days ago - The food was excellent and the service too was very attentive and professional. The interior of the restaurant is a cute and cozy restoration invoking long the history of the place prior to Mr. McNally's purchase. I had the tartare appetizer (excellent!) and the Special Hamburger - with aged beef - which was absolutely phenomenal. They recommend it without cheese and I fully understand why. To bury the delicious of the beef should be a crime! Pricy but worth it! My wife had the dorade which too was excellent. Highly recommend this place - As with Mr. McNally's other new addition Morandi, this place is only going to get harder and harder to get into! Get in while you can - you will not regret it!! :) A++

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78 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

A Promising Start

By MaryHelen on 3/18/2009

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

While I normally wait weeks before testing a new ‘hot’ restaurant, the 530pm booking last Sunday (it was that or 1030pm for the next two weeks) was too hard to resist. Buzzing like a Saturday night, McNally’s winning formula of vintage surrounds and French bistro fare strikes again. For such early days, standards were high. Service was smooth and aside from a few spots of underseasoning, the kitchen was clearly on the right track. Best starters: an expertly dressed mesclun salad with goat cheese and the ‘tartare goutez’, an elegant trio of traditional beef, fragrant lamb but predictably bland veal quenelles. A work in progress, woefully undergrilled, underseasoned marrow bones (rock salt please!) lacked the crunchy texture and flavour needed to lift the mouthfuls of rich, gelatinous fat. As for the much-hyped $26 Black Label Burger? The burger addicts among us absolutely rated it, those who ordered the $16 Minetta version regretted it. Other standouts: delicate cod with clams and decadent, duck-fat roasted “punched” potatoes. To finish, the picture-perfect Grand Marnier souffle fell somewhat flat on flavour (more booze needed) but should be fine by the time we can get a sensible dinnertime slot.

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