201 Bar and Restaurant
201 Bar and Restaurant

201 Bar and Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.201barandrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2126770425x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Friday breakfast 7am-10:30am
    Monday to Friday Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm
    Saturday and Sunday brunch 8:30am-2:30pm
    Monday to Sunday afternoon menu from 2:30-5:30/6pm
    Monday to Thursday dinner 6pm-10:30pm
    Friday Saturday dinner 5:30pm-11pm
    Sunday dinner 6pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our experienced chefs and accommodating staff serve a New American menu with Italian influences featuring carefully sourced local and seasonal ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket paired with exceptional service to ensure a flawless and memorable experience, in an intimate and versatile environment.
  • Private Party Facilities: 201 Bar and Restaurant boasts a mezzanine balcony and beautiful wine room for private dining, business meetings, receptions and special events. The mezzanine balcony accommodates up to 10 guests for a private seated dinner, while the wine room can accommodate 50 seated, and up to 80 for a standing reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennie Weideli 212-750-6361x
  • Special Events: Host your next party or corporate event at 201 Bar and Restaurant. 201 boasts a mezzanine balcony and beautiful wine room for private dining, business meetings, receptions and special events. The mezzanine balcony accommodates up to 10 guests for a private seated dinner, while the wine room can accommodate 50 seated, and up to 80 for a standing reception. Our experienced chefs and accommodating staff serve a New American menu with Italian influences featuring carefully sourced local and seasonal ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket paired with exceptional service to ensure a flawless and memorable experience, in an intimate and versatile environment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,N,R,Q,L at 14th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from 201 Bar and Restaurant
Located on the corner of 17th Street and Park Avenue South in the W Union Square, 201 Bar and Restaurant is a neighborhood restaurant that wants you to stay a while. The New American menu features artisan pizzas and flatbreads from a wood stone oven topped with carefully sourced local and seasonal ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket. Small plates and entrees with Italian influences include the Chicken under Brick and juicy 201 Pat LaFrieda Burger with house cut fries.
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201 Bar and Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)romantic (8)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • dissappointed
    calex99
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I thought we were going to Olives in the w hotel, where i had eaten before. They claim it was a name change, but it's a totally different restaurant, and not a good one. The table was too dark, and we couldn't hear each other. The menu was very limited. The food wasn't much good except for a few deserts. The staff seemed very new and clueless. Very dissappointing.
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  • Better than ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    So comfortable - food is good and you can enjoy your table mates conversation. Service was very attentive if a little inexperienced. I like this restaurant much better than when it was Olives and I will definitely go back. I had poached eggs on biscuits with a fabulous sausage sauce for brunch and terrific decaf coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Down Hill
    Downhill
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food seems to have deteriorated since it changed from Olives. The service was nowhere near as friendly or attentive and the food not a patch on Olives, very disappointing as this had always been a very convenient easy place to have a business lunch.
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  • SabrinaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Incredible Service! Most enjoyable simple food. Perfect lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • NYC Restaurant Week 2014
    Satisfied
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My friend and I are here for Restaurant week and the we had a great experience. The server was helpful without being over bearing. The food came out in a timely manner and was fresh. Portions were perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    Crln44
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food, good service, very friendly. The food didn't take long to come out and was perfectly tasty
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The waiter came on to ask for more tip ... That was not wise at all.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    DodgersWillVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Mediocre food in loud setting. Staff is friendly enough, but the menu lacks any special items.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST OF EVERYTHING
    FOODIE1
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was the greatest I have been to in decades. Food was superb, as was the service! Portions were good, not the tiny serving portion typical of many RESTAURANT WEEK participating restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Ok this time
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was pretty good although salt heavy. Service was better last time. All in all I will go back and give them another try. First time was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not made to feel very welcome.
    Foodiesearchingfordignity
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    In any good/superior restaurant--even the normal corner diner--the waiter comes around shortly after serving the food and asks: How is everything? This did not happen and our waiter was not to be seen nor were there bus boys walking around who could have summoned him. In fact the food did not arrive cooked to our specifications--they were both more well-done than requested--and had someone asked us we'd have sent our steak and salmon back. The appetizer salad was large, but not particularly tasty but the parmesan risotto balls were quite delicious. The bread was good too. During restaurant week I know the wait staff gets smaller than usual tips so I usually tip at least an extra 5%, but I didn't do that at 201 Bar & Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Great location. Y
    Greatfood2enjoy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was very good. The appetizers were huge. The flatbread could feed 2 people. I had the sirloin steak and my wife had the salmon. Excellent choices
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The menu is not very exciting and the food, although fresh and fairly tasty, is not very exciting either. Without Todd English (Olives) this is just a typical hotel restaurant now and Manhattan has much more to offer for those prices.
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  • NYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were here when it was "Olives"...liked "Olives" better.. Went for "Sunday Brunch".....wouldn't call it "brunch" because "brunch" usually includes "a drink"...entree and maybe coffee/tea and maybe desert...not here...entree only...nothing else... Might go back for dinner but NOT "brunch"...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1006 reviews are from the 201 Bar and Restaurant reviews archive.
  • great find!!!!
    olivesVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    i work in union square and i just adore OLIVES. the restaurant is always available for seating at lunch. The food is delicious and a great find....not saying much more, can't share olives with anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • chrmdome
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Our server also had a large party and it was hard to track him down. Our 5 entrees arrived over the course of 10 minutes, which was very disappointing. However, the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great Service! Mediocre Food.
    MollyRomeoVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Loved the ambiance, drinks and service....but when it got to our dinner...just fell short with dry chicken and "okay" flatbread.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not a good idea
    hnmng
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    menu requests were forgotten, a wine substitute was $20 more than the one they ran out of without cost implication identified.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't waste your time or money.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The title of my review says it all. Horrible staff - right up to the manager.
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  • Food great. Service, not so much.
    SocialbutterflyVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Our waiter (male with facial hair) could use some training in customer service and promptness. Otherwise, the food was of great quality, fresh and delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced; underserved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great food, though overpriced for the service. Beautiful space, but service is lacking. Our waiter forgot about us between courses, dishes weren't cleared long after we finished, and in general, just unprofessional service.
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  • Bob1
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Olives has wonderful and interesting food, served in proper portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Night Dinner
    Vernie22014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised at the food, it was superb a bit pricey but we'll worth the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olives Takes Over South Park Ave.
    Governor
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    After a complete revision Olives comes back better than ever. A menu that fits your every expectation. Lunch flatbreads and delicious entries. Chicken Paillard superb. Have fun and enjoy your lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad
    LisaC
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This restaurant would be fine for a group and would probably satisfy everyone's dietary needs. There were several vegetarian options and the waitress was happy to make suggestions. My meal was very good, but my husband was disappointed with the chicken. The drinks were also good. I had the cucumber margarita. The atmosphere is loud with an active bar scene.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food was OK - what you'd expect. The service started out slow, then got worse. Our order was lost, and this was only realized after we inquired about our food. The server also seemed very put out when we asked for separate checks (just two of us) and then he calculated the split incorrectly. Of course, the restaurant automatically built an 18% tip into the bill so I guess there was no incentive to provide good service....
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The food is pretty reliable, but the lunch menu has become so limited that I don't go there as often as I used to.
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  • Dinner with friends
    Porlamar4
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    It has been awhile since we last ate here. We invited friends from out of the country as we had really enjoyed the food and service each time we had eaten here in the past. We were extremely disappointed in the food and service. The server seemed annoyed by our requests. The food was not remarkable. All in all it was a very expensive evening disappointing evening.
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  • Small, overpriced food and loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Food was small portions and we left hungry despite having two appetizers and sides. The server was totally disinterested in her job and our table. The food itself wasn't great. The music was loud club music at 5 pm. Not somewhere I'd ever go again.
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    Vibrant Bar Scene
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  • Overpriced and overrated
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was one of the more expensive and disappointing meals I have had in Manhattan in a while. My husband and I shared the roasted chicken dish with "risotto" that was priced at $30. I was already skeptical about the price, and then truly disappointed when the plate showed up with two small pieces of chicken and something more like Israeli couscous served in a hollow, nearly-raw onion. The kale salad was nothing special, and the cheapest glass of white wine was $13. I don't usually write reviews, but we were so disappointed I could not resist in this case.
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  • Good food; bad room
    sethfromdhVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have always loved Todd English restaurants, including Olives. So I was eager to try the new incarnation The food was good top-to-bottom, though the entree choices were limited (5). But the newly-designed room is not good. There is no divider between the bar, the dining room and the kitchen, creating a very noisy, chaotic environment We ordered a decent wine at a typical NY price ($180), and asked that it be decanted. They had no decanter. Absurd. I probably won't go back. Too bad. The good was good.
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  • Todd English's Olives used
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Todd English's Olives used to be a great place. Now, it's just tired. I had a sorry excuse for a salmon fillet (they did manage to serve it very rare as I requested) with shrimp scampi (one shrimp, one). The garlicky spinach was maybe three tablespoons of spinach and a lot of cream and garlic and a full shaker of salt. My friend had the crazy mushroom flatbread, which he said tasted more like cardboard. The whole experience needs to be redone with imagination and freshness.
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  • Super Spring Dinner
    addie21VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Whenever we stay at the W, my husband and I have dinner at Olives, which has always served beautifully prepared food. We stayed over on 4/9, and had a wonderful meal-my husband had the whole roasted bronzino( and it was just the right size for one person), and I had a seasonal Spring pasta dish, light and delicate, along with a crisp bottle of white wine. Our server was polite and attentive, and we greatly enjoyed our meal. The bar scene was very lively, and the noise level was a bit high, but everyone was having a great time. And so did we!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    JMYowell
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Stayed at the W Union Square for a bachelorette party. Had a hard time making reservations for 10. You have to call since it is over 8 but I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone. I tried email and the hostess got right back to me. The food was great! Service was great. I would love to try dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location
    cesg
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Olive's is perfectly located in Union Square. There's parking just around the corner. Lovely area to walk around and shop. Food was delicious. Portions were perfect-not too big, not too small. Staff is very friendly and attentive. I would recommend the Tuna Tartare and Lobstertini as well as one of the Flatbread entrees. The wine we picked wasn't in stock but their suggested replacement was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old favorite disappointed
    NYCdiningVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I was thrilled to find out Olives was in my hotel in NYC...i am a huge Todd English fan. service at this restaurant was incredibly slow.......every aspect of the night from drink orders, to meal, to desert was slow......and each time we had to flag down a waiter. The worse part of the evening was that I ordered the sage and butternut pasta but was brought a sausage pasta.....something that I did not discover until I bit into the pasta. As a vegetarian that was a little off-putting. It took quite a few minutes to flag down a waiter and when i did there was no apology, he simply turned around a brought a half order of the correct dish (even though we ordered a full order). I won't return to this location unless service improves.
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    hot spot
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  • Disappointed
    Fatman
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This is a very attractive restaurant with problems that relate mostly to food and presentation. Had a lettuce wedge that was great but it was served on an oddly shaped plate that was unstable making it impossible to cut the lettuce wedge without disbursing the food all over the place. My main course was a lamb shank that was also served on another annoying plate that was made for presentation purposes not for eating. The shank as served was buried in the mashed potatoes so that every time I tried to cut off a piece, the shank went sliding all over the plate. To add insult to injury, the lamb was tough and had an odd flavor. I gave up after a fews bites. This place prepares food to be photographed, not eaten. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Todd English Hits the Mark
    diniVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Love this Mediterranean gem with excellent flatbreads, friendly service, hopping bar and lounge scene, and warm, inviting ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    NewYorker
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Have been going to Olives for many years and have never been disappointed. This atime after a period of about 2 years went back. Place has changed,more vibrant bar scene,food was very good..however considering th eplace wasnt full our service was very slow and lacked enthusiasm. Overall good experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, good and very large
    tnnsnyc
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Tasty, good and very large portions. Party like atmosphere. Squid & octupus, crab cakes, rabbit and truffle fries are very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.