44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen

44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.44andahalf.com/
  • Phone: 212-399-4450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Hart
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 44 1/2 provides full service catering and event planning on or off premises. On premise we host private dinners from 14 to 75 persons in our elegant, Japanese inspired dining room. We also offer a serene bamboo garden, which is available year round and seats 55 persons for dinner or up to 75 people for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service. Off premise our meticulous staff will attend to your every need whether your event is an intimate gathering of close friends or a large-scale gala for hundreds of guests. The menu options consist of seasonal and fresh haute versions of American comfort food.
  • Private Party Facilities: 44 1/2 provides full service catering and event planning on or off premises. On premise we host private dinners from 14 to 75 persons in our elegant, Japanese inspired dining room. We also offer a serene bamboo garden, which is available year round and seats 55 persons for dinner or up to 75 people for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service. Off premise our meticulous staff will attend to your every need whether your event is an intimate gathering of close friends or a large-scale gala for hundreds of guests. The menu options consist of seasonal and fresh haute versions of American comfort food.
  • Private Party Contact: April Lockhart 212-726-1170

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 44th and 45th Streets
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, & W trains to 42nd Street. The restaurant is walking distance to Times Square and the Theater District.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there are public parking lots located on 45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and on 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
A word from 44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
Located along 10th Avenue, a short walk away from 58 Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, shines a beacon for scrumptious food and impeccable service delivered in a stunningly elegant space. Dotted with theater patrons, show people and their entourages and the trendy hipsters of the neighborhood, 44 ½ Hell’s Kitchen provides a lively yet intimate bar with boutique wines, many by the glass, as well as a seasonal specialty cocktail list and an extensive menu. Owner and Executive Chef Scott Hart offers an artistic and modern approach to contemporary American cuisine with seasonal ingredients sourced from many local farms. Whether you are seated in the Japanese inspired dining room or the calming bamboo garden, the energetic and attentive wait staff will make you feel like part of the family. Dinner served daily starting at 5:00pm and brunch on the weekends starting at 11:00am.
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44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (102)neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (59)great for brunch (59)romantic (46)good for groups (37)special occasion (35)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (10)notable wine list (7)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Garden Delight
    Jill
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The outdoor garden was beautiful. Our waiter was wonderful and helpful with our selections. The bar staff was not responsive as we had to ask 3 times for a drink. The food was outstanding, especially the risotto. Will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful pre theater meal in outdoor patio. The crab cake appetizer could be a main. My lobster potpie was delicious. We definitely plan to return when in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maximus
    Maximus
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I requested and was accommodated with garden seating. Beautiful weather and wonderful service. Food was excellent at our brunch. We celebrated my friend's birthday and brought our own cake and candles. The staff was very gracious by bringing out the cake to sing "Happy Birthday" - took pictures for us then cut and plated the cake. We had a fantastic time. I've been to 44 1/2 many times and have never been disappointed. Their food is delicious; no matter what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure
    Crickets
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, the staff, the ambiance - all first rate. This is a wonderful place to meet friends. There is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service-- friendly and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. Enjoying a pre- broadway show dinner. Staff understood our time commitment and we never felt rushed. Both appetizers recommendations were perfect. From bartender, to wait staff , everyone was friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic garden dining!
    Malevolus0099
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    44 & 1/2 is a hidden gem with incredible food in a lovely garden area tucked into Hells Kitchen. I went here 6 hears ago and was worried it would have changed but it was just as fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful theatre district pick
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had dinner after a Sunday matinee in the back patio on a lovely night. The setting is just perfect, and the service warm and responsive. The food is excellent too. Dessert (pink champagne sorbet was more like frozen crunchy cotton candy than light smooth sorbet) was a bit weird but everything else rocked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Trumps Food
    RodneyG
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    it doesn't matter how beautiful a restaurant is or how amazing their food is. If your water needs to be called every time he's needed, you have a service staff problem. Never was this guy available for our table when we needed him except when we ordered, from that point on we had to fetch him. Other than that we had a wonderful brunch. I felt jealous of other tables on his section. Obviously we weren't attractive enough. LOL
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Jlocker
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a great spot for Sunday Brunch. I had a friend in from out of town and we both enjoyed the food, drinks and ambiance. Hugo and Frankie behind the bar were great hosts. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super cute atmosphere
    Annabear
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lovely restaurant, has an outdoor garden in the back, roses on every table. Very feminine and good for a girls' brunch sort of place. Food is good, portion size is good as well. Standard American brunch fair - eggs benedict, omelets, granola, fruit salad, etc. Many options for vegetarians as well. Delicious mini corn muffins. Fast service, come early around 11 am on Sundays to beat the crowd and get faster service. Handsome wait staff, all wearing cute pink t-shirts and skinny shorts! Genderless bathroom, again filled with multi colored roses in pink/magenta/orange/yellow!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food - Service Can Be Lacking
    Mike
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We often eat at 44 ½ before going to the theater. The food is very good and reasonably priced. The waitstaff, unfortunately can be lacking. On this visit, the waiter was totally inexperienced. He took a partial order but had to be reminded that he hadn't taken everyone's. When the food and drinks arrived at the table, they had to be switched to the proper recipients. The waiter also leaned in front of one diner to clear another diner's plate from the table. Finally, "Bloody Mary's" weren't on the 6:00 pm menu - they're only served with brunch. This visit to 44 ½ was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Dmf1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a pre theater reservation, so it was very quiet and we were the only people outside in the garden so difficult to qualify but the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Garden is Delightful
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I like this restaurant very much, especially the garden. It is amazing that this garden room exists on 10th Avenue, opposite a petrol station. It is an oasis in NYC. Food is great, service very good. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service Ruined Our Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The waiter was not attentive and did not know much about the menu. It took a long time for our food and there was only a few guests in the restaurant which did not make sense. Waiter got my order wrong and was not around very much to correct. He left my companion's water glass empty the entire meal. They left dirty dishes on the table for a long time and I finally asked for more water and for the dishes to be taken away by another server then asked for our bill. Our credit cards sat out for about 10 minutes then I finally went to look for a manager. I found all the waiters up at the bars talking. I pulled the host aside to ask for a manager. There was not a manager in the restaurant on Saturday night!! Unbelievable poor service !!!
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  • Great brunch
    BuzzwordVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a great brunch at 44 1/2. The food is excellent and the staff is attentive and friendly. The restaurant verges on the hip/hipster scene, but the patio in the back is more casual and relaxed for those of us who have seen our hipster days come and go! I would definitely return and recommend 44 1/2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I try to visit 44 1/2 every time I go to Manhattan. The food, the service, and the outdoor patio make it one of my favorites in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great patio and good food!
    miner531
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by spot in hells kitchen not too far from the theatre district. The street (10 Av.) near this location isn't hip or attractive by any means, so this gem definitely stands out as a place to check out. The bar inside is very stylish although seems a little cramped, but the outside patio great. Tall brick walls enclose the patio then more red brick buildings surround the area filled with plant life and a cool style. Menu had good options, but it seemed a lottle geared towards the feminine with the pink "Divas" menu and wait staff wearing the same colored t-shirts. That said the food tasted good and when my friends steak was overcooked they promptly replaced it. I would definitely return but not was a bunch of dudes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a bad place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I would recommend this place for a couple rather than a group. The ambience was geared more for romance than any other occasion. They have a beautiful garden backyard but the view is limited as it does not overlook any streets since it is in the back of the restaurant. The food however was very good, I enjoyed every dish I had and would go back just to try more. The let down with this restaurant was they did not make any special arrangements for my birthday when I specifically indicated on the reservation that it was a 25th birthday. As well, the service was mediocre even though it was not busy at all, would have expected more attention from the servers.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    Cap819
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great ambiance, fun and unusual drinks. All of our food was delicious and service was great. Thank you, 44 1/2!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our meal here very much. The service was attentive without being hovering and the food was outstanding. A little pricy but probably not unusual for NYC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it
    Ikeette
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Where else can you find cocktails named "Tina Turner?"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as it's sister
    TMFfromRaleighVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is the sister restaurant to 44X and just a few doors away. The feel is more casual and the menu selections are less formal. The food is still great and wait staff provides plenty of eye candy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here before for my birthday dinner, and had a terrific experience. However, my most recent trip for brunch was marred by the fact that the service was awful. Took forever to place our orders, receive our food, and get drink refills. It did seem like other tables were being helped without any issue, so perhaps it was only our waiter. Other than the service the restaurant has a nice atmosphere, outdoor seating area, and good food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicole
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything looked amazing and tasted delicious. The portions were generous but still manageable. It was a great find for a delicious meal before seeing a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ahhhhhmazing!!!
    Amalley
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great ombiance! Great food! Great staff! We went here before a show on a sat night and had a wonderful time. Would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbourhood Gem
    LiamVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – the garden is in back is to die for. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The spinach mushroom omelet was amazing and the hot chocolate was refreshing. 44 1/2 is the quintessential brunch spot. Service was well-timed and friendly, and dishes were affordable. Would definitely return! Oh, the staff's uniform (pink shirts) were great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply good service
    Ldc268VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food excellent and creative yet simple americana crafted menu. Attentive service makes my experoence 90% valued. Good job guys!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2ndCity
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Server didn't know how to take a martini order and seemed confused in general (also got the dessert order wrong) but otherwise the meal was fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Booked a birthday dinner here. party of 6. We lost one that day so only 5. placed at a round table, in front of the kitchen and next to the bathroom was. They were unwilling to let us have a different table. We were quite uncomfortable as there was so much traffic passing by our table, bumping into us. And one of our party was wedged against the wall. Food was good as usual, and our waiter was a delight. Of course they were out of the 2 things on the dessert menu i had been dreaming about all through the meal. When they bought the birthday boys dessert i really expected there would be a candle on it, maybe a song. I guess, filling in the special instruction section here on Open Table might not be enough, but I could not get uncrammed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Denkrusesr
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Staff was excellent as well as the food. Arrived late for reservation due to traffic and still was able to get in and out on time for the play.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed 44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
    Amykins80
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I planned a 2-day mini vacation to New York City. We learned about 44 1/2 from a family member when I said we were looking for a good steak, delicious cocktails and romantic atmosphere. 44 1/2 delivered on all accounts! The weather was a bit cool for late July, so we ate in the back courtyard for our 8pm reservation. My beets were awesome and my husband'a crabcake was a work of art! He had filet (perfectly medium rare as requested) and I had amazing scallops and veggies. So good! I had an amazing citrus martini and my husband enjoyed his gin & tonics. We adored the courtyard (a little noisy since they were busy by 9, but still great). Our server, Tyler (and other staffers) treated us like royalty. So glad we choose 44 1/2!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for date night
    jorepe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went early (5:30pm reservation) so I can't confirm the noise level when it is packed, but we sat in the garden and it was delightful. The staff was very nice and helpful. We had theater tickets and they went out of their way to make sure we got our food and then the check in a quickly, but never made us feel rushed. Oh, and the food was delicious too! Will definitely go back and will definitely be recommending to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little pricey but not unusual
    GTST5006
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A little pricey but probably not unusual for NYC. The food was good, but I wouldn't say the food was outstanding but it was good. The Service was really outstanding. Our drinks stayed full and we never had to hunt the waiter down. With that said, we went to dinner early and the place was 2/3 vacant. The outside sitting area was pleasantly very nice. Very nice to go to before a Broadway show, due to speed of service and location. I wouldn't say it's old school romantic but does deliver on a touch of romance (decor is more modern).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Difficult to have conversations. Music too loud. Disco-tech tracks abundant, not good when you are trying to have a nice meal and chat with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything about this place was great, the food, the seating, and especially the service, it was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    Logan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The host was pleasant enough but our server was mediorce and the description of the French Toast was way off: more like a cross between a tower of ciabata bread smooshed together and a bread fritatta. And despite asking for the bacon to be crisp, it was about 5 pieces stuck together with one end limp and the other slightly crisp. The server left the bill without asking if we wanted anything else, saying "for our convenience"... It's Sunday brunch: it would be more covenient if you asked if I wanted a second cocktail. Highly doubt I'd return, even though it's only four blocks from my apt.
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  • Best of our trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner here was the best of a 4-day trip to NY with girlfriends. We loved the Elizabeth Taylor Coconut Martinis and Ginger Girl cocktails, the halibut and bass dishes were perfectly prepared and the lobster ravioli was delicious. Blueberry Crisp with white chocolate ganache topped off the event! Garden was lovely with fountain and fresh roses on the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    AandE
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had dinner here before attending a Broadway show. The service was very good - polite and accommodating. We sat out on the back patio which provided for a secluded feel to the experience. Cocktails were tasty and the food was very good. The wait staff was prompt and careful to note the time needed to get to the theater. Very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Hot, not in a good way.
    Lucasdog
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was perfectly fine, and I would go back again, just not on hot summer night. While we were sitting in the back, where it should have been cooler, it was very clear after a while that air-conditioning was not working. My dinner partner insisted we leave after main course was eaten because he could not take the heat. This was too bad since, as I said, everything else was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so
    Njeyedr522
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch prior to going to the theatre. Food took forever to be served. Overall it was very warm inside. Server never checked on us and took awhile to get his attention. Food was decent but presentation was lacking, it was all muddled on the plate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate