51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014Neighborhood:
Southeast AsianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.betelnyc.com/
- Phone: 2123520460
- Hours of Operation:
Bar: daily, from 5:00pm; Dinner: daily, 6:00pm - late; Brunch: weekends, 11am - 4pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai
- Executive Chef: Foon Green
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Catering is tailored depending upon event.
- Private Party Facilities: From a small intimate gathering, to large celebrations or corporate events, Betel Bar and Kitchen's dedicated team will entertain you and your guests like nobody else can!
- Private Party Contact: Benjamin Tiedeman 2123520460
A word from Betel
Named for the betel leaf found throughout Asia and inspired by the hawker food stalls of the East, Betel is an experience that is adventurous, addictive and seductive. Chef Foon Green takes a modern authentic approach to the menu with exotic Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients, designed to awaken any palate. Plates come in healthy portions, intended for sharing in the sleek, communal atmosphere.Continued
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Betel reviews from OpenTable diners
- Never disappointed.SchnappsDined on 8/19/2013Been to the Betel few times. The menu don't change much. But the food is always came out very tasty full of flavored. Been there last time on my friend's birthday. I chose Betel for a special occasion of my friend, and they really loved this place. We are all Thais I asked a server to tell the chef to cook us in really Thai flavors as they can. Every dishes kicked the tongue and we enjoy our dinner and drinks . And a server gave us very warm welcome and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousNewinTownDined on 8/17/2013Food was delicious, fresh and authentic. Wine list ordinary. Settled on champagne but had to drink it from old fashioned glasses. Flutes please!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was excellent but priceyjimmyDined on 8/16/2013The food was excellent, the choices are limited and the prices seemed to be out of line with the atmosphere. With drinks and tip we were at $180.
- Amazinghol2d2VIPDined on 8/3/2013This was my second time dining at Betel and I will definitely be back! Everything was amazing both times - service, food and drinks. We had friends in town and felt confident that Betel would deliver - and it did. We all had the tasting menu, which is not only a phenomenal deal, but every dish (there were 10) was amazing. The service was great during both of my experiences; very attentive and helpful, but not overly so. The ambience is also good and makes for a great dining experience. I highly recommend Betel and have a feeling it will become a regular, especially as a place to impress out of town guests.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friendly service, decent foodOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/2/2013Went here for restaurant week with my father. The ambiance is trendy and the food was interesting. The music was a bit loud/clubby. Our waitress was super friendly and helpful. Food was just 'ok', but it could have been the restaurant week menu.
- Great service and delicious foodLeeshEDined on 8/2/2013We tried the restaurant week a la carte menu at Betel. It was the perfect way to sample a lot of the usual menu and all dishes were super tasty. The staff were very charming and helpful, we had a really nice dining experience and would certainly go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Noisy sticky and rudeKTouttodinnerDined on 8/1/2013The bar and bar food were nice, but Unfortunately we were there for dinner. It is dark, the table was sticky, there were lots of rules regarding what could and could not be ordered (all diners in our party would have to subscribe to the restauraunt week menu) , and the service was passable - we got food but when clearing the waitress spilled all over the seat and a file. The entree food was expensive and NOT GREAT, and I would not go back. We had the misfortune of being seated below the speaker (dj only lowered the volume for a moment) so could not enjoy each others company.Special Features:
- Superb!MichelleGVIPDined on 7/23/2013A great experience. The food was excellent and the service was stellar. Really a great time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Betel ReviewBiancab823VIPDined on 7/20/2013I went to Betel a couple of years ago with my friend and loved the food/atmosphere and decided to bring my boyfriend a couple night ago. Something has definitely changed regarding the food. All the dishes were overpowered in spices or lacked flavor altogether. The Curry Swordfish would have been a great dish if it wasn't covered in so much sauce that I couldn't find the fish. The salt and pepper cuttle fish was very bland. The only dish we did enjoy was the small plate of barbeque octopus. It also didn't help we were digging around our plates in the dark - hardly any lighting so you couldn't see what you were eating. I won't be back.Special Features:
- Saturday Night FeverclainycDined on 7/20/2013We have been to this retaurant quite a few times since being introduced to it about 2 yrs ago. However, the last two visits have been disappointing. The most recent, on Saturday night, we took friends visting from Sydney, and we all felt we had landed in a nightclub. They had a dj who truly does not understand that we are dining at Betel to both enjoy the great food and converse with one another. Suggestion, make the music more ambient, lower the volume and let us enjoy the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OkayWeezieVIPDined on 7/20/2013The first disappointment were the drinks. They were served in the tiniest glasses and my cosmo tasted like I was drinking cherry soda. Way too sweet. We did enjoy the barbecued octopus. I wish that was an entree. The pork and prawn dumplings were good, but they should not have served that sauce with it. Too much fish sauce in it. I am not a fan of fish sauce. The chicken with curry sauce was very bland. We did enjoy the whole crispy fish, but not enough for two people.
- first timercappyDined on 7/16/2013We were very pleasantly surprised by the terrific food, both prepared and served very well. The wait staff was very good in explaining the various dishes and 'how to eat them'. Great place for sharing as everything is served 'family style'. I've eaten lots of Thai in NYC but this was special and a cut above the usual. Will definitely return. We were doing Theatre in the area and they gave us a 15% discount upon presentation of our tickets, hadn't expected it, but nice touch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome - Creative Asian FusionFoodieVIPDined on 7/9/2013Great food - one of the most creative expressions of Asian flavors I've had in New York. I would rate the food higher than many fancier Asian Fusion spots around the city. Service was great and server was very knowledgeable about the menu. All her recommendations were top-notch including the dessert.Special Features:
- Tickle your palateGothamgalVIPDined on 6/29/2013My friend and I chose Betel when looking for lighter fare in the Village. When I saw they had my favorite dessert on the menu - sticky rice with mango - Betel rose to the top of the list. A very professional staff and a warm environment greeted us. Our server as warm and knowledgeable, and she paced the meal very well, despite the fact that she had several other tables, including a party of 10 that she was also serving solo. There is an extensive, interesting cocktail menu and a willingness to create concoctions upon request. The food is equally creative. We stuck to the small plates to allow us to try more; everything is served for sharing. The 3 we chose were all tasty and wonderful, with yummy combinations of sweet and savory.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I love Betel The food is uniqueOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/26/2013I love Betel The food is unique and original and always delicious. This last time we chose the tasting menu and wine pairing option. The food was amazing again but it was way too much and unfortunately the wine pairing did not work (the waitress kept bringing the wine too late). It was also way too much wine. I hope they come up with a slightly shorter tasting menu(and cheaper) and train the staff to pair the dishes and wine at the right timeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great mealOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/22/2013Had a great meal at Betel. Tried their signature betel leaves with toppings, which were delicious. Everything we ordered was delicious and we enjoyed sharing them. Will definitely return!
- WeirdIainVIPDined on 6/15/2013and not especially wonderful. Eat foot wrapped in tree leaves wasn't my kind of thing but if this floats your boat head here.
- Over price very small portionsOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/25/2013The food is good but not amazing. Prices are crazy. 5 tiny dumplings $14. Never saw so much staff texting in any restaurent. Would not go back.
- Quiet and good foodadv4Dined on 5/22/2013Skip the betel leaves the small plates are great. Tough to find good unique Thai. Lacking some of the buzz you'd expect from west village but a nice place to dine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, good ambienceDinnerforTwoDined on 5/18/2013The food was surprisingly fantastic - the duck was perfectly cooked and the sauces were tasty. We had a very friendly waiter. The hostess seemed a little spacy/not coherent but the other staff made up for it.Special Features:
- Great food in a nice casualOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/17/2013Great food in a nice casual atmosphere, will definitely be back! Very friendly staff and uptempo music, great place to eat if you planning on a night out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too cramped, dark, loud, andfrequentDinerVIPDined on 5/11/2013Too cramped, dark, loud, and food overpriced. There are far better options in the neighborhood
- A little slow service butmcfrVIPDined on 5/10/2013A little slow service but not my first time and definitely not the last!Special Features:
- SUCH slow service. 45 minOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 4/26/2013SUCH slow service. 45 min just to get 1st small plate. But waitress was very nice and apologetic. Too bad kitchen was so slow!
- nice staff strange smellrickyo212Dined on 4/23/2013nice staff strange smell when you first walk in good food but the small plates are SMALLSpecial Features:
- Mostly good. Beef up the Betel leafDelightedDinerVIPDined on 4/19/2013The appetisers on the betel leaves needed more flavor and punch. I felt that it felt like a gimmick. All the other appetizers were very very good.Special Features:
- Really authentic SoutheastThidaVIPDined on 4/18/2013Really authentic Southeast Asian food. The flavors reminded me so much of home. Huge portions, an appetizer and an entree can be shared for two. The hama oysters are the bomb.
- Beautiful restaurant. GreatiamJMDined on 4/16/2013Beautiful restaurant. Great vegan options! Not so great service.Special Features:
- AmazingfirstdateVIPDined on 4/13/2013The chef's tasting recommended by the waitress was amazing. We ordered a few additional items from the entrees menu as well - even though the tasting menu was enough food for six - and the thai pork shoulder and twice-cooked duck were unreal! I do not eat much seafood, but I really enjoyed sampling the oysters, shrimp, and striped bass.Special Features:
- Friday night is happy hourHappyVIPDined on 4/12/2013Friday night is happy hour half-price drinks including wine by the glass at the bar. Perfect prelude to dinner. Their Betel leaf starters are to die for And I love the wait staff - I've had the same super friendly and helpful waitress twice now and just love her. A great place to take friends, and indulge in South East Asian food, family-styleSpecial Features:
- ThanksKainnaVIPDined on 4/7/2013Waited too long for the double-cooked duck but it was worth the wait. Would be great to have complimentary bread while ordering!Special Features:
- Pretty good, but having visitedOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/7/2013Pretty good, but having visited the related restaurant, Longrain in Australia (which is spectacular), this one isn't quite as impressive. Betel leaves don't have quite the same 'je ne sais quoi'.
- Highly recommended!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/5/2013We had the tasting menu which was excellent! The service was very friendly and attentive, and the athmosphere relaxed. i also liked that we could have a conversation and not be overpowered by loud music. I'll definitely go back!Special Features:
- The son-in-law eggs by farOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/5/2013The son-in-law eggs by far were the best dish. Betel leaves were okay but nothing spectacular.Special Features:
- Have some SUGAR with your dinner.MermaidMagicDinesDined on 4/4/2013Sadly food was not so great as every dish was loaded with sugar and over sweet . It had potential except for excessive sugar in every dish Duck salad had tiny tiny pieces of crispy duck wing skin. No duck meat and so sweet we couldn't eat. Roasted duck had an excessively sweet sauce so after it cooled down it tasted like candied duck. Papaya salad was sweet and unbalanced needed fish sauce more spice and less sugar. Cuttlefish was excellent with a squeeze of lime but don't use the side of sweet sugar sauce. We also ordered the sea bass entree that came with 3 tiny pieces of fish with soggy skin gross as well as another excessively sugared sweet sauce that even with steamed rice we couldn't eat.no dessert because dinner was a sugarSpecial Features:
- really nice place, the serverOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/31/2013really nice place, the server was very knowledgeable about the menu would definitely return but might reconsider my curry choice, when warned that it was spicy they were NOT joking!Special Features:
- My girl friend & I tried theKainnaVIPDined on 3/22/2013My girl friend & I tried the Chef's Spring menu, regular & vegetarian, they were amazing. Splendid. Will come back with family & try the duck. Excellent service, thank you Andy!Special Features:
- Good for sharingOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 3/17/2013The one-biters were great. Don't be afraid of the egg! It was amazing! Swordfish was spicy and fantastic. The rabbit dish was also tasty. Great dishes for sharing.Special Features:
- Great spot! Love the foodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/17/2013This really is a hidden gem in the West Village! Their food is really terrific and generally cooked to perfection. I typically have the steak and eggs at brunch and have never been disappointed. The steak is flavorful and juicy and the eggs are a fluffy treat. Their mimosas are also incredibly refreshing. I would recommend to anyone!Special Features:
- Delicious use of flavors, courteousOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/16/2013I came here with a voucher for a vegetarian meal for two. I don't know how many vegetarian options are on the normal menu, but I have to say that my friend and I found this meal exquisite. They started with a great, light variation on Paan, then moved into delicious corn fritters wrapped in shiso leaves w/dipping sauce, braised toufu and mushroom main course, yellow curry with eggplant main course. A perfectly-balanced banana/toasted-coconut fritter with vanilla ice cream and a light sweet syrup for dessert, and a bottle of red wine were also part of our meal. All the flavors were satisfyingly complex and perfectly balanced, though toufu was a bit salty. We absolutely loved it. Recommended!Special Features: