Big Daddy's - Upper East Side
Big Daddy's - Upper East Side

Big Daddy's - Upper East Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigdaddysnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127172020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Sunday -Thursday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Friday- Saturday 11am-12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Michael Siry
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 83rd Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Big Daddy's - Upper East Side
It's always a party at Big Daddy's! Big tasty burgers, frosty shakes and totally awesome tater tots! We are a casual, fun, cool, hip, groovy, super delicious place to get a meal or a cocktail that is always sure to hit the spot. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night munchies! It's always cool and hip with Big Daddy's!
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Big Daddy's - Upper East Side reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.1
  • Food3.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (7)late-night find (3)hot spot (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Waitress ignored us
    ARPT
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We arrived and the waitress greeted us and read us the specials. After that she didn't come over again despite repeated attempts to get her attention. After 30 minutes of waiting we left. This place was recommended to us but I'll never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Comfort Food!
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delicious food, VERY friendly service that was more than attentive... Only noticeable issue is that the portions seems a bit skimpy for the price point... "Thick Cut" bacon side seemed to look no different than the basic thin cut served in diners everywhere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We go to Big Daddy's several times a year. The food is great, especially good is the fried chicken on the chicken and waffles selection. I high recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Get Together
    michgid
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a great time we had -- there were 8 adults and 4 children. The salads were eh but the burgers, fries, pancakes and milkshakes are fantastic. Great for large parties and especially children. The best part -- the absolutely wonderful and accommodating staff. This place is so service-oriented. Children and adults feel most welcome. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Time!
    FlyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my Goddaughters here for an late lunch/early dinner on Saturday. The decor is fantastic -- there's great 60s/70s memorabilia displayed all over the walls, and the booths and counters make you feel like you stepped straight onto a scene from Happy Days. The service was really good also. Our waiter Tyrone makes a mean milkshake! I had the Cookie Monster shake which was out of this world! We all had burgers w/fries and milkshakes. I had a Turkey Burger that was huge (a little too big for my taste) but nicely seasoned. All in all, we had a very good experience at Big Daddy's. I would recommend for families or a lunch/brunch date.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.1
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the Big Daddy's - Upper East Side reviews archive.
  • Fun, Retro, Nostalgic Dining
    jsp506VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This place is a blast! Stepping into the restaurant reminds you of all the things you loved as a kid. The menu (while probably a little to extensive) is full of themed dishes and pun-filled names. I recommend going here for brunch. Great spot for kids, but they don't forget about the adults. They have everything from milkshakes to beer to bloody marys. I highly recommend checking out this gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    good everything is fine good everything was fine everything was fine
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for Kids
    david2
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Fun burger and shake shop. Lots of fun for the kids and a stroll down pop culture memory lane for the adults.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten free option
    Kesa
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    They have Gluten free pancakes which made our daughter so happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bang for your buck
    Sfeschrich
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the menu and quality of food at Big Daddy's. Usually when you head to a chain-diner, you don't expect a high quality but are prioritizing cheaper prices, no waits, comfort food on the menu, etc. Big Daddy's offers all of this along with a huge menu and great tasting food, no matter what you order. Service was fine. We loved everything we ordered - burgers, omelets, fries/tater tots, and especially the monkey bread. It rivaled my own and it takes a lot for me to admit that! Big Daddy's is a refreshing spot for brunch, lunch, whatever you want (I think this is an outstanding choice for late-night too) compared to a lot of your Manhattan choices. Reliable quality, clean restaurant, huge menu, great prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as i remembered
    deepBlue
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    i liked it the first time around or at least i thought. but not a big fan anymore.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nobody was friendly from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nobody was friendly from the check in to the waiter.... Food was ok but nothing special. We would not go back.
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  • great food &great service
    maqino
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We had reservations for a group of 14 and showed up with 17. They accomodated us and we were able to seat us right away. Service was fast, accurate and friendly. Would definitely return here! We spent the weekend on a mission trip from Buffalo,NY to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church on 74th helping to feed the hungry and clothe the homeless. After a long and tiring (but very rewarding) weekend, a great meal at Big Daddy's was the perfect way to end our trip. Thanks again!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Daddy's Delivers!
    kathygg
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Big Daddy's on the Upper East Side was a fun, enjoyable dining experience. Think, Diner on acid! We went for a late breakfast ( breakfast is served all day.) The menu offered many unique options. My son devoured the bacon pancakes! Service was speedy and very helpful. There was no wait time to be seated. The decor was fun and creative. A flashback experience for anyone who grew up in the 70's or 80's! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family fun
    fancienan
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had a group of 13 (3 families) and it was a great time. The kids loved hearing the parents reminisce about the 80's! The food was good and timely (not always possible when dining with a large group). Servers were great and the beer was good, could have been colder.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Diner in Manhatran
    Vanmvp
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Feels like you are back in the 50's. Great burgers, shakes, etc. Must try the Mac 'n Cheese.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun with a big group
    janne232
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Went back 2 weekends in a row. The mismatch vintage decor here was fabulous. They have a great boozy brunch and all of the classic dinner food you might want. So many options - good options. Except the smoothies, those were not the best. But everything else was. The service was a little slow, but I was there with a big group and we all wanted to catch up, so it was actually nice to be able to stay longer. And they didn't rush us out, either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for group breakfast
    Kelf
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We came here with a group of friends (11 people) before the Pinstripe Bowl. The portion sizes are large, prices are 'city-reasonable', and the all-you-can-drink mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody marys were just what we were looking for. Overall, it is a good place for a boozy breakfast if you are looking for a place that takes reservations for a group, even on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NUT FREE GEM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    This is a wonderful fun place for kids w nut allergies as the menu is completely nut free thanks to the owner. Having a milkshake is a treat for my child with severe nut allergies so he loves dining here. The menu is fun, kid friendly and tasty! We highly recommend….
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun diner food, fun atmosphere
    MamaBean
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We come to Big Daddy's often when we are in the city. On this occasion, we had a table of 7 (2 kids and a teenager included). It was happy hour (4-7 weekdays), so half price drinks and appetizers-- YUM. Eat the cheese tots. Seriously. Eat them. They have a nice selection of large salads (and a veggie burger and veggie wrap, which are really good...I am a vegetarian) and plenty of sandwiches, plus a selection of entrees and desserts (delicious milkshakes!), which make up a diverse menu sure to please. Portions are large. Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables and singable music piped in the restaurant make waiting for your food part of the experience. If you're looking for a fun decades-themed diner, try Big Daddy's. I think you'll like it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Celebration
    Carodjames
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Came to just have a birthday dinner with my family. It accommodated the two babies perfectly, and then it was just me and two other adults. The table was fully extended so I felt a little far away from everyone, but we all fit with the stroller out of the way so that was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times
    BarryBVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Super energy at this place. Great food and service. It was a little too loud, but not enough to ruin my time there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No frills, good, huge portions
    eggyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Went here for brunch. There was something for everyone. Not superb, but good, solid, comfort-type breakfast food. Omelet was excellent with fresh vegetables, tater tots tasty. Burger fine but nothing special. Those with french toast and pancakes were happy. They take reservations which is really nice
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Daddy's Diner is a great
    Momo3
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Big Daddy's Diner is a great casual lunch spot when the occasion calls for a little fun. There is plenty of 70s and 80s TV and film memorabilia to keep diners occupied while waiting for food. This is not haute cuisine, just regular diner style food -- maybe not quite regular-- there is some imagination shown by the chef. I would recommend Big Daddy's for children or adults wanting a casual bite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky Fifties decor. Humourous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Funky Fifties decor. Humourous menu and very well-prepared. Good brunch place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood favorite.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    This is an informal "diner style" restaurant that our family likes because it has some good vegetarian choices, nice omelettes, salads and frozen daiquiris. Servers are young but enthusiastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Awesome
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Came for brunch and ate waaaaaayyyyy too much! Good portions and polite staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not that great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Food was mediocre. My burger had a strange gas like taste. They advertise tots, but they were out of them, which was a big disappointment. Milk shake was good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for dining with kids.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Good for dining with kids. Prices are on the high side for a diner. Fun decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a neighborhood favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    This is a neighborhood favorite of our daughter. We go often. It's a friendly "diner" style place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It really depends on what
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    It really depends on what you eat here. I ordered one of their big salads for 14.50 and it turned out to be just a huge plate of lettuce with not much else. I had to ask for the goat cheese which was missing and it just seemed too overpriced for what it was... and not even that good. My friend had the turkey burger which I've had in the past. That is good and they give a generous portion. This is a good place to bring kids and also a good place for teens. I was disappointed with their salad.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Please bring back Turkey Meatloaf!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Menu is not what it used to be. They should bring back the turkey meatloaf! We had burgers this time, and our burgers were not cooked as we had asked - med came out very well done, and turkey bacon was regular bacon (note this if you keep Kosher). Service also isn't what it used to be. Much better options for the cost here. There was a reason it was empty at 12:30!
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  • just pitiful -- possibly bearable
    ChuckkVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    just pitiful -- possibly bearable if you have kids with you, but there are still better choices ---- like McDonald's
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  • It was a fun place to go with
    MLK17VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    It was a fun place to go with my teenage children. Would recommend.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You definitely need to try
    kattyr3
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    You definitely need to try the sweet potato tots! service was only so so but the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • filled with kids, almost always
    Salsplace
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    filled with kids, almost always but the food is good (typical diner style dishes). Their brunch drink special is good and worth the price. I love their burgers but they recently changed their fries :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring your ear plugs!!! This
    Salsplace
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Bring your ear plugs!!! This place is always loud on the weekends, it's a very kid friendly place but also has a very good adult beverage menu. I've only had the burgers here and I can honestly say they're fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I found Big Daddy's online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    I found Big Daddy's online while searching for a different kind of restaurant and away from where I live to celebrate my 50th birthday. After finding Big Daddy's online and looking at the menu, I was impressed with the many types of dishes they offered. Both my friends and I enjoyed everything, we came all the way from NJ, and one of my friends said the burger she ate was one of the BEST she ever had. We will return! KUDOS to Big Daddy's!!!! Debbie from NJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal was great. Manager was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Meal was great. Manager was great. Burgers were slamming and tater tots off the hook. Will go back. Thanks a lot
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a great place for
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    This is a great place for adolescents and remiscent of old time 50's soda shoppes. We each had their turkey burger which was moist, tasty and filling. Their wait staff is very friendly and courteous. They seem to enjoy working there. This is a kid friendly place that can get very noisy but that's great if you like or have kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic