Ed's Chowder House
Ed's Chowder House

Ed's Chowder House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/
  • Phone: (212) 956-1288 ext. 2
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Daily: 7am - 11am;
    LUNCH: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Continuous dining in the chowder bar available all day;
    BRUNCH: Saturday -Sunday: 11:30am-3:30pm
    Continuous dining in the chowder bar available all day;
    DINNER: Sunday - Monday: 5pm - 10:30pm,
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5pm - 11:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Rowe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: On-site Director of Catering, Teddi Pickard at teddi.pickard@chinagrillmgt.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: A,C,E or 1 to 59th street/Columbus Circle,
    or 1 to 66th street/Lincoln Center Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available.
A word from Ed's Chowder House
Delivering the bounty of the eastern shore line to the Upper West Side is Ed’s Chowder House, a new restaurant by Chef Ed Brown (chef/owner of Michelin Star-rated restaurant eighty one) and China Grill Management. Inspired by the ports of the East Coast, Brown’s refined yet unpretentious take on authentic “sea shack cuisine” features signature seafood in a vibrant, energetic setting complete with a raw bar and a full-service Chowder Bar serving crisp cocktails, cold microbrews, namesake chowders, steamers, lobster rolls and more.
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Ed's Chowder House reviews from OpenTable diners
258 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (115)fit for foodies (87)special occasion (72)great for lunch (55)good for groups (49)great for brunch (40)vibrant bar scene (35)notable wine list (28)romantic (28)late-night find (17)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (11)Show More
  • Never EVER disappoints!
    firstladyVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Chatham cod is the best in town. Crispy calamari to start and Scallops ravioli are to die for. Try the special shrimp salad with jalapenos pure if you love spicy. lovely venue with amazing seafood and fantastic desserts (vanilla banana pie!)that never even disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient if you go to the Opera
    guidoVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I picked this place as I had booked one seat at the Metropolitan for 7.30PM. Indeed the fact you are to the theater in 3 minutes is very positive. The food was a bit generic with the clam chowder being good. The rest looked to me pretty standard.
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  • Disappointing cuisine
    Diner1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was not our first visit to Ed's, but most likely it is our last. The decor far outshines the friendliness of the hostess staff, and the food is mediocre at best. A walk across the street will yield an infinitely superior dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Didn't luve up to billing
    Edster
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Despite our dining during an uncrowded period, service was spotty. I've never been so annoyed by sporadic and uneven wine pours! Food was only fair. Good Manhattan crab chowder - but the tuna steak was so gristle-y that it was sent back. Linguini and clams dish was excessively salty. Desserts were average at best. Nice view of Lincoln Center, though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good evening prior to the symphony
    Mahleen
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The meal was lovely,delicious, served promptly with courtesy and all the associated dishes and flatware. The servers were polite and consciencious. The wine service was done with flair! For bar wines. It is a good value on the prix fixe $44 and served tin a timely way if one is going to Lincoln Center across the street. Reservations were honored on time as well.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor to mediocre.
    EclecticgourmetVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Mussels were inedible. Cold, many empty shells, tasteless and no sauce, no croutons as promised . No one asked why I hadn't eaten my meal. My fault not to have sent it back. Their fault not to have asked why I hadn't eaten them. Won't go again.
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  • Great pre-event venue for Lincoln Center
    pcycleVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great service and fresh, delicious fish. Right across from Lincoln Center, we go to Ed's regularly to start the evening off with an enjoyable dinner. On out last visit, we were very pleasantly surprised with a complimentary side dish of delicious roasted brussels sprouts. If you want it lively, sit up front near the bar. If you prefer a quieter experience, ask to be seated in the back,
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New York's best food value
    greygeekVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The good would be outstanding at 3x the price. Always imaginative presentations with superb ingredients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Service!
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My wife and I stopped here before a concert at Lincoln Center. We were on a little bit of a time crunch and we told our waiter just before dinner. The wait staff had paid such close attention to detail and the service was phenomenal! The food was excellent as well. We had the chowder sampler which was extremely tasty. My wife had a Mahi Mahi special and I had a lobster roll and both meals were some of the best we have ever had. Throughout our dinner, the wait staff and the manager was consistently ensuring that every aspect of our dining experience was perfect. As we were nearing the end of our dinner, Our waiter politely reminded us of the time. If I can give six service stars, I would!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I Reccomend this Restaurant!!
    shoseo57
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I definetly Reccomend this Restaurant!!! I personally think this is number one in New york!!! I would go there multiple times to try out everything on the menu!! I really enjoyed the free bread and really loved the lobster roll and Vanilla Banana Cream Pie!!! It the number one I tasted it!!! people that work there is very nice and very hard working :) I would definetly come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to dining spot by Lincoln Center
    jzinnVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The fish is always fresh and the staff always friendly. It's quiet for lunch, so great for meetings. And, in the evening, the food is consistently good, making it the perfect choice before or after a show. And, there's something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pricey but delicious
    mick21VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Two Bloody Marys, half a dozen oysters, fried clams, two cups of Ed's house chowder, and two lobster rolls cost is $209 before tip. Everything was delicious, but that's a lot of cash for that kind of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Miniscule Portions...
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    nice ambiance....excellent service... and the food was good... but the meals should be labelled 'kids meal'.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent fresh seafood
    OperaGoer
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I've just discovered this gem right across from Lincoln Center and it will be my new go-to place for dinner with clients and friends. The setting is chic and sparkling; the seafood excellent; and the service all smiles. We shared the large seafood platter. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good!
    MGD18VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Always a pleasure with good food, and so convenient to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice for Lincoln Center
    MehhhVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant is perfectly acceptable but nothing special. They know how to get you in and out for the performances at Lincoln Center.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Eats, then Enjoy the Show
    Jacksonrd
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Located one-level up in the historic Empire Hotel, this fine seafood restaurant is within sight of Lincoln Center and accessed from the street by separate entrance with elevator/stairs or from the hotel's Mezzanine or second floor. The service was efficient and attendant. We enjoyed the sushi grade seared tuna [black and Blue] was outstanding, as was our salmon dish. The calamari was reasonably tender and served crisp and piping hot. The peach pie with a crumb crust accompanied by ricotta vanilla ice cream, was both tasty and right-sized for one or two to share for an adequate sampling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    As usual, we had a good dinner at Ed's Chowder House before the ballet. The three course prix fixe is a bargain and everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much more sophisticated than the name indicates!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My husband and I had a midweek dinner here recently before going to a 7:30 performance of the ballet across the street. We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to Lincoln Center and I plan to return whenever I have an evening planned there. Ed's surpassed our expectations! I expected a pub-like atmosphere and was pleasantly surprised by the brightly lit, high-ceilinged space with comfortable banquettes, an urban vibe and very little noise ( it was early on a Wednesday night.) The food and drink were also very good. I had a delicious champagne elderflower cocktail to start along with an appetizer of fried clams over salad. The clams were not whole-bellied, but the presentation and flavors were great. My husband chose a lightly battered and sautéed skate for his main course--it was fabulous. I had sea scallops with harissa which were very tasty. Our server was a delightful young woman, an actress, who took good care of us and chatted amiably about her career. I heartily recommend Ed's for a pre-performance dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Alex
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Ed's Chowder House is an excellent restaurant very convenient for Lincoln Center. Wonderful seafood selections, a pleasant open atmosphere and very attentive service all combine for a terrific experience. Great any time of the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food next to Lincoln Center
    YaleDadVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Ed's is our go to spot before attending an event at Lincoln Center. We are regulars and even when we have been delayed by traffic they have taken care of us - getting us fed and out the door in time for our show. Great seafood, good drinks, nice wine selection and excellent service. They also support the Opera Guild and others at LC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • They treated us nicely
    Citymargot
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We go to Ed's Chowderhouse when we attend The Metropolitan Opera. The staff is very efficient and the food is good. I am not the one to be a food critic, but I do care about ambiance and service. Ed's Chowderhouse qualifies well in both categories.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood!
    BrklynQnsFamily
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Whenever we attend a performance at Lincoln Center, we always look forward to dining at Ed's Chowder House. Whether before or after the performance, there is always fresh and wonderfully prepared seafood and chowders. But other dishes are great too. Friendly and professional service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • regaljohn
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food without distinction. Selling a formula past it's time. Touristy ripoff.
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  • Good Chowder
    LateSeviceVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    For a quick meal before an event at Lincoln Center, this is a great spot. We enjoyed the excellent chowder (try the sampler if you can't choose) and the sea scallops.
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  • Bruce
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Very good option for Lincoln Center - if you like seafood. I had the chowder sampler (excellent) and a special rock shrimp salad (ditto) and the waiter was very attentive to getting us out on time for a 7:30 curtain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent food and service! Matt made great suggestions for each course. The ravioli was unbelievable and the raw bar was excellent. Great selection of interesting mixed beverages as well. We will definitely go back on our next trip to NYC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    Rosa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was good, the service very good, but the prices are high.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    RedHawk1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Clam chowder with heavy cream and a few chewy clams. Cod done perfectly,but covered with potato chips. Amateurish!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • budbarb2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was tasty, lobster roll could have been more substantial., facilities fine I would go again, if I were going to Lincoln center.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met-Worthy
    LSGourmet
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Location, location, location. A short walk from the Metropolitan Opera House gets you great food and excellent service at a decent price. This last time out, our friends were running late, but the hostess sat us anyway instead of making us wait around until the party was complete. Our waitress took our order and assured us that she would be back as soon as the others arrived, to take theirs. She did and she hustled to make it happen without making them feel rushed. I ordered the seafood appetizer as my main course, a huge platter meant to be shared as a raw bar sampler, and just wonderful as a main. Our waitress brought over a side of their great fries, "On the house so it feels like dinner." Fast, courteous and again, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aleksandra
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Really nice place. Cozy atmosphere and good food. A bit on a pricey side.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Discovery near Lincoln Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great to find another excellent choice in this busy pre-theater area. Wonderfully convenient, very good food With friendly, speedy, attentive wait staff!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I usually go to this restaurant before the opera at the Met. It is usually very good but this time it was MUCH TOO NOISY. The wait staff was very stressed. The food was good and was served in a reasonably manner. We may choose another restaurant next time we attend the opera
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient but . . .
    coco
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We have eaten here before. It is very convenient to Lincoln Center, the service is attentive but not over aggressive, and waiters make sure they know if/when you are attending an event at the Center to make sure you will be in time. The problem I found the last two times is that it seems to be more expensive than the quality of the food merits. While the shaved vegetable salad was excellent and the skate combined dish very good, the calimari were excessively salty and the sauce too sweet where a bit of spice would have been appreciated. It is very noisy too, as are indeed most restaurants in NYC these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chugga
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Reliable , good food and close to Lincoln Center. I would go there any time.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Repeat Performance
    dash2met
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Ed's Chowder House was recommended to us 2.5 years ago by a friendly New Yorker on a city bus. We were extremely pleased on our first visit, and decided to eat there again on this trip. The location is great for pre-Lincoln Center events. The second time lived up to our remembrance of the first. The grilled shrimp were jumbo, as described, and delicious. The horseradish potatoes, and green beans were exceptional. We've had the banana cream pie on both occasions, and plan to have it on all future visits. We look forward to eating at Ed's the next time we are in NYC.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-opera find
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We came here before going to the opera at the Lincoln Centre. The food was good (fish cooked lightly with a well flavoured sauce), service was quick and efficient (very important when you are rushing as we were!) and it's very convenient (opposite the Lincoln Centre). The name is misleading - it sounds like a shack but it's actually a large restaurant in which you can still hear yourself speak. Will definitely come here again.
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  • Pitpat
    PitpatVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was not our first visit to Ed's Chowder House. The standard of food and service is consistently excellent. The staff is pleasant, concerned and helpful. A perfect restaurant for fish lovers with alternatives for those who prefer meat or chicken. The location is perfect for an early meal before attending a concert or opera. Always busy, it is advisable to make a reservation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Consistently Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We seem to always gravitate back to Ed's before theater at Lincoln Center. Food is good and consistent. Wish that they would change the menu more often but we always get a good meal. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and mindful of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate