Don't Tell Mama NYC
Don't Tell Mama NYC

Don't Tell Mama NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 757-0788
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Fri, Sat, Sun open until midnight. Lunch will be open for Special groups and parties (Reservations by Phone or Email).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar has live music including singing acts done by the entire staff.
  • Special Events: Please contact our special events coordinator, Limor Shekhter, for more information about private parties and special events. (212) 213-4485 x13, or limor.shekhter@donttellmamanyc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and 9th Avenues
  • Public Transit: A, B & C trains to 44th Street and 8th Avenue and the Q,R,N,1, 2 & 3 trains to 42nd Street and 7th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking garage is located next to the restaurant.
A word from Don't Tell Mama NYC
Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s Theater District. New American Cuisine with a world-class atmosphere and a seasonally changing menu offering the freshest ingredients resulting in something for every plate as well as choices of delicious desserts and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Piano Bar & Cabaret Rooms are also featured at Don't Tell Mama. Founded in 1982.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Don't Tell Mama NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)late-night find (32)special occasion (24)good for groups (23)romantic (18)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (14)hot spot (12)notable wine list (8)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • We had a wonderful lunch and
    sunfun
    Dined on 9/12/2010
    We had a wonderful lunch and the waitress was most accomodating. Great experience, I will definitely go back
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • This restaurant came highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2010
    This restaurant came highly recommended by our concierge, so perhaps our anticipation was too high. We were very disappointed with this restaurant. It was certainly busy (for a Monday) but not enough to excuse the poor service. Our appitisers took ages to come, then one of these was wrong and had to go back. Having eaten our appitisers seperately, we then waited a further half hour before the entrees came. One of these bore no resemblence to the meal detailed on the menu, but having waited so long it was not worth sending it back again. Finally, when the check came, they had got that wrong too, and it had to be sorted out by the manager - so another long wait. All in all very disappointing.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good. Service was
    dinendinerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2010
    Food was good. Service was poor, nice people but slow between bringing appetizer , entree and dessert. Had to ask for check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small but sweet, reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2010
    small but sweet, reasonably priced 3 course selection menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This has to have been the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2010
    This has to have been the worst dining experience I have ever had in New York City. First the restaurant cancelled my reservation twice and when I tried to contact them they did not answer my eamil and they do not answer the phone or take voicemail messages. Second the food was very close to inedible. I ordered a salad and asked for NO bacon - there was a lot of bacon in the salad. My fish was overcooked and the mushrooms (at least I think they were mushrooms) were vinegar soaked and inedible. There was some kind of glaze on the plate- horrible and the fish was surrounded by little hard dough balls. The fusiili with cheese had no taste of cheese and was dry - yuck!
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  • WE HAD A PLEASANT TIME, GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2010
    WE HAD A PLEASANT TIME, GREAT SERVICE,GREAT FOOD,GREAT DRINKING EXPERIENCE IN THE PIANO BAR WITH GREAT LIVE MUSIC,THE SEPARATE DINING ROOM WAS QUIET AND COMFORTABLE FOR OUR ROMANTIC DINNER.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They charged for a second
    JLefVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2010
    They charged for a second cup of coffee. Sodas were filled half way. The waitress was barely there. The Prix fix for theatre was reasonably priced. I wouldn't rush back.
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  • I have to say, I really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2010
    I have to say, I really enjoyed it! As we were passing by, we were greeted by a delightful hostess. The waitstaff was knowledgable on the menu and seemed to really care about how we were doing. I went with my husband as we were celebrating a special occasion. We really loved the food. We were not expecting so much from this tiny gem. We are certainly coming back! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had lunch here, and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2010
    I had lunch here, and it was awesome! I chose this place because it is in one of my favorite neigborhoods in Manhattan. I went with a friend I have not seen in a very long time and it was perfect. Just the right atmosphere...intimate enough for us to talk and catch up. The prefixe also fit in my budget...the food was the best part besides the service...I am so coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is an awesome find...the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2010
    This place is an awesome find...the food was great, the service was impecable! We really enjoyed ourselves...the staff was knowledgable of the food and wine and they really made us feel welcome. We will def be back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this is the second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2010
    this is the second time at DTM restaurant, the food is excellent as well as the atmosphere and service. we had a great time and we will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was expecting the dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2010
    I was expecting the dinner tables to be set around the entertainment. Did not know that the restaurant was in a different room. The food was delicious. Went to the piano bar in the other room after dinner. The entertainment was cheesy. Some of the singers were horrible. The speakers were right over our ears and the singers were singing way too loud for that little place. The concept was good, the service was good, but the guest who went up to sing, sang better than the hired help! Sorry, won't be coming back to visit this spot any time soon!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • The excellent Prix Fixe package
    ChickieBVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2010
    The excellent Prix Fixe package sort of made up for a lot of problems... It wasn't until about 15 minutes after we ordered, and after an inspection tour by the manager, that the waiter brought bread to our table. Then 3 plates of un-ordered food came to us. Finally, when the orders were sent back and corrected, one of us didn't get his meal until 20 minutes after the rest. Some accommodation should have been made for these errors -- an extra appetizer for the person who was waiting for his meal, an upgrade in desserts, anything to show concern for the errors. But when we got our food, we liked it. Would we go back? Not if we were on a tight schedule or trying to have a carefree dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would recommend the prix-fixe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/7/2010
    I would recommend the prix-fixe option for this restaurant based solely on my very limited experience here. I ordered off the regular dinner menu and the sliver of striped bass suffocated by sauce and some unpleasant mushrooms did not seem nearly as appetizing as the prix-fixe options I saw around me. The gnocchi was really tortellini but my greatest objection was the extremely limited amount of fish on my plate. What there was of the fish was tasty but miniscule. My dinner companion had a pasta dish that was, per his opinion, just okay. I really hate to bad mouth any restaurant at the moment unless it was really, extraordinarily bad. So I won't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The minute you walk into the
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2010
    The minute you walk into the place you can smell the mustyness! The halibit we ordered was a decent piece of fish but what I think was potatoes were old and in the sauce too long. Not a place I would every think of returning to, especially for the price we paid.
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  • The food was satisfactory. The
    SbartVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2010
    The food was satisfactory. The Manager was rude....there was a mix-up on the desert order and he was insistent on us paying for the desert. Most other establishments would have addressed the issue to the benefit of the clients.
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  • We enjoyed the restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    We enjoyed the restaurant. There were 4 of us and 3 ate from the Price-Fixe menu and our food all came at the same time, the 4th person's food came much later than the rest of the party's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2010
    The food was excellent and the service was good. The glasses of wine were pricey. There were two choices for dessert but they ran out of one by 11:30 am. That was a bit disappointed but I must say the one that was served was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ambiance and decor of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2010
    The ambiance and decor of dtm was very nice. It felt very comfortable, welcoming, and the wait staff was very good. The prix-fixe menu was a bit limited. I didn't care for my chicken that much. The brownie desert was fair. My husband and friends had the lemon merengue, so so. I would definately try lunch or the music lounge, but don't think I would go for dinner again.
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  • I was shockingly suprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2010
    I was shockingly suprised at how good the food was. The service was great. My waiter was there for everything I needed. We had a very enjoyable night dinning there and can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was a good, reasonalbly priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2010
    Was a good, reasonalbly priced post matinee stop before boarding the train to home.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This last visit was a real
    Babs
    Dined on 6/8/2010
    This last visit was a real disappointment. We had been in 12/09 and it was amazing - so we were looking forward to a return visit. The Market Salad is superb - interesting ingredients and lightly dressed - yum. The problem was the special - the Mahi Mahi was overcooked and extremely salty. Although we didn't have it, the $22 3 course pre-theatre special is a great deal.
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  • It was great for pre theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/5/2010
    It was great for pre theatre for us. Cozy and nice. We did feel like the food was a bit salty?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dtm Dont Tell Mama was a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2010
    dtm Dont Tell Mama was a great preshow spot for dinner. Menu was a great mix of modern american dishes e
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Gave me cause for worry when,
    Mags
    Dined on 5/25/2010
    Gave me cause for worry when, on a Tuesday at 5:30PM, they were out of so many dishes (tuna tartare, tuna steak, crab salad). Not to mention no Pinot Noir by the glass. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality & quantity of the crabcake appetizer, the salmon main course and the Dijon chicken, as well as the mashed potatoes and asparagus. Food was very tasty, hot and it turned out to be a very nice meal.
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  • We had a wonderful pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2010
    We had a wonderful pre-theater lunch. The food was good; the service prompt and friendly. The one problem was the noise and smell of traffic. The door is left open during lunch and the traffic is quite loud and the smell of exhaust was strong. I think they leave the door open to entice pedestrian traffic to peak in and perhaps dine but it will definitely discourage me from returning at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They advertise a prix fixe
    DeeG
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    They advertise a prix fixe meal for $22.50, but on Mother's Day the prix fixe was $55. We didn't see anything on that menu to justify the price, so we ordered off the regular menu. The chef has a love of bacon, which appeared in almost every dish we ordered. Good, but too much a one note taste. The scallops were a little overcooked. Not likely to return when there are so many restaurants to try.
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  • I found the price fix menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2010
    I found the price fix menu was very good......and choices were very good. Our food was excellent. This was my second time eating there before going to the show and I think it was a great place to eat with exceptional good food and attentive waiters...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately we never got
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2010
    Unfortunately we never got to eat there. We were having too much fun shopping. Your ratings don't give you that option.
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  • The restaurant was very accommodati
    Doremommy
    Dined on 5/7/2010
    The restaurant was very accommodating with our lateness due to traffic. After that though, the service was slow and the food was ordinary.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our experience at Don't Tell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2010
    Our experience at Don't Tell Mama was mixed. The restuarant was hot, the dinner luke warm to cold and the main entree went to have was not available. Overall the restaurant was dissapointing. I will not go back. The Cabaret/Bar was fantastic... The service was exceptional, the prices reasonable and the crowd was extremely friendly. It was an incredible experience and will go again every time I am in NYC!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was there for a concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/2/2010
    I was there for a concert when the air conditioning broke down. The staff handled the problem (changing rooms and drink orders for 40-50 people) with amazing grace and efficiency. I was very impressed, and had a wonderful time, despite the problem.
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  • I came from Los Angeles to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2010
    I came from Los Angeles to visit New York, and I found this restaurant, it has a really good food and people is very nice. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    Great place for pre-theatre dinner. Good bar with top shelf brands. Menu broad enough to appeal to most patrons.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a good choice for
    Wooly
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    This was a good choice for a before theater meal. The $22 prix-fixe was certainly a great deal and included some nice choices, tuna steak and salmon among them. Smallish portions but certainly well worth the money and plenty of food for before theater. The service was pleasant and had no trouble at all getting us out in plenty of time without having to rush.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed to find
    Farhills8VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2010
    We were disappointed to find they were out of many items on the menu. The selection was moderate- food that we had was ok-plates were beautifully presented. Probably will try some place else next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our meal at Don't
    WWCitizenVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2010
    We enjoyed our meal at Don't Tell Mama. If you're into truffles (black and/or white), there are LOTS of great selections on the menu. I got my fill of them; had a craving that was filled quite nicely. The wait staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and fast. There wasn't a lot of noise, either, which was great because we were with friends and wanted to chat. Also, heading to a Broadway show, this place was perfect, although, getting there before 6:30 is a good idea if you're a walk-in (we had a reservation). The place was fairly packed by the time we left. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The slowest kitchen in New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2010
    The slowest kitchen in New York! 15 minutes for our appetizers to arrive, another 45 for the pastas, another 10 for the brownie desert...and we were the only 2 people there for lunch. The food is good if you've got all day.
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  • The menu selection and meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2010
    The menu selection and meal were both very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While we had a nice meal here,
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2010
    While we had a nice meal here, their wine selection is basically non-existant (we were told that they're phasing out certain wines, but that's no excuse for not having new options).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic