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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Don't Tell Mama NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)late-night find (29)good for groups (24)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (18)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (15)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (13)hot spot (11)notable wine list (7)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We booked at this Restaurant Row location just for pre-theater convenience and expecting the typical "tourist place" experience. Nice surprise! Superb food and service in a quiet and friendly space. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting place
    laxmom17
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Our first time there, didn't realize there were 3 parts...piano bar, cabaret and regular restaurant. Our dinner was great, huge portions. Next time we'll skip the dessert. We ordered the brownie which was delicious but the menu description said it was served with ice cream and triple think hot fudge. Well, there were 3 small spoonfuls of ice cream, didn't even equal a scoop (maybe they were running out!) and there was a drizzle of chocolate and caramel on the edges of the plate. So the dessert was totally not worth it, but the entrée was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a very cold night........
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    And we walked in off the street and it was like walking into a cocoon, it was so warm and friendly and cozy!! The food was good, satisfying, presented beautifully. Vey fresh and appetizing. A decent wine selection, priced well. Our waitress was just right, friendly, helpful and efficient. I would go back, and bring friends . There was some kind of a club attached, which had live music, but not sure how they were related.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great date spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Saturday night, I was taken out by my date to this great spot. I had been here once before, after the theatre, several years ago. On both occasions, I had a really great time and very much enjoyed the music. This evening was definitely more special. As dates in New York City go, this place is prime for someone who loves Broadway, music, and a good crowd. I had a great time singing and laughing. It was also great to enjoy live music with great company. I would HIGHLY recommend this place to all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    BristolUK
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We booked table for our group at DTM following recommendation from our friends who visited NY recently and we were not disappointed. Good food, wonderful atmosphere and very talented staff entertained us till late hours on Saturday night. We really recommend this place if you are looking for effortless entertainment in a very friendly and welcoming place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to meet for dinner, good veg meals:)
    Nice2eatinNYCsometimes
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Butternut squash ravioli is nice with hint of nutmeg. Vegtarian friendly. Side salad just right ratios. My cousin had spaghetti which was a very generous bowl full which seemed to grow. Nice service. A bit loud- brick walls but overall really good. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Row Find
    HolidayHannah
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first experience at Don't Tell Mama. Although it is known for its late night entertainment, we were in NYC for a day trip so tried it for lunch. We both had delicious salads with a lobster tail. The presentation was beautiful & the lobster was prepared perfectly. The only reason I did not rate the restaurant with 5 stars is because I asked for no corn on my salad & it came with corn!! Our server was extremely pleasant & even assisted us with directions to the theatre after lunch. I would recommend Don't Tell Mama for lunch or any other food/entertainment experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bou85626
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Don't tell Mama's was a pleasant surprise. The food was fantastic. The wait staff were very good to assist with one of our friends gluten allergy and knew exactly what she could and couldn't have. Highly recommend it and would definitely go back. We didnot have time for dessert but it looked delious and one of the other patrons raved about their lemon pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Babs5332
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went to this restaurant after an afternoon matinee. It was too early for dinner , so we sat at the piano bar, where drinks were well priced for happy hour. The restaurant area was very warm so when we were asked to sit in a covered outside area( very small, only 2 tables, we accepted. The service was attentive & accommodating. We ordered from the prix fixe menu which had a few choices which were well prepared. We didn't care for either if the two dessert choices.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Biturbo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very good welcome. Very good food. Nice experience. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bones in seabass
    WontGoBack
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very disappointed in the seabass and the short ribs entree was actually a pot roast with sauce put on it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was good and portion sizes were ample. I had the tilapia and shrimp; my wife had the trio of seafood. Both were good. This was a nice after theater find. Note: we were told that the piano bar does not get hopping until after 9pm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I made a reservation for 10 as we were going to see a 2:00pm show. There was only one bartender who was also our server. No one else working! I was wondering if he was going to be the cook as well! Because they had advertised 9.99 unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosas, I thought he'd be prepared. He started making them one at a time. I suggested he make a pitcher to save time. OMG! We barely made it to the theater on time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    CarlosCTJ
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We heard about Don't Tell Mama's while having slate night cocktail at another venue and decided to check it out on a Friday night making reservations via Open Table. It's a great neighborhood located venue with very good food and service. We headed next door to their piano bar and had a great time. Highly recommend this place, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Tell Mama NYC
    bvn759
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious pre-theater meal. Staff was friendly and fun. We will definitely make a return visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • benn
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had to be ask to moved from a noisy area and then put by a door which was cold. The restaurant was empty as well so no issue on were they could put us!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty menu & reasonably-priced
    DoreenM
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very good for pre/post theater lunch or dinner. Comfortable seating & relaxed environment for an enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but okay experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I made a reservation for two for 8:30 on a Saturday night. We arrived at 8:20 but had to wait a few minutes for them to get our table ready. The table they gave us wasn't being used so I feel like it should have been ready for us even if we arrived early but perhaps I'm mistaken. Food was good, service was good. The pasta dishes don't line up in terms of portion sizes. The butternut squash ravioli is less than food than the penne a la vodka. The penne a la vodka could serve two people. I did like the ambiance of "Don't Tell Mama" since it was quiet and and intimate. I didn't feel like I had to yell in order to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do tell mama
    foodiendee
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went there for dinner before a Broadway show,and we're pleasantly surprised to have the service be efficient and quick. A tad pricey but the food was good. It's a good place to have a pre or post Broadway date with your significant other
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I shared a very tasty salad as a starter. The salads are large and can easily be shared. I enjoyed butternut squash ravioli. It tasted like comfort food to me with a creamy white sauce and fresh parmesan. It is fresh pasta but not made in house. I was told it was made by the same business that makes their desserts. The restaurant portion of Don't Tell Mama is very small and below street level. They have several outdoor tables which would have been fun had they been available. The wait staff was very attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spicy shrimp
    CLD1VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Really great food and service. Had the spicy shrimp and pasta which was fabulous. Order the garlic bread!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinneroutfor2
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Efficient service and good size servings. Dessert was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Theater District
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant for before a show. The area is slightly overwhelming, but you cant tell once you're sitting down!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Carnivore
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was the best butternut squash I have ever had! I also had the Market Salad and it was very good! I would recommend this restaurant, I already have, to everyone. There is something on the menu for all food types.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The service was excellent & the food was great. The warm mushroom salad is definetly worth coming back for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CuisineDiannVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Consistently good, convenient to Broadway Theatres, courteous staff that offers good recommendations. Am a frequent diner here. Would like to see some better house wines on the menu. Otherwise I recommended highly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great on Second Round
    mahvelous
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visited and enjoyed DTM a few months back. Invited guests to celebrate an occasion with us there on Sunday - we were all impressed with the entire experience - ambience, food quality, wine list! We'll be b a c k!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time at Don't Tell Mama!
    WillC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a group of 17 for dinner at Don't Tell Mama and it was a fantastic night. Evereyone raved about their meals and the service was terrific! The place has a very cool vibe and if you have time you need to stay for the Cabaret show or the piano bar where patorns can get up and belt out their favorite songs. We will definitiely be back again!! Don't Tell Mama is on our NYC Top 5 list!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertaining Night
    chasweg
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This combination restaurant, piano bar, cabaret location has a bit of everything. We only had dinner, which was very good, but you could make a night of it by taking in the cabaret show(s) of just enjoying small plates in the piano bar. I had the beef short rib entree. I did not use my knife it was so tender. The prices were reasonable considering the location is "Restaurant Row" in NYC. We will return to take in the show and have dinner again. It's a great place to fill a night while traveling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • make sure to reserve the table!
    kalim90
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by my friend for a "piano bar"... but I was greatly mistaken. I visioned a restaurant with a piano in the center.. but the place was divided into two sides. There was a music/performance side of the restaurant- the "cabaret" side, where there are cover charges depend on the performer for the day between $15-25, and two drinks minimum. The restaurant side was just the restaurant with no "piano" (my bad) but good music playing over the speakers. My friend doesn't drink and we desperately needed actual food so we only were at the restaurant side. Food portions were very big, neither of us girls could finish our dish. Very delicious and definitely going back for the music! Staffs were nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOTS of talent at the piano bar!
    kmickey31
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We went to Don't Tell Mama after a Broadway show on the night of our 10th anniversary! We had a blast at the piano bar! SOOOO much talent working there and the pianist on 10/2/14 was amazing! We arrived at 10pm and stayed for 2 hours! So much fun, good drinks, nice comfort food (who doesn't want sliders and grilled cheese and chips???). We'll be back and have already recommended to friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bartender
    Ricky
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went to see Seth Rudesky and had a great time. This place really knows how to make great cocktails!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal at a Reasonable Price
    fivegrands
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We enjoyed a 3 course prix fix meal that was good from start to finish. We had a personable and very helpful waiter and loved our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food not very good
    Visiting
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was fine and everyone was pleasant but the food quality was mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a Blast!
    NYgirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our party of four had dinner reservations, then moved over to the Piano Bar for drinks. The entertainment was AMAZING!! We were there on a Thursday evening and the place was packed! The piano player and all three of the waitstaff were just awesome. The singing was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but less than great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We expected better. Took forever for food. The halibut was totally over cooked. The spaghetti dishes and sauces were not notable. Nice enough place overall and nice staff plus great proxity to evenings theater fun. But we won't return as like a better quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved loved loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This place was just fantastic. The hostess was so nice and accommodating Which made you feel welcomed and good about the place not like other restaurants where the hosts are cold and rude. The menu had a great variety of different foods. Could make a decision on the lobster ravioli or the duck glad the waiter suggested the duck. It was cooked to perfection. Will defiantly be back when in town again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - GREAT Entertainment!
    TNTraveler
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went with my sister and her daughter during a recent trip to New York. Location right off of times square is awesome, food is very good (not fabulous, but very good), servicer was good. The real treasure is next door, though, in the piano bar. We had an absolute blast singing along!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it's made out to be.
    Parr
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Restaurant was fine reasonable service, reasonable food. Piano bar was not at all what it's made out to be. The night staff arrived at around nine and was notably rude to existing patrons, pushing people in to small corners and adding dozens of additional seats. Bar ends up overseated by at least 25 percent. Distinct impression is that night staff does not want the dinner patrons at the venue. This is a kids party shack, not a legitimate music venue. Restaurant alright for a meal, avoid the piano bar if you are over 25 and looking for entertainment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Advertised pre fix menu but was told it was incorporated into the regular menu (reservation time 6:30) shared shrimp cocktail was fresh Entrees were well prepared. Hearty serving of pumpkin lasagna - more than expected and was quite good. Chilean sea bass was also good with julienne vegetables , fresh and good. Then came dessert. Waiter had recommended chocolate cheese cake - poorly presented and obviously brought in from the outside. After such a surprising good meal everything became flat. Ordered expresso and it arrived luke warm. Had told the waiter we were going to the theatre and we had had quite a discussion about - he still had to be reminded to bring the check. Would think twice about returning and would not plan to impress
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall