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424 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10009
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Exchange Alley Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 4 pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6pm - 12am
Friday - Saturday: 6pm - 2am
Brunch: Sat & Sun: 11am -3pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Wine
between 1st Avenue & Avenue A
Take the L to 1st Ave. or 3rd Ave. Take the 6 to Astor Place. You can also take the M8 Bus.
Central Parking System 310 E.9th St,
Primo Spot 168 Avenue B,
City Parking 525 E.11th St.
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Old school New York style with a touch of New Orleans
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I might come back to the bar, but
probably not the restaurant. The staff was very nice, but seemed like they were stretched thin. We sat with empty glasses for a bit. The jambalaya balls and the beets were delicious, but the mains were so-so. The braciola was very dry."
Dined on 3/1/2014
The food and the service was
amazing! I went with my boyfriend for Valentine's Day and we were raving about it the entire time. I highly recommend it for a special occasion or just a night out to dinner."
Dined on 2/14/2014
A friend and I were looking for a
restaurant in the East Village for dinner on a Saturday night, and were so happy to have found Exchange Alley. The atmosphere is warm, rustic and cozy, the service was great (very helpful--we had a lot or questions!) and the food was excellent. Definitely did not disappoint. Would happily return!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
I found the food lacking - the
medium steak came rare in the middle and burnt on the outside - the vegetables were overcooked and bland. The Butter Lettuce and Avocado salad was good though. The staff were friendly which made up in part for the food and ambience."
Dined on 1/25/2014
This is just the kind of place we
love to find: smallish, with bar seating, a unique decor and a menu full of nicely tweaked popular foods. The bartender was as friendly as could be and was determined to find us just the right glasses of wine, with generous tastes from several bottles. She was an enthusiastic proponent of the menu, and lent valuable advice, because everything sounds delicious. Jambalaya balls, lasagna edges, charred kale, blackened beets -- each familiar genre was notched up by a twist on preparation or seasoning. Dessert options were few, but who could ever be sorry having to order bananas foster?"
Dined on 1/10/2014
Planning a dinner for a large
group in NYC can be tricky. Most places require you to commit to a fixed-price menu. I was so pleased to find how flexible the folks at Exchange Alley were. I made a reservation for 12 people on Open Table and that was that. In fact, it was so easy I was convinced there was a catch so I called to confirm...and there's no catch. Bring your large group for a great evening of delicious food, cozy ambiance and excellent service. Between the 12 of us we had almost everything on the menu and there were no complaints and lots of clean plates. Our dinner at Exchange Alley was the perfect kickoff to a fun evening on the LES."
Dined on 1/18/2014
Great spot to relax and enjoy good
food and drink!"
Dined on 2/9/2013
I have been here several times,
and absolutely love the food, drinks and entire place. Wait staff is wonderful and friendly. Whenever I am in NYC, I try to make a visit."
Dined on 11/10/2013
We had to choose a restaurant to
eat with the family. As we've been to Exchange Alley before I couldn't think of a better place to eat together. Loved the service, the food was great and the ambience is so cozy. Neighborhood's also pretty cool."
Dined on 12/26/2013
It was boxing day, so the
restaurant was very quiet. We felt very welcome. The hostes was rather common. The food was good. We enjoyd our diner. The music was rather hard, but we had not affected by. (We liked the kind of music). After all, we had a pleasant time. We had to walk far, it is what decentralised. But for us this restaurant was a surprise. When we come back in new york, we'll come back again."
Dined on 12/26/2013
Exchange Alley had been on our to
do list for a while so Friday night five of my girlfriends and I finally made it in for dinner. The food was amazing, good wine selection and our waiter, Adam, was great! Looking forward to eating there again soon."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Very welcoming service and
satisfying, delicious food."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Great food, and great service. The
staff made the entire experience very warm and enjoyable. Would definitely revisit, and try the Lasagna Edges!"
Dined on 11/30/2013
Nice evening with friends and
business associates. Nice menu. Comfort food. Nothing fancy, but food was very well prepared. We shared one of each entree and all were beautifully prepared. No hard alcohol here, so no cocktails, only wine and beer. Wine list was a bit limited, but adequate. Food for the value was expensive. Dinner for 6 was $450.00."
Dined on 11/21/2013
Where good food meets good action.
Exchange Alley is an adventure that leaves you feeling good."
Dined on 11/21/2013
Disappointing. Food was good,
pretty good overall. The service was terrible and so was the environment. Very uncomfortable and cramped, but our waiter was horrible. Didn't know the menu and was not friendly or attentive at all. Not coming back."
Dined on 11/22/2013
Loved the atmosphere, although it
was honestly bordered on a bit too loud and dark, even for a downtown NYC restaurant. Left feeling like we'd been screaming the whole night. Made up for by the fact that we lingered over our meal for quite a long time without ever feeling rushed by the staff. All the mains were great, but the sides were outstanding - charred kale, brussels sprouts, jambalaya balls and side or burnt broccoli were perfect!"
Dined on 11/16/2013
We were a small party, the
Australian (?) hostess is a little aloof but the wait staff were excellent. The food and drinks were equally. The main issue for us was the music, we were at a table directly under a speaker and it was just too loud, they wouldn't move us, turned it down marginally and as were a group of people who wanted to talk as we ate (how unusual!), that proved to be a problem. Even the waiter couldn't hear all of our order. It is fascinating that restaurants like this go to the trouble of getting great food and wait staff, making the room look beautiful, and then blast it with music. It's the people who come to eat in that carefully created environment that make the atmosphere not Edith Piaf at sonic levels."
Dined on 11/14/2013
Always loved this spot. Really
surprised it isn't packed every night of the week. Food is stellar, the staff is really cool, and it's bookable via OpenTable. What's not to want?"
Dined on 11/12/2013
Been to exchange alley a few
times. Food is great, and staff makes it even ebtter."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Easy to get to and easy to like! I
would definitely recommend you make a reservation...as it's a long wait otherwise. Nothing but great things to say. Best meal I've had in months."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Chose this restaurant for its
creative menu and it did not disappoint. The jambalaya balls and anchovy toast were among the best appetizers we've ever sampled. Will definitely return."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Had a wonderful lunch at Exchange
Alley, great service, a real gem in the Lower East Side! Highly recommend."
Dined on 10/12/2013
it gets boring after a while.
there are many other ways how to make a meal interesting or spicy."
Dined on 9/30/2013
My friend and I had dinner at
Exchange Alley on a Thursday night, which in NY is of course busier than Friday or Saturday sometimes, especially in the E. Village. When we first arrived, the staff was incredibly welcoming and attentive, but as the place started to fill up, our server all but abandoned us. The group of four young women next to us were shouting so loudly that all we wanted to do was get out of there ASAP, without even finishing our food -- never mind ordering dessert -- but it took ages to flag our waiter for the check. The food was delicious and the first half of our night was really wonderful. I'd go again or recommend Exchange Alley, but only early in the evening on a Mon-Wed."
Dined on 9/13/2013
I think this is my new favorite
place. Start to finish was amazing. I've tried the butter lettuce salad - i want to put that dressing on everything!! All of the veggies are insane, prob one of the best beet dishes i've had (disclosure, I am mostly vegetarian). For mains I had the lasagna and on another occassion fish/yellow tomato dish, both were SO delicious. I sampled the jambalaya balls and def recommeend those as well. Its also surprisingly easy to get a reservation which is nice (apparently word is not totally out on this place). The ambience is darkly lit/romantic but also lively to have dinner with friends."
Dined on 8/17/2013
Exchange Alley is my new favorite
restaurant--hands-down. Every single item I've ordered has been exquisitely prepared. It's a true "foodie" scene. (Note: The anchovy toast is to die for!) The chef *cares* about freshness and even grows spices and veggies in a garden out back. The wait staff has always been extraordinarily attentive and friendly (though I do dine early, anywhere, to avoid crowds). And finally, Exchange Alley's decor is fun; its music play list, fabulous; and its sound-system, great! A very cool, hip vibe--perfect for the East Village!"
Dined on 9/1/2013
Exchange Alley holds a special
place in my heart. I love the food, atmosphere and the staff. It's a great place to unwind, have a drink and be with friends."
Dined on 8/28/2013
This place is a must! Our food was
eclectic and delicious and our server was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!"
Dined on 8/11/2013
Actually the leftovers tasted
amazing two days later, that is, the lasagna edges and brasiola, and great music, but best of all, my girlfriend loved it - need I say more? I heard about it on NPR"
Dined on 8/6/2013
Been twice - once a crazy busy
Saturday evening and once for early Sunday dinner. Both times the service was friendly, attentive and staff have great personalities. Food fresh, cooked with a southern twist and well presented. Loved the steak and the bananas foster."
Dined on 8/5/2013
Surprising artistry in the kitchen
and on the plate. Robust, satisfying flavors and textures. Pay attention to the sides--they work as appetizers and desserts too"
Dined on 8/6/2013
Really wonderful little place,
very helpful and playful staff!"
Dined on 6/28/2013
Totally reasonable for the quality
of the food. We shared a bunch of plates to try different things. Definitely get the bass."
Dined on 7/2/2013
I liked the cool relaxed
environment. I plan on going back to try other dishes."
Dined on 7/1/2013
The food here, by a charming and
accommodating chef, was wonderful. He does terrific and inventive things with vegetables. The service was a bit haphazard and the noise level was HIGH. We went on a Saturday and it was packed so word of mouth is obviously good. While Exchange Alley attracts a y0png crowd we were surprised to see how many older people were among the patrons."
Dined on 6/30/2013
Menu was varied and food was well
prepared. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. A little dark but that would be my only criticism. A terrific experience."
Dined on 6/29/2013
We enjoyed our exceptional dinner
with friends who'd been here before.Our waiter, Chase, was a wonderful guide through cocktails and dinner and our choices from this innovative menu were terrific.But the music was ridiculously loud, and only got louder as the evening progressed. It was impossible to have a conversation.This is the type of meal where dinner should be savored.Chase recommended sharing dishes,adding to the sense of community. We opted not to have dessert so we could escape from the noise and continue our conversation elsewhere over dessert.There seems to be an outside area out back, but no seating was offered there. This might be a good place for patrons to sit who do not want the inundating noise to be a part of their meal."
Dined on 6/22/2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
The restaurant staff is very accommodating and hospitable. Our only objection was that the restaurant was quite warm on the night we dined there, but I assume they were having temporary AC problems. There are a lot of interesting items on the menu and among the various dishes we ordered there was not one that we found lacking. The anchovy toast, crispy beef cheeks and jambalaya balls appetizers were all quite good. The pasta dishes (lasagna edges and priest stranglers) were excellent. The black bass was tasty but a bit difficult to manage with the whole spring onions in the bottom of the bowl. We definitely look forward to returning to Exchange Alley for another meal."
Dined on 6/9/2013
Waiters are always friendly and
helpful, food is always delicious and fit for any occasion. Great for sharing, intimate gatherings, lunch, big groups. It's on my regular rotation."
Dined on 6/2/2013
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