Exchange Alley
Exchange Alley
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Exchange Alley

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.exchangealleynyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-228-8525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 4 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6pm - 12am
    Friday - Saturday: 6pm - 2am
    Brunch: Sat & Sun: 11am -3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Gerard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st Avenue & Avenue A
  • Public Transit: Take the L to 1st Ave. or 3rd Ave. Take the 6 to Astor Place. You can also take the M8 Bus.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
    Lots Nearby:
    Central Parking System 310 E.9th St,
    Primo Spot 168 Avenue B,
    City Parking 525 E.11th St.
A word from Exchange Alley
Old school New York style with a touch of New Orleans
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Exchange Alley reviews from OpenTable diners
  • they were closed
    Nycdiner2014VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I had a reservation for 4 people on Friday night and it was pouring rain and when we got to the retaurant it was CLOSED. I never received any notification and when I looked on Open Table, they were still taking reservations. Another couple came behind us and were also very upset and stranded in the rain. I never received any explanation or apology. this is not how to run a business.
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  • East Village Standout
    BethieW
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My daughter lives in the East Village and ranks Exchange Alley among her favorite local eateries. The menu is inventive and the food delicious. There were six of us in our party so we started with a variety of appetizers and salad to start. The waitress suggested that we order our entrees after the first course so we could assess how hungry we'd be. Good thing because each couple ended up ordering just one entrée to split. Some of the appetizers we sampled were the maple roasted brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash carbonara, beet salad and the freshest green goddess salad, a particular standout. Be advised that the restaurant doesn't have a full bar. They do, however, have some unique mixed drinks, wine, and a decent beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambulance Called to Restaurant
    212foodVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    One person in my party had a severe allergy - anaphylactic to dairy. Despite calling ahead and talking to the waiter, and again discussing the allergy with our waiter at the time of our reservation, my friend was served a salad with greek yogurt in it. We spent the evening in the hospital (the allergy can be fatal). We emailed the owner, Matt Hanley, twice and he never replied. In my opinion, you should not dine here if you have a serious allergy, food sensitivities or special food-related accommodations.
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  • average
    so1says
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant closed despite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Restaurant closed despite reservation confirmation
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    AB123
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and the service was
    Lellyl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
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  • Great for groups
    Apinchoflove
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and welcoming
    venusnycVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Bianca
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Jules
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exchange Alley had been on
    aep2011
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Charming
    Pastina
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Very welcoming service and satisfying, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Great food, and great service. The staff made the entire experience very warm and enjoyable. Would definitely revisit, and try the Lasagna Edges!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    ElanVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • That great vibe
    DinerNY
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Where good food meets good action. Exchange Alley is an adventure that leaves you feeling good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good comfort food
    GmanVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the atmosphere, although
    sdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday in the East Village
    Fontenoy
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exchange Alley - personal fave
    AlexH
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place.
    bestbiscottiVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - fun staff
    dinner212VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Been to exchange alley a few times. Food is great, and staff makes it even ebtter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very imaginative
    food4all
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot!
    Orangevox40
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Canadian
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Had a wonderful lunch at Exchange Alley, great service, a real gem in the Lower East Side! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chilies in everything
    reviewernicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    it gets boring after a while. there are many other ways how to make a meal interesting or spicy.
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  • Go early on Mon-Wed
    Melis
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Exchange Alley
    NOLANYC
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been 2x and both were exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and ideal setting
    PShives
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    This place is a must! Our food was eclectic and delicious and our server was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum for my tum
    Morganbear
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising artistry in the
    82muchVIP
    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
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  • Been twice - once a crazy
    Jo308VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally reasonable for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Totally reasonable for the quality of the food. We shared a bunch of plates to try different things. Definitely get the bass.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I liked the cool relaxed environmen
    kristi
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    I liked the cool relaxed environment. I plan on going back to try other dishes.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood gem
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UNexpected fun night out
    KFOXVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Really wonderful little place, very helpful and playful staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic