Forty Four
Forty Four

Forty Four

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.royaltonhotel.com/
  • Phone: (212) 944-8844
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: 7:00am - 11:30am (Monday-Friday)
    LUNCH: 11:30am - 2:00pm (Monday-Friday)
    LOUNGE: 5:00pm - 12:00am (Monday-Friday)
    WEEKEND BREAKFAST (SAT-SUN): 8:00am - 11:00am (Limited Menu)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Cruz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Enjoy a private room with outdoor terrace, fireplace and great views over Time Square. From fun and casual to elegant and formal, the design and the quality of service will WOW your guests. Stand up receptions for 100 or sit down dinners for up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Snowden 2129448844x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave.
  • Public Transit: F, V and 7 trains at Bryant Park, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, and 9 trains at Times Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 24 Hour Parking - Myers Garage, which is next door to the Royalton Hotel.
A word from Forty Four
Headlined by world class bartenders and accompanied by an ingredient-focused food menu that deconstructs familiar favorites, Forty Four celebrates the longstanding hotel lobby ritual of the traditional happy hour, but offers a modern twist on timeless classics. It's iconic interior, ground-breaking cocktails, appreciation for simple, high quality food, and devoted following makes Forty Four a high profile, effortlessly lux New York destination.
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Forty Four reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (6)great for brunch (3)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Good pre theater
    sister
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Fresh light lunch w time to linger. Attentive service. Only dessert is chocolate chip cookie, served hot; not great when room temp.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than stellar business lunch
    Krsherwood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Service was ok - plenty of waiters but food served at different times for 5 of us. Food was less than desirable - steak tough as shoe leather, chicken clearly not gourmet. It's a hotel restaurant... Won't return.
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  • oddly indifferent and slow service
    honestPOV
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Been going to the Royalton/44 since it first opened. I'll never understand the aesthetic of the remodeling done a few years ago (Trader Vic's?), but the main point is that even when the dining room is at 50% capacity, the service is just preposterously slow and inattentive, from waiting tines, to no water, to no coffee refills, to delivering/picking up the check. I put this down to poor management and front-of-house, not necessarily the staff.
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  • Consistent and good
    deedeepenVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is my go to place for breakfast meetings. The team that works here is so accommodating, friendly and always willing to move quickly when I have time constraints. They are really a pleasure. The food is well prepared and entirely consistent every time I go. It is hard to find a good place in midtown w/ a pleasant ambiance, great service, and consistent food - esp. for breakfast.
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Impeccable food and some of the fastest service I have seen in recent memory. Fantastic! Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Forty Four reviews archive.
  • A Treasure!
    AnnieEVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    WOW! What a fantastic place for a nice, quiet lunch just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square and Bryant Park. You can actually have a conversation and have room to breathe and relax while enjoying a delicious meal and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service at breakfast
    yoyobuzzcakesVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have used this place several times before for spot for a mid town breakfast meeting and it was always great but last week the service was worse than in my local CVS. Never had the same waiter twice, hostess looked like she wanted to kill herself and instead of a non-fat cappuccino they brought a non-caffeine cappuccino. Not a good idea to mess with people's caffeine so early in the day. Food was fine but not worth the price due to the terrible service. Given that this was breakfast service and several tables looked to be also in business meetings, it was unacceptably slow and un-attentive service. Big shame for what used to be my go-to but I can't risk this place again.
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  • A Mecca for business lunch.
    PhiladelphiaPhil
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Perfect spot for a business lunch. Good food, excellent service and a great spot for conversation -- a rarity these days!
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    great for lunch
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  • Business breakfast meeting place
    N45STVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I have been here twice in a week, and it is the same deal every time. Tables are large so you can have a proper conversation, but no outlets to be found. Service is sorely lacking. You need to send up a flare for more coffee or to get the check. Food is good enough and location is great. The Royalton is just so dark and unwelcoming that you feel like you are walking into a tunnel when you enter and need a flashlight to find your way.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for business breakfasts
    Pedro
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    44 is one of the best mid-town locations for a business breakfast. (Sorry, can't comment on other meals.) Food and service are both very good. Never feel rushed. Coffee is especially delicious. And the tables are separated so that a quiet and private conversation is possible.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Haven in Midtown
    Susanna
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We were looking for a good place to have a conversation for a couple of hours, and this was our choice, and a great location too. Interesting menu and the food was indeed very good. If I don't check "outstanding," it's only because I save that word for extraordinary experiences. This was excellent in every way, and the serenity was even better than we had imagined. There were lots of people there, but even as the room filled up, it was never noisy. This is one of the few places in NYC where I could say that, and for that reason alone we would recommend this restaurant.
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    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked away gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great ambiance...great food...serene and easy to carry-on a conversation.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location but disappointing
    lacaciVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Starting with the aloof hostess who was very put out that I asked for a different table even though the restaurant was empty, to the very, very slow and indifferent service, it was a disappointing experience. Although I love the location and the decor and I adored my quinoa salad, I would probably not go back. I asked for bread and was brought two pieces of toast, no butter or olive oil to accompany it. My colleague changed his mind and wanted a soup appetizer after another in our group received his, and it took 20 minutes to bring out a bowl of soup. Mind you, the restaurant wasn't even half full. I've read other complaints about the service and now I see what they mean.
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  • Not a location for dinner
    ocharles
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I made a dinner reservation with a Fortune 500 client. They rented the restaurant portion out to a 3rd party and did not call to notify of the change, extremely unprofessional behavior.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre midtown hotel breakfast
    N45STVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Best thing about the Royalton is location, location, location. Breakfast is adequate, not memorable, service was totally lacking. We sat for almost an hour without anyone even offering us more coffee. Lobby is characteristically dark but fireplace is always a nice touch.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great food and service. Too LOUD
    Sherry
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    No wonder the adjacent bar was packed and the restaurant. Half full. They need to find a way to keep the bar banging sound out of the restaurant. Amazing service Great food At least avoid on Thursday nights. Too too loud
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Perhaps it was the time of day, maybe there has been a change in management since my last visit. What used to be a nice place for a business lunch has turned into just another hotel restaurant. The place was fairly empty, yet we were seated at the table nearest the back door. Before being seated, we asked for another table and were told that this was the only one available.The other open tables never filled up. In addition to the flood of daylight, we received a blast of cold air every time the door was opened. The food was fair, at best. My fish arrived luke warm and over cooked. My guest's turkey club sandwich was ordinary and the accompanying fries were limp. Service was pleasant but inattentive.
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  • Great Food but Can't Find Server
    JMcKny
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Delightful food in a nice ambience. But, when the improper food was delivered for one of our guests, we searched high & low to find someone to assist us. Finally someone arrived that appeared unhappy to have been bothered. But they got even by taking forever to rectify the situation. When first seated, we asked for bread, which arrived at the end of the meal after the second request. Highly recommend the salmon although cool after waiting for the errant meal to be corrected.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed quick drink by a fireplace
    emremps
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Stopped by before seeing Matilda on Valentine's day. Had a couple drinks and some appetizers. Food was really good; don't remember now what I had. Service was ok - first they were confused bc they wanted to seat us since we had an open table reservation but we wanted to sit instead by the beautiful fireplaces on very comfy couches. They didn't tell open table I came and then when I got questioned about bailing I had to tell them that no I was there and have a receipt to prove it. It's a big place so I guess it took the waiter a while to get around but overall I liked this place.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated, overpriced
    jlonycVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    think this place makes a very cool place to meet for a drink. dinner was okay. limited menu, overpriced and food was good but not plated in some fabulous way. was also pretty empty for friday night yet we sat ourselves when we couldn't find a hostess.. or waitress! and there is no dessert--not even a little free thing to get you moving along. disappointed.
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  • Sad
    frequentOpenTabledinerVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We went to Forty Four because we had theater tickets nearby. Back in the day, the Royalton was teeming with electricity. Now -- not so much. The wait staff couldn't have been nicer -- but that is about the only thing to recommend it. The environment looks tired -- I felt a little like I was at a Ramada Inn. The chef couldn't even be bothered to offer any desserts. No one was there on a Friday night. I would have rather gone to the diner across the street. At least there, you get what you pay for. Sad to see it come to this.
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  • Perfect for Pre-theatre lunch
    Jillb04VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great soups, salads and sandwiches in a beautiful atmosphere. Great service, close to theaters, perfect choice for pre- matinee lunch!
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will try again
    annaliceVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    This was my second experience, and I will definitely come to this place again. Just make a mental note to request NOT a table by the 43rd Street door. The soup was delicious and came in handy to ward against the cold breeze whenever anyone came or went. service was slow, but I think the wait-staff was taking their cues from my talkative lunch friend and tried not to be a bother. The food here is great, and the service overall is excellent.
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  • The food and service quality
    Marty
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The food and service quality are perfect for business luncheons. The staff is very attentive, yet allows its guests the time required to both dine and conduct its business, with minimal interruption.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater lunch
    b1mj1VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Perfect for pre-theater lunch if attending matinee in theaters located early 40's
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast was fantastic!
    IceIceBaby
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    I met a colleague there for breakfast at 8:30am. We really had a lot of fun. The wait staff was top notch and the food DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • A bit odd atmosphere
    YvetteVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Perhpas it was because we arrrived early in the evening, but the restaruant didn't seem quite prepared for guests. There was no hostess and we weren't sure we were in the dining room. The room is in the back after you walk through the bar, but it was hard to discern where to actually go. In terms of the menu--the offering are quite limited. The food was very good--we both had branzino which was excellent. The atmosphere though is lacking anything special. We were just there for a meal prior to the theater so that worked out fine. I think it is a better place to go and hang in the lounge or bar if you want more atmosphere. However, the food is totally fine if you choose to eat as well.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • long wait for entrees
    Salubriousdiner
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Took nearly a half hour to get our food, which is way too long. That said, we three each LOVED our entrees, and we will totally return again. Maybe this time with snacks in our purses...
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  • Hotel royalton restaurant
    LillybelleVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Very good! We were all pleased with our lunch.good location for people staying in mid town or Times Square or theater district.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was not impressed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    I was not impressed with the restaurant. The food was ok. There are so many great restaurants on 44th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues, it is hard to compete. The band was fantastic!
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  • WAY too Salty!
    JSW228VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Went for a nice dinner to impress someone. The food is high quality and menu is impressive but there was SO much salt on all the dishes that we left hungry and thirsty. Tuna tartare was large chunky pieces of tuna but soaked in salt. Ate a few bites and just waited for the mains. The fish was cooked just right with a crunchy skin but also - drenched in salt. I ate about a third of it and had to stop. The hamburger and french fries were delicious. For that food, salty is good. We didn't even bother with the side dishes. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find
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  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    we arrived 15 minutes late and were told we didn't have a reservation. when i showed them my open table confirmation they said we were past the wait limit (for lunch!) and our reservation had been cancelled. They gave us a table next to a service station outside the main dining room ( total siberia!). We then sat for 15 minutes without anyone paying attention. when we finally got a waiter we had to wait another 20 minutes for 2 lunch salads to arrive (I don't want to make it seem like I like to be rushed but this was a business lunch in manhattan and we were both pressed for time). When the order arrived it was completely wrong, neither dish was what we had ordered. Only then did the manager step in and try to make things right.
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    hot spot
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  • No "club" in the club sandwich
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    My guest and I had the "Power Lunch." I started wit the Jambalya Poppers. They were very good. My entree was the turkey club sandwich. It was NOT a club sandwich at all. It was made with a piece of italian bread, with what looked to be shredded pieces of dark meat turkey, a tomato and some sauce. No bacon. No white meat. No layers of bread. The taste was OK. We both had the apple crumb dessert. Basically some warm apple at the bottom of a crumb pile with a dollop of ice cream on top, served in a bowl. Also, not what we expected. The atmosphere was conducive to business.
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  • Wonderfully expedited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    We had a tight timeline and 44 was able to pull it off perfectly while maintaining extremely high quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and not worth the $$
    KasrobVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    I was surprised at how disappointing the experience was. The setting was kind of like a fancy hotel coffee shop - not very tasteful. The menu was very limited with only a small number of options being offerred on a given night. The service was mediocre at best. For example, we were not provided with the right plates to eat our appetizers, and no bread appeared until the entrees were delivered - and then it was very plain, thin slices of dried up bread, with no butter or olive oil or any accompaniment. Impossible to eat as such. And it was very pricey - I'd not recommend eating there.
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  • Disappointing and embarrassing.
    clarkco
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Very disappointing. Not really a restaurant any more. Mostly a bar with little tables and one small room with about five tables for restaurant service on wood tables with only place mats. Salad was a disgrace. We ordered ceasar salads, but we received green red-tipped lettuce with a little cheese; we complained that there was no romaine lettuce as on the menu, but the waiter just walked away. We were able to eat the poor salad, but had no satisfaction from it or from the waiter. The rest was not inspiring, and certainly not worth a positive rating. Salmon was still moist but overdone. Very small serving on mashed potatoes. Dessert was OK, but not worth the price. Our guests from Boston were polite, but we were deeply embarrassed.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Welcoming and inviting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The group at Forty Four always makes my clients and I feel welcome and the atmosphere and interior design is very inviting. - Joshua Barnett
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    great for lunch
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  • The service was horrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The service was horrific! Our server hardly check back on us.
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  • Hip Nd I didn't know about it???
    LcedarpointVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Great oysters great Mac n cheese balls. Great cocktails. Why had I not found this before???? Service was amazing. Even my 10 year old loved his Shirley temple. Will be back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Good for a business breakfast.
    TammyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Good for a business breakfast. Service was a little slow but otherwise fine.
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