Jbird Cocktails
Jbird Cocktails

Jbird Cocktails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jbirdny.com/
  • Phone: 2122888033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ricky Garayua
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz music during brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd ave
  • Public Transit: The 6 train is at 77th and Lexington.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lots right next door to restaurant.
A word from Jbird Cocktails
New American cuisine specializing in artisan cocktails.
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Jbird Cocktails reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.3
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (8)vibrant bar scene (8)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)good for groups (6)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (3)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great drinks, food ok
    goodmoodfoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The drinks were strong and had beautiful presentation. They run $12-15. I would definitely go back for drinks. The food was ok. I liked the spinach artichoke dip alot but it is made with curry and the menu doesn't mention that...so if you are not a curry fan, skip this. If you are, its really quite good - like a palak paneer dish. My friend really liked the savory popcorn. These are snacks, not appetizers. Also the groupon stated it included 2 drinks for 2 people which I took to mean 4 drinks. They did not. So the groupon saved us $0.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great drinks!
    PieceOfCake
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great spot for crafty drinks, but service is a little slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spicy drinks and Portishead!
    bloodyarts
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had a great time! The booths were lush and tucked away from the energetic bar area. Lighting was comfortable. Loved the trip hop soundtrack, the drinks were tasty and of appropriate strength (not watered down) and the food was delicious. Highly recommended for groups of friends or, as was my case, two old friends catching up after a long absence.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a groupon for drinks and appetizers. The food all seemed pre-packaged and flavorless.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great drinks
    BMo22
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The drinks were great (highly recommend the Moscow Mutt) as usual but we also tried the food for the first time. The seared tuna was good, the pork sliders were good, and its hard to go wrong with tater tots.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Drinks
    Deni
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The drinks & bar food @ JBirds we're excellent the main dinner meals are too small for the prices we ordered a burger & paid $15 dollars & actually got a slider besides that it was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Angelica
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I rarely go out in the Upper East Side but JBird might be making me come back more often. Great ambiance and atmosphere, great service, delicious food and amazing drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The customer service was good. The drinks was good but could use less ice. Thw food was excellent and yes i will go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place was empty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    And the kitchen close . The service suck The bartender was teaching n flirting with a other girl who worked there .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great cocktails
    Steaks
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had great cocktails and our server was wonderful! Went there with a groupon and was overly disappointed that the 'appetizers' served were so small. We asked if this was the normal size of the plates and our server advised us that these were smaller for the groupon special. Had we known this, we would not have purchased the gruopon which was advertised at having a value equal to the full price items (and not the 'groupon' size items we received). It's a shame because it is such a nice bar especially for the UES.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Jbird Cocktails reviews archive.
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I enjoyed the food and cocktails. Thanks for doing the groupon, I would have never found this place. This was my first visit, I was on vacation.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous hip place
    Jurd
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great for a late happy hour and even better for a romantic first date. I go for the amazing cocktails, but the good is delicious too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rip Off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Sad when an establishment won't live up to their agreement. The coupon said 5 small plates, up to a $60 value. That would have been true if it weren't for the fact that the small plates for diners with coupons were considerably smaller than for regular diners. When I asked the manager about this, his best answer was that he had sold lots of coupons and no one had ever complained before. Hey JBird diners, start paying attention. It's your money and when you're getting ripped off, please say something.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JBird misses the mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    An artisanal cocktail lounge on the ues is a great idea! But, this place is a sports bar dressed like a drag queen. Bad music, loud, hot and mediocre drinks. They should take a trip downtown to pouring ribbons and see how it's done right.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud music and food was tasteless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    The ambience was nice enough.... however the music was very loud that we could not hear each other over the table. We were a group of 5 meeting after a few months to catch up- so we mentioned it to the host to request that the music be turned down. The restaurant was pretty empty on a weeknight and they didnt offer to seat us away from the music(not sure if there was such a table)- and claimed to have turned the volume down. We ordered appetizers and found the guacamole saltless and inedible and the nachoes over tater-tots totally bland.. we had a round of drinks here which was decent and went to Haru nearby for better food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Plates
    Darva
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    I bought the 5 small plates and cocktails. The small plates were indeed small plates but the extensive cocktail list was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great menu in concept...
    Brooklyn0822VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Went to jbird for the first time with friends, while the drinks are inventive there was more ice than actual drink. We each ordered at least 3 drinks and noted how much more ice than there was an actual drink. Everyone was finishing their drinks before the ice could even melt half way. These aren't sipping drinks..they were fruity and most came with a straw. The food was ok..not very inventive..but we didn't have high expectations for the food as it was a very small menu. The interior was very more impressive. Had we not gone in to experience, we would just walk pass and never think twice. Overall, it's an okay bar but not the gem that everyone was toasting it to be...note: our servers were very friendly and patient.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun small plates& inventive drinks
    jzinnVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Jbird is the kind of place you can hang out with friends while enjoying some of the most creative and delicious drinks in the city. Certainly the best drinks on the Upper Eastside. The small plates are fun for sharing or to accompany the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flavorful foods and drinks
    jomerge
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Food tasted great and the drinks were yummy and creative. But the portions were very small for the prices. Go there for a small bite and drink, not for a full dinner. Good spot, likely will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocktails
    funtime
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    The cocktails tasted even better than they looked and the bar tender knew exactly how to make them... food was ok we sat at the bar and the bartender looked after us really well
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    TexasFoodie14VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    There aren't many options on the menu, but everything that we had was great! I loved the tacos and they have an awesome selection of drinks. It is small, cozy, and trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Icy Drinks
    Nycfoody
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Unique and tasty drinks. A little to much ice to liquor ratio. Great for a nightcap or pre dinner drink
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Drinks
    BMo22
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I've only gone for drinks, multiple times, but J-Bird is a hidden gem! Definitely going to trying the food one day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Food wasn't anything to write home about but the drinks are amazing! Great combinations.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was good for bar snacks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    food was good for bar snacks. drink were strong and expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmosphere was great and
    marcus
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The atmosphere was great and service was amazing. My first time there but won't be my last.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Start the night here!
    Dean
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Recommended by another internet article, JBird was an excellent find! Early Saturday night crowd (7 pm) grew quickly and the conversation was energetic. We had tuna appetizer - sushi grade as advertised by the waitress. Drinks were very tasty and served quickly. A must visit for the upper East Side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Just discovered this place right in my neighborhood. Can't speak much to the food because we only had the guac and popcorn but we went there for the cocktails and they did not disappoint...absolutely awesome. They have an extensive menu and our waiter did a great job answering a bunch of questions we had as we were trying to pick. Well worth the $12-$14. The ambiance is dark...good for a date but we had a large group and it was still nice. Can't wait to make J Bird a regular stop
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The cocktails are really unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The cocktails are really unique and delicious. I loved the quality of the small bites, but for the price - they could be a bit larger. $12 for a hummus platter that came with 5 small pieces of bread. We'll be back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were sat almost 20 minutes
    vbvicwc
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We were sat almost 20 minutes late for our reservation, but the drinks were great! Would definitely recommend a reservation on the weekends!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can;'t get enough
    SaysBariVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Since discovering Jbird only one month or so ago, I have been back at least once a week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoy this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I really enjoy this place but I find myself going just for one cocktail and leaving. The service is awkward. I feel like every server is either brand new at what they do or just not that into it. I had a delicious drink and a hummus appetizer before heading out for Valentine's dinner. I'm glad I went but two drinks and one hummus later, I shelled out $50. It was my third time there and I feel like by now, I get it and I probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Understaffed, but incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Understaffed, but incredible cocktails and decent small plates
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While its refreshing to have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    While its refreshing to have a "staycation" group outing with accommodating seating (great group booth) and fun cocktails to share, the service was a fair. The servers were nothing but polite but definitely rushed you to order your drinks - no small feat with 10+ page drink menu and elaborate descriptions - but then took 45 minutes to deliver them. There was a special occasion being celebrated and we ordered two bottles of champagne that took over 30 minutes to arrive because they were working on rounding up enough champagne glasses... The food was quite good but when you consider the very very limited menu it's a bit risky in its lack of clear direction or cuisine - or maybe just elevated bar food is it. The burger was good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is different for
    Aliesvs
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This place is different for the Upper East Side. Fancy cocktails that are good, but pricey. We used a groupon, we were able to try 2 cocktails and 5 small bites. The food was good but not worth the normal price. The cocktails were great. Overall, fun place. Would probably go back for the drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will be back!
    LanafoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Great inventive drinks and wonderful food to boot!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drink selection. Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Great drink selection. Not your typical upper east side spot
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Toddy
    AmandaVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Very energetic ambiance and the food was really good, albeit a bit too expensive for what was served. They get pretty packed so you're best bet is to make reservations. Don't attempt a walk-in on a weekend night because chances are, you will be waiting a long time. This is really a cocktail bar and they are known for their cocktails, such as classic gin fizzes, martinis and such. Don't expect to order a "Triple Slam Dunk" or any other type of contemporary fad drink. When they are packed, w=make sure to fasten your server with a GPS device so that you might be able to find him/her. They get caught up and tend to forget about you when overwhelmed. It was an experience dining here and may be a bit too trendy and 'hip' for me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. The food here won't impress you, but the drinks will knock your socks off. Fantastic neighborhood find!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent drinks. Nothing special
    Kandi
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Decent drinks. Nothing special about food with the overpriced tag! The hummus plate is horrible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic