Local Seasonal Kitchen
Local Seasonal Kitchen

Local Seasonal Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.localsk.com/
  • Phone: 2019629400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Santoro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We can offer two smaller semi-private dining areas in the restaurant. The restaurant can also be purchased for an entirely private affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Greenberg 2019629400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Central
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the lot in front of the restaurant and the commuter lot behind the restaurant
A word from Local Seasonal Kitchen
Located less than a half a mile away from Steven’s grandfather’s farm estate where his culinary journey began over 25 years ago, Local - Seasonal Kitchen offers an intimate New York style dining experience showcasing Chef Santoro’s award winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, local markets and long time trusted purveyors.

We will take great pride in serving sustainably grown and harvested produce, meats and wild seafood at Local. We aspire to leave our planet better for future generations and because food simply tastes better when its ingredients are cared for by hand in a responsible way.

Our menu changes daily (sometimes at the very last moment) depending on availability of ingredients so please note that menu items are subject to change.
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Local Seasonal Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)special occasion (88)neighborhood gem (82)romantic (39)hot spot (22)good for groups (21)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • What took so long
    Seasoneddiners
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Frankly we were disappointed. Tables for two are uncomfortably spaced to close so there is no such thing as an even remotely private conversation, in fact no real conversation at all due to the proximity of the next table. The food was uninspired and given the billing as a farm to table experience we would have expected some variety compared to our previous visits earlier in the summer. We decided on the 7 course tasting menu to explore some of the other options and were frankly unimpressed. The real topper was the fact that we were there for over 3 1/2 hours!! Not sure what was going on but we saw the whole dining room turn over twice. I am not rushing to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Spot!
    TraumaDude
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I highly recommend Local Seasonal Kitchen. The food is out of this world. You can count on being greeted at the door with a smiling face and quickly seated at your table. The menu is terrific and there are almost always specials that are fantastic. I always recommend the tasting menu if it is offered. The chef will prepare some true treats. The pork chop is ridiculously good! The scallops are the best I've ever put in my mouth. Just remember to bring your own wine or other alcoholic beverages. Definitely save room for dessert and you will not be disappointed. From top to bottom Local is one of the best restaurants I've dined in (I dine out nearly 200 nights a year).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mytimejm
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I loved the decor of the restaurant. The unique dishes all sounded so wonderful it was difficult to choose one dinner. The waiter had informed us of a 5 course "taste testing" which we would have loved to try, but were not able to spend the time to really take part in the entire experience. We did each choose a different dish we could "taste" the variety of flavors, seasonings and preparation distinctive to each plate. The food was amazing! The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious, the organic chicken was incredibly moist and tender, the cauliflower steak was a surprising presentation and just as delicious. I had a hard time deciding what was my favorite of the night I cannot wait to return and try the 5 course tasting!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    To say our overall dining experience was incredible, would be an understatement. The food was amazing and portion sizes were really generous. The ambiance was pleasant, warm and inviting and we were not "crowded" by another table being too close to ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Sherry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner at Local is a special event. The chefs are experts at pairing local farm produce, spices and seasonal items to make an incredible dining experience. The dinner and presentation are wonderful leaving the patron still savoring the experience on the way home. I would recommend Local to anyone for that special occasion. It is expensive and therefore not an everyday event but definitely the place to go to when you want to have a special night out with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Seasonal Kitchen
    diningduo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was amazing! Everything was so fresh and such a unique combination of items. The porkbelly appetizer was better than any I have ever tasted! Each course was better than the previous and we tried them all! It is a small place so highly recommend making a reservation as every table in the place was booked during our visit on a Friday night. It is a byob so that helps a little, but it is a bit on the expensive side. Service was excellent all night even in a packed restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Rude Management!
    Gregg
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm not going to go through the particulars of why I received rude treatment and looks of disdain that I experienced by the older woman/manager that was patrolling the restaurant. I actually think that she thinks that she has a 5th ave Central Park East location going on here with her attitude. I have been treated with much more respect and have never been attacked as I was in some of the high end of the highest end spots in Manhattan that have a "no" tolerance policy. This is a rude person with an attitude and I will certainly not return here because of her. Snippy with a smile. To the woman Manager that gave me a nasty look on my exit this evening after coming to my table with rudeness as if I were "invading" your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm afraid to say how great this restaurant was in fear of never being about to get a reservation! It was truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    Teo1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A menu unlike others in the area. Food is fabulous, staff is top-notch. Lovely restaurant, and noise level was surprisingly low considering the place was packed. On the negative side, prices are very high, but in my opinion worth it for an occasional special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    Csteff
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went to Local this past Thursday to celebrate my fiance's birthday. We were so happy to get reservation and when we got there, they gave us one of the best tables there. We repeatedly remarked on the beautiful decor and the deliciousness of the food. I am gluten- and dairy-free and the staff made sure I ate safely and that my meal would be fantastic (I was even served gluten-free bread). I highly recommend going to Local.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I ordered the scallops and I had four on my plate. It was 36 dollars!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food
    Realtor
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The menu was outstanding. Fresh local produce. Fish was prepared perfect. Desert was very different and exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing...must go!!
    MerkVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I took my son out for a special dinner before heading back to UCSD for the year and we were both blown away by how fantastic the 7 course tasting menu was. The presentation was fabulous and cuisine was better than the likes of Dovetail and Blue Hill at Stone Barns combined. Bravo...and it's in my backyard and byo as well! Our server was extremely well educated on the ingredients of each course and so professional. What a great night and experience we had. It is a must for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    cleon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I ate there Saturday night for the first time and it won't be the last! Everything was outstanding. The food, best we ever ate; the service while impeccable not invasive; the atmosphere, relaxing and zen like. Highly recommend the tasting menu if available, a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Seasonal Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    very pleased with dining experience , as always. two of us had dined with LSK before and our two guests were thrilled with the lobster appetizer and cauliflower steak entree. we were able to sit and continue our visit after dessert without being rushed out .Service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dining
    migpooVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the food was good as usual, my appetizers were good and my husband's special octopus appetizer was enjoyable and his special entrée, the pork chop he thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dewwas
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My Wife and I have eaten in the finest restaurants both in the states and abroad. This ranks right up there in the top 5. The service was outstanding the food was a joy to dine on. For a special occasion this is the place to try. You don't have to go into New York City to have the best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    LolynyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delicious food with a beautiful presentation. Way too pricey! $26 appetizers are ridiculous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No1dinnerexperience
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My first time at your restaurant. I was very impressed, pleased and happy. The dinners were excellent, the service superb by everyone from the hostess to the wait staff. I have been in the service orientated profession for years and was extremely happy to see such excellent service. Your seasonal food choices, preparation and executions were perfect for my palate. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place
    GAR1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food is out of this world, service is attentive yet not over bearing, ambiance is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back
    Stace
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although the food was pretty good, I have been to better in the area and won't be returning. The prices were high and the portions were small. We also asked if the mussel appetizer could be made Gluten Free and then they served if with slices of bread on top. It was very disappointing to say the least.
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  • Food was good
    RonB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I would like to see some additional items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NelleVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waiter was fabulous - he had a true joy in describing each menu item in great detail and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Local
    Lola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was fresh and delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. It is very pricey so next time I will share an appetizer and dessert. The tables for two were a bit close together but overall it was a great dinner and I will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrea
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was excellent with a different spin on each item. Service was attentive and professional. Appetizers were a bit on the high side. All in all a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another good esperience
    MorristownFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We drive 45 minutes to come to LOCAL and as usual our drive was worth it. My husband had the short ribs and said they were the BEST he has had. As if it a BYOB we appreciate that LOCAL has the appropriate glasses for wines. We look forward to many more special dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our second time dining at local. The food was amazing both times. I have highly recommended local to several people. It was a great night out for my husband and I who don't get to dine out often. Thank you for a fantastic meal and great service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but a bit noisy
    NurhanBVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we enjoyed our dinner very much. The staff was very attentive and they helped each other, whether it was their table or not. Unfortunately the large table next to us was quite noisy and that was the only negative (if you could call it that) that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous local restaurant
    spmfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved this restaurant. It is by far the best food we have had locally in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guido
    guido
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a fantastic anniversary dinner! The restaurant is beautiful, service excellent and the food superb! Can't wait to go back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the hype didn't match up
    foodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The service was very good. Had to ask to get water glasses refilled, more bread, etc. They gave us red wine glasses for white wine. Looking around the restaurant they just used whatever glass for any type of wine. We only got poured the first glass then we were on our own. I didn't feel the menu very seasonal. The scallops was paired with pumpkin...yes, in Aug. The specials were more seasonal but no prices were given out when the waiter told us about them. My soft shell crabs were very small and the potato and corn salad was just ok. Crabs needed salt. My husband got the halibut special...needed salt, too. I have heard some many wonderful things about the restaurant but it wasn't a four star experience. I did love my kale salad!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food - both in terms presentation and quality ... the fact that it is a BYOB is a significant bonus and makes the cost per dish, which I'd love to see about 20% less per dish, more palatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh but fast
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was fresh and thoughtfully prepared. However the appetizer and pasta course were served at the same time. Major no-no in my book. Let your customers enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    jjjjjjjjjj
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    anniversary dinner -- had a great time and the place was very special! thanks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heavenly Food
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Over and over again the food here shines bright. We have never had a dish that we haven't liked. The service is perfect the decor is cozy and welcoming. The owners pride shows in the restaurant and we are lucky have this little gem so close to home. We can't wait till we return again to have another outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brazed Short Ribs
    USRguy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    If their brazed short ribs were the last thing I ate in my life I would die a happy man. Everything else was exceptional too, but the BSR's defy a word high enough to describe them. Make sure to ask the chef how he prepares them, it will blow your mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I found our new favorite restaurant
    Rolento
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Several of our friends had dined at Local and gave it great reviews so we had to try it for ourselves. Instead of going to our previous favorite restaurant, we decided to try Local. It was a Tuesday evening so I can't vouch for how busy it can get on the weekends. Even on a Tuesday, the restaurant was active but in a good way. The decor is tastefully done and the service was perfect. The food was amazing. Everything we ordered was delicious. Prices seem a little high but considering that I can't find any other place that sells grass-fed rib eye, I'll happily return for the special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greg
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Second visit here. This time, felt service was somewhat rushed. Main course arrived as we were just finishing appetizer. Food was excellent but timing was off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Granite
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had my Birthday dinner here and enjoyed every minute of it! Loved the menu choices and the presentation of the dishes was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had heard great things about this restaurant but it just didn't stand up to all the hype. Everything was good, but nothing special or note worthy. Kind if expensive for a BYOB.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet