Michael's
Michael's

Michael's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsnewyork.com/
  • Phone: 2127670555x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 9:30am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Closed on Sunday (Private Events Only) Contact Robyn Wolf Director of Special Events 212-767-0555 ext 6 or robynpwolf@gmail.com
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyung Up Lim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our beautiful indoor Garden Room welcomes private parties from 20 to 150 guests. Decorated with fresh seasonal flowers and contemporary works by noted artists including Frank Stella and Robert Graham, the setting is ideal for a wide range of events
  • Special Events: It's always a great party at Michael's New York, where we take pride in delivering great food, great drinks, and great service.
    Our beautiful indoor Garden Room welcomes private parties from 20 to 130 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th & 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the N/R trains to 55th Street and 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a Parking Garage directly across from Michael's on 55th.
A word from Michael's
A unique, spacious dining and garden room filled with fresh flowers and modern art by Stella, Johns and Hockney as well as sculptures by Robert Graham.
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Michael's reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (54)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (20)romantic (16)hot spot (13)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (10)good for groups (8)scenic view (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • rushed and impersonal
    kombuchamother
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was poor. Food was fine. Restsurant needs a facelift.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • southendfoodie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Have been here numerouse times and always love coming back. Wonderful staff, excellent food and great prices for the area. Will continue to come back and refer friends to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina2
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was excellent. Portions weren't too big. My one complaint is that the noise level was "energetic," ie, I had to strain to hear what my guest was saying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    MICHAEL'S is always good and classy, not usually "great". Ours was a quiet business lunch on Friday, the start of the Labor Day week, so Michael's was relatively quiet. I selected for the location primarily for the convenience of my client.
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  • Diamondream
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Generally good experience just more expensive than expected.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointment
    topcat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    seems like the menu and the restaurant is in need of a refresh and update - seems stale
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  • Wildly good food; service not so
    EatsWellNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    What wonderful food! But the waitstaff seems harried and disorganized, as if they were dropped from the sky into a restaurant. First, it took about 8 minutes for our server to appear. I had to ask if there were specials (there were). I had ordered iced tea, which came after my entree, once I asked for it a second time. The beet salad was amazing, nicely dressed, beautifully presented. My husband asked for cocktail sauce with his oysters, but it never came, until he asked again. There was a looong wait between courses. The crusted salmon was perfectly cooked and the sweet corn ravioli was heaven. I would walk 5 miles for the spinach and the grilled asparagus: crazy good. Please work on the service, people. Your kitchen richly deserves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I ordered the food from the restaurant week menu. The salmon tartar, it melts in your mouth and flavor is excellent. The ribeye steak is delicious but the ice cream is a little to sweet for my taste. Their ambience is very suitable for couple.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's Is A Find!!!
    Generallyeasy2please
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with all the attributes you seek in the "finest"! All is great at Michael's and I would return every week if I could. Can not say enough about this marvelous "find".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    food was good, but I found them a bit sneaky. I had to ask for a restaurant week menu, though it was a restaurant week. Menu did not have a price on it. They suggested to order a side dish for the burger, we did not realize that it will be $9 extra for a plate of stir fries. So be careful what you order, and ask questions, do not assume anything. They charge for bread too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Michael is the consummate host - he greeted every table, and added to the inviting atmosphere. The food was very good, and even with restaurant week menus, the portions were substantial.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new find
    Sylvia
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I selected Michael's for a Restaurant Week lunch meeting because the menu included items that my friend and I could eat on our restricted diets and also because of the location. The food was delicious, not especially inventive, but well-prepared and attractively presented. My favorite part of my meal was the carrot-ginger soup, which WAS inventive with its additions of yogurt and almonds. The staff was cordial and attentive, and Michael himself came to greet us as if we were special guests. I was most appreciative of the low noise level, due perhaps to the ample space between tables, that allowed us to have a quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food ok but too noisy
    loveditVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Liked that you could get a small glass of wine. But who charges extra for bread?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michael's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had the bulgogi burger, which was awesome. Juicy and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and setting.
    Criticalbutnice
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lovely room and food. Attentive service. Bright and colorful dining room; good looking, well dressed crowd. (Nice art displayed!) Not big, or noisy. A pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service with poor attitude
    NYCgalVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The restaurant may be filled with customers who are not regulars during restaurant week. This appears to allow service to become very unwelcoming and abrupt to others. The very good food does not compensate for the very poor service - long time to take orders, condescending attitude to reasonable questions (such as what is the difference between a regular Arnold Palmer and Michael's Arnold Palmer).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pre-theater dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to Michael's during restaurant week and before going to a show at nearby Manhattan Theater Club. The pre-fixe dinner menu was very nice. The Salmon Tartar appetizer was particularly good. The room was lovely and the noise level was relatively low, good for being able to hear your dinner partners' conversations. All in all a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winedanddines
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and ambiance were excellent. However, our server, when we asked a suggestion for a cold, pre-lunch drink suggested a rose'. We didn't ask the price but we were shocked to discover that while our lunch was a restaurant week bargain, the one glass of wine was $16.00, which brought our total cost up to $45 for lunch. While they are certainly entitled to charge what they want for wine, it might have been more gracious to indicate the cost of a "full" versus a "half" glass of a very expensive rose'. It seemed as though the expensive glass of wine was designed to offset the reasonable charge for a very pleasant, but not outstanding lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Enjoyed our experience.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our experience here was "Very Good" but in the context of a Restaurant Week meal it was "Outstanding"! Congrats to Michael's!
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  • Lovely meal, flawed service
    opentableopentable
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A lovely meal with two significant service flaws. We were served our check the instant our dessert plates were empty. On leaving, even staff that were standing nearby didn't thank us for coming, wish us a good night, or express a desire that we come again.
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  • Just Divine
    bklynflash
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went to Michael's during the summer restaurant week promotion. I had a wonderful salad with olives which was absolutely divine followed by the sea bass which was very tasty, it 's one of those things that after you consume it you wish there was more. My desert choice was a fruit sorbet it served with fresh summer fruit. Prior to ordering I asked the waitress if I could have the sorbet without fruit and she indicated that would be fine. However, it was served with fruit, this was the only downside to my otherwise tasteful dining experience at Michael's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time for Restaurant Week
    foodies4life
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We found this restaurant participating and decided to give it a try. The food was great, waiter attentive but not overly so, ambiance and noise level were great for a fairly large space. Loved the floral arrangements and the artwork on the walls. We would definitely return and recommend to friends. Great neighborhood for fine food and quiet atmospherres.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always buzzing
    newyorker
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Michael's is a lunch spot to see and be seen.... it's a media haunt and the food is quite tasty.... my last two lunches there have been pretty amazing.....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what I expected
    diner1VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went to Michael's for restaurant week and was disappointed. The options were not that good. I got the salmon tartare which was good, but the main course - ribeye was not good. it was a bit tough, small and blah. the sorbet was good. Overall, i was disappointed with the food. Isn't restaurant week to lure people in so that they will come back? i will definitely not go back.
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  • Power Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Wen't here with my fiancee but what a power lunch place to be. The food is fantastic and beautifully artistic. Dress to impress here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it Once. That's it.
    nohofoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went for lunch with a co-worker during restaurant week. Decided to order from the regular menu. The waitress questioned my order and I eventually ordered the crab cakes and cobb salad. 1st, a waiter brought another table's food to us and then there was no blue cheese in my cobb salad (it's the #1 ingredient on the menu). I asked my waiter and she was like "are you SURE? it's crumbled up in there...". I told her I was pretty sure there was no blue cheese and that I know how it tastes. She didn't apologize and asked if I wanted a side of blue cheese, to which I said, please! The food was good but overall, the service was slow, despite all of the waiters hanging around. Plus I had to stare at bronze male nudes the entire time I was eating...
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  • Good food, but,,,
    Sweets
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Me and my friend had lunch of the Summer Restaurant Week Menu. All the food tasted very good. However, the wait person did not visit our table often. The dessert was different from what described on the menu, and served without any explanation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UESGal
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Met a friend here for an early breakfast prior to the start of a business conference. The location is ideal, the atmosphere is elegant and the service and food are excellent. We particularly enjoyed having so many options for a light meal--essentially spa cuisine. I had a similarly pleasant experience during a lunch in this restaurant several years ago. I would highly recommend Michael's for both breakfast and lunch, particularly if you are dining with business colleagues or are vacationing in New York sans children.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diverse, Interesting Menu
    Nuffsaid
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    In addition to the California cuisine menu, the food selection has an interesting Asian flair with sushi, Kobe beef tacos and other well-made dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Atmosphere, Good Food
    PartTimeLocalsVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    In town from New Orleans. We found Michael's wonderfully tranquil but not staid. We have added it to our mid-town rotation in Manhattan--definitely a good value by mid-town standards. A friend from the Westchester suburbs met us there and was glad to discover it also. We tried a cross section of salads, small and large plates and shared them. All were well prepared and presented, with fresh ingredients and smart flavor combinations. Wine list was impressive, but we were disappointed when the Domaine Serene Willamette Valley Pinot Noir turned out to be the broader "Oregon" appellation instead. The sommelier was very cool about our reaction in sending it back and we had two moderately priced Sancerre bottles that were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phillypieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant is a little jewel. The food is truly delicious. I had the soft shell crabs which were lightly battered and completely perfect. Everyone else loved their food. Would return whenever I'm in the neighborhood for theatre.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great fusion cuisine
    SingSong
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed the appetizers and sharing platters. Each dish was unique and flavourful. The rate the food experience highly by international standards. True fusion by a master chef!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SIMPLY OUTSTANDING -- SO PLEASED
    MarlenieGSVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    start with great bar that had my husband's favorite bulleit rye manhattan and the best mojito i ever had(not sure what's the secret - not too sweet - very minty - they strain it) - outstanding wines avail by the glass; we had delicious watermelon and stone fruit salad - perfectly dressed, delectable hamachi again perfect and lightly topped, fantastic broiled crab cakes and duck breast was great and perfectly prepared - loved the sauce - even the side of mashed pototos were so smooth and delicious and fresh tasting. It was quiet - we went at five-thirty after theater - very zen and lovely calming atmosphere - beautiful decor with great music and paintings; service could not be more friendly and accomodating yet not intrusive. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Michael's never fails to perform above par. Good food, attentive service, congenial atmosphere, tables not so close together as to make talking difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Before a Mantinee at 54
    mesmVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I know Michael's from Santa Monica, so it was an easy choice for lunch before Cabaret at Studio 54. The dining room is clean and crisp with its modern art and floral arrangements. The menu is inventive, and my 3 course lunch was delicious in every way. The wine selection is very good, and the "by the glass" selection allowed me to taste several very good wines. Service was polished. I have no criticism except that it ends up being a bit expensive, but it is NYC after all. I enjoyed myself immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Orin
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was our fourth time here. We have always had a good experience. We felt like we were in the twilight zone. We couldn't get anyone to pay attention to us after being seated. The host did take our drink order and luckily we got in an order or oysters before he left. Finally after getting menus and the dissapointment of seeing hamburgers and pizza on it, I got up to ask for the check. We were there for an hour and never saw a waiter. As laughed as we walked out because no one bothered to ask us if everything was okay. I am not sure what happened that night. We had always had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Good, but not great
    senioreater
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The wait staff was courteous and explained things well--helping me select a draft beer from their short list that came closest to the Belgian brune I wanted--the waitress failed to mention that the special fish I ordered (a simple dover sole in a light butter-wine sauce) was almost twice as much as the most expensive entre on the menu. Two of the appetizers, a salmon tartarre and crab cakes were excellent and the crab cakes extraordinary. But the bib lettece with endives was so over-dressed, my wife barely touched it. The mains were uneven. A salad nicoise was plentiful and tasty, the duck tender and just the right bit gamey, the scallops broiled, fresh, but ordinary. Ditto my sole. Everything else about the place lives up to reputation.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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  • Watch your bill for ripoffs
    lkn4foodVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dropped in for dinner on a Saturday night. There was only one other table and a few people at the bar. I ordered the barrata, a chopped salad and a glass of Rose. The chopped salad was $28 on the menu. When the salad came I noted that it was ridiculously big, too much for one person. The food was fine, the service curt at best. When I looked the bill, the salad was $36. I complained. The waitress told me that she placed the order at a entree portion. I told her I ordered the item on the menu. There was no mention of a "entree" option. All the rest of the apps topped off at the $17 level. Even most of the entree's were lower than the $28. My guess is that this is a way to pad the bill on a slow night, low tactics for a aging standard.
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  • A Classic
    HowesMediaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I've been coming to Michael's on both coasts for over a decade, and the food and service is consistently outstanding. Michael is the best host in America.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.