Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minettatavernny.com/
  • Phone: 2124753850x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00noon - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday through Friday: 5:30pm - 12:00am Dinner Sunday: 5:30pm to 11pm; Supper: Monday through Friday: 12:00am - 1:00am; Supper Sunday 11pm to 12am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, French
  • Executive Chef: Lee Hanson & Riad Nasr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Take the A,B,C,D,E,F or M train to West 4th St. Use the 3rd St. exit and walk one block south to Minetta Lane and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.

    Take the 1 train to Christopher St/Sheridan Square and walk south (toward Grove St) on West 4th, 4 blocks. Continue south on 6th Ave 2 blocks to Minetta Lane, and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: PARKING GARAGE AT 122 WEST 3RD ST (BETWEEN 6TH /MACDOUGAL)
A word from Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.
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Minetta Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (129)neighborhood gem (129)special occasion (95)hot spot (74)romantic (62)vibrant bar scene (55)great for brunch (47)great for lunch (40)late-night find (37)good for groups (30)notable wine list (30)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great for tourists and locals
    KELLKVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great for tourists and locals. The french fries that accompany the black label burger are great. The souffles are very big!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    Bedford4e
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Tried both burgers at our table and aside from the cheese very little difference. The signature burger was ordered medium and came out rare. Was returned. Several waiters came out with our lunch orders, for 4 people, and it took several tries before they got the right plate to the right person. Too much hype
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had the black label burger, and it was delicious! It's definitely worth trying if you like hamburgers. The atmosphere is classic, old- school; it's a great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great concept... Inconsistent food
    Filippo
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Typical Danny Meyer restaurant... Great concept... And service... But food quality is too inconsistent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better elsewhere
    Stefano
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Tight seating, crowded, loud, average food, lousy service--about the worst that I have encountered in NY
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    timsnicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Won't win a James Beard Award, but like Dewar's, it never varies. Great decor remains (refurbished from the Civil War or so!) dependable good food, low key and effective service, space to move... and three blocks from my house. Lucky me!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blown away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been to a lot of places in NYC and I must say Minettas food. Was unreal. The first place I've been where the food actually tasted like it should. Fresh and on point. My best food experience in NYC. I've already told 50 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy delight
    NYfoodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Minetta Tavern is always vibrant and joyfully noisy. This is the place for both the burger addict and the foodie. Weird and wonderful stories are being told at each table, some involuntarily shared with the rest of the room. I love the ambience and the fact that the staff knows how to treat their guests. Last week was a repetition of previous visits. The delivery was solid, again! This is also the reason I bring both friends and business associates to Minetta. They love it, and I enjoy bringing them to a place that tickles their taste buds and boosts their social life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great anniversary
    bumbleb33x222
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I came here with my BF for our anniversary. Dimmed lighting with a red overtone set the mood for a romantic evening. My BF ordered the Copperhead, a very well balanced, smooth cocktail that tasted of oranges, cherries and whiskey. For our appetizer, we ordered the Veal Carpaccio. I have had a lot of beef carpaccio, but this was my first veal carpaccio. I must say the taste is a lot lighter than beef and was well complimented by the shaved truffle, artichoke, and reggiano cheese. We then ordered the Cote de Boeuf. It came out cooked to perfection, and each section of the steak tasted different and delicious. It almost melted in your mouth. Pair that with the Champignons, Pommes Anna and bone marrow, Perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My fiance and I enjoy Minetta Tavern especially because of the notable service and quality of dishes. We can't wait to return again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not much value
    eatsalot
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cramped seating. Should have taken a clue from most of the other tables and had the burger. When I spend that much for beef it should be the best I ever I ate. it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a nice night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Pros: - great atmosphere - old NY feel - friendly staff - decent food Negative: - waitress not very attentive - other patrons were loud and making terrible remarks
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    What a great place to have a special occasion with your loved one. We had a great time and ate way too much! The burger was incredible, the Cote de Boeuf was delicious, but a little on the fatty side. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice experience
    francu
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    we went at minetta tavern on a sunday night in early august. it's a very glamorous place. we ate a very good steak and an excellent burger but the french fries were a bit too dry and crispy. the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go for the ambience, not the food
    gillLDN
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love Minetta Tavern for late nights in New York. We went at 10.30pm on friday night and the place was packed and buzzing. However, there is nothing vegetarian on the menu which is a real shame. They do modify dishes for veggies (e.g. we had the pasta without bacon) but its still quite restrictive and you end up with something kind of mediocre. Still, if you're arriving late its a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Minetta Tavern
    HungryJerseyGirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Black Label burger is a piece of heaven. And, we also had one of their specials, A Grand Marnier soufflé. It was in the top five desserts I've ever had. It's out of this world fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Label Burger
    Nmojarrad
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to Minetta the same reason everyone else does- the black label burger. But let's start with the drinks: we ordered a couple each, they were fantastic! Then we ordered an app from the daily menu, tomato gazpacho. Nothing special, light fresh tomatoes in tomato water. Then came the entrees: we split the burger and the pasta za za. The waiter had each entree split for us, the pasta in separate bowls each with it's own egg! So thoughtful! The pasta was incredible! So decadent and rich and flavorful! Definitely my favorite dish of the night! The burger was just good- I didn't see what all the hype was about. The bun was a little soggy, the patty thick and cooked well. The shoe string fries that come with the burger were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Theater Dinner
    EHCH
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really liked the location and atmosphere. Very cool building and history. However, we were put at a booth in the very back that we could hardly get into because of another large round table in front of us. There were only four of us, but the experience was rushed and busy and not very comfortable. If I return, it would be just to have a drink and appetizer maybe unless we could specify a table. Noise level very high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat Disappointed
    ShakesVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This restaurant did not perform up to its billing. While service was good for a pre-theater dinner, and the decor is wonderful with it's 'old time' neighborhood maps, photos and murals, the food was fair to good. The marrow appetizer was unique and excellent, and the trout entree was well-prepared and recommended. However, the 'Black Label Burger', which some say is the entree to order, arrived undercooked - rare, rather than medium - and tasted rather ordinary - though at $28, it should have been anything but that. That said, it's a very popular restaurant, on a wonderful street in the Village, and thus a place that should be visited at least once.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BESTCRAB
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I ordered the wrong thing , a bone in NY STRIP $59.00, It was tough fatty & gristly . I then noticed every body else seem to be eating burgers which I understand is the hot item at the tavern . If i decide to go again that is what I will stick with. The rest of the food & the place was good. My friend got the Trout stuffed with crab and she said it was ok.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot
    MattAVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food. Cool vibe. Wine list practically forces you to abstain, as there isn't a single reasonably priced bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live2Eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great thick bacon! We had a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meal. Best french fries we had during our entire trip. Most of us ordered the Burger and were so glad to get a med rare burger. Warning - it is really med rare. So good if you are not afraid. One person had a brunch type item and another had the pasta - yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    energetic is a forced choice it was loud and annoying
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black Label Burger
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Went there for the BLB. Wasn't the best burger I've ever had, but it didn't disappoint. They sat us in the font near the bar. They way undercooked my Mom's burger but were happy to take back and amend. Pretty cool decor on the walls.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best
    orderitrare
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Easily one of the most consumable burgers in NYC. Go Black Label.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only thing I don't like...
    PeatCVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    is how close the tables are. If you take a date here, or any party of two, the tables have about an inch on each side so there is zero privacy/intimacy. But the food and service are both quite good - we left quite full and happy after having the Dry Aged Côte de Boeuf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    Fedhillliv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Black Label Burgers we received were small and nothing special. You might as well have their regular cheeseburger for a fraction of the price. Pommes frites were simply frozen french fries served cold and covered with salt. Unless you were ordering constantly from the bar service as unattentive and lacking. The bone marrow appetizer we went to get was not available. Not sure I would even return to this restaurant
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  • Not worth the hype
    JohnnyDeeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great burger, other wise over priced limited menu. Really not worth the hype. We had a 2:30 reservation and because our 11 am train from Philadelphia was delayed, we tried to cancel via open table and was told that you had to have cancelled by 10:30 that day and so was unable to do so. Tried calling, no one answers the phone, only possible to leave a voice mail. Got to NY at 1:15 checked into hotel and made the reservation within a 5 minute window only to be disappointed. Travel to NY a lot, eat at a lot of good restaurants, this one never again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    Bruncher
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Black Label burger is a must and always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite spot in NYC
    JayJ
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I never miss the chance to dine at Minetta Tavern when I'm in NYC. I just have to remember to book in advance as to assure a spot at one of the great tables in the back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food not worth the scene
    WishfulthinkingVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Seems Minetta feels the buger is so good that they don't need professional servers, a friendly hostess, comfortable seating or well trained bus boys. We were a party of 5 crammed into a table for 4 that was placed on an angle so my chair was bumped by every bus boy that passed by. The service on the whole was sub par. Plates were placed on our table with a crash with the perfunctory pause as the bus boy waited for us to make room for our plates. The hostess was among the rudest I have experienced. She is the first impression and should be trained to be welcoming and friendly. The burger is divine as is the cote de boeuf, however, not good enough to make the trip down to the west village, deal with the bullish servers and pay $700.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try Black Burger!
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    $28 burger + $14 red wine = perfect dinner Also chocolate pie w/ espresso
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great execution of the concept.
    JayEllarVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent combination of well executed food with superb, yet not obtrusive service in a classic setting. The collective rave about the black label burger and the bone marrow were on point, and the wine list to match the rest of the offerings was simply poetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ehfooding
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Delicious food, really tasty steak... I was super tired and it would have been easy not to have a good time... Also the burger is really amazing (I had gone another time and had the burger)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    Foodie4dr
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Dissapointing experience, bad waitress who did not care to offer Mineta's best. Careless, practically threw out menu and plates. Would not recommend or repeat. Aged burger was ok, nothing superb.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Best burger in the city / ever! Bloody Mary is also amazing, fries are on point. Service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The serve was friendly and efficient. The food, the cote de beouf, anna potatoes and souffle were all delicious. The one minor error in service was made up for in a friendly and nice way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay
    Oversoldburger
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went here in search of the best burger. It was just okay. Corner Bistro is far better.
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  • Love this place
    DerrickFMooreVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been here a few times and everytime it is a solid meal. Can't go wrong with the Black Label Burger and pre-ordering the Chocolate Soufflé (which is what we did this time around), but I've had the steaks and tons of other stuff on the menu, and they are all good. Highly recommend. Also, enjoy the historic aspect of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's for meat lovers
    sooji
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I ordered medium well done and my husband ordered medium, but mine was not cooked as his and I asked them to cook it more. Their service is very good and friendly. Unfortunately, my second dish was fully well done and I feel a bit disappointed. My hubby is meat lover so he loves that place, I'm more vegies lover, so it's not the best burger for me. However the caramelized onion with burger was amazing! I still remember their kindness and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.