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
260 reviews since June 3, 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 (146)neighborhood gem (131)special occasion (95)hot spot (81)romantic (62)vibrant bar scene (53)great for lunch (44)great for brunch (38)late-night find (37)notable wine list (35)good for groups (30)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Disappointing
    HHfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    -Forget getting a reservation after 6 or before 10 unless you either are somebody or know somebody -Bar itself: very cool and the drinks are good. -Our reservation was for 6 - they were rushing us at 5:45 so the message was, "eat and get out" -We were seated in the bar. This is where people are seated that they don't care about ever returning; the back room, apparently is for regulars and/or celebs/cool people. -Dress code ranged from suits to t-shirts. -Bone marrow: impressive looking but not much there. Between 3 bones, maybe a tablespoon of marrow. Came with lots of bread. -black label burger: no way it could live up to the hype. That said, it was a good burger but watch for gristle/bone chips! -Service: prompt and professional
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No room to breathe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Focussed on squeezing as many covers in as possible, not suitable for couples unless you want to basically share a table with the couples either side. Food ok, low/mid wine vastly overpriced, service fantastic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LovechocolateVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always good every time. Excellent service. Steak delicious, hamburgers are a must! Place is kinda tight
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    Freshsteve
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had booked a table at this restaurant about 3 weeks earlier before we got to the US. Everything went very smoothly with the ordering and arrival of the meals and the drinks, and we were lucky enough to have a booth seat which meant we could hear each other above the clamour. Service was very good - very attentively looked after by each of the hovering staff. The only dull spots in the night was the dryness of the main chicken dish my son received, and the burger which was very tasty but probably not the best option for such a classy venue, when a steak was probably a better choice. Well below par for the price paid. But we will go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best burger ever!
    JJ1019
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went here for brunch with friends and it is the perfect old NY spot! Great atmosphere, the real deal! Enjoy a tast of old NY!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classic reimagined
    joesview
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    On my first visit to Minetta Tavern after the new owners took over I was happy to see that the historic atmosphere has been retained. A real Greenwich Village classic now has first-rate food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice but expensive burgers.
    timmmykVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    2nd visit; had the same excellent waiter, Anthony. Crowded for lunch on a Saturday @ 1. Had the black label burger and ordered thick cut slab bacon for $9 so my burger and fries cost $37. I really like the place but $37 for a bacon cheeseburger just ain't worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodapppreciation
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A fantastic small celebration for a special birthday. From the moment we walked in we taken care of in the way you want to be on a night out. The maitre d'/hostess was really good at her job---on top of it but very welcoming. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and friendly. The support staff were right there. Everyone seemed to really like working there which always tells me a lot about an establishment. And the food was superb! All in all great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    sazbox
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    What a wonderful place. My husband had read a review by Tom Parker-Bowles about this place and really wanted to go. It was quite difficult to get a table but well worth the wait. The service was excellent, the waiter described each dish on the specials menu and was very attentive. The wine was a little too expensive so we only had a glass but the food was delicious. We really didnt need a dessert but opted for the cholocate mousse cake which was very rich but wonderful. The whole experience was wonderful. Would definitely recommend a visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Luvjg
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My husband and I were delighted to reserve at this fabulous restaurant. The trout was delightful and prepared perfectly. The best I have had in the States. The signature Black Label burger was delicious. We also were delighted to be in the famous "Back Room" the ambiance & the waitstaff was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service
    natashanyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We brought our young daughter to Minetta Tavern for dinner last Friday and it was easily one of the best dinners we've had together as a family. The hostess was absolutely lovely, warm - none of that "why are you bringing your kid here?" attitude. In fact, quite the opposite. They were amazingly kid friendly. The waiter was also superb. My husband and I agreed that the service was probably among the best we've had in a long time. Good pace, without being rushed, attentive but not cloying. The food is also great and the chocolate shuffle was absolutely lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bartenders
    EddieBeemer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Geat mixologists, but with the personality of a brick. The don't smle at you, not even when you're sitting at the bar and attempt to chit chat. I thought it was just me, but my girlfriend made the exact comment to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get onto those burgers
    Liezel
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The burger was all that it was hyped up to be, albeit a little salty, the accompanying chips were great as well. I suggest to take one of the buns off and don't go straight for the chips, otherwise you wont be able to get to the burger
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    TheSamMcLeod
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Minetta Tavern was a great experience for all of us, I'd highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Minetta is a nice place, better than expected. It´s like stepping into a bar from a movie. Very mixed crowd. Good food and a great selection of drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sergio
    occasionaldinner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Small dinning room with tables packed together and patrons sitting very close but worth it. The service is impeccable and the food better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Atmosphere, Average Food
    napastyle
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was with great anticipation that we ventured to Minetta Tavern. We had been told that it featured the best burger in NYC. Upon arriving we were pleased with the lively atmosphere. Be prepared to be seated very close to other diners in the joint. I can't say that it was the best burger that I ever ate but it was good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LongboatKeyLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were the first group in the restaurant at 5:30. I felt as though I was making an entrance onto a stage and my first stop was the bar. Great experience. Great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allways outstanding, a must
    NYCwannabe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Consistently outstanding in every way. Been there many times and love this place. Although we do miss Louise, she put the experience over the top if that is possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have heard several times that the Black Label Burger was one of the best in the city. Well... it met (and possibly exceeded) my expectations. Also divine were the 2 appetizers we ordered- a sausage and oysters special and the smoked salmon dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The burgers were delicious and were everything we expected them to be. The coconut layer cake was great for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • getaway
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is always exceptional. The Bone Marrow appetizer, the Black Label Burger. What is there to say? Always one of the best, if not the best burger in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ghostbusterVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ordered duck hash & eggs which consisted of leftovers with that refrigerator taste and sad soggy potatoes, though quite pricey. Only one of the four of us was pleased with his meal -- he's from Tennessee & loved the eggs, ham, and grits -- figures. Ordered a quite costly basket of very good breads etc. but was served one pat of butter for the table of four. Some service issues -- lack of attention.
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  • 1 small kvetch.
    timmmykVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great everything except tables too close to each other. We made new friends whether we wanted to or not because the tables were so close they needed to be pulled out by servers if anyone needed to leave for a call or use the facilities. Otherwise the portions were surprisingly large and the food was great. Service was excellent and the ambiance was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cote de boeuf is excellent!!
    Peteeatsthings
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Cote de boeuf is one of the best things that I have ever eaten. Very tender, well seasoned. We also tried the pasta with pancetta, but it was very mediocre. I would not waste my money on it. For dessert, we ordered the chocolate souffle with a scoop of icecream. It was amazing. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class leading burger
    sld87VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Stopped here for our first dinner in the city. Didn't disappoint, the black label burger truly is worth all the hype. Make reservations plenty early and don't plan in bringing your first date here - you won't be able to hear them. Just do yourself a favour and order this medium rare temperature; it's your duty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate