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Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minettatavernny.com
  • Email: reservations@minettatavernny.com
  • Phone: (212) 475-3850
  • 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: French, Steakhouse
  • 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
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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Diner Reviews
  • "I loved this place! The staff was very helpful, they solved a reservation problem real quickly without any fuss. Also the service throughout dinner was great, even though the place was packed! The food was very good, quite traditional here and there, but really well executed. And beware: the portions are huge! There's a young NYCish atmosphere, with people coming after work to eat and small groups os friends. They have a bar where you can wait for a table or even eat. Also, it was packed on a Monday!"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Burger is one of the best but don't forget the steaks. Got the aged strip slices for 2 like a porterhouse. It was incredible. bone marrow app is killer and the light spinach side is perfect to accompany the heavy meat."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The "veal special" was tough to the point of inedible, the "tavern steak" was flavorless and the "bone in sirloin" was horrible -- took most of it home for my dog. I guess the tip off was after we ordered seeing a majority of the diners ordering the wonderful looking hamburgers!! We truly enjoyed our salads......"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The absolute best burger in New York City ... no contest"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the place was packed, so make sure you make a reservation. Wonderful Panier basket. Excellent variation of eggs benedict over a potato pancake with smoked salmon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "3rd time I've been there for the burger and mushrooms and still the best!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great, old New York. It's ironic that a restaurant that has such great atmosphere, created it by essentially changing nothing and keeping a look from 40 years ago. The big caveat is that my girlfriend and I do not eat meat - pescetarian, you might say). With that, if you are not going to order the marrow bones, the burger or a steak, this restaurant is good, but ordinary. I had the trout which was very good but a little salty, loaded with butter and could not compete with the other dishes that I saw coming out of the kitchen. For such a popular place, the service could not be more down to earth. Very accommodating - especially the hostesses and bartenders."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Decor was great. Food was delicious. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "amazing, top notch service! We dine out quite a bit, and Minetta Tavern is at a level of service unsurpassed by most other restaurants. Pasta Za Za was fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went just to try the Black Label Burger, how often do you get to try a $28 burger. This one is for the traditionalist, good beef on a great bun, caramelized onions. No ketchup, mustard, or whatever they are putting on burgers these days. Did I enjoy it, YES I DID! Would I do it again, most certainly. Life is too short!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Meet was amazing! Service very fast and appropriate. Place was noisy and since we were in the second table we were a little unconfortable. Worth the price."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I took my mother to Minetta Tavern last week while she was visiting from out of town. We were very impressed by the ambiance as soon as we arrived. The lighting was attractive; warm and welcoming and the staff was just as inviting. The food was fantastic! We shared the bone marrow appetizer. (I highly recommend this. I've never such a large serving of marrow!) My main course was the bacon wrapped filet roquefort. It was cooked to perfection and I'm only sorry I didn't have enough room in my stomach to finish it! Part of what made it so memorable was our server who was attentive, pleasant, and pithy. He gladly took the time to give us a history of the restaurant. I can't praise this place enough!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I love the 'speakeasy' feel of this place - like an clandestine club for gourmets. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The oyster and sausage appetizer is amazing and the steak was decadent. The table was split on the pasta with pancetta, one thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didnt quite measure up to the same dish on a prior visit. Everyone loved the souflet. The server was charming and attentive though not intrusive. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Cant ever complain about Minetta. Solid Food, Solid Service, Good Times."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "A very good experience overall with helpful service plus, plus"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The cote de boeuf lived up to the hype and the service was very pleasant. Worth every penny, I left very satisfied."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is a historic spot in NYC, and from the crowds, it must be extremely popular. But my experience was that it was so noisy I couldn't hear anyone else at the table talk, it was way too crowded, and the food wasn't anything I would write home about. The staff was very friendly and I believe were doing the best they could, but it just wasn't the ambiance that I was looking for (not for a Sunday brunch experience). It would definitely be the place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, if you wanted a vibrant bar scene!!! I do want to note that the staff was very accommodating when we needed to increase the number in our party at the last minute, and I very much appreciated that!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "You can just feel the history - yet it is filled with people of all ages. The food was perfect! Don't be deceived by the entrance. After all, it was a speakeasy! We just loved it this past Saturday for lunch before a show at the Minetta Lane. After being stuck in traffic, they kindly changed my res to a half hour later. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Minetta Tavern is one of my most favorite restaurants in NYC. Such a great spot!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went because a friend suggested we would love the Black Label Burger and that's probably the only thing we did enjoy. We had a 5:30pm reservation on the Friday and when we got there, they were still preparing the tables so we had to wait a good 20 minutes. When we sat down we wanted to just catch up and look over the menu but we simply felt rushed throughout the entire dining experience. The burger was delicious as expected and the service was great other than the fact they wanted us in and out! It was a small place and when we left the restaurant was completely packed. Would go back but only for a quick back and never to catch up with an old friend."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Just loved my lunch here. The burger is to die for. The service is with a smile, friendly and personal. Love this place and the atmosphere. Will be back for more."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Love this place. Been eating here since I moved to NYC 5 years ago. It's a classic and will never get old. The food is absolutely delicious and the service professional and warm."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Awesome. Food was amazing (best burger ever, fish was great, too). Helpful, attentive service. Cool atmosphere and crowd. Nothing missing."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The physical place is great but the food was underwhelming. So sorry I didn't try the burger."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Minetta has a "hip", hard to get a reservation reputation, as it is a very popular Village spot. We were early for our reservation and our guest was hung up at the office. The bartender and hostess were extremely hospitable and didn't rush us, even though, on a Friday, this place was filling up fast. Professionally managed. Food was excellent, specials of Artic Char and Calves Liver were superb. Excellent beer selection and wines by the glass. Server was wonderful, great attitude. Fun, party vibe. Will return soon!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "There are mostly good things to say about Minetta Tavern: excellent cocktails, glasses of wine poured out of the bottle at the table, outstanding service. The crush of people waiting at the door can't be helped but it is a mess and uncomfortable for everyone. The food was uneven: good special salad and a regular trout dish. The major problem was the special pheasant, highly recommended by the waitress, costly and so dry it could not be swallowed--and tasteless to boot. Once could say that meat is the only thing to order here; if so, then no other choices should be offered."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Felt very at home in this well established French restaurant - great food and a wonderful place that is not touristy. Good to visit before going to the Blue Nore."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The wine bottle we were served was a different year than on the menu and no one cared. We were rudely dismissed by the older maitre d. It ruined an otherwise great night. Our server was sweet and the younger host very nice"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Dont go if you want a good service. The restaurant seems to be a local point with lots of neihgborhood clients, whow receive fron the waiters a nice treatment. The umknown custmer will find a litle hard time to be well treated. Snob and pretentios. I will not recomend that."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We went here for dinner before the theatre, it is a bit out of way from Broadway but this was the only reservation we could get as it was very popular. The food was lovely, we only ordered a main as we saw the portions of the starters and realised we wouldn't be able to manage both! The cocktails were great too! Service excellent. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The Black Label Burger is definitely worth the trip to Minettta Tavern. My friend and I both agreed it's the best burger we've had!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went for brunch. My French toast was burnt. I was surprised they would even serve it like that, but they apologetically brought me a new dish of French toast when it was brought to their attention. I've been here before for dinner and lunch and have had a great experience so they didn't lose any stars."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Original warm mid 20th century NYC photos, drawings and artwork provide a warm ambience, v good steak and dishes for carnivores. If they have the duck special, don't pass it up. Service matches the scene, helpful, friendly not overly formal. Good for dates, business dinners, or catching up with friends. Bar service is a plus."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Been here twice and it is always packed, for good reason. The food is excellent - I've tried their burger, trout and bone marrow. The desserts weren't particularly interesting to me but I was stuffed from the meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Can a restaurant be newish and still a classic? YES!!! This is one of my all time favorites in NYC! Great value--love both burgers--and all food is outstanding. Our adorable waitress gave us tastes of 4 red wines at lunch!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Fantastic experience and definitely coming back. The 45 minute wait at the bar was smoothed over by the complimentary champagne and Armando's charm however it would put me off bringing corporate clients as they wouldnt appreciate that wait. Food and service were great and I loved the decor. Well done."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We heard the black label burger was one of the best burgers in NYC and it wasn't anywhere close. We got an average burger that was extremely under seasoned. Maybe it was an off night?? We enjoyed the fries, bread, and soufflé."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Quite changed from what it was. Delightful but energetic."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "On our return to New York this year we had to return to this gem of a restaurant. Walk through the door, pull back the heavy velvet curtain and enjoy. The day we visited outside was snowing and the Maitre'd was brilliant. He took our coats and bags and was just so fantastic showing us to our booth table in the back of the restaurant after having sat at the bar first for a quick drink to warm us up. The menu is not large but is all good quality and the Minetta and Black Lable Burgers we had, cooked how you like them, where beautiful. The chocolate tart with Malden Salt desert was fantastic. Service was very good but the star was the Maitre'd. Top of our return to list when next in New York."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Minetta Tavern during our stay. We both had the Minetta Burger this time, cooked how we like it with a glass of lager and my favorite beer Innis & Gunn. We had just enough room for the Chocolate Tart with Malden Salt (fantastic). The food and atmosphere was great but service was slightly down as our waitress did not arrange bread we had to ask but this is a minor thing, overall very very pleased and we will return when we next come to New York."
    Dined on 2/19/2014