Minton's
Minton's

Minton's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mintonsharlem.com/
  • Phone: 212-243-2222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday- Thursday 6pm -11pm
    Friday and Saturday 6pm - 12 midnight
    Late Night:
    Friday and Saturday 12a-3a
    Sunday Supper 5pm-11pm

    Wednesday Nights Music Charge $15 at the bar and $25 at the table.

    Thursday- Sunday Bar/Lounge Music Charge $10 per person
    Table Music Charge $20 per person(tables are recommended for dinner)

    Visit our website for performance schedules www.mintonsharlem.com
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Alexander Smalls
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Tuesday Nights "Reaching for The Moon" Series
    Wednesday Nights JC Hopkins Biggish Band "Artists in Residence" Series
    Friday Night "Late Night Jam" Sessions
    Saturday Night "Late Night Jam Bird Lives" Sessions
    Sunday Nights "Third Stream Sunday" Series

    Wednesday Nights Music Charge $15 at the bar and $25 at the table.

    Thursday- Sunday Bar/Lounge Music Charge $10 per person
    Dining Room Music Charge $20 per person(tables are recommended for dinner)

    Visit our website for performance schedules www.mintonsharlem.com
  • Special Events: Minton's is available for your private and semi-private event
    Call our sales team for more information and menus 212-243-2222 extension 108

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St Nicholas and Adam Clayton Powell
  • Public Transit: 2/3 to 116th street or B/C to 116th
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are multiple garages in the area
    118 between St Nicholas and 8th Ave and 122 and St Nicholas are the closest
A word from Minton's
Minton's brings back the live Jazz Supper Club featuring Southern Revival Cooking with Low Country notes. Minton’s celebrates the traditional cuisine of the Low Country, a prosperous historic region located in the southern and eastern coastal plains of South Carolina, Georgia and the string of islands within its coastal waterways.
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Minton's reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (64)romantic (59)neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (39)hot spot (34)late-night find (31)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (21)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Nice music
    JuanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I recommend this place only for the nice music and musicians that play there. The food is very expensive, very little and only fair. The menu is not appropriate for a jazz club restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Jazz!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    great find in Harlem, amazing service and southern style with a NY twist on the food and bonus with the band makes this a lovely romantic place that I would go again... Special check-in from the Chef to be sure the quality and service met expectations shows the thoughtfulness that is put into Minton's as a whole
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Minton's a NYC Must!
    CarolBAuthor
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    When searching the web for things to do in NYC, I found Minton's and made a reservation. We arrived by taxi on October 5th for Sunday Supper and were warmly greeted by Fred, the Maitre'D. We felt as if he was waiting at the door for us! We met the incredible Brandee Younger, (harpist with the BY Q-tet) as she and her band mate drove up. Our group of four women friends were delighted by every single thing that evening--Fred's special welcome and attention, the incredible food, the great jazz sounds beautifully delivered by Brandee and her Q-tet, and impeccable service by Patrick! When we plan another NYC trip, a visit to Minton's will be at the top of our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great music, mediocre food
    Scarletplum
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place has history, the concept is wonderful so I wondered why it wasn't packed when we arrived. Shorty after arriving the music started and it was wonderful, making its undersubscription even more baffling- until the food came. I do not recall ever having to ask for salt in a New York restaurant but Minton's made this a necessity. I had the shrimp and grits with a side of collard greens and had to eat the grits with the collard greens to give it taste. My partner had trout- and he didn't say a word about it- meaning- i won't get to pick the restaurant next time. Great music- we bought a CD but Minton's you need a new chef and one who understands flavor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than good: It's important
    johnVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    With Minton's, Alexander Smalls has created something worth noting - an elegant Harlem jazz club setting that raises lowcountry cooking to the heights of fine dining. Minton's package is proud and honest and beautiful, especially in the context of the downtown restaurant scrum in which every new venue vies to outdo the others while never venturing outside their genre. Bravo, Minton's, for reviving the name and accelerating a real Harlem renaissance with truly interesting and fine cuisine in an beautiful room with the real jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nearly music free night
    erohde23VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had reservations for 8:30 p.m. but did not get seated until 50 minutes later at 9:20 p.m. The food was excellent, but the live Jazz music we intentionally went for (and paid a music fee for) stopped playing shortly after our very late seating so we ate most of our meal without music in a near empty restaurant. My friends were pretty disappointed but the place is probably a great place for a nice meal and music when they are not overbooked and running out of key items on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly Outstanding!
    HarrisAVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A brilliantly authentic Harlem jazz and dining experience. Could not have been a more perfect evening. The food was wonderful and the service impeccable! Being a great lover of classic jazz and having lived in New York for more than 20 years, I'm ashamed to say I had never been to Minton's before. Now, I will most certainly be returning again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely wonderful dinning!
    Loveambiance
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ambiance, food, service, music, noise level, all exceptional. This is truly a dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Attentive maître d and waiter. The arugula salad and the duck courses were nicely presented and excellent. The live jazz was the perfect accompaniment, the acoustics lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still hungry!
    McAuntLinda
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great music scene and the good was very good and had a great presentation. It just wasn't enough food for the money.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS FIND!
    LOVETOEATOUT
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was delicious. The mac and cheese was fabulous (must try) as was the scallops and chocolate cake. I brought some guests from out of town to this restaurant and it was well worth it! I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAZZY Sunday
    LJC427
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wonderful Sunday evening entertainment and vibe. Food, as always, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing music
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The jazz at Minton's is superb. The food and service were impeccable, but the music took it over the top for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun evening
    brad
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Music is legendary, ambiance was special, food was unique. Our party of seven was very impressed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Elegance
    LJC427
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Beautiful, jazzy scene. Exquisite menu. Delightful service. Owner is gracious and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new find
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Discovered Minton's which is a landmark. It is beautiful inside and while the prices ate a little high the food is excellent! Must try the pork chop and mac and cheese-out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To loud
    Defoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went with a group of 6 for dinner and jazz there was a $20 music fee as soon as we entered and the music was good but to loud for a supper club. We thought they would take our orders, serve us, and then there would be a show while we had dinner. The show was ongoing with a couple of breaks, we could hardly hear the waitress, or each other. The food was ok, not great, the pork and scallop entres were sent back because they were undercooked, the crispy trout was not crispy. We expected upscale soul food but the choices really weren't reminiscent of soul food in my opinion. Overall. The idea is nice but the execution could be better particularly at the price point.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bday
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A group went to Minton's to celebrate a birthday event.....while the food was fine, it took too long to arrive at our table once we ordered it.....also our waiter was personable, but he was not attentive enough to the needs of the patrons ( ie, not coming over to ask if everything was ok, not refreshing the water glasses quickly -- - all of this considering Minton's was not croweded at this time)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Birthday celebration
    SLH4HairVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What an awesome meal that we all had...from the scallops to the pork chop everything was to die for. And go ahead and order sparkling wine. The jazz singer and the band were the icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful classic jazz sound matched by a soulful cuisine. A little pricy but worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night
    FineConnoisseur
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Mintons is a wonderful place where beautiful food and lovely music meet. Loved that the food was full of flavors but somehow still incredibly light, which was very helpful since we dined late. We started with the Biscuit Plate which was incredibly tasty, flaky and everything else you would want a fine biscuit to be. Followed up with the creamiest yet lightest Macaroni and Cheese ever, which brought me to the Lobster Stuffed with Crabmeat and a side of Pimento grits. I wasn't a fan of the grits, more of an acquired taste but my dinner dates Green bean Provençal was OUTSTANDING. All this with a backdrop of some superb Jazz. Must return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food...Nice Scene
    Nick
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was great and the atmosphere as expected...cozy and jazzy. Most of the dishes were excellent with the exception of the buttermilk fried chicken which needed more seasoning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sexy Hidden Gem
    KLG5
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Girlfriends & I went for restaurant week. The pre-fix menu was ok. Minton's is a sexy hidden gem. It definitely takes you back to the Jazz era. It's a romantic place. The serves was good. the drinks were average. It's a date night, live jazz, upscale restaurant in Harlem. A little pricey. I would absolutely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Class Dining in Harlem
    Breezy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent food, great scene, and ambiance. A must for those looking for fine dining and great entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty2
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Service outstanding! Waiter came to the table, several times throughout the evening to ask if we needed anything. Food very good. Ambiance and night life great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good music, poor service
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Staff needs training on basic elements of table service like clearing appetizer plates before serving the main course, placing cutlery on the table correctly and refilling water glasses. The food and music the night I was there was good, not great. The atmosphere was lovely. The prices are quite high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McAuntLinda
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Overall, the food was alright but it looked better than it tasted. I just found that the shrimp and chicken could have used a bit more flavor although the vegetables were very flavorful. The waiter also forgot a few items that we asked for. I was there to hear the music group but the noise level at the bar was so loud that we couldn't hear the group the way we liked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place!
    TanStep
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My visit was worth every moment!!! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Buttermilk fry chicken and the biscuit with the kane syrup were to die for it remind me of my grandma fry chicken with the biscuit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mintons Pure culinary excellence.
    LetsEat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My approach to dinner was to try seafood for the 1st and 2nd course then straight to a meat dish for the 3rd course. I had the half shelled oysters with cucumber and watermelon mignonette for starters which i really enjoy but i prefer oyster with some chili flavor. The Sherry she crab soup was amazing and almost stole the show for me i loved the skillet cornbread as a hint to the southern style cooking theme the restaurant has going. The New York steak is hands down one of the top ten steaks i have ever had served with wild mushrooms and truffled glace de viande. Dessert was heavenly and the flower pinot noir ordered was nothing short of a heavenly. Great for dinner with friends and made even more enjoyable by the quality live jazz music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic night out
    BGS79
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the bus buy to the general manger, the staff was professional, courteous and personable. We had a reservation, but due to heavy traffic and size of place we had to wait a little longer before we were sitted. However, the hostess repeatedly checked on the status of our table and kept us posted. The general mananger came over and apologized for delay and had the bartender serve us a complimentary glass of rose wine (DELICIOUS!) while we waited. Once we were sitted, the waiter came over to greet and serve us. The lighting was perfect,the homestyle biscuits were delicious, and the live jazz band complete with the sassy soultry female singer was the cherry on top.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rhroth
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent in all areas and do not forget the fabulous music
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophistication...
    CTIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Romantic dinner an intimate dining experience. With jazz as the back drop and the low level lighting you can't help but feel this is a romantic dining experience. The food was delicious. We opted for a bottle of a reasonable white wine to accompany our meal (Trout entree and the Fried Chicken entree). We will dine again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for music, lacks on food.
    Andydiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary. This a place to go to have a drink and enjoy live jazz. The food selection is very limited. I began with a Gem salad, which was 3 pieces of Romaine lettuce and a few croutons. Buttermilk chicken for the entree was unexciting. My wife chose trout and was not impressed. Service was adequate. On the plus side the quartet was great and the mixed drinks were very good. This is a place to have drinks and enjoy the music. The food is a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we ventured up to Mintons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Loved the food, the ambience, the great band. Great waiter. Fun way to break out of the box of old favorites. Easy cab ride and they're happy to call you a cab when you leave.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minton
    Casey
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The drink was a little over priced - but overall hada great time
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times...
    Fancy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I highly recommend Minton's. You'll enjoy the food. The staff is pleasant and very attentive. The low lighting gives the place a relaxing and even romantic ambiance. There's usually a band which played beautifully on the night I went. Unfortunately there isn't much open floor space so dancing seems to be out of the picture.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    GGrandma
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Everthing was first class. I just did not know I would be charge for the music. Next Restaurant Week put extra charge for music or make it clear on the advertisment. It was a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Shan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went here for a friend's birthday. As we entered we were greeted by the GM to whom I whispered it was my friend's birthday. After being seated by the nicest hostess I've had in a very long time, we where brought a glass of Sparkling wine. The GM came to check on us and asked if it was ok that he sent over the wine. We informed him that one of us did not drink. The wine was quickly removed and a "mocktail" brought in its place. The wait staff were very attentive, the service was great and went with the flow of you enjoying the band. The food was good, each course had a little surprising twist. Oysters and shrimp were great, chicken decent and dessert good. Yes, a candle but no loud song with dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low key Harlem gem
    foodbody
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    When you walk up to the restaurant, you have know idea how spacious and accommodating it is. The ambience was perfect for 2 on a Sunday night. Our waiter was very descriptive with the menu choices. Delicious entrees were directly followed by main courses to our delight. Dinner was enjoyed as a jazz duet made the evening nostalgic. I have and will recommend this little gem to anyone looking for an authentic Harlem experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.