Had an absolutely wonderful
Had an absolutely wonderful brunch here -- the service was attentive and very knowledgeable. The food was great and the live music was a perfect accompaniment. Even though we were sitting just inches away from the musician, it was a lovely background and not at all intrusive. Can't wait to go back....a bit pricey but worth it!
3/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really good wine list and
Really good wine list and amazing food!The place is so charming
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was my husband birthday
It was my husband birthday that day on 13 of march 2013. great ambiance ,and food we really enjoy .
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great time at The Lion - awesome
Great time at The Lion - awesome atmosphere! Food was excellent and unique.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tables tightly packed. Excellent
Tables tightly packed. Excellent Foie Gras. We would go back.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing place, great environment,
Amazing place, great environment, sucky stuffy service.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was not my first time and
It was not my first time and as usual, it was an enchanting moment. The Maitre d'hôtel went out of his way to accommodate and please us. I highly recommend this restaurant.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding service and food
Outstanding service and food quality. Great decor. Looking forward to going back.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Lion is a Roar
Although I've been to the Waverly Inn, did not know that the Chef also had the Lion. Absolutely wonderful restaurant with a refreshing menu. We had Easter brunch which incorporated some of there dinner items as well. Wonderful mix. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with different rooms that surprise at every twist and turn. The main dining room sports a huge skylight. I remember coming here in the late 70's early 80's when it was Danny's Starlight Garden. Looks like it has fabulous bar, but on Easter it was a bit quiet. Definitely on my list of resturants to return too!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic food in an amazing
Fantastic food in an amazing space. Had probably the best duck I've ever had. Excellent service as well.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best! One of my favorite
The Best! One of my favorite restaurants in NYC!
The Chicken Pot Pie is my favorite along with the Kale Salad, Spinach Parmesean Casserole and Brussel Sprouts. Can't wait for their corn to return this summer!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were about twenty minutes late for a birthday celebration on a Saturday night and the restaurant held our table for two. They people up front knew it was a birthday and tried to make everything as pleasant as possible, and they succeeded. The waitstaff was professional, knowledgeable and upbeat without being intrusive. The person who took our drinks order knew about the different bourbons and ryes that the bartender uses for Manhattans, and we had excellent ones, with the big square ice cubes that melt very slowly. As for the food, the oysters were decent, the kale salad used kale that was a bit tough, but it was tasty. The Delmonico Steak was pricey and probably not worth it. The duck breast was superb. The decor is charming.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant however
Love this restaurant however felt rushed between appetizer and main course. Food always outstanding!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm still getting used to
I'm still getting used to The Lion. Sometimes there is a nice buzz there and other times it can be very empty. Love the layout and the 'Ye Olde Worlde' decor but I haven't yet landed on whether or not the staff add to or detract from the vibe. I find they can be distant and often talk to each other rather than welcoming their guests. A shame in such a nice establishment.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved The Lion's Sunday
We loved The Lion's Sunday Brunch. The Fritatta was perfect, and we're in love with the Greek Yogurt with Blood Orange and grapefruit. The flavors were delicious. We had that afterwards, like a dessert.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The bread at the beginning
The bread at the beginning is amazing... and so is the $55 ricotta gnudi with truffles (basically it's gnocchi) - but it's a really small portion... so if you can justify ordering a small $55 pasta dish go for it- my boyfriend and i split it as an appetizer. the chicken potpie was amazing... i hate peas, and i love that it didn't have peas in it. also the peanut butter bar for dessert was delish. very expensive restaurant, but delicious food
4/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Lion, with its lovely
The Lion, with its lovely atrium and soft, live music during the weekends is a always a top brunch choice for us. Bloody marys are excellent, and the food is on point.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and nice Speak-Easy vibe
Great food and quiet enough to easily talk, combined with a wonderful history to the building, a very nice evening.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Dinner for a group of guys
The ambience is amazing, if you're sitting the bright main room, surrounded by framed portraits, or in the black-wooded tavern in the front. Food is hearty and awesome - for a group of guys it's perfect. Lots of great drinks, wines, and meats.
Burger is exceptional - I would recommend.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good service, great food and inspiring atmosphere!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Dining Room
The Lion's dining room has a fabulously cool, decadent feel, and it's really buzzy without becoming offputtingly frenetic.
The service was great - patient and pacey. The food was fantastic, and the portions were huge.
Will be coming back again, and telling my friends.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great place! Wonderful atmosphere, good food, terrific service. In had read about The Lion but had to experience for myself. I was, to say the least, very pleased. have a drink at the bar first; beautiful setting and a bartender worth talking to.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good spot - very consistent
Great dining room with consistent fare. Service can be on or off but generally you're going to have a good time. Will be back
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Dinner
The entire staff was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The Food was very good and we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience and would definitely return.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Embodies the vibe of NYC
Woody Allen's shots of New York, whether interiors of apartments, fall in Central Park, or street scenes make the city seem vibrant, sensuous, alluring. Eating at The Lion is like being in a scene in a Woody Allen movie. Interesting people, hip neighborhood, provoking decor, and, fortunately, good food. Prices are NYC prices, but worth it. Come enjoy tasty victuals in a surrounding that enhances the meal. Eat at The Lion, and you'll be getting a true New York experience.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Salmon was outstanding.
The Salmon was outstanding. Very unique atmosphere. Enjoyed it!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Lion provides a fantastic
The Lion provides a fantastic athmosphere
And the interiour is very charming. The food
Was great, especially the burger.
But they also have other nice dishes.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good first experience
I really enjoyed the restaurant. Bar drink with friend was good except no Air Conditioning so extremely hot on extremely hot day. Back room had ac was very comfortable and food was delicious. Will go back again.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new spot from the chef of Wav
The space is amazing, with a vaulted ceiling and a vibe that's super cool. Really noisy though due to the high ceilings, so if you want quiet and romantic, this probably isn't the spot for you. Warm mushroom salad and burrata apps were amazing. The warm parmesan rolls with salted sweet cream butter are to die for! Main courses were spotty. Do not get the scallops - over cooked and over salted. Sides of creamed spinach and mac and cheese were delicious.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hamburger was the best I've had in the city. Service was very thoughtful.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out!
Unusual place off the beaten track. Food was great service excellent. No complaints.
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pre-show dinner was outstanding
The main dining room was an interesting space with tall ceilings and a small 2nd level balcony-like extension. Walls were covered with paintings, sketchings, and photographs of various subjects with an appropriate number of lions sprinkled among them. The waiter was attentive without interrupting our conversations. Our dinners included the Berkshire chop, the big-eyed tuna, and the Delmonico steak. The chop was generously sized and had a wonderful smoked and almost BBQ flavoring. The tuna was nicely seared on the outside with a rich red center. The steak, ordered medium rare, was spot-on and seasoned perfectly. Overall, The Lion provided a high quality meal with well prepared ingredients and wisely avoided using gimicks to look trendy.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had such a fantastic time at The Lion - starting with the increadible service. Jeremy was our waiter and he was perfect - there when we needed him but not too pushy. The atmosphere is great in this restaurant. We were sitting upstairs so we could really admire all the different art work around the restaurant. And finally to make this experience amazing - the food. We had 3 courses and loved every dish. Will definitely be back and would definitely recommend.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wonderful service.
Great food and wonderful service. Although it was our first time at the restaurant, the staff made us feel like we had been many times.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great ambiance..
Tables were a little close together but I suppose that's the standard in NY. Overall great experience.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Brunch Spot!
The food and service was very good. The best part however was the music. An excellent singer/guitarist was peforming Brazilian songs beautifully. It made for wonderful, relaxed brunch experience!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always love introducing The Lion to first timers. Everything but service is lovely. Not saying service was bad just erratic. Lovely plate of cheese served with no explanation of what was on plate. Waiter when asked for through matre d had to read explanation had to read from the menu to describe. Not what you would expect. After that our initial waiter never returned . But the others who took over did a great job.
Will go back for sure.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best meals I have had in New York in 7+ years.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing, no one was
Food was amazing, no one was in the restaurant. Wanted more of a scene but it was Sunday. I am raving about the food!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
All's Well That Ends Well
We booked well in advance using the online system (there was no mention of different areas to reserve). After waiting at the bar for a while and having a cocktail (one of our party was running late), we were told we would be seated at a table in the bar area. We were quite disappointed, having reserved based on the photos online of the art-filled walls and high ceilings of the main dining room. We raised concerns and did eventually get a table in the dining room despite being told initially there were none. The service was attentive (server from California) but the food was under-whelming. In the end, the bustling, sparkly atmosphere in the beautiful room satisfied our need for a memorable NYC restaurant experience.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Lion continues to roar
Haven't been to The Lion in some time and never for Sunday Brunch. The food was fantastic. It was busy but not crazed....and our server Andrew gave us great tips on Cava and was a sheer delight. If you've never been for brunch - book it !
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mix of Italian/American
This place was recommended to me by a co-worker that lives in Manhattan. I found this place with the right amount of ambiance, energy, awesome dishes, good selection of wines, and awesome service. Arrive early and spend a moment at the bar in the front. I loved this place that I went there two weekends in a row now. I'm looking to head back again very soon. The best part, the prices were not outrageous. Good food, good wine, good location (near other winebars/tapas), and great ambiance. Bring great company with you. I hope you enjoy this restaurant as much as I did.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty & Fun
Loved the vibrant atmosphere as soon as we walked in. People were crowded around the bar and hanging out.
I came here on a date and it was perfect.. But it's still a good place to go with a small group of friends The crowd is a good caliber of people. The food was great. Delicious oysters and tuna tartar. Then shared a salmon and steak main dishes.
Overall definitely recommend.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
great NYC spot
I went here with friends for my birthday. We went on a Sunday for brunch. The restaurant is lovely, there was a mamba band and the whole atmosphere was energetic but not too noisy. The food was great and the servers are all really friendly. I will definitely return in the future!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lively and fun
We enjoyed the atmosphere and experience. The art was interesting and the manager Lawrence was very engaging. We recommend!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simple yet sublime, try the
Simple yet sublime, try the pasta with white trufles it is One of the Best i have had outside of italy.... Followed by a steak and a great Wine list no need to get complicated.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM