Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side
Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side

Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigdaddysnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126772004
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Michael Siry
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 1, 2 & 3 trains to 96th Street and 1 train to 86th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side
It's always a party at Big Daddy's! Big tasty burgers, frosty shakes and totally awesome tater tots! We are a casual, fun, cool, hip, groovy, super delicious place to get a meal or a cocktail that is always sure to hit the spot. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night munchies! It's always cool and hip with Big Daddy's!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (18)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (10)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (6)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great place for kids and parents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    Excellent diner --- love the food, love the service and the atmosphere is just great for kids and families.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfort food done right.
    FHFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Comfort food done right. What's not to love about a burger with mac and cheese on it?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great 50's style diner for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Great 50's style diner for burgers and shakes. Service and food couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for Trivia night and
    CrystalVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    We went for Trivia night and it was packed. The waitress was very nice and always made sure we were taken care of. The food was better than my previous times. It is definitely a nice diner atmosphere for just a late night food run.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect place for my toddlers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    Perfect place for my toddlers to nibble on enormous plates of breakfast food and processed meat while watching cartoons. Daddy LOVES this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot. Can't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/22/2012
    Great neighborhood spot. Can't go wrong with a diner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved the decor. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/22/2012
    We loved the decor. It was fun for the children and the adults. The host and waitress were both pleasant and accomodating. The menu choices were fun to read. The food was delicious, served warm, and presented well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for brunch with children
    ShopgirlnolaVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    We had brunch with our family while visiting NYC. Perfect for our group. Accepted a reservation because of size of party.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    The wait staff was very accommodating and the service was very good. The food was designed for the style of the restaurant to be fun and quirky. I was surprised they were out of roast beef at 4 PM on a Sunday since several of their entrees included roast beef but the omelet I ordered was fine. My son had pancakes which he loved and my husbands burger was good as well but the fries and tater tots were cold and not impressive. My favorite item was the spinach dip with vegetables. If you go for the ambiance and nice staff and expect diner quality food you will have a great time. This is a great place to go with kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tried the ribs - were good
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    Tried the ribs - were good but not great. They were not baby back. Would not get them again. My husband's burger was a little dry. Fries were good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Packed and Busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    We made a reservation for 12:30pm on Saturday but the place was jam packed and no one was attending the front of the house so after 10 minutes of waiting for anyone to greet us - we left and had lunch across the street. Sad because we had heard such great things about Big Daddy and we diodn't even get a chance to sit down.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check out the other locations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Food was very good, service was fine, but the space is overcrowded for the amount of foot traffic in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There are spots for large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    There are spots for large groups to gather and eat. The platters are large. Large groups take time to have their orders taken, but server are helpful. There is music and televisions. It is an appropriate setting for children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Sweet Potato Tater Tot!
    GoodchampagneVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    What can be said about a burger joint except...love the sweet potato tater tots!!!!! The milkshakes are really think and creamy; the veggie burger was tasty; my friend LOVED her turkey burger; and overall a great place when you want to enjoy a great burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of fun for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    Lots of fun for a birthday celebration---great food and waiters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big, fun food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    Simple and delicious. It's kitschy, but the food is actually good. Don't expect gourmet, but certainly bring an appetite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was extremely average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2011
    The food was extremely average and uninspired. The service was slow even though the restaurant was only 3/4 full.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average
    axxa
    Dined on 9/15/2011
    Average food at a slightly above average price. Their attempt to make a fun and "wacky" atmosphere is a bit grating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good times and they will always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2011
    good times and they will always put on what you want to watch on the tv, i.e. yankees games! love big daddy's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Family Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2011
    Loved it, had a wonderful family lunch with our 6 year, 4 year and 7 month old! Our two oldest loved the cartoons playing, we enjoyed the retro feel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tourist trap!
    SDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    The famous tater tots were not better tnah frozen ones we make at home. The prices were extremely high for the quality. The $6 milk shakes were average and the $6 frozen lemonade tasted more like limeade and my older son would not drink it. The hamburgers were very good. As native New Yorkers, I felt that I fell into another tourist trap!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would not go back anytime
    AlisonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2011
    I would not go back anytime soon. The restaurant was empty and the service was very slow!
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  • Spoiled pancake batter, need
    FrequenttravelingdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2011
    Spoiled pancake batter, need I say more. The manager dealt with the event unprofessionally. I do not plan on returning!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Daddy's is cute. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2011
    Big Daddy's is cute. Food is tasty and best for lunch. Kids will like the TV and colorful decor. Items on kids' meals are overpriced and could use more choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything is Big at Big Daddy's
    TiNYC
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Great place for burgers and sandwiches. The shakes, floats and specialty drinks were amazing. Portion sizes of everything were huge. You won't leave hungry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a fun place to take
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    This is a fun place to take the kids - or just be a kid! The decor is bright and fun, reminding 40-somethings of their own childhood. There are big suspended tvs showing cartoons like Sponge Bob, so you can leave the DS/IPad at home! The wait staff are very friendly and the food is good for a diner. We went on Father's Day for breakfast but I would love to come back for dinner with the kids and try their adult cocktails:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family and I have visited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2011
    My family and I have visited Big Daddy's UWS a few times. Each visit has been enjoyable. The food is classic American comfort food. Our orders are always hot and fresh and the portions are great. Big Daddy's is ideal for all ages.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding fried chicken
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    Outstanding fried chicken that is 1/2 price on Fridays! Best reason to go to Big Daddy's if you don't have kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is not great for dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    It is not great for dinner. Didn't have much choices for dinner just burger or chicken. very plan. The kids food was even more plan mac and chesses for $10! that was too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daddy's Rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    Big Daddy's is a riot. Loud place, neon, bright posters. NOT a good place when you're on a diet, but if you feel like pigging out on Sunday afternoon, stop by. Food's great...for what it is. All your UWS neighbors (and their kids) will be there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GRRRRRAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    LOVED IT! MY BOYFRIWND AND I WENT FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND U LOVED THE VINTAGE STYLE OF IT!! AND THE FOOD WAS GREATTT!!! REALLY GOOD N REALLL MEAT!! LOL
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a wonderful restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2011
    Such a wonderful restaurant, my family and I enjoyed every little moment we had at Big Daddy's. The service, the food, drinks were outstanding. Can't wait to go back again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's all about the kids, or
    TexxtilerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    It's all about the kids, or it's all about the burgers, or it's all about the mod/nostalgic decor. Big Daddy's does these three things well, but if you want it to be about anthing else, you should go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great rainy day lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    The food was huge! The kids loved the wallpaper and the "retro" decor. It brought back alot of great childhood memories for me as well! Very friendly staff and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good however
    CrystalVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    The food was good however the service was subpar. We were late and so I am happy they accomodated us. However, we felt a tad rushed because the host had told us that they were about to do a film shoot on the table next to us. The shakes were warm which I didn't expect but my boyfriend liked his cookie shake. I don't think the service and the food were worth the prices. I would return maybe as a late night feeding but not as a regular dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my two granddaughters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2011
    I took my two granddaughters there for dinner and they loved it. I think the sundaes were a little too big for them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After reading some reviews
    Levy
    Dined on 3/26/2011
    After reading some reviews that stated it was an over-priced diner, I was a little leary. Well, in a nut shell, it's a D-I-N-E-R! It was everything a diner should be and more. Great kid-friendly atmosphere. My children loved the floats and the shakes. Our burgers were well-cooked, and the wait staff was swift and friendly. If you like diners, you will like 'Big Daddy's'. Go ahead and order yourself a burger and some fries, better yet ...try the tater tots! Just keep in mind - it's a DINER and not a 5 star restaurant, and you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took 15 mins for drinks, took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/4/2011
    Took 15 mins for drinks, took 45 mins for us to receive food. Had to speak to management, one burger was supposed to be well done, it was extra pink. Overall just a bad experience, orders were wrong and did not receive the attention from staff that we should have. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great energy, great food, great fun
    Alfiesprout11
    Dined on 2/28/2011
    I'll be honest - I didn't expect the food to be great since it's a fun-looking diner, but the food was actually delicious! The portions were large and totally appropriate for the prices, and while they offered diner food, it wasn't typical diner quality - it was awesome! A great place and a wonderful spot for a fun birthday party!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not flexible on substitutions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/21/2011
    Not flexible on substitutions on the menu, even when willing to pay the difference in cost; large portions for the amount paid -- would rather pay less, get smaller portions and not have take-away food to deal with. Fun for kids -- similar to other burger/breakfast joints. Service was not always attentive, even though restaurant was not fully packed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic