Michael's
Michael's

Michael's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsnewyork.com/
  • Phone: 2127670555x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 9:30am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Closed on Sunday (Private Events Only) Contact Robyn Wolf Director of Special Events 212-767-0555 ext 6 or robynpwolf@gmail.com
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyung Up Lim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our beautiful indoor Garden Room welcomes private parties from 20 to 150 guests. Decorated with fresh seasonal flowers and contemporary works by noted artists including Frank Stella and Robert Graham, the setting is ideal for a wide range of events
  • Special Events: It's always a great party at Michael's New York, where we take pride in delivering great food, great drinks, and great service.
    Our beautiful indoor Garden Room welcomes private parties from 20 to 130 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th & 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the N/R trains to 55th Street and 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a Parking Garage directly across from Michael's on 55th.
A word from Michael's
A unique, spacious dining and garden room filled with fresh flowers and modern art by Stella, Johns and Hockney as well as sculptures by Robert Graham.
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Michael's reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (51)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (19)hot spot (14)good for groups (11)romantic (11)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (6)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • all-around great dining
    lotusbud
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food was outstanding! We had many small plates and each was tasty and beautifully presented. Lobster bisque soup, bass ale onion rings, korean tacos, lump crab cakes, great salad, excellent red wines and a lovely pear-cherry crumble with cinnamon ice cream. We were friends who hadn't seen each other for a while and were able to chat comfortably - a very important feature.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Seriously????
    KayJay1VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    What restaurant actually charges you for Bread? This one!!! Three dollars for each roll and the butter – seriously!
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  • City Center Choice
    mikefromnycVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    When attending City Center there are numbers choices nearby. This is among the best. A new American menu gives wide choices of tasty and well-prepared dining selections. The Restaurant Week selections offered an unusually large selection. I would repeat.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The great Michael's
    Local
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    And Kim McCarty in house as well. Got our business done. Listened to the buzz. Loved the forsythia. I had my favorite beets. The guys ate hearty. Julie Corman
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Read The Fine Print! Caveat Emptor
    UWSdadVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We tried Michael's for Restaurant Week. They had a nice menu - we enjoyed the carrot soup, tuna tartare, chicken and risotto. However, the evening ended on a sour note when we got the bill and realized the perils of not reading the fine print: a series of charges that left such a bad taste in our mouths that we'll never go back. We were charged for the roll we asked for (apparently they've thrown out a lot of bread, or that's what they told us). We were charged $20 for a half glass of wine (but, according to the manager, they are really large glasses - the menu shows 2 prices, the one you expect is apparently for a 3 oz taste). And to top things off, a cup of tea was $8 (for a tea bag). They might want to reconsider restaurant week.
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  • good food, pricey
    DHnycVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My friend and I went for the Restaurant Week menu, and we were both impressed by the quality of the food. The salad was fresh and delicious although the mustard dressing confused me. The steak was the best I've had in quite some time, the sauce that came with it was to die for. Smashed potatoes? yum. Even the broccoli was delicious and I don't say that often. It got busy, and the service could have been a bit more attentive, but everyone was friendly and helpful once you flag them down. The tea comes in a metal jug that looks like it would hold cream for your coffee. It's not loose leaf tea, it's pre-bagged. And it's $6. That's balls, to charge $6 for a bag of tea. We had 3 cups and it was as much as a happy hour tab. My only complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Martin
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    As always Michael's delivers on its good name. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Love the new menu with smaller portioned meals perfect for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a pearl in an oyster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    This restaurant is tucked away in a little side street. I must've passed it dozens of times and when I saw it listed for Restaurant Week, I decided to give it a try. The food was quite good -- inventive, attractively presented, delicious. I thought the dessert was a little weak but I'll give it a pass since it was RW and I know that the costs are limited. Service was very attentive, informed and helpful, not intrusive. The setting is really lovely. The tables are well spaced. The walls are covered with interesting artwork. The flower arrangements enhance the look of the room. The bar area looks so comfortable; I can imagine returning there for a drink with friends. Great location for access to theater and cultural events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Food!
    BubsW
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    My 34 year old daughter and I came to Michael's for her 34th birthday breakfast. We had been urged to dine here by two different people before leaving Texas for our trip. Although the meal was a bit pricey, the food was incredible. Omelets and french toast! Doesn't sound exciting but the flavors were spot on. The vegetables, the cheeses, even the syrup were elevated a notch above the average breakfast fare. We will definitely recommend and return to Michael's on our next visit to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Poor and ExpensiveDinner Experience
    barbmeals
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Waiter neglected to bring requested item and seemed generally indifferent. Food quality: the appetizer was good-the rest of the meal (fish) was overcooked and oversalted and not tasty. For the poor quality, the price was much too high.
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  • Surprising
    cestmoi26VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Well we went for lunch and I was pleased and surprised with the simplicity but very well made food. Had the Carrot soup which was excellent and the Branzino which was excellent. Service was good, I would say that the ambiance is very dated (not in a classical way) I would go again (they need to redo the bathrooms!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • a new find
    Happyat12e12
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    looking for a theatre-area restaurant, found Michael's on Open Table. Beautiful but unpretentious and reasonably priced...the food was excellent and all were pleased. The waitstaff was super nice, and treated us very well. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • One of the best burgers I
    Diane
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    One of the best burgers I have had…made from ground rib eye! Service was outstanding. Waiter noticed that I was putting ice from my water glass into my drink and in a minute he arrived with a fresh glass of ice for me without being asked. Ambiance was lovely. A great place for lunch, dinner and good conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid Town Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Food well-crafted and not too fussy; decor bright and colourful - very atmospheric; wine list comprehensive and reasonably priced; service attentive, but not smothering. Michael, proprietor, greets all guests and makes diners feel at home. Buzzes!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new menu!
    mews4598VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Four of us ate and each one of us enjoyed our different appetizers and main courses. Varied and inventive and size appropriate portions. Feel like a new find as an open table eater.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A lovely time...
    NewYorkdineVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Hadn't been to Michael's in many years and I found it very nice again! Very good food and service and also quite easy to have good conversation. Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    ReloGuy
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Great place to enjoy a greatr lunch and attend to business.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Menu
    JillVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The eclectic menu made for a wonderful meal with great service and terrific atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Beautiful restaurant w average food
    ScottyVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Very slow service. Ordered a desert on the menu but told 5 min later that it was not available. I ordered another desert on the menu which took another 15 minutes. I think they went out to a bakery shop to get a piece of chocolate cake. absolutely lovely ambiance with stunning huge floral arrangements and bright contemporary art. On a snowy day, the large windows onto a beautiful courtyard made up for the very lackluster service and so -so food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • breakfast ends at 9:30?
    Foodboy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Quite surprised when Open Table allowed a 9:30 AM reservation that no one informed us that the kitchen doesn't accept orders after 9:30! Wow. In NYC? And why did Open Table not indicate that? So we had to rush to order, fortunately because we got there early. Word to the wise: if you think you are going to have a late breakfast at this restaurant, forget about it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Power Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Nice spot to see and be seen and overall quite pleasant. Service leaves much to be desired, which is surprising given the number of staff, but we were left for long periods without attention and some simple requests just forgotten. So enjoy the Ambience but be ready to wait a while for your goodies.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One mistake
    JeanP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    They only made one mistake, but it was a buggy - my husband's main course came, but not mine. Quite a bit later they tried to give me an additional course (no, thank you) while waiting, and finally they had to be coaxed into making it up by reducing the bill. Once persuaded that something was due, they seem to have reduced the bill by quite a bit. That pleased my husband, who was really the only one who was upset. We had also asked for a quiet table. It was an early reservation, so that should have been easy. Instead they put as next to a pair of loud gentlemen, drinking, not dining. They did move us once we asked. The food was quite good - portions (except for french fries), relatively small.
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  • I know they can do better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    I ordered one of their daily specials,Dover Sole which of course is a delicacy. I think it was deep fried with a creamy sauce. The wonderful and subtle taste was overwhelmed by the frying and the sauce. Too bad. I have been there on a number of occasions where the food is excellent. I think I just ordered poorly.
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, mediocre & poor service
    TotalSpooner
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Disappointing service. Our waiter was clearly either untrained or not culturally exposed. In addition, she was not familiar with the menu. Our drinks took 20 mins to come. Appetizers were pretty good (crab cakes and Korean fried shrimp) but dinner was underwhelming. Brussels sprouts were great but other sides were plain and lacking. The table next to us must have not liked it either as they got up and left after 10 mins. Will not be returning and do not recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Iconic Restaurant
    TeriBVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The lunch scene is very fun, filled with media and social types. Delicious food at reasonable prices; there were many more dishes we would come back to experience another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • First time there
    Frenchmen
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    First time at this restaurant. Very pleasant experience. Food, Service very good. Will recommend and will return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Good After All Those Years
    Theo
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Before I retired thirteen years ago, I was often in NYC and often had business lunches and occasional dinners at Michael's. When I returned before Christmas 2013 with wife and granddaughter, I added Michael's to our list of dinner spots hoping it still was a fine place for ambiance and food. We were not disappointed as the quiet piano music and lighting set the mood on entering. The menu may be a bit less formal than I remembered but our service and entrees were very good. The chopped kale Caesar salad was excellent. Two glasses of wine and two desserts later we were very satisfied. Since everything is ale carte, the tab can get expensive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We picked the wrong night
    MDAY
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Service was a little lacking and unresponsive at first. Another large table consumed the attention of the staff and unfortunately they were trashed-very vulgar language. The Korean wings were excellent. The Salmon pizza was good. The Hamachi starter with Jalapeno was excellent. Loved the vinegar!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Midtown Oasis
    wfoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My favorite restaurant midtown! The food is not inexpensive, but it wonderful healthy and delicious cuisine in a setting not found at other midtown restaurants. Garden behind the restaurant, and the restaurant's expansive window brings the outdoor garden setting inside. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Good Place To Go
    ReggieVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    While Michael's at Breakfast and Lunch is a fun place, often jammed with media and shoe business celebrities, Dinner is a quiet experience in a very pretty setting. The food is well prepared and all of the Service Staff is very helpful and friendly -- from the coat checker to the Manager.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated not cheated
    MWWH
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Michaels has a great deal to offer- lovely light ambience with garden in back, tables not crammed together, not too noisy, food is excellent and there are plenty of waiters. So what's the problem? The serving sizes are not worth the prices and the service on this December lunchtime was patchy and inattentive. my 6 ounces of wine by the glass looked v much like the 3 ounces they also offer. My appetizer salad was truly skimpy ... for $18! And the creme brûlée was the smallest I've seen at any restaurant. Suggestion: it won't kill your margins to make your customers feel treated, not cheated. And wake up, waiters.
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  • Again
    PRSperoVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Can be outstanding -- as it was on a recent snowy night when they let us in before opening to get out of the wet and the wind. Don't think that affected our appreciation of the often excellent food, but ....
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very good but not outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Food very good but not outstanding. Service was slow.
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    great for brunch
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  • Unfortunate
    JustThinkingVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    This dinner started out nicely. The restaurant had a warm feeling. While the food was well prepared, when the check came we were quite surprised and to be honest (and I eat in the city quite often) appalled at the blatant inflation of prices, as well as being charged for bread. Examples include: $6 for two multigrain rolls, $6 for a tea cup of coffee and $20 for a glass of wine. The food was also overpriced. While this "may be" acceptable in some of our more elite restaurants, it was not for this dining experience.
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  • Pretty but pricey
    Pamela
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We have always enjoyed this restaurant as a well known locale just off 5th Avenue as a go to when in mid town. Unfortunately, they have gotten excessively pricey. On our last visit there were some missteps with our service & an unexpected charge for the bread we requested. It left us feeling we had overpaid, always a disappointing feeling. Perhaps we should have been more clear with our intentions and instructions. I suggest inquiring of the prices of the specials. In our case, the $45 added for the truffle enhancement to our risotto resulted in paying nearly $100 for one appetizer that we split. The floral decorations are always impressive, and the service remains friendly. A personal greeting by the owner is always a nice touch as well.
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  • Always very good
    CarlR
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I have eaten at Michael's several times and it has always been very good in all respects, particularly the friendliness of the management staff and I thin wine steward or sommelier. She has always recommended something good..
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Warm, cozy spot in busy nyc
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    You must love a restaurant with eight different newspapers, plus tablets to greet you---along with the effusive nice guy host, the actual Michael. This is a publishing hangout and all sorts of earnest conversations and book pitches are in the air. Food is very good. Expensive, but worth it. Great hot chocolate..you add your own sweetener. Makes strangers feel welcome. We were there pre-Christmas and Michael's puts the fest in festive. Once there, you understand why regulars are possessive and loyal to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Spot in NY
    DABJR
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Loved it! Wished we had found it sooner. It is our new favorite spot for lunch in New York.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • past its prime
    allan
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We have had numerous great meals at the Santa Monica location and wanted to try out Michaels in New York. What a disappointment. The restaurant was shabby and needed an remodel vey badly. The food was good but the menu was a strange combination of fusion dishes from all over the place. I had steak and it was very good but the frites were not hot. My wife had crab cakes and the duck. It was OK, but nothing special. West coast and East coast don't mix. We will stick with the Santa Monica location..
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  • Great food, great ambience
    Scottie
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Lunched at a table in the back by the gardens with two friends. Loved everything about this restaurant. Had the scallops which were wonderful. Would definitely recommend this place to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.