SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant
SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southgaterestaurantnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 484-5120
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Mon – Fri – 6.30am – 11.00am
    Sat – Sun – 7.00am – 11.30am

    All Day Menu:
    Mon – Fri – 11.00am – 10.30pm
    Sat – Sun – 11.30am – 10.30pm

    Bar:
    Sun – Thurs – 11.45am – 12.00am
    Fri – Sat – 11.30am – 1.00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Achilles Poliviou
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: The Catering Department 8669431542

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave. and 7th Ave.
  • Public Transit: N or R to 57th St. or A, C, B, D to Columbus Circle. F to 57th and 6th.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage on 59th Street and Valet parking for Hotel guests.
A word from SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant
SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant is a casual-upscale bar/restaurant/lounge. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. SOUTHGATE’s cocktails are also classic, with modern twists, but unpretentious. Its wine lists are curated by wine expert Kevin Zraly, whose selections include a wide range of affordable gems and high end offerings.
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SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.2
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (3)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Carnegie Hall pre-concert dinner
    Robert
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    SOUTHGATE served very well as an upscale pre-concert gathering place for friends coming from out of town to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, just two blocks away. The staff was very accommodating as we added people to our party and dealt with people arriving at different times from Connecticut and Philadelphia (due to travel delays). We had a wide range of ages in our party (20's to 90's) and everyone had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a change for the better
    Aa29VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Definitely changed over the years now that it is run by Marriott. Less elegant and interesting, small menu, adequate for a quick bite. No longer a destination for a fine dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant, limited menu
    jpljrVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We stayed at the adjoining hotel. Restaurant was nice, service was good, menu was very limited, prices for wine / beer and food were very high, even for NYC and adjoined to a luxury hotel. We left hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible experience - Do not go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Took some out of town clients to lunch here. Sat down, waiter came right away to get our drink order. Great! Then it all went downhill. We then waited about 20 minutes for him to come back. Had to look around several times for him to come over. Finally got the good, nothing special. Small portion, left my completely unsatisfied. When we were done, again, had to wait an additional 15 minutes to get someone over and get our plates, and chase him down to finally get the check. What's the worst part, this restaurant was classified as a $$ on OpenTable. Not even close. There was nothing on the menu less than $25. A turkey club, $25. A salad, $25. Keep in mind, would have been fine if I wasn't left starving after my meal.
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  • Outstanding
    1stAnniversary
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I went to South Gate for our first anniversary dinner. We had dinner here previously, on the night we got engaged. The staff went above and beyond in ter service to ensure everything was to our satisfaction. We had never had such extraordinary service, which made the evening that more special and unforgettable. We definitely will be coming back and would definitely recommend them.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 635 reviews are from the SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Wow !!!! Fantastic new menu...
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had lunch here recently...and the restaurant has undergone a complete makeover. Cocktails, salads, bar snacks and entrees are all interesting and of outstanding quality. Creativity is in charge here...it is one of the those menus where you would order everything if you could. Service is crisp and the view of Central Park does not hurt. This is a MUST see if you have not been before or have not visited recently. Most definately not your typical hotel restaurant....but a peek inside the elegant and classic JW Essex House just may make you want to stay the night..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad timing
    lionheartkcVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We ended up having bad timing, because we arrived on a night when they had converted the restaurant into a big soccer watch party, so the ambiance was not great. That, and the menu did not even remotely match the menu on their website. The food was pretty good, and the Pot Au Creme was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst people and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    They have out drinks, one glass has a thick mayo and finger stains. Also, the wait staff didn't get my daughter a high chair. Had to get it myself. And when the waitress saw it she complimented me saying she likes it when guests help themselves. Lazy as$ bit$@.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be good, don't know what happened.
    Vikuna
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place had an awesome chef who would cook with seasonal fare. Went there on a Friday night not too long ago and it was not only dead but the service was poor, the food was mediocre, and generally the place lacked attention. Do not plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend in NYC
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Spending a weekend in NYC and staying at the Essex House, my wife and i enjoyed dining at South Gate. Not since the Jose Garces restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago have we so enjoyed dining in a restaurant adjoining a hotel. Service was very friendly and attentive but the food was excellent. We were able to relax and enjoy a view of Central Park South. We dined here twice and both were excellent. I had baby chicken that was marvelous. My wife had the Marghretta Flatbread she she really enjoyed. The wine selection is exceptional. Try it. You will like this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UGH!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Noisy, limited menu, web site menu not available, mediocre food, loud soccer game group
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service and decor
    constantgardener
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were looking for a comtemporary modern atmosphere and were delighted to find this gem. Yes, it is a bit spendy but not for the ivy league location on Central Park and considering the extensive wine list. The food was excellent, the halibut and chicken entrees were well prepared and my fish was nicely presented on cool looking plate. The service was extreemly accomodating and attentive. The decor was delightful. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and not worth it
    AndreLaPlume
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very cool interior, and yes, it is at the based of Central Park, but you can't see it, so why pay the high prices? $18 for French Onion Soup and it was sub par. I've had much better for $6. Service was attentive, as the place was empty, but not very friendly. 3 people, 2, appetizers, 3 salads, 3 soups, 2 beers = $205. Fine for a special occasion IF THERE WAS BREATHTAKING VIEWS - but there is not.
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  • Post-renovation, still marvelous
    Barry
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Can't fault South Gate. Attentive service and perfectly prepared food. We both had the lamb, and although it turned out they had no mint sauce to accompany it, they quickly concocted a mint yogurt dip just for us. Another wonderful evening here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The menu is lack of choices. The fish I ordered is quite dry (over cooked), though the taste is quite alright. The service is not good. I went with 3 business guests. When 2 of us finished the appetizer, the waiter said the main dishes were ready, so he collected these 2 finished plates and brought all 4 main dishes to our table. The table is not big. One guest of mine and I were having 2 plates of food at the same time. I don't mind receiving this kind of service if I eat in a diner, however this is a restaurant in a hotel.
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  • Nice and mod too!
    L7CamperVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This is a nice find on CPS. As the hotel type restaurants, this is a fun place. Good energy and good food. Desserts could use some updating as they were pretty basic and not as tasty as they sounded. The bar is uusual and made a note to visit later in the evening sometime. Sevice was very attentive and polite. The decor is great very mod and appropriate which adds to a fund environment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The decor is tacky, the food
    Anonymous
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The decor is tacky, the food is average, and the prices are sky high. South Gate can charge the way it does because it is right on Central Park, but the view doesn't make it worth the price of admission. I went for restaurant week and I still thought it was too expensive.
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  • One of my "Go To" places
    Diamondlil
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Love the atmosphere, good location, very good food, delightful service, I bring people here that come in from out of town. It's relaxed and not "Fussy" but very pretty interiors, visually appealing, been here at least 5 times so far and recommend it to friends looking for a place that is not a "Scene" but delivers enough of the upscale "hip" experience without it being obnoxious and filled with wanna-bes......
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient
    Achaser2
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We were staying at the JW Marriott and did not want to go out, so ate at their restaurant. It was restaurant week, so menu was a prix fixe. Food was good, though limited in choice. It was convenient. Service was acceptable. Room was attractive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a drink after work
    JennyM
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    South Gate should be a foodie heaven, but it's not. Went there with a colleague during restaurant week. But good for business, tables far apart. There are lots of great-sounding things, herbal this and heirloom that, but when push comes to shove, it was good, but overpriced (except during restaurant week). This is a hotel restaurant. It's convenient, and you can charge guests whatever you like. We had the prosciutto salad, which was terrific, the fluke sashimi (didn't know it was sashimi, but it was very tasty). The flank steak really wasn't too good. Meat a bit grisly, had to send it back because "rare" wasn't. Nice sauce and purple fingerling potatoes, but nothing to write home about. Tasty creme brulee, tarte tartin COLD!
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  • We met our son at 5 pm and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We met our son at 5 pm and had a great dinner in a very nice environment. Would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty much what you would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Pretty much what you would expect from a restaurant in a hotel (JW Marriott Essex House) located right on Central Park. The space and the view are lovely, but the food and presentation are just average and at a high price point.
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  • Good Food, real cocktails
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The food was very good. The cocktail actually contained alcohol. Went during restaurant week for the first time, but will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed in restaurant
    dickens68VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We have been to this restaurant when Kerry Heffernan was chef. It was wonderful. Now, it's just a Marriott hotel restaurant with no personality or creativity. Food is average. If you are looking for quality cuisine, keep looking.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok, but has issues
    Dan17
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    My first gripe will seem silly: my wife and I had club soda instead of still water, and when the bill came that cost us 26 dollars. ($6.50 each). My wife then asked how much a bottle of Pellegrino is: $10. That they charge that strikes me as a symbol of what the place aspires to be: a place to detach visitors from as much money as possible, not a place that wants regular New York visitors. The service, with that point top of mind, was mediocre. We liked the food, but nothing struck us as extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise. We were tight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Great surprise. We were tight on time and decided to eat at the hotel and made reservations at the South Gate. Great wine list and the food was terrific. Gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Good
    Scott
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Although the hotel was very nice, the restaurant really wasn't too good. The grilled romaine appetizer was good but the entries were entirely regular and not even close to being worth the price charged. The service was entirely average. The scallops were OK but a bit undercooked. They supposedly came with grits but the grits were barely even enough to call the a garnish.
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  • Great cocktails, but $9 for coffee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food is fine - I had halibut which was great, but tried my husband's caesar salad and would definitely pass on that (he agreed). He had the pasta which wasn't very good either. Their cocktails are great, but don't order a cup of coffee! $9 for a cup of coffee is really ridiculous.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price Fixe lunch menu?
    SkisurferVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    What happened to the price fixe lunch menu? I was unpleasantly surprised to see it gone.
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  • Miko for brunch
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We found the South gate Restaurant disappointing. The food was just ok, nothing special. What was special were the prices, which we expected in a hotel in NYC. What we did not expect was that the food would be average, especially at a Marriott Hotel. Still looking for that perfect spot in New York.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South Gate not what it used to be
    NMIlls
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    This restaurant used to have a really lovely menu. the look is still beautiful but the food is not as good since Kerry left. and the decor is starting to seem a little worn. Feels like any other hotel restaurant now. Location/park still nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Gem!
    MattG79
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I can't say enough great things about this place. The food is amazing, the ambience is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and excellent. Great date spot or occasion spot with the wife or girlfriend. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    luvnycVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    I was disappointed that they didn't have a pre-fixe lunch anymore and I thought the prices were too high for lunch and dinner. I ordered a cranberry juice the glass was small and the cost was $9.00 that is totally unacceptable. We may not return anymore, there are too many other restaurants in New York City to have lunch at.
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  • So Disappointed
    MonaBVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    This restaurant was my personal neighborhood gem.. I must have dined here at least 10 times before JW Marriott made sweepingchanges: first the decor (ugly), the wine selections (limited) and the food (basically a bar menu now). This restaurant used to have a chef, who was the runner up on Top Chef Masters and prepared great food. Please please return to the original concept. I won't be back any time soon.
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  • Restaurant under major renovation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Restaurant under major renovation. We should have been told before. Dr zcherry
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  • Very disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Very disappointing experience compare to what it used to be not so long ago; the nicely designed room on CPW was transferred to a small, dark room on the back of the Hotel. More importantly, the superb 25$ Lunch Menu which was excellent just vanished -although it is still mentioned on the website- thus the price was double, and then you could count your pasta Cavatelli in your plate on your hands ( I asked if this was an appetizer size....) service was fair, no more. I will not return until the other room is reopened and I see what the Menu looks like
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  • WE DID NOT STAY FOR DINNER
    boobVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    WE DID NOT STAY FOR DINNER BECAUSE WHEN WE CHECKED IN WE FOUND OUT THAT THE DINNING ROOM WAS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS AND THEY SENT US A DARK DINGY ROOM IN ANOTHER PART OF THE HOTELALSO THE MENEU HAD CHANGED AND WAS MORE EXPENSIVE THEN WE THOUGHT. I THINK THEY WERE DECEPTIVE.!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Surprised to find this gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Surprised to find this gem inside the Marriot. Great wines by the glass.
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  • Hotel restaurant in the Essex
    KEENJVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Hotel restaurant in the Essex House. Large, attractive dining room with high ceilings, fireplace, and walls of wine bottles. Space between tables, lending a relaxed, calming atmosphere. Views of Central Park. Creative American food, which was good, but pricey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • South Gate was extremely disappoint
    alimentaryadventurer
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    South Gate was extremely disappointing.The menu was very overpriced and service was poor. Wait staff did not get order right. Will pass this restaurant by.
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