The City Tavern
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The City Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecitytavernnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128071313
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International
  • Executive Chef: Edwin Avila
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full scale catering is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: The City Tavern can accommodate semi- private parties from 15 to 30 guests, or 15 to 60 guests up to a total of 100 seated guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ernesto Avila 2128071313
  • Entertainment: WE ARE SHOWING ALL THE SPORTS ACTIVITY ON BIG SCREEN TV. !!! JOIN US TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP SOCCER GAMES AFRICA 2010 !!!
  • Special Events: Available for private parties up to 80 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th Avenue and University Place
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,L,N,R,W,Q to 14 Street/Union Station.
  • Parking: No
A word from The City Tavern
Just one block south of Union Square you will find The City Tavern, a charming Village Restaurant that offers international cusine, and graciously served by owner Ernesto Avila and his staff. They have a remodeled full bar and lounge area with a great selection of tap beer very well balanced wine list. The second floor has a very loft feeling, brick wall and modern art work. The City Tavern offer generous service and savory dishes make for a satisfying evening in the city. The City Tavern is available for private party, sure to make your event a memorable one.
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The City Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
  • I made a reservation for 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    I made a reservation for 10 people at 12pm, we got there at 11.45 and the place was locked up. I called a little later and no answer. Needless to say I never went there and I wont attempt to again.
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  • I chose this as a meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    I chose this as a meeting spot for my friends' reunion/bachelor party meetup, mostly due to proximity to Union Square (easy to find). It ended up being a great find. Clean bar, with tables upstairs, and the owner and staff took great care of us. By the end of the night, some were remarking that this was now their new favorite NYC bar! I recommend it for groups, or just for any night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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  • The service was good but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    The service was good but the food didn't agree with my stomach. My boyfriend didn't feel well after eating there either. The place was empty on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair prices. But average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Fair prices. But average food and no air conditioning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a good find. Portions
    LagourmandeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    This is a good find. Portions are large so sharing is a good idea. Nice salads and pastas. Our server was overwhelmed during our visit there. This is a good find and a nice spot for large groups, kids and picky eaters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs air conditioner tuned.
    leniVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    Needs air conditioner tuned. Too warm. The upstairs doom was very quiet because we were the only ones there. Maybe because the food is not too great. I was also bummed by the B rating from the board of health. If I did not have a reservation I would not have eaten there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We weren't sure if this was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    We weren't sure if this was going to be a good restaurant. I originally picked it because it was a block away from the movie theater. The entrees were okay. It's probably better to order the sandwiches and bar drinks. I did like the lemon pie. It was nice to have live music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great salads, burger and exceptiona
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    Great salads, burger and exceptional fries! Loved the sangria!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was solid and all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    The food was solid and all 7 members of our party seemed to enjoy their selections. We were going to a concert nearby at Webster Hall and the restaurant was a convenient 2 blocks away. The owner and staff were very friendly and updated us on the status of the Knicks and Rangers playoff games throughout our stay. All in all it was a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Jalapeno Margaritas were quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Jalapeno Margaritas were quite yummy... and not at all too spicy. Food was great. Medium-rare was actually medium-rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and the food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    The service and the food were very good. The ambiance is still that of a pub even in the upstairs dining area. This is a good place for groups but not for couples looking for a quieter place to have a conversation during their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good. The prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    The food was good. The prices are even better. The restaurant was pretty loud which resulted in the waitress misunderstanding my order. However, they quickly apologized and brought me what I wanted. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I enjoyed the good food.
    BrianMVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    I enjoyed the good food. Started with the mozzarella salad, and had the chicken with cheese and ham for lunch. Restaurant needs some remodeling and redecorating. Good service.
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  • We enjoyed good attentive
    BindyVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    We enjoyed good attentive service, good food and drinks beforehand at the bar. The restaurant is upstairs from the bar area and is quite a large space. The menu is fairly standard bar food fare but it all arrived well prepared and hot! We certainly enjoyed our meal and would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Really enjoyed the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Great prices for food in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went on a Saturday afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Went on a Saturday afternoon - restaurant was empty but we were given incredible attention and service. Food was overall good although my salad was smaller than expected for the price. Music was a bit loud for talking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Went for a semi-business brunch,
    BronxiteVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Went for a semi-business brunch, everything was fine. Didn't try anything challenging, but what we had was prepared well. Service was warm and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • My fiance and I went to brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    My fiance and I went to brunch on a Sunday to City Tavern and found the service and food were great! When we got there we were taken right to our table and when we asked if we could watch the football game, they turned on the projector for us to watch. They were getting ready for a big party, so they made sure that we got our food before they were all sat. They were very good with the large party, and I would consider it a place to hold a big event next time. Great place for brunch. Good prices on food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • The service was excellent.
    generalVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    The service was excellent. There weren't too many people in the restaurant so it was very quiet and enjoyable. The food was very good and served hot. I had the salmon which was made to order the way I like it and served with string beans another good choice. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Love this place soo much...always
    rossamaVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2011
    Love this place soo much...always such a great meal!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice neighborhood spot. Everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    Nice neighborhood spot. Everyone at the table very happy with their food. Service gpod. It is a small space so it gets very noisy. Not a place for quiet conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Find Near Union Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/27/2011
    We were looking for a spot for an early Sunday dinner near Union Square and tried City Tavern based on Open Table's listing. We were very pleased. Everyone found something delicious on the menu (shrimp & avocado salads, caesar salad, soup special, great red snapper and pork tenderloin specials, excellent carbonara and rissoto. Yes, we enjoyed the food and would definitely recommend for a casual dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Decent food, but a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    Decent food, but a little pricey for what it was. Very loud, but that may have been the parties we were seated next to. Good service and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THIS PLACE NEEDS A REDO,IT
    Msmimi1
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    THIS PLACE NEEDS A REDO,IT IS VERY TIRED AND WORN LOOKING . THERE WAS VERY LITTLE SERVICE SINCE HE WAS VERY BUSY GETTING FOR A BIG PARTY,WE HAD TO BRING DOWN THE CHECK SINCE NO ONE CAME UP . THE FOOD WAS OK I HAD AN EGG DISH AND MY FRIEND DID ALSO BUT WE WERE ONE OF TWO TABLES AND IT WAS KIND OF LONELY,AND HAD NO SPIRIT.
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  • This is a bar on the first
    CTLeftyVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2011
    This is a bar on the first floor and a dining room with a bar upstairs. It is great for groups, but not for small parties when there is a group around. The salads are large but there isn't enough dressing for it. The duck meat was tasty, but the skin was not crisp and there was a huge layer of fat under it. The fish was tasty but a little dry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fish was very fresh, vegetables
    ShauVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2011
    fish was very fresh, vegetables were also very fresh, waitress was very sweet, does not look like much from outside but the food was very well prepared. I had the special striped bass and it was juicy and succulent, also serve white sangria which is hard to find.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was very good. Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2011
    Food was very good. Ambience was perfect for the business luncheon I was hosting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was nice overall.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    This place was nice overall. The manager was very friendly, and the wait staff for the most part seemed nice. Our waitress, who had a slight accent, was very nice and willing to help out any way she could. Ex: She went to ask the kitchen staff if they had a certain dish, helped my friend get a high chair for her baby, etc. However, my friends and I kind of got a stuck-up vibe from the other waitress. The food was great, no one had any complaints about it. Overall the experience was a positive one, and I would return again to check out the bar scene downstairs! :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Very good service!
    BrdwyBear
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Very basic bar/tavern look with above average specials and very attentive service.
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  • I WILL NOT GO BACK!!! In general
    anybodyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    I WILL NOT GO BACK!!! In general this is one place like many others in the city and specially in that area: Nothing was either very good or very bad. What really made me mad was that we were charged 18% service (i.e., tip) without any explanation. When I asked, I was amazed to hear the manager/owner saying "including the tip is customary and it is done in 90% of the restaurants in New York City". In my experience including tips is only done in some of the most touristy places in NY unless you have more than 6 in your party. So bottom line, I will not recommend this place to anyone since there are many other places like it that treat you better.
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  • I brought a group of about
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    I brought a group of about 14 people here, many of which were from out of town. We had a great experience. The food was fantastic, the service by Roberto was great and I would definitely recommend people to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MOTHERS DAY MESS
    EatwithMe
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    I went to this restaurant on mother's day as I was looking for an affordable brunch around the city. I saw french toast and pancakes on the menu so thought it was safe. Coffee arrived COLD. They didnt have anymore french toast/panckaes to serve which was odd considering they served eggs and bread, the key ingredients. Also ordered the Mac and Cheese but clearly told the waitress that we would not be able to eat it with HAM. They served the dish with ham. After about two minutes I decided it was not even worth remaking the dish since it didn't seem that good anyway. I told the waitress to cancel my order and she said IT WAS TOO LATE. Nice location..cute spot..but they could replace with a much better restaurant in terms of food.
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  • Just OK, but close to Classic Stage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/14/2011
    It was crowded at the bar and the staff was friendly, but it just didn't have great food or great service. They seemed to be understaffed. I had the hamburger and it was overdone (even though I asked for medium rare.) It was fine, but not great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My girlfriend and I went to
    Wooser1976
    Dined on 3/27/2011
    My girlfriend and I went to City Tavern to meet up with some friends for Sunday brunch. The place was pretty empty on this Sunday afternoon (around 13:30), so we pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves. It was really cute inside and setup with a bar downstairs and dining area upstairs. The wait staff were really friendly and attentive. Food was overall pretty good for brunch (French toast was great).
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Good local flavor and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2011
    Good local flavor and great food. A little too noisy for my liking though. Hard to have a conversation with your dinner partner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They have a nice little bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2011
    They have a nice little bar down stairs that is nice to sit at before dinner. Dinner was good and the service was outstanding. We had the Caprese appetizer was delicious with really fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. I had the skirt steak that was really delicious with the broccoli and fries. My date had the chicken with red wine sauce and there was a little too much sauce and it was a little dark for her liking.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bizarro land
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    The restaurant upstairs made us feel like we were in bizarro land... The website led us believe that we were going to have a nice dinner (ie - pasta, glass of wine, etc). Instead we were at a pub, alive with March Madness energy and opera music playing in the background. The food was eh. Reasonably priced but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strange crowd. Packed. Weird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    Strange crowd. Packed. Weird decor. Totally confusing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a reservation for 8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2011
    We had a reservation for 8 then 7 people. They sat us at one medium round table between a wall/fireplace and another big table. It was noisy and very cramped. Overall the food and service was good and we had a nice time. I wish it wasn't so tight and cramped space wise. They had a networking event on the other side of the room for about 60 people and that provided a lot of background noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I very much enjoyed the little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/6/2011
    I very much enjoyed the little place known as City Tavern. It had a very wide selection of food, for both meat lovers and others to fit any taste bud. My only problem was the later check that we received in the end. First I had asked for a split checks ahead of time, which weren't accomplished. We also were charged for Sparkling Water bottles, which ended up being an additional $32 dollars with a group of 17 at the table. I just wish they had told me ahead of time that this would be a charge, as I found this to be very surprising and otherwise wouldn't have asked for such a "special drink". Otherwise, I would go to City Tavern again - but just with a much smaller group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate