The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel
59 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.algonquinhotel.com/round-table-room
- Phone: 2128406800
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Alex Aubry
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: 4,000 square feet of prestigious meeting space, on the first and second floors. Two Flexible Gallery Rooms, which can combine to accommodate up to 110. Helen Hayes Room, perfect for small group sessions. Library, for a thoroughly professional executive retreat. A 2nd Floor Foyer, the ideal spot to meet and greet.
- Private Party Contact: enna B. Arin 212-840-6800
A word from The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel
For 100 years, the Algonquin has been greeting and lodging the country's most prominent writers and literary personalities, as well as the leading figures of the American stage. The hotel is best known, perhaps, for the members of the Round Table, a group of luminaries who had in common both the ability to fire blazing witticisms and to withstand being on the receiving end of them. The tone they set during their daily meetings set the literary style of the 1920s. After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at the Algonquin. Though society columns referred to them as the Algonquin Round Table, they called themselves the Vicious Circle. "By force of character," observed drama critic Brooks Atkinson, "they changed the nature of American comedy and established the tastes of a new period in the arts and theatre."Continued
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The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 20, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (6)great for lunch (6)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)Show More
- Historic Scene & Great FoodCordDined on 7/2/2014The restaurant lives up to its reputation. The food and ambiance are perfect. It fits all occasions from a business lunch to a special night out. You cannot go wrong here. I will be coming back.Special Features:
- KimballVIPDined on 7/1/2014Tasty food! Generous portions! Nice place for pre-theater dinner!Special Features:
- Unique ExperienceBeinsteinVIPDined on 6/29/2014Very Expensive but was worth the experience Used a Groupon which made it more reasonableSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful LocationIrishcoachDined on 6/28/2014We recently stayed here and had a really nice meal . Would highly recommend it. Service was brilliant.Special Features:
- A Great Disappointment for a fanDISAPPOINTMENTDined on 6/28/2014I came back to the Algonquin after a thirty year absence. The formerly famous Oak Room and Rose Room dining areas no longer exist. The lobby has been merged into one massive space. It has all the ambiance of a grade school cafeteria. That may be because I made the mistake of dining while the pre-theatre crowd was at feeding time. Theatre tourists and their urchins. You could not carry on a civilized conversation above the din. While my friend enjoyed her tenderloin I suffered with the crab cakes. Supposedly "pan-seared" it was oven baked. It was not restaurant made but a pre-formed ball of wispy crab meat. Mrs. Paul makes better crab cakes. I am not sure what the sides were. I could not see them through the darkness. Not finish the meal.
- wonderful settingBooknutDined on 6/15/2014Of course, we went for the literary connections -- and the fun of sitting in the same space as so many brilliant writers (and conversationalists). The food was fairly standard fare, but simple and well-prepared. We went after a Sunday matinee (around 6pm), and had the room mostly to ourselves for an hour or so, which was a plus.Special Features:
- A bit disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/15/2014A bit disappointing -- very expensive -- food was fair. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful but I think it should be stated on their website that at 1PM on Sunday you can only order off the brunch menu -- I thought, like all other restaurants you could order brunch or lunch but we were informed we could only order from the brunch menu.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/14/2014Excellent food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.I would recommend this to a friend.
- love this placeJTNYCVIPDined on 6/8/2014this is a great location for a quiet casual business meeting, or a good place just to meet a friend for a quick meal. the place has a lot of character and the food is good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, BUT.....dormarxDined on 6/6/2014We arrived early and the place was empty. Even so, they gave us the worst table in the place located next to the kitchen door. I got the distinct impression, we were treated poorly because we gave them our Groupon voucher when we arrived. From the on, the service was horrible. Fortunately, the food was very good. Over all an unpleasant experience.Special Features:
- ReviewhistoricfoodhunterDined on 6/3/2014It is a very historic Location and the food was very well. I don't understand your booking policy: We want dining at 8.00h, you offer tables only at 7.00h pm and at 9.00h pm. When we are arrived at 9.00h there was only one table occupied.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We were very disappointedDennisDined on 6/1/2014When we arrived for our reservation, we couldn't find anyone to help us. Finally, someone did seat us and then left us sitting there for over 15 minutes. I finally had to go to the front desk to get help. The brunch menu was adequate; however, the Chef had change one of the items we ordered and we were not informed of the change until the item was served.
- Uncomfortable Seats by the KitchenTooTight4MeDined on 5/30/2014I checked out the menu and history prior to making the reservation, was excited about he history and this 'gem in the city'. Arrived/seated on time. Seated at a tiny wide table between two other couples, felt like I was shouting to my husband over the kitchen clatter. This was a birthday celebration, received nice complimentary champagne when we were finished with our dinner, odd timing, but appreciated all the same.Special Features:
- DisappointingveggieloverDined on 5/29/2014My husband and I dined at the Algonquin years ago and had an excellent experience. The waiters were attentive and efficient. The food was good. This was not the case with our recent 24th anniversary celebration. We arrived early (5:30 p.m.), as we were going to a play, so the fact that there weren't many people in the restaurant was not surprising. We were pretty much ignored by the waiters and had to flag someone down when we were ready to order or needed anything. There were many people having drinks up front. They must heard about the bad food, which explained the lack of diners. My husband's chicken was not good. I'm a vegetarian, so I had a portobello mushroom, which was cut up and hidden in a mountain of lettuce.
- ireneVIPDined on 5/28/2014This place has a great location, close to Times Square and better than some in this area, but sorry to say the the food is just average and the house wine by the glass is especially pricey.
- Algonquin Round TableOutnaboutDined on 5/25/2014A Sunday breakfast here was pleasant but not outstanding. The menu is average but ok, the cooking and presentation similar. The service was indifferent, perhaps because we were a group of three mature women. Several times a waiter tried to remove my plate while I was still eating. This makes a customer feel hurried and harassed. It also means the waiter has not noted the position of the fork, prongs down to indicate still in use. The room was nowhere near full so there was no pressure to clear a table. The Round Table Room itself is beautiful and of course full of history. Perhaps the management is trading on this rather than the full customer experience.Special Features:
- Enjoyable LunchwhspjsdineDined on 5/24/2014We wanted a place were the food is good, great ambience, and a noise level that would allow us to talk easily with our friends. Further the location was idle because my wife is a writer and the people we were meeting were writers as well. With the background of the Round Table the location was perfect. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We certainly will be back for another lunch.Special Features:
- Great for Pre/Post Theatre DiningTiaritchVIPDined on 5/23/2014This place was a lovely find. It has tremendous history, which made it fun, and was probably our best experience dining in the theatre district. The wine list was skimpy, but the new sommalier told us this would change with the recent affiliation by Marriott. We will definitely return next time we are in New York.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming connect to past lit witsKihilbeeVIPDined on 5/20/2014The moment you walk into the intimate charm of the Algonquin Hotel you know you're in a special place. Already by reputation you know that this is where the wickedly witty literati such as Dorothy Parker and the famous Round Table group hung out, so it's not surprise that the decor is reflective of that era. The Restaurant is simply the back portion of this rather exotic lobby/lounge area, quite small and intimate with tables spaced far enough apart that one can actually hear the conversation at one's own table--not easy to find in NYC! Food was well-prepared, nicely presented, tasty, and service was attentive. It made for a lovely evening with dear friends to enjoy good food, good conversation, and lovely ambiance.Special Features:
- The following 259 reviews are from the The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel reviews archive.
- AlgonquinBrunchEatWellNYCDined on 5/11/2014Took the family to the Algonquin for Sunday brunch in the Round Table Room - this historic dining experience is a gem! Food was amazing and brought fresh to the table, service was impeccable and the ambience was charming. Will definitely return for another experience.Special Features:
- Down memory laneRontuDined on 5/4/2014Going to the Round Table at the "Gonk" one re-lives the lingering historical whispers from New York's roaring twenties & the "ten year lunch" of the famous round table members. That was enough for me and my group. We ordered from the ala carte menu and the food was excellent. Service was slow, but friendly. The ambience was perfect since they have retained all the charm of the past.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not what we expected;a let down!BillDined on 5/3/2014Hotel was excellent; service and quality of rooms. The round table Restaurant was built up to be a real gem but turned out to be very ordinary except for the prices. The Restaurant is really just an extension to the lobby bar; not what we were expecting! We made reservations 2 months ahead of time to ensure a nice family dinner before a Broadway show. The management booked a family reunion of at least 50 folks for the same time which filled the place and the noise level was unbearable. Made for a very uncomfortable experience! Food and drinks were mediocre and far too expensive even for New York City. I was very convenient and probably would have been more enjoyable if the large party had not taken over the place with their reception.Special Features:
- Great experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/26/2014The dining experience was superb. Seated next to the legendary round table was special. The crab cakes and scallops were outstanding. Service was great. Overall a great experience.Special Features:
- glor401Dined on 4/26/2014Seated immediately, service was attentive, Food a bit pricey and average.Special Features:
- Meh...!pheebeeDined on 4/22/2014I ordered a salad that had shockingly wilted lettuce. I had to ask for water, 15 minutes after we were seated. The restaurant was empty at lunchtime (not a good sign for a Manhattan restaurant, regardless of the location), and still our waiter was MIA. My date's food was mediocre at best. Way too pricey for what you get. You are paying solely for the ghost of Dorothy Parker, et al, and it aint worth it.
- Very specialDawnsieDined on 4/15/2014Seemed very special to be eating at the Round Table---had an awesome cocktail and loved the before theater prix fixe dinner. Was perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Personal, attentive service.NiceTimeDined on 4/12/2014We arrived before the restaurant opened, and the Host directed us to the beautiful lobby seating where we could get a drink while we passed the time. When our table was ready, we were allowed to pick where we sat, and we were treated very well. The Crab Cakes and the Filet were delicious. The history of this hotel and restaurant are also 'delicious'. Enjoy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I went for lunch on Sunday,ezasVIPDined on 4/6/2014I went for lunch on Sunday, I was told you only serve brunch. Your website says lunch served daily. I was embarassed because I took a friend for lunch she doesn't eat eggs there was little for her to choose from. The food took a half hour to arrive. I ordered a turkey club with french fries, instead I was served chips. By the time the fries came out I was done with my sandwich.
- classic nyccaseygarciaDined on 3/26/2014We enjoyed everything about this restaurant and our dinner there. The lighting and ambience were quintessential NYC and the food was amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Everything Old is New AgainNancyVIPDined on 3/25/2014I had breakfast with a dear friend at the Algonquin and we both felt as though we stepped back in time--to a wonderful era of respect, quiet, fine dining, experienced career waiters. The entire experience was memorable and will now be a regular stop for me.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Historic location is treatmldiningDined on 3/22/2014We were treated with such great attention. The food is well prepared. Not exceptional in it's variety but tasty and plentiful. The presentation was good. The service was wonderful. We were not rushed which we thought might happen since it was close to end of the shift. They let us take our time.Special Features:
- Pre-dinner dinnerLoriDined on 3/18/2014We had a wonderful experience Tuesday night. Our waiter was attentive, but not overbearing. We weren't rushed. The food, we ordered from the pre-theatre prix fix, was elegant and delicious. Pasta was pleasantly spicy and steak was well seasoned and cooked to my liking, not a fan of the potato pancake though. I t wasn't crowded when we arrived at 5 so we had our choice of table...we picked one right by the 'Round Table" and even got a photo :) We are looking forward to another visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not The Treatment I expectedVACMDVIPDined on 3/15/2014I am a native New Yorker, who unfortunately left NY for professional reasons. I made this reservation weeks ago, yet even as a hotel guest, in a relatively empty restaurant, my well dressed party of four was led to a table in the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen door. When I protested, we were moved to another table but the host was decidedly condescending in the process. lackluster service and a de minimus wine list only added to my disappointment. This was my son's 26th birthday celebration. As a writer and a journalist he was really looking forward to dining at the round table. However, while I love the Algonquin and stay whenever I can, I don't think any of us will dine at the round table in the foreseeable future.
- Very good food; historic ambienceCathyKDined on 3/14/2014We were taken care of well here. Service was a four only because we waited for approx 40-45 mins to place our order. We were visiting during that time so perhaps the waitstaff did not want to rush us, and we did not try to get their attention. Even so, our 5:30 sitting gave us ample time to make our 8:00 showtime. The prix fixe 3-course meal for the pre-theater folks is an exceptional value at $35. Portions were plentiful and of very good quality, and the ambience is simply wonderful. We are going there again today for their Sunday brunch!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lacking in decorumTracyDined on 3/14/2014The atmosphere felt like it had been ripped from a movie scene from the 1920's. However the fact that the hotel's check-in encroached upon the tables of diners was annoying. The food overall was okay, but the servings and flavor was not on par with the price. I kept thinking, I need to show them how its done in that kitchen. I am a self taught chef and I was disappointed in just about every meal I had at the Round Table. Even dessert was a bust. I will never dine there again.Special Features:
- Round table needs a refreshOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/13/2014The Blue Bar and lounge were wonderful. Staff was excellent - but the good, while good, was uninspired. What do you do with an icon? Maybe make The round table into a degustation table and refresh the menu so that it draws people. We were one of only 3 tables on a Thursday night. The Blur Bar was SRO and the lounge was decently full. So why is the restaurant so empty? Good meal but boring.
- one of the worst experiencesconciergeVIPDined on 3/13/2014I work in hospitality, i've been to a LOT of restaurants, this is one of the worst experiences i had, NEVER RECOMMAND to my guests...
- Great for business lunch.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/11/2014Great for business lunch. Quiet and roomy, and the food is good, if a bit pricey.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Piece Of History RemainsRoxyDined on 3/7/2014I had not been here since it had been renovated. While I remember fondly the Algonquin of old, I thoroughly enjoyed her today. From arriving to leaving, it was a superb experience. And I do believe a part of Dorothy and her gang are permanently in the air :-)))Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very nice experienceSantafemamaDined on 2/23/2014We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the Algonquin but because the dining room was almost empty, we had way too much attention from numerous waitstaff during our meal.Special Features: