Thelma on Clinton
Thelma on Clinton

Thelma on Clinton

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thelmaonclinton.com/
  • Phone: 2129798471x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-12:00am
    Friday: 5:30pm-1:00am
    Saturday: 11:00am-1:00am
    Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Melissa O'Donnell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us at: thelmaonclinton@gmail.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Thelma on Clinton is the perfect venue for an intimate private party. We accommodate 44 people for a sit down dinner or 65 people for a cocktail party. Please contact the restaurant for additional information and menus. Chef Melissa O'Donnell looks forward to tailoring your party and menu to suit your particular needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa O'Donnell 2129798471x
  • Special Events: Please contact us at: thelmaonclinton@gmail.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Houston and Stanton
  • Public Transit: F train Delancey stop or Second Avenue stop.
    JMZ train Essex stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Thelma on Clinton
Thelma on Clinton is Chef Melissa O'Donnell's latest New American restaurant. Named after her grandmother, the restaurant focuses on small plates and eclectic flavors.

"In keeping with a from-the-heart-and-home mentality, O’Donnell will also be debuting several “from scratch” offerings: A new smoker will turn out house-kippered salmon, and charcuterie gets a makeover with merguez sausage with labne and mint and a seasonally tweaked rabbit terrine with juniper, allspice, and bacon. And above all, O’Donnell’s menu will draw from the cultural diversity of the neighborhood without straying too far from her deeply-rooted, straightforward approach to cooking. “In my heart of hearts I’m a minimalist,” she says. “I always have been. I don’t like to make things complicated. It’s one of the reasons I originally named Salt ‘Salt.’”- The Village Voice
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Thelma on Clinton reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (7)romantic (5)great for brunch (5)special occasion (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • As always, outstanding!
    Ksscoop
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was a big fan of Salt from Melissa's soho days to LES. The transformation to Thelma is brilliant. The family style small plates on point and executed to perfection. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend for date night or group night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sloooow service (but fabulous food)
    Sarah
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Arrived 2.05pm, loved it. Seated immediately, loved it. Order taken at 2.10pm, loved it. Food got to us at 2.55pm, after being told twice that our order would be "out next" (lies, there were two tables ahead of us - a table of 6 and a table of 4). Also, when she was clearing our table, our server probably shouldn't have said with such certainty that it was worth the wait, I would not have reviewed them if she had just apologised! Having said that, food was phenomenal, just not 45 minutes phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RachelVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was good but portions were a bit tiny. Ambiance is very nice!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thelma on Clinton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There are so many cute little spots in the LES and Thelma on Clinton definitely fits the bill. Unlike the trendy shoebox that is Fatta Cuckoo, Thelma on Clinton actually has a good amount of space and elbow room so you can brunch comfortably and not to mention that you can actually hear your friend across from you without yelling. The staff was attentive and polite and did not try to push you out if you lingered a little too long sipping your mimosas. Overall it was a great place for brunch. Food was great and cooked well but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hooray for Gluten Free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great dining experience for those who are gluten free!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner.
    TaxChickVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Small restaurant with small plates. Excellent meal and great vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thelma on Clinton is fun and cool
    Fatherof5
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a party of 8 for an early brunch. The decor is cool, staff is hip but not because they are trying. We had a great time. I recommend the poached eggs over the several things they serve them on; salmon, mushrooms, etc. rather than the quiche or frittata.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Hip Bistro
    Quill4Ink
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and were once again amazed at the delicious food and wonderful service. We enjoyed after work cocktails at the corner bar and had a great conversation with the friendly staff. This restaurant is warm and delightful, just like its chef and owner, Melissa O'Donnell. Old school New York quality with a contemporary twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    localgal
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Thelma on Clinton is a local gem. Fairly new, the food is delicious, a small menu, perfectly done. I have yet to eat something I don't love: cod with fennel, yummy cauliflower soup with mushrooms...The owner, Melissa, is wonderful: there, hosting, smiling. Service is solid. The space is big enough, but cozy so you feel you could hang for hours. Great bar too, by the way. Side note -- most of the menu is naturally gluten free, with the restaurant aware of how to make it safe for celiacs. (thank you!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the Thelma on Clinton reviews archive.
  • Everything!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It is a rare experience when everything delivered to the table is outstanding and that is exactly what happened at Thelma on Clinton. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate
    NaoS
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Nice place. Unremarkable brunch food. My frittata tasked like it was warmed up in a microwave, not fresh. My companions french toast was burnt. The overcharge for tea ($6).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only if you have time
    billyburgfoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    After reading a lot of good reviews on Yelp we thought we would try out this restaurant before heading off to a Birthday party in the neighborhood. We spent 2 over two hours on what should have been a simple meal, appetizers took 40 minutes- a pickled egg and chicken liver mousse. In Brooklyn the same "New American" fare is served at better temperature within 10 minutes. I was really disappointed in our waiter, who didn't refill our water the whole time we were there and I barely got a second cocktail. The restaurant seemed very understaffed. My salmon was luke warm, and a tiny portion, which I begrudged, having sat an hour and a half to get it. The only quick part of being here was getting the check. Not worth leaving Williamsburg for.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I never review anything
    TruInNYC
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Thelma on Clinton is currently getting it right. Go, and--whilst I am a meat lover-- feel safe to invite a Vegetarian friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but needed more food
    hkb2525
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was great but because of the small kitchen we were forced to get the tasting menu. Everything was amazing and the wine and service were great but there was simply not enough of the food and it was sporadic. Great place for couple not so much for a large party!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    NSP2002
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Terrific food (I particularly loved the cauliflower soup with truffle, onion risotto and bacon wrapped dates), cool atmosphere and friendly staff. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss the duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was my second visit to Thelma on Clinton. I had the smoked duck breast when I ate here the last time and that's all I had been thinking about since. I was returning to NYC with a friend and I convinced her that we had to make this our dinner spot. We got the short ribs and two orders of duck since I wasn't going to share. After finishing her own plate, my friend agreed that sharing wouldn't have been the best idea. I'm sure I'll get around to trying everything on the menu eventually but the duck will always be the first thing I order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can be too rich...
    townies
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    On paper Thelma's sounds great-- a cosy neighbourhood spot with a varied small plates menu at a reasonable price. In practice, there were some problems, including a friendly but somewhat distracted server, an incredibly noisy room, and extremely crowded tables (it's NYC, I know...). We had a very generous tasting menu that was excellent in places but went from very rich to excessively rich. Some freshness, acidity and variety would have been appreciated. Easy on the truffle oil and salt. The risotto, however was excellent, and we enjoyed the monkfish and short ribs.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Jenny
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Tiny restaurant, but cozy and the food was great. I would definitely recommend going now when you can still get a reservation - I predict that it will become very popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    devon
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I picked this restaurant not really knowing anything about it but it was awesome in every aspect. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and the music was great. The server could not have been nicer. Overall an excellent experience. I plan to come back to this restaurant the next time I am in the city. In fact, I may go in just to go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    laurabeckernyc
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    A little pricey since its easy to over order, but very good food and service. Love the short ribs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had to go back for more!
    Delish4us
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    After enjoying the cauliflower with truffle soup, I counted the days until I could return for another serving. It didn't disappoint, nor did any of the other delightful plates I enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, cool vibe, great service
    vandiner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We picked this restaurant for two couples who recently relocated to NY to meet up. Subway delays had both parties delayed and the staff were most gracious about how late we were for our reservation. It is a tiny little place with a very small open kitchen. Amazing and impressive what they crank out with consistent quality. We enjoyed the restaurant and happily recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great atmosphere!
    Jojo
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I love this place. The food is delicious. It's intimate, cozy, and simply put, a really great place to have dinner. We didn't feel rushed, it never got too crowded, they weren't blasting music and the service was attentive... Nothing short of a miracle on a Sat night! Also, they can make anything gluten free which is awesome. My only complaint is that the chicken was a little dry, but we didn't eat it as soon as it hit the table so it may have dried out. I would skip the chicken, but the goat cheese, bacon wrapped dates, brussels sprouts and cauliflower soup were all awesome. The prices are fair too. The menu at a glance seems like it would be a 'foodie only' type place, but it's not. The dishes are accessible and we felt very comfortable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem on the LES
    kennylowereastside
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Thelma is a fabulous find- excellent French country cooking such as short ribs with marrow or duck confiit, and with the occasional Asian twist such as chicken breast poached in soy. Excellent reasonable wine list, lovely staff and charming chef owner onhand most evenings going it a warm personal touch. Hard to go wrong at this lovely place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in a lovely location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Thelma's serves top notch food in an unpretentious manner. Cocktails were well crafted and service was excellent. The spare ribs were to die for and our lamb shank was cooked perfectly with the merguez sausage added a nice piquancy. I would definitely recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Find!
    Delish4us
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Thelma was amaaaaazing! Every dish we tried (we tried many) was better than the previous delicious bite, which just seemed impossible. Run!!! Don't walk and try Thelma on Clinton asap. I loved it. And so did my husband. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Their food and cocktails had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Their food and cocktails had excellent and complex flavors. The ribs and cauliflower were particularly exceptional. Menu was interesting with good variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Was very excited to try this new place out. Ordered a salad with arugula, they wanted to go down to the corner store to buy some. Food was very rich. Not happy with the food at all
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Valentines Day
    Newlyweds
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I had a delicious meal with great cocktails on Valentines Day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, too much kitchen smell
    cbnyVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I really loved the food and the service at Thelma's. However, I have an issue when restaurants with open kitchens can't figure out their ventilation and exhaust system and at times all the fumes and smells and hot air gets blown into the seating area. Once they figure that out and you don't smell like you sat next to the stove all the time, it'll be super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm, inviting & top-notch food
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Thelma on Clinton is the type of place that I love to discover. It has a very inviting and cozy atmosphere, very friendly staff, beautiful bar area, and outstanding food. I went for dinner with friends the other night and we ordered about 98% of the small dishes on the menu. Every single one was fantastic and unique. We re-ordered a bunch and then devoured all three desserts on the menu. You can't go wrong with this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    SgggVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The owner and chef from Salt Bar created an upgraded dining experience. Thelma is perfect for sharing really well thought out small plates. We had the bacon wrapped dates, risotto, codfish, pickles, chicken liver page, and bread pudding, and they were all delicious. The ambience is warm, cost and romantic, and the service was quick, knowledgeable and friendly. We are looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new LES place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Creative menu, great casual atmosphere -- check it out before it gets crowded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taps into the neighborhood spirit
    StevenVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We had a great meal. One meat eater and one vegetarian - we essentially tried all the veggie dishes and shared, and both of us were happy. The cauliflower soup was amazing, kippered salmon (for the meat eater) was great and not something you can get just anywhere. I got a hot apple cider-y cocktail, and it hit the spot. They had a warm goat cheese in a mini mason jar that we loved. The kind of place where you might strike up conversation with the person next to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Friendly staff, good food and great atmosphere for having some drinks after dinner is done.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice discovery!
    PatrickIndy
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Went there on a weekday, and it was really nice! Great drinks and food and very laid back atmosphere! My new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really wanted to like this
    SmithVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I really wanted to like this place. It has a friendly, modern pub feel to it. Unfortunately, they don't really have a kitchen, to the limited menu is prepared behind the bar. The chicken dish was smothered in salt (ironically) and vinegar, barely edible. The beef wellington was decent, but not great. The dates were good, but $12 for six small dates was not worth it. Service. Hmmm. The waitress was nice, but not very attentive and she seemed very shy and uncertain with things. It was a very odd experience. One thing to note, there is no exhaust in the kitchen area, so be prepared to smell like the restaurant after you leave. Still can't get the smell out of the clothes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved the atmosphere. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I loved the atmosphere. I was particularly happy to see so many gluten-free options, though they were out of gluten-free flat bread crust when I was there. I had the special tacos (butternut squash, yum) and split the bacon wrapped scallops (yum!). You can't beat $1 oysters, had to start with 1/2 dozen of those! I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    trueyorker2628
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Have been to Salt a few times. Love the beef Welington normally but on Valentines day they burned it. We also had a waitress who poured our bottle of wine heavy I know this is a tactic servers have to get you to order another bottle. We didn't mind that so much. But when we wanted another it took 15 min to get her attention as they we2re fully booked and seemingly understaffed. Over all I say get yourself here on all days but holidays. Great atmosphere great food (especially beef wellington and bacon wrapped figs)Decently priced wine a real win 98% of the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cracking menu topped off with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Cracking menu topped off with a great selection of wine and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate