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Willow Road
Willow Road

Willow Road Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.willowroadnyc.com
  • Phone: (646) 484-6566
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Wed: 5pm - 10pm
    Thu-Fri: 5pm - 11pm
    Sat: 11am - 3pm (brunch), 5:30pm - 11pm
    Sun: 11am - 3pm (brunch), 5:30pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Cheek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For inquiries, please email Alicia Cacchione at alicia@midmor.com, 646-449-9280
  • Private Party Facilities: For inquiries, please email Alicia Cacchione at alicia@midmor.com, 646-449-9280
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia Cacchione (646) 449-9280
  • Special Events & Promotions: For inquiries, please email Alicia Cacchione at alicia@midmor.com, 646-449-9280

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th and 16th St.
  • Public Transit: Traveling by Subway, the nearest stop is 14th street station at 8th Avenue, accessible on the A, C, E or L trains.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available to our guests at several locations in our neighborhood:



    Enterprise Lot
    422 West 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues



    Icon Parking:
    386 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues



    Edison Park Fast:
    71 11th Ave btw 17th & 18th Sts
A word from Willow Road
A Celebration of The City: The Marriage of History And Modernity.
Housed within what was once the historic Nabisco Factory, Willow Road is a celebration of both a building and a city that so gracefully blend together a rich history with modern sensibilities. Serving up classic American dishes with contemporary culinary technique and time-honored cocktails with a twist, all in an intimate setting, Willow Road offers the perfect place to meet for good food, good drinks, and good conversation.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had relatives visiting from out-of-town with their kids and wanted to treat them. He is a food enthusiast. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening, starting with the cocktails - highly recommend. Enough variety to please everyone and every taste. They even prepared special alcohol-free cocktails for the kids. They were a hit. New chef in charge. Andrew was great recommending our wine for the evening (Dolcetto D'Alba). For starters, recommend sharing short rib meatballs, cajun shrimp, braised octopus. For the main course we recommend their signature and feature fried chicken, but also the black bass and the hanger steak. The only negative about the end was lack of desserts. Hopefully that will change soon. Will still go back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food at Willow Road was quite good (I had the cajun shrimp, grilled octopus, and asparagus apps). The place has a casual feel, even though it's clear that a lot of thought and creativity went into the design and decor. Really good cocktails, too. I would recommend this place to anyone under 60 (due to the somewhat limiting noise level and dark lighting)."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 which enabled us to take advantage of 6-7 small plates. All had great robust flavor. It's a bit pricey but expected in the high rent area. Beautiful interior."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went for my mothers birthday. Staff was amazing and very accommodating for a larger group. Food was great. And for family from out of town that is not too adventurous with food, the plates were a great balance of traditional and new takes on typical brunch food. Try the french toast and fried chicken. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Came here with 5 friends for a birthday dinner. Wonderful time with friends. The service was stellar. The food delicious. Loved the meatballs and the chips!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great find for an exceptional NYC dining experience. Special occasion and a fun place to bring out of town guests. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I have visited Willow Road about 5 times since last year. This Mother's day we decided to go. Im hoping they were just under staffed, but our food was also inedible. My sister-in-law had a flank steak (in my opinion can be hit or miss at every and any restaurant) she had two bites and could not finish it. I had the steak burger, only ate half as it tasted as if the meat was bad. They also de-boned my mother in Law's branzino and her first bite included a very large bone. Though the fish was amazing in everyones opinion. I will definitely give them another chance but I hope whatever happened that day never occurs again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I eat out in Manhattan once weekly or more so its not that I'm a stranger to high prices, but Willow Road's pricing is an insult to its patrons. For example, one of our brunch party ordered the fried chicken. Delivered to the table were three small pieces of fried chicken with nothing else - literally nothing else - for $18. Another ordered the avocado toast. Here, for $9 were 4 small triangles of toast smeared with what appeared to be guacamole, naked on a plate. A glass of grapefruit juice which appeared and tasted to be canned or bottled, rather than fresh squeezed, was $6. I am sorry, but this is really outrageous. Shame on you, Willow Road."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Lively, popular spot with very tasty food (highly recommend the Branzino), friendly and attentive service and a terrific vibe. Its a bit loud, but that does seem to suit the mood this restaurant is going for. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "have been coming here for a year now and the word is finally spreading. excellent small plates and entrees. almost all consistently excellent. low on vegetarian options however. i ate here three days in a row--two dinners and one brunch. the mark of a great restaurant is consistency and this place has it."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food is pretty decent and servers are nice, however, this is not a kid friendly place. I called in advance to make reservation to ensure to they can accommodate a baby in stroller plus a toddler in high chair. However, when we got there, the table wasn't ready and we had to wait 45 min. The table setup they ended up giving us were not ideal and the kids were too tired and had a melt down by that point."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "At Willow Road you'll find fantastic drinks, food and service. This is a great spot near many restaurants that tend to draw in an obnoxious crowd on the weekends. I love this place because it's and and down to earth but relaxed enough for a date or a more mellow night. And, the fried chicken is fantastic. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Can't say enough great things about this place. Food, service, atmosphere are all on point! They also have one of the best bloody mary mixes in town, I have sampled many! !! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was good, and somewhat creative, but nothing too special. The service was excellent though. Very helpful, friendly, and attentive. We ordered several small plates and the food came out quickly. I would go again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We chose Willow Road for a Saturday morning brunch based our plan to spend time in the area that day. Thankfully we were in no hurry . It took far longer than expected to get our food. The portion size was meager. The food quality was good. The taste was ok, nothing special. Overall, not a good food value. We left thinking next time we would try the other option in that building."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good food, slightly small menu but delicious food. Interesting and different cocktail list too!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had dinner here with friends from out of town and saw this place on open table. Very funky interior, great food and outstanding drinks from the bar. We had a great evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'm still trying to figure out when NY lost its class. Nice restaurants should not be sending you an email that you will lose your reservation if you don't show up in 15 minutes. Those messages should only be sent by the Crowne Plaza's of the world. Nice restaurants should never stress out their patrons for not having the full party present, or one or two people missing, who are running late, which is normal. Until downtown NY regains its class, I choose to be treated like a human being (rather than cattle) as I deserve in Midtown on Park Avenue. What a shame for Batali and Cilicchio and those who I do think have the right vision in mind, but have failed in their execution, as everyone is walking away with a stressed-out experience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Very attractive atmosphere and crowd. Extremely friendly staff. Food was interesting and different. Menu offers comfort food favorites like steak fries with aioli, pasta pesto, fried chicken with a sweet lemon tea flavor. High ceilings, lots of tables, efficient service. Bustling. People felt happy in the room. Definitely a place where models hang out. At the moment."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "What a great experience! My husband and I were celebrating the day we first met - 37 years ago! So this place really made our evening special. Beautiful place, great service and wonderful food. Can you say ..."life changing meatballs"? Really a great find - we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "great neighborhood feel, esp for a restaurant in meatpacking!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great option for having dinner after a walk through the high-line. Really nice place. Try the ribeye."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went with a couple of girlfriends. We had a nice bottle of wine and ordered both small and large plates to share. The Caesar salad was presented in a way I hadn't seen before with a knife and the whole leaves for us to cut. It was unique and delicious. We ordered the shrimp and the pesto pasta. All our dishes were tasty and we enjoyed each one. Both of my friends had never been here before and were very pleased with the cozy atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The atmosphere and service were both excellent. The food was very delicious, but the portion sizes were a bit small. With so many restaurant options in NYC, I probably wouldn't visit this restaurant again, just because nothing made it stand apart from the many other restaurants in that area. BUT, I would recommend trying it once if you're in the area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great location in the meat market area, nice room, friendly young staff, cheap food. You get what you pay for, average quality. But it doesn't matter, enjoy the location."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We made 9pm reservations and showed up early especially because I received an e-mail that if we were 10 minutes late we would lose our table and be placed on the waiting list. When we arrived the hostess told us our table is just finishing dessert should't be much longer. When 9:30 pm hit we were still not seated we did not get to our table until 9:45pm. Our food wasn't outstanding by any means our guests ordered the branzino sadly we watched them pick out bones the entire time while eating it. It wasn't an overall enjoyable experience and we all thought hey handled our reservation time poorly. What is the point of making a reservation if you do not get sat until 45 minutes later. Our server was the only highlight of the night"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It seems this place wishes to be trendy and cool, yet forgets that a restaurant is not a club where to hang out. They play loud hip hop to the point you can't talk to the person across from you and the food is one step above Applebee's. Prices are moderate to high as well. I had high hopes for this restaurant as it seemed unique to the meat packing district but instead it served mediocre food while trying to be an ultra cool spot."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "this has to be the worst place for a hamburger in NYC. Also the worst music to dine by---loud and disturbing!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The decor is great and while the menu is minimal, it's different enough and made for sharing, so you feel like to have enough variety to choose from. It's a great spot in a block with many box-box options. Smaller, more intimate feel without being too date-like. We were a group of four and shared all of our plates - which I would recommend. Highlights were the fried chicken, burger and caesar salad."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Had a great evening. Went there with my wife and son. Started with Matt at the bar with great suggestions(Drunken Uncle, and Cucumber). Then it went on to the main part of the evening. We started with the ribs, the octopus and the hamachi. Loved the fact that they brought all the appetizers individually one after the other. In each case the flavors were amazing. For the main course we had the NY steak, the fried chicken and the burger. Again great flavors in each case. Nothing overwhelming, just right. To accompany all that we had the Malbec which was great with all the dishes. Service was great. Never felt rushed or pushed. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Willow Road is a very charming restaurant with a cool decor, delicious food and a good wine list. Note: great for a first date since it is not too noisy and slightly romantic. The meatballs were delicious."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We had a really great meal based on the recommendations from the server. The only one thing I would discourage is the bone marrow plate. If you're familiar with it, then you will love it. But if this is something new to you, then I would suggest holding off. I'm sure it taste great if this is something you're used to, but since this was the first time, we really didn't enjoy it. Will go back!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Although portions are modest, the food is outstanding. We were there on a Sunday so things were pretty quiet. I expect service and sound level might slip a little on a busy night. A truly great fried chicken and the superb sides were imaginatively prepared."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Had brunch on Sunday at 2pm. Reservations. Place was packed. had to wait at bar. No big deal. Of course with a 14.00 drink made it that much tougher to swallow. But the Chef was really friendly and gave us a basket of chips that they make, which are fantastic. Had the hamburger which was fantastic.....but it was more in line with a slider and priced as a regular meal. Should advertise it as a tapa not and entree. I'm from the South and loved that they offered boiled peanuts....but with old bay seasoning!!! Really! No self respecting Southerner would use old bay in any thing!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "If you are willing to wait for a table, this restaurant is fantastic! Loved everything we ordered. The sweet tea and lemon fried chicken was excellent, as well as the grilled ribeye and burger. The cocktails were unique and fun. Our party would definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Had to take my husband back to taste for himself the amazing dishes. Willow Road did not disappoint. With my mother-in-Law in town, we ate and drank extensively...every cocktail and dish was delicious. The only slight misstep was that a fish entree was every so slightly cooked a bit more than we would have liked. The meatballs, gnocchi and pork ribs appetizers were exceptional. The pork belly entree, though a different presentation than on my first visit, was equally mouthwateringly perfect. Can't wait to return for girls' night out!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I'm giving this restaurant 2 stars because we dined there on New Years and they deserve a bit of credit for it not being a normal day. However, having said that, the food was not great, the service was poor, everything was rushed, and I don't think I would dine there again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Willow Road has an energetic yet comfortable, intimate atmosphere. It's buzzy & vibrant yet smiling, tactile staff seem to be able to juggle their focus from patrons, food & wine service seamlessly; never 'in your face' but not too far away. Food is fresh & creative tho' the burger looks to be made by dwarfs. Great wines by the bottle or glass."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I booked this reservation because it was the only place I could get a table for 8. As it turns out, I had been to a previous restaurant on this location, directly behind Chelsea Market. What a nice surprise to find Willow Road in its place. The ambiance is warm and intimate. The staff is solicitous. The menu is a bit limited and their were no dinner specials, but all managed to find something to satisfy. (The rib appetizer was fantastic and the ribeye steak was perfectly cooked.) The wine list was not large but offered 3 good reds that we enjoyed. I give it an A-. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Went here for dinner with a couple of girlfriends; WE messed up our open table reservation and had booked for 2 instead of 3 people; oh wah, we had to sit at the bar & have a drink while they sorted us out. All though they were booked they were able to accommodated us in less time than it took the mixologist to whip up our unique and very slurpable cocktails! We had a great time feasting on delicious delicacies while people watching from our window stools looking out onto 10th Ave, dinner & a show! Boiled peanuts are not my thing but my pals gobbled them up with delight! The sweet tea and lemon fried chicken was delicious! I'd go back just for that alone; others enjoyed the crispy pork belly & the fish special of the evening"
    Dined on 11/2/2013