Willow Road
Willow Road

Willow Road

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.willowroadnyc.com/
  • Phone: 6464846566x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Wed: 5pm - 10pm
    Thu - Fri: 5pm - 11pm
    Sat: 11am - 3pm (brunch), 5:30pm - 11pm
    Sun: 11am - 3pm (brunch), 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Chojnowski
  • 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 Lianne Raymond at lianne@midmor.com, 646-449-9280
  • Private Party Facilities: For inquiries, please email Lianne Raymond at lianne@midmor.com, 646-449-9280
  • Private Party Contact: Lianne Raymond 646-449-9280x
  • Special Events: For inquiries, please email Lianne Raymond at lianne@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.
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Willow Road reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (12)special occasion (8)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)hot spot (6)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Expensive and poor service
    xxxx
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    There were plenty of great reviews so tried this restaurant. Frequent NYC a lot and this has to be the most unfriendliest place i have ever been to. The service was very slow. Waitress was grumpy and argumentative and rude. Barman was the only bonus who realized how bad the service was for us and came from behind the bar to serve us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great decor, great service, sub-par food. I brought friends from France here and we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening
    skmbsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Requested a quiet table and made early reservations @ 6:30 -- We were seated in a private alcove and were waited on by friendly and attentive staff. Brisket, sea bass and risotto entrees all delicious -- fish allergy accommodated. Best were the burratta; brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and figs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality Cooking
    suthersVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great dinner the other night at Willow Road. Service was fun and friendly but the food was another level. Each dish was amazing and the squid ink pasta was out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go hungry
    ChefMiller17
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Portions are ridiculously small and for what you get overpriced. I had the striped bass that was although very small, pretty tasty but was served with about 4 halved raw cherry tomatoes and a couple measly shreds of celeriac root. The person I was dining with tried the beef brisket and again teensy, completely under seasoned. I liked the idea of the restaurant's concept but was disappointed with its execution. With other good options nearby, go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Smartnarty
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The highline area is awash with trendy and expensive restaurants. Willow Road, like its sister restaurant, Toro, stands out for its creative and delicious locavore menu and outstanding sincere customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I did myself a disservice by not moving on from the small plates, which were excellent. The service was impeccable and I will be returning soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great drinks!
    smc18VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went to this place to celebrate my vegan friend's birthday. We both had the pasta with mushroom and truffle oil (she had the vegan version) and it was spectacular! We also had the cauliflower appetizer - i'm not a huge cauliflower fan so can't really comment. We also had the cucumber, mint, vodka drink which was honestly the best version of this drink that I have had (I tend to order it at a lot of places). It was strong but mixed well. I will definitely be back! This place definitely lives up to its reputation. The only downside is that they closed the kitchen at 10 pm and there is no vegan dessert that they could offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small portions and high prices
    Dessertaholic7VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm a fan of restaurants that serve smaller plates and portions- I like sharing lots of things and getting to taste many dishes. Four of us dined on an array of salads, vegetables, risotto and mains and while our waiter assured us we had ordered enough, we all left slightly hungry. This wouldn't have been so bad if the bill hadn't been so pricey. A few of the dishes were excellent and out shown others, but I can't say that I would recommend or return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, great ambiance
    bruncherVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Terrific food, good service and a nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food. very inventive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went for dinner saturday night and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. the menu was inventive, fresh and super good. we ordered a lot of the vegetable dishes for starters and followed up with the pork chop and risotto. four diners tried the pork chop and said they would come back specifically to order that dish again. and...the drunken toast is pretty darn good as well. overall very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu, but oh so loud...
    Cpiper2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Menu has some interesting takes on traditional dishes. Chef and staff seem to have recently changed and you can feel the growing pains in pace of service (or lack thereof). Everyone was very nice, but we waited quite a bit between dishes, drinks, etc. The music was also blaring - had to shout at table to be heard...I would like to check it out for brunch after they have worked out some of the kinks...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than we expected
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We started with a number of small plates, one better than the next. The menu offered a wonderful Variety for our group of carnivores and vegetarians. Loved the heirloom tomato salad and the roasted cauliflower. We then had the pasta special (orecchiette with sea urchin and mushrooms) and the fried chicken (melt in your mouth delicious) Our server Alex was very attentive and helpful. Loved this place. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome space, mediocre food
    Matthew
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The interior is beautiful but unfortunately the food falls flat. Out party of six found their entrees small and bland. The place is probably better for drinks & apps, not a full meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Brunch Spot
    BryanNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've been to Willow Road a number of times for brunch. The food is interesting and the ambiance nice. Service is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underrated gem
    FatJo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As a self proclaimed 'foodie' who works on projects with Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Bon Appétit I can attest to quality of the food and drinks--simply wonderful and well executed. Try their fried chicken. Heaven in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu shrunk
    KBFNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The new summer menu is much depleted and, though all of our food was decent, the dishes are just not that special anymore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Visit
    MaccaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 151 reviews are from the Willow Road reviews archive.
  • oasis from overpriced neighbors
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors
    AntNYC
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willow Road
    andrew
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday Dinner
    MannyM716
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Bad experience out of five
    TrytryagainVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, an insult to patrons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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.
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  • Need to know about this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great find for an exceptional NYC dining experience. Special occasion and a fun place to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of fun
    Luci
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent new spot
    jash01
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not kid friendly
    Ddlin
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fav place!
    Lexy76VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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! !!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic drinks, food and service
    WVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed the mark
    Unfullfilled
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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  • Good But Not Great
    Timmy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute restaurant with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Good food, slightly small menu but delicious food. Interesting and different cocktail list too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy place with awesome drinks
    foldpages
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, horrible table manners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swell Scene by High Line
    TwandaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    MichelleGVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood feel, esp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    great neighborhood feel, esp for a restaurant in meatpacking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience
    Marta
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great option for having dinner after a walk through the high-line. Really nice place. Try the ribeye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit of everything
    WillowVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.