Almanac

4.5
178 reviews
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Almanac is a fine dining establishment in New York City specializing in unique American dishes. A common three-course menu will involve a sampling of such items as the pork loin, stuffed with savoy cabbage and apple. Also served would be monkfish and gnudi. The latter is an Almanac specialty, tossed with mushroom, Swiss chard and parmesan.

For even bigger occasions, Almanac has a five and eight-course meal available. Each is served with a range of vegetable, meat and seafood options. This is also a great location to taste wine from around the world, enjoy a few cocktails or just order from the extensive collection of spirits on offer from the full bar.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open daily: 5:30pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 255-1795
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Galen Zamarra
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Bedford St & Leroy St on the west side.
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Parking details
Almanac has convenient (though limited) street parking located in front of the restaurant on 28 Seventh Avenue South. In addition, a parking garage is located a block away on Seventh Ave South and Morton Street with the entrance on Morton Street. Further, parking is available on West 3rd Street between McDougal Street and Sixth Avenue.
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Public transit
Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; 1 to Christopher St
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Entertainment
Background music provided by restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Had the 5 course tasting and they easily accepted our vegetarian preferences. Will be back for sure.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a nice place for a Friday night dinner and went basically by the ZAGAT recommendations. The food was really excellent and the service was so too. We had the five course menu and every course was to the point. We are definitely planning to come back to this wonderful place.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I recently found Almanac and it's one of the best restaurants I've been to in NYC - great atmosphere, not pretentious, delicious food and friendly waitstaff. You choose from three options of tasting menu's (3 course, 5 course or 8 course) so come hungry. I'd suggest a wine pairing as well to compliment the dishes. Really a great find.

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m
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. Food was perfectly prepared. Interesting and delicious cocktails. Just the right amount of attentive service.

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FS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The chef is preparing for a Michelin star. Unfortunately when you are trying to cook for that category the competition is very tough.
Though the food was good it is certainly not worth the price. Dinner drinks and tip ran 150 dollars a person. You could go to Gabriel Kreuther for not much more.
If I owned the restaurant I would reduce the price by thirty dollars a person. Otherwise I fear they will be out of business in a year

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JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 course tasting menu was spectacular. Every dish was perfect. Can't wait to go back.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend and I were visiting NYC from out of town and selected The Almanac for our valentines dinner. We both thought the overall experience was excellent. It was a 4 four course set menu. Our favorites were the octopus for the appetizer and the halibut for the main course. I also had the venison, which was very good. Staff was extremely friendly, very attentive, but not overbearing. The atmosphere was intimate.

It was pricy, but that was to be expected due to holiday. When we come back to the city, it will be on our places to visit again.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, great balance of flavor and texture. I would say the tastings are interesting, not exactly that they build on each other but they fit together. Service was understated.

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DM
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant and the Chef does and outstanding job. The food is above and beyond. A must stop when in NYC or for the locals !!! 5 Stars

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g
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful 5 course tasting menu. lamb was spectacular

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C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almanac has a new chef de cuisine and he is wonderful! I had the oysters which were fresh, plump, and delicious, especially with a small dollop of caviar on each! Also tried the lamb angnolotti which were rich and flavorful. Highly recommend both dishes but am sure all the others are equally wonderfully prepared. As usual the staff at Almanac are always welcoming and gracious. It's a wonderful place to dine.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience and meal at Almanac. It's a foodie spot with great service. The cheese platter, specifically the accoutrements, was the top 3 I've ever had (and I've had cheese with many a dinner). The char, carrot cake and Turley wine also stood out.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary dinner and everything was just amazing! The food, service and ambiance were lovely. They gave us a corner booth that was super comfy and romantic :) I also saw a small group there for someone's bday so it seems like a versatile place for special occasion meals!

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They picked a great NYE prix fixe menu. At a time of year when you've been served every food possible, they still managed to use ingredients that were special but not overly rich. Each of the four courses we were served had great flavors and the wine pairings made the meal one of the best we had had all year.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We paid 500 dollars to walk away craving food. The appetizers were so sparse, we expected at least an ample entree. Instead we got a small chunk of meat, and that was it! When I called the restaurant later that evening to complain, they told us we should have told them at the time we were there. Why? So they could charge us for more food?

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing experience at Almanac on New Years Eve. The food was delicious, service spot on, and atmosphere a delight. Look forward to returning

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MB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OH....I'm so glad we didn't cancel since we were tired of traipsing all over NY. The restaurant is beautiful. Service devine. But it only matters if the food was magic and it is. We ordered from the three course Christmas menu and chose a variety of dishes. Our lovely neighbors at the next table insisted I choose the fish which I did. It reminded me of my extraordinary meal at Les Freres Trois Gros over thirty years ago, my first experience with a three star restaurant in France. It was there in the first bite that I first understood what a heavenly experience good food can be. Anyway, it's not a French three star but it was by American standards, a truly fine meal. Add to that the overall experience, I give it a Merry 5.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here on Christmas day as we were on our honeymoon spending a week of it in New York.

Although the price for the Christmas menu was quite high and also the wine and including a tip I have to say the food was amazing. As good as I have eaten anywhere in the world.

Would totally recommend this place for a special occasion or a romantic meal with your partner. Staff were very friendly and welcoming too.

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R
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They had a special 5 course tasting menu for $150 each. It was delicious, but "tasting" was the appropriate word. Not really enough food. After adding in two cocktails each and a lower priced bottle of wine for two people (admittedly a lot to drink), the total bill was over $500 including tax and tip. Probably won't go back because we usually don't eat at places that expensive except on special occasions. But the service was great, it is a beautiful ambience, and the food tasty.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had dinner at Almanac and it was truly wonderful. Before dinner we tried some of their house cocktails. Everything is focused on the season, including the drinks, so I had a fabulous pumpkin infused bourbon cocktail, and my boyfriend had the Maple, which is a take on a Manhattan. They were both delicious. We each did the three course with wine pairings. Some highlights were the 7X Wagyu with cucumber, black sesame and baby kale, the chanterelle soup (the best soup I've ever had!), and the duck with sweet potato, pecans and brussel sprouts. The deserts were also amazing. The roots dessert with sweet potato and parsnip was so incredibly unique and yummy, and I just loved the Cheesecake with bruleed butternut and chocolate cake. The Manager was attentive and informative, as was our server, the wines were perfectly paired, and the decor is absolutely gorgeous. So much attention to detail! I was especially taken by the beautiful artwork, and learned that our server is also an artist who was kind enough to show us her pieces that she has hanging at Almanac (and they are incredible). I fall in love with a restaurant when all the elements come together: delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, attention to detail, & informative and inviting staff. Almanac has stolen my heart. I will most definitely be going back.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was really looking forward to this based onto this based on 5 yr of great experience with Mas. However, was very disappointed. Small portions, too many ingredients for too little effect. While I am more than willing pay for quality and experience at Mas, and in dining in general, this was just exorbitant for no apparent reason or effect. If I am not their demographic, who is?

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SO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is pristine. All of the ingredients come from local farms and it is all amazingly fresh and vibrant even in winter. The scallops with cauliflower were phenomenal as well as the duck dish with sweet potato. The wine list is also great with a lot of affordable finds.

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The space is beautiful and cozy. We were seated in the mezzanine level which seemed nice at first but with the ceiling so close it got very noisy and I felt like I could hear the conversation at the table next to me better than I could my dinner companion. It doesn't help that the small tables are quite close to each other.

Food is quite good, though I prefer the menu at his other restaurant Mas Farmhouse better. That's just my presence. The menu was not explained to us, you basically choose how many courses you want and the more choices you choose the less input you have on what you get. It left me wanting more and the server, while pleasant, spent virtually no time going over anything. Dishes were brought out occasionally with out explanation of what it was and since you aren't picking your exact courses and explanation is really helpful. At the end of the night between the noise and the service I felt like we were being rushed. The restaurant was busy but it wasn't packed. A place like this should be appreciated slowly.

This is a great chef but I will stick with Mas Farmhouse.

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A
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! The menu has different fixed alternatives. Plenty of alternative dishes to select. Portions with the right size. Excellent wine list. Impeccable setting. Go on a special date

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The beautiful space and highly professional, yet warm staff is surpassed only by the highly appealing menu selections and, ultimately, delicious food. I'd recommend Almanac to anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience downtown.

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C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almanac is among my favorite restaurants. With its tasteful decor and wonderful food it is a great spot for dining alone, with someone special, or as a group. The food is always fresh, seasonal, and masterfully prepared. The service is impeccable. The wine list a pleasure. I highly recommend it.

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RY
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous meal for special occasion. Pricey but definitely special.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Environment was good but not impressed with food.

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think my title says it all. It is, simply put, the best farm to table restaurant in Manhattan. The Wagu Beef salad was just great. The chanterelle soup was divine. The service was first rate and I will be back again soon.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just cannot get enough of Almanac's inspired food!

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ES
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Almanac for our anniversary and had a great experience. The décor is welcoming, the staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, and the food is A+. On Saturday night they had 3 different tasting menus, and they allow you to mix and match items from all three. We opted for the 5 course tasting, but each picked a different item off of the 3 course menu because we liked those options better. If you don't want to do a tasting, you can simply pick whatever you want to eat as an appetizer for $20, and an entrée for $40.

Drinks and wines are reasonably priced as well.

If you enjoy fine dining, but can do without the pretentiousness, Almanac is a spot you'll definitely want to try.

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always so impressed with the flexibility at Almanac. The service is spot on and I have yet to try a dish I don't like. I am a huge fan of their cocktails and their wine list. If you can't decide, the wine pairings are always a great choice. The chanterelle soup and Barolo pairing was one of the best things I have had this year!

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently enjoyed another fantastic meal at Almanac. The restaurant keeps getting better every time I go. This time I had the five course meal but substituted in the short rib for another dish. I love how they let me mix and match across all the tasting menus. Anyway, the short rib was fantastic and the apple tart dessert was stunning. Can they do a dessert tasting menu?!? I will come back just for that!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list has delicious options from every region at a variety of price points and the desserts could not be more inspired or delicious!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of my favorite restaurants, will certainly be back!

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L
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did 5 course tasting and were so . We were able to substitute a salad course for the scallops off the 8course menu which were phenomenonal. The duck was amazing. The apple tart was an incredible gluten free dessert! Great service and beautifully decorated. Will definitely be back.

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p
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Tried this because of the positive reviews on opentable. And the setting was quiet and lovely, and the service was good. But the food was just, well, disappointing. I got worried as soon as they served us pre-packaged rolls. Unfortunately, the rest of the meal followed suit. The fluke crudo was tasteless. I also had the cauliflower and scallops, which was OK. But my red snapper main course had an unpleasant, off-taste on the skin, as if it had been cooked in old oil. I like crisp fish skin, but this was soft and not palatable. Darn, a wasted meal on our trip to NYC.

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m
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sister restaurant of MAS (farmhouse) great food service everything

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VM
New Mexico
38 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was fine but nothing that would bring us back. The reception was very pleasant, the setting was very nice, but our server was not attentive and did not seem to know much about the wine list which surprised us. There was nothing wrong with the food but my husband's snapper was bland, my pork dish was much better. We both ordered the apple tart and it was so sweet---the pastry was good but the apples were lost in all the sugar and syrup. Just expected more given the restaurant's Zagat's rating.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2015
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

The quality of the food served was simply outstanding, and the noise level was as calm and soothing as it gets. That's where the good news ends. Mere mortals can afford the $75 3-course price fixed menu, but the wine prices are so catastrophically high as to downgrade the overall experience to a "2" at best. The list itself is expansive and impressive, but 90+ % were in triple digits and many, many were north of (in some cases way north of) $300. Is it any wonder that the website does not post the wine list on-line? Our check including tip + tax and their low-end wine was about $175 per person. Caveat emptor!

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