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Permanently Closed - COMMERCE

4.0
2438 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Commerce is a contemporary American restaurant with menu items that have been influenced by Asian, French and Italian dishes. Take in a relaxing atmosphere of black walnut tables, chestnut booths and large murals as you relax with friends for drinks or dinner. Enjoy entrées, such as the classic American cheeseburger, roasted sweet potato tortelloni with hazelnuts or shakshuka which are eggs baked with melted peppers, onions and tomato. Commerce offers an extensive and world-wide wine list to choose from. Reservations are not required but can be made online or by calling ahead. Catering from Commerce is also available upon request and they take reservations for private parties on location.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Bar: Open daily 4pm until Midnight, Friday and Saturday until 1:00am. Opens Saturday & Sunday at 12pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm - 12:00am Saturday Lunch: 12 - 5pm Sunday Brunch: 11am - 4pm, Dinner 5:30 - 11pm.
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Phone number
(212) 524-2301
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Harold Moore
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Private party facilities
Entire restaurant can be reserved for a private party.
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Private party contact
Tony Zazula: (917) 846-8852
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Catering
Please inquire for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Barrow Street
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Public transit
A, B, C, D, E & F trains to West 4th Street and 1 train to Christopher Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMichael10003 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

I'm here about once a month and I'm never disappointed. Very solid American food and a good wine list with a reasonable range.

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vipsmc18 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

The Avocado toast was delicious. Highly recommend. My friends for eggs and a English muffin and it looked pretty pathetic. Not worth the money.

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Terry2436 (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

Food was exceptional but the noise level made conversation challenging. I would go again but would choose the occasion and certainly not with someone that is hard of hearing.

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MrSmith (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

Located just off the beaten path, Commerce is a great restaurant that delivers top quality dishes in a sophisticated yet comfortable setting. The deviled egg appetizer was creamy and full of flavor. The short rib ravioli was outstanding. Rich flavor and excellent fresh pasta. For dessert, I would recommend the coconut cream cake. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend this restaurant to everyone

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LindaC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

Loved the fried oysters and the mango/tomato/feta salad. I'm from beef country, so a steak must be really good to impress me. The steak Diane was superb...melt in your mouth tender and fabulous sauce. You must order the coconut cake!!

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vipdelicious (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

first time at this restaurant special chicken and sides delicious drink s very good same with service and atmosphere

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artimitateslife13 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

I went to Commerce last weekend for my birthday, after having come across it during many aimless wanderings through Greenwich Village. I'd been intrigued by this historic building on a cobblestone street, especially the fact that it used to be a speakeasy.

We arrived a little early but were seated right away, receiving extremely attentive service from our waiter and the sommelier. We had the burrata appetizer with snap peas, mint, and chili - delicious! My only "complaint" was that I wished it were twice as large. For the main course I had the spaghetti carbonara with pepper and coddled egg yolk - the pasta was great and while the dish was rich (I took half home) it was delicious. My boyfriend had the salmon with spring vegetables, and while the dish was a little too subtle for his liking the fish was cooked perfectly.

For dessert we tried the "famous" coconut cake (literally, there's an article about it in the entryway) and it was lovely - and huge! The third serving is still in my freezer.

In terms of ambiance, the reviews I read didn't lie - the acoustics are not great and it's LOUD! However, the boisterous and eclectic crowd mixed with the deco/art nouveau decor is classic old New York. Overall, a great meal and experience!

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vipMeatman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

commerce is one of those restaurants where the experience continually represents a great dinning experience. Chef Moore is creative and his food reflects the best of well prepared American Cuisine.

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vipDFNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2015

We had a dinner reservation and part of our group was late due to subway issues. The staff were beyond friendly to us. We were seated, offered drinks and appetizers, and were never rushed even though our party had not yet arrived.

When our guests arrived, we enjoyed an excellent meal and what really is the best coconut cake around.

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vipIndigo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 5, 2015

*Incredibly loud
*Long wait even with a reservation
*Food and service wonderful!

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vipnoodles (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on June 5, 2015

The worst service imaginable. Served meat bread to vegans and incredibly rude.

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vipHWeil (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2015

Had a good dinner at Commerce, though I can't put my finger on why it wasn't quite special. The food was excellent, service was friendly, and the ambiance was pleasant. The restaurant, located adjacent to the Cherry Lane Theater, is ideal for a pre- or post-curtain meal, and the next time I head to the theater, I'll return eagerly to Commerce again. But I don't think of it as a destination restaurant, as happy as my dinner made me. Maybe the menu didn't rouse enough curiosity, maybe the staff's obviously satisfied attitude at Commerce's success was a subtle turnoff. Otherwise, the dinner was delightful.

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TJ101 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2015

Pricier than the average brunch special but they have good quality food that is far above French toast and omelettes.

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vipRocket (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

Absolutely the very best! We could have not found a bette restaurant on NYC for celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. Everyone was just so incredible accommodating; especially our waiter Jeff S. Thank for an absolutely wonderful evening!

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vipGCnYc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

This is my favorite place in the city to eat. Grade A+

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Paulj399 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2015

Food was great, service was great, good wine list - the only complaint we had was that the dining room was too hot -maybe the AC was broken and it was a hot day out side. I would still recommend but maybe on a fall day

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vipFrequentDiner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

Have been to dinner here
Brunch was a snooze. Place was a abandoned. Staff were very slow to stop by and check in on us and food took forever. Didn't make sense. Won't be back for brunch.

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hardtoimpress (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2015

Absolute must when we're in town
Loud and bustling but fun energetic neighborhood secret in the village residential crook in the road
Actually food and wine and service have always been great
Love!!!

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Meyersu (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Loved the food, loved the service. The bar takes up the entire length of one side of the dining room, and on Saturday evening it was hopping! Which made our little table of three located at the far end (away from the entrance door) of the bar feel rather intimidated by the bar crowd. Amazing that the waitstaff was able to makes us feel well looked-after in the middle of all that!

Would love to try it again, not on a week-end!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2015

You can get a couple of appetizers and entrees from the dinner menu (along with other exclusives) during Tavern Lunch on Fridays/Saturdays, which are great times to go if you want a cute little lunch escape. The fried chicken is AMAZING, and the sweet potato toretelloni, short rib ravioli, carbonara, and salad of 20 herbs and lettuces are staples here. Don't forget to have coconut cake! But be aware, especially after a delicious filling meal, it's good to share between 2-4 people.

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Danielle (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2015

I hosted a small company dinner here and expect to hear about our amazing dining experience for the next year or more. Food, service, and ambiance was all spot on. I will definitely go back for a special occasion. Only drawback was the noise level - it is VERY lively. Can't wait to go back!

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vipgailg (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2015

its a local favorite ; best birthday cake in town!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2015

Great salmon

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

We made a reservation through open table for 8 p,m, when we arrived at the front desk and we were escorted to the bar, and did not get seated until 9:30, when we approached the extremely rude hostess to speak with a manager it took another 15 minutes , ugh this was a special occasion dinner for my daughter which was ruined. Regardless of the busy night , this is not an acceptable way to treat a reservation made through this reservation system

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vipguest (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

Food and service was excellent, but noise level was very high.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Hadn't been to this spot since it turned over to Commerce, located on one of the best and most quaint blocks in Greenwich Village. Cannot say the same for the restaurant. Noting that we were there on a Saturday night, my immediate impression was 'cramped'. Too many tables in the space (way more than the prior restaurant) and the bar area is not well set off and teams over onto the dinner tables/booths. Would be one thing if this was a pub or sports bar, but it is a fairly pricey restaurant. In fact, at some points it was so crowded that our waitress was very challenged in getting to us (and also, our food took way too long). While the food is good-- good food is not hard to find in the West Village. I'd recommend going someplace with both good food and a comfortable atmosphere-- especially on a Saturday night!

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Isabel (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the main courses everything was delicious and authentic. The wine list is varied and accommodates most prices ranges.
The service was great and the ambiance was laud and vivid.
I would definitely go back!

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Valon (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

I visited Commerce as a last minute choice, entertaining a good friend, and I wasn't sure what to expect as I was not familiar with the place. I thought that every food item was absolutely executed to perfection. So we had three apps, the burrata, hamachi crudo, and the 20 herb salad. All remarkable! The burrata was a quite unexpected pairing with the sugar snaps, some greens, and spices but worked incredibly well, and the 20 herbs salad might have been the best green salad I've ever had. The hamachi was sublime as well. The mains, Ravioli, Filet mignon Diana and the ramps were all excellent.
We had a lovely bottle of Northern Rhone Cote Rotie, which the lady Sommelier helped us select. It paired marvelously with both of the mains. The server, never got her name, a good looking short haired blonde, was just on the ball, always there when we needed her, not overbearing, and yet very helpful. OK, I will stop now, as I might sound a bit overtly enthusiastic, alas it was just amazing. Loved it!

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Patrick (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

Commerce is tucked away in the West Village, making you feel like you are walking up onto a movie set. The street corner is beautiful and quiet, a place like no other in NYC. The food and service is first class with sides to share a-plenty. We had a group of 6 people and they accommodated quite well for a smaller NYC restaurant. I went with 4 people who had never been (and were visiting NYC) and of all the places we tried over the weekend they will rave about Commerce until the next visit.

Highly recommend!

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KCMBJB (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

Made a 9 PM reservation on the day of (Friday). Perhaps I should have known something was off when this restaurant had that many reservation spots open Friday afternoon, because when we arrived at 8:50, this place was PACKED to the gills (the bar, the entrance, the actual restaurant) and people were irate at the hostesses. It was clear they were very far behind on reservations and were trying to do their best, but every time a party became the least bit forceful about being seated, they got sat right away at the expense of someone else.

Since my party and I never complained, we were seated at 9:45 PM. I thought things were looking up but then our waitress came over and was not friendly at all. I told her I was on a low-carb diet and would she recommend an entree to suit? She named the most expensive one (the steak) and when it arrived, the steak was on a pile of potatoes (which I couldn't and didn't eat). Aside from that, this was the order of which we received our initial drink order and appetizers - 1. appetizers arrived 2. bread arrived 3. drinks arrived 4. water arrived. I don't think I have ever been somewhere were appetizers were fired so fast that drinks or even water weren't there first. The kitchen clearly wanted people OUT.

The manager eventually came over (same manager who was avoiding eye contact with us during our 45 minute wait). He apologized for the wait and comped our first round of drinks. That was nice, and I have a feeling he had to do a lot of drink-comping that night, but it was definitely a widespread problem for this restaurant to be missing so many reservations.

The actual meal was good but you can find lots of good food in New York City's West Village to eat without having to experience this kind of service. I don't think I'd send anyone here.

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