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Crown

3.9
3.9
374 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

John DeLucie is the Chef Proprietor of Crown, Bill's Food & Drink, and The Lion restaurants in New York City. DeLucie opened Crown in a 1930's mansion steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side. Bill's Food & Drink opened in November 2012 in Manhattan’s Midtown, and features hearty American cuisine. The Lion opened in May 2010 and is located in the West Village – it features a menu consistent with the Chef himself; classic American with undeniable Italian influences.

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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience

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73% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. ER

    ERIC

    New York Area

    240 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Always delightful having a wonderful meal here. I have gone many times and shall return...Kudo's to the staff and chef !!!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2015

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Good service. Excellent beers. Uninspired food. Too salty for a mature palate.

  3. UE

    UESdiner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2014

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We went to Crown for NYE and were very disappointed. The service was horrendous from not seating us until 45 minutes after our reservation time to an inattentive near absentee waiter, had to keep asking for our water refilled and never even got bread. Food itself was only fair my app and entree were both overcooked and underseasoned. While atmosphere and live band were festive, the overall experience was comically bad.

  4. J

    Jenny

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    My daughter & I had a most enjoyable New Year's Eve, and saw 2015 in with good food & live music at the Crown. We had to wait some 45 minutes for our table, but that was perhaps inevitable, in that people were lingering and listening to the group; apologies from management throughout our wait were profuse, and our drinks at the bar were offered freely. My first course- onion tart- was absolutely delicious & memorable, not least because as I finished, we were asked- with abject apology- if we would move table- we were on a table for four, and a party of three were not yet seated. Generous recompense was offered with the request- which we happily accepted, and the whole move was effected swiftly and without fuss. Second course of Maine lobster was excellent, desserts good. We much appreciated the manager coming to our table at the end to reiterate apologies, and express appreciation of our willingness to move. Other establishments should take note: this is the way to ensure happy guests, who will recommend the restaurant to others. As far as we were concerned The Crown has it all: good food, friendly & competent staff (our waiter was a joy!) and excellent management. My regret is that, living as we do in England, it is rather too far to be our local!

  5. D

    Dissappointed

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2014

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Cheapest bottle of burgundy on the entire menu was $185. When served a glass of Sangiovese, which was spilled, the Waiter did not pause for a taste and it was corked. When served the appetizer, it was ordered without olives and served with olives. Had to be returned. The chicken entre was dry and tasted gamey. I was to frustrated at this point to send it back. Worst expensive restaurant in nyc! The got It right at The Lion...not sure why so wrong here. In dire need of a more realistic wine buyer and better management.

  6. S

    Skleina

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I took my fiancée here after a romantic stroke around Central Park. We where seated straight away, the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu as we had a few questions. The food came promptly and the wait between starter and main was perfect. The food was tasty and the waiter severed our drinks at expected. The cocktails are strong but the bartender knew how to make anything. I would definitely recommend for a romantic dinning experience.

  7. ER

    ERIC

    New York Area

    240 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A Classy Uptown eatery...People watching..A NY Buzz....I spotted a few celebs laughing and dining @ this Trendy hot spot that serves up exquisite dishes.. Ambience of royalty..real cozy comfy....Staff Onpoint...Kudo's to the chef !!! ..I shall return

  8. EK

    ElenaK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2014

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Elegant atmosphere, well presented food and a very acceptable wine list. The service staff seemed confused at times about who ordered what which detracted slightly from an overall good experience.

  9. D

    Dotch

    New York Area

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Ambience great. Focacia decent though would prefer a sourdough, wholegrain or rye. Olive oil excellent quality. Artichoke appetizer very good. Kale salad excellent. Duck with sauce superb. Waiter nice enough though felt like trying to ring the register a bit, i.e. just poured our wine glasses which were all full when the main course came and asked if we would like another bottle. Also pushed bottled water versus tap. Main course came with NO vegetable or starch. Generally a good restaurant and one of the better ones on the upper east side though a bit expensive.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was not great and and it was expensive ($300.00 for two). Nice place but to me food is everything

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    My friends and I chose crown for our thanksgiving meal. The pre fixe menu offered a variety of delicious choices. The restaurant itself was elegant and quiet. We were pleasantly surprised by the collection of Art that hangs in the dining room. All in all, a very special night.

  12. M

    Mainefoodie

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    We are a family of 6, arrived at Crown for what we thought was going to be a very special delicious Thanksgiving lunch. Upon entering this very classy upscale establishment - they were blaring music completely inappropriate for setting a holiday mood. (the band Journey was playing). We had to ask the waiter to please change the music. In this large dining room with 90 percent empty tables, they sat us off in a corner of the restaurant. My husband ordered a cocktail (which only came after he reminded the wait staff 3 times) and FINALLY, the manager personally made the drink and delivered it. When our food was served, we all noticed that the so called "turkey" was certainly not what we expected (freshly carved) - but instead was actually all uniform in size 1"x1" square cubes of meat cut into 3-4 pieces. This had the texture of canned ham or meat and we had no idea really what this was we were eating. Along with the "so-called" turkey, they only brought 3 very small dishes of various side items to "share among our 6" and it was not enough, so we had to order "extra". When ordering the dessert, we had also ordered coffee, but it did not come in time to enjoy with our dessert ; the waiter said they had to "make the coffee". The price for this disastrous Thanksgiving lunch was $800.00 Needless to say, none of us finished our lunch and we left there feeling that it was a HUGE disappointment and such a rip-off. I'm not sure why Crown opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day, Next year might I recommend they allow their staff to stay home - put their feet up and relax and enjoy their canned turkey. I cannot recommend this restaurant and will never be back again.

  13. DA

    DanielA

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we had a wonderful evening. The atmosphere is elegant and romantic and the food was excellent. They even presented us with a birthday dessert without me asking or reminding them of the occasion other than what I had written on my original reservation request through OpenTable. A wonderful, beautiful, elegant evening.

  14. M

    Meredith

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2014

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    The service was a bit slow but the food made up for it.

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    grace

    New York Area

    187 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    ...but the food was quite mediocre. our party had the duck, the roast chicken, and the veal chop, none of it was terrible -- it just wasn't very good. first courses and desserts inspired similar evaluations. crown should be better.

  16. KK

    KatherineK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The server was good this time, but the waits were still unreasonably long, especially with the restaurant not even full. We had this problem last time, but I thought it was a one off. Also, this time the polenta fries (which were divine last time), seemed like they may have been re-fried or frozen or something because they were harder and stiffer. We think the sommelier came over and asked if we needed help with the wines, but when we said we were ordering by the glass he just pointed to the menu and walked away. A bit odd. Overall I am finding the experience here is going down hill, but will give it another try.

  17. L

    Loved1

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2014

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    I love this restaurant for it's ambiance and aesthetic but was very disappointed by my last experience.

  18. t

    timot

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    First, a warm glass of champagne from a bartender that looked and spoke like an inarticulate 13 year old. Next, soup that was absolutely lacking in any taste. Actually, it tasted like it was out of a can, though I know it was not. And the staff was like a bad movie of untrained kids making believe they were waiters and busboys. Soup that was absolutely lacking in any taste. Actually, it tasted like it was out of a can, though I know it was not. Then a tiny entree of 4 overcooked and tasteless scallops, followed by a completely incorrect bill. The building and rooms are lovely but how does this restaurant remain open?

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Service was dire; at all tables. Food was excellent but slow to the table. For this brand and pricing, I would not recommend to others.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Used to be one of my favorite spots. Just went the other night for the first time in 6 mos. and although the space is absolutely beautiful, there seems to have been a complete change in staff to a much lower level. It just doesn't carry the supper special feel it once did. Food was fine but not what it used to be either. maybe 1/4 -1/3 full. Disappointing mostly because it used to be fantastic for the right occasion. Sad to see.

  21. P

    Perfection

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Empty dining roo, yet still tried to give us worst seat in the restaurant next to stir way curtains, where wait staff and patrons are moving back and forth. Literally NO beer except Amstel light, the waitress was clueless and barely spoke English.

  22. d

    debbiekahn

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2014

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    From the entry with a distracted and disorganized hostess to the horrible, unknowledgable service to the overcooked chicken, and disjointed wine list this place was a disaster. This was my first and last trip to Crown. It's really too bad because there is not a big variety of upscale eateries in the east eighties. I had hopeful expectations and enjoyed the appetizer but dinner came almost an hour later. We were told about a truffle appetizer but the table next to us asked and the server had no idea about specials. That pretty much sums up the total experience. Bummer!!

  23. NW

    NedW

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    terrible service, great food. dining room is very nice- but has hard surfaces, and is very loud-- if that bothers you, avoid it at crowded times

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    enjoyed the seasonal menu, good service, well-cooked food. will return in spring for clams w linguini.

  25. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great music and a great collection of original prints. Different ambience between the lighter back room and the darker middle room. Service was friendly and efficient. Good bar with interesting and well made drinks at fair price points. Nice updated men's club décor and flattering lighting. Definitely worth multiple visits.

  26. NY

    NYCDiner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    The space was lovely and the food was decent. The service was horrific. It took over an hour to get our appetizers. Then they forgot one of them and clearly didn't even remember what it was in the first place. (They asked three times to be reminded of what it it was.) It took another 45 minutes to get the entrees, and they forgot the entree of the same person whose appetizer they had forgotten previously. Apologies were not genuine, and they gave us free dessert and champagne. That was nice, but I would have preferred they just take something off the bill. By the time the dessert and champagne got there, all we wanted to do was go home.

  27. m

    medium

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    This was literally the worst experience I have had in a long time. The restaurant is beautiful. Thats it. Today, the food was really BAD the service was horrific, non existent and the place was half empty!

  28. d

    dddd

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Very nice, but the evening lacked charm. Nothing specific although did have the feeling that we were being rushed a bit and the restaurant was not full.

  29. RN

    RNWI

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    Lovely setting in a town house on East 81st. Comfortable setting and space between tables. Excellent food; wine list [chardonnays at least] a little top heavy on price. Service not up to its potential; waiter lacked polish; missed one aspect of the order; part of dessert failed to arrive. Crown has the potential to be a super-star upper Eastside spot. I sincerely hope it is successful.

  30. D

    David

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Crown is a lovely townhouse restaurant with two beautiful dining rooms and a long chic bar. The food is very good, and although a tad bit pricey, the price seems about par for the neighborhood. The only sour note is the service. There are few waiters, and then lots of runners. You almost never see the waiter, so if he doesn't execute well or timely, it's hard to find someone to correct the mistake. He took our drink and food orders, but then failed to tell the bartender to make a drink that we ordered and we couldn't find someone to complain to until our starters were on the table, at which point we no longer wanted a cocktail. A few more things like this happened. If they spruce up the service, I'd eat there most every night.

  31. y

    yoyobuzzcakes

    Newcastle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had an early dinner here on Saturday solo and was instantly put at ease by the warm, professional, perfect welcome of the hostess. The wine list was excellent, the menu was a difficult choice but I got exactly what I came for - spaghetti alle vongole and a crisp, dry Sancerre (or 2!). The service was professional and efficient but also warm (not stuffy!). The music exemplified the tasteful, exquisite and ever so slightly libertine character of Crown through and through. The most sublime French rap that unless you listened carefully wouldn't have noticed, just enjoyed the subtle melodic rhythm. Truly worth every penny. Even the olive oil was top class. Gold star, Crown.

  32. j

    jreats

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience1

    First time at their Jazz Brunch. The A/C was down on a very hot day. Even though we were one of only three tables there, the service was very spotty. The food was typically good and the room never disappoints. Pricey, but if you're drinking Bellinis or Bloody Marys, brunch is a better deal.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2014

    overall2food1service4ambience5

    We have gone to Crown over the years and the food has progressively gotten worse. I had to send my dinner back the last time we went, which was last week. Our friends, who we sent to Crown, said that they would not be back. Long on ambiance and short on attention in the kitchen.

  34. m

    masmith2014

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner for two, as this sister restaurant to the West Village's Lion. The space is beautifully designed, with a narrow bar leading into two, larger seating areas. The latter, with a wonderful glass roof that's perfect for watching a summer thunderstorm crash down upon as my wife and I did. I recommend arriving a little early, so you can sit at the bar and enjoy some unique cocktails from a very knowledgeable and amiable bartender. The food itself is excellent, if a little on the pricey side, though the hand-made pastas are truly a different class and well worth trying. Service was attentive, without being intrusive, though the ambiance was a little on the quiet side. We'll be back - for food and drinks!

  35. W

    Whino

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Really love the ambience - back corner tables are great, Wonderful glass atrium on rainy night lends a lot! Wine list somewhat limited (lots of high end French, but little else that interests) and "featured Magnum champage glass pour" not available. (They suggested a half bottle instead). Service was uninspired, but they made up for it by sending out a dessert thoughtfully. Overall a great upper Eastside elegant dining spot.

  36. z

    zak67

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Sad, liked this place very much, only good thing left is bar, service was very very bad! Would not got back

  37. GC

    GreatCritic

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service, food and ambience were terrific! Definitely on my "A list"!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Unfortunately, the night i've been there the female sommelier was kind of busy. She apologized twice for her mistakes... but the third one she didn't reconized: the wrong wine was served. Unfortunately, as it is a very dark ambiance and the label was wet and i could not realize till i saw the price at the check.... The manager came to the table to tell there was nothing they could do. Not very nice!!

  39. LF

    LeslieF

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Second time there and would never go back. Food very mediocre, very small portions and poor service.

  40. MA

    MATT1

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    Great food and ambience were overshadowed by pretty consistently rough service. Mother's Day was knocked down a couple of notches because it was impossible to ignore our server's garbled speech and inattentive service. One of my guest had to go to the bar multiple times after unfulfilled requests for silverware, milk and ice. I'm hoping this was just bad luck + new servers tend to work on Sundays and Mondays, but is that an excuse?

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