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Dinner on Ludlow

3.7
90 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Dinner on Ludlow is a modern adaptation of classic American comfort food with a focus on simplicity. Chef Blair Hanelt (formerly of Casimir), Dinner on Ludlow brings good old fashioned “home” cooking to the Lower East Side. Exceptional Cuisine coupled with Lower East Side prices in an intimate setting creates a haven for foodies.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 228-0909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Keller
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Delancey and Ludlow
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Parking details
Street parking available through-out the neighborhood. Municipal parking garage located on one block east of Ludlow just between Delancey and Rivington streets on the West side of Essex.
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Public transit
Located one block east of Dinner on Ludlow are the F, J, M and Z trains at the Delancey and Essex station.
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Entertainment
The Roof @ the DL and the "Red" Room provide a great lounge and bar environment. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday enjoy a lively nightlife with DJ"s every weekend.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 90 People Are Saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Waaaay too noisy!! Can't hear anything over music booming and the music is terrible and inane. This place would get more people and better clientele if the dinner area wasn't soooo loud with terrible music.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The Food was outstanding and we had a romantic Valentins day at the Ludlow.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

What an nice find, a little of the beaten path but well worth the trip. Food was outstanding, service was great . Very classy place

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2016

Went here with a GILT deal, with a girlfriend. It was a quiet week day night, we were one of 3 tables around 5:30p-6p. Our Server was Raj, very nice, we had a bottle of wine, one appetizer to share (we got the lamb ribs, very tasty but slightly salty for my taste), we both got the two fishes, (arctic char and the grilled sea bass served whole) and got the Brussel sprouts as our side. DELICIOUS!

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2015

Short ribs were delicious. And the drinks were perfect.

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2015

This place is a disaster. No complaints to the service and the food (very average), but we were seated right next to the stairs and there were about 300 people coming down on those stairs. Very VERY noise and distracting. Our experience was not good at all.

Would never go back.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2015

Had a couple of glasses of wine; Napa cab and Rioja. Reasonable prices, but good picks. Tuna tartare with fried grain papers was a bit oily. Hamburger with grilled vegetables instead of fries was fairly good. Very interesting decor.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

My wife and I had dinner there before heading to a club in the area. The parmigiana buns that they send to the table are to die for. I had the beef stroganoff which was prepared with short ribs, excellent!! My wife had the roasted chicken, which she loved.
Our waiter and the bus boys were excellent!!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with great drinks. We had a great time. We were there for an earlier dinner which was great as the restaurant was nice and calm.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

The food at Dinner on Ludlow was better than I thought it would be. I had the beet and crispy goat cheese salad, which I loved. My husband and I shared the steak frites, the frites were delicious so we ordered more. We also had the seared tuna, which was also delicious, although it didn't have as much tuna on it as we would have liked! Wonderful service and a great night overall!

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2014

Our first time here was when they had first opened. It was pretty quiet back then. It seems they have established the lounge/club reputation that they had wanted to. Our second time was quite different: line outside the door, bouncer checking IDs, very loud inside & people up & down the stairs to the lounge area. Food was pretty good. We had the chicken meatballs as an appetizer as before. Still good. I had skate and my husband beef stroganoff. My fish was cooked correctly but the potatoes that came with it were completely flavorless. The stroganoff was not traditional. Rather it was 4-5 wide strips of beef with noodles underneath. It was pretty good. The cocktails & wine selection are good. The molten chocolate cake dessert fantastic.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2014

The Skillet Pancake with blueberries and creme fraiche was fluffy and crunchy on the bottom. It came to the table in the skillet. You get either coffee or tea. The mint tea came in a glass tea pot. The steak and eggs with parmesan truffle fries was my favorite though. I highly recommend it.

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3.0Dined on September 12, 2014

First time at this restaurant. The food amazing, especially the chicken meatballs. The only thing that wasn't up to par was our dessert, which was the peanut butter and jelly donuts. I would recommend the chicken breast and the beef stroganov. Both were excellent. Service was great, but the lighting is so dim you can barely see the menus.

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1.0Dined on August 31, 2014

If you don't have nice things to say don't anything. Well, I have have very few nice things to say about this place as a restaurant. The bus boy was obnoxiously intrusive when clearing the plates, although the waitress was nice and effective. But it was too late by then the boy ruined the whole vibe of the meal. The kitchen was out of a few of their more famous dishes... And the other ones were average at best. The decor was cute however the other patrons were not.... They too were obnoxiously drunk stumbling down stair while another patron was obnoxiously loud walking barefoot while grasping her pumps in the air threatening to beat an unidentified patron with it.... Garnering the attention of everyone. At this point I was done!!

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2014

I has the steak and fries with Mac and cheese on the side. Everything was very good. The service was quick.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2014

Our waiter was polite and attentive. The food was delicious, not a bad course from appetizer to dessert (and coffee). Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2014

Amazing price fix Brunch Menu. Delicious food. Great service; our waitress came to check on us periodically. Very good prices for the amount of food you receive. Amazing brunch Bellini and not watered down.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

Great food great service drinks not all that for the price, $14 for a weak rum and coke. But overall I'm satisfied I'd definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2014

Brunch got off to a poor start - the restaurant was closed when we arrived, bartender did not show up, kitchen staff was eating in full view and when they noticed we were able to see into their hideout they closed the door (made us wonder if they washed hands between eating and cooking), no one knew had to mix a Bloody Mary. We didn't want to order until we were able to get our drinks so that cause a hassle. Finally another manager arrived and was able to resolve all the issues and we ordered brunch. The brunch menu was varied and offered may good alternatives, especially since my wife does not eat eggs. The food was very good and service improved tremendously once the staff got started. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

I don't get out to the city as much as I used to but I would say that this bought back a city flavour that I truly enjoyed. It was a Friday night, so this is the perfect spot to have a bite to eat and enjoy the nightlife that is upstairs.
The Food - I had the steak Frites. Ordered medium rare and it was cooked excellent. The Truffle fries on the side was a bit too crispy for my taste. I prefer a larger softer fry. I don't know if a substitution for sides me made since they have a separate pricing list for sides. Another had the Sea Bass Filet. It seems good from the tiny piece she allowed me to taste.
Service was very nice. The noise level was a bit loud, so difficult when ordering. BIG PARTY UPSTAIRS. 2 Levels up there. I would go again.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2014

Really good food and good service. Definitely recommend it here!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2014

my friend and i came here for dinner and the waiter was super abrupt with us and never smiled and was in such a rush even though we were the only ones there at that point. he was training another waitress and i don't know how he was training her since he has no service skills. the food was good enough that we were able to brush off the service until we waited over half an hour for our dessert which finally came and was awful! we ordered the cheese cake which looked nothing like a cheese cake and did not taste like a cheese cake. thank goodness we came here with a voucher and did not pay full price. then the waiter gave us the bill with 20% already included! unbelievable! even the couple sitting next to us told us that was illegal.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2014

Food was very great prices were not too expensive!

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2014

Great service, delicious comfort food, fun, lively ambiance and great LES neighborhood. My only criticism would be that they need to clean the windows - they were dirty and smudged with finger prints and dirt- not very appetizing. Other than that, we enjoyed the evening.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2014

My friend and I went for dinner on a Tuesday night to use my gilt city voucher.
I had sea bass (ok, because it had too many bones in it) and my friend had steak. I highly recommend chicken meatball as app. It was so delicious. The service could be better. The hostess was doubling as waitress.
I'll return to check out the upstairs lounge.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2014

Excellent service from the waiter to the bus boy..very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was delicious--duck breast and skate outstanding as was the Malbec and cheesecake.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2014

Dined at DOL twice, once for brunch and one for dinner, and both times the food was fantastic. The service is outstanding! I brought my bestfriend here for her bday dinner, and we were amazed by how hospitable the manager was. He gave my friend a free cocktail, we got a free kale salad, and also got a free bday dessert with matching firework candle!!!

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Terrible ambiance and service. Only go if you want to be in a club scene and have to wait in a crowded area for anything. Did not wind up dining here and restaurant still redeemed a coupon voucher as if I had.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2014

The service at this restaurant is unacceptable. I arrived for my reservation at 11:30pm sharp. I was forced to wait on line as if this was a club. Then after waiting outside for 15 mins in the cold for the bouncer to check our id's, I was told that the kitchen was closed! This is unacceptable. What an embarrasment for me and my date. We had to walk out and find another restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

While Dinner on Ludlow is a little bit out of the way, the entire experience was great. We went on a Gilt City experience, and got a bottle of wine, an appetizer, two entrees, a side, and dessert. It was all TO DIE FOR. That food was probably the best dinner I've had since moving to NYC. I had the chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, and we ordered a side of brussel sprouts for the table. These brussel sprouts were so tender and crispy-- I can never get mine to taste this good! The cheesecake was perfection-- it is served deconstructed, which allows you to get all of the flavors together.

Side note-- they make all of their own syrups and fruit mixes at the bar, and you can DEFINITELY tell. The cocktails are dangerously good.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Can be noisy when crowded, but worth it for delicious food and creative drinks. On this very rainy Sunday, we had the full attention of the very hospitable bar staff and kitchen all to ourselves. A luxurious experience in a usually tumultuous venue.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2014

DOL isn't described as French, but my evening there was like a quick trip to the City of Lights. Both the host/server and the manager are extremely Parisian -- in a good way ;-) I also appreciated the comfortable, unfussy decor that seemed to reflect the relaxed confidence I sensed in them too. My dinner of butternut squash soup, followed by Skate with stewed white beans, was perfect, as was the service. A lovely discovery!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2014

DL was a good experience, but I went with a Gilt City voucher and wouldn't have gone otherwise. The tuna tartar was pretty good, the skate was tasty and my bf liked his swordfish a lot. The cocktails were tasty, although not strong. The best part of the night was our amazing waitress! I didn't catch her name but she is French and was so accommodating for my birthday. The only reason I'd go back to DL would be for a high-energy group dinner, otherwise enduring the loud music and the club atmosphere isn't really worth it for a normal dinner, since the food is nothing spectacular.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

There were 5 in our party, we were seated promptly on at Friday at 7:30. The atmosphere very swank, with dark colored patterned walls & huge chandeliers...I'd say it has a vintagey, Parisian vibe, with a hint of South Beach. Our banquet seating was comfortable though oddly high for the tables. The service was attentive, the food was good even if a bit overpriced for what it is. The drinks are expensive. $12 for a Bombay Sapphire with grapefruit juice & club soda, I would think $8 or $9 is more reasonable, but I hardly ever purchase a drink for myself, so what do I know? My only real criticisms are the temperature was too cold, & as the night progressed it seemed to get louder & hard to hear each other...also waited too long for check.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2014

Basically this is the type of place you go to for small plates and drinks. It's great for groups, and the ambience is fantastic. Service is questionable, our waitress was not in any way attentive or friendly and the place was not close to packed. However, I would go there again probably just for drinks.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2014

My chicken and biscuit was fine and the French toast with cornflake crust was great. The sides were iffy. The plain pork belly was too fatty and a little in the less seasoned taste.

The place probably looks ok at night because of the chandeliers. But in broad daylight, it looks worn out and tired.

The server we had did not explain the special deal for dinner - and I was disappointed that 3 of the best items for the main course was not part of my deal. And I am coerced to get my money's worth so I had to get sides.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

I went for brunch and had the pancakes and chicken sausage. My friend had the chicken and biscuits and truffle fries. We had two drinks each. It was a pretty quiet Saturday and we were seated right away. The waitress was pleasant enough. (She didn't really over extend herself, but she didn't check out either.) I used the Gilt City deal, so everything was pretty set regarding cost and her tip. The food was delicious and they did not skimp on the drinks which I appreciated. However, I have had very delicious, boozy brunches for half the discounted price ($70 total in the end) at places nearby. I suppose the cost is b/c of fresher ingredients? Idk. This is kind of a once a season splurge. Good for impressing a date.

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2014

Overpriced, slow service, too obviously trying to be trendy. Some dishes very good, others poor. Our French-accented waitress was delightful though, and it may be worth noting that it was the day after new years

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Good restaurant. First time here. Everything was good. I had the oxtail & onion soup and the steak. Great service & a nice place to dine on a Saturday night

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2013

Had the Beef stroganoff and loved the lemon thyme noodles. The steak frites were good as well but the beef did not have much of a "dry aged" taste. It definitely paled next to the beef stroganoff, but we would definitely come back to try some other things on the menu! Overall, a pretty good experience.

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