Don't Tell Mama NYC

4.2
1574 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s Theater District. New American Cuisine with a world-class atmosphere and a seasonally changing menu offering the freshest ingredients resulting in something for every plate as well as choices of delicious desserts and a wonderful selection of fine wines. Piano Bar & Cabaret Rooms are also featured at Don't Tell Mama. Founded in 1982.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Broadway Boozy Brunch
Sunday with Seatings at 12:00pm
Full cabaret show for 90 min
No Brunch on Dec 25 and Jan 1st
Lunch: Saturday : 11:30am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Fri and Sat open until midnight. Lunch will be open for Special groups and parties (Reservations by Phone or Email).
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Phone number
(212) 757-0788
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
8th and 9th Avenues
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Parking details
A parking garage is located next to the restaurant.
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Public transit
A, B & C trains to 44th Street and 8th Avenue and the Q,R,N,1, 2 & 3 trains to 42nd Street and 7th Avenue.
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Entertainment
Piano Bar has live music including singing acts done by the entire staff. No reservations are taken for the piano bar. Come have a meal with us at the restaurant and then you can enjoy a drink at the piano bar.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our special events coordinator Manuel Araujo for more information about private parties and special events. 212-757 0788 or manuel@donttellmamanyc.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The cabaret rooms, when not booked, serve as our private party rooms.

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Specials

New Year's Eve 4 course prixe fixe - $75

4 course meal plus a complementary flute of champagne

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 13, 2018

Ends: December 14, 2117

Availability: Mon 7:00PM-11:00PM

New Years Eve in Restaurant

4 course Prixe fixe meal for $55

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 13, 2018

Ends: December 14, 2117

Availability: Mon-Tue 4:00PM-7:00PM

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- $45 Prixe Fixe

4 course meal

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 13, 2018

Ends: December 14, 2117

Availability: Mon-Tue 4:00PM-10:45PM

Prixe Fixe Menu - $35

3 course meal. appetizer, entree and dessert

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 13, 2018

Ends: December 14, 2117

Availability: Fri-Sat 4:00PM-11:00PM

Prixe Fixe Menu- $32

3 course meal. appetizer, entree and dessert

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 13, 2018

Ends: December 14, 2117

Availability: Sun-Thu 4:00PM-11:00PM

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What 1574 People Are Saying
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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gym on restaurant row. The service was amazing and they were very attentive. The food was good and having a prefixed menu was delightful. I would say that the drinks are a little pricy but still good drinks none the less. Overall had a great time here with my boyfriend for his 25th birthday before seeing a broadway show!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Waiter Ryan was rude to the Mexican bus boy (who was actually a man) and what he said bothered me tremendously. When the man asked the bartender/waiter if they needed ice (I believe that was the question) Ryan indicated "I'm busy ... and that's not my job," which I thought was extremely rude given his words along with his facial expression when doing so. That bus boy worked harder than either the waiter or the bartender and should be treated with a little respect. He wasn't asking Ryan to get ice -- he was asking if he needed ice -- and I know this because our table was but up against the bar directly in front of both of them when this exchange took place.

Additionally, I was hoping to enjoy the piano bar and/or cabaret with my daughter that evening - when questioning the liaison at the door in the piano bar his comments to our questions were quite discouraging and left us feeling like it wouldn't be worth our while to stay and enjoy the performances -- we therefore left the establishment.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere excellent service. Very speedy service with great entertainment

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This is the second time I have dined at Don't Tell Mama, and I was extremely disappointed. The service was deplorable and the food was mediocre.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and location were excellent!! Server was a little slow and inattentive for having 1 table!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quaint place with fun character. I had the seafood pasta - wasn’t impressed but it was palletable. Will come back and try a different dish another time

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always have a great time here and then I stay for the Caberet!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the show was delicious ,so we came back after the show for drinks & the live musical performances, which were awesome

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AV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Fun at the piano bar. Food was brought quickly so that helps getting to the theater on time.

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a
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls trip to NYC. Great service and food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Took my sister there and she loved it, which is saying a lot! Food, service great. Sometimes eating in the theater district can be a problem but not this place.

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EP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The piano bar was fantastic, the service was great. It would be nice to open up the wall between the dining room to the piano bar and make the entire area a piano bar. The piano bar area was packed while the dining area was not busy. The wait staff was kind enough to get us a seat at the piano bar after dinner.

Dinner: Seafood pasta was ok. Ravioli was very good. Chips and guac was delicious. I really enjoyed the singers and piano bar singer, great fun. I would come back for the Piano bar and appetizers and drinks.

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my first time in NYC, this was a great place to visit for dinner. The food was beautiful and delicious, service was friendly, and the restaurant itself was charming. Cocktails were not cheap but were really good. We would definitely recommend and hope to return!

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k
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went as a fsmily although I am sure we arent their normal clientel we were treated well. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and they accomodated my sons food allergies. I would ho back agsin as a family but I woukd also lovd yo go back to the piano bar side!
ps my cocktail was fabulous!!
Highly recomnend!

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Booked a table for 4 for special meal, service was average as was the food.

When we paid our bill cash, we advised that it was short by $50 - clearly it wasn’t and disputed this.

They advised pay up before we could move to bar, no offer to review CCTV despite asking.

Be careful.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although the restaurant was small, we did not feel cramped and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Staff was friendly and fast. Food was plentiful and delicious and there was something on the menu for everyone. Highly recommend it

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. They honored some special requests. The atmosphere was quiet and cozy.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place is attractive and had table clothes on the tables. Service was fine and the food was presented as ordered but was not above average. The noise level was great early in the evening and then became quite loud.

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KT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't Tell Mama never fails to impress. Great combination of interesting delicious food, creative cocktail specials and perfect desserts (the Crème Brule is perfect, not too thin, not too thick). Don't let the fact that's it's on Restaurant Row scare you away. It's a favorite of ours whether it's just the two of us or a larger group. Dining is intimate with typical NYC close seating but you never feel crowded or like the table next to you is listening to everything you say. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

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JC
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Are server was very attentive and provided great, friendly service. No complaints on the food, service or ambiance.

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HC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tiny little dining room, excellent attentive service, decent food.
We had a large group and they accommodated well
Only complaint is that only 1 small restriom

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NB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised. The name doesn't denote the ambience and food quality. There were several fish options as well as a price fix menu, which were a good value. Our server, Isabella, was friendly, informative and pleasant. There was a party of 10 next to us, which included several children. The server and the adults in the party apologized prior to their sitting down. However, the children were well behaved and the noise level did not in any way interfere with our conversation. Will definitely return.

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were treated very well by the staff. However, the pizza was the worst ever , the other dishes OK (duck, ravioli and chicken.) We were there as a family group to hear the music show, just had dinner there first.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was just awful , staff were not interested tables dirty plates not cleared , never again

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

the best way to end a night in the city. Not only the various piano players but the entire staff- servers, barmaids and the owner join in for great vocal and comedic entertainment. I suspect many on the staff are in between Broadway shows.

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G
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was inedible.

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SA
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time here... the food selections were very nice and our server was excellent. IN addition, the prices were not bad; a little less than what you'd expect on Restaurant Row. We will definitely return.

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CE
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very old world NYC. Great food and entertainment.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Friendly if uneven service (waiters switched halfway through meal), food was okay (but pricier than it's quality), but the location is perfect

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Nous avons été très déçu par la qualité de notre repas. Les raviolis soit disant maison au Homard n'avaient pas la moindre trace d'homards à l'intérieur. Le plat était pas assez copieux. Le vin blanc médiocre. Pas d'ambiance musicale...

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AS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I came here on a girls weekend. I chose it based on the menu options and its proximity to the theater district. It didn’t disappoint! It is small and very cozy. All 4 of us ordered from the prix fix menu. With a 5:45 reservation we had plenty of time to eat and chat before walking to our 8pm show. The wine pours were generous, the food (3 ordered glazed chicken, 1 salmon) was delicious and I hope to return on my next visit to NYC.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Dinner was delicious and service was prompt. Great quick bite before seeing a show. They have a price fix menu, but you have to ask for it. Highly recommend if you're in the area.

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I
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wish the piano was playing during diner as it was one of the main reasons I picked this restaurant.

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SK
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cosy restaurant but mediocre food. Absolutely loved the piano bar on the other side. Fabulous singing wait staff, great pianist, and the occasional open mic performances were a treat. The place was hopping on a cold Wednesday night. Will be back to the piano bar for sure!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience with a wonderful waiter; the fixed price menu was soup or salad; main course and dessert--well worth the $32 price; we went from the restaurant to the Piano Bar which is a unique experience. The pianist was the best and the singing staff made it extra special. Drinks are expensive with a two drink minimum, but there is no cover charge.

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GC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not that great for the price. I understand that this is New York but that doesn't mean that you have to overcharge for mediocre food. Came to the place to listen to music and eat, we didn't know that there are two separate areas, the restaurant and the bar, so you have to eat first and listen recorded music even though somebody was playing and singing on the other side of the wall, then you walk to the bar. If you eat there first then they find you a seat at the bar. Again drinks are on the expensive side. Overall not a very satisfying experience.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice people here! I came in from the bus terminal with a suitcase, and my server was so lovely! He made me feel very comfortable there, despite the fact that I was eating alone. I had a terrific glass of Australian Shiraz that was amazing! It’s not inexpensive, but I really enjoyed the food. I thought it was reasonable for the money I paid. I will definitely go back there, when I can also enjoy the piano music!!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant for a date night!

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Everything was amazing. Staff were hard working and very accommodating and friendly. Good was delicious. Will definitely be back!!

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