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Don't Tell Mama NYC

1371 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre (24)
  • Live Music (19)
  • Good for a Date (17)
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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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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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
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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What 1371 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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KikiBring (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We stopped by on our way to a show. The waiter was very nice and attentive. We were able to enjoy the dinner and make it in time. They have a piano bar which is separate from the dinner area and another area for cabaret. It was super neat! Will return for sure.

4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Pretty solid place to grab a meal with friends before attending an evening show in the Theater District. Food was very good, waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, and meal was delivered in good time.

DaveCy (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Really enjoyed it all. Had the duck and for me it was a perfect dish

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Nice intimate place to have a delicious meal pre-theatre. Waitstaff is friendly and efficient. Food is simple, straightforward and delicious. I will definitely come back again.

CarolL (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good
And he secured a good table at the separate but adjoining piano bar that was great

Table42 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We were a little early for our reservation, but the host was able to seat us quickly. The dining area was nicely lite to make it very cozy and relaxed. Our waiter was friendly and greeted us promptly. I had the Chicken Marsala which was very good, wife order a steak cooked medium, however it came out well, and a little dry, she said nothing to the waiter, but told me at the end.
Suggestion tell waiter what you expect medium should be, a little pink not bloody, as all restaurants are different. We will try again when in the city.

MicheleB (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Pre theater dinner with a friend. Good food good service. Would definitely go back again

Bruce51 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We were there on a rainy night so it was very quiet. The food was excellent and the service was superb. Everyone was nice and personable making for a very pleasant experience. We will definitely go back, the location is perfect for preempt theatre dinners.

junebug (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We arrived early and we were seated right away. We had one additional person as well and we were welcomed and served, no issues.
Food was excellent.

cvillered (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was ok and reasonably priced for the area. No draft beers only mainstream beers in bottles but that isn’t uncommon in Manhattan tourist area.

vipAverageatbest (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Based on reviews, my husband and I chose Don't Tell Mama as a pre theater dining experience. We stopped for a drink in the bar attached to the restaurant and enjoyed our experience so we looked forward to dining in the adjoining restaurant. While the service and ambiance were good, the portions were quite small. I am not a big eater, but I have to admit I left hungry. I don't anticipate returning to this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was great not too expensive especially on Restaurant Row

vipFoodLover (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We dined here before seeing a Broadway play. Our waiter was delightful as was the food. Very nice evening and dinner!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Was not impressed with menu or food

vipFoodiegirl (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

What a great find. Good food and great staff. Wanted to stay for Cabaret but had to leave for a play. We will go again! Thanks Josh!

StephyS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

It was our first time here! The staff was great and the place itself was really nice! The food was good, nothing extraordinary, but still good.

KimO (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was great. Very generous wine pour. Dined very early so quiet but could get loud. Seems to be a neighborhood gem. Would go back

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Small restaurant, definitely make a reservation. Great place to go before the Theater. Foods was hot. I had the steak which was properly cooked, my wife had the Hallibut which unfortunately was slightly overcooked. Menu had plenty of options. It's a keeper and would eat here again

CarolinaGirl0828 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We ate in the restaurant at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday and there were only two other single tables filled so it was very quiet. However, by the time we left around 6:30 it was full and quite lively. It is small and cozy so if you don't like being right up close to the table next to you (which apparently the couple eventually seated next to us didn't), this is not the place for you. My daughter and I loved it, though. The food and service were excellent; the Broadway-themed cocktails were a nice touch. My only regret is that we had other plans for the evening and couldn't go to the piano bar or the cabaret.

vipLeelovesfood (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Absolutely love this place! Literally the best garlic bread in NYC! A must before the theatre or just an amazing dinner!