Don't Tell Mama NYC

4.3
1512 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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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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Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 5:00PM

What 1512 People Are Saying
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JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Price fixe is a great deal glazed chicken was scrumptious as was the lemon meringue pie. Great easy location to the theatres.

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G
Dallas
83 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Friendly service. Not too noisy. Fun neighborhood.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent. Though it didn’t bother us it was a pity we were the only customers as the atmosphere was quite and strange

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o
Salt Lake City
67 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Intimate small tables well trained waiters

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g
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and for nyc it was a particularly great value. I had the 35 prefix dinner of salmon and it was very good. Our waiter Ryan was particularly delightful and such a pleasant server. We loved it and would go back in a second!! Thank you!!!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. The girls loved their drinks and the food was hot and fresh. We'll go again.

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FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back!

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c
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I cannot remember the name of young man who helped us but he was very attentive. Kept checking to make sure we were doing well. The Krispy salmon was great could have been better with more vegetables. It was perfectly cooked. The drinks were good but two expensive. Nice small cozy place. Clean bathroom which is a big thing with me. The name was unusual but it was explained to us just what it means. carabet. Overall a very enjoyable evening. Will try the happy hour bar on the other side

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S
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome night. staff and piano guy were fantastic. highlight of my time in new york x

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AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was so yummy and our server made the experience very enjoyable. I had the Seafood Trio with the white wine sauce. It was so fresh and delicious. I also had Creme Brûlée for dessert.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Before the theater, we got to Don't Tell Mama early. They held our reservation for us while we sat next door and enjoyed the piano bar. Our table was squished next to the door for the restroom, which was a little obnoxious. Ryan, our waiter, was awesome - friendly and helpful. The food was great.

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D
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the start the service was outstanding. Our waiter Ryan set the tone and his fun personality and willingness to make our experience amazing stood out and made our daughters 28th birthday so memorable. Food was great, I had Mamas Martini which I loved and it was a pre theatre dinner we will not soon forget. Thanks !!!

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j
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

You can’t beat the location for pre-theater dining! The staff was very attentive and accommodating. The restaurant was unremarkable for decor. It was very quiet, but it was also very early. I might go back basically because of the location. My entree was good but not outstanding. The biggest disappointment was the size of my dining companion’s entree salad relative to the price. That’s why I gave the food 3 stars and not 4.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! We did think the good value we got for the entree was undone by the price of drinks and desserts.

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j
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After the show it is very quiet and I crowded in the restaurant. If you dine and want to go next door you go to the front of the line if there is one. Definitely not gourmet but ok after a show.

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RH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good all around, service and food I would highly recommend.

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NN
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal with great service. In and out in plenty of time for a theatre show. Provided a special menu with appetizer and dessert.

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and great pre-fixe menu choices

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places in the city!! Food is delicious and service is impeccable.
After dinner, I always have a cocktail at the piano bar while listening to Broadway tunes - the singers are AMAZING!!!

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The A/C was broken on the hottest day of the summer and food was average.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible night . Short ribs were perfect .service excellent.can not say enough good things about the manager Manuel.Professional and friendly.Truly knows his business and makes you feel very special .It was a great night

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NC
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with a few friends for a midweek get together. Wonderful, and friendly service, impressive wine selection and the food was delicious. Most of the table ordered fish, which was cooked perfectly, and accompanied with the most delicious mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. We skipped dessert, but ordered up another round of cocktails. The moderate dining room is quite inviting and charming, a nice place to hang out with friends. And the best part is that it was not too loud so we could hear each other. I will definitely return here, and recommend to friends and family.

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

I had a wonderful dinner at Don’t tell Mama what an amazing cozy restaurant. The food and service was excellent. I do recommend this restaurant 5*

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AK
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot - always a fun time. Recommend grabbing dinner and then fun in the piano bar. Pre-fix menu has a good selection and did not disappoint! Ryan was our server and made sure we had such a good time celebrating my cousin's 50th bday with cousins and aunts!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Highly recommend for brunch before a Broadway show!

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e
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife ordered a chicken dish and I ordered tilapia. The chicken was very chewy (tough). My tilapia was cooked too long and was tasteless. The accompanying vegetables and mashed potatoes were very good.

There are so many great restaurants near the Theatre District, that we will most likely not return here.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Not a bad little restaurant but there was a musty mold smell that would prevent me from ever going back. Too many other great restaurants in the area.

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YB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for an early dinner before the theatre and before the piano bar opened. The restaurant wasn't too busy and had a good vibe which I am guessing would have turned into a great vibe once the piano bar opened. The food was nothing special. Nothing was bad, but it wasn't a meal I'd go back for. I'd be willing to go later in the evening and check out the piano bar, but it's not a place I'd reccomend for an early pre-show dinner.

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BG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had dinner here for the first time before Theater. Very pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent and server very attentive. We sat outside. Just a few tables so I can't comment on the rest of the questions. We would return to this restaurant.

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SC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch before going to a show! My friend and I both ordered the ore- fix lunch and it was all delicious food. Bar drinks were creative and tasty too!

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W
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quaint little place with an adjacent piano bar. Prix fix menu with salad or soup, main dish and dessert, had good choices. Service was good. Went after broadway show matinee.

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Tulsa
31 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great NYC vibe here and nostalgic too. Bygone era sorta nightclub and great food! It’s the total package.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Great service, unfortunately the food was borderline inedible. The chicken Marsala wasn’t good. Chicken was hard to cut. Marsala sauce was more like a gravy. Short ribs were supposed to have red wine reduction but was covered in some type of tomato sauce.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I love being there at the restaurant and the piano bar before and after dinner!

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j
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was lower than diner grade. It’s small so it was noisy! Very disappointing for a Manhattan Restaurant even being on Restaurant Row. I would never consider going back. Simple plate - tomato and mozzarella was processed and my sauce for ravioli was probably canned. PS they had a B rating.

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EW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall experience - Great!

Restaurant
+ Good food
+ Nice Ambiance
+ Kid Friendly (at least the waitstaff tried their damndest!)

Music Lounge
- Music was a bit loud, which was fine for the energy but the mic was off
- Hit/Miss on the drinks

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JS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Loved the show. Great location and tons of fun.

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DV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was good but dishes were small and pricey. The kitchen was really slow. Staff was kind.

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m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here after a Sunday matinee. Good selection of appetizers and mains. They also have a nice price fixe dinner.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after a show. Our server was super sweet and attentive but not pushy. The food was very good. We sat outside and enjoyed people watching while dining.

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