Forty Four

3.9
285 reviews
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An iconic living room to New York's innovators and elite, Royalton's lobby lounge hosts power breakfast and lunch to creators in media, publishing, fashion and tech. In the evening, the lounge becomes a vibrant social scene that is centered around a 20 foot fireplace and fueled by the innovative spirit of craft cocktails and bright, seasonal small plates. Forty Four at Royalton is defined by its ability to reinvent timeless classics and its power to establish new and unique experiences.
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Mon 12:45PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:45PM
Fri 12:45PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:45PM

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was not open contrary to what I was told by some obviously uninformed hotel workers. Even after calling to confirm the restaurants hour, we arrived at the hotel only to be told that the restaurant was not open on weekends. Extremely disappointed with the hotel and open table for not coordinating such an important fact as the restaurant’s hours.

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GD
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We went back hoping to repeat a memorable brunch from years ago. We found a empty place with an expensive “buffet” of dried up pastry. So sad.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Restaurant was extremely noisy, hostess gave us incomplete menu, service was sporadic.

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AC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I had dinner reservations before a 7 pm Broadway show on 44th St. It was Christmastime, and it was pouring rain. We walked many blocks in terrible crowds to get to our reservation on time, only to be told by the hostess that she had to seat us in the very noisy bar area because a private party had taken over the dining area. Our table was very low and one chair was really an ottoman with no back. The menu was bar food. The noise was excruciating. We left, and the hostess was unconcerned. We had to find food elsewhere - no mean feat at that hour at Xmastime. We will never go back to 44.

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took a long Uber, Booked a table, got to restaurant on time but they said they were shutting down the kitchen

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MC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Too noisy (recorded rock) and way too expensive, but when the live jazz trio came on, it was worth it Also one of the few places that has good bar seating for a small group (we numbered 7)

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F
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I gave my card to start a tab but at the end of the evening my friend and I split the bill. The whole charge is showing on my card. I called the bar and the manager was busy. I was told he would call me. Never have received a call. Not a good situation. I plan to dispute with the credit card company.

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V
London
36 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My daughters and I had lunch here, they enjoyed tacos and a burger and loved their food. My kale salad was large and the grilled chicken on the side was nicely cooked.

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S
New York Area
419 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous space, and quiet enough to host a business meal and be able to hear your guests. The food is very tasty, and beautifully presented. Portions are, for the most part, tiny, so beware.

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MS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Located on main floor of a trendy hotel, you get the feeling of elegance and exclusivity immediately upon walking in through a non-discript door and a dimly lit lobby. The staff was well attentive and we were seated immediately. We had some vegetarians with us and our waiter was more than happy to adapt Ny dish to accommodate our needs. Two highlights highlights for us were the buratta with grilled peach, balsamic, and greens and the broccolini.
We capped it off with a round of espresso coffees and concluded our meal within a reasonable business lunch time.

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CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great hidden gem in the lobby of the Royalton Hotel. Food very good with a nice quiet setting. Service could be a bit faster however, but would recommend...

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JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a quiet and elegant atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend it.

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

good food, excellent service. The reserved table was ready on time and the waiter was very
attentive.

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Open Table led me to believe that Fourty Four is available for dining on weekends. When I got there I was told hat the kitchen is closed on weekends. Instead of the usual lively scene that exists at the lounge Monday through Friday, it was completely empty and dead. Luckily, the bartender saved the evening by referring me and my girlfriends to an awesome spot nearby. I was told by the bartender that they’ve tried to change their hours at Open Table, but have been unable to do so.

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S
New York Area
419 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I like this place for a business lunch, since it's not very noisy, and you can actually hear the person you're sitting with. The restaurant and hotel lobby are sleek and sexy, service is excellent. Broad options on the lunch menu, though I will not be ordering the fish tacos again - the fish was tasty, but (despite being in the entree section) the 3 corn tacos were really tiny.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went off hours and enjoyed the privacy and quietness to have a conversation. I don't know what this place is at rush hour, but food is good, service was attentive and we were given full freedom to stay as long as we wanted to finish our meeting.

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S
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Nice lunch spot in the theater district. Service was friendly but slow and our sandwiches were delivered incorrectly.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Ordered the pasta primavera and it had no flavor at all. Started service with one waiter and he disappeared. Another then took over. Very disappointing choice given everything available

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DB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent for a business lunch. Really quiet, professional service, and quick, tasty food.
Somewhat limited menu.

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RV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Showed up for a 6:45 reservation--sorry, no table. You can sit in the bar--which we did.
So only bar menu plus a few mains. 30 minutes later the server told us what we ordered was sold out. But the fries were good, so we made a meal of that!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had not been to The Royalton in 20 years, still a great place to grab a drink. Cozy seating areas, fantastic service.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation despite some of the less-encouragable reviews.

We decided to call ahead to make sure they were open, and to confirm the reservation. Yes, they're open, yes, see you then!

When we arrived, the place was chaos. There were loads of people everywhere and no clear direction as to where the dining area was, it was noisy and packed. We were told to head to the back for the dining room, which we did, trying to get through a dense, loud crowd and when we got there, they were doing some kind of afterwork event in the dining area, the people were packed in between all the tables - there was no where for us to sit. The staff were unapologetic, unprofessional, and rude, and as a result of having to find another place to dine, we were late for our show.

Forty Four shouldn't be allowed to take reservations until they have systems in place to manage themselves properly.

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PV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Food quality was fine. Service, ambiance and noise level were not. Busy hotel restaurant feel.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very convenient for a business meeting. Ample room to have a meal and look over a few documents.

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JR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Chips were stale, seating was uncomfortable, calamari wasn’t crunchy and it was too fishy. Overall not a good experience

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were not open. Why would i be able to make a reservation if you are not open?
We could have made reservations else where if we had known. but instead we were scrambling to find a place that could take us that we actually good food in that area.

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S
New York Area
419 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful room with a cool vibe. Good options for lunch, including salads (kale with burrata & chix was tasty) and sandwiches. Service was slow this visit -- and then one of the lunch orders was incorrect, and it took a very long time to replace. Otherwise, a good meal.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dinner before Broadway show, however restaurant was closed and yet I still was able to book a reservation??? Terrible experience. I don't know who to blame - open table or the hotel restaurant!??

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Music too loud, food mediocre, service nonchalant.
I would never go back nor recommend and had to apologize for my selection to friends that had come in from Japan.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Their idea of fried chicken sliders is a chicken nugget on a roll with guacamole from a jar. Truly disgusting.

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C
Cleveland
83 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

It was disconcerting to be the only dinner patrons in a large restaurant. We had theater tickets and did not have the time to look elsewhere for a more positive atmosphere. Dinner was fine - no complaints; no raves. Service was very good though apologetic - in particular because the menu online was extensive and the actual menu was quite limited. It was explained that the website showed last year’s offerings.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

It used to be a place to go, now it is dull and yet very loud with somewhat limited hotel menu. The level of noise and music is unbearable. For the crowd this now dull place can attract they should really tone their stereo down. It is not 2000s any more, no one, even young people are eager to drown their conversation in this unbearable noise. Loud is out of fashion.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I go to Forty Four all the time. It is convenient. They honor reservations. The food is reasonable and decently priced, and the service is very good. The restaurant is, however, desperately in need of a renovation. It is objectively ugly and outdated; it looks like a cruise ship from the 1970s.

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S
New York Area
419 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic business lunch. Kale salad with grilled shrimp was delicious, and a generous portion. Caesar salad also looked good. Waters were replenished often (not so much on my iced tea).
Was quiet enough to actually have a conversation, and the space is sleek & sexy.

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MF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

44 is my go-to for midtown business breakfasts. The tables are spaced far apart, noise level low and service is attentive. Not a people watching spot (go to Michael's for that) just a solid place to meet,eat and talk.

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R
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but waiter got our order wrong. We ordered two salads; one with chicken and dressing on salad and one plain with dressing on side. It came out with the dressing in side of chicken salad. No big deal, but it happened.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Major decline in quality of food. Horrible and inexcusable. Overly salty, poorly cooked and not fresh

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It wAs my daughters first MY trip and this was the best meal by far in the coolest restaurant. Arben and Kenny were fantastic!

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unbeatable location but last few times I've been to 44 the service has been really slow.

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NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Good location for a drink. Aside from the truffle fries, the rest of the food wasn't good. Sushi and Japanese plates were chewy and tasteless.

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