Permanently Closed - Forty Four

4.2
314 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Royalton's Forty Four restaurant features a seasonal menu of quality sourced ingredients with a New American twist, and hosts power breakfast and lunch to creators in media, publishing, fashion and tech. In the evening, Bar 44 is a vibrant social scene that is centered around a 20-foot fireplace and fueled by the innovative spirit of craft cocktails created by New York's best bartending team, and features bright and seasonal small plates.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
33% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAuntEm
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find - you can have a quiet conversation, eat like royalty, and be attended to by friendly, professional, and attentive staff. The portions were perfect, the food top of the line, and we were welcomed like their best customers. Fabulous experience!

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vipLAINEYG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Tip to the management:don't take a 1:45PM reservation, knowing that the kitchen closes @ 2PM.
Also, it's Christmas: have a bartender show up before 3PM

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vipMark
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A typical upper end hotel breakfast. Food was good, but very typical. Service was above average.

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vipDebs
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and Ingrid was very kind to reserve a great spot for us. The food was good and the drinks were innovative and fun. Great spot all the way around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service!

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John
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was very salty , impossible to eat. Drinks are overpriced by 50% compare to other restaurants.
Very limited choice menu.

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vipJamesL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Second visit to restaurant. First visit was more enjoyable because the atmosphere was better with a excellent 3 piece band. This visit was on a “quiet night” without the band. Not as good. Service was very good, food OK. Future visit requires a call about the band.

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vipbcorbitt
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Came with a friend and had a meal. Food overall was good. Design is sort of dated compared to bar and lounge of hotel. Nothing overall inventive as got nachos with guacamole, calamari, salad with salmon, branzino and carrot cake. Calamari was the best including nice dipping sauce. Service was okay as had to ask for wine list a couple times before got it. They had a musician singing that was below average. If staying at hotel or need food after drinking at bar not a terrible choice.

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vipJamesL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went on Tuesday night before going to the theater. The three piece band was fantastic. Repeat, band was great. Loud but very good. Have to like this kind of atmosphere. You can have a few drinks and listen to music. We had dinner but noticed bar area was crowded pre-theater time.

There are quieter nights without a band. Call first. Dark but elegant place. Good number of people but not crowded. It is noisy.

Noticed no weekend dinner. Some reviewer were surprised but Open Table has updated info for exact time.

Limited menu but good.

Bottom line: We plan to go back soon on a quiet night to see what it is like.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. The salmon poke was flavorful and very fresh. My husband’s steak was cooked perfectly and their homemade pasta was perfect.
The cheesecake was light and creamy. The service was impeccable. Definitely a gem near Times Square.

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ReinhardN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

super food a lot noisy our waiter was great until it got busy all were friendly

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vipGerim
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Would definitely go there again.

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MashuqD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was wonderful, our waiter was fantastic. But the food was good, not excellent, especially for the price. Some restaurants you feel like their food is much more expensive, but the quality is much higher to match. Here, I felt like the everything was bumped up in price -- cheapest glass of wine was $17 -- but it didn't mean the quality was better than a $12 glass of wine elsewhere. The restaurant was also a little loud from the bar next door (the waiter tried to adjust the volume for us), and when I go out for a nice evening out, I want to have quality conversation with my partner, not have to struggle to hear her.

There's nothing particularly wrong with this place, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well. No one was there to greet us...so we went somewhere else

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AlanS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were in NYC to see a show, and looking for a pre-theater menu. We found 44 on Open Table and made an early reservation to be sure to make our 7pm show. I found it interesting that the entry to the restaurant, which is in the Royalton Hotel, was very understated - no big canopy, or outside menu board. Liked it already. Need to walk through a long and active bar to get to the restaurant seating, which was good, because it localized the conversations away from the eating area, although our early arrival may have helped. As we were seated, we mentioned that we were there for the pre-theater menu, and received a blank look. "Don't think we have one". Well, thankful for the internet, I was able to show him they indeed advertised one. After a few minutes of back and forth, a manager came, apologized, and verified the website posting, which may have been left active in error (?) We were able to have an appetizer, entrée, and a glass of wine for $45. Certainly a good value in New York (even with the $18 bourbon added on!). And the meal, service and atmosphere was top notch. We would return, even if they remove this offer (it's still on the site!).

Now for the little technical glitch: I later received an email from Open Table, politely asking why I hadn't honored my reservation. I guess 44 not only doesn't know what's on it's website, but doesn't feedback to Open Table when people show up! I was a little embarrassed, but when I replied to Open Table, I received a nice reply. So, little issues aside, 44 was a treat.

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LisaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service was great- loved the deep leather sofas, had a great cozy but modern vibe

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vipChicagofrequentguest
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

DO NOT book this restaurant through Open Table. We experienced what seems to be a common occurrence with this restaurant. A reservation is made (and confirmed through open table the day of the reservation) only to arrive at the time of our reservation to be told the restaurant was closed for a special event. We were offered to eat at a low table in the lounge with a limited menu, which we declined and we luckily found another place close by. This seems to happen quite often here (see several reviews). This is sad because the hotel (The Royalton) is really lovely with excellent service . Somehow, both the Restaurant and Open Table need to coordinate when the restaurant is closed so those holding reservations can make other arrangements. Really frustrating experience.

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AlbertL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the restaurant was closed in spite of our reservation!!!

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BobS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table for 6 guests for breakfast on Open Table. No waitperson appeared for 20 minutes. Finally a kitchen helper told me they don't have a formal breakfast on the weekend and Open Table shouldn't have booked the reservation. They were only serving croissants and coffee. No apologies, no assistance directing me to another place we could have breakfast. Some places die without a trace. This is one of them.

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vipMichie
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

It’s a little dated but the service was terrific, looks like an interesting bar crowd.

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joanneN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it, took my granddaughter thoght restauand was stunning

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KamI
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Impose 20% gratuity on bill without permission. Has to asked manager to have it changed this is for party of two

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb - cocktails, wine, food, ambience and most especially the service. Albert is a talented mixologist at the bar! Which is also a most beautiful bar at that. The scene is perfect for a date or getting together with friends when you actually want to hear each other speak, dine on delicious food and be in a beautiful decorated space. It’s not crazy popular or a bustling scene but a perfect reprieve in Midtown.

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vipsioux
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food good. Service poor. Noise level off the wall

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BajaQueen
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Steak was rather tough, the rest of meal OK nothing special. Very Loud music.
Service excellent.

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vipPeytonS
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Went for dinner, but wouldn't recommend going for a sit-down meal. The ambiance is fantastic, very dark with live music. Next time I would go just for drinks, however, their cocktail menu is lacking.

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viploveroffood
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a business lunch and it was amazing! Food was so delicious- didn't want the meal to end and staff was exceptional. Super cool place too! Will definitely be back.

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vipHoward
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute I entered the establishment, I was greeted by the hostess who knew me and my preferred table of choice. Well done.....

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SteveZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food wasnt good. I did enjoy the ambience and the location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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GDNYC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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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Heather
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

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

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vipAnnC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipJewlsheels8there
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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MichelleC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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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Foodie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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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vipValerie
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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vipSheryl
New York Area
441 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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vipMichaelS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipCherylL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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