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Garage Restaurant and Cafe

3.8
1219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch (1009)
  • Neighborhood Gem (918)
  • Good for Groups (784)

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About

With its exposed brick walls and dark wood furnishings, the ultra-inviting Garage Restaurant and Café serves modern American fare with soul. Appetizer options include the exotic mushroom beggar's purse, filo dough stuffed with mushrooms and cheese, as well as the apricot and ginger glazed flame-grilled jumbo shrimp with a mango avocado salsa. House specialties, like the Roquefort-topped filet mignon, the lobster ravioli and the garlic-crusted chicken with mashed potatoes, deliciously demonstrate Garage Restaurant and Café's commitment to quality.

Check out Garage Restaurant and Café on Sundays, when live jazz bands play while a decadent brunch is served. The French vanilla soaked French toast, surf and turf egg benedicts and the farmer's market omelet are reason enough to head to Garage.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Kitchen: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:30am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 4:00pm Bar: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00am Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00am Live Jazz: Monday & Tuesday: 17 piece Big Band Jazz, 2 seatings 7:30pm & 9:30pm Then from 11:30pm - 2:30am Live Jazz Weds & Thursday: Live Jazz from 6:00pm - 2:30am Friday: Live Jazz from 6:30pm - 3:00am Saturday: Live Jazz Brunch from 12:00pm - 4:00pm Then Live Jazz from 6:30 - 3:00am Sunday: Live Jazz Brunch from 12:00pm - 4:00pm Then Live Jazz from 6:00 - 2:30am
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Phone number
(212) 645-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gregg Berk
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Private party facilities
Garage Restaurant & Café (“The Best Spot To Park In The Village”) creates excellent events for groups of 10-250 people. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner with Jazz or a large buffet-style dinner with dancing, we can plan the perfect event for you.
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Private party contact
David Shenk: (212) 645-0600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Christopher St
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Parking details
Metered parking on the street.
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Public transit
Take the # 1 train to Christopher street and we are on the corner of Christopher and 7th or take the A,B,C,D,E,F to west 4th street and walk two blocks
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Entertainment
Live Jazz seven nights a week; Sat and Sun jazz brunch; Late night music till 3:00am; 17 piece big band on Monday and Tuesday nights - two seatings for dinner on Monday and Tuesday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Great little place. Best time is brunch with unlimited cocktails! Better looking on the inside than the outside!

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2.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Went for brunch excited that their menu includes an entire section of eggs bendict. I couldn't have been more disappointed. The hollandaise was an odd, thin and tasteless neon colored glaze, the crab and lobster cakes were more bread than anything and the mimosas were intolerable sweet. Major disappointment. Service was prompt and friendly and the jazz band was a welcomed distraction.

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Annie (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

Terrible food

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Kitty (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2015

We went to the Garage on a MONDAY night and everything was just as great as the last time we were there. It felt like a Thursday or Friday. The food the service, oh and by the way, Kudos to Alexandria, our server thank you. The live jazz and the wine selection just as good as the first time we visited. We plan on going back in 2016 many times over.

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delahoyazamora (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

I heard a rumor that this restaurant is to be sold soon. If true, too bad...

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vipSunny (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

I would not recommend as this restaurant is closing. We were there Sat Dec 11 and they told us they were closing in 3 weeks. Dinner came out right after appetizer, not right. Dinner was not hot and not particularly good. We had to keep selecting different wines as they aren't restocking. Decor was quite nice. Probably was better when everyone wasn't about to lose their jobs. Merry Christmas.

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vipGuacamoleParty (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2015

My party and I were gathering for a holiday brunch/gift exchange, and we settled on Garage to satisfy each participant's requirements. The bottomless mimosas were delicious and rapidly replenished, the jazz band was entertaining and lively, and we had adequate space to talk and pass (small, unwrapped) presents. Our festivities were enhanced by the tasteful, seasonally appropriate decor, which included an upside-down tree suspended from the ceiling. The food was decent, nothing to write home about, but it was served promptly and with no hassles -- in fact, much kudos goes to our waitstaff for their pleasant and prompt performance. Overall, I'd recommend Garage as a destination for a fun and accessible dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2015

The food was absolutely amazing.

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APfoodie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

Food was typical brunch food. Large menu. Price a great - $16.95 for an entree and drink for brunch. The band was good too.

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Bobbarb48 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

The staff, food, atmosphere and music was great!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

Food and ambiance were both excellent! I would return to this restaurant, for sure.

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vipArtE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2015

Always a winner for me. Been there several times for weekend brunch and for evening dinner, jazz, wine. Performers always do a very good job with good mix of music.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

Service was great, drinks were great, food was not great. How does one mess up toast?

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MitziD (London)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

Great atmosphere, good food & cocktails. A definite must for a visit to Manhattan.

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Elle (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

Would be great if the owner wasn't so miserable. I asked him a question and he was ridiculously rude to me. I'm not surprised the place is closing next month.

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Happycelebrators44 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

We lucked up on finding this restaurant at the last minute and late night. We really enjoyed the food and the jazz band Hot House. Then we came back the next day for Saturday brunch. Again really great food and drinks.

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Brian (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

Been here 4 times now and never let me down, never been into Jazz but love it at the Garage. Came with three friends from England a part of a tour of NYC and they absolutely loved it. Not cheap but well worth it. If you though don't like loud live music with your food don't go. No so loud that you could not talk

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Demi94 (London)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2015

We was recommended this restaurant from a friend and I ca see why! The food was amazing and the staff were lovely, especially our waitress. Really nice, cosy atmosphere and brilliant for jazz lovers!

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stefano94 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 11, 2015

The place was basically empty but "YOU CANNOT be seated until all your party is here" and I know why. They want people to wait @ the bar and buy drinks. It's a shame that they don't spend as much time on making their food tastier as they do on their operational techniques. But we loooved the music, especially Eyal Vilar's Big Band.

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Meemz (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2015

The Jazz was great and the food was also pretty good. Wide selection and well presented

The service however was very poor. Staff were rude and really lacked customer service- it's a shame as everything else was great

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