Jams - NYC

4.5
501 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman's new restaurant with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and an air of simplicity serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Weekend Mornings:
7:00am - 9:15am breakfast
10:00am - 2:45pm a la carte brunch

Bar:
Closes at 12:00AM Daily
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Phone number
(212) 703-2007
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ginger Pierce
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Cross street
58th St
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Parking details
Neighborhood garage parking is available.
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Public transit
F, N, R, Q trains all nearby.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 501 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic, recommending a fabulous hummus appetizer, and giving greater guidance on and sample of a Barbera and Syrah. My wife had the chicken, and I had the scallops. Both were deliciously prepared. Prices very reasonable especially for NYC and ambience was urban brick and metal but very cozy. If I could invest, I would.

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LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely time taking my mom and daughter out before the Paris premier. Everyone enjoyed every bite. My chicken was juciy and flavorful. The wine was tasty. I needed a low noise level for my mom and I think we acheived that with the early reservation. It was pricier than expected but reasonable for an elegant healthy meal in an impressive NYC location. The service was outstanding as my mom, the typical cranky Ny'r, did not have even a single complaint. I would recommend for sure and will most likely be back.

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, well priced food and well run, unpretentious restaurant - a welcome presence in this neighborhood.
Nice decor, relaxed ambiance. Would happily go again when in this area.

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S
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed given who the chef is. I realize this is a hotel restaurant and likely a license deal, but man was it brutal.

Service was terrible. Waited long time for drinks, food and check. Restaurant was half full on a Sat at 8pm.

Food was fine. I expected more. Very simple.

Given it was NY, no way would I return. Too many options. Disappointed.

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HT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Try the chicken
Service was not consistent especially since restaurant no crowded and lots of help
Runner was quick and pleasant
Cheese should be called fruit and nut platter with 2 small poeves of cheese (platter needs at least 3 different cheeses, especially if over $20)

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OT
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Had not been to Jams but have followed Executive Chef Jonathan Waxman for many years so finally got around to it. Let me start off by saying that the food here is very good--fresh, interesting flavor combinations, and well prepared. If food alone made for a good dining experience in a high end table service restaurant, this review would have been 4 Stars (it bordered on 3, but I just couldn't justify a Good as you will read below!). Where Jams completely falls apart is in service. The host greeted us in a welcoming friendly manner and showed us to a table next to what we thought was an alarmed exit door. It turned out (after we already had our drinks and appetizers) that this was a working door, and a couple entered nearly knocking into my partner who was sitting next to the door! This table should not even be there! But, let's back up. We were seated at 7:10. Not until nearly 7:25 did a server finally appear, who seemed confused, and out of it. He spoke in such a soft voice it was hard to comprehend what he was saying. We ordered, drinks and appetizers and asked him to be ready to take our main course order when that all arrived. The food arrived by bus boy, the waiter never appeared. By the time we placed our main course order we had been in the restaurant nearly 40 minutes. This inattentive, neglectful service continued throughout the meal. Had we been in a hurry, with imminent theater tickets for example, we would have had a stressful meal as service staff seemed to completely disappear for long stretches--no one we could even flag down! At no time did our server engage with us at all about our wishes. He took orders, they were delivered, and we were relegated to the "Done" column on the checklist. Bottom line, is if you want to experience very nice food by a culinary pioneer, Jams is worth a single visit. I will not return until and unless I see a published review that assures me that the front of the house problems have been addressed.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was decent, though my husband and both agree that the food (specially the chicken) at Barbuto is better. I got the poached eggs and they were cooked well, however, the English muffin wasn’t toasted enough in my opinion because it was basically mushy from the avocado mash. Also the entire dish would have benefited from a liberal sprinkling of salt. My husband’s chicken was nicely cooked and the fries were perfectly crisp and seasoned well. It was a little noisy, though that’s to be expected as it serves as the hotel restaurant. Overall, it wasn’t an unpleasant experience but I doubt we’ll be back as there are other brunch options that we’ve enjoyed more.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent, reasonably priced for NYC, and the ambience was lovely.

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G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Jams for dinner. The staff was extremely friendly. Our server was also fantastic, food was simply delicious. The wine was served at the perfect temperature . It was an absolutely great occasion. We will without a doubt return.

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Chef Waxman's food and Jams offers another opportunity in NY that is way more sane than his Barbuto restaurant in the Meatpacking district. Jams has a lovely atmosphere and excellent food that keeps true to Chef Waxman's oeuvre. Special shout out to the kale salad!

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B
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've dined at Jams several times, mostly for lunch. I've never been disappointed. Good value, coupled with good food and very good service. I recommend Jams for lunch, especially a business lunch.

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A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a fun time celebrating a special occasion. The waitstaff was attentive fun and friendly. They even gave us complimentary glasses of champagne to help us celebrate :)

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NB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the décor and ambience at Jams. It's unexpectedly quiet for the location - a block from central park south - and yet you feel like immersed in the quietest atmosphere with great food.
Restrooms were a disappointment: poorly clean, and could get a touch up on the décor.

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RF
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Too noisy for us but good food.
Love décoration
Réservation madeleine by internet ok

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D
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a true lover of roast chicken and can only rave about the roasted chicken with salsa verde once again. With such a great Restaurant Week lunch menu, I worked 2 lunches there during RW this season. Each friend I introduced to the restaurant and the amazing chicken became believers. I also appreciate the nice and reasonable wine they had for RW. I also had the ricotta toast as a starter each time. While each was dressed differently reflecting the most fresh veggies at the time, they were both delicious. The kale Caeser salad was also excellent. Do yourself a favor and go here....Restaurant Week or not!

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TE
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food and service. The Jams chicken is the best. The fried fingerling potatoes with rosemary and pecorino are worth it on their own. Really nice casual atmosphere. Cannot wait to go back!!

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AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bit of our experience was 10/10. Food, service, atmosphere are all top-notch. Can’t wait to come back again!

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

While this is a lovely restaurant in terms of ambiance and service, the food is mediocre at best and highly over priced for what it is. The standouts for the evening were the charcuterie and the Jams chicken. The other items ordered were underwhelming and uninteresting. Both pasta dishes ordered tasted like meals that could have been quickly prepared at home, with no distinguishing flavor or character.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Comimos muy rico, en especial me gusto el Rib Eye. El lugar muy agradable y tranquilo.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a branch. I love the relaxing ambiance. Service was friendly and timely. Food was decent.

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NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious restaurant week lunch—yummy ripe tomatoes and ricotta on sourdough bread followed by very fresh, perfectly prepared scallops. The $7 white wine from Portugal—another restaurant week special—was crisp, dry, well-chilled, just the thing for a hot summer day. Our server was attentive and quietly efficient.

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OG
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I am sorry to say there is not one good word I can say about Jams except for the location and the lovely outside ivied walls. The food was awful. Drinks small and not good. Waitress disappeared constantly. Maitre d' a bit supercilious. And, of course, expensive. Would never recommend.

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found a new gem! Lovely environment and great menu.

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I were visiting from Maryland. I took her there for her birthday and we absolutely l loved it! The food was excellent, she had the Jams chicken and I had the scallops with zucchini. They also gave us pan seared carrots and fritters. They were amazing! The service was outstanding along with the ambiance. We will indeed be back again.

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D
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had previously enjoyed Jams but missed the fried chicken.
Enjoyed the peach dessert.
We came at an odd time.

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The french toast and granola were so good that my friends gave their thumbs up and I’d recommend this restaurant to those who are finding places for weekend breakfast-brunch-lunch. Also, the restaurant is so cozy and good for friends meeting or family gathering.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. Plates servings are small but full of flavor. Nice signature drinks too.

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D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. This time I went for Restaurant Week lunch and was thoroughly happy with everything we ordered/shared. For starters we had the kale salad (great taste and texture) and the ricotta toast with fresh tomatoes...delicious! For mains we had the always awesome roast chicken with salsa verde and the scallops. Both we wonderful, but if you can only do one, get the chicken!! Nice Restaurant Week wine options too. This continues to be a great place!

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, the location is great (Just south of Central Park) and the staff was super attentive and knowledgeable.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The hostess was patently rude and standoffish. The waiter ignored us and wouldn’t take our order. We couldn’t wait to leave.

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PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were seated by a hostess and waited for 15 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. We received 2 refills of water but no waiter or waitress ever came so we left the restaurant.

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n
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Roast chicken salad was good but seemed like it should have been bigger. Had to ask for bread so assume it's not a "given." Waitress was wonderful and happily moved us away from poorly behaved children at next table.

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d
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had gone for the smoked chicken, sadly it was taken off the menu and replaced with a sub par substitution. the food is always good, the service is slow but on thier game. Mgmt is top notch. Desserts were killer !!

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UW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The food has terribly deteriorated

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b
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great convenient Midtown location, perfect for a long, late, lunch reunion with friends. Unhurried, relaxed service conducive to conversation and enjoying great comfort food and drinks. Highly recommended and close to many hotels and shopping.

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New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been here 3 times so far and always very pleased. The food is fresh and prepared perfectly, everything I have tried is excellent, including desert. Lovely casual atmosphere, attentive service.

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BF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Way overpriced and poorly executed. The server barely paid attention to us. We had to ask a helper for an iced tea refill and an order of toast. Two small slices of toast are $5. Three strips of bacon are $9. Two of us ordered the “signature” ($19) poached egg dish and the eggs were hard boiled. When I mentioned this to the server, he admitted the eggs were way over cooked, but was matter of fact about it. He brought me one better cooked egg. If you can’t poach an egg, then give it up. This place is a total ripoff. We would have been better off eating at a basic diner, where they know how to cook an egg.

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MT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I had the chance to eat a Jam’s tonight. I’ll make one point from the onset; the food was great.
I’ve enjoyed every meal and dining experience I’ve had at Barbuto. However, by comparison, the Jam’s dining experience is very different. So, here it is; the restaurant runs like a machine, and depending on what you have in mind, perhaps that’s fine. One could argue that the service was a finely tuned, yet to me it felt engineered to move people in and out quickly. I felt rushed from the moment we sat down, to the moment we left, exactly 1 hour later. No one was rude, just highly efficient. We had cocktails and an appetizer that arrived together. As soon as the appetizer was finished our entrees were on the table. There was no time to order wine to pair with the food, and no offer for us to do so. I saw the host walk past us four times to see when we and other diners would be finished (he had a clipboard). We had a reservation, we would have ordered wine, we would have ordered dessert, but felt we had to make way.

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n
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place - a real "buzz" - good menu, nice wines by the glass
Good server
Had chicken salad - not so much chicken in there - almost imperceptible!
Mentioned to waitress - not her fault - she was just doing her job, and very well too!

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AH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre. Marginal. Vanilla. B Flat. Ambience: Cold, starting with the decor, a style which I remember from decades ago. Food: The beef was tough. Change the menu; offer more/other selections. Service: average. The waiter forgot to bring dessert menus: you lost a sale; I lost my desire. All in all, nothing to write (home) about...But I did.

-Abbe H.-

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