Knickerbocker Bar and Grill

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1598 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steakhouse
"The place where New Yorkers eat"
Knickerbocker is known for its great Jazz and its 28 oz. T- Bone Steaks and is a favorite among many celebrities including F. Murray Abraham, Chris Noth and Alec Baldwin. Racheal Ray listed us in her "NYC Favorites" and has praised our Shrimp Cocktail, Creamed Spinach, and of course our T- Bone Steaks.
The word "Knickerbocker" itself, says "New York". Upon entering, you’ll know you're in the Village. Its wood paneled walls sport rare turn of the century posters and original caricatures by Al Hirschfield. Large leather booths line the walls and brass rails accent the 100 year old marble bar, where Charles Lindbergh signed his Trans Atlantic contract.
We have survived the times by using the freshest ingredients from local markets, and offering good solid value and quality. We serve until late (weekends 1:00 AM) and offer a Bistro Menu with lighter fare.
We offer Brunch on the Weekends, and are open on all Holidays.
What 1598 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love this place- it’s my neighbors spot and staff is usually great. Our waiter was not the best- he seemed rushed and a little strangely instructive. He would walk up and start talking even when we were having a conversation. Usually people wait a second for customers to stop talking. Also, the chocolate soufflé was not as good as usual. But I will keep going back- the food is perfect and hits the spot.

PS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Come to the "Real Greenwich Village."
Mix with the locals, good food, good drink, forever in trend...not trendy.
Try their signature steak with all the trimmings and fish of the day. Actually, all food selections are good.
Weekend Jazz...what could be better?

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best steaks I’ve had in NYC. Great vibe and service.

PK
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable place for a great lunch. Always welcoming.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always. The food is great. Terrific warm atmosphere. Top-notch service. Drinks are generous and they pay attention to our pretty fussy margarita requirements! We have eaten there for many years, generally a few times a week. Consistently a fun evening.

DG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great family steakhouse. Also great for adults only and friends. Super friendly hospitality. Lively but the noise level was fine. Even with the jazz that came on at 9:00, we were able to continue our conversations. It’s not a culinary adventure, but it completely delivers on what you expect it to be.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Village institution. Never disappoints.

Report
b
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

more than a neighborhood treat: retro ambiance, top flight service, excellent cocktails and food for grandparents and teens. what's not to like???

MF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great lunch -- we had a booth and were not rushed in any way.

k
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, comfortable ambiance. Neighborhood gem!

H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came for dinner here at 3:30 pm before 6pm performance of a Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House primarily because they serve dinner all day. it was quite a pleasant surprise! Roasted chicken with butternut squash and cherries was delicious as were the short ribs and house made eggplant lasagna. Food was definitely a notch above.

AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, real neighborhood feel, not nearly as noisy as one might expect from a space this large. The staff is very New York, engaged enough to get you what you need, but a little rough around the edges. Overall, a real NYC old-school gem.

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Knickerbocker doesn’t disappoint. Great music and service and most of all great T-Bone steak!

T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This IS our favorite restaurant. Always greeted warmly at the door by the host. Right now I have to get over New Year's Eve. We decided to come here to celebrate. Our server was a bit off this evening. After 20 minutes we had to ask who was going to serve us. After some confusion among the servers, 2 of them tried to take our orders. At the end of my meal, ( a t-bone, delicious) I had substantial left-over meat and of course the bone. Our server lost my leftovers and I was not able to take them home and enjoy them the next day. Instead of owning up(the busboy who packed my wife's leftovers did not fail this task thankfully), our waiter(who took my plate from the table I asked to take home) blamed the kitchen and offered to take our Chocolate Souffle $20 charge off the bill. I did not see an alternative. I didn't feel he cared all that much. Could have been the New Year, but at that point, the restaurant had begun to empty. I have always given Knickerbocker 5 stars. The food is AMAZING.

JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time, and it was a perfect place to be! The waiter was very gracious, and understood that we were as interested in talking as we were in eating. Luckily it wasn’t jampacked, but it was fairly busy, and we never felt rushed in any way. The food was good, and presented in a timely manner. The martini I ordered was perfect.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really love this place, especially on non-piano nights. The wait staff generally goes above and beyond without being at all intrusive. The food is excellent; try the chocolate soufflé. I returned after a gap of many years, and it remained as good as I remembered.

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday - we decided on brunch because the weather was supposed to get nasty, which it did. As usual, the food was great, the staff was warm and friendly, our waitress was a sweetheart, and once again we had a wonderful time with you. Thanks, Knickerbocker, for making a dreary day feel warm and sunny.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for special occasion dinners or cocktails; it's one of those places we were all saying we're so grateful still exists in NYC. It's warm, welcoming, authentic. The servers are friendly and professional, the food and drinks are delicious, and the acoustics mean you can have a conversation even when the room is packed or the live piano is playing in the background. It's one of those very special places that is very New York. Especially lovely around the holidays.

KM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The T Bone steak with onion rings was on point. The apps were great and the cocktails well made. Too much cream in the creamy spinach is a minor quibble on my part. Thanks for a memorable 9 person party!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Love the atmosphere! Village classic !

H
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in more traditional steakhouse setting (menu is much more than traditional steakhouse menu). Great live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Friendly, neighborhood vibe ... will return against and again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We tried everything from fish to steak to pasta and all were above average. Just an old school top notch restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Knickerbocker because we were traveling and wanted a good NYC steak experience. The Knickerbocker’s reviews were better and more consistent, especially from locals, than the better known NYC Steakhouses. Our service was outstanding and delivered cheerfully by every member of the staff. Despite arriving 30 minutes early for our reservation as a party of six, we were welcomed and seated quickly. We ordered the t-bone for three with fries, baked potatoes, asparagus, and creamed spinach to feed three adults and three children. The meal was cooked perfectly, served properly, and there was more than we could eat. We will be back on our next visit to the city!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual Christmas Day dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real New York City institution, with a wonderful atmosphere, great steaks and friendly, professional service. It made our little Christmas gathering festive and warm.

TL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was a great dining experience but wat too crowded for our liking. Not sure if this is due to the busy festive Xmad Day. Sure hope this is not the norm. I was practically elbowing the poor souls on my right and left. Kudos for out wait staff. He was attentive and deserve the large tip we left him!

NW
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We went on Christmas night so it was crowded, but we were waited on right away and the food came timely.

BI
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here alot since it"s a great neighborhood spot but never had the prime rib.
It was a special & it was PERFECT........Thank-you

JD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

christmas lunch--the t bone is the under the radar best in town. professional, warm gracious service. will go every year.

TB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here on Christmas day since 1992 - our favorite NYC restaurant. Anyone I recommend it to who goes there loves it!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what I expected from a grate local standard when you wanna celebrate something small or large but have the money to buy big or dress nice. As long as you know to tip. They work hard. You will be treated with respect no matter what the occasion.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been going here for almost 40 years. Never a disappointment.

j
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibe was similar to an old school supper club. Loved it. The only miss was my old fashioned wasn't made right ... go for the steaks and wine; not so much the cocktails. Still 5/5 stars.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Knicks but want to keep it a secret. It is a neighborhood place that is absolutely consistent and treat their regulars well. The staff is great, the menu is diverse but not overpowering , the steak as good as ny steak house in NYC and the spirit of the season is always visible.
But let's keep it a secret...

w
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were there for Sunday brunch which was excellent. The crab cake Benedict came with no English muffin but that was fine with me. However, the menu did not say it did not come on an English muffing. My friend had the scrambled eggs with sausage. She thought both were too salty. We decided to have a desert, their specialty, Chocolate Souffle, which was great.

AZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Knickerbocker has the kind of food my 85 year old mother enjoys. Old school menu. Nothing challenging. The atmosphere is clubby feeling with dark brown booths. Service is very efficient. Prices are high but not outrageous

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Came here for my partners birthday. We’re vegetarians 99% of the year, with exceptions for special occasions-hence birthday steak.
Came with another couple. Their steak was cooked MR instead of M and my partners was M towards MW instead of MR. I only realized this when I noticed him not really eating his steak-which was also quite tough and flavorless. Usually we inhale the rare piece of meat we might eat with great pleasure, making his dislike of it a poor reflection on the quality and taste. I sent my lobster bisque back after a few bites as it tasted off. Later that evening I had stomach issues to match. Cheesecake was also flavorless. Soufflé and cornbread were really the only things we enjoyed. The wine was very reasonably priced.

DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were superb. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

JK
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in bar area. No one rushed us. Server was respectful of our evening and took care of us when needed.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the feel of this place; felt like we were in a genuine New Yorkers dinner spot (as opposed to tourist-y) but also made to feel very welcome. There was a lovely buzz about the place creating a wonderful atmosphere, the food and wine were sensational, if you are reading reviews wondering if you should go, just go!