Live Bait

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17 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Low Country

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Live Bait is a lively restaurant located across from New York's Madison Square Park. The restaurant is decorated in a sort of "dive-bar chic" styling. All of the d�cor looks as if it was taken from a garage sale or older restaurant, like the neon signs and corrugated steel, but it is all arranged in such a way as to be very visually appealing.

Live Bait's menu is devloped using the flavors of coastal Carolina. Between this and the restaurant's name, guests should be expecting lots of seafood options, specifically boiled crab and shrimp. Live Bait also features a raw bar where diners can order oysters, local littleneck clams, or peel and eat shrimp as either an appetizer or as their meal. It's not all seafood, though, Live Bait has several other great menu items like the fried chicken and waffles with collard greens, bacon and smoked jalape�o honey.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Low Country, Comfort Food, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday- Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 353-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Near Madison Avenue, between Park & Broadway
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Parking details
On street parking available. Private garage available on West 21st Street.
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6 Subway to 23rd Street.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to give this restaurant a try since I haven't had a lowcountry dish before. I ordered sweet shrimp burger and eggplant fries. They were so delicious! I enjoyed checking out the wall in the restaurant. The service was great during the lunch hours. Highly recommended!

New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my go-to happy hour with friends where you can get $1 oysters and $5 for a glass of wine. And if raw is not your style, there are uber-tasty fried ones that come as sliders. Hush puppies are southern style, deep fried and tender that is true southern style. The chicken and waffles with the spicy cranberry sauce is incredible and the I would definitely like to replicate their deviled eggs at home.

If you are with a group, get a table in the back so you don't have to shout at each other as the place tends to get noisy, particularly up at the bar area.

New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I haven't been to Live Bait for the past few years because it was just way too noisy, even on a weeknight right after work. But when I had the opportunity to dine with a family group that included two 20+ year olds, I thought they would like Live Bait. Well, they liked it but the rest of us hated it (the oldsters) because you couldn't hear the person sitting right next to you....even in the back at a table away from the bar. Needless to say, we are never returning...even with kids, teens, or anyone who cares about his/her eardrums. Oh yes, the food is quite good. The service was rather inattentive, probably because there was a table for about 20 folks right behind us....and naturally that table got all the attention.

New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Southern/creole/cajun food is pretty good, but between the raucous bar scene and the tin ceiling, the sound level goes to 11! The four-tops are small, and we still had to shout to and strain to hear each other for 90 minutes. I'll try and remember to only go in the mid-afternoon, or late on weekdays.

My husband loved the shrimp and grits, although the portion was small. My shrimp po'boy was not traditional -- shrimp is not breaded and fried, but grilled, and roll is way too crusty and chewy. It was still tasty but I spent most of the dinner just chewing the roll. Our companions enjoyed their apps of tater T's and mac and cheese; the fried chicken was tasty but not the waffles. The sweet potato fries were way oversalted.

We couldn't take the din any longer, so retired to Madison Square Park for frozen custard from Shake Shack rather than try any of their desserts.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was not great. As an appetizer we got the tater tots and it came with a dipping cheese on the side. They were flavorful but came to the table cold. The dipping cheese was cold so you couldn't even use it as a dip. Also received the mac & cheese and it had no flavor and tasted watery. As an entree I did the chicken and waffles completely horrible. The chicken tasted like oil, as if they just left it sitting in a batch oil. The waffle didn't taste great either. I never left so much food on a plate before. My friend had the Shrimp burger and she liked it. And it came with eggplant fries that were good also. Looking around the restaurant I saw a lot of people ordered burgers so maybe just stick to that if you decide to go.

New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We love LiveBait, have been annual visitors for about 12 years on our trips from London.
We always drink at the bar. We love the vibe, the tunes and the feel of it being a local place, even though it's in the middle of Flatiron!
This time we ate out back as we had our teenage kids with us. The food was good and the vibe still great. The service was a little erm..... Nervous?hesitant? But my real gripe was ...... Warm white wine!!! And when I asked for an ice bucket it seemed to surprise?!? ...but look it's a minor gripe. Still love the place

New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We came for happy hour. Enjoyed the oysters and drinks then happily stuffed ourselves with calimari and sandwiches. Everything was good so our one regret is that we didn't leave room to try the sliders which sounded delicious.
Live Bait is very loud. The ambiance is dive bar cafeteria diner. Happy hour packs the small bar in the front and you can only get a table in the large back if you make reservations and plan to order food. Table service is quick and there is always someone out on the floor looking to take away your detritus.

New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always great... the old burger was better before Chelsea got so chi chi... still a good lunch spot in the hood

9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The gumbo and chicken and waffles were delicious and a lot of food for the price. Atmosphere was a bit divey but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the collards which were overloaded with red onion and there was no pepper vinegar in sight. Malt vinegar on collards should be a crime!

New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

a must for anyone visiting NYC - a great value for you $$$$$$$$$$.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The service was quick and I enjoyed the food. it was a noisy atmosphere but it was a chill setting to just come and eat. Nothing to over the top.

New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

but I guess I should have tempered my expectations. It is NYC after all and not Charleston.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, noice level from the bar combined with loud music made almost impossible for talk....besides that...great place

New York Area
955 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Live Bait is a scruffy sports bar with a menu that emphasizes seafood. The food's preparation and presentation have no distinction, but service is pleasant. I have nothing to recommend about the place.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice vibe as a divey bar. Cool decor related to, obviously, fishing. Fair variety of beers. Oysters were $1 a piece and they were quite good. They said they come in fresh daily and it tasted like it. We got 2 orders. Also ordered the fried pickles. Yum.

13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great place to kick back have a reasonable meal and some good drinks.

27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This New York City restaurant claims to serve food from the "low country"....i.e. Charleston, SC and vicinity. Well, Live Bait has missed the mark and I say this because I know the SC low country well. I ordered the salmon platter with collards and hush puppies. They were out of salmon so I asked to substitute crab cakes. Well, they did, but it came with no hush puppies because (according to the server) when I asked for the crab cake substitute that meant that I got a crab cake dinner and that one doesn't come with hush puppies. Also, the collards they served were bland...cut in strips and tasteless, but the crab cakes were good. I also ordered a Diet Coke to drink and had to wait and wait for a refill after asking for one.