Michael's opened in 1989 with much fanfare and continues to create seasonal dishes that live by Michael McCarty's ethos of the best ingredients thoughtfully prepared. Good food, great people, great party!!
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Filet was mediocre, at best.
For the Restaurant Week dinner, the portions seemed small (but adequate); there should have been more information about prices, as the $21 glass of wine was a surprise, but I should have asked. Altogether it was a pleasant experience but neither of us is likely to try it again.
My friend was in from abroad and we
Wanted to catch up. Michael’s was the perfect spot. The food was excellent (we ordered all the tapas and two sides) - we were able have a conversation (not too loud) and while the staff was very attentive we never felt rushed. I did deduct one star for ambience because it was a bit too dark and let’s face it going out to dinner midtown Manhattan isn’t really looked for value - it is not cheap but it is wellworth it!
I love Michael's--the management is always accommodating, respectful and helpful. They have a great clientele and the food is good. What more can I ask for?
Michael's is a wonderful restaurant. The food is perfect, fresh, delicate, beautifully prepared and the service is excellent, the wines lovely. We went to see Alvin Ailey at City Center and it was incredibly convenient and delicious....
Was expecting better food for the price. The burrata app basically had a smear of burrata on the bottom. The app should have been called beet salad with a hint of burrata.
It is beyond time for a top to bottom freshen up in the main dinning room. The food and service continue to be top notch however, at this Midtown price point a nicer ambiance is really key to the overall experience.
It was a great meal in a very nice setting. It’s a little loud in the front room but most New York City restaurants are noisy.
Amazing service and consistent. Nice to see this restaurant still exceeds my expectations.
My favorite place for breakfast in NYC.
Great food, ambiance, convenient,...a great way to start ones day.
The place is very dated in decor. There is a ton of erotic art which we found off-putting. Old smelly carpet. Really a problem. Food and drink was tasty and modern but was very very expensive. Location is convenient to 5th shopping. Def wouldnt return until total remodel.
I found Michael's because it was near a venue I was heading to later that night. Nice, upscale place, but good for a group because they have these giant wedding-like tables. It's pretty pricey, but everything we had was good. Cocktail list could be stepped up. They had 6 drinks on it and were out of one.
I'm normally not impressed enough with a place to actually take time and do a review, but the food and and service was so good it's worth giving a review. We had a party of six and ordered six different entrees- all were spectacular. We've been to many restaurants in this neighborhood and we all agreed Michael's is by far the best we've been to.
You get what you pay for...the food and service was outstanding! I will highly recommend Michael's to friends.
Great food! I had dinner with a big group, everyone was very pleased. Good wine selection. Service was little slow in the beginning but was very good overall. Highly recommend.
Perfect venue for first date. And the food, as always, was delectable!
This was a special occasion - a friend retiring from a distinguished career - and he and his partner had never been to Michael's, so it was especially special for them. They loved the art (the art!), Michael came over to see hello, and we had a delightful, delicious meal in this legendary restaurant. Always wonderful. Always a treat. I just ate vegetables, husband has Spanish octopus, one person ate truffle pizza, and the celebrant had Michael's burger with gruyere. The plate of cookies is divine.
Too busy during the holidays to meet customer requests.
I always love going to Michael's. Great service, good food and I always feel taken care of.
Always enjoy lunch at Michael's. The classic New York restaurant with a great atmosphere and excellent food. The staff, from the Manager on down, make you feel welcome and they are professional in their jobs. Always an enjoyable experience.
A who's who of media and marketing with a staff that knows everyone and makes everyone feel special and important.
stayed nearby and was looking for a nice place to eat. Michael's fit the bill. Great service and good choice of small and large plates. We shared the Mushroom Bisque, Korean tacos and the duck breast. Finished off with cheese plate and pumpkin cheesecake. Good ambiance.
On a crowded holiday night we enjoyed good food and good service. It was festive (loud) and we could barely conduct a conversation. Felt like we were yelling at each other.
Michael's is always a unique and great dining experience.
Perfect spot for a lunch with atmosphere. Still attracts an interesting crowd. Food excellent and innovative. The menus is never stale. Michael pays great court to all his guests.
Tourist trap ripoff - BEWARE!!! We live in NYC and invited family and unfortunately this is the type of restaurant that gives NYC a bad name. Waitstaff up-sells everything, inflate prices, etc. An example of their dishonesty "What do you want as your side with your entree - salad, fries, Brussels sprouts, etc?" Wait for your bill and each side is an additional $12+. Try to bring it up with the waitstaff or a manager and they could care less. STAY AWAY from this restaurant!!
Excellent food and wine for a night in the city. Great staff.
Great food in a cool space. We enjoyed our evening with outstanding service.
Dinner was a perfect fit for our evening plans. We arrived at 6:15 with the constraint of a Carnegie Hall performance at 8 PM, having indicated to the reception that we wished to be out by 7:40. The hostess and all the wait staff were well apprised of this, and pacing was just right, not rushed, yet crisp. The food (still our primary draw for dining here) was excellent -- we opted to share many small plates and side, plus a (mushroom) soup to start. Everything was `sharply` prepared, served piping hot, and while no single taste brought an 'Oh my God' moment, every dish had character that distinguished it from more pedestrian versions. The restaurant maintains its fresh vegetable-centric orientation, which is/was in keeping with its history, and with what we wanted to eat `pre-theatre.` We will be delighted to return, and indeed, to reorder many of our recent dishes, pending seasonal menu changes of course.
One of my favorite restaurants in the whole world! I have been going for the last 15 years constantly
Service was slow
It is a convenient, small restaurant. The menu is a bit short. The prices are a bit shocking. Impossible to get on the phone.
It’s always a party at michaels.
I'm a long time Michael's fan. And the cobb salad is one of NY's best. It's become somewhat "old school," but sometimes that's exactly what I need! And Michael's seldom disappoints.
We went here for a birthday dinner this weekend and we were so pleased! The service was phenomenal (without being stuffy or overbearing) and the restaurant struck just the right balance of elegant and relaxed. We will definitely return!
We come the NYC every year and 2018 was the first time that we tried Michaels. We wanted to come back a second time that year, but was unable too. This year we made sure to have dinner at Michael's our first night and will be going back to dinner tonight. We are in NYC for 8 days. We love this place!
Terrific experience, as always. Steve Millington is NYC’s ultimate host and always ensures a top dining experience. Food and service were exceptional.
This is a very attractive restaurant, with wonderful art, tables comfortably spaced, and with a muted sound level (no music), making it easy to converse and focus on the food. Not being busy when we arrived, our food was delivered within minutes of ordering. The lumped crab meat appetizer and main course scallops were very good as was the chocolate/coconut cake dessert.
That said, the major disappointment was the service. It was lackluster and inattentive. We had difficulty getting the attention of staff when we needed something. For a restaurant, especially a very pricey one, this was inexcusable.
I felt like I stepped back in time to the 1970s when I walked into Michael's. The crowd waiting to be seated at noon was incredibly old and the decor was like furniture out of my parent's basement when I was a kid. They waited until a few minutes after noon to actually sat everyone because the wait staff was still having a meeting in the back. While the food and service were good, there are just too many other restaurants in NYC with a nicer ambiance. Just a lot of loud old people screaming at each other and the managers also looked like they stepped out of a 1970s time warp with the way they dressed. Michael came over to say hello and while that was a nice touch, they could really use an update. The food was good and modern, but the old decor really drags it all down.
ALWAYS delicious and such a pretty room. Never disappointed. Ever.