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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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.
Aged steak was tough and a poor quality cut. Quite disappointing.
Amazing restaurant! Food was terrific. Loved the margherita pizza. I will definitely be back!
Very enjoyable experience...attentive and lovely
Always a great venue for business dinner. Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.
We went there for lunch, my husband (total fan) myself and our daughter. It was superb, food, service, all great.
Great atmosphere and good food!
Nice ! Welcoming and good service - dishes on small side
If not a regular, don’t bother.
Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.
This place had great reviews. Very disappointing. Seated us next to a service stand even though there were many empty tables. The service was good, not great. The food was average.
Great breakfast all around
NO ONE attended to our party of 4 for an unreasonable period of time. That’s no greeting. no water, no menus. No acknowledgment whatsoever that we were paying guests sitting practically in the middle of waitstaff passing all around us. We never had a proper waiter, having had to enlist a manager to pay some kind of attention to us.
This was our first time here, and we were disappointed with our dinner experience. We had to wait too long for what seemed the sole waitress to take our order. We found the prices high for the portion size. We also found the menu limited in choices. The chairs were uncomfortable. Finally, or perhaps firstly, the lighting was so low that I had to pull out the light on my phone to read the menu.
Always a great venue for business breakfast
The food was great. Michael came by the table. It was quiet enough so we could talk.
Need to get some Blanton bourbon in the bar.
Michael's is THE place for a good business or social lunch in a great ambiance with tremendous service. I recommend it to everyone!!!
Excellent food... and the fact the owner personally checks in on EVERY table is emblamtic of its determination to maintain its very very high standards.
This is my chosen spot to relax and enjoy innovative cooking. There's always a surprise dish on the go. And, there is never hassle over asking for starter portions of entrées. It's a fantastic, buzzy atmosphere, a bright space and the staff are welcoming and attentive.
Very pleasant experience. Pre-theatre dinner was very good.
Amazing food. Great menu - easy for everyone to find a classic favorite.
Disliked the pork chop cut - fatty and gristly. Great chimichurri, though
Inattentive waiters - near empty restaurant, too
Wafts of old fish from the kitchen twice - adjacent diners also noted - “bad fish!”
Did have generous pours, though
a new york classic where style, great food excellent wines and interesting people meet.
Love being at Michael’s, very welcoming staff. beautiful
art to look at, menu, what else can I say!
We always love Michael's, the perfect mid-town place to dine!
Everything was perfect. Thank you very much. It was memorable evening.
Always love having lunch at Michaels! Great menu and always a festive atmosphere!!
Saturday, not many people. We had a 7:15 reservation and by 8:15 we were the only ones in the restaurant.
I ordered lamb chops and 10 minutes later they came and said they were all out. The quinoa and farro salad was good even though it was mostly greens. Food was very salty.
While we were having coffee they were setting up for breakfast and taking all the candles off the other tables. They were very lovely and gracious.
Go to Michaels in LA, it’s wonderful!!
Very nice space and quiet
Michael’s is truly one of the best restaurants in NYC. The food is outstanding, though, I gotta tell you, there are a lot of restaurants with great food in new york.
What makes Michael’s standout is the service. Everyone here seems happy and treats you like you are the best customer, even if its your first time. Its my happy place. I love it here.
Thank you Danny and the rest of the team for making me feel at home. I will be a patron for life.
Terrific place for power lunch
It’s always a pleasure dining in Micheal’s.
Decent food - place really really needs a remodel to be more in line w Santa Monica location aesthetics
Pre theatre at City Center. Quiet elegant ambience, excellent service. Not an extensive menu, but an excellent meal. The scallops were really well prepared and the steak was top quality.
Great dining experience!!!
What can we say, it's a mixture of business buzz and familiar friendliness, a true NY hot spot that has been able to surpass trendy and become a truly timeless staple of the city. Must visit, order everything, ask for anything. You'll be well catered to, pun intended.