Michael's

4.6
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$31 to $50
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American
A unique, spacious dining and garden room filled with fresh flowers and modern art by Stella, Johns and Hockney as well as sculptures by Robert Graham.
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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Filet was mediocre, at best.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

LP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

IL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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....

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and consistent. Nice to see this restaurant still exceeds my expectations.

KW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for breakfast in NYC.
Great food, ambiance, convenient,...a great way to start ones day.

EG
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

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.

NY
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

SH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BC
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You get what you pay for...the food and service was outstanding! I will highly recommend Michael's to friends.

CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

ND
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue for first date. And the food, as always, was delectable!

LB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Too busy during the holidays to meet customer requests.

C
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I always love going to Michael's. Great service, good food and I always feel taken care of.

KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A who's who of media and marketing with a staff that knows everyone and makes everyone feel special and important.

S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

NC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

SZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael's is always a unique and great dining experience.

OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

i
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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!!

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine for a night in the city. Great staff.

HJ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food in a cool space. We enjoyed our evening with outstanding service.

SP
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

BB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the whole world! I have been going for the last 15 years constantly

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow

P
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is a convenient, small restaurant. The menu is a bit short. The prices are a bit shocking. Impossible to get on the phone.

MM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a party at michaels.

F
Richmond
92 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

UE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

BD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience, as always. Steve Millington is NYC’s ultimate host and always ensures a top dining experience. Food and service were exceptional.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS delicious and such a pretty room. Never disappointed. Ever.

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