Michael's

4.7
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1365 Reviews
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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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C
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
12 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
32 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
90 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.

B
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Aged steak was tough and a poor quality cut. Quite disappointing.

CL
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Food was terrific. Loved the margherita pizza. I will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience...attentive and lovely

CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great venue for business dinner. Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.

v
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for lunch, my husband (total fan) myself and our daughter. It was superb, food, service, all great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice ! Welcoming and good service - dishes on small side

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

If not a regular, don’t bother.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.

B
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast all around

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a great venue for business breakfast

RH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael's is THE place for a good business or social lunch in a great ambiance with tremendous service. I recommend it to everyone!!!

KD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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