Minetta Tavern

4.7
2187 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00noon - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday through Wednesday 5:30pm - 11pm and Supper from 11pm to 12am Dinner Thursday through Saturday 5:30pm to 12am and Supper 12am to 1am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 475-3850
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Lee Hanson & Riad Nasr
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Parking details
PARKING GARAGE AT 122 WEST 3RD ST (BETWEEN 6TH /MACDOUGAL)
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Public transit
Take the A,B,C,D,E,F or M train to West 4th St. Use the 3rd St. exit and walk one block south to Minetta Lane and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.

Take the 1 train to Christopher St/Sheridan Square and walk south (toward Grove St) on West 4th, 4 blocks. Continue south on 6th Ave 2 blocks to Minetta Lane, and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village is home to some of the best steaks, chops, burgers, and overall feel good vibes that New York City has to offer.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2187 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent ambiance. Great old world New York vibe!

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were waiting for our table at the bar, but Aaron, the bartender, was so friendly and such a knowledgeable mixologist, we decided just to dine at the bar with him. We had the Black Label burger (of course! The main reason we come!) This restaurant has the “best burger in the world” according to the late, great, Anthony Bourdain... and he was right. This charming, charismatic, though somewhat pricey ($30 for a hamburger) deserves its Michelin Star, and you deserve to check it out. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of those places that we come visit every time we are in NYC!

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I have ever had. The chocolate caramel tart was unreal as well (and I do not even like chocolate)

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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Whenever we make a booking with OpenTable we get seated next to the kitchen!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent! The black label burger was phenomenal and the soufflé perfect as well. A fun and energetic restaurant, great ambiance and a nice late night spot as well. This restaurant has been consistently good since I began coming here 7 years ago!

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Q
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I was underwhelmed this time. The food was nothing special, maybe I ordered the wrong thing. The service was good from the waiter but the pace was slow.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had the cheeseburger, and honestly the one at the Odeon was much better-to me.

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GW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and ambiance with the curtain leading into the dining area and the old photos on the walls. The waitstaff were incredibly attentive. The food was amazing. Definitely recommend Minetta Tavern.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still a NY classic experience. Split the Black Label burger to 4 as an appetizer and it was perfect before our Steaks. Limited menu but everything is correct. Grand Mariner soufflé is probably one of the best in the city.

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a real pleasure to lunch at Minetta tavern with my daughter this Sunday of october. I'll comme back.

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food at this restaurant is great. However the service was wildly aggressive, but strangely slow at the same time. Our drinks took forever to arrive and they forgot to bring us bread. Then once we got our food they tried to clear our food and wine before we were even done. There were also several instance of upselling including the waiter literally asking 4 times if we wanted to have the soufflé. Very sad considering the high quality of the food.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great spot for lunch, drinks or dinner. Excellent service and outstanding food. A great New York experience. It’s a must stop if you are in the area.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location, good food, we had the duck and sea bass. The duck was incredible, the sea bass was good. Service was a little slow, but it was very busy. The only complaint is how load it gets in here. Hard for them to control that though.

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RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great cozy, Nostalgic environment. A lot of build up to the burger and food generally which was good but not exceptional. Service was spotty and long delay in getting seated, getting drinks and gaps between courses. This was a Sunday night so not sure how they handle the volume on fridays and Saturdays. I would recommend but with a few cautions.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant numerous times. We returned for the previously amazing burger on my son’s 19th birthday because he had it in the past and loved it. This was prior to learning he is lactose intolerant. I contacted the restaurant ahead this time to make sure he could have the burger and that they could accommodate him with side dishes as well, as he has some other food allergies too. They said he could have it on different bread. They did not say that they would not provide fries in oil he could consume, like vegetable oil or olive oil or even duck fat. They said they needed to sub out the fries. They agreed to provide sautéed spinach. When it arrived to the table it was missing the sautéed onion topping that made it delicious. It was a dry burger on bread. They would not sauté the onions without butter. They just eliminated it altogether without informing us. Then when the bill came, in addition to the $31 burger, they added another $5 to substitute the spinach for the fries. This restaurant should have communicated this to us before we came for our reservation. Very disappointed! Won’t return.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most succulent burger that I have ever had. Sure, it could come off as a bit pricey and you wouldn’t have it every week, but it’s definitely worth a visit and more for special occasions.

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DD
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. The only debate: which of the to amazing burgers to get. The fish eater also really liked her trout.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

50mins to get a burger that isn’t as good as you would think. Cool vibes, not worth it though.

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New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place go and enjoy

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Minetta!

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my best friends birthday dinner - just the two of us. Our waiter was amazing! Unfortunately we had to wait for our table, but we had drinks so it wasn’t a big deal and despite already ordering a dessert they gave us a slice of chocolate fudge pie as a sorry we had to wait. Ended up being too much food! But totally worth it :)

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j
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a late lunch to try the bone marrow and black label burger. Not cheap, but the food was excellent, and the portions substantial. I am now spoiled for burgers.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Food, the Black Label Burger is just perfect !!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Burger was a lot smaller than it used to be and not nearly as flavorful (esp at a $30 price point)

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING BURGER—Must try Black Tie burger....def a must-have if you’re in hunt for best burger in Gotham. Cheers!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Black label burger is the bomb. Skip the Minetta burger. Just go for the black label. Smokey, fatty goodness. Mmmmmm

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Denmark
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for special occasion.The bone marrow was a unique experience. The duck was outstanding. The moules were OK. Service when we got to the table was good but was very surprised that we had to wait for more than 20 minutes beyond our booked time

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1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience/time. The food was amazing and worth the price. The waiter, Rashad, was the best. Only downside is the noise level...but, NYorkers thrive on noise.

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during a weekday, non-peak at 2p for a late lunch. Food was expensive, and it was good but not the best burger I've ever had like my friend raved. Still a good time, so I rate this well.

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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hamburguesa estupenda y el paté de foie suculento.
Los mejillones tienen un estilo muy perfumado que mató el sabor del mejillón. A mi no me gusto ese platillo, nada.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate and nostalgic mood while cozily elegant and serving some of the best steak and hamburgers in New York City .

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spent our anniversary here. We love Minetta so overall everything was splendid. We started with the burrata and the foie gras. Both scrumptious; however, felt like we should have ordered the bone marrow - man was that a sight and had much envy. I had the trout with crab in a lovely butter sauce and the man had the infamous burger. Of course, the chocolate soufflé bc how could you not. We each had two cocktails - Manhattans...very traditional but that’s how we like it - class act. Bill was $200

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is authentic and quaint the wait staff was attentive and professional. The ambiance was classic and the location is great. The prices are high relative to the area and the portion size. Likely better at night as opposed to Sunday brunch.

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Denver
38 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Don’t try to change your reservation in the day of - restaurant is unreachable by phone. Good service and ambiance but disappointed in the steak in the steak frites. Doesn’t need to to be that poor

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved every second. The food is sensational and so is the service . One of the best places in NYC

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fifth time there. The menu changed slightly, the carrots we’re my favorite non potato side and now they’re gone. Had the black label burger to start which was ordered medium, but we got somewhat rare, which was still delicious. Cote de beouff for main course was on point as usual. My only issue is I noticed a pretty relative price increase from the last time I was there, along with the restaurant being extremely hot. 300.00 plus tip for two people with only one cocktail is pretty steep. Only ordered a burger to taste for app which we split. Two sides and cote de beouff for main course with coffee and soufflé for dessert.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a simply amazing dinner in this historic place! The food, staff, jazz music and atmosphere were just perfect!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Label Burger is the best burger I had ever!

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