Minetta Tavern

4.7
2398 reviews
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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.

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.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience which we paired with a night at the local comedy cellar for an authentic NY experience. We came to try the highly recommended burgers but the steaks also looked good judging by expressions around us. Our Pate starter was devine with a sweetness of currants balancing the richness of the Pate. The premium burger was full of flavour and taken med-rare was perfectly juicy. It’s reputation means you do have to pay a premium but well worth it my opinion.

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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Not worth $30 for a burger. Service is ok, wouldn’t go back though. 90% fries and 10% burger. You’d get a better burger at Emily or Mu ramen.

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BL
Denver
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hamburger in the USA. Hands down the best! We had souffle for dessert. Wish we had ordered two!

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JD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like traveling back in time several decades in the best possible way. The tavern takes great care to ensure its patrons have consistently exceptional food and service. The black label burger is exquisite. I suggest ordering it medium or medium rare. This restaurant is a must-visit as frequently as your pocketbook will allow.

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Great location, nice atmosphere and crisp, elegant table settings were, unfortunately, let down by a big disparity in the quality of the food. My lunch guest had a fabulous meal but my food was very overcooked. Although the service was attentive, nobody asked about our food during the meal or afterward. In retrospect, I should have sent my $33 burger back, but it’s always extremely awkward when dining with a guest because it ruins the occasion. At a restaurant that charges a premium for superior food, service, and ambiance, this feels like a very basic fail. A shame because I really wanted to like it.

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I wish I'd had the option to select "maybe", as to whether I'd recommend this restaurant. Yes if service and ambience (which are superb) are key, no if value and food prep are key. All of our dishes were way too salty, my $52 veal chop was full of gristle in every bite, the spinach was nothing but tough stems with almost no leaves. Shocking that they have been awarded a Michelin star.

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DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The legendary Black Label hamburger was nothing special. Food was all perfectly fine, just not outstanding

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Solid effort on appetizers but mains were disappointing. Trout menierre was basically a tasteless trout with butter and lemon. Pastas lacked any pizazz. All in all, under value for the dining dollar.

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HL
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The black label burger was alright but I don’t know if it is worth >$30. The bone marrow was awesome and steak frites was amazing!

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JJ
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Minetta Tavern was a small and lively place with great service and a buzzing atmosphere. The black label burger was fantastic and the scallops were amazing. I would recommend making reservations, even though the bar seemed like a great place to sit.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed. Quick
Service great cocktails awesome food

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar until our table was ready, enjoyed some great drinks.

When our table was ready the Resturant had a Great ambiance and the food was incredible. We visited this location for a milestone birthday. Was a great visit. Wait staff was very attentive and answered all the questions we had.
We had escargot appetizers and the ribeye for two for the main course. These were both great choices and come highly recommended.
Thank you Minetta Tavern.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Label burger was truly outstanding. Cooked perfectly at medium rare and fries were great as well. Had the goat cheese salad and the oysters to start, also enjoyable. The woman that took care of us was informative and attentive as were the other staff members. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Sehr coole NY-Atmosphäre, völlig überteuert für mittelmäßige Qualität der Speisen

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Place, great food! Recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner

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SV
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb evening - we are regulars. Meal was fabulous and the service outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Rushed service, and a Kitchen that cannot follow instructions.

Underwhelmed and embarrassing! I had been talking up the burger for quite sometime and finally had the opportunity to bring my husband. Well, like I said...embarrassing!

I’ll have to think twice about going again.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was topnotch and the cocktails were great! We had a great time! Leslie and the rest of the crew were really good!

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, burgers are usually excellent but I was suprised when the cook on mine was wrong (I asked for medium and received rare, had to send it back to be re-fired). Also, I don't recommend the spicy or green bloody Mary's, if I had to do again I would have done the traditional. My boyfriend's burger was properly cooked at medium-rare and his old fashions were excellent.

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The location was ideal for meeting a friend coming from the opposite end of NYC. The menu was the most interesting I've seen of any brunch I've been to, I was torn between the mushroom with fava beans on polenta and the duck. My friend had the classic Norwegian smoked salmon with poached eggs and béarnaise. I went for the mushrooms it was good but not excellent. The crowd was older, the ambience blessedly relaxed and muted, even at noon it was quiet with some tables empty but by the time we left people were being asked to wait.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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ZV
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place ! Beautiful place and great service - hidden gem

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Spain
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Una vera delizia! L’hamburger più buono che abbia mai mangiato. Da non perdersi anche il soufflé al cioccolato. Consigliatissimo!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The host was rude. I had a reservation for 10pm for 3. I told her the other person might not be joining so she told me I’d have to wait. I waited 25 min. Then another 25 min after we sat to be served.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Black label burger best ever!

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great New York City landmark. We were there for brunch which was just okay. Staff were very nice. Just expensive for what you get. Two egg entrees, one appetizer, one drink and coffee = $125. Go for the history.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you don’t come here, you’re a moron

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1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attention to detail and a nod to history are combined in this modern interpretation of classic steakhouse fare.

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RM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Label Burger is the best burger I’ve ever had.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best burger

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DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch. The atmosphere was great tables close together but the noise level was minimal. Menu presented a great variation of eggs and other breakfast food and all was excellent

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1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Eh. Burger was supremely disappointing given its reputation. It was honestly dry. Needed a sauce or cheese or something. Also didn’t help they overlooked our “medium” patty request. Other things we had were tasty (esp. the bone marrow). Cool vibe and ambiance, but I would say go in w/ low expectations.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for the best hamburger in NYC, then this is the place! Great old New York ambiance and attentive wait staff.
While the cocktails are "NY pricey", they are well made.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first started coming to Minetta over 40 years ago. This time I brought my family and it was as special as ever. Delightful — and our waitress was a gem!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely date night here and they very graciously accommodated us by putting us in the corner booth :) we love this place and will come back more often now!

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch, highly recommend the burger + fries!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ordered a med-med rare black label burger where everyone in my party ordered a med or med well burger but my burger came out well done. Asked the server beforehand to give me the rarest burger of the three. Did not happen.

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n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Glad we tried this place the food was good, our server was great. I chose this place for my birthday because I was at a loss as to where I wanted to go and this place had some interesting history which my husband really liked. The soufflé was perfect and the pork special was very good.

We had 5:30 p.m. reservations but even though the restaurant just opened the host stand seemed a bit confused. Perhaps the staff was not ready. Anyway, although I had notified them it was my birthday, they gave me a table right by the kitchen. Normally I am not picky but I had to ask for a different table.

It definitely had a historic tavern vibe. Good for a casual meal or drink at the bar.

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