About Minetta Tavern
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.
New York, NY 10012
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
PARKING GARAGE AT 122 WEST 3RD ST (BETWEEN 6TH /MACDOUGAL)
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.
Lee Hanson & Riad Nasr
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Minetta Tavern Ratings and Reviews
They seated us 1 hour after our reservation time. The table they offered us first was extremely small and tight, so we asked to be moved. The food was OK, but definetely not in line with the prices. The $33 USD burger is overpriced. The servers are nice but our server needed to go home and so they changed to another one. Maybe because they seated us So Late 10:30 to 10:45 PM we were one of the last tables on the restaurant so they felt tired (if you go maybe book at an earlier time, not after 8:30). I dont understand the Michelin Star.
So excited to finally try it. Worth the wait! Had the BL burger, fantastic. Thanks to the busboy who suggested not putting anything on it(ketchup) until tasting! Desert was chocolate soufflé! So worth the calories! Go when you get the chance. Don't be scared by the prices. You'll love it!!
I was absolutely pulled into wanting a dining experience due to the hype placed on the ambience and the hamburger. Having eaten hamburgers all over this fine planet, I was quite disappointed in the lack of taste in the meat, in the bun. Fries were good. But, that was no hamburger. Trout--excellent, Burrata--best ever!, Salad-fresh, wine-yummy, dessert and after dinner espresso-perfect. Fabulous, prompt, easy going service. Kind, friendly staff. Ambience did not disappoint. Just won't be back. I take hamburgers seriously.
We have been wanted to try the famous “black label burger” for forever! So a bday celebration seemed like a fitting time. We started with the French Toast for an app to share since it was during Sunday brunch and then the BL burgers all around. We all ordered drinks and while my Bloody Mary came out quickly we had to ask the waiter for a simple tap beer and drip coffee repeatedly. The French Toast was burnt and nothing special. The burgers came out and they were done perfectly with help from our waiter while ordering. The fries tasted like they were overdone and then sat out for some time. Overall the experience was meh. There are way better burgers/French Toast in the city and service. I’m sad and disappointed since I REALLY wanted this New York classic to be a memorable one.
We were really looking forward to a great meal at Minetta Tavern but were greatly disappointed and surprised at the quality of the food preparation. I think it was reasonable to expect a $65 steak to be excellent, not just average. The salads were tired and did not live up to the descriptions. The Pasta Za Za was so oversalted as to be inedible. The service was attentive, friendly and professional, the atmosphere was charming, and the chocolate souffle was awesome, but they could not make up for the feeling that we had overpaid greatly for a less than average meal.
Try the marrow bone appetizer--it's excellent. Everything else was more or less what one might expect from a $30 hamburger joint.
The restaurant was too hot and the day we were there, both men's and women's bathrooms were out of commission, so everyone had to go through the kitchen, down steep stairs, past slick floors that were constantly being mopped and stand in line for the single commode that had to be shared among all customers and staff. I would have thought there would be an accommodation on the bill--perhaps free soft drinks or a 10 percent cut--but there was not even and apology or explanation.
The service was below par. No refills on the ice tea without flagging down the waiter and asking for them, and no refills on the coffee at all. The attitude of the staff is pretty much that they're doing you a favor by letting you eat there, so you'd better be on your best behavior.
We dad to wait almost 30 minutes despite having a reservation, and then our server first took an order from a table that was seated after us, even though they didn't have to wait at all. A little extra TLC would have gone a long way in remedying the snafu, but that didn't happen, which is disappointing. And the black-label burger was just good this time, not fantastic like the last time. Shake Shack is a better value if you just want a good burger.
My dining partner and I had the dry-aged cote de boeuf for two, cooked to a perfect medium rare and accompanied by roasted bone marrow and fries. Both the food and service were terrific, although I wish we had been seated in the main dining room rather than the bar/waiting area. It was quite crowded and noisy. But, if you don't mind plunking down some serious money for a special dinner out, Minetta Tavern is the place, especially for beef lovers.
Warm welcome by the host though being asked to wait until the entire party was present
(1 other person) when a reservation has been made and adhered to, always sticks in my craw, especially if being invited to sit at in an overcrowded bar space and have a drink. He made up for it however with genuine friendliness while seating us and allowing us to move when a better table next to us became available. Our server was genuinely exceptional, solicitous without fawning, funny and kind. The Crowd, elegant European tourists and impossibly hip NYU students, and oh yes, the Food..aside from the famous hamburger which all the Europeans around us ordered, offers many unusual, tempting brunch options. Non meat options abound. Prices are high for drinks and food, but atmosphere is heady, nostalgia full on for those of us who came of age in the Village, buzz appeal for the tourists and hipsters. Bottom line, good food, great service and fun.
On a Friday night, I shouldn't have been surprised that the Minetta Tavern was PACKED but I heard the waiter telling another patron that no one knew why but the restaurant had been crazy busy for the last few weeks. I hope that middle-of-the-week meals are still the same...and you can have a quiet meal in such a quaint and charming establishment.
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