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Minton's Playhouse

487 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Live Music (22)
  • Good for a Date (15)
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Minton's Playhouse
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday: 6pm - 12am
Thursday -Saturday: 6pm - 1am

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Phone number
(212) 243-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Elpidio Escamilla
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Cross street
St Nicholas and Adam Clayton Powell
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Parking details
There are multiple garages in the area
118 between St Nicholas and 8th Ave and 122 and St Nicholas are the closest
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Public transit
2/3 to 116th street or B/C to 116th
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Please visit our website for monthly music performance schedules.
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Special events & promotions
Minton's Playhouse is available for your private and semi-private event
Call our sales team for more information and menus 212-866-1262 extension 108
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 487 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YcartS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

I love Minton's because of the amazing live performances. The drinks are also really good! However, this time I went I found that their menu changed and was rather plain. Their apps look great so I think next time we'll go for drinks and share a bunch of apps as the main plates were just okay for the price. I would still come back because I love the ambiance and the live performances!

5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Amazing place with great service and fantastic music! I’m not easy to please but job well done!

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was a great place to hang out for any occasion, my friend enjoyed his birthday, live jazz music n the food was excellent

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We came for our anniversary dinner on a Friday night at 6:45 and the place was not packed (maybe people were still recovering from Valentine’s Day) but ambiance was great, very romantic and elegant without feeling stuffy or pretentious. The waitstaff was amazing. Everyone was super friendly and personable, from the hostess to the gentlemen pouring our water. And it was a young staff too, very professional and had great recommendations for food. We had the restaurant week prixe fix, which came with appetizer, entree and dessert. I got the salad (delicious), skirt steak (perfectly cooked though I wouldn’t have been upset if it was slightly bigger) with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes (buttery and delicious but not garlicky enough for me, and the tres leches (tasty but a tad on the sweet side). My fiancé got the empanadas (very tasty, I wish we had more), the salmon with grilled shrimp (cooked to perfection, perfect seasoning and best value in my opinion) and the brownie a la mode (warm, gooey and delicious, wish I ordered it). All in all a great value for $42 prixe fix price. Live jazz music was great. $15 cover added to your bill but totally worth it and a much better value than some of the seedier jazz bars with higher covers and not as nice ambiance. Would definitely go back again.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

(Valentine's Day Review) A+++ from food, drinks, services...and THE MUSIC! I've never been to Minton's and of course I am going to head back...loved it all!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Perfect place for a date. The service was great. The live music was a lot of fun. The food was good. I would go back again!

JoaquinC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Really noche place, good menu, really good live music, totaly recomended for someone looking for live jazz performances.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing music! AMAZING food!!!

Best in Harlem!!

mssnow (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Have been here on 3 different occassions.
Food is pricey, but delicious! Our bill (for 2) fluctuates $220-250 (before tip)
Enjoyed the live jazz, yet sets are pretty short for a 15$ per person surcharge (+2 drink/food minimum).
Service is slow and inattentive.
Wait staff don't seem knowledgeable of their food items and cocktails.
There's lots of room for improvement in customer service.

Pros: Great food, ambiance, complimentary coat check
Cons: Poor service, high prices

JamesO (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived and were seat quickly however, the placement was not the best for our party of 10 especially when we made reservations. The band and ambiance was really nice. We ordered our food and it took more than 1 hour to be brought out to us. Others seated after we arrived and ordered were served their food before we received our food. We asked for the manager, they sent us the hostess who lied about being the manager. She explained they were overwhelmed with the high customer traffic which caused delays with us receiving our food. We informed her we witnessed another party received their food and we placed our order before they arrived. She told us she would speak with the owner to see what she could do. We never spoke with the owner or manager and the hostess never willing returned to our table. The bill arrived, the $15 live band cover was included in the bill which forced you to pay the 20% gratuity towards the band cover. Overall, we would not revisit this restaurant nor would we recommend this restaurant to anyone. We all came to the conclusion, the band cover and gratuity are guaranteed so there wasn’t a need for Mintons Playhouse employees to provide great Customer Service. We informed The employees how displeased we were and would surely write a review on the poor service received. No one seemed to care or even attempt to persuade or, accommodate us. We left upset, frustrated and very dissatisfied.