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Minton's Playhouse

4.6
516 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Minton's Playhouse
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
Please visit our website for monthly music performance schedules.

www.mintonsharlem.com
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 516 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food great band!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Took a while for a table and the band played a short set. The oysters were great but they had a little shell from the shuck. Overall a fantastic place to see a jazz show. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent way to have spent my 60th birthday with my wife. Excellent venue, wait staff were courteous, attentive, polite while not intrusive. The cuisine was well prepared and had an excellent presentation. Would definitely reccomend to everyone. We will be coming back.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Se had a good tome , music very Nice, good nothing social, atmosphere nice and we had an incoveniant we had to sair more than Thievy minutes to seat.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was first time visiting and I must say, the musics, food and service were outstanding. We live in CT, so coming into NYC for dinner is a treat. Minton’s didn’t disappoint. We are already making plans to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great venue. Great jazz

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Went here for date night. The live music performance was amazing. The ambience was romantic and the venue was relatively quiet out of respect for the performers. The cocktails were very well made and the food was delicious. I will be coming back for sure.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food is good but portions are small and the prices are through the roof. Not worth going for dinner

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was fabulous - food and service followed by great live jazz. (We had a 6pm Sunday reservation and the band started their set at 7:30 pm). My filet was very tender, very tasty, cooked to perfection. My wife and daughter had excellent fish entrees. The chocolate lava dessert was served warm and ended the meal on an up note.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

College visit

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My fiancé and I came here for our anniversary. We came here last year, and absolutely loved it. This year however we learned it was under new management and there were many changes. The menu is no longer soul food centered. They have a new chef that has made a new menu with ordinary food with very small portions with a very higher price point. They also have a 15 dollar per person fee for the musical performance which we were not informed about until we got there. However the service is still excellent. Overall my experience this year was more expensive yet less impressive. I will sadly not be returning

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was better than good; drinks were wonderful. Staff was attentive, professional, efficient and even charming. Music was top notch. We were "first timers" but will certainly be back and soon!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A jazz find! The atmosphere and music were fantastic. The food was very average. Next time I will have drinks there and eat elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This legendary jazz club has top musicians. A cozy and stylish environment eith a great menu. The service is slow or uneven. A wonderful spot to bring friends or for a date

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

we really enjoyed the evening, the Food was great: we can suggest the lobster Ravioli and the Music amazing

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Minton's is a classic jazz club that makes you feel special. It was fun to put on a dinner jacket and be treated like a gentleman. The food and drinks were good and the service was great but we came for the jazz which was excellent. It was intimate and relaxing. We saw a set of Emanuele Tozzi's Quartet and were blown away. He stopped at our table after the set and said hi and was genuine and just a pleasure. Our only complaint were a few patrons who ignored the quiet rules during the set but the staff settled them down. It was a pure joy. If you are on a budget watch what you order because the bill can sneak up on you. Well worth it, though.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I treated my sister there for her birthday. Honestly, I can't say who enjoyed it the most. The scenery was nice. The food was delicious. The performers was great! The songstress (Lea Anderson) took time to talk and take a picture with my sister. Our server (Brian) was awesome. We had such a good time with the band, we stayed for the 2nd set. We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I was in town as a tourist and found this jewel online. The scenery was relaxing; music was awesome; and the room smelled great. I would recommend to anyone visiting Harlem.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Enjoyed everything about this place from the ambiance to the food. The band was great and interactive with the crowd. Loved it

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great music and the food was a pleasant surprise - my husband and I enjoyed the Ella and Louis chicken and the filet mignon. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a special night out!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great music

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Loved it. The live band was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Lovely ambiance, great music! (And the food was good too).

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The music was exciting, but the service less than stellar. I arrived for what was listed as a 9:30 set only to find out it started at 9pm. A bit of a bummer, so I had a drink. When we looked for the waiter, we couldn't find him. As the show was wrapping up, we saw him and beckoned him over. We started to order and he said the kitchen is closed. We were confused, since we had menus and he had taken our drink orders.
He said when the set is over the kitchen is closed. I asked why it wasn't mentioned when our drink orders were taken. Why didn't he come over to say last call. He just shrugged his shoulders and said the kitchen is closed.

We didn't get to experience the food, but now that we know their policy and that the times for the music aren't as listed on their site, we'll give it another try.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

My wife and I really enjoyed the live music and fine dining experience while celebrating my wife's birthday. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great date night experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Minton's is a historic Harlem jazz spot that still has its chops. The food was good - I had a burger but there were more upscale entrees on the menu that looked good as they went by me to other tables - but you go there for the music, which was excellent. Comfortable well-designed setting, excellent sound, good sightlines. Monk and Miles and Dizzy and Bird played there. Their grit is gone, but you're listening to good music exactly where you should be.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Another fabulous night of great jazz and delicious food at Minton’s. Sunday featured Christopher McBride who always delivers delights on sax and puts together a great ensemble of talented musicians. Minton’s is an intimate personal and high quality musical and culinary experience to share with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I can't tell for other dishes, but the food I had was first class, even by New York standard and I'm French/picky/used-to-great-food. I can't say but from a look it seems to me that their normal/cheaper dishes are more mainstream-good. So if you go, I recommend you don't save a few bucks by not getting the best available, that is kind of the point. Also nice to see reasonably priced wine (nothing spectacular, but well chosen). The ambiance (Monday evening) was quiet and of course the music was very nice (will depend on which evening and band, but generally well curated). I have been in a more busy night and ambiance and band was stellar.
The service is good (attentive but not too imposing, we had plenty of time to enjoy after dinner talk without being bothered by too much activity, sort of laid back while being classy).

Overall: delivers for a fancy occasion when you are ready to spend about 2x of a usual good dinner. You won't regret.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

(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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing music! AMAZING food!!!

Best in Harlem!!

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2.0Dined 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

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1.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The jazz show was excellent . The restaurant was disgusting. Had to wait forever for waiter to appetizer. Big mistake! We had to wait again indefinitely before they finally brought the main courses out again. I ordered lamb chops medium rare. They came out somewhere between well dine and burnt. At this point it was almost showtime at the jazz club so I shoved the over cooked lamb chops down, paid the bill and headed to the jazz club. The show was excellent. We ordered dessert at the jazz club which was ordinary at best with ice cream on the side which was a tiny half melted scoop. No decaf cappuccino. Regular cappuccino came out lukewarm and had to be sent back. In conclusion, I suggest going for the show but definitely eating elsewhere.take drink order and then even longer for him to bring the drinks. We ate in the adjacent restaurant and advised waiter that we would like to be done in an hour and a half to go next door to see the jazz show. Finally, they bring our food; appetizer and main courses all at the same time. They took the main course back to the kitchen to keep it warm while we ate the

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We live in the neighborhood and had been wanting to go to Minton's for a while. The vegetarian lasagna was good but specially the music and the service were amazing. The space is very cool, perfect for a date night.

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