Minton's Playhouse

4.6
560 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Minton's Playhouse
The place to be for a great dining experience and a live show!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Tue, Wed, Sun 6:00 pm–12:00 am
Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–1:00 am
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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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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 560 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I came to see Laurin Talese who is always outstanding, unfortunately the dining experience wasn't comparable to the performance. The cocktail I had taste quite medicinal and wasn't good at all. I purchased a bottle of still water and the service was lacking so much that I poured my water the entire night. Was rarely checked up on so not got to order food. The pace is beautiful but the service doesn't match it's atmosphere at all.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Historic location for jazz and great food. Would like to visit it again.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

SUPERB fish! Both the branzino and the red snapper were excellent

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

First time at Minton and definitely won’t be my last time. The music is LIVE and full of energy! It was out Anniversary and they have great service!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Loved the food, service, and music
The Cecil salad was amazing. I dreamt about it last night and awakened to the memory of it this morning I'm probably returning to Minton's later on in the week to have it again. Aah so, so good!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Staff great in general
Waiter unfamiliar with menu
No cornbread? Why on menu?

We love this place!
Alan harris set amazing!

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The music was great and the venue is elegant. However the food smd service were disappointing. We have been to Minton’s many times over the past few years and this time I was left questioning whether I will return. In the past the food was excellent. This time it was terrible. We waited over an hour for our entrees and they were quick cooking items. The salad was an odd mixture of ingredients including canned peaches over wilted mesclun mix. The chicken pieces were extremely small thin and cooked to the consistency of leather. The filet mignon was not much better. Perhaps the problem is restaurant week and the kitchen was overwhelmed. The menu lacks focus and tried to do too many different types of food. The old Cecil menu was better.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Enjoyed myself immensely — Allan Harris was delightful and your venue warm and embracing. Will be back, most certainly. Thank you!

Best,
Dawn Viggiani

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A marvelous evening all around. Food, the show and the service were all first class! Can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

It was a wonderful experience. Good Music with good food.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Eating at Minton’s was a beautiful experience. The Live music was great. I went with my parents and my hubby. We enjoyed the band. The service was great as well. The food had so much flavor and was beautiful.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I love this place every time I come. It’s amazing that something like this exists where you can see such incredible talent while eating Some of the best food in New York. If you have never been it is an experience like none other. Do yourself the favor!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

This historic dinner club in Harlem is the perfect place to enjoy jazz and dinner. They share a kitchen with Cecil's Steak House next door and have the same menu. Food was first class.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Surprisingly good menu; best crab cake outside of Maryland, delicious lamb chops and mashed potatoes.
Great small venue for seeing live music.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We came to Minton's to celebrate a friend's birthday. What a joy the experience was! The menu was creative and delicious. We had the lamb chops, salmon and salad. The dessert was yummy too. The live jazz band was delightful. The service was superb. The atmosphere (ambiente) and art work was such that you immediately relaxed and knew that you were in a place with "history". Minton's is definitely a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Good experience, good food, great jazz

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This place as extraordinary music and food. That’s why I keep going back. The porterhouse steak was delicious and I drooled over my friend’s paella.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was the first time, but surly not the last if I‘ll ever come back to NY. Great service, good food and a wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We loved our experience on a true vintage Harlem environment!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great evening overall. Good food with a creative twist, lovely staff and excellent music. Good place to bring out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The music was superb, as was the food. Brought friends here from out of town, and we all loved it.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The steak was a bit chewy but everything else was excellent. I recommend the crab cakes! The ambiance was awesome and the music was great. I did have a baby sitting next to me that was fussy ....not how I want to spend my trip. I wasnt happy at the fact that they charge per set with the music. So we had to pay for each set that came on stage. I think when you eat there you should pay for only one set at most. Overall this was a great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We made reservations to Minton’s Playhouse for my husbands birthday. The ambiance, the music was romantic and relaxing. The food was fresh and flavorful. We definitely will be returning.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Emily Braden absolutely exceeded our expectations this past Friday! She is amazingly talented and so warm and personable. We had an outstanding dinner at Cecil Steakhouse prior to the show! The bartender was fantastic and the food delicious!! We will most definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Jazz-centric in a Historic building. Food, service and ambiance was great. Went on thursday; slow night

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food is okay, although a bit overpriced and not all that inventive. But the real reason to go here is the music. As one of Harlem's original jazz clubs, Minton's continues to offer excellent performances and an atmosphere that is very much focused on the music (patrons are expected to remain quiet so as not to distract from the performance). Altogether a great night out!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We didn't dine at Minton's - just went there for cocktails and music. The ambiance and vibe are great. Servers are excellent, and prices fair. I will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Just had drinks and listened to King Solomon. He and his band are outstanding. the staff at Minton's are outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great music. Lovely ambience. Comfortable chairs. Helpful staff. Memorable experience.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great jazz place, with the unusual combination of good food and good music. Unexpected is the high quality, very friendly service, unusual in NYC.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

This was my first time to Minton's. I have wanted to check this place out for a while. So since it was the eve of my birthday I decided to go. The club is beautiful. I really enjoyed it. The music was spot on. The food was okay. I will go back and check out some more artist and try some other entrees on the menu. My dessert was spot on. :)

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My mom’s m and I had a lovely time. However, the clam-less clam chowder was a disappointment. I couldn’t finish it.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mom here for mother's day and had a great time! The cocktails are well recommended. Tasting menu is a great option. Thanks Trevor!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We didn't receive the regular menu. We only received the "Today's Special" menu. So our food choice was very limited.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We loved.... No ... Adored Melody Betts, what An amazing Singer. She IS blues/jazz. WAUW. Great service

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Love love love this restaurant. Highly recommend for a nice evening on the town. Service is excellent. Staff is very attentive. 5 stars.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We happened to be staying in Harlem for the weekend (drove down from Montreal), and thought we'd look for something local for one evening out - and Minton's was a great find. The scene was quiet that evening, but the music was great, & nice to hear a quartet including a couple of strong women - Gabrielle Murphy on tenor sax & the singer Emily Braden. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Mintons was a great experience, and a very chill vibe. The wait-staff was very attentive and patient. The cuisine was varied in origin, but all very well prepared and presented. Most notable was the ambiance. The music was great, loud, but comfortable, allowing you to still hold an intimate conversation. I highly recommend Mintons and will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Give it good reviews based on music, ambiance and just overall experience. Unfortunately, I will pass on the food. I ordered a NY Strip steak and should have left that appetite for a steak house- not Mintons. Other than food, music was great.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Amazing!!
Love the food, the service, the decor and the music!!

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