Minton's Playhouse

4.6
572 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 572 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.7
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4.2
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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j
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A throwback to old Harlem. Great jazz and great service. The food was great and them overall atmosphere was relaxing and courteous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to experience live jazz whilst visiting New York from England.
We were not disappointed. The food was first class and the music and jamming session was amazing. A must visit

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Reasonable, but expensive food. Very good live jazz. Very good, attentive service.

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R
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

there is a reason Mintons is a classic jazz nightclub. it's great. the band and singers were first rate as usual. we were there for the early show. wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great night ! Great Music !

Food was good, but really , the highlight is the band !

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ET
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice cozy atmosphere, me and my date enjoyed the food drink and entertainment. Will definitely visit again

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall this place was good, the down side was the music. I personally like a jazz set that jams and takes you into the instruments. This was boring in my opinio.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful live jazz music, clean, very good food, beautiful ambience. A place to go!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for world class live jazz with great drinks and a traditional American menu.

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DO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Minton's is all that and then some! My server, Zambele, was gracious. I love the ambiance of Minton's. This is why I moved from Brooklyn to Harlem. Because it's black and I love jazz. Peace Minton's ! ✌✌✌👍👍👍👊👊👊

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M
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We selected this restaurant to hear live jazz, and they did not disappoint in that regard. Our party ordered two menu items that were no longer offered by the restaurant. Instead of the waiter telling us that and suggesting other options, he (or the kitchen) substituted other menu items. Very strange and indicative of a lack of communication and respect for the diners. I suggest updating your menus and better training for the waitstaff.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Awesome music scene. Good food. Very nice and alert waiters

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NQ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

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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MS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

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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RP
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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S
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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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DV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good experience, good food, great jazz

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w
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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HO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience on a true vintage Harlem environment!

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T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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RC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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a
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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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VC
Tucson
49 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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