Minton's Playhouse

4.6
548 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • 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 548 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.2
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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We had an amazing time at Minton's! We came to see the Jake Leckie Quartet play a tribute to the great jazz bassists. The music, drinks, food and service were incredible and it was a perfect evening.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food great band!!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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 on April 19, 2018

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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