Onieals

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129 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Onieal's offers casually elegant American cuisine with Italian and Asian influences from neighborhoods we are at the vortex of, Little Italy and Chinatown, Time Out December 2016 voted us the "Best Restaurant in Little Italy". We have been a leader since 1995 in the "Rebirth of the Cocktail" movement with our unique cocktails and our precision in making the classics.
New York Magazine, "trendy but not aggressive bar scene". The perfect meeting place for lunch, after work drinks and dinner or fun late-night on the weekends.Set in a neighborhood that for more than a hundred years was the knife’s edge of wealth, corruption, poverty and crime.
Onieals today is a refined, hip restaurant with a long history as well as being the "Sex and the City" Scout Bar, owned by characters Steve and Aidan in the show.
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4.2based on all time ratings
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New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very beautiful space, and it is filled well with great staff and wonderful food. I am sure there are club hours when dining incompatible with dancers, but when the place is quiet, they put out a first rate product. All our dishes were quite good, and the Chablis on the wine list was great. I wish I had taken a picture of the label to remember the name. Dining prices are quite reasonable, but it costs more for a good buzz, all well worth the experience. Compared to the loathsome pseudo Italian joints in the immediate vicinity, this place is the dining star! Check it out!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Si bien la comida estaba muy buena le faltaba encanto al lugar para un almuerzo

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ED
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and very attentive service. Awesome lunch! We will definitely be back!

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Goodby celebration
Service was slow and inattentive

DJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, both at the bar and at the table. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly!

S
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome meal as always. Snow on the ground but nice and warm inside. Great NY strip. Be back next year.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The staff was personable enough, but we just got bad service. I made my reservation through opentable but they had no record of it. I showed my confirmation e-mail to the hostess and she was polite about helping us, but just pointed at our table across the room instead of seating us. There was a special Valentine's menu that included sea bass and hanger steak, which we ordered. Unfortunately, we were served the sea bass and hanger steak from the regular menu and the steak was not cooked as I had ordered it. Maybe it was just an off night. The atmosphere seems great for drinks, but we won't come back for dinner.

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance and the extensive menu were great! Was a perfect Valentines Day spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good ambiance, fun music, delicious drinks. Really a cool place. Didn't realize it turned into a club around 10:00 pm. Had to elbow our way to the restroom through all the party-goers. Food was bland & nothing to write home about. I would go for the night life, not for a dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place. We were looking for a cosy place with great ambiance and found it there by chance. We enjoyed the food, the decor, the service, reasonable price and the music also.

RI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Most of the experience was great. Deviled eggs were a little bland, and the so were the zoodles. Friend loved her steak, and service was great as well.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice spot. Service was good and good was excellent. Short rib tacos were some of the best. Scallops and risotto was cooked just right. A bit noisy but overall lively good spot.

NY
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Local neighborhood gem! Love the ambiance in there with the lights. Good place for a chilly night. Had the short rib with elote. Wasn't my favorite - I wasn't feeling the BBQ sauce on the short rib, but that's my fault - I should've known BBQ sauce probably wasn't a great choice for me. The elote would've been good, but it tasted really sweet for some reason, like there was sugar in there along with the cheese. Not sure if that was on purpose. But my friend liked his meal and the oysters were good! I'd give it another shot!

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot. Food was delicious. We had the deviled eggs, fried calamari, the blackened seared tuna, and the spaghetti bolognese. Our friends had the penne vodka and loved it as well.

The one 'con' is not one I would typically mention, but given that we were told it happens somewhat frequently, I think it's worth noting. We all met a little earlier than our reservation and had a drink at the bar. The local DA office was having a happy hour, and they ended up having several of their team members give speeches over the course of 20 minutes. Definitely awkward to sit at a bar and have to whisper while people spoke for 20 minutes. Not really appropriate unless you have a private room.

SU
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun fun fun place w great food

AB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend knocked over his glass of wine & it was cleaned up & replaced before you could blink an eye. The cocktails are cold & the food is delicious. Dinner for 4 with cocktails including tip was $180 & we ordered quite a bit. I highly recommend this Nolita establishment which I stop at every time I am in Manhattan.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Native NYer and this was my first time at Oniels. We really enjoyed our family dinner of 12 at Onieals. Lisa, our waitress, was extremely pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The food was delicious and the cocktails refreshing. will definitely return.

RM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservation and we couldn't be happier with the restaurant. Very good drink selection, cocktails, beer and wine all had something to choose. Apps, Salad, and main course were tasty. Felt like a local place that you would have on the regular dinner rotation. Will be back when in the area.

D
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a lovely bar with a few tables available for eating. We went for the Sunday brunch and we all enjoyed the food. The waffles with fruit were great (two large waffles). The omelettes were excellent as well. Marcus, our server, could not have been nicer.

PP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I loved the food and services there
It was a super bowl night and everything is amazing even the place packed by people.

c
New England
39 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cute & Charming

My group of 7 had a reservation for a table this past Saturday. It was crowded, boisterous and loud, but so are we so we fit right in :) The menu in the restaurant differed from the one online and we weren't thrilled with it at first...but it turned out great. The mac and cheese with bacon app was awesome; we got two to share and each were able to have a few bites. Good burgers, the scallops with risotto was delicious and a just-right portion...our table by the windows with all the sparkly lights was cozy and charming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience!

LY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood bar/restaurant. Defines comfortable...

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We waited an hour for mediocre food.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant waitress and other staff. We went for Brunch with a reservation, and was seated almost immediately. The menu had a good selection and we wanted to try everything. Our dishes were delicious and the booze brunch unlimited brunch cocktail option was great. Although the restaurant got a little busy, we never felt rushed. When the bar got busy, they slid a door divider to block off the area a little. It was a very cozy relaxing experience. We'll definitely be back.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great neighborhood spot. Food and service are solid.

E
Western NC
85 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful place
Everything else was just ok. Food was competently prepared. Service was acceptable.

AM
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a busy place, but with the wait. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. They were overbooked so at first it looked we didn't think we'd make it, but they came outside to find us and and let us know they had worked it out. Bought us an appetizer and paid for our drinks because if it.

Interesting menu, had the steak and it was great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Was a quiet brunch o'clock time, very attentive and lovely Waitrose (she has the most awesome hair!). Food was tasty and quite generous. Cocktail was lush and pretty pokey! Hit the spot! Fab atmosphere, decoration and history too. 5*

Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Fantastic drinks. Fantastic service. What else do you need?

p
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was was all frozen reheats, like stadium food

OZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for boozy brunch for my fiancées birthday. The drinks and food were great!

LA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Love this spot, it's a cute atmosphere and never disappoints!

d
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience1

This is definitely a place that is different than I have ever been. There are only like 10 tables in the entire restaurant. The decor is old and the room is sketchy. The menu is limited. Service is super slow. Our waitress was sitting and eating a table with a friend while working. And they also lets pets in the restaurant!!! The food was not bad but there are too many other places to go. We will not return.

SL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

$1 oysters were delicious! Outside seating was tight, but it was still enjoyable. Would recommend and plan to go back again!

C
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was OK, but it took almost 2 hours to get our main courses. We almost missed our 9 PM concert, even though we arrived at the restaurant 2 hours in advance. We were pretty grouchy and hungry by the time the food arrived, and we had to wolf down only a small amount of our main courses before fleeing.

L
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, too many waitresses serving our table so no one was ever focused on us because one thought the other was doing it (there were 3).

AH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every trip into NYC my husband and I bring our friends out here. It's quickly become one of our favorite places in the world! We recommend it to everyone, people who live inside the city, people who are visiting... Its a gem and we never miss a dinner there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was noisy but great, the staff were very friendly.

J
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't know what expect but menu looked promising and it didn't disappoint. The service was friendly and attentive. We tried the cioppino and it was so tasty and full of fishy goodness

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