Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side

3.8
397 reviews
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$30 and under
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It's always a party at Big Daddy's! Big tasty burgers, frosty shakes and totally awesome tater tots! We are a casual, fun, cool, hip, groovy, super delicious place to get a meal or a cocktail that is always sure to hit the spot. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night munchies! It's always cool and hip with Big Daddy's!
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food is good, but maybe not when you have to wait 1 hour for your burger because the waitress who took the order didn't out it in the order and she then tells you it's your fault because you didn't order it... We were a group of 8 people and we all listened how our friend ordered.
Not nice, also super loud

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K
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation and didn’t wait much. The service was great and the food was amazing. Would definitely go again and even recommend friends to check the place out!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day and we had such a great time!

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for 8 people for my daughter’s birthday. When I got to the place our table wasn’t even ready they had to scramble to set something up which made me question if they even acknowledged my reservation. They set up a bunch of tables and chairs together instead of a long booth which seats everyone together better. It was poorly arranged. Will not be celebrating another birthday here!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was slow and workers seemed confused but overall experience was good

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Big Daddy’s is definitely ready for a renovation. It needs a thorough cleaning and the to increase the staff. It took forever to get served and coffee came out an hour later, after we had our meals and had forgotten about it. There are definitely better diners on the UWS.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go at least once every 2 weeks, first time we made a reservation and they were so nice to honor all my special seating requests! A+

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Restaurant was heavily understaffed with only one server in the back room. Although the dining room was far from full capacity, we waited 1.5 hours to get food, which was very difficult with two kids. The milk shake was delicious; however, the rest of the food was mediocre.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall, it was okay but there are definitely better places that have similar menus and ambiance styles to this. The food was decent, but sometimes it felt like it was a hit or a miss. The service was the worst part of it all. We had to ask for utensils because we weren't given any and the waitress never asked us how we were, how the food was, if we needed anything, or anything.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big Daddy’s had amazing food and service. The waiter josh was great and made sure everyone was pleased. Overall 10/10!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

we had to leave. they had no heat and it was colder inside as it was outside.
the few diners who were there were sitting with their coats on.
the servers were shivering.
i ordered a cup of coffee and when i didn't feel any warmer i asked the waiter and he said their heat was down.
i felt sorry for the waiter who was very gracious and comped my coffee.

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PP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere the people the food at Big Daddy's Restaurant. I have no complaints just compliments for this establishment you have a great thing going keep up the good work

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Nous avions réservé et avons fait 1h de métro pour y arriver avec 3 enfants. Le restaurant était fermé alors que nous avions un mail de réservation. Super soirée de réveillon de nouvel an !

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna melt was fantastic and thanks to the giant TVs I got all caught up with what Liam is up to on The Bold and The Beautiful.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went on Christmas Day for lunch. Needed a place that was kid friendly. Nothing fancy. It’s basically a diner. Food was decent, service was excellent. Prices were fair. I would recommend for anyone looking for a quick bite on the upper west side.

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I use to take my 2 daughters to this restaurant all of the time. Now they are young ladies and asked to have Christmas brunch. The waitress was very pleasant, but there were only 2 waitresses, so service was super slow and the food was extremely disappointing. Needless to say we will not be back there.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great diner experience with good America style food and reasonably priced for nyc

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was mediocre to bad, service was the same.

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E
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My partner and I went to Big Daddy’s (Broadway location) for dinner. He ordered a burger with tots and I got the buffalo mac. I’m a big fan of mac and cheese and I expected the dish to be outstanding given all of the hype on social media. However, I felt that the mac and cheese was bland. The buffalo chicken tenders were good but they didn’t pair well with the macaroni and cheese the way I expected it to.

I ordered a “big” buffalo mac but I really should have ordered a “lil”. My boyfriend said that his burger and tots were good, not great. We will not be returning for dinner.

Given that it’s diner-styled food, I think we would have had a better food experience ordering breakfast there. Their pancakes all look amazing! We may be back to try some breakfast dishes.

Finally, our server was kind and attentive.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waitress was kind and caring

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MH
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. I had the Real Mac Coy, a burger with creamy mac n cheese & bacon. I also had the Cookie Monster, vanilla shake with oreo cookies & whipped cream. Everything tasted good here. I would definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The worst dining experience we’ve ever had. No heat and it was 25 degrees outside. No servers. It took more than an hour for hamburgers and pancakes. Unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Should be called Big Disaster’s

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my birthday I got a coupon from big daddy’s for a free entree and milkshake it was super delicious!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Great for dates, to celebrate a birthday, or to simply go out to eat with your family and friends. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious with great portion sizes.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome

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E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for kids. The nostalgia was great for adults. Pure comfort food. Dynamite margeritas!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Food took a while, but was tasty

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Big Daddy’s for my birthday and I absolutely enjoyed myself. The food was amazing the, staff was friendly. Everything was good.

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UW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was my second time dining at Big Daddy's. Both times, the venue was selected by someone else. Personally I would not have dined here again. But sometimes you have to go with the flow. The restaurant has a 1950s theme, and there is abundant and garish decor, perhaps to distract you from the food and service. The portions are huge, but unfortunately the food quality is mediocre at best. Some of the food was not fresh at all --- I was served fruit that must have been cut several days before and then left out to rot. We also had to leave our table and send out members of our party several times to try to get our own service, find missing parts of our order, and resolve quality or cleanliness problems, as our server could not be found or was overwhelmed due to bad management. Overall I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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SK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great breakfast! Yummy taster tots with all sorts of goodies! Fun atmosphere.

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

We were 6 meeting for brunch. The place is a bit run down, bathrooms not great. Food was fair at best, for the price, there are much better options.

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JE
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken and waffles and Mac and cheese were AMAZING!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. There was attentive staff and quality food. There was a little mess up with the checks but we got it figured out. Overall great experience.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved our waitress.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pop decor throughout restaurant. Very 50's and 60's inspired but, very today and hip. Burgers are delicious and tater tots are a "take you back in time" treat. Milk shakes are out of this world and deliciously extravagant. Weight staff was very savvy and helped our group with food choices.
The music was a bit too loud but, that is to be expected in a diner like this one.

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

Over priced for the food, poor service. We got some of our food then we got the rest a half hour later. They messed up our drinks and didn’t cook anything from the check. Crappy service for sure!

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My Waiter Josh or George I can't remember but he was the best he connected with the kids his patience was amazing I would go back just for him. Great kid's menu so much to choose from thank you Big Daddy.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and friends love it here!

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S
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing, we came from Galloway NJ, had a reservation for 8 and was seated immediately. Our food came out fast and delicious, the place is so comfortable with conversation pieces all over, the lunch boxes definitely took us down memory lane. I loved it and will definitely be back❤️❤️

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PP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

We come here with the kids once in a while. Food is really good across the menu. Shakes and tater tots a must. On the flip side, the service is almost always terribly, terribly slow. We usually order everything we want as soon as we make contact with a waitress/waiter. If you plan for slow service then you'll have a good experience with excellent food in large portions. We'll be back.

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