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Café Salmagundi, New York, NY

Café Salmagundi

4.6
4.6
104 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Café Salmagundi is our love letter to the Gramercy Park neighborhood.

Named after the satirical periodical created by Washington Irving in the early 1800s, "Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others," lampooned New York City culture and politics.

Our restaurant is inspired by the New York experience, where a plethora of cultures and cuisines come together like the dish Salmagundi, which comprises of a salad or stew. Our New-American cuisine features seasonal ingredients from the Union Square Farmers Market and pairs classic & seasonal cocktails to match the robust flavors of our food.

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Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Café, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 510-8383

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lim

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Corner of 17th Street and Irving Place

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Menu

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What 104 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cafe Salmagundi is one of the best spots in NYC. The food is unreal, the staff is extremely nice and the pricing is great. This place is a must try and I promise that you will want to come back.

  2. FD

    FrancisDoverian

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Service: on the evening we visited, the restaurant was clearly understaffed, which is understandable these days. However, the timing of everything was off and no apologies or accommodations were made. Nobody was at the door to sit us for a while. Drinks arrived after food; or couldn’t be ordered in time because nobody was there to take the order. The main dish was only served to one of us while the other waited a long time — and again no apology whatsoever. The food itself: a salad we ordered was wilted and tasted as if it had been sitting somewhere for a while. The crispy chicken wings were also tasting as if they had been deep fried several hours before and then doused last minute with sauce. Of the two mains, the branzino was ok but the steak was extremely chewy and uneven in temperature - as if it had also waited a while somewhere.

  3. JE

    JEliza

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely phenomenal! The service was top-notch for a party of 14 and the manager went out of her way to accommodate us and make recommendations. The food is PHENOMENAL and my group of world class eaters were all impressed. Thank you, Katie, for making my work dinner perfection!

  4. c

    chowbacca

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, ambiance was just right. Drinks were strong

  5. C

    Christina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were so lovely. The drinks perfection! Dinner was excellent! Highly recommend a wonderful evening out.

  6. CH

    ChadH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food is SOLID. Lots of energy, but because of that it's a bit loud. GET THE WINGS!

  7. MM

    MitchM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding service; food preparation original and delicious; best sweet potato fries I've ever had.

  8. JR

    JR16

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Nice place, good buzz. The food was generally unremarkable. Minimal options

  9. a

    ambq

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cocktails and food were both amazing! The apps and entrees were creative and tasty--especially the pork belly. Desserts will limited, but we will definitely be back.

  10. SP

    SoniaP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    I had made a reservation for a party of 12 and mentioned that we were celebrating my birthday so it was a special occasion. Firstly the table wasn’t really set up to accommodate 12 people - we were seated in an awkward L shape with some small round tables flanking a rectangular table in the middle which accommodated 4 guests. We managed, but it wasn’t very conducive to conversation flow. Once we were seated and started placing orders, the waitress returned after a while saying that they had run out of the Salmagundi Bowl which seemed to be one of their signature dishes. After that bombshell, she came back a short while later, to say that they had run out of the Uni Bowl as well! That basically left NO main courses on offer for our vegetarian friends. When asked if they could put together a dish with tofu etc and any vegetarian items that they had available, the answer… shockingly, or maybe not, NO. When asked what they should order for dinner, there was nothing forthcoming except to say that there were a couple of vegetarian salads on the appetizer menu. Not clear why we weren’t informed before we landed up that they weren’t exactly set up to receive or cater to a party of 12 or that they were running out of food. In addition, we weren’t informed of their last order time when we first sat down. It was a rather bizarre dining experience. The food was great but unfortunately left us with a bitter taste considering all the faux pas. To top it all, there wasn’t a word of apology or even a round of drinks or a dessert comped for the inconvenience. Sad really, because they have now lost 12 high paying future customers.

  11. P

    Pamf

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Good food. Too noisy.

  12. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    316 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    316 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    I have lived near Cafe Salmagundi since it opened and would walk by the restaurant every day on my way to work. I never thought about making a reservation until is saw it on the Michelin Bib gourmand listing. What a find. The three of us had a very good meal. The saesar salad mussels and clams, squid french fries, hanger steak, Salmagundi Bowl Rice, farro, barley, quinoa, red cabbage, bean sprout, carrot kimchi, micro arugula, soft tofu). ( Choice of Spicy or Soy dressing ) and the Uni Bowl Uni Bowl (uni, quinoa, wasabi tobiko, rice, kimchi, pickled radish, perilla, shallot, seaweed purée, frisée) were all tasty and well prepared. Service was efficient and helpful.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Was amazing! The only thing to complain about is the squid fries - a little tough and chewy but everything else was amazing! Loved all the cocktails

  14. j

    johnl

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Creative menu for both food and drinks. Excellent service in a very comfortable setting. Really enjoyed our visit.

  15. l

    londonman

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks. Korean influence on the menu was interesting for the palette. Wonderful service from Katy our waitress. Highly recommend for a night out.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    all good. tk u

  17. MJ

    MrsJ

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Love the decor and ambiance, however all the hard surfaces make it everything SO LOUD. You can hear people talking from 3 tables away. When it’s full, you have to lean forward and shout to the person in front of you. Food and service are good - not mind blowing but pretty good. We would try to avoid crowded evenings so we can enjoy without having to shout to each other. Their original cocktails are tasty but not booze-forward at all. I hate using the term “girly drinks” because I’m a woman. But that’s the world that comes to mind, and $18 is not worth it as you can barely taste the main alcohol listed. But the classics, like Negroni and Manhattan, come out much better.

  18. ES

    EugeneS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent dining experience and great bar to hang at while waiting to be seated

  19. SJ

    SnJfromBKLYN

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We had dinner at Cafe Salmagundi on Saturday nite. We were catching up with an old friend. The Atmosphere was pleasant, warm and not too crowded. We had a glass of wine while we waited. I only drink dry, white wines and the recommendation of the waiter was very nice. For dinner we chose to of the suggested sharing dishes. We shared the steak and the pork belly. The steak was tender and the pork belly just melted in the mouth. Both were excellent. We also shared some side dishes. We had the shishito and Brussel spouts. The Shishito peppers were really lovely, and were served over some green beans which were done to perfection. The server was attentive made great suggestions for our dinner. The only thing that could have been better was the noise level. The background music was a bit too loud to allow for quiet conversation. But everything else was so good, I'll definately go back.

  20. LY

    LYBJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    Great atmosphere with perfect lighting, good buzz/music and outstanding service. Unfortunately, the food isn't very good. Every dish we ate had so much added sugar in it. Everything was sweet including the Branzino and chicken wings. It's too bad because they have everything else down, especially the professional and attentive staff.

  21. MA

    MuchAdo

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    absolutely enjoyable and professional and knowledgeable staff!

  22. b

    bennyb

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food it very tasty and the waiters / bartenders are great.

  23. TK

    TK719

    New York Area

    422 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    422 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had been wanted to try Cafe Salmagundi for some time, and was finally able to visit now that they're open on Mondays. I had a wonderful meal. The frisee salad with Korean pears was sweet and delicious. The branzino was light but very flavorful. And the oyster pancake was delectable. I finished with two different gelatos, and both were excellent. My server Katie was awesome. So friendly and knowledgeable - she made my experience perfect!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great all around! The food could use a bit of tweaking but overall it was delicious and service was great. Cocktails are a must.

  25. FN

    FoodieNYC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    The service is rather poor. The servers are not well versed on the menu and overall service quality was not as expected.

  26. SS

    StephanieS

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding dinner! Food was delish, ambiance was great, kind staff, and outstanding imaginative cocktails!

  27. LP

    LizP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For indoor dining, the music was much too loud for conversation, but later it was turned down. Probably hard to balance the bar + restaurant atmosphere. Excellent menu, flavours, preparation. Highly recommend (but would ask to sit outside next time)

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience1

    Sitting next to a dumpster was unfortunate.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always!

  30. OC

    OC23

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food. Loved the calamari and shrimp apps. Pork belly and short rib mains were exceptional! Drinks very good, but not great. Outdoor dining area was beautiful and very well kept. Friendly waitstaff. A bit annoyed that they charged extra when asking for a little more bread to dip in shrimp app ($3) and for some seltzer to add to an expensive drink ($5). Penny wise, pound foolish. Doesn't make customer feel good. Overall, we would definitely go back but hope management corrects the easy stuff above.

  31. SB

    SandraB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, good service, nice location and atmosphere.

  32. MS

    MichaelS

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Several brunch orders were forgotten and guests had to wait to eat until others see nearly finished their meal Another forgotten item, a side dish to an entree, was brought out after the meal was over. Delay in taking order for food after our server had to go but orange juice and the juice appeared to be mixed with some fresh orange juice to get enough for our guests. Recovery was 3 free sorbets to be shared among 6 guests. Food was excellent when it finally came…

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great location and ambiance, very lovely and safe outdoor dining. Service staff was nice, but could have checked in on us a bit. And they didn’t have the duck confit, which was disappointing, but the grilled chicken was nice. And French fries came out cold., second time was a charm.

  34. b

    bennyb

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Had a great time. The food and drinks were excellent. While it wasn't busy, the service was a little inconsistent, but overall it was great. Looking forward to going back.

  35. US

    UnionSqJ

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Cool place, interesting food, prompt service if the server takes care of you. If you sit at the bar, avoid the cranky bartender with a hat and flower shirt. This dude brings a biased clubby vibe to the bar. He takes care of his friends first and treats them well with shots and all.

  36. J

    Jean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The food wasn’t too great- the jamon egg open sandwich dish wasn’t as fresh. The Jamon we had here was pretty stale and quite honestly, one of the least favorite ones we’ve had, ever! We also had croque monsieur which was ok, but not too great - it was pretty mundane :( Other than that the service was great, the waiters friendly, and great tables.

  37. MG

    MarciaG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Short ribs were delicious but was not enough for two people as menu suggest.

  38. d

    dcb1

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    very good service, very nice outdoor seating, would definitely try again and recommend

  39. c

    citywalker

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the 4th time I ate at Café Salmagundi. Consistent quality and friendly service. Such a neighborhood gem!

  40. B

    Brit

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Despite many outdoor seats remaining open throughout the night, we were told there were none available and were seated indoors near the back. Any tables closer to the front were similarly "reserved", though went empty all evening. We were then nearly neglected, having to flag a disinterested server every 30 mins from everything to placing an order to requesting a water refill. It was a real disappointment.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Café Salmagundi is rated 4.6 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Café Salmagundi

51 Irving Pl New York, NY 10003-2317

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of 17th Street and Irving Place

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Café, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lim

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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