Chumley's

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WE HAVE MOVED OUR RESERVATIONS TO RESY. PLEASE VISIT
CHUMLEYSNEWYORK.COM FOR RESERVATIONS.

IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A RESERVATION BOOKED THROUGH OPEN TABLE, YOU WILL NOT EXPERIENCE ANY ISSUES. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US AT 212-675-2081.


Reservations are for dinner only. We do not accept reservations for cocktails. A credit card is required for all reservations. Cancellations without 24 hour notice are subject to a $50 penalty per guest. If your plans should change, please reach out to us at 212-675-2081 between 12:30pm and 4:30pm Monday-Saturday. You may also reach us by email at info@chumleysnewyork.com.

Please be advised that your reservation will be held for 15 minutes. Incomplete parties will not be sat.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American
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Hours of operation
Chumley’s is open Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm - 11:45pm

Last seating for dinner Monday - Thursday is 10pm and Friday - Saturday is 10:15pm
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(212) 675-2081
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Victoria Blamey
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Cross street
Barrow St
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food service ambience

GOOD LUCK.
BUT TRADITION WAS TRADITION( I WAS THERE 63 TO 76, AND BEFORE.) I LOVE POSTERS, HAD TABLE NEXT TO FIRE PLACE . TABLE HAD MY NAME.PLACE FOR WRITERS AND FRIEND.
MvB

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I rated this place very good because I've heard that it is and it wasn't really their fault (I guess) but here's our story.

For about a week, my pregnant wife was VERY excited about going to Chumley's and eating a burger, which is supposed to be excellent. She mentioned it everyday. About two days before, I received a phone call to confirm and to inquire about any food allergies. I told them that my wife has an allergy to mango, they say no problem. We arrived and sat down (the place is very beautiful) and again we're asked about food allergies and again we confirm her mango allergy and we tell her that she is pregnant. This time the waitress just says, that's odd, and walks away.

Now time for the order: my wife orders her burger, the one she was so happy about, only to be told "there's mango in the sauce and she won't take it out," presumably referring to Chef Victoria Blamey. I know my wife was on verge of tears (I can't stress enough how much she was looking forward to this - she's pregnant, we just started new stressful jobs, and we don't eat beef that much) but we ask for a moment to look at the menu again. The waitress returns and my wife has regained her composure and now confidently asks for the duck. "Ok but she won't cook it past medium," says the waitress which is obviously not an appropriate poultry temperature for a pregnant woman.

We told the waitress that we unfortunately couldn't stay for dinner. The waitress was understanding and recommended a place on the corner "that's really good... and least it was when I ate there a few years ago" and we were on our way.

We ended up having burgers at Minetta Tavern, which were excellent and prepared according to our request.

In the end, we had a nice evening. Chumley's seems like it's probably a great place to eat, but not if your pregnant or allergic to mango, and not if you want the food prepared anyway other than the chef's choice.

Overall 5/7, would walk out of again.

GD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Chumley's is superb. The oyster preparations are imaginative and oh-so-good. Other appetizers are prepared to perfection, particularly the tuna carpaccio, which was new to the menu. The rabbit, which we had for the second time, was delicious - again. Soft shell crabs were spectacular - unfortunately, they were the last of the season. However, the people are what really make Chumley's special - the kitchen is first rate, the managers, servers, bar and every one on the floor is good - really good.

KP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and delicious food. Once you've eaten a Chumley Burger you'll never be satisfied with a burger anywhere else again. Excellent appetizers and entrees. The perfect place for a special meal.

PC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Go for a burger and a cocktail and enjoy the ambiance.

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Should have checked the menu before we went - I'm a vegetarian and the only menu option for me was porridge. I had been here years ago and loved the pre-renovation vibe, so much energy and character. Kind of stuffy and subdued now. Miss the old place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The menu is very limited. They do not and will not accommodate special requests like a side of French fries even though they serve them with the burger entree. The prices are high and the service was over done yet they under delivered. I made the reservation out of nostalgia for the Chumleys of yore and it was fun to be back and they did a great job with the restoration. However the dining experience was disappointing overall.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were sadly very disappointed by not only the lack of vegetarian options (not even a vegetarian starter), but by the Chef's inflexibility to agree to serve even the cheese as a starter, because apparently it was a dessert dish. I lived in Paris for a number of years, and while this type of arrogance may just pass in a Michelin star establishment where the chef feels strongly about the menu they offer (although at least a salad would always be on the menu), this is not this type of place. Also, any self-respecting chef should understand that in Manhattan's Greenwich Villlage, not catering to vegetarians and inflexibility on serving a cheese as a starter is a recipe for disaster in the long term. I hope the management will have the understanding to rectify this situation.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Definitely in the running for one of the top burgers in NY.

C
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Place looks great! Service is lovely. Food leaves a lot to be desired, especially at rather high prices. Duck had a spoonful of puree and a dollop of sauce?? Hamburger had so much going on you couldn't taste anything. Fries were divine. Wine list is very interesting but has no reasonable options.

t
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

While I'll always miss the original Chumley's, this version is pretty spectacular - and completely different than the bar it was before. Great decor, impeccable service, small but well thought out menu of chef's specialties (try the lobster eclair and soft shell crab if they're in season/on the menu) and amazing craft cocktails (the Mrs. Easy was delicious) with very fresh and interesting ingredients. There are food options for every palette, from rabbit to cod to vegetarian.

More of a special occasion spot since there can't be more than 15 tables inside. Don't bother showing up without a reservation.

JG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard of Chumleys at some point.... and decided to try it out. We had an early reservation (5:45) due to a party of 3 and they have less tables for that....

- we thought the service was really friendly and nice. Attentive -- Glasses always full and table clean!
- even though it is a tourist place, servers seemed enthusiastic to be there -- and not just running one more table through
- we met the historian who laid out the pictures and book covers. What a nice man. We were there with our 14 year old, and he talked to him about the history of the place in such a nice way (he doesn't know most of the writers or books of course). Anyway he was a interesting guy and didn't talk down to him (or us for that matter!) and made us all want to find out a little more.

Anyway-- the food was fine -- son had burger (little rich and fatty for his taste, but with the "best fries ever"). Wife had fish (good, but could use a little rice) and I had the rabbit (good all around). Appetizer was the beef tartare which I would highly recommend (if you like that kind of thing).

Thanks again for a nice night out

AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Waits are long without a reservation so best to plan ahead

PH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I scanned the menu online before I made my reservation, so I knew this wasn't going to be an economy-class meal. Part of what you're paying for at Chumley's is the rich taste of American literary history. The photographs and/or book jackets of virtually every important American writer of the first half of the Twentieth Century stare down at you from the walls. Back in the day, this was their preferred speakeasy.

So Chumley's prices buy you history and ambiance, even if the ambiance is a bit noisy. You also get absolutely superb service. Alas, I found some of the cuisine wanting. For haute cuisine prices one somehow expects haute cuisine. What my partner and I ate was, at best, somewhat interesting gastro-pub food. My companion started with Chumley's take on lobster roll. She found it over-spiced. I ordered what I assume was a seasonal special, a kind of salad of pea shoots. It was certainly original, and it was edible enough. Leave it at that.

For the main course, I had the duck breast. It consisted of two thin rectangles of meat, and it arrived accompanied by micro-dollops of vegetables and sauce. The plate looked beautiful in a zen-like way, but it was a bit skimpy for a main dish. My companion had the hamburger. That, I must say, was a great choice, even if it's pub food. It was a generous hamburger, topped with bone marrow and accompanied by perfectly done fries.

There were two deserts both ice cream. We both chose the vanilla ice cream brownie sandwich, which sounded good. But the ice cream was more like sorbet. The "brownie" was more like a brownie cracker. The overall result was....meh!

Would I go again? Sure, once in a while. But the resurrected Chumley's (it had spent a few decades as a post-Prohibition college hangout before its current incarnation) is too pricey to be a neighborhood joint, and not quite superb enough in the kitchen department for some kinds of special occasions.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Not worth it.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I thought the menu was a bit limited. I was disappointed that the main course I ordered came without any sides and there were no a la cart side dishes on the menu. The wines by the glass were also limited and were quite pricey. The food was good. The service was adequate, but we expected it to be a bit better given the setting. The best thing about Chumley's is the beautiful decor and the restaurant's history.

LP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Pretentious service would be the understatement of the year. If you are in the market for a $28 burger skip Chumley's and go to Minetta Tavern. Chumley's menu clearly states 'cheerfully, no modifications' be warned it's not cheerful at all. Removing cheese from a burger even for religious reasons is not possible and is met with condescending and snide feedback. There are so many old school NY places, skip this one. You may or may not know the term '86'd' originates from Chumley's way back in the day. I'd recommend that you 86 this spot from your hit list.

Cheerfully, open table user writing first ever bad review.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Classic NY-spot with an interesting story. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to the hype but rather quickly reveals itself as just another glorified Village burger joint peddling overpriced burgers and mediocre drinks. The main problem is that the attitude doesn't match the product. The service is terrible. The waitstaff operates at a level worthy of your local diner and the hostess would fit right in at any Applebee's. Yet, Chumley's will of course in all likelihood remain in business for another 80 years (unless some disgruntled patron burns it down again), but it will otherwise do a fine job serving up snobby attitude and rushed dining experiences to the general midwestern tourist crowd. I'd however wager that very few, if any, actual New Yorkers will return a second time.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our first date in 1992 at Chumleys. While the alley entrance doesn't exist the new Chumleys is as exotic and as vibrant as always. Outstanding bar and exceptional food

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The best thing about Chumley's is probably the ambiance since this old speakeasy is rich in literary associations and has framed photos of famous writers on the walls along with the book covers of books written there. But the place seems too upscale for struggling writers now. The food was great but came in surprisingly small portions. It was like you were eating minimalist fine art, all presentation and no substance. You'll leave hungry and much poorer. I was seated before a large photo of Dylan Thomas so I had a glass of Guinness in tribute to his poetic genius.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nos encanto el ambiente. Nos sorprendio la privacidad y el ambiente literario y su historia

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, make sure to eat the burger and make damn sure to book a table in advance, very busy place!

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Meh. Over complicated and overpriced. Seemed like a bottom-line wallet squeeze based on a long-past dive bar nostalgia. I like the old, unpretentious if overly beery Chumley's a LOT more.

CD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We came for the burgers but they only had one left! We were pretty sad about that but were happy to share one burger. We ordered the crab as well. The crab dish seemed small and not really filling.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overly stuffy and too-cool vibes, but not actually cool. The burger is definitely not nearly as good as its made to seem in reviews. The cocktails were probably the better than all of the food we had. I think Chumley's could be great if it could learn to relax a little. For the same price you could have a way better time at any number of places in the neighborhood.

JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and service was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

Y
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience both at the bar and in the dining room. Service was very friendly and the food was good (the burger being the standout). Fun place!

JL
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, intimate, elegant, bit mysterious, amazing burger, service exceptional, great drinks....
👍👍👍👍👍
Can't wait to go back...

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Chumley's since the reopen, and much like the first, it did not disappoint. Chef Blamey's execution is 4-star level, and the service delivering that perfection lives up to her standards. I understand that this is not your grandpa's Chumleys, and that diners looking for that nostalgia will be dismayed by the new gastronomy and exacting demeanor that requires diners to abide by these new standards (see the no modifications clause upon ordering the burger). But diner, dine on. Chumley's is no poseur and holds its own as a bone fide standard bearer in the crowded world of over-hyped NYC haute cuisine.

h
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

As is often the case in the NYC restaurant business if a place has popularity the prices skyrocket, availability decreases and portions shrink. To their credit the food was fresh, tasty and creatively cooked and presented. The service and décor were excellent. The cheeseburger was $30. Nuffsaid.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great but service was a bit slow. The absolutely no modifications rule for the burger is a bit extreme. My girlfriend is lactose intolerant and was forced to dissect the cheese off of it herself. I thought that was a little discriminating. It just seemed like the chefs ego was more important than a paying customers allergies. To top that off when I asked for ketchup for the fries they said I don't need any. Yes I do, but thanks for your opinion...I'm paying you, remember? Things would be much more enjoyable if they increased the service speed and took the ego down a few notches. It was funny how adamant they were about making substitutions on such average food. We ended going someplace else after because we were still hungry. The money was worth far more than the value.

i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great staff and environment, but over priced and over rated. Burger was just ok.

SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That burger...simply amazing. So juicy. I dream about it.

BC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent meal. Excellently executed menu offerings. Great experience and very good service.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We were big fans of Chumley's back in the day. The new Chumley's is quite different in terms of concept. The ambience has definitely changed, but they did a very nice job with the new space. That's about where the positives end.

The food is average, not great, but coupled with the portion size and prices, it makes the value significantly low.

The menu is also a bit contrived. No problem having some interesting dishes available, but the options are too limiting. The fact that they won't do any substitutions or even allow you to get a side of fries is quite disappointing. It's no wonder that the place was not full at 7 PM on a Friday night.

Finally, don't make a 5:30 PM reservation if you're not going to be done setting up the restaurant by then. We had to wait at least 10 minutes for them to open after our reservation time.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Bring back the old Chumley's. From the inflexible hostess (who wouldn't let me sit at one of the 6 open bar stools to have a drink while I waited for my dinner date) to the poor service by the wait staff, this whole occasion was one to forget. The food was mediocre at best and certainly not worth the $200 price tag for a relatively small meal for 2. Plenty of other fish in the sea!!!

NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Lousy experience. Ambivalent and unconcerned staff. A long wait despite reservation with no explanation or attempt to fix it. Out of many items. Overpriced. Host very rude to a late diner next to me. Burger was good but $25. Nice room and very evocative but ultimately it's New York for suckers. Call it Chumpley's.

GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good food, especially the hamburger was to die for. Prices are mostly not that high, but particularly the wines by the glass are more expensive than would seem appropriate compared to other similar restaurants.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this gem in 2003 by asking a construction working on a scaffolding, "where to go for a great local dinner"
Came back in 2017, learned about the history & enjoyed an amazing meal. Definitely an improved menu, loved the atmosphere, the staff was excellent. Thank you Chumley's
& thank you James for all your knowledge about the history of Chumley's!

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