City Winery New York Barrel Room & Restaurant

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The Barrel Room, our elegant restaurant and tasting room at City Winery, provides a relaxing and candlelit ambiance where diners can enjoy wine on tap made just next door. City Winery is the only fully functioning winery in New York City, but we also offer a fine dining menu with options for a full dinner or small plates to accompany a few glasses of our house made wine. In the Barrel Room our wine is poured straight from the barrel into your glass with no added preservatives or extra sulfates, giving it a taste that cannot be replicated. Join us for drinks and cheese, a full romantic dinner, or lunch with friends; whatever your plans The Barrel Room has something to offer. You can even take home a bottle of our wine to enjoy later!

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

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PM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Truffle mac and cheese had no truffle taste whatsoever but the tuna sandwich was good

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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a
Philadelphia
154 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place. Food and service were good. I was able to hang out for a while working while I waited for a client. Would come back at night for dinner if I had the chance.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and well-presented. Only detail is that we had a large table,8 people, and food service was not timed very well. The mains arrived in pairs, with a delay of at least one or two minutes between servings.
Music and sound level was great, just enough to provide great ambiance but not to be intrussive.
Service was very friendly and good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The service was extremely slow and food was not great. The ambiance was comfortable and fun!

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

The Wine is AMAZING. The food is not. Stick with cheese.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience. I highly recommend that you make the City Winery a regular stop. (PS - Don't miss the Tommy Emmanuel concert coming up)

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S
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Decent food and very good wine. Service slowed as the restaurant got busier.

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v
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended a New Year’s Eve pre-concert meal with several courses and pairing wines. The staff attended to my dietary needs with respect to my food allergies. The meal and wines were delicious. The service was outstanding. We were checked up on regularly and any requests were granted right away. This was an outstanding dining experience.
P.S. The concert by the Fab Faux was pretty good, too!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great birthday lunch!

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Avoid this place for brunch at all costs!!! Surly staff. My hubby is right. Never go to a wine bar for brunch. Mean people . They took 15 minutes to tell us they were out of bacon. They drop the Riesling and the port several minutes apart. Awkward. I ordered the lemon buckwheat pancakes which were both burned and crazy raw in the middle. 20 minutes go buy and they don't bring the replacement order so we decide it's just time to cut our losses after the hubby shares his French toast. No apologies, no explanation from the staff. And after 3 minutes they walk buy and demand to pick up the bill (we're finishing up drinking up the wine - which again, was super awkward). On the plus side, still very hungry we end up walking down Spring Street to Boqueria for some outstanding churros and sherry.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, I had high hopes for this restaurant but everything that could go wrong did. We had people constantly being escorted through our table to the music venue; the entrees all came out well before our appetizers and they actually insisted that our entrees be eaten first; once we sent back the entrees and received the appetizers, the entrees we later got back were clearly the same entrees that we wrongly sent out to us, which were barely even warm; the air conditioning was blasting us in the dead of winter even though we asked repeatedly for it to be turned off (but were told it controls the music venue too so couldn’t be turned off); and then when we complained about our awful dining experience and the manager finally arrived to apologize, the bill came and had nothing removed or discounted! Hands down, the worst dining experience I’ve ever had.

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were the only ones in the restaurant and our food was served cold. Bad brunch atmosphere would not go back

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service and horrible food. Horrible service and horrible food.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible experience, service was poor and food was not good

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

It was very cold because of the season. They had the door open.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I must say this was the worst dinner experience I've ever had in my life! I made reservations at 8p for a group of 6 to celebrate a birthday because we had tickets to the burlesque show upstairs at 10p. We were seated pretty quickly which was great but then it all went down hill from there. We ordered a bottle of wine from a promotional menu they were offering. in the mean time we ordered 3 appetizers and our entrees at the same time to make sure we have enough time to eat and go upstairs to the show. This is now 40 min into our reservation. We ask for the manger to find out about the bottle of wine and Leila the manager/hostess apologized and mentioned they couldn't find the bottle so they would offer something similar instead. Fine we will take that. It's now well past 9p and 2 of the 3 appetizers come out which were not hot at all. We ask about the last appetizer and again we get an apology that is not sincere or timely. Our entrees start to arrive and we all notice that the food is lukewarm. Once again, food is missing from the order an entree and two sides. Since the food was lukewarm and time was a concern, we decide to start eating while we wait for the last entree to arrive. We had to ask multiple times about the last entree and side. At 9:45p, the missing appetizer arrives. We send it back because we already finished eating our entrees. And five minutes later at 9:50p the missing entree arrives. Long story short horrible customer service on all parts. The waitress did not care about the service she should have provided and Leila the manager was not very sincere with her apologies. I DO NOT recommend this place at all and will never go back there again.

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BR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

H O R R I B L E This Was the Worst brunch we have ever had -after sitting with menus for over 30 minutes they took them away saying it was the wrong menu but did not bring us a new menu said they were being printed when we finally did get the new menus and finally ordered everything came out piecemeal French toast was burned omlets had no eggs Just brought us plates with the filling ! they didn’t know whether one item was a frittata or an omelette -they took the mystery dish back to the kitchen waited until it got cold decided that the omelette was a frittata and brought it back out to the table Asked to speak to the manager who did not even want to hear the problems just said oh here comes your meal now everything should be fine ok they reworked the omlets by stuffing the filling into a folded egg - there was no cheese or creme freshe as listed on the menu, found egg shells in the egg and hair on the bacon. Manager John W was extremely rude and only wanted to speak to one of the men not the women in our party He comped the meal which was the right thing to do but we left hungry and with no time to stop and eat again . The wait staff was also at their wits end said they were emailing management because this keeps happening .

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KK
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great space and concept, but food was mediocre. Our server tried three times to upsell us on appetizers. We ordered two wine flights and two out of the three glasses had very small amounts of wine. Great music venue, but food and service could use a little improvement.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our server was super hungover and abrupt for everything. After that servers weren’t there during service. Too busy with event upstairs. Ordered appetizers and they came after our meals or not at all. Meals came out one at a time ( few minutes between each was served) ordered drinks that never came. After waiting 15 minutes without seeing anyone ( seriously, not a soul) we had to go find someone so we could pay our check and leave.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We were celebrating an engagement and the food was delicious.

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MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I chose this place for business lunches because it's quiet and not crowded. Food is okay and service is nice.

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FA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Unique wine options and cocktails. Barrel area is small but with plenty of seating between tables and bar area. Fun atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Hidden gem in New York City
Homemade wine's
Cool vibes
Live Music was Absolutely phenomenal
Would definitely go back just because of the wine and the live music
Didn't need anything else my night was a complete just with these two!

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IS
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Loud, crowded and poor service. Convenient for concert venue.

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N
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

When we went, they had multiple items on the menu crossed out as they were not available. Thus I ordered an item which wasn't crossed out only to subsequently find out that they were out of that item too! I ordered something else only to receive it way after my friends had received their food, and also rushed, as the inside of the sausage I ordered looked undercooked. I ended up sending it back and canceling it. I was very disappointed in the food, but our server was very sweet and apologetic and offered us a free wine flight without charging me for the sausage.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

There was a performance at The Venue and we were in The Barrel Room section of the restaurant. Our service was terrible and our waitstaff even admitted they were paying more attention to The Venue than to us.

The staff forgot about one of the appetizers (they brought it when they overhear our comment about it) and about one of the glasses of wine (that one never materialized).

The food was fine but the whole experience was marred by the service.

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ER
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful. We grabbed food before a show. The food was tasty, good flavors. We did tapas style and were able to try four things. The kale Caesar was phenomenal as is the burrata, perfect seasoning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great wine selection. Waiters were pushy though, seemed in a rush all night. Had the Brussel sprout tapa..AMAZING!!

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AG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation earlier in the day. Seated right away when we arrived. However, after 15 min no server came to our table. Hostess came back to ask if anyone had come and we said no. She brought us menus and gave us a complimentary glass of wine each for the wait. Wheb we were ready to order and still no server (close to 30 min total now). Hostess comes back and says she can take our order. We place place the order with the hostess. She brings our drinks. Another 15 min and a runner brings our food. Food was fine - just ordered apps. We would have ordered more food had we ever had a real server. After we were done with food and drinks still no one else came to our table and the hostess was not around. Went to the bar and asked for our bill. Lady there asked if everything was okay. We said no and we told her what happened. She said the upstairs was busy (downstairs where we were was not and there were at least 3 workers behind the bar talking to each other). She did not offer any discount or compensation. She barely apologized but mostly just blamed it on the upstairs being busy. Very disappointing as I was very excited to try this place. We left and went somewhere else for actual dinner.

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BA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The charcuterie plate was a selection of luncheon meats that were taken straight from the pacakge and not even separated. The wine and service were poor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice waitress

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n
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

we had a drink & light snack in the barrel room before an early show nearby, so everything was fine but hard to truly judge with just a glass of wine & spliting a tapa type thing. Still I'd readily go back for more

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We went to hear music and decided to eat there first. The service was much to be desired as we ordered several appetizers with our drinks. The drinks came out but the appetizers did not. We got one out of the three appetizers served which we ate, which were delicious by the way (roasted radishes), but were not served the remaining appetizers until our main course came out. By that time, we refused the appetizers as the main course would get cold and there was absolutely no room on the tiny table to even consider keeping the appetizers. The staff apologized and removed them from our bill. Some of us totally enjoyed the music while others did not, as it was canned music, along with the guitarist/piano player Joan Armatrading. I think their service needs more attention but as I was one who enjoyed the music, I would return there but not for dinner!

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

Great to enjoy wine at the tap, straight from the barrel. Good choice of wine with fresh taste.
Best place to have fresh wine for the lunch on special occasion.

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EJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

ALWAYS WELCOMING & GOOD FOOD/DRINK TO MAKE IT WORTH CHECKING OUT.
SAY HELLO TO RAUL & LET HIM GIVE YOU SOME TASES OF THE GRAPE!!!!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE really loved the food and it was so affordable. The wine selection is amazing. Only issue would be the temperature as it was freezing in the place.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place great food and wonderful service Loved the mamosa,took my daughter there fir her bday and enjoyed it immensely 👍

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food itself was fine. Three members in my group ordered the steak special, and I ordered 2 appetizers and asked for them to come out as a main meal. My food came out early, so I had to either eat it (and then watch my dinner companions eat later), or let it get cold. So, simple instructions apparently can't be followed. The food was tasty, and each couple at the table got a wine flight , which was nice. After we paid and left, we lingered outside a bit to figure out what to do. The server came running out because the other couple we were dining with didn't fill out the receipt info (they signed it, but didn't indicate tip or total). They filled out the tip and total, and then the server had the audacity to essentially ask for more of a tip. Last I checked, tipping anywhere was optional. Our dinner companions were European, so tipping is not very common for them...so any tip was more than they wpuld nirmally give. I understand that in America serers don't make a lot of money, but at the same time...you chose that job. New York is full of opportunities, and you chose to be a server...sometimes people tip, and sometimes people don't. Thems are the breaks in the industry...and you should know that by now.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

For an hour lunch, this was perfect! I wish they had soft music playing while dining. Initially, I was the only patron which was eerily quiet. The waitress was delightful with selections and attentiveness.

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