Contour

4.2
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117 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The classic cocktail culture of New York City is revived at this all-day gastro lounge, located inside the newly renovated The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Contour is expressed in the fluid, Matisse-inspired lines that adorn the ceiling; the easy, steady flow of drinks, energy and conversation; and the experience itself, which transforms throughout the day. Small plates showcase locally sourced ingredients, and cocktails, in their preparation and presentation, are beautifully refined. The social rhythm of the city and Matisse-inspired design is weaved through Contour’s three spaces including a marble bar and two unique lounge spaces.

**PROPERTY ENHANCEMENTS: Contour will be closed for property enhancements on February 3-5. For staying guests, a breakfast buffet can be availed at our signature Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge for $75 (exclusive of taxes). We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve our facilities and elevate your Ritz-Carlton experience.

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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious breakfast. Drinks are expensive $11 for an orange juice, but was freshly squeezed and they refilled the glass so it was worth it. Great service. Lovely peaceful atmosphere.

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There were many positive reviews on Open Table so we decided to give it a try. We live in NYC and we dine out frequently. So the first thing we noticed was how empty the restaurant was on a Friday night. Second, the service was slow and the main dish came out only after we asked about it. The octopus appetizer consisted of one tentacle and a bunch of potatoes for $25. The little gem salad was good but not much substance for $20. The halibut was dry and fishy. So now we know why this restaurant offers 1000 points during prime dining hours.

GP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and great service. Our meal was prepared really well and the ambience of the place was excellent. Will be back.

N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions were small. My appetizer was size of finger food. Food was Ok. Nice upscale ambience and good service.

BM
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eggs Benedict but pricey -/ hey it’s the Ritz on Central Park in NYC

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Auden Bar and Grill was amazing!
I had the best time with friends and the menu was fantastic.
I loved the cocktail list is exceptional and the service staff was lovely.

w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect to have a work lunch

IO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. We were seated before our reservation. Waiter was fast , friendly, and attentive. I would recommend this place to any couple looking for a quiet place to eat in a busy New York City! Enjoy!

JC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Auden is tucked into the corner of 6th Ave and Central Park, so if you're interested in people watching, ask for a table along the windows. We were so glad that our first meal of the trip was at Auden. The food was delightful, and the drinks were delicious. While the food was a bit pricey, the quality was impeccable. Each of us enjoyed her meal immensely. It was quieter than the lounge/bar area in the actual restaurant seating area.

B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

It's hard to imagine one is at a Ritz Carlton given the poor quality of the food here. It's as if there weren't a chef in charge and dishes are sent out without a sense of quality control. This is a crying shame given that the location, ambiance and service are excellent. Someone needs to come in an overhaul the kitchen. The prices are over the top, also, given the mediocrity of the fare.

BB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Definitely didn’t feel like we were in a Ritz Carlton!

N
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

La sopa que comimos no nos gustó, tal vez les hace falta incluir otra opción de sopa en el menú del lunch.

El postre nada extraordinario, muy sencillo, casi simple.

La comida en general siento que le falta un empujón, muy simple todos sus sabores.

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible dining experience. Flawless food and service. I was very impressed. As a global traveler I appreciate good food and service. Rarely does it all come together so well . Nice job. A+ on everything!!!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place just across the Central Park: Central Park South. Nice people served us. Food is delicious. Especially many thanks to Rachel for the perfect birthday cake. We really loved it.😊

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Breakfast with specialties and special attention from the staff.
We tasted a more sugar than usual in Parfait, juices and bread.

MB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience2

With a name like Auden, the bar has to be good. Or maybe not.
Skip the restaurant and have a drink in the magnificent adjoining bar area. Lots of cozy seats and a high ceiling. A great, atmospheric refuge the manic Columbus Circle crowds and traffic. You can order from a bar menu.
The restaurant has more choice but much less in the way of ambiance.
I had the onion soup, not bad, and the lemon sole, soggy and bland.
Our waiter kindly arranged for us to move to a table away from a trio of high-volume, pink cocktail-chugging young women gabbing on their cell phones about the virtues of pave wedding rings vs. traditional rocks. Why we were seated next to them in the first place is another question, because the dining room was pretty empty.
It only took two requests for our drinks to be served.

A
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, but pricey.

AY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Extremely slow service. Hardly any tables were occupied for an early lunch and food took almost 45 minutes to be served. Given the prices, service should have been on point.

BJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food is no where near the price or “Ritz” level. The waiter got our order wrong, the salad wasn’t very good, and the main dish we had was weak. Very few vegetarian options.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Good food and service. Always dine here when in NYC.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Came for a quick lunch. Overpriced food that is not good. Probably the worst Mac & Cheese we've ever had, was more like Velveeta soup. Very disappointing for the Ritz.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall2food4service4ambience2

We planned a nice night out and imagined this would be the place to go. The food was good but not great and certainly not worth the prices charged. The ambience was terrible- it felt like an average hotel restaurant and far from a fine dining experience.

A
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sublime dining experience. If the food doesn't dazzle you, the staff surely will! Zaheer and his crew make every meal a special occasion. The fruit plate is almost too pretty to eat, however, the freshness makes it irresistible. Despite the plethora and variety of the menu items, the chef is willing to accommodate any special requests- vegan, gluten-free, low cal. I can't forget the fresh squeezed orange juice or the amazing smoothies. We make this a "must-visit" every time we go to NYC. The location can't be beaten. Inside the luxurious Ritz Carlton at Central Park, Auden is our first stop before walking off the meal in the park just across the street. After endless refills of the best coffee, we always have plenty of energy.

F
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were impeccable

A
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Auden whether we stay at the Ritz or not. The food is delish! We LOVE breakfast there before a nice walk in Central Park just across the street. Our favorite is the eggs benedict, the egg white omelete and fresh squeezed juices. I tried a new menu item, the turkey muffin - fantastic! The fruit plate is terrific year round. The portions are perfect. The main draw for our visit though is the outstanding service! Zaheer, our server, is like an old family friend. He recognizes us and makes us feel at home. All the staff is superb and extremely accommodating. Our coffee cups are never empty.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bar and Bartender made it worth staying for the evening great service at the Bar!!!

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Since my last time there menu options and portion size shrunk while prices stayed the same. Would greatly benefit from a price-fixe business lunch option to attract more local business and not be just a hotel coffee shop. Lovely quiet setting.

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service and overall good food! I visit this restaurant almost every Restaurant Week.

LB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Hostess was the only one, who met Ritz service standards: polite, polished and customer service oriented. Our server was a joke. Example: we had to keep asking for waters to be refilled. For an $11 for cup of coffee, service should be excellent.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quiet and classy.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Bistro is casual in atmosphere, but high end in gastronomic delights. I had the scallops in a saffron and fresh tomato sauce over capellini and it was absolutely delicious! My husband had the NY Strip. He had ordered it very rare, and it unfortunately came to him well done. He sent it back and they made him a new steak that was cooked to perfection. They were apologetic and very accommodating. The prices are not small, so I would recommend that it be saved for special occasions.

c
Louisville
79 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Less than stellar for location.
Service lacked energy and simple courtesy. When we asked for balsamic vinegar - we got a thick vinaigrette. ( water glass was empty for 20 + minutes and we had to ask for refill)
Food was just ok... lacked flavor.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was ok but for this kind of hotel I would expect a better service. The side dish came about 10 minutes after the entree, we had to remind the waiter about our drink, there were so many tealeaves in the tea that it turned bitter after two minutes.
Our reservation was for 5.30pm so there was no crowd but the service was slow.
Not what I would expect from a Ritz Carlton.

D
Atlanta
89 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has impeccable service and awesome cuisine!

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was ok ambience was nice service was ok

RS
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this place. Quiet easy hotel restaurant with really good food and service. I can't rate it outstanding because that would put it on par with NYC's best restaurants and it isn't, but the food was great three nights in a row across salmon, ribs, salads, burgers and veggies. Definitely worth a try!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food2service4ambience2

If you want an overpriced, totally dull place, to have a really dull time this is it!

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hotel restaurant that is worth a visit, particularly on restaurant week! The service is good (sometimes a bit slow, but very uplifting) and the food is good too.

YA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner at Auden was spectacular! We were greeted by Crystal, who had made note of our names & that it was our 34th anniversary. She recommended the skirt steak and peach melba as well as the mussels,& they were excellent!
We were VERY happy to have chosen this restaurant! The complimentary champagne toast and "happy Anniversary" in chocolate were beautiful touches. Thank you, everyone at Auden!

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant ! One of the best ... Comfortable , great food and great service !

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