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Ed's Chowder House

791 reviews
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$31 to $50
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A breezy, casual Raw Bar & Restaurant located in the historic Empire Hotel across from Lincoln Center. Ed's Chowder House delivers the bounty of the Eastern shoreline to the Upper West Side serving refined yet unpretentious takes on regional seafood favorites in a classic New York City dining room. From lobster rolls and loaded shellfish chowder to skate schnitzel, simply grilled daily catches and an extensive East Coast raw bar, Ed’s “brings Montauk to the heart of Manhattan.”
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
DINNER: Sunday - Wednesday 5pm - 10pm, Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm; BREAKFAST: 7am - 11am daily; CHOWDER BAR: 4pm to 11pm daily; HAPPY HOUR: Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 6pm & 9pm - close
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Phone number
(212) 956-1288 ext. 2
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Ed's Chowder House offers unparalleled hospitality in a convivial atmosphere. We offer catering for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner and feature functional private dining space and private sections for all types of corporate and social events. We are dedicated to creating a memorable event for you and your guests and hope to celebrate your next special occasion with you. For more information please contact us.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking also available.
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Public transit
A,C,E or 1 to 59th street/Columbus Circle,
or 1 to 66th street/Lincoln Center Station
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Ed's Chowder House offers unparalleled hospitality in a convivial atmosphere. We offer catering for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner and feature functional private dining space and private sections for all types of corporate and social events. We are dedicated to creating a memorable event for you and your guests and hope to celebrate your next special occasion with you. For more information please contact us.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 791 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined 3 days ago

We had eaten here several times and thought it pretty good seafood for the Upper West Side. This occasion was my wife's birthday. Huge disappointment. The lobster roll was so spicy it was inedible. Had to send it back. Service was slow despite the restaurant being half full. We ordered a birthday cake for dessert through Open Table. They obviously ignored it. The dessert she ordered was terrible. Rumors abound about their imminent closure. I hope they're true. Not like it used to be.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined 3 days ago

I chose this place for its proximity to Lincoln Center where I was seeing an opera. Location could not be better for those who are catching a show or dining post show. Very attractive, well lit and well appointed room and bar. Service was quite good - perhaps a tad too rushed, but that may be because I had a 6:15pm reservation and imagine that the waiter just assumed that a couple having dinner at that hour in NYC is on their way to a show. I allowed sufficient time to eat at a more leisurely pace, but I blame myself for not letting him know I was not in all that much of a rush. I will not dun him for thinking I needed to get out fast.

Menu was well stocked with an appealing variety of dishes - heavy on the seafood side as the name suggests. Prices seemed to be on the high side, but I attribute that to the prime location just steps from one of the main entertainment venues in NYC. I was willing to pay the premium for the convenience. Truth is that most of the good eating spots within a 2 block walk of LC are expensive.

I visit LC often and had never been to this place before, but I will certainly be back.

vipRegisteredDietitian (New York Area)
Dined 3 days ago

Eds has been our go to restaurant prior Lincoln center events for a very long time. We were saddened to learn on this visit, that it is closing the end of January. Every server has been attentive and helpful. The manager and the hostesses ever gracious.
We will miss Eds and wonder where to dine prior to Lincoln center events in the future .😪

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 14, 2018

My daughter and I stayed at the Empire Hotel. I was hoping to do something special for a meal and thought it might be a fancy brunch. I was disappointed to see that the Sunday brunch buffet was little more than just the sort of thing you'd see at any chain hotel for a continental breakfast.

We ordered off the menu rather than getting the buffet. The French toast my daughter ordered was okay but I think we could have gotten something similar at a more casual restaurant nearby for much less money. My omelet was nice but, again, nothing special and for the price not worth it. Presentation was lacking.

The atmosphere did not really impress me. It felt like a cafeteria. Perhaps in the evening it has a different ambiance.

For lunch we went to The Robert at the Museum of Art and Design and that was sooo much nicer for around the same money or slightly more.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was abysmal. It took twenty minutes before the waiter came to take our orders, and then he took the drink orders and ran before we could order our food. Ten minutes later he brought the drinks and took our food order. By then it was after 7, and we told him we had theater that night. Ten minutes later some of our first courses arrived. After another ten minutes we spoke to the manager, pointing out that we need to leave soon, and we still hadn't gotten one of the first course dishes, and non of the main course. Five minutes later a server came toward us with the good, but turned back when he saw the table hadn't been cleared of the first course. The food - most but not all of it - came at 7:30, an hour after the last of our party had been seated. We had to wolf it down and run to get to our seats before curtain. And we never got one of the salads. And they made no accommodation, but charged full price for a ruined meal

vipJoycebentl (New York Area)
Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food in an ideal location by Lincoln Center. Good for before or after a show. The pre-fix menu is a wonderful deal. Ask for this menu if you don’t receive it when seated. Three full courses for $47. The potato chip crusted cod is delectable. Crunchy topping with a savory sauce. Attentive wait staff. My only critique is that they need more space by the front of the house so you can give the coat check your wardrobe and wait to be seated without awkwardly standing amongst so many other patrons.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was uniquely prepared. Soooo delicious!!! Service was fantastic too

vipcarol (New York Area)
Dined on January 6, 2018

Enjoyed our meal. They have some very simple options which is nice. Lovely presentation. Giant wine list.

vipManhattandiner (New York Area)
Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was fine and service was ok, but the day we were there the restaurant had a water main break. They were vacuuming up all of the water, which was very loud. While I understand that the water main break wasn’t their fault, I thought the management could’ve handled the situation better. They could’ve explained the situation better and perhaps given a small discount or a free dessert.

vipAnne (New York Area)
Dined on December 31, 2017

A staple on the Upper West Side, Ed's had some good crab cakes, tuna, salad, mac and cheese and wine list. Slow service. Decent food