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Permanently Closed - Ed's Chowder House

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803 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.”
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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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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Private party facilities
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Private party contact
Events Department: (212) 956-1288
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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
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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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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9
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3.9
service
4.0
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3.5
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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

So sorry to hear of its closing. Hopefully it will find new space and re-open in the neighborhood. What a loss!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good. Love using when go to Lincoln Center

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Went to Ed's Chowder House for a pre-theater dinner but didn't go with a set menu. I liked the seating and service, it wasn't too noisy even though the tables are quite close to each other. We had salmon and tuna steak, both were delicious. The portions are not huge but quite enough, even without the salad. And we had some room left for dessert - apple cobbler was a great finish touch. This was our second visit with the same conclusion - will come again.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

It has an excellent selection of seafood that other neighboring restaurants lack

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Sadly we were told that this restaurant is CLOSING by 1/31/18
It has been one of our goto restaurants for pre-Lincoln Center Perfomances
Sorry to see them go - waiting to see if anyone will take the space.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

When the hostess seated us, I asked for a table for two. There were three tables for three at the end of sections. I asked for one of those tables. The hostess said she could not seat us there because we were only two and the table was set for three. Within 10 minutes after we were seated the hostess seated three couples male and female at those tables . Did the hostess ignore our request because we were two women? Was she discriminating? I was very disturbed by her behavior. upon leaving I mentioned this to the hostess and she was exceedingly rude. Her rudeness and her failure to seat us when we asked to be seated ruined the entire evening. The manager was no better. He eventually apologized but that was on our way out. I will have to think twice before returning to your restaurant.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Something seemed quite off when we arrived: not a welcoming reception as usual, only regular menus not the fixed price ones without asking, slow service, terrible Brussel sprouts (over cooked and probably reheated from earlier cooking), 2 undercooked salmon that had to be sent back. We found out that the restaurant is closing at the end of the week, so that would account for the gloomy atmosphere and lack of attention. That is a shame, because previously we have enjoyed the meals here.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Wines by the glass need some work.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Sad to see Ed's close. Have enjoyed having this neighborhood place the past years.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Arrived and checked in 20 minutes before reservation. Bar service was excellent. No one came to get us so went back to hostess who, despite Open Table reservation and check in, had wait-listed us.

Decor shows wear and tear. Banquettes looked dirty and were missing ornamental buttons in places.

Lobster bisque was superb. Bread basket was inspired variety. Rest was adequate with smallish portions for the cost. Beer was served in a can and bottle without glasses. Had to ask for them had to ask for water and refills several times. For the money, there is better, in the same hotel.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Was a little concerned after reading a few of the Open Table diners' comments but Ed's Chowder House was absolutely superb. The service was spot on, the seafood was fresh and delicious and the place was bustling. Went there before Shen Yun in Lincoln Center and the meal and show made for a fabulous Christmas gift for Mom. Only issue is that is it very noisy in the restaurant, not a place for intimate dining and quiet conversation, but we were not looking for that. Ed's did not disappoint!

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2.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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 .😪

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We gave our credit card to the restaurant before my parents reservation, physically went to the restaurant then then the front of the house neglected to speak to the waiter so my parents paid for their own Xmas gift :(

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The waitress Courtney was excellent. As soon as we sat down she asked if we were going to the theatre and when we said yes she said she would have us out on time. Even though she was busy she came over often to see if everything was all right.

However, the dessert was awful. Rest of the food was good.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was great until I got to the ladies room. Have you never heard of hot water???

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

An old school fish house with high volume, high throughput dining experience. The “loaded” lobster chowder had three small bits of what might hav e been lobster and had been boiled so furiously that it was served with a thick “skin” on top. The scallops were served like warm.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We've dined at the Chowder House several times, prior to attending concerts at Lincoln Center. The menu is somewhat limited and arranged in a novel way but the food is always very good. Service is efficient and non-obtrusive .

Reservations are a must for dinner!

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Service was terrible, but the potato chip crusted of was delicious

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I ordered codfish which I have had with you many times and always being happy. I am not a fish connoisseur but I did not get codfish and the waiter poo=poo'd my complaint. I ate it but will never order it again. It was not flaky at all and the texture was different . I don't eat fish usually, so I always order codfish when fish is my choice. That's why i am convinced that what-they served me was another fish , not codfish. OFC I never had the opportunity to show it someone else. Up to now, I come to you frequently, as well as to The Kitchen. See my open table reservations for proof. I am a philharmonic patron.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Perfect location to eat before a performance at Lincoln Center. Large selection of very good food, particularly fish, and excellent bread basket. Prix fixe dinner is a great value if you want 3 courses not including coffee. Our waiter was quite nice but really had to hustle since he seemed to have too many tables to take care of.
Our 1 criticism-- although we were early arrivals for dinner (5:30pm) and the restaurant was almost empty, we were seated opposite the kitchen entrance which was covered with a curtain.

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2.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Not as busy as other restaurants in area, pre-theater. Cold night so chowder sounded like a good idea. Chowder was watery. Main course was OK. Dessert of cookies and ice cream was pretty tasteless. Service was very mediocre. All in all, it was nothing special but cost $100.

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The waiter was rude. I came a little later than my husband and my kids. The food was already served. I wanted to have a drink and was looking for my waiter. No one came to our table even though the restaurant was quite empty. After 10 minutes a table was seated next to us and the waiter came to give them their menus. I tried to raise my hand to let him know to come over after he is done with the other table. He didn’t acknowledge me but when he came over he was very rude. He said very loudly that he knows I am here but I need to wait as he is serving the other table. He told me it was disrecpectful. I was shocked at his assertion and also shocked at his outright bold rudeness. I will not go back again. Service was very bad and the waiter Was extremely rude. His name is Brian

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Lovely breakfast. I ordered an omelet which was one of the best I have ever had. The server was attentive and friendly. Wonderful experience. Will definitely go back!

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2017

The service was forgetful and the dining room and lighting dated. The Cod dish was well prepared and quite good. We chose the restaurant before Lincoln Center at 8 and all the other restaurants around were busy. Diners close by complained of the service.

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3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Good place to eat before a Lincoln Center performance. Service is usually good but Thursday night is was slow both in terms of ordeing and getting the bill.

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2.0Dined on December 19, 2017

My family and I arrived at 4:50 for dinner prior to a show at 7:00 pm. We were told that we could not be seated until 5:00. So we stood at the check-in stand with another couple. When we were seated, the waitress came to our table right away but was unemotional and had an edge to her. We were there with our adult children and wanted to have a nice evening. When the bread came to our table we asked if they had any gluten-free options and were told, no. We started with our drink orders which all were brought promptly and tasted very good. My only complaint was that my glass came partially filled which when you're having a martini is like missing several sips already and at $15 a glass is just annoying. For appetizers, we ordered calamari and clam chowder. The calamari was crispy and very tasty. The chowder was the worst we've ver had despite the restaurant's name! Thin soup base, practically NOTHING in the soup and tasteless. For our entrees we ordered the composed scallops and main scallops (prepared without sides) as well as crusted peppered tuna frites and a lobster roll. The composed scallops my daughter had were not cooked as requested and had a funky taste (which several of us confirmed by tasting). The sides were a soup of asparagus and cannellini beans and also were tasteless. My son's tuna was cooked as requested but they must have forgotten the pepper crust because it was non-existent and the tuna was very stringy and not at all tender. The lobster roll was ok but the portion size was more appropriate for an appetizer rather than a $30 dinner entree. The best part of two of the entrees were the seasoned french fries which were tasty and hot. Throughout the meal our waitress did connect at our table but just seemed annoyed and unhappy to be working. Definitely not worth the tab!

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1.0Dined on December 18, 2017

We arrived at 6pm and by 7:15 had just had our salads. We had to leave to attend a concert and did not get our entrees.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Staff was very accommodating, waitress went above and beyond. Food mediocre, way over priced. Service quick if you're going to Lincoln Center.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife and I made reservations to this restaurant before attending a show at Carnegie Hall. The food was great and the waiter was phenomenal as he constantly checked on us, and other tables he waited on! I highly recommend this restaurant to others!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

On a cold, snowy night we were happily dining on delicious food in a cozy, friendly spot that was not too noisy. A perfect spot for pre-Lincoln Center dining.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Pre-theater dinner

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