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Permanently Closed - Ed's Chowder House

803 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre (63)
  • Good for a Date (25)
  • Special Occasion (22)

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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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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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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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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.
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  based on recent ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Linda (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Good. Love using when go to Lincoln Center

Iagur (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 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.

RHvK (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Vetzky520 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipYaleDad (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipSpangleNYC (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Wines by the glass need some work.

vipreenie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Riverdalemale (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipfoodie4life (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipRegisteredDietitian (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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 .😪

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.