Join us for a delicious brunch, live jazz, and expertly crafted libations
Sunday, May 13, 2018
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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM
We found this on Open Table and were intriqued by the combination of fine dining and live jazz. We went on a Sunday night, and it wasn't crowded. We were excited to learn they had 1,000 bottles of whiskey's and other libations for tasting, as well as craft cocktails. As you can imagine, some of the rarer single malts, bourbons and after dinner drinks carried a hefty price tag, but others were as expected and we found some to sip and share after dinner. The dinner was very good, and we actually shared a number of appetizers as small bites, rather than the entree. Also, do get the chocolate dome dessert, you'll love it.
Fine and Rare is an amazing restaurant with great service and amazing food! There are options for everyone with different tastes and needs. Plus the live jazz music is the Cherry on top! This is a must go place!
Amazing experience with first class music and beautiful ambience. The food was pretty good but the service was outstanding. A really neighborhood gem!!
If you like Great Jazz, Delicious Food & one of the Best Whiskey selections in NY then what are you waiting for! Get to Fine&Rare
Great jazz/speak easy vibe. Affiliated with Flatiron Room and has similar setup with whisky bottles everywhere. Over all exceptional decor. The live music was good. Prices are as expected considering there is no separate music cover charge. $100 pp with tip and tax - app/entree/few drinks.
Two minor issues - server did not come off very friendly and seemed a bit smug though knowledgeable. Who's serving who here..
Drinks - I'm big on craft cocktails. Some specialty cocktails were a soup of ingredients which did not go. Too much mint, ice, lemon/lime juice - or a combination of the three, and I tried three different cocktails. Advise to look a at Pegu's menu, or maybe just ingredient proportions.
Food - strip steak was a bit too chewy. Preparation was fine but it was actually the cut of the meat. Lobster was good but should have come with a some melted butter on the side for the tail. Otherwise good flavor.
Overall highly recommend and still 5/5.
Amazing. Try the whiskey flight, and make your favorite into an old fashioned.
We had a reservation for four and we were seated at a long table for 6 and told we could spread out. That was a little bit of strange to start, as larger tables looses intimacy. They also had 1/2 curved booths that faced out to the musicians yet we weren’t offered those, despite having 2 birthday celebrations.
Music was excellent, the vibe was fun, they had a huge assortment of cocktails and drinks, however the food a little average and very expensive. You would expect to pay a premium at a jazz club in NYC and there was no music charge, however they need to improve on both the service and quality of their food.
We really enjoyed it here. The service is great and the food was delicious. Order anything seafood. The drinks are also very good, and we got to see some live jazz. Only thing it, it's overpriced even for all those great aspects. A glass of cab (about 4 ounces) is well over $20. A bottle is well over $100. The entrees are well over $30. Prepare to spend money if you come. If you're cool with that, it's great for a special occasion.
The server was not professional. Warned us that they might need to move our table later. Should make those arrangements before you seat your guests.
Best evening we had in NYC. great music, ambience and food with amazingly and interesting cocktails. Highly recommend.
We came to Fine & Rare to have some food and explore the jazz music. Everything was very good: the waiter was kind and professional, the food was delicious and of a good portion size, the live Jazz bands was great! Not to mention their venue dessert -- F&R Sphere -- might be a bit too sweet, but it is AWESOME!
We spent about 2 hrs there, and the final bill was also in accordance to the meal Restaurant offers.
A busy Wednesday evening produced less than an ideal environment for completely enjoying the wonderful music by Natalie and her colleagues, but the total package of food, drink, service and fun was top drawer. It is an easy place to be a snob about your spirits and if money is no object you can do some serious sampling.
Beautiful ambiance, great music, and a spectacular service. I got to eat delicious food but also the service was enhanced by the servers hospitality & knowledge on whiskies and spirits that allowed us to have an amazing dining experience discovering new flavors and simply having a great time! All smiles the entire time! Can’t wait to go back!
Went for Sunday Brunch. Staff was amazing. Cocktails were amazing. Appetizers were amazing. Entrees were not as amazing, but "OK." Burger looked great but I did not taste. We will return for Jazz and drinks, but probably not dinner/brunch.
Cooper, our waiter, was exceptional! Friendly and able to make great recommendations on drinks! The music was beautiful and not too loud. Unlike some places with live music, we were right by the stage but still able to have a conversation without shouting. Brunch was a little underwhelming, the cheese plate was delicious, but the eggs were seriously over cooked or had been sitting for too long in both of our meals. Everything else from the maître de to the music made up for it. We’ll go again perhaps not on a holiday like Easter and give the food a second chance.
great food and fantastic live music. cocktails are great as well
What an incredible evening. The food was outstanding, the service was top-notch, and the entertainment was beyond! We went to see Brian Newman and are already planning our next visit. He plays every Saturday night, so plenty of opportunity! Loved the octopus and the lamb chops. The sphere dessert and choose-your-smoke old fashioned were also highlights.
Thought the food was fantastic and loved the music from Brian Newman. It was pricey for us but we were celebrating a birthday and it was perfect.
Great food, amazing live entertainment. Sadly hostess with long blond hair was a little rude when wanted to change table to see the stage. Be sure to request this when you book, you won’t regret it! Overall lovely evening.
Go to place for a good time with quality food/drinks and live jazz....especially if you like whiskey. They changed the SEAFOOD SALAD, it’s very upsetting. They need to bring it back!
The brunch food and service were excellent. Best of all was combining the meal with smooth jazz. We will be back!!
Great service, lovely music and atmosphere.
Unfortunately, our table was in the corner blocked by a wall. Limited brunch menu is ok except 3 of the choices were unavailable and we had an 11:30 am reservations. And waitress took order but then one plate came first and the other orders came 15 min later. Never saw same waitress again. Food was mediocre at best. Drinks were the only favorable choice. We were very disappointed to say the least. Too bad😩
The service was excellent - staff were friendly and personable. The jazz brunch was lovely, the music wonderful and the drinks and food were creative and delicious. I’d go 6 stars if that were and option. Wonderful ambiance. My party of 4 were all very pleased.
Our first visit by a group of four for a birthday dinner. The hostess and floor manager could not have been nicer. We wound up being four with a reservation for 4. Despite being busy, we were quickly moved to a new table. The vegetarian dips were nice for sharing. Entrees were the branzino and strip steaks. All good and cooked as requested. One of the strip steaks could have been better with fat/grizzle running thru the steak. The sphere is a must for dessert. Jazz music was great. Plan to return.
The welcome was not welcoming.
The greeters were not warm at all. No smiles, very cold. However, our waiter Cooper changed everything. He was exceptionally awesome in attending to myself and my sisters.
We celebrated my sister’s birthday at your establishment.
Cooper deserves a raise. It’s because of him why I rate Fine & Rare as a good place to dine.
The music was awesome as well.
Fine and Rare fills a real need in NYC for a chic dinner venue with live dinner music. The place is cool with a great decor and creative and sophisticated cocktails and food. We shared the seafood paella and it was huge and delicious. The best salad was also very good. (Note to the kitchen that the grilled octopus appetizer was way too small a portion and ours was served burnt, so we did send it back.) Service is terrific. Menu is on the expensive side for both drinks and food but, hey, the musicians have to be paid so It's worth it. The music is always fun, mostly jazz standards from the 40s and 50s, and usually the sound doesn't drown out dinner conversation, but this last visit the band was a hair too loud and made it very difficult to have a conversation. Overall I love this place and am delighted it is always crowded and hope it stays around for a long time. This city needs more places like this!
Fantastic atmosphere, great food! You can’t go wrong booking here for any reason!
Love the food. Love the jazz. The service is pretty good. But wow, the wine markups are absolutely outrageous. If the wines were special I would accept it but they are nothing special.
Good first date spot
We came for a birthday celebration and the staff went out of their way to treat us well. Thank you for making my wife, the birthday girl, feel extra special.
Sadly the overall experience of this was pretty underwhelming.
We had picked this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary and to enjoy some live music while devouring food off the tasty menu.
Having read the menu beforehand we were looking forward to an enjoyable meal. Both starters set us off on a high; the beet salad was superb. The goats cheese was lightly fried and had a very subtle flavour which accompanied the beet perfectly. My husband had the salmon - it was a massive portion but incredibly tasty with perfect parsnip chips.
Having had two large starters we requested a break before our main but sadly this request was ignored, our mains were on our table within minutes! The steak strip was massive but enjoyable. The duck was cooked as requested but the jus just didn’t work with it. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it tainted the duck and had an after taste.
The service was questionable! To begin with we had a very attentive friendly waiter but once we had our first drinks and starters it all went down hill. We had to request our wine twice before it arrived. Each time the waiter delivered to our table he left without clearing our main course plates. Eventually (after 3 visits to our table) we requested they be removed.
The service issues let this place down. A bill of $320 dollars with an expected $60 tip left me with a sour taste. Through politeness we left the advised 20% but we soon regretted it, there was no acknowledgement of our business as we walked past the manager and waiter when we were leaving the venue.
On a positive note...the ambience the musicians provide works. The music is well worked and still allows for conversations to be had. We really enjoyed the live musicians during our meal.
If they got the service right I would have rated this much higher, the place looks amazing and has a lot going for it but the basics have to be in place too.
More than survived the latest Nor'easter at Fine & Rare. Solid food, spectacular drinks and a jazz trio that had just the right vibe. A large part of the extensive spirits list may be out of reach for any but hedge fund and private equity partners, but there are more than enough basic Manhattan priced spirits to let the expert barkeeps show their considerable skills.
elegant venue, excellent jazz trio and vocalist.
very good food and service.
This is a rare find indeed.
What a wonderful experience. A very enjoyable evening.
Would love to give the service a higher rating than 5. So impressed with the thoughtful preparation of the food and drink. Looking forward to our next visit.
Visiting New York and was very pleased with this restaurant!!!! 5-star!!!!
We thought everything was terrible. The quality of the food, the music and even the staff. It's a shame because midtown could really benefit from a place like this if well executed.
I had made a reservation here weeks ago and then changed it to another restaurant and then changed it back the same night I visited. The ambience is great and the live jazz set the mood. Our food was great and because of its expansive bourbon collection, the Manhattans were phenomenal. Highly recommend as a date nite place. You won’t be disappointed.
Amazing experience! We went for my fiancé’s birthday and they took such great care of us.