Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant

4.4
1063 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

About

****Gabriel's Bar and Restaurant is currently closed and will be reopening some time in 2020.****

Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant is an owner operated Italian restaurant in NYC, conveniently located near Lincoln Center. We have served as a hotspot since December 30,1991 for some of the most powerful, influential people, ranging from the celebrities we all know and love to important politicians and business leaders.

We utilize only the freshest, finest ingredients to create each of our delectable dishes. We offer a vast selection of lunch and dinner options that are sure to please even the most discerning of palates. We also have an award-winning wine list, full bar selection, and delectable desserts to provide the perfect complement to your meal.
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4.4
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vipdinah
New York Area
332 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are fabulous. Can't wait until they re-open in their new location.

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viprachael
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

We came for a birthday dinner. 2 people sat 10 minutes before us. When the birthday boy and I joined it took 15/20 minutes for a server to come pour us water or take our drink order. Then I ordered Bolognese- my favorite. The noodles were not even close to al dente. Mush. And the sauce was NOT a traditional Bolognese sauce. It was creamy and too creamy at that. When I asked for more of meat sauce with pasta it came back with tomato sauce and NO meat. I ate my main when everyone else already finished and was NOT enjoyable. The best part was the celebrity star sightings. How disappointing to spend almost $400 and have a mediocre experience with sub par food :( not what I expected.

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vipAlexis2
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening... excellent food, great wine and warm, intelligent, and caring Service from Raoul & Eddie....
a most treasured place for memorable evenings in New York.

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HerbG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the restaurant very much good service ,food was very good. I would like to go again in the new location when it is ready.

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viparts
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Neighbourhood standby and survivor ! Totally reliable and satisfying re: food and attentive service. Also convenient for pre- performance at Lincoln Center.

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vipDGJx
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gonna miss this place when it moves😢

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vipgrbskis
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are enormously grateful to Gabriel for accommodating us in what amounted to a private dining room, after the disastrous loss of a walker wheel. We could not have been happier or more appreciative. The food was fantastic, better than ever. We loved our salvaged evening. A thousand thanks.

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vipRiskMan
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel is the most gracious of hosts. Food is always so well prepared and delicious and the service is impeccable.
We are out of towners but have been coming here for well over 25 years on almost every trip to the city.
Wish Gabriel well in the new location and will visit again soon.

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BabetteL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to learn it will be closing soon. Hope they will find a new location.

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vipMaryT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant and hope it reopens in a new location in future. Didn't have a fabulous experience on Wednesday. Didn't love the tuna crudo, not flavorful enough and giant chunks of tuna. Not sure hummus is the best garnish. Pasta of the day with shrimp and scallops was just OK, pasta was mushy and full of onions, which were not mentioned in the description. It wasn't as great a pasta as I have expected at Gabriel's.

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vipWestSider
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ate yet another great $35 three course lunch - delicious filet mignon cooked to perfection - love the ambience, most attractive room. Restaurant is closing this month and will re-open in different location in October/November. Suggest you eat there soon - am sad to see it move.

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lechwe
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We had a very unfortunate conversation with the Maitre d'. Tuna was ordered med/rare, and it came to the table looking grey/beige, was the size and shape of a thick filet of meat, and when my guest cut it, it was not med/rare. Our waitress was very nice, but unable to do anything about it and had to ask the manager to come to our table. He was surly and argumentative, but finally agreed to take it back to the kitchen, and my guest ordered the veal chop instead. This conversation never should have happened! When anything comes to a table, and it was not "as ordered", there should be NO argument about it, and should generate an apology instead of an argument. It was very uncomfortable moment, and I was tempted to return his rudeness but did not, because I have been dining at Gabriel's since the mid-80s, and it's my "go to" restaurant more than many others. I've never seen such terrible service, as we experienced that evening. It was shocking. My Octopus, the wine and the veal shop were very good, and so was dessert. That's why I gave the experience a much higher rating than a wanted to.

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vipPickyeater
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would rather have peanut butter and crackers. Terrible food. Ordered the veal Milanese special. It was gross. The butternut squash pasta was disgraceful. The “homemade” gelato so sub par.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and drinks, quiet, very pleasant ambience

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vipWestSider
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Attractive restaurant - good food - quiet - attentive service - great lunch special of 3 courses for $35 - I had the best filet mignon. Restaurant is closing 3rd week July and will reopen early November in Central Park South. I suggest you visit now - this is a special place.

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vipJGNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. We have been coming here for years, it is always great.

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vipopinionatedinnyc
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Gabriel's for as long as it has been in this location--which was not a pretty address when it started--but is now pretty much in the center of the world. (Even longer a customer of Gabriel, himself, when he was downtown.) It was and is a glorious spot to dine, especially if you like the feeling of being in someone's excellent dining room, with friendly, reliable service from people you have grown to know over the years. It is a menu and a place sui generis. I doesn't look, feel or taste like any other place. And you can have a conversation, frequently, while sitting a few tables away from someone pretty famous. And oh, yes, the best Martinis in town.

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vipLynnLP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was awful. For a restaurant that is as expensive as Gabriel’s, I expected much more. Won’t be back.

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AdrienneG
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food. Took our CEO there while in town. He is very discerning and loves good food. We requested quick service and they delivered! Thank you

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RichJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Veal milenqse, lamb, superb! Great service. Family owned and they care!!

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vipkeithh
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Authentic bistro

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JosephC
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very good; we tried a wonderful starter which was some sort of cold cucumber soup and our mains of seabass and gnocchi were very tatsteful. The tiramasu was a delightful finale. We left happy and feeling we had paid top dollar for such happiness.

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vipcath
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sure going to miss the location and the ambience of my home away from home but look forward to celebrating when they are in their new location!

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vipJohnM
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place, a longtime standard in the Lincoln Center area, serving hearty portions of superb Italian cuisine, including some unusual dishes like kid arabbiata. It's a shame that they're losing their lease and will close next month. Let's hope Gabriel's will reopen soon!

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CliffordG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful pre-theater dinner, food and service. Would return again, walking distance to Lincoln Center. Thank you for an enjoyable dinner.

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vipKlari
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual welcoming service and wonderful cuisine. Always a pleasure to meet friends here for a great dining experience.

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Welcoming
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

G's was the perfect choice for us and our two guests. Thank you

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vipHelenJ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Gabriel's!! The food, the service, the hosts are truly the BEST!

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vipJoelG
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have diner at Gabriel’s at least once a year when we are visiting NYC from San Diego.
Our experience is always very positive.
Food and service and ambiance are wonderful.
We are sorry to hear about the relocation but we will definitely try the new spot once it opens!

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vipSueM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great bartender.
Very convient for JALC.
Always gets you out on time.

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vipdeville
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As has been consistently the case for 30 years, the food and overall experience at Gabriel’s was top notch!

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vipjerseybry
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. Intimate but lively atmosphere

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vipdinah
New York Area
332 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always delicious and the service is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Can’t wait to see its new location.

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vipDowntownfoodie
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabrilel's is simply a wonderful restaurant, serviced by a caring wait staff and kitchen. After attending a rehearsal at Lincoln Center, I usually choose a restaurant right across the street, and always feel dissatisfied. Instead, we walked the 4 blocks over to lunch at Gabriel's and it was like stepping into a yummy serene atmosphere. I highly recommend.

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vipwordpictur
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an example of a perfectly run restaurant. Every part of the machine works. We’ve eaten there forty times and it’s just as good as the first time. Not quite sure how Gabriel does it. But he does it.

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MichaelP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and environment, both for business and family events. Gabriel himself is always present and super welcoming to all.

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SaritK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Appetiser (mussels) were okay. Talyatelle with sea food, awful. Price - very high.

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vipCandy
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurants should prohibit cell phone usage. Unfortunately, there was a very loud & boisterous man seated at the bar using his cell. Sounded like he was interviewing for a job somewhere out of the country. When he finally took a bathroom break, it was apparent he had too much to drink. I was seated at a table.
Rather than ask him to lower his voice, the hostess offered to move me to the back of the restaurant:-(

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vipJohnP
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.
Service is fantastic. You can always rely on their recommendations.

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Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1063 OpenTable diners.

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