Gin Parlour @ InterContinental New York Barclay

3.7
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gin Parlour is a popular meeting spot for both hotel guests and New Yorkers alike. Located off the hotel's elegant Lobby, Gin Parlour is renowned for its outstanding American and Continental cuisine, offering guests a fresh and innovative dining experience. The cuisine combines a simple, elegant presentation with the season's freshest ingredients to create an exciting new approach to light and healthy dining. The buzz of New York can be felt each night in the bar, which is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day in the city. Enjoy a cocktail or light meal in the comfortable lounge-like setting.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was no host to greet us. We waited over 10 minutes for someone to sit us. A maintenance worker started painting the wall right behind us half way through our meal. The manager came over to ask if we wanted to be moved and gave us attitude because we asked if the painter could stop painting literally right behind us and wait until after we left. Needless to say, the smell of paint ruined the meal. This was a business lunch that did not go well.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Out of the Midtown lunch crowd hustle and bustle, big comfy chairs and no rushed service. You can hear your table conversation and not worry about someone eavesdropping.
The service was good; the Cobb salad was fresh and crisp. The quiet ambiance was the big win.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Way too expensive and desolate

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 4 had New Year’s Eve dinner here and were very happy we did. It wasn’t crowded yet busy enough for a festive feel. Service was accommodating and attentive enough. We weren’t rushed in any way and had a wonderful send off into the new year.

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j
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I ate there on Christmas night. The food was great!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Reserved for breakfast but they weren’t serving breakfast at the time of our reservation. Then service was extremely slow and inattentive.

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F
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Milton took 30 minutes to bring us a glass of water. Served other tables that arrived long after us way before us.

I was quite disappointed in the service.

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EP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Good bar for gin lovers. Not a great restaurant.

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CY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The bill ALWAYS comes with extra 15% charge included for tip, which means the waiters really do NOT care about their service because they will get the tip no matter how bad their service was. This is ridiculous! RIDICULOUS is the word!

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JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for Restaurant Week Lunch. Very slow service for lunch during the week (normal expectation a business lunch break to be 45-60 mins) - had to receive dessert to go. Food was average.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant located just right next to the lobby and the bar very well decorated. Surprised us when we asked for the restaurant week menu and the waiter looked like he had no idea about it. But the options were nice and good!

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MO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A group of us went for Restaurant Week and glad we did. While the service was pretty good, the food was substandard. The poke lacked flavoring but was an ample size. The steak did not melt in your mouth and also lacked flavoring while the gnocchi served with it look like 2 burnt ends off a bbq. Yes that was 2 pieces of gnocchi served with the steak. I think the place is meant more for like cocktails or a quick bite to rest from walking around near Grand Central.

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Everything was overpriced, especially since the food was boring.

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

had breakfast Monday and Wednesday this week
Monday service poor
Wednesday service great-Bangladesh waiter - winner !!
buffet is a down tick as opposed to ordering from menu.
bagels were too small
fruit was past expiration
and $40/ person for this is not appropriate.
plus including 15% tip is bad. I always leave 20%---but since you decided you had tp charge 15%....your waiter lost out....and second thought 15% for a buffet is sad too!! I direct many business meets here--- I run an executive search firm, but I cant use your restaurant any more because of above.

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D
Chicago
267 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very convenient , great but pricy breakfast buffet but everything that you want and extremely fresh . There is no rushing here so let them know when you want the check !

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice hotel restaurant

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Hotel, incredible. Bar, incredible. Service, terrible. Because everything else at the hotel was amazing, my mom and I were in shock over this. Easter/birthday brunch: Dishes were left to pile up. Never asked how food was or if we needed anything additional, or even water refills. Easter brunch at $65 per person, I would have hoped for a little bit better service from friendlier staff. Particularly having staff speak speak ill of another employee within earshot. Maybe it’s because everyone else at the hotel went so far above and beyond that this ended up being a bit of a letdown. Food was good though.

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E
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The ambiance and décor of this restaurant is inviting and attractive but disguises some poor service and no distinction between the bar /lounge and what is termed "the restaurant" - they are the same. Our server did not write any of our order down and delivered my wife's Ceasar salad with all of the items she asked NOT to be on the salad. On top of that she whisked away the Shrimp Cocktail before we were finished and added a 15% gratuity to a meal for TWO people. Great for drinks but skip the food.

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1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Very poor considering it was a 5 star hotel. Sloppy service. I asked for a Caesar salad with strictly no added anchovies. It came with anchovies and when I sent it back they just removed the anchovies but the taste had permeated the entire salad.
The food was frankly poor . General feeling of 2 star bistro.

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Please consider this place a convenient hotel lobby bar, and not a destination to enjoy high end cocktails or even learn about different gins. The team seemed to have little knowledge or care about the different bottles on the gin list. When we asked about what gin they had that would best go in to an extra dirty martini the waiter suggested Bombay or Beefeater, and once we ordered they came out with such speed and low temperature it seemed like they poured them out of a tap. Again, this is a standard hotel lobby bar and not a "parlour" or a place to chase gin at.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. The Food was very good,we will go there again. It was a quite atmosphere and was great to keep a conversation we did not have to jell.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

$40 for breakfast buffet is absurd, even for NYC.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too noisy for a business discussion.

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent and the noise level was conducive to conversation. The menu on the OpenTable website and the menu on the restaurant itself’s website were significantly different than the menu presented to us by our server. It’s not easy to change s reservation during holiday season in NY, but had it been a more favorable season, we would have looked for a different location. The portions were adequate and the entre quality was ok, but something as simple as a bread tray was not provided nor offered. We would not recommend it to our friends!

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a
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is excellent, we had the scallops for our entree and the octopus for appetizers and a bottle of red. The wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable. There are no windows here so that was kind of odd.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

you need an intelligent headwaiter who recognizes repeat customers and makes them feel "special"

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NR
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really fun, classy spot. Enjoying coming here with friends or a date

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D
Chicago
267 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The salads here are pretty good for lunch especially when you add shrimp or chicken .

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D
Chicago
267 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great place for a client breakfast . The buffet has healthy food ( oatmeal , fruit, granola , fresh smoothies etc) and that spread of eggs, potatoes sausage , rolls that you shouldn't have but is sooo good.

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D
Chicago
267 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service may be slow but this place turns out an excellent burger and a kick*** martini ! It feels very clubby , a good place for a late dinner or drinks with colleagues .

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CY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My partner was using the walker but the waiter intended to take us to a far end corner table from accessible entrance. I indicated that it was too far and uncomfortable corner. The nasty waiter just waved both hands in the air and said we could take any table .

WAVING HANDS IN THE AIR? What a nasty n rood behavior to the hotel guest!

I was planning to put no tip on the bill but the bill came with 15% extra charges. Disgusting is the word!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was extremely underwhelming. We did the restaurant week menu and the Octopus was very chewy and hard to eat. The dessert was also pedestrian. Cocktails and wine were both good. Overall very disappointing. Not worth the $90 bill and included gratuity.

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HN
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We ate here for lunch during restaurant week and we enjoyed every bite.
What a nice time we had.
Very good service as well.

Thanks for a memorable occasion.

Harvey & Ronnie

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MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Truly bad service. Mediocre food. Honestly, i haven't seen a service so bad in any descent-looking restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Business meals should not go on for two hours. Period. I wish the service was better and faster, just what I would expect from a place like Gin Parlour.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow. Was there close to two hours for lunch and had to take dessert to go.

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CE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for Restaurant Week and found a loud, bumbling group of bankers basically screaming at each other across the bar. It was impossible to hear each other in the dining room. Wouldn't recommend eating here. We left before ordering for a different spot.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

This night was thoroughly uninspiring. We went for restaurant week, and the night was not worth even the discount prices. They did not present us with the restaurant week menu and once we asked for it it seemed like they lost interest in our table even though there were only maybe 5 other tables in the entire restaurant. The food was underwhelming with very small portions--not warranting even the 42 dollar prefix (which they were out of one of the two desserts!!). The drinks were the only redeeming factor, with high end gin martinis tasting delicious but warranting the high price. I had a delicious cocktail with gin and chartreuse.

Overall, I would not recommend, the uncomfortable atmosphere and lack of fine dining details did not warrant the high prices.

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MK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, pricy though. They charge for water if you don't ask for tap

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Z
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I came here for restaurant week, on top of their endless list of Gin options, the food selections were great and very delicious! We shared the octopus, salmon, skate and steak. Everything was delicate and very tasteful. Would definitely go back! Great vibe!

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