Join us this Mother's Day for a special 4-Course, Prix-Fixe Brunch for $75 per person from 11am-5pm. The full menu is available on our website. Please note this will be the only menu we are offering for brunch. We will be featuring our regular dinner menu with Mother's Day Specials from 6pm on.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
See availability for bonus point tables
Sun 6:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 6:30PM
Excellent food, terrific wait staff, absurdly expensive cocktails.
Great service. Awesome food
Fourth time there and still my favorite NYC restaurant! The mix of influences, the bold choices of flavor, fabulous cocktails and a very nice wine list. Not to mention impeccable service. My wife and I keep thinking that if we ever relocate in this neighborhood, we'd be there at least once a week!
Excellent customer service, something you don’t get everyday anymore
We were in the “back room “ which might be a bit quieter than the front area where the small bar is. Whatever it was perfect for us. The food is delicious. there were four of us and we each ordered three of the small plates. Everything was excellent but we particularly liked the cauliflower, the octopus and the short ribs. The wine list is well chosen and not way overpriced. The service was excellent. I look forward to going back.
Amazing meal. We especially loved the bone marrow dish. Our server was friendly and helpful. We are still talking about how good the menu was weeks later!
We couldn't partake of happy hour because there was no room at the bar but the rest of the restaurant was empty. It's terrible when the server starts by telling you the portions are small---and they were. The amuse ruche was a joke: one teeny slivery of beef. This was an expensive meal and we left hungry. Bread and butter would've been a nice touch. Very disappointing for a restaurant that was named best restaurant of 2017.
Based on a Zagat review I arrived with a dining companion expecting a great experience. Perhaps they had an off-night, but we were disappointed.
True, Kingsley is serious about food. However, the kitchen, at least the night we were there, colored so far outside the lines that the dishes seemed more crazy than creative.
Our server warned us as she handed us menus that the dishes were "very small" and that we should order at least three dishes each to feel full meal's end. Ah hah! That explained why, when I checked out the menu on the Internet, the items looked so moderately priced. Three dishes each were suddenly somewhat less than moderate.
We ordered. Very shortly, an amuse bouche arrived — a few slivers of what we were told was razor clam, in an ashtray-sized dish. They tasted, well, like shellfish. I then had the celeriac soup which was lightly bitter (it contains horse radish), certainly edible, but not really delicious. My partner had the Bibb salad, which was "different" only in that, aside from the dressing, its only content was Bibb lettuce. Next I had something called Chawanmushi, a Japanese egg custard that was a bit runny and, despite some mushrooms and butter in it, seemed totally bland to me save for some blueberry-like fruit .
Next I had the duck with foie gras and some sauce with an unidentifiable flavor that was okay, but vinegary and again, not delicious compared to traditional French sauces.
My companion passed on desert. I ordered "Gelato Affrogato" which the menu described as, "Salted Caramel Gelato, Black Cocoa. Espresso." I assumed I would get three small scoops of gelato, one caramel, one cocoa, one espresso. Never assume. I got a medium-size scoop of caramel gelato in a puddle of cold espresso coffee, sprinkled with chocolate that resembled and came close to tasting like coffee grounds. Final insult: We were charged for the amuse bouche. Rather than make a scene, we decided to leave and never come back.
Outstanding meal, knowledgeable staff, great cocktails. Chef Roxanne is a true gem.
Great spot, great flavors, great service, great time. What you want in a dining experience. Every mouthful was a treat. In a section of the city where great restaurants are the rule, this spot is a stand out. Treat yourself and give it a try.
Tasting menu with wine pairings is amazing
I had been wanting to dine at Kingsley for a long time now, and it most definitely lived up to my expectations! Don't miss out on the pickle tots at the bar. The ambience is quaint and lovely, and you'll often see Roxanne hanging out behind the bar or chatting with customers. The caramelized onion pasta was one of the best things I've eaten in my life. Don't miss out on a lovely and tasty dining experience!
Very creative food in a nice, contemporary settings. Wine is skewed towards American wines but give a credit for an effort to add sake to the menu.
Excellent mean and drinks!!
Great food. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts and cauliflower --and the short ribs. The ambiance wasn't our favorite but maybe it was just an off night.
Food was mediocre especially given the price. Service was a bit rushed.
Fun, delicious with an intimate vibe. People are super friendly, great menu. Every dish had a unique twist of flavors, one better than the next. Imagine the best brussel sprouts ever!
Nice atmosphere and presentation, however, food was quite moderate.
Seated in the back room which was kind of depressing. Biggest downside - waiter was involved and service was very slow. Upside - we tried a total of 9 main dishes for 3 people (which was the right amount - all ranged from very good to superb, especially the duck with seared foie gras, which was amazing. Three desserts were disappointing, and should be skipped. Come for the food but request the front room.
My son recently moved into the neighborhood so wanted to find a place for brunch beyond the standard fare. We had the crispy pork belly and croque madame with a side of house cured bacon and toast and jam.
I was disappointed with the croque madame. Inventive yes but the crusted top was a challenge to cut and was very dense. The crispy pork belly on the other hand did the trick. I'd still recommend the restaurant since there were other items that looked interesting but I won't be rushing back. I'll be looking for something else in the neighborhood.
It was also quite noisy with a couple loud groups in the back.
Service is super slow
NYC Restaurant Week Report No.12: Kingsley - OMG, I think I’m gonna give another 4.6 now, also because of the duck!!! Kingsley is a new French restaurant in a not so busy place, opened in 2016 but was voted the best new restaurant in 2017. There were 2 tables very loud which made us move - I was thinking of giving negative comments, but it’s not the fault of the restaurant. My friend didn’t pick the restaurant week menu, but I successfully convinced him to get the duck ✌️and neither of us regretted - French never disappoint us with duck! Other dishes were awesome too - the mussels were with white wine sauce, which made me eat two pieces of bread (just think about how much I cut on carbs these days); the tuna was very tasty, I actually never had tuna except in salad; and the citrus dessert was not too sweet (the cream was a little sweet) but elegant. Ok, so far it’s my best restaurant of week 2 and tied with Batârd from week 1 - I never thought I Love French food that much, well, it seems they are winning now! 😜
Our experience at Kingsley was nothing short of incredible. The flavors Chef Roxanne Spruance and staff presented to us in the dishes we had were some of the best we had ever had. The service we had was also exceptional - professional, very sincere, happy to answer any questions about food & drink. I would recommend Kingsley to anyone looking for an affordable, exceptional meal which is pretty much on the planet so...do yourself a favor (what have you done to NOT deserve it) and visit these guys the next time you're in NYC. Extremely easy to get to via public transit or taxi / uBer
Value for food and service doesn’t meet what I paid for.
Small portions. Service was sub par.
I thought the food was amazing. I read some of the other reviews, and I don’t believe people are giving them enough credit for creativity. Sometimes, a dish or appetizer will fall a little short. I gave them credit for taking the risk, and executing well.
At our meal (6 people) the mains we selected were the rib eye for 2, chickens for 2 and two short rib dinners. All of those were outstanding. We also ordered a selection of appetizers and fish dishes for the table. The Octopus and Onion Pasta were hits across the board, but the poached egg and Chawanmushi were definitely a mixed bag of reactions. Still I felt like the chef was trying to wow us, and succeeded most of the time. Kudos.
Excellent creative food and bar drinks . Williamsburg like ambiance, interior design and furniture. A winner!
Last year this was the most exciting place I ate all year. This year is not off to a good start. The inventiveness seems lacking, and the quality overall was down a notch. It good 20 minutes to get a first drink in an empty house. The server was lovely, but not especially on top of things. The cocktail was the best aspect of the meal, skillfully executed and delicious. The Wagyu steak was flavorful but slightly tough. The mussels as starter were flavorful but lukewarm. Finally, the chocolate pot de crème was served too cold, and was consequently rather like eating too sweet chocolate frosting. Disappointing, and I hope an anomaly.
Extremely over priced & ridiculously small portions. Expect to leave as hungry as you came in. And even when the restaurant is half empty they won’t seat you at a table.
I will never go back
This is one of the great undiscovered gems of New York. The food, cocktails, wine are off the hook. Just go.
Kingsley is a bit above our usual destination (I.e., more expensive) and it was really enjoyable. Service, food and overall vibe was really nice. I had noted it was a birthday visit (legit) online and they sent a dessert treat which was a nice gesture.
Wonderfully inventive vegetables, fish and meats; desserts not so much. Attentive service; acoustics not that well modulated. Highly recommended
Food is interesting, eclectic and very good. Plates are small, fewer than 3 would leave most people hungry. Menu is fairly limited. A place for foodies. Nice wines.
We had the tasting menu and it was fabulous. We enjoyed every course. Inventive and delicious flavors. The vibe is great. It’s a beautiful space, and the staff is super friendly. Beautiful bar as well.
Our waiter was very efficient, kind and thoughtful. The food is incredibly tasty and creative. Kingsley has become our destination restaurant in NYC. Can't wait to enjoy again.
Wine & cocktails were incredible & the Food was delicious. Unfortunately Our server was not great & the dining experience was poor. After reading my initial review of our experience the Kingsley manager called me to apologize and asked me questions regarding improvements. I highly admire that this manager took the time to seek feedback and I am blown away by her follow-up! This type of customer care is rare in the NYC food scene and as a result I will return to Kingsley when I'm back in NYC to support their business!
Well enough executed generally, if some sauces lean very heavily sweet. Could be an okay neighborhood joint, but the service is a complete sh—show, sadly. The maitre’d told us our table was ready, then promptly disappeared for ten minutes while we stood there like idiots. The waitstaff didn’t actually know anything about the dishes, and had to call the manager over for any questions. The manager, when asked simple questions (“how much is the steak?” and “is it dry-aged?”) awkwardly dodged answering them. I had to ask three times if it was dry-aged before I got an answer. The first two times I got non-sequitors and a shpiel that seemed intended to lure diners who didn’t know better into the upsell on an overpriced ($110, and turns out not dry-aged at all) piece of beef.
The bartender was great, though. They noticed and jumped in to help when the maitre’d went AWOL on us.
Crap service. Good technically but not very interesting food. This place is popular? I don’t get it.
Très bon restaurant, le menu de nouvel an était simplement magnifique . De la présentation au service tout était parfait. Je recommande à 100% ce restaurant
My fiancé and I went to Kingsley for New Years Eve. The 8 course pairing was fantastic! Every dish was excellent and unique. The ambiance is relaxed but classy. Really enjoyed ringing in the New Year with Kingsley.
We needed some delicious food in the East Village and Kingsley was perfect. My family was still talking about the food a few days later. Cocktails are amazing - we know - we tried lots of them. All of the dishes were very creative and the desserts were spectacular. Special kudos to the manager who went out of her way to make us comfortable.
Delicious small plates made from fresh seasonal ingredients. There wasn't on dish we didn't like and we tried at least 12 different small plates at our table. The drinks were also wonderful. Great for a cold night when you want a good bottle of wine and good food.