Kingsley

4.4
333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Kingsley is the new restaurant from Chef Roxanne Spruance in New York City. Zagat Rated "Best Newcomer," "Best American Restaurant NYC," and "Best East Village Restaurant." Our focus is seasonal, local, market-driven, contemporary French-American cuisine. The menu, cocktail program, and wine list are dynamic and unique, to complement the atmosphere. All dishes have interesting juxtaposition of flavors and textures, while still being balanced and reminiscent of classic dishes and tastes. The goal is delicious, inspired, and creative food and drink.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Creative Japanese
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm
Dinner: Begins at 6pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 5pm-12am
Thursday-Friday: 5pm-2am
Saturday: 12pm-2am
Sunday: 12pm-12am
Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(212) 674-4500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roxanne Spruance
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Private party facilities
Kingsley offers several intimate, inviting spaces perfect for celebrations, corporate and holiday events, wine dinners, and more. Let our seasoned staff create the perfect event. Custom menus, beverage pairings, and full buy-outs are welcome. Join us for an unforgettable event.
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Private party contact
Richard Blass: (212) 674-4500
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Catering
Kingsley is available to cater all your events! From business lunches, to an intimate dinner party with Chef Spruance, the possibilities are endless. Please reach out to our team to coordinate your event. events@kingsleynyc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Street
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Public transit
1st Avenue "L" Stop
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 6:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 6:30PM

What 333 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Overpriced pretentious over complicated menu! The only good thing about this restaurant are the cocktails which are also over priced!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very nice place but like so many NYC restaurants very loud. We were there for Restaurant Week dinner and everything that was served was excellent. The BBQ Chicken had a unique and very good stuffing and the "wild" striped bass (I didn't know this fish came any other way) was on a very delicious corn relish concoction that definitely increased the pleasure of the dish. As usual with Rest. Week restaurants the desserts were exceptionally good.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

imaginative cuisine, amazing ingredients and combinations. small plates pricey but worth the cost.

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Close that windows please. Too many flys.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was delicious and service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great food, courteous staff!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

wonderful food and service, the only problem were the mosquitos that came out about 8pm, the restaurant was not busy so they moved us inside for dessert with no problems.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great small plates, very well executed and tasty!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great atmosphere in a cool east village location. Innovative small plates menu. Highlights were bone marrow which included a sherry luge shot which highlighted the delicious marrow flavor! The blue cheese cheesecake which we were told was an old family recipe was super delicious. Have had the 8 course tasting menu in the past, which was also fabulous.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We were looking forward to the restaurant's execution of the small plates concept however among the four of us, three selections each, there were only two or three dishes that we thought were noteworthy, none that we thought we'd like to have another of. All the dishes seemed 'over-worked', too much going, no clear delicious tastes that is so important in small plate dishes. The staff was very nice but perfunctory. Drink service was notably slow despite it being a very quiet night. Cost aside, we all felt disappointed by the food and overall experience. Again, we'd been looking forward to it but in the end, felt let down.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Really enjoyed my experience at Kingsley! Excited to go back and try the 8-course menu!

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The food wasn’t very imaginative and some of the meat was gristly and tough. Given these prices, the quality should be higher.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This past Sunday we had a very good meal at Kingsley. We decided to split 5 plates between the two of us. Three of the dishes were absolutely fabulous: the grilled salad, the foie gras, and the halibut. We found that the hamaumi(sp?) was a little burnt and the razor clams were too dry. But, we must note that the staff were very open to constructive criticism and seem intent on continuing to improve. But still, we really liked Kingsley. All the dishes were well planned and prepared with care and attention. We did not mind that some dishes did not work so well. To us, it is part of the experience. It was nice to feel that we were dining at a restaurant that put a higher value on individuality than on a massed produced aura of sameness.

We noticed that a few other tables had ordered the rib eye; which is delivered on a platter to the table. It is a very attractive dish and probably works best as the main course for a party of 4 or 6.

We also loved the dessert. The blue cheese cake was very tasty, and the afrogato worked well with caramel ice cream.

We will definitely return to Kingsley. It has its issues, but it was our best overall meal during our weekend in the City.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Incredible restaurant. All of the food was delicious and flavorful. We will definitely be coming back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We both had a great experience; it was very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great experience for a 10th anniversary dinner. Food was fantastic and perfectly cooked. If one has to quibble one could cite the slightly sloppy plating. Portions were modest but the value was solid for the price. Staff are friendly and accommodating. We sat outside by ourselves with an early reservation, and it was lovely. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I love this restaurant! The food is amazing and there are delightful cocktails with an impressive wine list.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was delicious and can tell there was time well spent in selecting local ingredients and designing a delicious menu. The server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and helped coached my family to order the proper amount of small plates. Ordered the hits such as grilled lettuce salad, razor clams, hen of the woods, and roast chicken (huge and delsh!).

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Superb evening.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing tasting menu. We sat in the outside herb garden

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazing food great service - will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Delicious small plates - dinner was definitely higher on the budget scale but the happy hour prices were great!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was our anniversary and so we decided to give it a try. The food was excellent and the service was great as well. They even brought us a dessert to celebrate our anniversary.
Plates are smaller, so you need more. It’s not typical appetizer and main. They recommend 3 per person. We got 5 dishes for 2. It was plenty. Guess it depends what you order. Very nice ambiance as well.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The meal at Kingsley was nothing short of amazing! My girlfriend and I went in for a date night, and we left happy. The menu is intellectually designed, service was friendly and professional, and wine & cocktails were a delight. They offer a la carte and a tasting. We decided to pick a bunch of small plates and share.

Although the meal was amazing the slow cooked duck egg (sous vide I think) with nettle pistou, bone marrow, snapper ceviche, charred onion, short rib, and bleu cheese cheese cake were the stars to us (that’s not to take away from anything else we ate. Our server, and support staff were very helpful with wine pairings. Food was timed well so we could enjoy ourselves while we ate.

We saw they have a Sunday pre fixed and brunch so it’s easy to say we will be back more often!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I was very disappointed given all the stellar reviews- the food was all lukewarm and mostly mediocre with a few outliers that were either very bad (an asparagus soup that tasted muddy and fishy) or good (a shrimp gnocchi dish). But the portions were so small it was hard to make a real meal. I would have much preferred a real appetizer followed by a real entree. Pretty bad. Also our waiter was at a loss with virtually all of our questions- he really didn’t know the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great food but a little pricey! Very small portions!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We returned for brunch this weekend after having a memorable dinner experience about a year ago. My husband and I ordered burgers and asked if we could get a salad instead of the fries, to which our waiter said yes, and asked us whether we'd like it first before the burger. So, when we saw $20 was added to our tab for the 2 salads, we naturally asked about it. The waiter and the manager's answer was that they never substitute salad for fries, and that the waiter could not have said yes to our request. The manager was pretty aggressive in the way she spoke too, though she removed the charge. We didn't need this unpleasant experience on a beautiful weekend day. What's interesting is that we didn't get the fries with our burger (which was very average and small) - so if they didn't get the request for substitution, why did they leave it out?!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

BEST STEAK I’ve ever had. Perfectly aged and prepared. Honestly nothing I’ve ever had anywhere else in the world can compare. Love the food and service. The menu is incredibly inventive and absolutely delicious. The bar is great as well, perfect place to meet for a drink.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The ambiance of Kingsley was excellent. Beautiful decor, nice bar and a great outdoor space. The food is good but the portions are tiny and expensive. Tiny portions are only acceptable (in my opinion) if the food is out of this world. In my experience, it was all very average (except for the bone marrow luge, really really good).

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent French-inspired contemporary menu in casual dining setting. Six dishes, four were out of the park, two very good. Service a little spotty, good but not outstanding. Not seeing Guide Michelin star but definitely going back for food. Unsolicited suggestion: upgrade to front of house (staff a bit more polish, linens?) would probably get it to "destination dining." Great value. Will recommend, will bring friends.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The hostess was kind and accommodating and so were the waiters. I arrived 15 min before my reservation time, with my son, and the hostess kindly offered to seat us anyways. I originally requested a patio table, but it was too sunny, so they easily re-accommodated us inside. My party (4) arrived at different times, and yet we never felt rushed. Really great experience with good brunch food; highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Best cuisine and great service. Menu was impeccable

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We confused our reservation time and were late, but the staff took pity on us and for us in. We had delicious food, especially the whole chicken, the octopus and the pork sliders. The staff were lovely and the decor was glam.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent food, terrific wait staff, absurdly expensive cocktails.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service. Awesome food

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent customer service, something you don’t get everyday anymore

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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.

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