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Kingsley

4.5
320 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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What 320 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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

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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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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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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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Outstanding meal, knowledgeable staff, great cocktails. Chef Roxanne is a true gem.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Tasting menu with wine pairings is amazing

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent mean and drinks!!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was mediocre especially given the price. Service was a bit rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice atmosphere and presentation, however, food was quite moderate.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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