The Penthouse

3.4
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$30 and under
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Located atop Ravel Hotel, Long Island City’s first luxury boutique hotel, lies The Penthouse - Waterside Dining and Skyline View Restaurant, a fresh new dining experience. Our breathtaking view of the New York City skyline is one of the best, creating an ideal backdrop for a fabulous dinner. The Penthouse is open all year and is climate controlled. We look forward to serving you.

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What 65 People Are Saying
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3.4based on recent ratings
3.6
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3.2
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3.8
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3.2
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DiannaW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was horrible and honestly disrespectful. I made reservations for my child, I kindly asked the waiter if we can move to a table not so close to the kitchen doors. The mood of the restaurant is dim light and relaxing. Not only was the bright kitchen lights on us but we could literally smell every dish that came out. After I asked the waiter he said he couldn’t move us. I left to meet my husband and the waiter approached the table and literally made fun of how I asked about the kitchen. He said “where is the lady? Was the kitchen too close for her so she left” that comment was uncalled for and unprofessional!

The Penthouse
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello Dianna, I would like to apologize to you on behalf of The Penthouse. I hope you can consider dining with us again as that Waiters behavior doesn’t represent our establishment, and we have taken disciplinary action. We strive to provide each and every one of our guest with a wonderful dining experience. We would love to invite you back and offer your husband and yourself a complimentary cocktail as a token of appreciation. -Izabela

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Kareem
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

You need help in the prices of the food, which was not really good at all. Love the New look but you need to add more stuff to the menu, the Menu on your website had way more options and when you get there, Half the menu is cut off.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 25, 2020

Hello there Kareem! Thank you for visiting and we appreciate that you love our new look. Since we are in our winter season we like to keep the menu nice and tight so we can only serve the freshest ingredients. Once Spring comes around I can promise you our menu will be revamped and you'll be blown away. Please pay us a visit in the spring, and have a cocktail on us! We look forward to hosting you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was pretty good and nice.

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josiea
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Not as expected the food.. was expensive only received 2 shrimps

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SatchelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, extra special and the price wasn’t a killer. Would definitely recommend!

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katiec
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fabulous Valentine’s Day ambiance! Candlelight, skyline view and smooth romantic jams by the DJ set the tone of a very romantic evening. It was a prefixed menu which doesn’t work for my vegan lifestyle however the manager Isabella called me personally to say the chef would design a fully vegan meal just for me. It was delicious beginning to end. Vegan ceviche with a spicy kick of Jalapeño sweet potato sushi and a very tasty vegan risotto. There was a chilly breeze that made several guests get the coat from the coat check but other that’ll end that it was beautifully done.

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LashonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The entree was really good. It was kind of cold even though they had the rooftop covered

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Tish
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

What was supposed to be a delightful Valentine’s Day dinner with my fiancé, ended up being a two hour meal in an ice igloo. This establishment really should not host dinners at their rooftop location when outside temperatures are below freezing. We literally had to uncheck our coats downstairs and sit at our table bundled up while having our four course meal, which took about twenty minutes at a time to be served....Not to mention our waiter, who seemed rather discombobulated, seemingly forgot about our cocktails. We received them mid-meal after we decided we just wanted to get the hell out of that freezing place. We even noticed couples sitting close by having the same experience as us. For the price, I wish I had made a better choice for V Day! Never again!

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello Tish, We sincerely apologize for your less than 5 star experience. We will bring the heat issue to ownership attention and make sure this is rectified. We are dearly sorry to lose your patronage. We would be thrilled if you would give us a second chance to change your mind. If you are able to come back for dinner come march we would like to extend a complimentary dinner on us.

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LeonW
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for Valentines night , drink service was slow to the point we were not charged and apology given . This was a kind and appreciated gesture. Food was nice and although service was slow I would still book again.

Views are great of the NYC skyline , make sure to get a window table

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was not as great as expected. The service was horrible; we were at the restaurant for about three hours from being seated to receiving dessert.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello, We are very sorry to here that you did not have a great experience with us. We would like to extend an invitation back when you are able to allow us a second change to keep your patronage. Please give us a call if you are interested.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The ambiance was good set for a romantic dinner great view. Did not wait long to be seated. Unfortunately the section we sat in was very very cold, making the stay unpleasant and unbearable. The food would get cold so fast. The waiter was not the best, we had to wait a long time between drinks and service. Making it not the best experience we have had at penthouse 808.

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Carly
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We have been here before but the Valentines price fix was our worst experience here.
The food was okay, nothing to Write home about. The appetizer of “scallops” was a plate with ONE overcooked and chewy scallop. Next, the salad came, and it tasted incredibly salty. Both mine and my husbands were inedible.
Main courses were good, and dessert was fine
But the service. Wow. It has never been so bad.
It took over 25 minutes when we ordered our first drink. Our waitress did not check on us once during the meal. The runners dropped off the food and we didn’t see her during the meal. But we did see her checking on other tables. We ordered a second round of drinks during our meals, and another half hour passed, that we ended up having to get up to find the waitress to cancel the drinks and just bring us our check.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello Carly, We appreciate your feedback so that we may continue to improve our menu as well as our service. I would be more than happy if you are willing to give us another chance and dine with us, we promise to change your mind.

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GeorgeR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

1. $15.00 for valet parking, not including tip was a terrible start.
2. Mandatory coat check was a huge negative, especially after what came next.
3. Hostess was polite, but told us that because we arrived late, due to traffic, there might not be a table for us, even though it was already paid for. Luckily, she found a table for us. 4. The dining room was freezing...not enough heaters to make it comfortable.
(Why was there a mandatory coat check in a
freezing restaurant?)
5. The food was just ok, but the portions were a joke.
6. My date politely asked for an appetizer substitution, but was met with a very stern “No, we don’t do substitutions for pre-fix dinners.” It’s understandable, but it doesn’t cost anything to be polite about it. Also, please note that going the extra mile to make the customer happy in a service industry, will reflect on the tip at the end of the night.
7. Finally, the check came. I noticed they had already included a 20% tip with the option to tip additionally. Is that a joke??? How do you justify that with such poor service, and an uncomfortably cold temperature in the room? Needless to say, I did NOT feel compelled to tip additionally.

In short, I would never in a million years recommend this place to anyone I cared about. Management needs to take a close look at all the negatives, and fix them. This is definitely not just the staff’s fault. The fish stinks from the head down.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello George, Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about these issues. We are very sorry that you had a less than 5-star dining experience with us. I'd love to invite you back so we can re-create your dining experience and really blow you away!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food was bland for the prefixed price, the ambience was excellent but the place was extremely cold. The waiter was great but they couldn’t handle the amount of people in the building. We missed part of the prefix meal. Overall the view was beautiful but they good could have been better.

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ShaquilleB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

For such an expensive meal... you would think it would actually taste good. Came for the valentines dinner; the whole place was freezing. Went to request for a change of tables and they attended us pretty quickly. The staff looked all out of whack and confused. Noticed they kept bringing wrong orders to different tables. As for food quality it was decent; the seared scallops came in a small portion but tasted too fishy, the Salad was pretty fresh, I had the roasted chicken and although the chicken was good I would say the plantains was the best part of the meal; so hot and moist! Lol. I also had a 1.5 lb lobster and that was fresh as well. That chocolate soufflé though... terrible. It was for me and my date to share and it was no bigger than a rock. Not only that it was also cold and wet like a napkin stuck in a hot shower. I looked at prior reviews and I’m usually not one to judge a book by its cover but please if you read this don’t make the same mistake as me. I don’t care what chef they claim they have. Safe to say, more than likely I will never be coming back ever again.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello Shaquille, We are so disappointed to hear you had a less than 5 star experience with us. We did experience an unfortunate issue with the heat on vday which ownership is currently rectifying as we speak. Valentines Day is a very high volume day and we appreciate your feed back so that we may continue to improve our menu and our service. We would like to extend an invitation to come back to try our other menu items that we are sure you will enjoy including our amazing Nutella Bread Pudding!

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Lindsey
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It took us 1.5 hours in between each course to get our food. The food was bland and tasteless, and our 6:15pm reservation got us out of there at 10. TERRIBLE. I asked to be seated near a window, was told "no sorry, those are reserved" and later saw other couples being moved there after asking, and then moved again to different tables. The only thing we were offered after our meals being screwed up 4 times were glasses of champagne on the house. The entire establishment is horrendous, the food was not worth the price, not to mention the roooftop heating situation was extremely poor. Do not run a Valentines Day special if you have absolutely no qualified individuals running it. Our waitress, hostess, and seemingly the managers had no clue what they were doing the whole night, the busboys were acting as waiters, and we could not wait to get out of there after paying our check. Even after being offered our 'complimentary champagne' we had to wait 45 minutes to get it. We HADN'T EVEN GOTTEN OUR SALAD AFTER 1.5 HOURS AT THE RESTAURANT. Someone legitimately tried to give us dessert before we had been served our salad and entree. I'm warning you - no matter how gorgeous the views, the service is the worst I've ever experienced in NYC.

The Penthouse
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello Lindsay, We are so sorry to hear that you didn't have a pleasant experience with us. We take all comments serious and use them to improve. I'd love to invite you back for a complimentary dinner to make sure we exceed your expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Loved the view. Only problem was that they seated us against the window and it was freezing. There was a hole at the bottom which just let the cold air in so we had a hypothermic Valentine’s Day.

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DanielleC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Great food and views but incredibly poor service:
- We were given the prix fixe menu, talked through what it includes, and then told we couldn't use it as needed to be minimum of 8 pax. Why give it to us then?
- Wobbly table that they didn't seem bothered to correct until we insisted
- Four different waiters/waitresses; only one of whom was particularly efficient/good
- Wine left on next table with no wine bucket for ages. Eventually brought bucket and still just left it on next table out of reach so we kept having to get up to top up our glasses as none of our servers bothered even once
- Long wait between starters and mains

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NathaliaA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Horrible service, we had to ask for everything twice or more

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Absolutely NOT the place to go for a romantic dinner. The music was dance club loud, the wait staff was horrible. It was an hour and 15 mins from our arrival until we got our food. I’d never go back.

The Penthouse
Responded on January 24, 2020

Hello, We are devastated to hear that you did not have the best experience on your last visit. We are a lounge restaurant later in the evening with a DJ for more of a vibrant nightlife feel. However all of our guests are concerns are important to us especially when they feel they have not received the best service. We would be honored to get a second chance to change your mind about us and i promise you will not be disappointed. I will send you a private message with my information.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food wasn't really outstanding,but we come here because of the view. It's very pricey but that's what you expect with the view. Of NYC. We will still go back. I had a surprise private party for my husband 2 years ago and all of our guests loved the view. We always come back here every few months.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Awesome views! Drinks were a little too sweet.

The Penthouse
Responded on January 24, 2020

Hello, Thanks for your comment. I will pass this message along to our bar team. Our bartenders are skilled and want you to enjoy every drink with us! Next time you come to visit us, feel free to ask your bartender to make the drink exactly to your liking!

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NijjwolL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s ok for drinks but food I was not really happy with. We ordered 10 dinner items and they all came at different times. Food quality not up to par. Price is not justified.

The Penthouse
Responded on January 24, 2020

Hi Nijjwol Thanks for your review. I'm sorry to hear you weren't impressed with the food. We have just changed our menu and would like to invite you back for dinner, I am confident we change your mind! Your patronage means a great deal to us and we hope to keep it Best, Kimani

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Annie
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Terrible. Seafood was terrible. I felt like the food was just swimming in dirty water. I payed for drinks before hand and I wasn’t able to even receive them because they believed I had a fake ID. I had both a city ID and my student ID with me. No Reimbursement. The penthouse sucks.

The Penthouse
Responded on January 24, 2020

Hi Annie, I apologize that this charge occurred. I wish you would have given us a call to request a refund for this matter. Unfortunately it is the law so serve alcohol without a valid State ID and we cannot bend the law. Please give us a call and we will be happy to refund this for you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Only complain is that it was too cold.

The Penthouse
Responded on January 24, 2020

Hi Were sorry to hear you weren't comfortable. We try to keep it as warm as a roof can be in the wintertime! We hope to see you this upcoming spring/summer season!

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shirlyg
New York Area
4 reviews