The Loyal

4.5
291 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The​ ​Loyal​ ​is​ ​Chef​ ​John​ ​Fraser's​ ​look-back​ ​to​ ​summers​ ​spent​ ​cooking​ ​and​ ​bartending​ ​at​ ​established American​ ​Taverna​ ​in​ ​Montauk.​ ​The​ ​menu​ ​features​ ​dishes​ ​that​ ​are​ ​seasonal,​ ​shareable​ ​and​ ​highly flavorful.​ ​Innovative​ ​cocktails​ ​and​ ​an​ ​adventurous​ ​wine​ ​list​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​menu,​ ​all​ ​served​ ​in​ ​a​ ​lively​ ​West Village​ ​atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30-2:30

Dinner:
Monday- Thursday 5:30-11PM
Friday/Saturday 5:00PM- 11:30PM
Sunday 5:00PM- 10:00PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 10:30-3PM

Bar Room:
Monday- Thursday 5:30-1AM
Friday 5:00- 1AM
Saturday 11AM-1AM
Sunday 11AM-11PM
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Phone number
(212) 488-5800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John​ ​Fraser
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th​ ​&​ ​Bleecker
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Public transit
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th Street
1 to Christopher Street
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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at The Loyal! We are featuring a 4-course prix fixe menu for $92 per person from 5:30pm-6:45p. and $125 per person from 7pm-10:30pm.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.

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What 291 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

It is a mystery why anyone would be loyal to The Loyal. Mediocre, overpriced food, small portions, loud and. While, hostess was clueless and arrogant, otherwise food service was pleasant. As a lifelong New Yorker - I would not remotely consider going back to The Loyal, and I would try to dissuade anyone from going. So many places in Manhattan worth trying - this is not one of them.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice atmosphere and the food and cocktails are very good, but the portions are pretty small (but not inexpensive) and it's extremely loud. Tables are super close together. Makes it difficult to have a conversation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Fantastic music, great food, great vibe

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TG
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food were outstanding but the noise level was almost physically painful. My wife and I could not have a conversation unless we shouted and even then, it was hard to understand what was said.
We are unlikely to return.

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

The service was truly awful and spoiled the meal. Food is overpriced and mostly okay, with a few very low points. Avoid.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch with friends. Excellent coffee! Started wifi monkey bread to share, delicious! Everyone liked their entrees: I had egg white frittata, others had fried egg sandwich, steak and eggs, eggs Benedict. Would go back!

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ZR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Drinks were pricey even by NY standards... The decor was interesting... rather strange drawings of pigs, cows and people, some we ‘got’ (two pigs in a blanket = pigs in a blanket etc, but some were definitely out there! The food was a little overpriced (again, even by NY standards) and two of us got the heirloom mushroom polenta with bacon, broccoli and a poached egg, which I definitely don’t recommend! It was basically soup, no broccoli in sight, some bacon and the poached egg which was really undercooked. All in all there are way better places in NYC for brunch... maybe they have a better dinner menu?

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Very slow service

We needed the menus and water and dessert but it took forever

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

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UA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the ambiance of The Loyal! Also the food was great!

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JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The servers were slow to greet us, took a very long time to take our order and did not check in on us much while we were eating our meal. My mother had wanted to order a coffee after the meal, but the server never checked in with us, so she was not able to order it. They originally seated us next to the entrance to the kitchen for our Thanksgiving meal (we did make reservations!), which felt rude.

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SB
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time here BUT first time try for a Thanksgiving dinner out ........ result was outstanding. Chose a traditional Turkey, stuffing, side section off the special menu and the results were wonderful. Atmosphere is casual but polished. Service is professional. Wine list is very good with curated wines for the Thanksgiving menu on point. Room tends to get pretty loud as it fills up and the music levels still seem to be too high but looks like they're trying to moderate the irritation with more table cloths! Nice effort.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food music and service was great.

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BL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Truffle polenta, Duck, and sundae dessert were all highlights.

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y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved it!
The food was delicious and creative, the decor very pleasant, the service very good and we took our time!

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KO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The burger and tots are great. But much of the food just not where it should be. Wine not where it should be and wait staff not great in assisting on that front. Very loud. Can be hard to track down a waiter (though they are nice). Always a wait for a table, even with a reservation, always a bit of an attitude. Seating is TIGHT, and if someone near you is a loud talker, heaven forbid. Really good cocktails.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. Great food

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Loyal is first rate!

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W
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I picked The Loyal on a whim to relive our first date (5 years again when it was Pagani). We were thrilled to see a fresh take on an old favorite, with a tasteful ambience, coupled with flawless cocktails and cuisine. The menu is diverse and weaves in creative ingredients with unique and bold flavors. We can’t wait to return and highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced and average food, albeit it in a delightful setting with super friendly staff.

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NS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was a bit slow and the tables were close together but overall like the place a lot!

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s
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice low lighting...Beautiful bar...well presented, flavorful dishes...perfect portioned...Black Bass, Braised Beef Ravioli, Duck Fat Tots, Baked Alaska all outstanding!

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BH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The best thing about The Loyal for brunch is the location and they take reservations. The food was fine. I’ve had much better brunch food in the city. We got a major attitude from the hostess but the server was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at 7:55 for an 8pm reservation and they notified us that the party at our table of 4 was paying the bill. We waited at the bar for 10... 20... then 30 minutes with a few check ins with the host. We approached him again by 8:40 asking about our table and he simply shrugged and said there was nothing he could do. Not even an offer to put a round of drinks on the house. If anything, he made us feel us feel like we were in the wrong for even checking in about our table and like our request was not worth his time. Guess making a reservation doesn’t matter here. Went across the street to John’s for pizza - better food and definitely better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food...great service...it is noisy but didn’t bother us

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LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met girlfriends for lunch. Everything was exceptional. Service with a smile offering clear explanations of dishes and level of spiciness.
Food was brought promptly. Will definitely return with friends and for dinner with mu husband.

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DI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed the atmosphere of The Loyal. The wine list is very expensive for both wines by the glass and by the bottles. It put us all off. My hamburger and duck fat tots were delicious. My friend got the shrimp scampi and it was almost too spicy to eat. The squid ink pasta and the octopus got good reviews from my other dining partners. Service was a little slow. I'll try it again though.

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JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails and very attentive and thoughtful servers.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress seated a couple directly next to us when there was a row of open tables for two. The man had the loudest most ob oxious voice which forced us to leave early.

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T
Washington DC
287 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite in the Village. Such incredible service and beautiful food. Burrata with pistachio pesto and fresh figs - perfect.

Tonight will be our third visit during this trip.

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K
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Considering reviews and p.r. expected more. While the servers were very pleasant and attentive and the food was more than adequate the room lacks a specific personality. Could be in an upscale chain rrestaurant. Worse, the wine list is insanely overpriced even by New York City standards. Example: The Pinot noir highly recommended by the sommelier at $95 is available from the a wine club she mentioned for less than $18or less if you join the club. 500 percent plus markup on a simple wine. Not going back.

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T
Washington DC
287 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit and the superior service alone would warrant a return. Happily, the food is also wonderful. A new favorite for our NYC trips.

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VY
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One thing should not happen :
I ordered Long Island Duck, after 2 bites, I realized the duck is a bit of lukewarm & rare, I asked the waiter to cook few minutes up, 5 minutes later, the waiter brought back the plate and there were 3 pieces left ( it was 5 or 6 pieces duck when it served ) I brought this issue to the manager ( a sweet lady ) she offered me a new dish..... I declined ( I don’t feel comfortable about ....) Instead, she offered me another side dish of rissoto (delicious ). This is really odd incident for all my years of dining at gourmet restaurant.
I don’t know if the cook in the kitchen ate the duck or throw the pieces away.....

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food, nothing spectacular. Good service. Decor was fine.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab bistro for brunch. Cool decor, amazing music (not too loud, just loud enough to appreciate the 80s and 90s classics), attentive server.
Creative menu without being too pretentious. Most importantly, everything was delicious. Top tip: take the monkey bread. It’s outstanding.

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had such a great dinner on Friday night! The service was friendly and on point. The food is delicious. The portion sizes are on the large side. The sundae service is so much fun. There is something for everyone on the wine list. It was super busy on friday, and for good reason!

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EH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was awful. Super salty. Tasted like eating a block of salt. Every course was awful

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RN
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, atmosphere and decor! We will definitely return. The monkey bread was delicious, the drinks were great and I loved my salmon and potato latke breakfast dish.

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U
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, though my chicken was not hot but my husband ‘s scampi was delicious. The service is wonderful and I’m in love with the bar. My new favorite neighborhood go to.

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