The Loyal

4.4
331 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.

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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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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the West Village. The ambiance is 100% perfect for a work dinner or intimate date. Desserts are show-stoppers and the entreés are incredibly good with "something for everyone" from light and healthy (like cauliflower as a main course) to heavy and comfort-food (duck-fat tater tots, and an incredible burger).

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience from start to finish. Service was stellar, the food was amazing.
Shrimp scampi was delish
Can't wait to go back!

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretty solid food, small and intimate restaurant. Our table for 2 was kind of forced into a corner but it was comfortable. Didn’t love that they had a B health rating.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. But loud.

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g
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Wonderfull atmosphere, correct food but exorbitant prices if I compare with Paris prices

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I was extremely disappointed with this restaurant. The food was tasteless and so small. The portions were barely standard for restaurants. The waitress barely came to our table. One of the appetizers came out and there was nothing on the plate. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food wasnt great

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UP
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perhaps it was the ordinariness of the entrees that The Loyal chose to serve for the Restaurant Week menu, but we found that, although the food was well prepared (butternut squash soup, teriyaki-glazed salmon and spicy pork rigatoni), it wasn't as interesting as another of this chef’s newer restaurants, Nix; and the salad could have been a lot better, i.e., skip the insipid American radicchio and use more flavorful greens instead.

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d
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Incredibly helpful service, without being obtrusive. Very good food, including bread and teas.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The best thing was the Water

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was half empty when our party arrived. Still, the host sat us at a table where there was only about an inch of space between the tables next to us. Since the table was up against the wall, we had to pull the tables out and push them back in (with all of our glasses and food on the table) when we needed to use the bathroom.

The table was also directly under a vent blasting 100-degree heat.

We asked to move to one of the empty tables nearby twice. I couldn't tell if the host and GM were nice and actually trying to help or if they were condescending and rude.

We eventually moved tables after pleading with the GM. He told us he'll have the chef and culinary manager, who were tasting dishes at a four-seater booth, move into the kitchen to do their tasting...

The food was pretty good—probably not worth the cost.

I'll never go back or recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Misleading menu (many ingredients not in dishes as stated on menu). Poor quality over. Service was good however.

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T
Washington DC
291 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One short trip to NYC, but two fabulous meals at The Loyal. We are always impressed with the creative food and the wonderful service. The baby kale salad with preserved lemon dressing, the wonderful burrata with fresh figs, that avocado smash with pappadam chips and duck fat tots (wow!) were all delicious. Thanks for always making a meal at The Loyal a wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife’s birthday. They made a special drink for her since she doesn’t drink alcohol. We really wanted to go try the Sundae Set and Candy Shop dessert, a build-your-own sundae with a variety of toppings. They could’ve added more ice cream scoops (not enough for all the toppings and sauces) but overall a great dessert! Would definitely go again just for drinks which were also good!

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D
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Being a fan of Narcissa and a lover of Nix, I had been anxious to try The Loyal. So when it was on Restaurant Week, we decided to give it a try. Sadly, it was disappointing. The setting is a cozy bistro. We went for a late lunch so the place was pretty empty. The service was good. I got the special beer cocktail which was tasty but came with the largest ice block I have ever seen resulting in very little cocktail in the glass. My guest had the mulled wine from the standard menu which was fine. For starters I had the squash soup which was tasty but nothing special. My guest had the trout and radishes which was lovely but only average. Sadly we both ordered the pork rigatoni. The best part of the dish was the ricotta. The rest was pretty bland. The only exceptional part of the meal were the rolls that we ordered off the RW menu. They were amazing, delicious and worth returning for! For that reason alone, I may give The Loyal one more try!

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t
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service, great location. Super cozy with fabulous food and drinks.

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KT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've become loyal to The Loyal. Enjoyed a delicious lunch and can't wait to go back when I return to NYC. The food was great -- delicious with interesting flavors but not so far out there as to be off-putting. Service was wonderful and you could actually have a conversation without shouting...

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K
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Sorry to have not enjoyed the lovely space. In an almost empty restaurant, we were sat at the table that directly next to the kitchen and one table from the bathroom. It made it difficult to enjoy the experience, and food was not worth the price.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. From the hostess, to the bartender, to our server, the GM and of course, the food, everything was amazing. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the drunken eggs and the burger (yes, the burger)!

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GB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Deafening loud. Table in the bar too small for four

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Beware the B grade! Lipstick on the tiny $9 cortado and coffee filter paper lurking at the bottom of the $8 tiny regular filter coffee.
Eggs Benjamin (smoked salmon Benedict) comes with only 1 latke so your second egg is just sitting there (they try to hide that they’ve only given you one latke). Niscoise salad is canned tuna and at $22 it’s laughable.
Don’t waste your time.

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PS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food. Tried : Burrata (very good), fish ceviche (good), truffle polenta (excellent), octopus (very good), chicken entree (very good, big portion), baked Alaska (good). Good service. Negative : High noise level. If sound muffling were improved, it would significantly enhance the dining experience.

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CG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to NYE here.... exceeded expectations! Service is impeccable; food was so on point. Vibe was perfect. Loved it!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kitchen closes but restaurant doesn't.

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FF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had brunch at an off-hour so I cannot comment about the complaints here regarding noisiness crampedness and poor service. I will say that we had a wonderful over all time and would eagerly go back. Terrific interesting menu both in terms of food and booze.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and so was our server, Alexandra. The mushroom carbonara was rich and creamy, the roasted lamb chops were cooked perfectly, and the shrimp scampi had a nice spicy flavor. The only minus was the choice and volume of the music.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered a burrata salad with dates to share ($18). The salad came out and it looked like 3/4 of it was missing. It took up the smallest sliver of the plate - there were probably 2 dates max, cut up into smaller pieces and the amount of burrata given could have fit in a shot glass. It’s actually ridiculous that this was an $18 salad. This picture shows the full salad served to us. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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J
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. Best burger that I’ve ever had. Every bite was a succulent delight. Polenta was rich and creamy. Service was superb. Well done!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Inviting and warm space. Good service but a little rushed. Food delicious, app portions small. Would def return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome meal here. Server was attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was terrific and paced out well. Really cute vibe inside and overall just a lovely meal top to bottom.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The wait staff was very good but the food took forever. Don’t go if you are hungry.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drinks and service. We had a such a great time!

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a pleasant surprise as I just had it on my list. Interesting side dishes and delicious bread even tho they charge for it. Wine list is too pricey...but you can make do with glasses, cocktails or beer.

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UW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Pate and tartare were great. A little spicy bite in tartare was perfect. Carbonara had some acid to contrast with its richness.
Only issue was the tight spacing of the tables which required pulling the entire table out in order to get in or out of the bench seat by the wall.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good; server barely attentive to our table.

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Extraordinary food done in a creative and interesting style. Lush ambiance but crowded and rather loud.

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SE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, just expensive, especially the drinks. Excellent value if you're not having alcohol.

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I dined for the second time at the Loyal recently. The experience was lack luster to say the least. We ordered a bottle of wine, the duck fat tots to start (specifically asking for them to come out ASAP as we all a bit hungry) and our mains. The wine came, the tots did not--we had to ask for them. The server did not seem to care that they were never brought. As soon as we inquired about them, they were immediately brought. The meal wasn't anything to write home about and the portions were all so different...one left hungry, others stuffed. At the end of the meal, when the check came, they rang in a $20/bottle more wine than what we ordered and what we were severed. The server seemed to be annoyed that we asked him to please review. No one came over to apologize for the inconvenience or the mix up. Certainly wont be going back here, which is a shame as I really enjoyed it the first time I went.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
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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