The Loyal

4.4
427 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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What 427 People Are Saying
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4.4
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific spot. Eggs Benjamin was excellent. Drinks were kinda expensive but worth it.

RG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I had two friends and their son visiting from out of town. They weren’t dressed snappy or anything. They were seated at the very back of the restaurant. And we had very rude and rushed service. It was pretty embarrassing. Won’t be back. Food was very good. But come on, drop the attitude. You’re at the top of Bleeker, c’mon.

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Despite beautiful interior, the restaurant is extremely loud and the servers and host were very arrogant. We would never go again.

SB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent- we had the jalapeño grilled octopus, salmon and steak...all prepared to perfection. It’s a bit pricey for the ambience, which is a casual, corner bar/cafe. It was our anniversary and they seated us in a quiet booth and offered us a complimentary dessert. Our server was attentive and helpful, too.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really, really loved this place. Great food and an even better staff. They have a large mirror in the back of the restaurant which makes things a little distracting, but that's such a small issue. Excellent cocktails and a solid wine list to boot! Can't recommend this place enough.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good however, portions exceptionally small for a moderately high priced restaurant.
Noise level was thunderous.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Despite the unfriendly hostess, this place has all the Ingredients of a great restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food but No a/c — plenty of air circulating in the front & at the bar...just a little too stuffy in the back.

NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great ambience but service was spotty and food was just OK though priced high

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice place but completely overpriced. I paid 150 and came out hungry.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food. Loved the location

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, and service were all fab and consistently excellent as always at The Loyal. We look forward to next time!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Every occasion at the Loyal is great....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Likely a result of energy conservation during the heat wave, it was sweltering in the restaurant. My party was comprised of three women who describe themselves as “always cold,” so I can’t imagine how uncomfortable other diners were.

T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice place. Great for a friends dinner / birthday. Loved the food, service was great and drinks yummy. A great neighborhood gem.

LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, however both me and my dinner date had terrible stomach aches and food poising that night. We both had octopus, ceviche and oysters.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dining with colleagues. One from Australia and one from Saudi Arabia. All three of us had a enjoyable time. Only issue was the diversity in the portion size. Two entrees where perfect sizes, nice and small. The other, chicken was a bit oversized First world problems I guess. Definitely will return and recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a friend’s birthday here. The staff was so nice and even made my friend a birthday card. Food was very good and fresh, but the best part was dessert. We ordered the sundae candy shop, which was an outrageously amazing dessert....scoops of ice cream with a platter of candy toppings, sauces, and whipped cream. A cozy, warm place for a celebration.

RS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

You gotta try the tater tots. Squid ink pasta, polenta and pork pasta were all excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. The staff did a great job managing the busy crowd just before the Pride parade. All in our party were totally satisfied. Recommend!

DH
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Loyal continues to be one of our favorite restaurants!
The food is always delicious and interesting and the service is always spot on

ER
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Don't ask for the Crudite plate, the spinach goddess is super salty and astringent, the shrimp scampi tasteless, but the polenta was amazing.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were good. Table in the bar area was not. Bar patrons were loud and the music was very loud on top of that. Hard to hold a conversation.

DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just want to call out the fact that I went to the Loyal ~a week prior to this visit and wrote a negative review about the service.

When I returned for the visit that this review was about, I was a little nervous - same waiter, same table.

The waiter (Ben ?) absolutely knocked it out of the park, and I told him the same. Awesome service, awesome food, and I'll 100% be back/ recommend the Loyal to friends and colleagues now.

Nice turn-around, and I hope that this praise gets back to the team there. Thanks!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The polenta was more like a soup

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

really cool place with great food and a humming bar scene, populated by young professionals.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great night at a fun place in the West Village. Food was great and the service was outstanding.

DT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I'm not even a guy who writes reviews, or particularly pays attention to the 'service' aspect of the dining experience. All that I really expect from a server or hostess is courtesy and professionalism, which I always used to get at the Loyal. I'll keep this review short, but in general - please don't make your diners feel like they're on the clock at your restaurant - especially when we sit down well before the restaurant closes (arrived at 930pm) and especially when it appears not to be busy at all (15+ open tables). I'll probably be back some time, because that burger is truly fantastic - but if I have any friends who have dates/ events etc. in the future, I'll tell them to look elsewhere. Good luck.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Birthday celebration and service was atrociously bad

GH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Extremely noisy. Very mediocre food yet expensive.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is pretty good, but the portions are hilariously small. Great if you're on a diet. Server told my friends the polenta was big enough to split and then brought out a six inch plate. The five, small mushroom tortellinis I received were delicious.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was very slow. Food was hit or miss. Great ambiance however.

ES
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

It's very cute and the service was excellent but the food was boring and lacking in flavor and seasoning at very high prices. It was disappointing

DR
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was looking for a brunch spot in the West Village and someone recommended a place that doesn't take reservations. I wanted to be sure of a spot, so I looked on Open Table for a nearby place that accepted bookings. The Loyal had very good reviews and I was able to get a table for 3 on Sunday at 12:30. Note that I booked two days ahead and was able to get what I wanted, but on the day of the brunch, people without reservations were being turned away.

It was a warm spring day and a few tables were set up outside. We were seated in the bar area, which some reviewers dislike (as opposed to the dining room to the rear) but we felt our table was fine, sheltered from people standing by a small buffet holding wine bottles and glasses. Service was excellent and very friendly, with good tips about the menu. Our waiter recommended the Piedmontese Hamburger, served with a "22 hour tomato," which is produced by cooked down tomato essence being injected back into a tomato (or something like that!) and hash brown cubes cooked in duck fat. This was a great dish. There were many appealing options on the menu, including beautiful salads, a lobster roll, and dishes incorporating some very good chicken sausage. Dessert options include a make your own sundae for a group (with single ice cream portions an option) and a beautiful Baked Alaska with a pound cake base, fresh strawberry layer, and strawberry ice cream.

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were the first and only table for brunch this morning at 10:30 and even though no one else was there yet, we had to wait forever for the server to come over. Our food then took forever, and the first thing to come out was the side of toast we had ordered - but it came without butter even though we were paying extra for this bread (none came with the $18 frittata) and the menu listed it with butter. Our server was inattentive and nowhere to be found when we needed anything. Our main courses then came out 10 min after the toast, which was cold by then. Really disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The food and service were so good. Can’t wait to go back

HH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been “loyal” fans of John Fraser for over 10 years. The duck fat tots shouldn’t be missed. The burger is best in class, and the Sunday brunch cocktails are sublime.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So cute! It’s a great place for an intimate birthday dinner. The staff was friendly and the ambiance was combination of old New York with a dash of Art Deco. Definitely try the burger with the duck fat tater tots. Will be going back soon.

R
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the portions were small and VERY overpriced....tasty but $20 for a hamburger is a bit much

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

The food was delicious and very well presented. The drinks were unique and fun. The vibe was chic yet chill. Love it.

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