What Insiders Are Saying
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.
Terrific spot. Eggs Benjamin was excellent. Drinks were kinda expensive but worth it.
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.
Despite beautiful interior, the restaurant is extremely loud and the servers and host were very arrogant. We would never go again.
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.
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.
Food and service was good however, portions exceptionally small for a moderately high priced restaurant.
Noise level was thunderous.
Despite the unfriendly hostess, this place has all the Ingredients of a great restaurant.
Good food but No a/c — plenty of air circulating in the front & at the bar...just a little too stuffy in the back.
Great ambience but service was spotty and food was just OK though priced high
Nice place but completely overpriced. I paid 150 and came out hungry.
Great service great food. Loved the location
Food, ambiance, and service were all fab and consistently excellent as always at The Loyal. We look forward to next time!
Every occasion at the Loyal is great....
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.
Such a nice place. Great for a friends dinner / birthday. Loved the food, service was great and drinks yummy. A great neighborhood gem.
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.
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.
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.
You gotta try the tater tots. Squid ink pasta, polenta and pork pasta were all excellent!
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!
The Loyal continues to be one of our favorite restaurants!
The food is always delicious and interesting and the service is always spot on
Don't ask for the Crudite plate, the spinach goddess is super salty and astringent, the shrimp scampi tasteless, but the polenta was amazing.
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.
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!
The polenta was more like a soup
really cool place with great food and a humming bar scene, populated by young professionals.
A great night at a fun place in the West Village. Food was great and the service was outstanding.
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.
Birthday celebration and service was atrociously bad
Extremely noisy. Very mediocre food yet expensive.
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.
Service was very slow. Food was hit or miss. Great ambiance however.
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
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.
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.
Amazing. The food and service were so good. Can’t wait to go back
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.
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.
the portions were small and VERY overpriced....tasty but $20 for a hamburger is a bit much
The food was delicious and very well presented. The drinks were unique and fun. The vibe was chic yet chill. Love it.