The Chester

3.9
87 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC's premiere American Bistro, The Chester, serves lunch and dinner daily. In the warmer months, patrons can enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the historic landscape of the Meatpacking District and its cobblestone pathway. The rustic dining room with exposed brick walls, and accented white marble tabletops contrasted by black leather couches create a contemporary atmosphere. With 150 seats spanning across a bi-level interior and a full bar, The Chester, provides a seamless transition into the hotel lobby's lively decor.

Parties of 2 Guests - 1 hour 15 mins max time
Parties of 4 Guests - 2 hours 15 mins max time
Parties of 6 or more - 2 hours 45 mins max time

Special Events depends on contract time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Diner temperature check required
What 87 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
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food
3.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.5
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chamdodo
Monaco
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

One hour to get the food… poor service, not friendly
Our waitress was ok, we’ve been offered the wine but it does not help enough to forget the poor service in general.

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Melanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow.
Everyone at the table ordered a salad. 1 person asked for dressing on the side, didn't receive. And 2 salads were completely missing their dressing. And with slower service, took a while to rectify.

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Genny
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great place, food was delicious but the service was poor because they unfortunately had 2 waiters for the entire night. So we received our meal almost 1 hour or so later. Otherwise, great outdoor space and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was terrible

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Took over an hour to get the food, with two very unhappy children. Wait staff was nice and trying to be accommodating but it definitely ruined the experience for us. Food was ok, nothing to rave about.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food took 2 hours to come out. Waitress disappeared for 45 minutes and never checked on us. This was a problem for al tables around me. Food orders were not correct when it finally came out so we didn’t even eat it. They took one bud light off our tab as a “courtesy”. SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

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Carla
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

our waiter Brendan was awesome definitely I will be back at the end of the month and want his table he was great!!

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JerseyGirl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Terrible service, drinks not great and high price but great atmosphere

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Catherine
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess was extremely rude. I was 6 minutes early for my 3:45pm reservation and she had me show her the confirmation and then told me she would see if she could find a table at 3:45 for me. I ended up leaving the restaurant because if that’s the service the hostess is giving who knows what we would receive inside. She was wearing an all white ensemble. Curly brown hair except the bottom part was a lighter color.

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RachelC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was alright, the service was not good. We had a reservation and didn’t get seated until 15 min after our time. We even showed up early so we waited in total 25 min to be seated. When we were seated, the waitress took so long to get to us that we already had our appetizer, Entrée, and dessert picked out. The woman delivering food also delivered our appetizer to the wrong table, then delivered us the wrong food! For a $100 dinner I would expect a lot better service than what we received. The food was also very average for a steak.

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JasminA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server Andrea was awesome and very attentive to our table. The place was fun and our party was comfortable in the booth seating. Pricy pitchers of margaritas but well made. The kitchen was quick and food was yummy.

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vipLuvfood
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday great outdoor seating. Friendly staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible - didn’t get drinks for 30 minutes after not being catered to for 30 minutes after sitting down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We wanted to have a bite in the area and people watch

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vipGervaiseM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had a reservation at 12pm and we were seated right away by a very nice manager. Our waitress came to bring water right away. Then basically ignored us for a very long time, even though it wasn’t busy at all. Then she took our order. We got our food at 1:10pm. Not exaggerating. Upon checking on our food with our waitress, we got the feeling that she didn’t care. She never checked on us before, and she only apologized once she realized her tip was going to be affected. We had tickets to go to the Whitney at 1:30pm, so we ate our food as fast as we could, and we did mention the issue to the manager who comped our coffees. So yes, thanks for the free coffee... Too bad, the food and ambiance are very nice, but they seem all over the place even though it was crowded at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu is somewhat limited. The service was great and the ambiance was nice

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MalloryC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great meal and Brandon was a great server. outdoor patio had a nice setup, kept us warm and dry even through a quick rain storm and some intense wind.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Long wait. Bad service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very loud, pretty bad table. The restaurant claimed that we did a no show, which wasn’t true. Especially the host/ hostesse were pretty impolite.

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JesseK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience overall.

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VishalA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was extremely slow, the food was not as good and at the end of the meal we saw a mouse.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

It literally took one hour for a waiter to come over and serve us. We had to complain to the manager several times for something to be done. All we got for that was a round of shots. I will never go back there. I even had to ask for waters 30 min in.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I didn’t try the food (just fries) so I can’t comment on that but I didn’t get the sense that it’s a place you go to for good food to begin with. I love the atmosphere, music, and decor and their heat lamps outside are extra warm! It is a bit expensive but great for a special occasion.

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vipJamel
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service good food

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I love coming to the Chester. The food is good but a little average. I do love the wings and the queso though!

Service has always been the highlight and Brandon is my absolute favorite human.

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vipCaptainCat
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Fine for drinks but the food was rather disappointing and bland. Fun place for energy levels in Covid times but don't go for the food!

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vipTaylorJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

the service was severely behind it took us more than a half an hour to get our drinks and and during the time we were there we had to follow up with our server quite a bit to get drinks. The food was fine-- but frankly overpriced based on the status of the gansevoort. I expected a lot more...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was SO warm!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eddie was fantastic. The pancakes And espresso martini I had for brunch was delightful . All the staff was friendly and made the experience great.

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viptatianar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are so rude here - do not go

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food nice waiters
Super waiting times

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vipkhnyc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was truly the worst experience I have every had at a restaurant. The table they sat us at was tiny and shoved in a back corner so we asked to move. It then took them 45+ minutes and us asking 4 different people for them just to bring us water and our drinks. A waiter had to retake our order because it apparently got "lost". Then after about another 30 minutes someone came over with a sliced avocado that was supposed to go on a burger with the burger & the appetizers we ordered no where to be seen. We ended up requesting they cancel the order because we were unhappy with the service. I have never walked out of a restaurant and tend to be extremely understanding, but this was truly the worst service I have ever seen at a restaurant.

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Bianca
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came to Chester for Valentine's Day Brunch and the service was horrible. We were sitting at our table for an hour and we had not received our drinks. Then our food came and my husband's side order was missing. Our drinks finally arrived after asking the waitress 3 times and after our food had arrived! My husband's side order arrived after we had finished eating our entire meal! I was extremely disappointed!

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RyanM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Definitely a nice place, but seemed a bit overpriced for the portions and menu options. Also, while understandable, we had called ahead to determine how well-heated the patio was. We were assured that we would be warm in even a t-shirt, but ourselves and those around us all kept their winter jackets and hats. It was incredibly windy and cold, so we came prepared, but that seems like an odd thing to lie about. We were close to the middle and on the restaurant edge of the patio (as opposed to the sidewalk edge), so I couldn't image it would be much warmer in any other seating location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good drinks, good ambiance. Very warm which is a big plus these days. Service not great; had to wait a while to be seated and staff not super friendly. For example reminding my table that the restaurant closes in 10min before giving me back my credit card.

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GaryS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience. And the patio seating had excellent heat lamps. Loved the food and the service. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service and ambiance were great. Food and cocktails were not.

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tasosl
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great for outdoor during winter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Was pretty cold

FAQs

The Chester is rated 3.9 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.