The Distillery

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Classic skirt steak, but finished with an espresso rub. A chocolate brownie just like mom used to make, but with a splash of whiskey in the batter. In our kitchen, you’ll find old favorites made new with creative entrees and fresh cocktails. Join us for dinner in our beautiful dining room or in our lively bar area. Of course, we also have an amazing brunch menu every weekend from 11-4 PM, complete with your favorite breakfast drinks and some surprises; try a mimosa flight with your pancakes!

Sip our thoughtfully curated collection of wines or have a handcrafted cocktail made with fresh ingredients and built with love. We're obsessed with gin and proudly feature a full menu of gin cocktails made with artisanal tonics. Chase one with a selection from our craft beer list, featuring small breweries from all over the country.

A short walk from all Broadway shows and the Met Opera at Lincoln Center, The Distillery is perfect for a pre- or post-show meal.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was food, food was enjoyable.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

If you're looking for a place to grab a drink this is probably more for you. If you want a nice dinner out, this is most likely not the place to choose. When we walked in and told the host we had a reservation, they were very rude to us. I shouldn't say rude, but - they were not very polite.

Our regular server was much nicer and much more polite. They weren't necessarily very attentive to the table, especially considering we were the only ones in the restaurant part of the place. The food runners were the most polite and most attentive. The food itself was okay. Nothing really to complain about. The food tasted fine, but the price per meal did not match the quality.

While I wouldn't say we had an unpleasant experience, there are so many other restaurants in the area where the value for the price is better, and the staff treats you like you're welcome and not a disruption to their day.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat at the bar. Food was good, as was the service. Cajun shrimp app and the skirt steak entree were very good. Would definitely go back

CG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Loved this brunch. Waiters were very attentive to our requests.

A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new NYC go to place. Great variety on the menu to appeal to all tastes. The food is fantastic and good sized portions. Wait Staff is knowledgeable and guide you on what to order. Skillet Chicken, Pasta, Steak Sandwich all GREAT. My second time there and I will be back again.

LW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, highly recommend for a pre theatre meal. Fast, upbeat, and friendly.
Fish and chips were tasty and cocktails were sublime. Delish

Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, not too expensive. We went as a small group. They were accommodating when our party of 5 turned into 6 and a baby at the last minute. We ordered our entrees and drinks. We thought our waitress was just trying to upsell us on an extra entree to share as an appetizer (french toast bites), but she was right - they were delicious and a good option to share (it was a big portion). I definitely recommend this restaurant and I'm looking forward to returning!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Food and drinks were great and so was the ambiance. We will be back:)

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Distillery tonight while in New York for a few days. This was an amazing find. We got the fried pickles (the breading is amazing.), the Chicky sliders, and the chicken and waffles. Everything came out quickly and delicious. The waiter was very kind and gave great recommendations and was very friendly. We had gone to many tourist traps sadly on our trip and this was a breath of fresh air. Great prices, great food, great drinks, better ambiance.

PN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pre-theater casual location. Many options to satisfy all tastes! Great burgers

MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked in after walking about 8 blocks from HP and the Cursed Child and we were pleasantly surprised with how small and quaint the place was. The service was quick and the food was great.

A
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were extremely pleased with all aspects of this restaurant. Good food, drinks and service. Definitely recommend!

NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Une très bonne surprise que ce restaurant typiquement new yorkais. Des wafle chicken excellentes.
Un service et un accueil vrais.
A 2 pas de l'agitation touristique mais au calme et sans touristes.
Nous y sommes revenus et nous y reviendrons.
Merci

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MB
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great out of the way place for dinner. Lively but not obnoxious.

JE
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday brunch with friends. Food was very good, drinks excellent. Nice spot for casual brunch without braking your wallet.

JB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good place if you are a sports fan or you want a good reasonably priced dinner before going to the theater. Nice selection, well prepared and served, not too noisy I would recommend and I would go back
again for dinner. Convenient to the theater district.

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We made a 10:30 p.m. reservation for dinner here. When we arrived they seated us in the back dining area (alone) but gave us bar menus. When we asked, they said the chef leaves at 10 p.m. and so they can only serve the bar menu. If they are not going to have entrees available after a certain time, they should either not take reservations or make it clear on OpenTable that it will be only the bar menu. Even the restaurant's own website does not make this distinction, listing the kitchen open much later than it is is. The food is pretty good here -- when it's available.

BA
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for drinks with friends.

P
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really great place for a cute girls night out or a cute date.
The drinks were amazing !

The service was amazing !

I would def. go back .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful pre theater dinner for my mom’s birthday. Lovely holiday decorations, yummy food, good service, and not too loud in the back room. Will definitely go again!

MM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here was delicious. We ordered the Burrata and Cajun Shrimp for appetizers - would definitely recommend both! For dinner we had the Arugula salad, Zucchini Noodle salad and the Pork-chop which were enjoyed by all. The Peanut Butter Pie is a must - so good! Would definitely come back again for another pre-theater dinner.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I must complement the service I received. All of the staff were efficient, pleasant and accommodating. It made our birthday celebration very enjoyable. I also liked its’ proximity to the Irish ArtsaCenter.

BH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks and food were absolutely incredible. My partner and I were in NYC for the weekend, and it was during Santa-con, which we were not prepared for. We wanted to find a quiet place with excellent handcrafted cocktails, and this was definitely the right choice. We're 26 with the mindset of 70 year-olds and will always choose the quiet holes in the wall over the places to party. I got two gin cocktails, and my partner got the smoked old fashioned and the Sweet Manhattan as well as a pumpkin beer they had on tap. We had fried pickles, and quite possibly the best chicken and waffles I have ever had.

Highly recommend this place.

TD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at affordable prices. Fast service! Have a bite then go see a show.

WD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. Had chicken and waffles, french toast bites, eggs and Irish sausage. It was delicious. The orange butter and the bourbon maple syrup were fantastic. I would go there again.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, great vibe.

SC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious drinks and good food! Our waiter was super attentive and helpful. Nice stop before a play as it’s close to broadway theaters.

DR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WIthin walking distance to all theaters, I made a last minute reservation at The Distillery after I won a ticket lottery to see Mean Girls. I am not much of a drinker and do not normally drink gin so I didn't expect to drink at all. After asking the waiter for a recommendation for someone that doesn't drink gin he mentioned The Botanist as a choice. This drink was everything - tasted like grapefruit and basil and not a smidge of gin. By far one of the best drinks I've ever had. Cheers to that.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free menu and knowledgeable waitstaff

L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went here for a post theatre brunch . It was worth every calorie !!!!!
Comfort food at its best !! Can’t wait to return.

AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We went for brunch. Great food, service, and fun brunch drinks. Love the mimosa flight

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a great pre-theater meal here. The food was excellent and the drink special was great. We enjoyed the mimosa flight. We appreciated that they did not rush us out. However, our service was very slow. We would definitely go again

FC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The quality of the food as not good. French fries were dry and overcooked. Hamburgers were marginal. The spinach dip was disgusting...after one bite no one ate it. Would not go there again. Seems like the main purpose is as a bar/ drink meeting place.

EB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration meal at The Distillery prior to attending a broadway shop. Great place, wonderful service and great value for NYC. I would definitely recommend this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great environment and the food was excellent!!! The service was a little slow though and it was not very crowded.

RB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great Thanksgiving dinner here. Food was delicious. I'd def come back for the food. Service was mostly ok. Waiter forgot to process the 10% off for the Yelp check-in and we ran out of water.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good portions at not NY prices. Got us in and out so we could catch bus transportation home.

EB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow and sloppy, but the ambiance was warm and cozy and a bit on trend. And food was delicious! I would go again, but certainly not if you're in a hurry or looking for efficient waitstaff.

H
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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