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About Permanently Closed - The Gander
This restaurant is permanently closed. The Gander offers an all-day menu featuring Snacks, Cheese & Charcuterie, Large & Small Plates as well as nightly rotating Large Format Feasts served family-style for the entire table. Guests have the option of seasonal chef tasting menu curated by acclaimed Chef Jesse Schenker. The Gander boasts a deep, international wine program with over 650 selections that has gained recognition from The New York Times as one of the "Ten Standout Wine Lists in New York City," as well as a unique specialty cocktail program that highlights market fresh ingredients.
New York, NY 10011
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday 11:30am-3pm, Sunday 11:30am-3pm
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We do catering, in-home and off-site private dining. Please visit http://www.jesseschenker.com/catering-events/
Impark is a public lot located on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
The L, Q, N, R, 4, 5, and 6 trains are all located in Union Square. The closest to us is located at 16th Street and Union Square West.
The F and M trains are located on the corner of 15th Street and 6th Avenue.
The 1 Train is located at 18th Street and 7th Avenue.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Gander - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Came here with a group of 4 for a restaurant week lunch special. The restaurant was pretty empty for lunch time on a Friday but we were all the happier as we had attention from the servers, didnt have to have competing conversations and were able to enjoy our meal leisurely without being rushed out. Each plate of food was better than the next and the specialty cocktails are not to be missed. I enjoyed the Golden Boy cocktails almost too much as I could've kept drinking them all day long. For lunch my group enjoyed sharing the Grilled Broccoli, Spaghetti with Uni and the Warm Lentils to start. The warm lentils dish with a poached egg on top made everyone at the table a fan of lentils for the first time ever. For our entrees we enjoyed the Fried Chicken, Salmon (kinda dry) and the Dry Aged 14oz Strip Steak. The desserts were just OK so I would recommend filling up on the appetizers/entrees and going somewhere else for an after dinner treat.
This place used to be our favorite restaurant in NYC but it's far from what it used to be.
Food is still good but the tasting menu was just small portion of what's on the menu and nothing more innovative.
The image and ambiance is a bit weird, really under what it could be.
This place could be an awesome gastronomic restaurant and the chef definitely has the talent for that but it's only a good brasserie type place.
We had the Chef Tasting Menu for my daughter's birthday! It was a great night and fantastic food and fun. My only recommendation is that the hostess was also serving the courses and she knew nothing about the food. I think they were a little short handed. The food was delicious and the broccoli was the best thing I ever ate and will be back!
Came for dinner for restaurant week, left disappointed. RW Menu is deceiving, the waiter informed us that the only choice from the starters section of the menu is cauliflower, not sure why they bothered putting the rest there if they are not part of the deal. In the end you get to to choose 1 plate from both the left and right side of the plates section.
Got the fried chicken, lentil bowl, trout tartare, and pork chop. Food was decent but I wasn't impressed, not really worth the price if you ask me, even for restaurant week . I'm not too hard to impress either... A simple beer was also around 11 dollars, call me cheap but that's a little much.
Service was good enough. Actually got a free plate of broccoli so that was nice. But based on my RW experience I would not go back.
I like the Gander and they did go out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel welcome. However, the menu is way smaller - one menu for bar & dining room insyesd of 2 - and it's just not the awesome dining experience I remember. Liked the food and staff but it didn't feel like a Michelin star rated restaurant.
We came here for my friends birthday. We were seated promptly but given no menus and 20 minutes later someone (not our waitress) came by and gave them to us. About ten minutes later our waitress took our drink order then just left when we wanted to order our meals.
When she did come back to take the food order, I was very clear that I was allergic to peppers and asked if the dishes I selected had any. She assured me that they did not.
It took another HALF HOUR to get our appetizers, and I had to flag someone down to ask about them. They came ice cold, it was clear they had been sitting for a while.
Some time later our entrees came out. I took one bite and immediately my throat started to swell. I got the waitress and asked her if there were peppers in my meal and she said no, I told her my throats was swelling and that was my only allergy and to please ask. She again told me no, and when I insisted she begrudgingly went into the back and low and behold, she didn't notify the chef of my allergy and he put chili flakes into the breadcrumbs. She then nonchalantly goes what do you want me to do? Ask them to make it without it? I said yes please, as I'm taking a benedryl. I then wait for my meal to come out and at this point we had been there for 2 hours so we asked for our previously ordered deserts to go, which was annoying because we were there for my friends birthday and wanted to do a candle or something. My friend herself is a waitress and was very upset at the whole evening. The waitress didn't even try and do anything to make the allergy issue any better with our table, and her lack of care for my food allergy is unforgivable.
Fabulous meal, wonderful experience. Made a reservation forgetting that it was restaurant week, place was buzzing and filling up, hospitality still great... was even greeted by the chef at the door. Enjoyed the menu of vast offerings, food was delicious will definitely be back again soon. Don't miss the dry aged strip steak or sea trout tartare.
Came in for my husbands birthday. The Chef came to the table and bought us a glad of bubbly, very kind and unexpected gesture. The Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Corn blew our minds, it was like summer in a bowl. All in all, great atmosphere, great wines by the glass, and unbelievable food. I'll be back again for sure.
The food was served in a pleasing display and they were also quite delicious. However, service was lacking... it was very slow and the waitstaff, while not completely unattentive, were not available when desired. This is a great place to go if you want to kill 90 minutes, and the food is creatively made.
We went to The Gander for restaurant week lunch as a team event. The lunch started out fine, but it became very difficult to get any attention from the servers. We ordered bread, which never came but was on the bill, we had to ask continually for more water and for pepper for salads, etc., and the service was extremely slow. Our lunch took two hours total. We were never asked how our meal was, and were not spoken to as we left. The fried chicken was quite good, but the starters and dessert were lackluster. Three of our party of five felt ill that same evening, which may or may not be due to our meal. I will not be returning.
Total Suprise . I was not expecting such a refined meal. I eat out often and this dinner was right up there with the best New York has to offer. Brisket tots ? Who thinks of that. Very created chef. Loved the cauliflower, duck and coconut dessert. Will return
We made reservations for 7 PM on Saturday and got dressed up, but main restaurant was not open and we had to take a booth. Drinks were expensive and small and I found the bartender's hair in my drink. Fried chicken was half cooked. Duck was Ok, but a small amount. Waiter was attentive, but overall experience and value were poor. Would not recommend this place to anyone. The place has gone downhill from my last visit a few months ago.
Went here for dinner on a Monday at 7:00pm and they were already out of many dishes on the menu. Not sure why or what happened, but that was a bit disappointing. The food we did have was good, and the place had a great feel and ambiance. Would like to go back to try the things we couldn't try but wanted to.
When I saw what I considered a limited menu, I wasn't sure if I would like this place. But this is where my boyfriend chose to go for his birthday, so I made a reservation. I'm so glad we did because his steak was cooked to perfection and my caesar salad was a big surprise and was a meal in itself. My boyfriend is a chef so if he likes the food, I know it is worth every penny.
Server takes my plate without me finishing, so I paid for 5 shrimps and 3 pretty much went to the garbage. As he takes my plate, he STICKS his finger in there, when I say "hey, I wasn't done", he has the nerve to ask me if I wanted it back. Like really?!?!? Your dirty finger already went into my food.
Paid for "bottomless brunch", he was so slow I had ONE refill and I had to ASK for it! My friend ordered a bloody mary that was in her words "cayenne pepper, tomato juice and ice". She barely took a sip.
Overall, the food was basic at best, drinks were tasteless and the wait staff was horrible. Not even worth going there on a special, let alone paying in full.
Had the best dinner tonight. Our server was excellent. The menu is super versatile! Options for vegetarians, pescetarians, anyone who wants a burger, or something fancier like the duck (which was fantastic). The vibe was busy but not overwhelming. Good music, nice people!!
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