The Milling Room

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$31 to $50
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American
The Milling Room features seasonal locally-sourced American cuisine served in a skylit dining room and lively tavern-inspired bar in the heart of the Upper West Side.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

very good, just a little pricey and a little too limited on menu

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Very loud, we had the worst table location (should have asked to be moved). Table of five round could hear only the person next to me. Off night with the kitchen. Very very chewy filet of beef special. (Three of us ordered it and it really was a bad cut). The server we had

GJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We LOVED this hidden gem! The food was fantastic, and the ambiance is stunning. Service was a bit slow, but overall I would HIGHLY recommend!!

QC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They're a nice addition to the neighborhood, with good food and friendly service, so I hope they stay around for many a year. Though they may screw up a drink order and forget to take it off the check, their hearts are in the right place and will do whatever it takes to make your experience there a good one . The place is very spacious with high ceilings so it wasn't as cozy, quiet and intimate as we would have liked for our anniversary, but it was uplifting to see everyone around us having a good time nevertheless. Next time I want to get a seat upfront by the window or sit in the bar area. I think that's more my speed.

S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant with great food choices, excellent accommodating staff and a beautiful atmosphere. A little pricey but well worth it.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It had been a while since I’d gone to the Milling Room. The food is still excellent but I was surprised by how expensive it’s become. I’m not sure I’ll be returning.

l
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

LOVE the squash soup with mushrooms... and the bread and pastries are fresh and delicious.

IJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Six stars to the manager and staff, who knew how to handle a small crisis – a broken glass and a spilled bottle of red wine – the meal went on as if nothing had happened, and we plan to return.
PS. The food was excellent, the room is beautiful, it was possible to have a conversation without shouting, what more can one ask?

IJC

MU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Milling Room is a comfortable restaurant with an unusual structure. The service is very good indeed and so is the food. It is very noisy, in the fashion of all NYC restaurants, even with the high ceilings to dampen it. Two of us enjoyed our dinner there very much and will return.

BG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was a great choice for Thanksgiving! Menu had something for everyone and the service was attentive. Terrific menu!

I
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday, family dinner. 6 adults. Have not been in a while and very pleased. Can but loud but that night it was mellow. Food excellent and service very very good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, attentive service!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We are regulars at the Milling Room and we hope our last experience there was an exception... Our waiter was extremely attentive and warm; his service was impeccable. I wish we could say the same for the food, but unfortunately the dishes were very uneven. We shared quite a few among the 4 of us: appetizers/sides (paprika potatoes and fig/pear/straciatella salad) were really tasty, the steak was well-cooked and good but the caccio e Pepe pasta was inedible (flavorless and as if warmed up in the microwave oven), while the veal ragu pasta was overcooked and far from memorable. The place and the atmosphere are still really appreciable.

f
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Whilst the food was good and the general atmosphere in the main part of the dining room was good (it was a Saturday night), the service was off hand and board line and snotty. We were visiting NY for a weekend and it was booked for our last night as a 'special' end to the trip. To be honest, it ruined the the evening. We were polite and friendly, however, I don't know whether it was because we had children with us (12 how it was served... portion sizes.. etc. I definitely would not go back and would not recommend it to a friend. We ate and left promptly. We weren't offered desserts of tea/coffee. Not the worst experience I've ever had, but for the standard of restaurant and cost, it was very disappointing.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
I lived the stake and the salad was very tasty

TH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing- and what a magical space!

r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I normally try to avoid eating on the Upper West Side, since it’s almost impossible to find a place that’s very good, and even the places of mid-range quality tend to be grossly overpriced compared to what you’d find in almost any other NYC neighborhood. I often end up spending a ton for something decidedly mediocre. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that food at the Milling Room is actually quite good—better than anything I’ve previously been able to find on the UWS in 20+ years of living in New York—and it’s on the pricey side but not totally unreasonable, which is also a surprise for this neighborhood. The food was fresh, perfectly prepared, interesting and nuanced, and the service was attentive without being aggressive. They also serve cocktails and accept credit cards, neither of which can be said of the otherwise decent Italian places in the neighborhood.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Definitely on my calendar in a few weeks. Service staff was very pleasant and friendly.
Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed.

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Terrific food and service. Room is very noisy and the food took a long time to arrive (not servers fault).

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Servers were friendly, nice menu, good food. We arrived on the earlier side for dinner and restaurant was quiet. But as it got more crowded the nice level increased. Tables are a bit close

CW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was solid, if undistinguished. Service was slow. The room is grand and impressive, but the acoustics are rough. Nothing to complain about, but nothing to make it to the top of my hit parade.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The positives: the restaurant is beautiful, the lighting is flattering, and the layout is really nice. The wine list was decent and the oysters on special were divine. Yet they were served without the proper raw bar ice so we recovered them in a watery bowl with half the ice already melted.

The negatives: food was very overpriced. We ordered the cacio e pepe and it was oily yet dry. It was horrifying. Our server couldn’t make any recommendations for us which was bizarre for such an expensive restaurant. Had she ever tried the food? She was very inattentive. The wait for our food was also far too long, especially for the simplicity of the pasta we ordered. She also had to pull out her cell phone to use the flashlight in order to see the wine we were requesting.

Verdict: SKIP THIS PLACE.

BM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Architectually beautiful restaurant with great food! Wonderful ambience, fun brunch!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast/Brunch

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant, beautiful room, great food and great service, definitely going back

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant, the noise level was fine so we could talk, unfortunately the food was not worth the price at all, we ordered the seafood pasta and the butternut squash and both dishes were very bland, nothing special at all and would definitely not come back to eat. The restaurant was also very cold.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

delicious unusual choices, pleasant wait staff, never rushed

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for every occasion!

FA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I arrived and sat on the bar for a bit. The server came and I ordered a glass of wine, but the decor of the bar area is kind of boring. So, I was very happy when I was brought to the dinner area. It was Friday so it was very busy (I made a reservation), many couples and larger groups. I think I was the only person eating solo. The servers were nice and suggested the sea bass with chanterelles, wine sauce, grapes and leaks. It was delicious with the fish perfectly cooked. I also ordered a side of carrots. The dessert that called most my attention was the bread pudding, but it was for 2, so I skipped desert. The other ones were not very exciting - creme brulee, chocolate cake and so on. Glad I chose this place. Worth the visit.

S
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Beautiful space with average food and average service

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite restaurant UWS....it has both a great bar and a lovely dinning room. It's the perfect neighborhood restaurant for the area.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super pleasant

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Really enjoyed our meal and nice evening.

c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. It's a bit pricier than we usually like to pay, but there's a great happy hour, and the food is plentiful enough that sharing is possible. When we went (early on Vet's day) it was super-quiet. But it is the ambiance and service that makes the place fabulous - it is absolutely lovely, and the waitstaff is kind, generous, funny, attentive when you want them but not intrusive otherwise. The food was terrific although we didn't sample a lot of it. I'm planning to go back soon, and it's also excellent for large parties and groups.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! The high glass enclosed ceilings of the spacious and inviting back room and the excellent food were really a wonderful combo. We could hear each other at dinner and and we were allowed to linger. That said, this would be a great place for a large party as well. Branzino and octopus sauce/ sides and prep were excellent. The salad big enough to share and the service-perfect! We will be back soon.

MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful venue. We were there to interview a job candidate and saw another table of colleagues who were also there to interview a job candidate. The experience is great for a work dinner and great to show off the types of beautiful restaurants here in New York and on the UWS. The food was fine but not outstanding, save the excellent steak. I had the scallops - they were fine but a bit overcooked and the dish as a whole was not seasoned well. More vegan options would be a plus - two colleagues were vegetarian and had salad for dinner. I would have liked them to have more choices on the menu.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Had a 12:30pm reservation for a special brunch for a reunion of friends (only 5 of us). Long delay to be greeted. After 20 minutes, we had to ask to place a drink order.

There was virtually zero welcome or introduction of the menu even though none of us had been there before. Purely an "order taking" situation.

You know there is something wrong when we were more enthusiastic about the food and experience than the server. Food and cocktails rarely served to the correct person. Zero sense of interest from the server throughout the meal. No thank you. Dropped off the check very quickly.

For a $400 brunch, it was rough. We loved the food and drinks but wouldn’t go back.

CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite UWS restaurant— lovely open space, excellent and always novel food, super service and fair prices....what’s not to love!?!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The Milling Room is at best, a mediocre restaurant experience. If I factor in the pricing, I cannot recommend this place.

The night before we dined at the Union Square Cafe, which was approximately 35 dollars more for two people, albeit with more wine, and was far, far superior in every way.

If it's near your place and you are satisfied with "OK" it will be...OK.

A
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Lovely ambiance.
Exceptional fig and prickly pear salad...terrific tuna tartare, scallops and skate. We sat for a long time after dinner and no one rushed us. Second time here - will definitely return again.