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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Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 1647 People Are Saying
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OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

delicious unusual choices, pleasant wait staff, never rushed

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for every occasion!

FA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Beautiful space with average food and average service

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Highs:
-pumpkin risotto with lobster: this was INSANELY good. Honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
-unique and yummy cocktails
-the room itself: very unusual and gorgeous vaulted ceilings
-bread pudding for 2: crispy, gooey, perfect

Lows:
-the price: dinner for 4 was a cool $500

Really enjoyed my meal here. Definitely worth the trip if you can afford it/for a special occasion!

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a great experience. The food, seasonal as it was, could not have been more enjoyable and rich with flavor. While it’s certainly not in your “everyday” dinner spot due to price range alone, it’s fab.

JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good choice for a special dinner or occasion or just wanting to treat myself to invariably delicious food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very good!
I will go back!

MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was excellent

SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the pumpkin risotto with lobster. The flavors were very good although I wish it had a little more pumpkin flavor. My date enjoyed the flank steak - it was perfectly cooked.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, convenient location, beautiful restaurant

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FN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere and that the noise level is low. Food is also great and they have very nice wine.

J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always reliable. Good food and a lovely ambiance. Noisy but tables are well spaced. Appreciated that I could sample the wine before “committing”. Venison was outstanding; steak and skate were good; pasta was good too. Nice warm bread with olive oil. Still miss their spicy black squid ink pasta ...the best we ever tasted! Bring it back please! Expensive but high quality.
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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The back room is really beautiful, airy and light. So different from the more casual but nice too bar front. We had a nice experience, good food, nice wine and drink list.

PD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and the cocktails are on point. I'm very picky about martinis and they do an excellent job at The Milling Room. Food is always good. And I love the intimate, candlelight feel of the dining room.

SN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room. Quiet atmosphere. Great food.

BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Katie was an amazing waitress, and we had such a wonderful time. The ambiance is so unique for the upper west side.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was not as much remembered it to be, but the service was excellent and so was the setting.

c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great place for lunch because of the skylight; also spacious and festive for dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We went here for my moms birthday and the hostess had given our table away even though we arrived before the reservation. Wouldn’t tell me what was going on and had us stand around for a long while with no information on what’s going on. The food was not good for the price and over all I was embarrassed when my mom asked if we could leave early. I wish I could have given her a good birthday experience but left feeling like the milling room really dropped the ball. The service was slow even though we were one of the only customers and the staff out numbered us. Very disappointing.

HA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Was looking forward to dining here. The room is lovely. The service was good.
The food was a complete disappointment.
Grilled Octopus appetizer was cold and undercooked.
Flavorless.
My wife had the salmon which was also flavorless.
I had the scallops which consisted of four scallops (small for sea scallops) and a lot of cauliflower.
Will I go back? For brunch maybe. But not for dinner.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good and service was good but the meals were very expensive for what they were.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a little pricey, and the noise level was a little bit high, but it did not detract from a perfect evening. Our waiter was superb and the food perfect.
We will definitely go there again.

LL
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is beautiful. The food is at par with the popular brunch spots in the UWS. This is a hidden gem.

v
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the most unexpectedly enjoyable ambiences in Manhattan, the Milling Room offers sophisticated, savory fare in a huge but cosy, multi-story room with a curved glass ceiling. The room is dark and attractive, and while inside one imagines oneself dining in Northern California rather than Manhattan. A delicious escape.

NY
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun birthday dinner. Very pretty. Lovely service. Good food. Great selection of libations. All good