The Milling Room

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1383 reviews
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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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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we love this restaurant. great service, great entrees and desserts. only issues are that we don't love the appetizer choices, and the wine choices are all priced relatively high.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance, food —everything was great, and most importantly we were able to hear each other. We like quiet places, made our reservation half hour after the restaurant opens which worked for us.

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F
Orlando
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We have had numerous meals at The Milling Room and it just never disappoints. The service is friendly and professional, the food always well above average. The setting is spacious, airy, and pretty with the long skylight overhead and the rustic surroundings. You never feel like the diners at the next table are on top of you.

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MC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding stop for a great meal, definitely give it a try!

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y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good brunch entrees but not worth getting dessert. Service was slow.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friend reunion

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There was a time gap between the appetizers and the meal. We told the waiter that we needed to leave by 9:00 for a show, and he did not remember our time constraint.

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early date night before a show at the Beacon Theatre. Service was great. Our waitress and the staff was very good about managing our time constraint. Loved the dining room and the food was delicious. Will go back the next time I'm on the upper west side.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were pleasant and very accommodating. The food was excellent and the ambiance is elegant and perfect for y dinner date.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and superb food

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not ordinary dishes that you can trust to experience something new and can say fantastic! Everything was great here!

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful find! Beautifully paced meal. Lovely ambience. But the food.. Wow... we barely spoke, just savored each bite. Have already recommended it to our NYC friends!

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food average but service was outstanding

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Foid good but honestly portions were small, I left hungry still :/

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and drinks! A bit pricey but for the upper west side it's par for the course. Definitely get a table in the back and don't stick to the front bar. The atmosphere and decor is beautiful!

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RT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Beautiful space and the food is consistently good.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can depend on excellent food , great ambiance and beautiful surroundings at the Milling Room. Highly recommended!

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G
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu!!!

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is really lovely and spacious with a superb vibe. I love that it is minimalist, but really so warm and inviting-a perfect place to have a party. The food was terrific and the service too. Just wish it was downtown!

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RR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner there after a lecture at the New York Historical Society, which was convenient. We sat in the back of the restaurant near the fireplace which was not lit and there was an enormous cold draft seemingly coming down the chimney and into the room, so it was pretty uncomfortable. We both decided to order pastas because the entrees were more food than we wanted and the appetizers were too expensive to make a meal with. My husband, who is pretty picky, ordered the pasta with clams and although he said the clams were tasty, the pasta was bland. He later told the waitress that it was the worst pasta he had ever had. I ordered the caccia e pepe on an interesting tubular pasta I hadn’t had before. The flavor was excellent but the pasta was unevenly cooked - some of it nicely al dente but some of it really hard and chewy. I had heard so much good about the restaurant that I was eager to try it but was disappointed. The waitress, though, was very friendly and attentive and took my husband’s meal off our check. Also, it was pretty noisy but that was to be expected.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. So romantic. Great food and service.

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TJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Milling Room used to be a great place. Now it is in that category of "well, it's close by so, OK, I guess we can go there." The latest time I went there with my husband, they had a special appetizer. Chicken soup. For $22. TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS FOR CHICKEN SOUP. (I nearly fell out of the chair.) Certain things on the menu are OK (the chicken is quite good) but other items are overly complicated or the proportions seem wrong (rock shrimp buried in arugula for some reason, a small serving of short rib surrounded by what looks like a pound of lentils, etc.). The ambiance is nice and the service is fine, it's just that the food is not quite as right as it should be and it seems a touch overpriced, even for Manhattan (see chicken soup note above). Also, just to note, someone had given us a gift card for our wedding and we were told that we could not use the gift card for the tip because "the system doesn't allow it." There was a back and forth about this and the general manager was called, we waited about 10 minutes for resolution, and we were told no, couldn't do it. Nice customer service, huh? I guess not a big deal but does not exactly make me want to go back...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Poor service. Slow waitress. Waitress had major issues serving our table due to a toddler- multiple back handed comments. Additionally brought one customer the wrong drink and stated that’s what she ordered, although it wasn’t. Waitress definitely has never heard “the customer is always right” before. It’s really a shame/ great food & ambiance. Monitor your staff!

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The space is the best selling point for The Milling Room. Gorgeous light, vaulted windows, ample space. Lots of small kids for Sunday brunch, which may ruin the ambience for some. Overall tasty food, service was so-so.

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k
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was great - open, lovely, and we were seated in the rear for a 5:45 dinner so the noise was not bad.
The food was good but not outstanding. Delicious burrata appetizer but our main courses disappointed. I had the “Spicy vongole pasta which was not particularly spicy, in fact somewhat bland. One guest had the salmon which tasted fishy; another had the halibut which he enjoyed.
The service was fine, always recommending the most expensive selections and pouring faster than we would have done ourselves but treated us respectfully.
The menu was limited which makes me hesitant to return but I’d go back if I wanted to eat on the upper west side in a lovely setting.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for accommodating our request and your congratulations on our recent engagement

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful food.

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AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is amazing and remembers you and your preferences from your previous visits

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DS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the Milling Room was. I normally sit at a bar table, but sat in the back dining hall area. It was beautifully appointed, comfortable, not noisy (though it was a Tuesday night), and comfortable. The service was excellent. The menu was eclectic. My food, which had to be gluten free), was beautifully presented and tasted great. There is a wide selection of whiskeys and bourbons, reasonably priced. Overall, I would absolutely return and bring friends.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Everyone very pleasant. Space very attractive. Tables not too close together. Food varies dish from dish - some excellent, others disappointing. On the whole an enjoyable experience.

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M
New England
51 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, although a little pricey. Loved the bright airy back room for brunch. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Squash toast and croissant sandwich were the best menu items.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were awesome; our table was very nicely located and our server was very attentive.

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KL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The architecturally interesting venue is delightful. The food was very good. And the noise level was pleasantly acceptable. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Coffee was very strong and the almond milk broke apart. Other than that the food was good.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve read and heard good things about the Milling Room. We decided to try it this weekend for brunch, mostly at my urging.

We could not believe how mediocre the food was. There were 4 of us. One person liked his food (the waffle), the other three of us had the same comment, “bland and boring”. The price was similar to most brunches on the uws, that was not the issue. We went at 1:15 on Sunday, it was pretty empty.

Service was fine, our waitresses was efficient, but not much personality. Our experience felt rushed (we were there for no more than an hour) and truthfully we had no desire to linger.

Overall, none of us of us would go back.

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s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a lovely evening- though the service was a bit uneven. Food was delicious, ambiance is lovely- was a tiny bit louder than we thought it would be but we could hear each other talk. I would recommend and I would come back.

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n
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, attentive service, all the staff are very pleasant

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall food was good, not amazing.

The ambiance of the place is stunning, and that was the main reason we went to The Milling Room, it’s hard to find places in NYC with natural sunlight. During our visit we had the brunch menu, my boyfriend had the eggs Benedict with gavlax (smoked salmon) and I had the chicken salad sandwich, the gravlax was a bit fishy and the chicken salad sandwich was ok, the fingerling potatoes were very tasty. So overall the food was ok. Not sure if I’ll be back for brunch, maybe I’ll try the dinner next time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place for brunch and spacious layout. Accommodating for babies/toddlers with high chairs and nice changing area.

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The space was really cute and filled with great natural light. The food was good overall but a bit more expensive than other places and it wasn't THAT much better than other places in NYC. The food and drinks were just average but priced a bit high for that. But overall it was a nice experience and the staff were very attentive and friendly.

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