The Porterhouse Brewing Company Bar + The Lovelace Cocktail & Gin Bar

4.5
47 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to The Lovelace Cocktail and Gin Bar! The Lovelace, Cocktail and Gin Bar, is the newest addition to the historic Fraunces Tavern Block. Positioned across from the lively Stone Street strip, the Lovelace’s beautiful Art Deco design sets the perfect atmosphere to watch the world go by with a cocktail, Spanish-style Gin & Tonic, or a glass of wine. Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we hosted live jazz most weeknights & every weekend - we are anxiously awaiting until we can bring this back! Currently, you can enjoy dining in our beautiful terrace/beer garden that opens (weather permitting) during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. With over 80 world-class gins from around the United States and the world, we’re the best stocked gin bar in New York City!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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ShannonB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live jazz brunch was amazing. Mixologist was incredibly knowledgeable and made incredible drinks. Will go back to Lovelace very soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place was closed! Although it says it is open and I made a reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible.

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vipArtemperor
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Nice outdoor space. A good option in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waitress forgot about every drink order when we ordered

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vipJESSICAA
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time catching up with a friend! Food and drinks were awesome!

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HillaryN
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for dinner and it was excellent. The cocktail menu is extensive and creative. Our meals were perfect prepared and delicious. We will be back again when we visit NYC in April!

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DAy2
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More low key during weekdays lunch (when I usually come with my colleague) but dinner is energetic and lovely in its own way.

Lunch: get chimichurri steak with truffle fries
Dinner: get the burrata salad with steak or salmon, octopus app is also good

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RobT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's a rambling place, but very homey and quiet. The food was excellent (especially the shepherds pie). After dinner we went to the bar and they had a duo playing live music and they were exceptional! Perfect place for an excellent meal and some great music.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and the experience is great everytime we go

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The music was great! The food was really good. The service(granted its Valentine’s Day) was a bit slow. But overall a very nice evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent cocktails!

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

One of my favorite places to go downtown. Its quiet with excellent food and cocktails.

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vipLunchmeetingguru
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Came in and ended up just sitting at the bar. Cozy place with a unique, classy decor. The bar tenders were not overly willing to assist. Almost seemed like they did not care to work with people (is it the NY attitude?). Regardless we enjoyed our drinks and tried the octopus appetizer. It was ok. No my favorite rendition of it.

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vipBrianW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I ordered the fish and chips as an entrée. The fish had a strong ammonia odor. Brought it to the attention of the wait staff who had no comment or remedy.

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vipSerge
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Such a beautiful place in a part of the city that doesn’t have a whole lot of elegant choices.
So you would think they would capitalize on that by going the extra mile to give the customer an equally special experience.
We made a reservation on Open Table for which whatever reason we were not entitled to points (go figure).We were seated in the bar area which with its soaring ceilings is a great environment... but the acoustics are murder.
The more intimate other rooms are better if you want to actually be able to converse (which during a business lunch is kind of key, you would think).
The barman doubled as waiter. I asked for a Virgin Mary and was told that they didn’t have the mix ...imagine that in a bar!..so I asked for a tomato juice and after 10 minutes he came back and casually said he didn’t have that either. To say he is passive as a server would be an understatement. I had a very good hamburger for which I asked some Dijon mustard. After I had almost finished the burger, the DR hostess brought me Guldens!
It’s such a disappointment that they don’t take advantage of the extraordinary ambience to match it with extraordinary food selection and service to match.
I’ve been there several times as it is incredibly convenient to my company but I have to admit that I’m gonna have to think twice before going again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. A tad of a wait so don't be late and reserve your spot today!

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vipManhattanknight
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

This was the second time we tried to go here because the concept is so good and the decor is so pretty. The first time they were closed when they should have been open. This time we were seated in the adjacent Porterhouse Beer Bar which wasn't the atmosphere we sought for a romantic date--both restaurants are linked by open doors and similar but not identical menus. The level of sound on a Thursday at 6pm was deafening, the bar was packed completely. The food was fine. Could even have been good, but it was so hard to focus since we were trying to figure out whether we were even in the right restaurant. (We entered through a middle door and a waiter seated us after waving off our claim that we had reservations, we had no idea if it had been registered - it hadn't - so I had to chase down a different hostess to ask to be checked in and to understand the whole seating process with the linked restaurants.) That aside, the happy hour wine pours were generous, and the appetizer toasts with camembert and figs were delicious. My head was aching before the entrees came so, sorry, can't review them. It's a great place to be loud and drunk and very young and well dressed though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very friendly and no order issues, but very slow. Overall great atmosphere even the outdoor seating felt like a step outside of crazy tourist NYC.

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MerryMee23
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for workday lunch with friends. Good food and service.

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vipKristinD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though Open Table let me reserve a time, and I arrived early, the kitchen was closing and almost didn’t get to eat... but they did let me order (about 7:45 p.m. on a Sunday) as the live jazz ensemble was finishing up.
Had a very refreshing gin & tonic with blood orange, salad and huge burger. It was great, as always and more than enough food!
I would suggest you call ahead if you are late on a Sunday.

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ToniR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Waitress was horrible... food was not good at all. The mussels were so bad my friend could not eat them. My salad was bland. The risotto was hard . The drinks were ok not strong just in a goblet with lots of tonic..

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anne1152
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Slow service, especially for lunch time in a business area. Food was good, not fantastic. Restaurant was not very full so it was quiet - good for a professional conversation. Outdoor seating is always nice but we chose to sit inside due to the need to go over business.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

My friend and I had been here for drinks at the bar months ago and LOVED the ambiance and decor. The bar is honestly one of the cutest NYC bars I’ve ever seen and the live music makes the ambiance so special. With that said, this time we went for dinner. We were continuously flagging someone down to place our order and almost everything they brought out to us was done wrong. The restaurant nor bar was at all busy and somehow no one seemed to see our empty water glasses or drinks. I really wished they had done better because I would be back if I knew the service was at least decent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't do a comprehensive review, or sample their specialties.
We just enjoyed a simple light meal, on our way to an event.
We shared an order of fish and chips, and a dessert. She had a prosecco, then coffee, and I opted for an English bitter from their bottle beer list.
Service was good and friendly, and we enjoyed our meal and drinks. It was pretty much exactly what we wanted.
We'll be back again.

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nanacat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to drink if you are a gin lover. Different drinks from all over the world. Nice appetizers too and they had live jazz on a Tuesday evening.

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JCKlovesLivs
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was terrible. There were seven in our party and I had to flag her down three times to ask for drinks and food. Twice I had to get up to go get her. She never came around even once to ask what else we needed. Finally, when I told her that she needed to pay more attention to our table, she just sulked! The utter lack of service ruined it for me. I practically had to serve myself and for the high prices and so-so food, it’s just not worth it.

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vipMisterSterling
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

I've wanted to try Lovelace since it opened, as New York is lacking English-style gin bars. And now I know I don't have to go back. The bar and dining room is small and quite noisy. The gin and tonics are huge, but pre-mixed (yeah some people like to pour their own tonic). The food is decent. But the single server for the entire room was overwhelmed. It was not a relaxed experience. So Lovelace...been there, done that.

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vipLaurelG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place, delicious food. I rated the service lower simply due to one waitress. Turns out she left in between our dinner and dessert and did t tell us or anyone else. Thankfully the bartender stepped in to get the rest of our order and our check. He compensated our 1/2 long wait time for dessert by not charging us for it.

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vipIlanaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Water poured from ceiling into my food and on my head

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vipJimFood
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always love Lovelace as an after work hangout. While it’s pricey it’s a fun atmosphere and great service. We love Yulaa - she great to us always.

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RussellK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Gin and Tonics! Often there is live music, and menu is pretty decent.

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JonO
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

If you ever picture yourself in Paris...1920’s bistro...live jazz trio playing marvelous music...wonderful gin and tonics...delicious food...attractive crowd...well then enjoy an evening in this neighborhood gem. Fortunately, I live close by, so I have the pleasure of enjoying the ambiance often.

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vipManhattanknight
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I was shocked to show up at our reservation time and have the bartender tell me the place closed up early. We had reconfirmed the day before when prompted. No one told us not to show up on this cold night and we had to mad scramble to find a new place to celebrate my husband's birthday. And I have been waiting days for a response from the place -- to have ZERO follow up from the restaurant after such treatment is really frustrating. The place looks lovely and came recommended, I was sorry to have to leave.

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FayP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The cocktails were excellent. We had Americanos. Best I ever had. (Beautiful Bar) Food was delicious and well prepared. We shared an Irish Braid as an appetizer. I had delicious short ribs and he had a lamb dish. Even the decaf coffee was outstanding. While the table service was adequate we had issues with the reservations. Our first reservation was for a Sunday night @7:45. We arrived early @ 7:20 and were told that the restaurant closes on Sunday at 7!!! Why were we given a reservation then? Sent to Frances Tavern which is a tourist trap. The foo was horrible. Our second reservation was for 4:30 on a Friday. The place was empty but we were not allowed to sit where we wanted even though we had reservations. We found this “off putting”. The place did not begin to fill up until 6:30 when were leaving. Fortunately the good food and cocktails made up for it.

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SophiaK
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a full reservation for Sunday night, said they were open. We get there early and the bartender says they’ve been closed for 30 mins (it was 7pm). Simple mistake but frustrating for us to travel 45 mins into the city, with a reservation, very excited to go. I bet it’s wonderful there but I’ll never know!

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christinaM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well I had a reservation for 8:15, however when we got there the place was closed! The gentleman we spoke to said they closed at 7! He said he wasn’t sure why opentable allowed the late reservation. Looks like a cool spot though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, generous complimentary drink with brunch, great jazz, a true New York moment:) thank you!

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The Porterhouse Brewing Company Bar + The Lovelace Cocktail & Gin Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.