The Rag Trader

4.5
435 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Limited reservations up to parties of 6 are available nightly in Bo Peep, please call 917.261.5495. Online reservations are not available for Bo Peep. Parties of 6 or more, inquire directly at events@ragtradernyc.com

The Rag Trader, evokes the old garment factory that once was complemented with custom décor and rustic yet elegant dishes that showcase the restaurant's relationships with local farms and purveyors. Together with a careful selection of wine and craft beer, our cocktails encompass old favorites reminiscent of the building’s humble beginnings alongside newer creations.

Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store, a subterranean cocktail and piano bar lush banquette seating, dimly lit lampshades and a bar made from the tailor’s work table creates an ambiance of seductive conviviality. Elegant cocktails and elevated small plates, the musical offerings range from nostalgic favorites to modern classics. Join us for entertainment, 6 days a week, no cover.
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MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Great atmosphere and average food. The sausage pizza was very good though. Server kept just transparently recommending the most expensive items on the menu in each category (literally in order of price) which was annoying. I would come back for the downstairs bar though.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really solid option in an area of the City that needs more places like this. Comfortable, pleasant ambience, varied menu, and food that is very good and realistically priced.

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

It was great. My friend has special dietary needs and the staff was so accommodating. I had the salmon with curry sauce and it was delicious!!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was an amazing server! Atmosphere and food were both excellent. Would definitely eat here again.

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was decent and food was excellent, very busy night.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I wasn't that impressed with this restaurant overall. I was impressed by the decor and ambiance. It's definitely a place that is good for a date night, to grab a quick drink, etc. They definitely placed some effort into the decor. However, the food was in my opinion, mediocre and you don't get much food for the prices.

I also think that their drinks are weak. Not really overpriced but also, I felt like there was no alcohol in my drink, which was annoying. Also note that if you ask for them to do something for someone's birthday, what they do is put a candle into one of the desserts AND CHARGE YOU FOR IT. I figured that would at least be on the house but when I got the bill, I saw that they charged for it.

It's a nicely decked out place. Great ambiance and comfortable but the food, value, and service could be a little better. Our waiter was not that attentive and we were greeted with a "What's up?" upon entering. I wouldn't go back.

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MD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, good food and service. Right in mid-town so very convenient for MSG or Broadway show. The bars ( two levels ) are really nice.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Took my girlfriend on Valentine's day. She loved the decor, and the food simply amazing.

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SS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing as were all the staff. The English breakfast was very filling and the homemade sausage was sooo good. Get the bottomless brunch drinks, it seems expensive but in the end it is worth it. The decor is very cool as well. We will be back.

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JD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t care for the R Kelley music that was being played. Have you seen the documentary. Hello..

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive and helpful! The atmosphere and decor were spot on as well!

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Best brussel sprouts ever!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dining experience at Rag trader the food was outstanding highly recommend the brussels sprouts and the tuna tartare! Service was fantastic attentive and nice my kind a restaurant

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

Great food and atmosphere!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Amazing decor and set up.

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LP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience. Our waiter was very helpful and recommended a delicious drink (Red Dawn). The brussel sprouts were heavenly. Only disappointing part was the Salmon which was a little undercooked but otherwise the dish would have been perfect.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch and cocktails at night before the burlesque show

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AH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service and decor. We stopped in for soup and a sandwich on a freezing day and it was just what we hoped for!

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was fantastic. Food was excellent. Ambiance was romantic and eclectic and fun. Would highly recommend to friends and will come back again

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NY
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting NY. Dinner with my daughter who lives there. Chose the Ragtrader due to location.

We had a charming seat towards the back with the vintage hat box and sewing spools. Fun selection of cocktails. Our service was warm, professional, courteous, efficient and not overbearing or stuffy.

Must try the Brussel sprouts small plate. Interesting combinations on the dishes which worked well. We were on the early side (6:30) of a week night so conversation was easy but I imagine the wood surround decor helps absorb noise levels.

Would definitely like to go back next time in town

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It can be extremely difficult to find a gem in Midtown, but this place is great. We were there in the slow hours of a Monday afternoon but the service, drinks, and food were outstanding. Would love to go back for brunch or dinner.

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CS
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Terrific ambience close to Madison Square Garden with exceptional cocktails and a great brunch.

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KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When something went slightly wrong coming out of the kitchen, the staff and manager went above and beyond to make up for the experience and ensure that we had a lovely time. Their attention to detail did not go unnoticed. This is a great spot for pre-theater dinner and drinks. We loved it!

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was unbelievable! We went for a birthday and they supplied us with a glass each of complimentary champagne at our table. Our waitress was a bit chatty but was timely and very helpful. I cannot boast the food enough. We ordered the sriracha deviled eggs, a pepperoni pizza, and the scallops plate and all perfectly cooked and tasted amazing. Loved the laid back, yet slightly upscale vibe here. Perfect for meeting with friends for a fun dinner.

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d
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a hip and happen place so our group of 4 60 somethings fit right in. the service was good but the tables were really close so we felt like sardines in a can.
we shared the mussels which was good.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but very high noise level. Difficult to conduct a quiet conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun space. Good food and drinks. Friendly staff.

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b
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I visited the Ragtrader on a Sunday evening with my family (all adults), and was very pleased by the decor, the energy, and the ambiance which was that of a rustic, yet tasteful pub.

After having cocktails at the bar, which were quite good, we were shown to a comfortable table, where we were able to converse without raising our voices, and yet not overhear anyone else's conversations.

The food arrived promptly and everything was well prepared, well seasoned, and nicely plated. I particularly enjoyed the New York strip steak, and a cheese selection. I also enjoyed the gelato dessert.
I would definitely revisit the Ragtrader and recommend it to friends, but necessarily for young children.

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DM
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place! Crowded with a good mix of ages. Service was excellent along with the food. Fun to place to hang out, that is if you can find a bar stool or get a table. Fortunately the had a reservation, which was needed, even for a mid week dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The place looks very nice and the food is excellent. The service is a bit aggressive though (interrupt you, eager to take your glass away before you finished drinking, etc.). Our waiter was very unhelpful when asked about wines and gave us attitude about asking for a suggestion.

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RS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for a friend's bday for happy hour and light bites. Shawn was our server and was the best! He was extremely attentive and made great recommendations when asked. He made our experience awesome!

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was close to the office & the selection of food was outstanding.

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KR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food was great. Service better! Great atmosphere!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s not bad

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing atmosphere

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1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Will be going back ASAP.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

2 sections of the restaurant, front bar section that’s loud and energetic and back restaurant section that’s more calm

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Definitely more of a bar than a restaurant. Space is very nice and quite large. Food is just ok. Service is friendly. Space is very loud. Good after work spot.

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