The Ribbon - Midtown

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The Ribbon, a Blue Ribbon Restaurant, is located in the old New York Times building in the heart of the theater district (opposite the Schubert). The Ribbon menu is signature Bromberg Brothers, with something for everyone including The Ribbon Steak, Fried Chicken, Buffalo Style Cauliflower, Steak Tartare, burgers, sandwiches, salads and a raw bar with highlights such as Salmon Ceviche, East and West Coast Oysters and Kaluga Caviar. There's also a great selection for theater-bound kids.

The extensive bar program features over 98 whiskeys, a 117-bottle wine list and craft cocktails. Happy hour at The Ribbon is daily from 8pm until midnight. The décor pays homage to old New York, with black and white photos, vintage ornaments and books throughout. A live DJ and weekend party brunch add the perfect vibes to this Midtown spot. After dinner you can extend your night downstairs in Blue Midtown, Blue Ribbon's first venture into nightlife.
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Sun 7:30PM - 11:45PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 7:30PM - 11:45PM
Sat 7:30PM - 11:45PM

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

They were overwhelmed and were unable to seat us for our reserved time. They were running about 30-45 minutes behind on seating reservations. We were eventually seated at the communal area which was loud and miserable. Food was good but we were rushed before heading to our 8pm show.

K
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was interesting. Food was good not great. Music does not go with the atmosphere and way too loud for comfortable conversation at dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Once seated, the service was fantastic. But we had a 630

GM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great space and location - we wish we have time for dessert - service was a bit slow to say the least but well worth the wait

c
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated in a quiet corner near the bar. This was actually a very nice table. Our server was very efficient and everything came in a relaxed pace.

The food was good especially the pork chop

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very hectic place. we were put in the back. We were challenged to get the waiters attention. They also just didnt care what we ordered or were eating. we asked a question about the starters and they gave us a wrong answer. "
We are wondering if we should split the devilled eggs. How many devilled eggs come?" Answer: "3"
(I can see there's an argument on how you count devilled eggs... 3 meant 3 full eggs split in half. I would say that's 6 devilled eggs. A good waiter would have known that we each wanted to try the variety of devilled eggs by the way we asked the question. It didn't dawn on me to clarify how they were counting the devilled eggs.

T
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food good, price right
Service very good. Would recommend and go again.

GA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I went with friends before the theater. The service was great - food came out very quickly so we weren't nervous about missing the curtain and it was all delicious! The manager, Alex Kasso, was terrific! It's a very large "lively" place, but we sat in the back in a nice booth and it was very nice.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Loved the atmosphere. Servers were nice. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. Waiter was very nice as well.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service from the moment we entered The Ribbon was exceptional. The host and waitstaff were very attentive and made sure we were well taken care of.

RS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Front of the house: expect horrible at best. Even with reservations for 2, and arriving early, there was a long wait due to poor front desk management (and bad restaurant interior design flow). There was even a couple without a reservation who was able to bully their way to being seated before us. That prompted a straightforward discussion with the restaurant manager which resulted in quickly being given our table 30 minutes after we arrived. Back of the house: service and food was quite good and would recommend.

MW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and really good service. We were highly impressed especially considering it was a holiday. Would go back for sure.

j
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here between the two parts of Harry Potter on Broadway. It was close, cozy, and good! We made it back in plenty of time!!!

B
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I didn’t order the right food on the menu
My family had wonderful hummus and tartare
I would go back and get that
Server was wonderful and the staff was great!!!

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pre-theater brunch. Great space—we could actually have a conversation and hear each other! Food was delicious too.

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

When we arrived for our 6:30 reservation, there was a line out the door to check in. Since we had 8pm theater tickets, I asked people further up in line how long they were waiting, and they told me they were in line over half an hour just to tell check in with the hostess for their reservation!

Since that was beyond ridiculous, we grabbed seats at a bar table when we saw people leaving. That should have been a good solution, but it was impossible to get a server and we had to get up and find one. Food was adequate and came quickly but we again had to track down the server for our bill. Seating was cramped and people in line to put their names down were constantly bumping into us.

I realize pre-theater dinner on a Friday night is tough but any other place in the theater district would be a better option.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I get it - its Friday and everyone is out and about. Check in was chaotic at best. Everyone had reservations but still had to wait in line (in my case 20 minutes). Check in staff pleasant but totally overwhelmed. Was eventually SQUEEZED into two person table. Don't think I will visit this venue again on what is obviously a very busy night for them. Wait staff were awesome.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and enjoyed The Ribbon! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable! They were sensitive to the fact that we were catching a show, but at the same time, never felt rushed. We are very thankful for the experience we had, and look forward to visiting again in the future!

T
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for quick pre-theater burgers. Attentive service. Overpriced wine by the glass, even by NYC standards. Pub food items are decently priced, but the prix fixe menu at $46 seemed pricy for such a casual eatery.

H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was not good at all. My burger was dry even though it came in mid rare. I left like eating cardboard. Impossible burger would have been better. my friends pasta was not great either. The placement plate on the table had a dead bug on it as we were seated. I pointed out to the server (or maybe be was a runner) . He just took the plate away and brought new one. While he re-set the table from four to two people, we had to wait standing because he was on our way. He did not move himself away or say anything. Total lack of basic service training. I felt embarrassed as I suggested this place to my friend. No manager or none came to apology about the bug on the plate either. I will never go back due to all these unprofessional services and food quality.

EV
New York Area
296 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect location for pre-theater. Nice salads, burgers and especially the risotto.

ME
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Active bar scene. Restaurant seating up a few steps. Private room available. Food was great. Side veggies were excellent salmon was nice size portion. Service was perfect.

B
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Ribbon was a disappointment. My friend ordered a soda and never received it. She told the waitress before getting the check as we didn’t want to be charged for it. The waitress did apologize, but then lamely blamed it on the restaurant getting busy. I ordered a French dip sandwich. The meat was tender but not very tasty. The fries were tasty and crisp but room temperature. There was no time to send it back as we were going to a show after lunch. My friend ordered a black bean burger which she deemed to be just OK. She said the side salad was good. Either of these dishes would have been much better at the neighborhood diner for less money.

AF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I would not recommend eating at The Ribbon. We went for brunch and were very disappointed in the quality of the food, particularly given the price. We had the "famous" Dip sandwich, which contained tough, overcooked beef with nothing to dip it in. The Mojito was made with very cheap rum. Although we eat in NYC fairly often, we will never go back here again.

LN
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SUPER minor complaint, the speaker sound system has a buzz in it that was a little hard to ignore. Otherwise extremely pleasant experience and meal!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW & WOW...As soon as we walked in the hostess greeted us with a warm smile, then Jay walked us to our table, sat us and delivered with the best introduction to The Ribbon. He was so funny & acknowledgable! Then Kaylyn G gave us superb service throughout. The food was top notch...Oysters shucked to perfection (I'm picky), deviled eggs with fried oysters delicious (I LOVE spice but suggest asking for light jalapeno), steamed clams amazeballs (ask for bread for dipping because of the sauce), lobster & shrimp curry was fantastic, short rib OMG (almost 0 fat), to top off the night my hubby got to have monkey bread for the 1st time & he said OMG how have I never had this!!! FYI they have a individual size that is perfect for sharing.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I made a reservation specifically for a celebration and wrote it on the app reservation. When we got there, there were multiple large parties just standing in the small entrance waiting to be seated. After 10 minutes of waiting, we were rudely shown an awful table (middle of kitchen traffic) so we just left. Never actually dined. Awful experience

JS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pre theater. All good except the waitress couldn’t seem to hear us well and initially got the order wrong. They corrected it quickly and were very friendly.

LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre theater spot.

EV
New York Area
296 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice, convenient place for a pre-theater meal. Servers are friendly and helpful. There’s a nice three-course prix fixe menu.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday with my boyfriend. Was a Sunday night and not too many people inside. The service was great and the food was delicious. They gave me a hot fudge sundae too! Would definitely recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food here is really top notch, maybe a touch below SoHo but not far off. Wait staff was trying but they seemed pretty raw and lacking some of the charm you find in other locations. Space was maybe a third full on a Sunday night so a bit concerning but I'd encourage you to check it out if you need a last minute res. Prices in general are a bit high for TS but rent is prob too damn high anyway. My party enjoyed the less crowded experience and happy to pay a bit more for far superior food but sadly I'm afraid this location might be doomed unless more BR fans start showing this spot some love.

Here's to hoping one review can make a difference!

PJ
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely different space. Love all the books and the history. Brunch menu on Saturday limited however will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent, cool, fun space. Very good food and service. Fun menu. Look forward to coming again soon.

MM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I’ll keep it short. 2 of us ordered prime rib. About the time our dinner should have arrived, our waiter told us he was told the kitchen was out of prime rib??? I had noticed that 15 minutes earlier a large party of young men had entered. I asked the waiter if our prime rib was given to that party.

He said yes!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I wish there was an option to give ‘0’ stars!!!
Worst experience ever. Didn’t get our table on time. Missed the happy hour after being told by 3 people that it would be honored.
Then the manager comes over and was rude and obnoxious. Very disappointing experience. We left without eating. Was there for a special evening with my daughter and we just couldn’t let that horrible manager ruin it for us or land up missing our show. Just terrible!!!!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Even tho I had a reservation for 6:45, we weren’t seated until 7:10. Given we had theatre tickets for 8 pm, this did not make for a relaxing meal. A burger was served by a bus boy with no ketchup, amd despite asking several people, I got finally got up and got it myself, burger now cold. $60, with no drinks was beyond expensive for such an unsatisfactory meal.

NY
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ribbon is a gem in the middle of Times Square. We had a lovely, delicious and most memorable evening at The Ribbon!! From the moment we were greeted and seated we were welcomed with a lovely serenade. The food is amazing just like the original outpost in the village and save room for the chocolate chip bread pudding!! The dining room is cozy and filled with soft lighting from the beautiful crystal chandeliers. It was my friend's birthday and they made it so special with a huge sparkler on her dessert, crown on her head and a sweet take home gift. All of these details made the evening very special. We will most definitely be back!! Thank you for the wonderful evening!! Cannot recommend The Ribbon enough!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This restaurant is very poor quality. Sat for most of the meal with no water in our glasses, never offered a second round of drinks and the food - the food was below par quality. We had to return the Butchers Salad - it was just wet mush. The replacement Bronzino was incredibly salty. Our waiter was nice and he tried to be friendly. However, the clincher came when the bill arrived - over $100 for two fish and one glass of wine. Outrageous! And I’ve lived in NYC for many years. Low quality food, subpar service.
I brought all of this to the attention of the Manager (after we already paid the check and we’re leaving the restaurant). He said “well, at least we were accommodating by switching out the bad salad with another dish; and generally sorry the evening wasn’t better.”
That’s it.