The Ribbon - UWS

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Ribbon is a culmination of over 20 years of Blue Ribbon Restaurants. The Ribbon has an old-world feel while remaining contemporary and inviting. The food is classic comfort American with southern and French influences. The bar is whisky driven offering modern cocktails and an approachable wine list.

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Sun 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 9:30PM - 11:00PM

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
London
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was very tasty as was wine. Burgers very good. Front desk is a mess, about 5 people running it and no one knew what was going on but all remained oddly confident. Then we were seated next to a table that decided to spread out,(seats in middle of aisle, yelling across tables at one another) and every time a wait staff had to get around them, they bumped the back of my friend's chair, yet no one bothered to try and corral them in, and this was the dining area! Waitress was extremely professional and very adept at maneuvering the situation she was left in. She should be running the place.

CD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I was sad that this was not as good as I hoped. The food was just not that good, and we ordered what the waitress said was "outstanding". We got the vegetable risotto, quinoa tangine, and fried chicken sandwich. Nothing was great, and sort of wish we didn't come here. I've lived in NYC for 8 years so I am spoiled with good food, but still didn't think it was good. Sad because the restaurant is so beautiful and cozy.

DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place- really unique and good tasting food. A bit pricey but consider the area. Enjoyed it

L
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waiter did not seem to know what he was doing. He rushed us in a restaurant that was empty on a Monday night. The bus boys kept trying to deliver food to our table that had not been ordered by us. And there were charges for items not ordered on the final bill.
In addition, for such a casual restaurant, prices are high. The fried chicken is $25.00 and does not come with any sides. A side of mashed potatoes is $11.00, which brings the chicken cost up to $36.00. Very pricey for pub food.

H
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although we were recommended to this restaurant it just was not my cup of tea. In all fairness it was a packed house on a Saturday night. We were seated right away with our reservation. Mainly the service was just average. Our waiter had a lot to attend to with some large parties. My niece enjoyed her flatbread very much but my fried chicken sandwich was somewhat overcooked and tough. Also the price of a glass of house white wine was a bit much, and I am a native New Yorker so very aware of pricing. In general just a mediocre experience.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited an hour. There was no place to sit to wait.
Very noisy once we were able to sit.
I would NEVER recommend this restaurant !!!

UW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Don't get the pretzel appetizer special. Overall it's a fun place that if you want to fine something near the Park

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best server ever!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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CL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We had a reservation with friends for the restaurant and expected to be seated in the restaurant (the front is a sports bar). We were shown a table in the bar. When we asked if we could be seated in the restaurant, we were told “we seat reservations in the bar as well as the restaurant”. When I asked how long for a table in the restaurant, we were told 20-30 minutes. There was a football playoff game and it was exceptionally loud as would be expected. We stayed but we should have left.

The Ribbon turned out to be a loud sports bar and frankly the food was mediocre. I’ve been there many times and will not return. If I wanted a sports bar, I would have gone to a sports bar. Very disappointing.

GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience for the following reasons:
food was tasty and well presented
reservation was honored
being seated promptly
getting to switch to a preferred seat
order taken in a timely manner
Food arriving in a reasonable time.
Access to clean bathroom

NW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the most succulent burgers around! Good service, nice vintage decor, and rustic-ish ambiance with hard wood tables and benches. Had a nice chill Lunch with a friend. She ordered the White bean soup and was very tasty too. Prices are on AVG on UWS

l
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This restaurant which is part of a group we really enjoy is just mediocre. The food was awful, salty and overpriced. The worst part of our evening was the awful and rude service. Would not recommend.

CK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks at the bar before our reservation - prompt service from bartender. Great variety on cocktail menu. Our drinks were great.

Dinner for two - service was friendly, attentive and provided great suggestions. Food was delicious. Large portions. We ordered too much. The sticky toffee pudding dessert was soooooo good.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to give it a try, after a long week. The place was busy,  I was able to get a sit by the bar.
I order the Fried Quinoa, was amazing, the server was super very nice and attentive, my friend ordered a Burger and  was cooked they she want it.
Robert Downey Jr was there for lunch?

G
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A mixture that will please some more than others. It's a cross between, on the one hand, an attempt (among several others) to provide a serious grown-up dining spot on the UWS and, on the other, a sports bar. Regarding the ambiance, the two don't coalesce very well. The food is also a mixed bag--steaks, chops, chicken competently but not excitingly executed.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

If you are going to dine on Christmas day, don't go to The Ribbon UWS. They accepted a 7:00 PM reservation, and then at 8:00 PM the waiter came over to us and said "last call for drinks and dessert". They were throwing us out before we finished our meal. The waiter could not have been more rude. The restaurant should not open on Christmas day, if they are going to treat their patrons as if they were at a bar and it was 3:00 AM and time to close. Shame on them.

DF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Christmas Eve so I did not expect more than a 2-1/2 Star experience. The facility is a dark, "sticky pub", with low ceilings, no offensive odors. Hostesses, wait staff, and bartender barely spoke english and incapable of accommodating anything other than "hello" and "this way please". The lights of the brightly lit kitchen pour into the main dining area. I know better and prefer not to see what is happening behind the scenes so I asked to be seated in the bar area. The staff did not understand the complaint or the request. We helped ourselves to seating at the bar and when the poorly trained bartender could not provide at least a 1-star level of service we decided not to stay for dinner. Our evening brought us to "The Mermaid Inn" on Amsterdam and where we had a fantastic meal. I would NOT recommend The Ribbon UWS to anyone and was surprised it has received the level of reviews shown here on OpenTable. Not likely I would even attempt to try again even though I never tried the food. Good luck to others, perhaps you will have a better outcome than me.

AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve with a baby in a high chair- we got a great seat near a window that allowed us to be comfortable and well-lit. Service was great from start to finish.Great experience as usual!

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience at The Ribbon - UWS. The service and food were both excellent. It was a little loud, but it 'tis the holiday season. Definitely worth a visit.

B
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice experience, food was very good. The chef's salad is a little too big for your average human and doesn't seem like it would travel well for leftovers so best bet would to split that for a main. Place was filled to the gills on a Friday night, so noisy, but energetic, fun, New York noisy.

3
Charleston
84 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. I had the burger which was very good and the mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious. My daughter had the cod which was very tasty . The tables were pretty close together but the atmosphere was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Though I have been to The Ribbon many times before and loved my experiences, this time I was quite disappointed. I arrived 10 minutes after my reservation time because of delays related to the snow, and the hostess said that she didn’t see a reservation time for me. I told her what time my reservation was for and she said that after 15 minutes Open Table cancels reservations. I looked at my watch and was confused because it had only been 10 minutes.
Additionally, the service this night was terrible. The restaurant was empty, and it took us at least ten minutes to flag down a waiter just to take our order. As I mentioned, I have been to The Ribbon many times. I always order the cod dish, but I order it without breadcrumbs because I have a gluten allergy. The waiter rudely said that the dish just wouldn’t be good and told me to order something else off the menu. All the other times that I’ve ordered this dish, the waiters there have been really accommodating and the manager has even come out to ask about my food allergies. After our appetizers, my friend and I waited so incredibly long, and it took us a while to flag down our waiter again to ask about the status of our food. He seemed annoyed and said that they wait until guests are finished with their appetizers before starting their main courses. This seemed strange to me, and it wound up taking a really long time. Our waiter never came to check on us during our meal either. When I left the restaurant, I also got an email from OpenTable saying that they had heard from The Ribbon that I had skipped my reservation. After a night of bad service, I was really disappointed to hear that they had communicated that I had not shown up for my reservation. The Ribbon has good food and a good vibe, but it’s disappointing to have had an experience like this.

t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just a fun place with good food. but , do wish they'd turn the music down.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, good energy, great menu...excellent food.
Something for Everyone!

CB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food and courteous service but not attentive enough. Too many tables per server and runners are not engaging. Noise too high to talk. Host and hostess staff snooty.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I booked a table at The Ribbon UWS on a rainy Friday. After a long week, my significant other and I were looking to enjoy a night out.

After we arrived, we waited behind a few other very nice couples to check in - all of us had 8:15PM reservations - only to overhear that it would be 20-30 minutes for their tables, and if they wanted to they could go stand at the similarly packed bar and purchase drinks. We were told the same thing. 20 minutes later when we still weren't seated (neither were any of them), I asked if there was a timing update (there wasn't) and told the host that we would just leave. No apology came fro the host, just an "okay".

I'm a nearby resident and I frequent The Ribbon UWS - however it's unlikely that I'll make the same mistake again.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic, service was good. Only complaint is we had to wait 20 mins although we had a reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and mimosas were delicious and great friendly staff!

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent will be back. Server was a little pretentious but everything else perfect.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad experience. Have been here many times before but it was not good tonight. Rushed us through dinner. Inattentive staff. Food not as described. Shrimp scampi was awful. Left a bag by mistake. Returned two minutes later and it was nowhere to be found. Staff ambivalent and obnoxious gentleman at reception throughout the process. Not worth it. A waste of $300 for three people.

TC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the Upper West side and have been wanting to check out this joint. Very pleasantly surprised. Service was perfect cocktails were perfect and the food was amazing my son wanted the ribs which I’m not a big fan of and I loved them, we also had the seafood platter that was some of the freshest most tastiest seafood I’ve had in the city. Will definitely be back

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lazy Sunday after thanksgiving brunch with the family was a great time. The food was really solid. Fried chicken was really good but wish it comes with something else other than honey on the side. Good think we ordered the spaetzle. Not sure if I’ve ever had spaetzle but the kids loved it. My wife’s prime rib dip was amazing. And their French fries are really really good.
Have to see what weekend dinners and crowd looks like.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant. A bit of an UWS sleeper, it pleasantly surprised us in every way. You definitely should visit if you live near by or are visiting!

H
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ribbon was enjoyed by four generations of our family. We were lucky to score a reservation on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The food, as always was great. They had a high chair for the newest family member. Service was friendly and helpful

A real neighborhood gem.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

My family of four have been supporting our neighborhood for some time. Thanksgiving is always a busy time of year. That said, when we were seated, the staff who delivered our high chairs gave us plenty of attitude. Servers didn’t check up very much.

One silver lining was the busting staff were friendly.

There are many options on the uws, perhaps it’s time to support others.

UW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great thanksgiving experience! The food was delicious and great value for the price! The restaurant atmosphere was festive and cozy, perfect for a holiday meal

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

we had a problem at the midtown location some months ago and wrote a review here---management promptly responded with an apology and an offer to have drinks on the house the next time were there. I explained that we dine at the uptown location from time to time but probably would not get to midtown anytime soon---the response---no worries---just show this email to the uptown team the next time you're there and they will take care of you. And so they did---plus the manager sent over a comp dessert. She could not have been more professional or gracious. Now---do you think we're coming back again soon?? For sure---many thanks---that's what i call excellent service!

B
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Fun place to eat. Has varied menu from burgers to fish and steak entrees.
Can bring your kids even though large active bar.
Service was very good.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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