About RARE Bar & Grill (Chelsea)

Known for their upscale burgers, RARE's menu has over 20 different burgers made in house daily. The ever so popular flambeed & steakhouse burgers, have New Yorkers & food editors buzzing with the "M&M Burger" being voted one of Time Out NY Magazine's best burger of 2014. Along with a juicy menu, RARE Bar & Grill serves a seasonal cocktail menu along with a unique variety of wines & draft beers.

RARE has also become the prime spot for all game days and sporting events with the opening of their new Sports Pub Room adjacent to the dining room. Don't forget to head up to their year-round Rooftop Bar, RARE View, for cocktails with a skyline view.

152 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Burgers, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 10:30am

Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm;

Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
6th and 7th Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 807-7273

Website:
http://www.rarebarandgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Cocktails with a view? Head on up to our year-round Rooftop Bar, RARE View, 23 floors high! Come up for any game day as we have multiple screens & game day grub. Or, come up any night of the week for great music, renown DJ's, speciality cocktails & 360-degree views. Come rain or shine because we have the retractable roof!

To book private rooftop events: www.rarebarandgrill.com or jrice@rarebarandgrill.com

Catering:
RARE Bar & Grill caters events onsite and offsite. We have just launched a brand new office catering menu - so, when work gets busy, we will bring our juicy burger to your office! Our catering menu can be tailored to your liking. The combination of our extensive catering menu, beautiful display & friendly staff is the recipe to making your private event, work meeting or office lunch a memorable one.

Public Transit:
1 train to 28th Street

Executive Chef:
Edguardo Hernandez

Private Party Facilities:
Between our Year-Round Rooftop Bar & Brand New
Private Pub Room, we have prime venues to host your memorable private event. With a team of experts in design, food, cocktails & music, we offer the ability to customize your events to your needs!

Private Party Contact:
Joe Rice: (855) 562-0695

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Between our year-round RARE View Rooftop Bar & brand new
Private Pub Room we have indoor and outdoor venues (including our sister location in Murray Hill) to accommodate your needs.

We offer a special private party menu catered to your desire & offer the ability to personalize menus and cocktails that add a fun element to your event.

We host everything from holiday parties, corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, movie premieres and more! We look forward to helping you throw a RARE private party that your guests will be buzzing about for years to come.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT ON TOP OF NYC! NEW YEAR'S EVE ROOFTOP SKYLINE SOIREE.
OPEN BAR, BITES, DJ, TV'S TO WATCH BALL DROP, CHAMPAGNE TOAST!
inquire about buying tickets by calling the restaurant.

RARE Bar & Grill (Chelsea) Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Good for Groups (12)
Comfort Food (9)
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Good for a Date (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Cozy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Authentic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The waitress Boston was awesome!!!!!! The food was great too

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

My husband and i were visiting from england and had read great reviews. The food would have been great however the waiter insisted on talking to us through the whole meal and our food had therefore gone cold by the time we got to eat it. We left a 5% tip due to the above..... however The waiter then had the cheek to tell us that he lives off the gratuaty so we had to give an additional 10 dollar tip. All in all it cost us 120 dollars for cold food..... would not recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Slow service
Food luke warm

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always Wonderful!

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Restored our faith in the American hospitality from service to departure, what makes
good food even better is the service and Rayner (apologise) if not spelt correct is excellent
a few other places we visited could of done with a Rayner on board.

Thank you
P and G

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved it! Staff was awesome and all 3 burgers were perfect .
I had the special burger of the day and last bed it

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Best burger ever!!!!!! Edward, a new server, is off to a fine start, with Gavin schooling him in the finer art of serving the best burger around! Btw, the fried pickles ARE awesome!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We made our reservation to have the amazing rooftop view that we heard about. When we arrived, the rooftop was closed. The organic classic burger wasn’t anything special. The Waffle fries were AMAZING!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I reserved a table for 6. An adult family dinner. They sat us in the large group section or large dining area. The Yankees were playing and they were so accommodating. We were able to get the table for 6 right in front of a tv with no problem. Unfortunately we weren't able to get our waitress. However our waiter was just as awesome ! The vibe is nice and the food was fab! The drinks were on point. Thanks RARE!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was great. The lobster burger is unique and delicious. The service was slow.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I booked a reservation for 11am not realizing the rooftop did not open until 5pm. The manager was so accommodating and even was able to get someone from the hotel to take me on the roof to look at the views! Food and service was amazing as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

pathetic restaurant - slow incompetent service with mediocre food - if not in a hotel they would be closed long ago

save yourself go anywhere else

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Main dining room could use better light and decor, and more intimate setup.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great appetizer. Burger was very good. I just wish bun was better. It needed to be toasted. Service was great. All were very attentive. Best fried pickles I've eaten so far!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Ok food, less okay service. Took a lot of time for our order to come and things came wrong

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

To kick off our first date night in several years, we started with an appetizer, calamari and sirloin nachos - Amazing! We then had the special of the night burgers and the toppings were fresh and the meat was done perfectly! The side of string beans with almonds were excellent (my husband hates nuts in cooking) and he ate all of his as well. The price was not bad for less than $100 including the tip and beverages, I would call it a win for sure! The wait staff was great, not overbearing, and attentive when needed. I appreciate that, We do not like when staff hover around constantly asking about getting something more and how things were, the questions were asked and answered and the table was cleared as needed, again not hovering around, instead giving us the privacy to enjoy our meal in a clean and comfortable environment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went here with a couple of girlfriends for my 23rd birthday. Ambience is beautiful in the dining room as well as up at the rooftop bar. Cocktails were delicious and used quality liquor and fresh ingredients. However, wine list was way too short. Food was absolutely AMAZING. Big portions and fair pricing. Only problem was the waiting staff was very slow and forgot to get us utensils. Nevertheless, would definitely recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Burgers were fantastic. Server was attentive but zero personality. I realize that doesn't make a restaurant but it does certainly help!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great burgers at reasonable prices and good service - and you can engage in conversation! Look forward to yet another trip!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Had breakfast buffet. Ok selection. Bacon over done. Automatic tip with little to no service.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We had the breakfast buffet. The offerings were like most buffet, eggs, bacon, links, potatoes and fruit. The links we're outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

great food and atmosphere. The burgers were excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The ad makes one think they are making a restaurant in the rooftop restaurant. Actually is was in the basement restaurant. Very disappointing. Food mediocre, service good But the design was really dated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Gregorio was so attentive! Great value for nice portion of burger.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were visiting the city and this was right near our hotel. We both love burgers and Rare offers an upscale twist on the typical burger. My husband had the chef's special and it was so juicy and tasty. I wish I had sampled more than one bite! We also went to Rare's rooftop bar for a quick drink. It had wonderful views and lots of places to sit. The only complaint for me was the music was a little loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was good and service was very good with the exception that our waiter did not alert us that the option for truffle butter on our burgers would cost $5.00 and that the "special cocktail" - a margarita I could have made at home with simple ingredients - was costing an additioanl $4 ($18 total for that drink).

Besides ill communication on this, the food was fine and service great.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

One of the best burgers in nyc perfectly cooked and extremely tasty

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I've been here on several occasions. Depending on the time, it can be pretty empty. However, the burgers are tasty, and the service is good. My friends and I enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Had dinner at RARE on Saturday night and it was good... Nothing amazing, but definitely very good. The service on the other hand was fantastic! Our waiter was a gem, and everyone was very attentive. It is a great spot to hit with a group, and we'd definitely go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Chloe was a wonderful waitress. All staff very attentive to our needs. Atmosphere sleek, clean a fairly quiet. Food was good, but we expected spectacular burgers in a restaurant called RARE. We were satisfied, but not impressed.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We went with friends before a show at the Irish Reportory Theatre. We had burgers and salads. The food was fresh and tasty and the waiter was super friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Service has gone down hill. Seems to always be a high turnover of management and waitstaff. Everyone was nice but they brought us appetizers with our main dishes and forgot our dips and dressings which we didn't get until part-way through our meal. Overall it was the Rare experience we have come to enjoy over the years.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Used to really enjoy this place but service and the menu continually go down hill. Our last waiter was pushy, rude and brought us the wrong check. Then tried to tell us not to go to the other location and only come back here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We had burgers and sandwich with friends there, burgers were OK but the sandwich included ... fried slices of bread ! This with the excess brie made it too greasy and hand cuts fries were way too thin. That being said the venue is very nice and staff efficient and friendly

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My friends and I were in the City for a night of fun, and we chose Rare based on the reviews and the location in Chelsea. All three of us had burgers, and they were delicious! The sweet potato fries were yummy too! Our waiter was good- very helpful with the menu. I highly recommend!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Toledo)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This place is a must go to! The burgers were delicious and the service really good. I'd defiant go back!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Short walk to Madison Square Garden. Free street parking after six PM. The Irish hamberger was to die for! Staff was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

A quick visit to The city on a very hot day sent us back to our hotel to cool down. We found RARE and made a last minute reservation with Open Table. We order the chicken lollipops and were pleasantly surprised. Burgers were cooked perfectly as requested. I had the M & M burger (Makers Mark flambé) which was excellent. My family also enjoyed their burgers. The truffle fries were very good. The Honey Maple sauce brought after the fact seamed out of place but it was delicious on everything including sweet potato chips and bacon. We enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Loved our lunch here! Great for business meetings and friends from out of town- get the fry'trio app :)

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