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Dolly Varden, New York, NY

Dolly Varden

4.6
4.6
262 Reviews
$31 to $50
Comfort Food

All aboard the Dolly Varden. We are a two story cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The “Bar Car” will specializes in shared plates and experiential cocktails. The second floor “Dolly’s Club” will offer playful twists on classic American fare such as our Saigon wings, truffle mac and cheese and our Rail Car burger. Join us for the spirited adventure at Dolly Varden.

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Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 541-7080

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edan Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Dolly Varden is the ideal location for private parties and events. From intimate private dining to cocktail parties and full corporate buyouts, our two-floor space serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of celebrations. Our venue can accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 200 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Hell's Kitchen

  • Cross street

    51st Street and 8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking - 209 W 51st StreetNYC Parking - 304 W 49th Street1633 Broadway Garage - 235 W 50th streetQuik Parking - 888 BroadwayIcon Parking - 851 8th AvenueMPG Parking - 265 W 52nd Street

  • Public transit

    50th Street Subway A C E 50th Street and; Broadway Subway 49th Street Subway N Q R W57th Street Subway F M47th-50th Street Rockefeller B D F M7th Avenue Subway B D E5th Avenue Subway E M, Time Square 42nd Street Subway 1 2 3 7

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 262 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Comfort Food

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  1. TW

    TheWhiteWizard

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Enjoyed the experience but disappointed we were told when we arrived that a "special" reservation, in addition to our reservation, was needed to dine in the sidewalk coach car. appetizers and drinks were very good. Lobster/mac was excellent. The salmon could have been better. All the waiters, service folks etc were terrific.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful place, great food, great service!!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting, excellent friendly timely service, amazing food! Great midtown spot for pre or post theater meal

  4. FR

    FabianRobles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic and the drinks were amazing. Cant wait to go back!

  5. JM

    JackM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great drink menu, fantastic food and extremely caring service!

  6. JG

    JessieG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Excellent drinks. Fantastic service. This was a great spot for our low-key birthday celebration. The outdoor booth seating is very private. The indoor dining room was beautiful.

  7. MC

    MatthewC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic!

  8. NJ

    NotelgnisJ

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great location near theatres. We dined in between a matinee and evening show. We are in the train car outside. Drinks were tasty, had the Lincoln’s Last Ride and a Dolly Who (special for Pride). Dinner was lobster Mac and cheese, the gnocchi, and the agnolotti. Portions weren’t large, but we would recommend all three. For dessert we shared the crème brûlée and chocolate mousse - if you love dark chocolate, you must get the mousse!!! Servers were all great. We would go back or recommend Dolly Varden!

  9. AM

    AmberM

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The restaurant was pretty empty, and luckily we were able to score seats outside! We started off with a cocktail and mock tail which were stunning! The taste was 10/10 as well. We ordered the lemon risotto (10 ⭐️), Kale salad with tahini dressing (10 ⭐️), and the gnocchi without speck (5⭐️). The gnocchi itself was light and pillowy, but the sauce was wayyy too salty. Small portions other than the salad to be noted!

  10. SD

    SandraD

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress, Nancy, was terrific. We had dinner in the outside railroad car. It was fun and comfortable. The food was well prepared and delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will return to it.

  11. PJ

    PJM2

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’re appreciative of Nancy and her impeccable service. The food is always great and we love sitting outside on a summer day

  12. B

    Beba

    Orlando

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about it! Impecable service and great food

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Beautiful and unique outdoor seating in a train car setting. Neat story as the place is named after an old NYC train stop. Food was good, dessert was yummy, a bit pricy, but a solid and fun outdoor choice in the theater district / Hells Kitchen. LGBTQ friendly.

  14. S

    Shari

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Very underwhelming! It’s just another Instagramable place! They need to invest in a better chef. The drinks were also not that great either. Very disappointed!!

  15. MK

    MikeyKicks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was dope, atmosphere was cool and the service was on point!!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The small plates were delicious.

  17. s

    slhslh

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service, beautifully designed. Excellent staff. Everything was delicious but the baked chicken with the lemon risotto was next level. I was already planning what I'd want to try the next time I went cus I couldn't reasonably order it all lol

  18. MM

    MadisonM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great experience! Food was better than expected (we got the fried artichokes, burrata, asparagus, fries and kale salad), the decor was outstanding, and our server Eric was a sweetheart. Will definitely come back!!

  19. SK

    SultanaK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Perfect for a nice meal outside, drinks were interesting and although the menu was limited everything looks yummy

  20. AB

    AnitaB

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Attentive servers made for a pleasant evening. Food was good (not over-the-top special), good location near theaters (server asked if we were seeing a show so we would be out in time). Limited selection of fish and no subs on sides. Excellent artichoke and burrata apps. We sat outside and felt comfortable. Good meal overall.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1

    Incredibly noisy table right next to us. Restaurant was largely empty and there was no reason for us to be seated next to such an unpleasant table.

  22. LI

    LisaI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Went before a show. Appetizers were delicious. Then had a salad with additional steak and the steak was cooked perfectly and tasty. Waitress was very good. Great decor and just a fun place to go. I will definitely be back. My only complaint would be that they didnt have iced tea which is odd because every place has iced tea. Won't keep me from going back though.

  23. J

    Jazzy

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was great. The food was very good. Close to Neil Simon Theater where MJ was playing.

  24. M

    Marsha

    Palm Springs

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Umberto at the bar was fabulous! Try the Oldies Old Fashion, it’s fun and delicious. The Kale salad with shrimp was really good. Pork belly, Brandino fish dish was just ok. Loved sitting outside in the train car. We will try it again!

  25. ML

    MelissaL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kareena was the best!!! Very sincere and friendly!

  26. D

    Davey

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Music was too loud.

  27. e

    emr526

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were late to our reservation and only had 45 minutes until our show. The staff was so accommodating and kind, especially our waiter David. I’ll definitely be back!!

  28. L

    Lynn

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are repeat diners, and are going again for dinner while in the city. Service always top notch.

  29. JG

    JGWestSide

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This is a very cute place located at 51st Street off of Eight Avenue. The decor is very nice, new and evocative of a "Cotton Club" / "Great Gatsby" vibe. The music is very modern and the service is friendly but I agree with the other reviews that say that the kitchen can be slow. The duck entree is delicious and is good value for money. The drinks are very strong and at $17 each feel a bit pricey relative to both the food and the area. I plan to return at some point to try: (1) the happy hour and (2) the skirt steak entree.

  30. CB

    CherylB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a nice surprise this dining experience turned out to be not knowing what we were in for. Very convenient from our hotel. Ambiance was perfect. Food dishes delicious. Cocktails 🍹 were some of the best we’ve had. A definite return for another trip.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, attentive and kind wait staff and amazing drinks

  32. AY

    AndrewY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great for a chill drink with friends. Great staff and service.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    David took great care of us during a business dinner. Everyone had a great meal and great experience.

  34. PJ

    PJM2

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, as always, and we’re thankful to Nancy for her impeccable service.

  35. AN

    ANGELOR

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and service. Plus its open late night. It in Hell's Kitchen so its perfect late not grub after a broadway show.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service. Awesome cocktails, both presentation and taste-wise. Fantastic ambiance for a girls night out.

  37. P

    Peter

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Food was good. Service was excellent. Very friendly. They asked if we were seeing a show that night so they could get us out in time for the show.

  38. AC

    ACollado

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    DV had great ambiance and a cute outdoor trolley setup. Food was delicious but wish they had some more options on their menu. The menu felt limited. We shared apps and had beers. I did not try the cocktails this time but would like to go back for them. Nice chill spot for a good night.

  39. B

    Bman

    Toronto

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great new find in the theatre district. We were seated promptly, and all the staff were very friendly. Food was delicious - we shared a meal of appetizers and we would have them all again. Wine list was small but interesting - service was very speedy and had no problem getting out on time for our show

  40. JW

    JimW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great cocktails and small plates for a pre-Broadway meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Dolly Varden offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 541-7080.

Dolly Varden is rated 4.6 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Dolly Varden

302 W 51st St New York, NY 10019-6436

Additional information

  • Cross street

    51st Street and 8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Hell's Kitchen

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking - 209 W 51st StreetNYC Parking - 304 W 49th Street1633 Broadway Garage - 235 W 50th streetQuik Parking - 888 BroadwayIcon Parking - 851 8th AvenueMPG Parking - 265 W 52nd Street

  • Public transit

    50th Street Subway A C E 50th Street and; Broadway Subway 49th Street Subway N Q R W57th Street Subway F M47th-50th Street Rockefeller B D F M7th Avenue Subway B D E5th Avenue Subway E M, Time Square 42nd Street Subway 1 2 3 7

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edan Garcia

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 541-7080

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Dolly Varden is the ideal location for private parties and events. From intimate private dining to cocktail parties and full corporate buyouts, our two-floor space serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of celebrations. Our venue can accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 200 guests.

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