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The Gander - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
513 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Gander offers an all-day menu featuring Snacks, Cheese & Charcuterie, Large & Small Plates as well as nightly rotating Large Format Feasts served family-style for the entire table. Guests have the option of seasonal chef tasting menu curated by acclaimed Chef Jesse Schenker. The Gander boasts a deep, international wine program with over 650 selections that has gained recognition from The New York Times as one of the "Ten Standout Wine Lists in New York City," as well as a unique specialty cocktail program that highlights market fresh ingredients.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:30am-11:00pm Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm Brunch: Saturday 11:30am-3pm, Sunday 11:30am-3pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 229-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Schenker

  • Catering

    We do catering, in-home and off-site private dining. Please visit http://www.jesseschenker.com/catering-events/

  • Private party facilities

    The Gander is a memorable location to host both corporate and social events. Our private dining room seats up to 80 and full restaurant buyouts are available for up to 350 guests. The private dining room includes a private bar, large flat screen TV with full A/V capabilities & private restrooms.

  • Private party contact

    Dawn Moore: (212) 229-9500

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Between 5th and 6th Avenues

  • Parking details

    Impark is a public lot located on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • Public transit

    The L, Q, N, R, 4, 5, and 6 trains are all located in Union Square. The closest to us is located at 16th Street and Union Square West.<br />The F and M trains are located on the corner of 15th Street and 6th Avenue.<br />The 1 Train is located at 18th Street and 7th Avenue.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. PB

    PhilB

    New York Area

    187 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Remarkably good food and great but expensive wine list with marginal at best service. Kudos to the chef :)
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant week find. Loved the fried chicken!
  3. LS

    LeighS

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We really liked our appetizers and snacks but the entrees were mediocre (well-cooked but poor flavor combinations) and desserts were not good.
  4. G

    gailG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Came here with a group of 4 for a restaurant week lunch special. The restaurant was pretty empty for lunch time on a Friday but we were all the happier as we had attention from the servers, didnt have to have competing conversations and were able to enjoy our meal leisurely without being rushed out. Each plate of food was better than the next and the specialty cocktails are not to be missed. I enjoyed the Golden Boy cocktails almost too much as I could've kept drinking them all day long. For lunch my group enjoyed sharing the Grilled Broccoli, Spaghetti with Uni and the Warm Lentils to start. The warm lentils dish with a poached egg on top made everyone at the table a fan of lentils for the first time ever. For our entrees we enjoyed the Fried Chicken, Salmon (kinda dry) and the Dry Aged 14oz Strip Steak. The desserts were just OK so I would recommend filling up on the appetizers/entrees and going somewhere else for an after dinner treat.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a date, was great all around. Friendly staff and never felt rushed.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Resturant week menu is so generous. Had lentils, steak and cookies and cream for less then 50 bucks! Great selection. Will return soon
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great. I really enjoyed the frose and pork milanese. Great happy hour specials as well!
  8. c

    commpro

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was amazing cuisine and staff was very attentive. This was a great lunch, the best fried chicken and salmon I've ever had. The drinks are also on point! I will definitely be back, but glad I picked this for Restaurant Week 2017
  9. MG

    MeganG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    A little overpriced for what it is. Not a lot of wines by the glass to choose from and the wines by the bottle are overpriced. Service was beyond slow.
  10. AB

    AlexisB

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    This place used to be our favorite restaurant in NYC but it's far from what it used to be. Food is still good but the tasting menu was just small portion of what's on the menu and nothing more innovative. The image and ambiance is a bit weird, really under what it could be. This place could be an awesome gastronomic restaurant and the chef definitely has the talent for that but it's only a good brasserie type place.
  11. SS

    ScrappinSandi

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had the Chef Tasting Menu for my daughter's birthday! It was a great night and fantastic food and fun. My only recommendation is that the hostess was also serving the courses and she knew nothing about the food. I think they were a little short handed. The food was delicious and the broccoli was the best thing I ever ate and will be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Came for dinner for restaurant week, left disappointed. RW Menu is deceiving, the waiter informed us that the only choice from the starters section of the menu is cauliflower, not sure why they bothered putting the rest there if they are not part of the deal. In the end you get to to choose 1 plate from both the left and right side of the plates section. Got the fried chicken, lentil bowl, trout tartare, and pork chop. Food was decent but I wasn't impressed, not really worth the price if you ask me, even for restaurant week . I'm not too hard to impress either... A simple beer was also around 11 dollars, call me cheap but that's a little much. Service was good enough. Actually got a free plate of broccoli so that was nice. But based on my RW experience I would not go back.
  13. G

    Gkdems

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was terrible. Food was OK but overpriced given size of portions.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a group for HH drinks and snacks. Drinks were great, staff was friendly, food was tasty. I'm hoping to make it back for their restaurant week menu.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    I love going to a restaurant where the people care. The host was so sweet, loved the burger, one of the best I've had in a while. Look forward to returning soon.
  16. D

    Dunkin

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    I like the Gander and they did go out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel welcome. However, the menu is way smaller - one menu for bar & dining room insyesd of 2 - and it's just not the awesome dining experience I remember. Liked the food and staff but it didn't feel like a Michelin star rated restaurant.
  17. DR

    DanielleR

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We came here for my friends birthday. We were seated promptly but given no menus and 20 minutes later someone (not our waitress) came by and gave them to us. About ten minutes later our waitress took our drink order then just left when we wanted to order our meals. When she did come back to take the food order, I was very clear that I was allergic to peppers and asked if the dishes I selected had any. She assured me that they did not. It took another HALF HOUR to get our appetizers, and I had to flag someone down to ask about them. They came ice cold, it was clear they had been sitting for a while. Some time later our entrees came out. I took one bite and immediately my throat started to swell. I got the waitress and asked her if there were peppers in my meal and she said no, I told her my throats was swelling and that was my only allergy and to please ask. She again told me no, and when I insisted she begrudgingly went into the back and low and behold, she didn't notify the chef of my allergy and he put chili flakes into the breadcrumbs. She then nonchalantly goes what do you want me to do? Ask them to make it without it? I said yes please, as I'm taking a benedryl. I then wait for my meal to come out and at this point we had been there for 2 hours so we asked for our previously ordered deserts to go, which was annoying because we were there for my friends birthday and wanted to do a candle or something. My friend herself is a waitress and was very upset at the whole evening. The waitress didn't even try and do anything to make the allergy issue any better with our table, and her lack of care for my food allergy is unforgivable.
  18. J

    J195

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food and service was good, enjoyed the meal. Quiet atmosphere at the time I went though there were a decent amount of people.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal, wonderful experience. Made a reservation forgetting that it was restaurant week, place was buzzing and filling up, hospitality still great... was even greeted by the chef at the door. Enjoyed the menu of vast offerings, food was delicious will definitely be back again soon. Don't miss the dry aged strip steak or sea trout tartare.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Came in for my husbands birthday. The Chef came to the table and bought us a glad of bubbly, very kind and unexpected gesture. The Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Corn blew our minds, it was like summer in a bowl. All in all, great atmosphere, great wines by the glass, and unbelievable food. I'll be back again for sure.
  21. LP

    LadyPamelaL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was served in a pleasing display and they were also quite delicious. However, service was lacking... it was very slow and the waitstaff, while not completely unattentive, were not available when desired. This is a great place to go if you want to kill 90 minutes, and the food is creatively made.
  22. w

    wildgoosechase

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We went to The Gander for restaurant week lunch as a team event. The lunch started out fine, but it became very difficult to get any attention from the servers. We ordered bread, which never came but was on the bill, we had to ask continually for more water and for pepper for salads, etc., and the service was extremely slow. Our lunch took two hours total. We were never asked how our meal was, and were not spoken to as we left. The fried chicken was quite good, but the starters and dessert were lackluster. Three of our party of five felt ill that same evening, which may or may not be due to our meal. I will not be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried chicken was amazing. I literally at it in 2 minutes. Its a shame it was so quite. I really think the food is light years better then other places in the neigborrhood.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Total Suprise . I was not expecting such a refined meal. I eat out often and this dinner was right up there with the best New York has to offer. Brisket tots ? Who thinks of that. Very created chef. Loved the cauliflower, duck and coconut dessert. Will return
  25. D

    Damala

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We made reservations for 7 PM on Saturday and got dressed up, but main restaurant was not open and we had to take a booth. Drinks were expensive and small and I found the bartender's hair in my drink. Fried chicken was half cooked. Duck was Ok, but a small amount. Waiter was attentive, but overall experience and value were poor. Would not recommend this place to anyone. The place has gone downhill from my last visit a few months ago.
  26. ES

    EddieS

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was quite good. I came for the burger and it definitely met my expectations. I will return for the burger.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went here for dinner on a Monday at 7:00pm and they were already out of many dishes on the menu. Not sure why or what happened, but that was a bit disappointing. The food we did have was good, and the place had a great feel and ambiance. Would like to go back to try the things we couldn't try but wanted to.
  28. h

    hermacinda

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    did nit have bread for french toast little bit diorganized have been there several times before
  29. SG

    SharonG

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I saw what I considered a limited menu, I wasn't sure if I would like this place. But this is where my boyfriend chose to go for his birthday, so I made a reservation. I'm so glad we did because his steak was cooked to perfection and my caesar salad was a big surprise and was a meal in itself. My boyfriend is a chef so if he likes the food, I know it is worth every penny.
  30. SP

    SasP

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Server takes my plate without me finishing, so I paid for 5 shrimps and 3 pretty much went to the garbage. As he takes my plate, he STICKS his finger in there, when I say "hey, I wasn't done", he has the nerve to ask me if I wanted it back. Like really?!?!? Your dirty finger already went into my food. Paid for "bottomless brunch", he was so slow I had ONE refill and I had to ASK for it! My friend ordered a bloody mary that was in her words "cayenne pepper, tomato juice and ice". She barely took a sip. Overall, the food was basic at best, drinks were tasteless and the wait staff was horrible. Not even worth going there on a special, let alone paying in full.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty and friendly staff! Accommodated my large group with no fuss.
  32. b

    barbara

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The wine list is that of a five star restaurant which this is not. Very very expensive and few bottles $50 or under. Service was really really slow. Not a great experience.
  33. ST

    SarahT

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Meh. This place used to be good. And now it is chaos. You have to wave down a server. They have no idea how to time things. Food was good. The experience was weird
  34. p

    photobean

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The cheeseburger was exceptionally good!!
  35. h

    hungrypv

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Appetizers and entrees were tasty, especially the duck and carnitas. You can skip the desserts. Black sesame pave was ill conceived and flavors did not work together. Service was great and staff was very accommodating and friendly.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    My mom once told me.... "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all."
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool decor, vibrant bar scene, tasty food - got the ceasar and pork milanese. Friendly staff and nice cocktails too.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for Happy Hour, they have good specials including rose on tap which we always get. We had the string beans and broccoli and both were very tasty. Bartenders are very nice and welcoming.
  39. KT

    KimTP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Most enjoyable food and very attentive service. So good to find a restaurant where you can hear the dinner table conversation. We'll be back!
  40. OT

    OTDiner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best dinner tonight. Our server was excellent. The menu is super versatile! Options for vegetarians, pescetarians, anyone who wants a burger, or something fancier like the duck (which was fantastic). The vibe was busy but not overwhelming. Good music, nice people!!

FAQs

The Gander - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 513 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 5th and 6th Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:30am-11:00pm Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm Brunch: Saturday 11:30am-3pm, Sunday 11:30am-3pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Impark is a public lot located on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • Public transit

    The L, Q, N, R, 4, 5, and 6 trains are all located in Union Square. The closest to us is located at 16th Street and Union Square West.The F and M trains are located on the corner of 15th Street and 6th Avenue.The 1 Train is located at 18th Street and 7th Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Schenker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 229-9500

  • Catering

    We do catering, in-home and off-site private dining. Please visit http://www.jesseschenker.com/catering-events/

  • Private party facilities

    The Gander is a memorable location to host both corporate and social events. Our private dining room seats up to 80 and full restaurant buyouts are available for up to 350 guests. The private dining room includes a private bar, large flat screen TV with full A/V capabilities & private restrooms.

  • Private party contact

    Dawn Moore: (212) 229-9500

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