What Insiders Are Saying
Seamstress is a restaurant/bar on the Upper East Side where you can safely take a date.
We arrived to the restaurant for a birthday dinner and cocktails - upon arriving to the restaurant, it was clear the restaurant had permanently closed. I even received confirmations for the reservation today. Very disappointing.
Food was fantastic, service sucked. Our waitress was SO rude to our table, unsure why. Ignored us, we had to ask another gentleman to take over our table so we could order. Even though I would expect rudeness and snide remarks from the staff I’d go back just for the Brussels sprouts and fried cauliflower - so yummy!
This was our 3rd try and our 2nd time dining here. The 1st time we foolishly tried to pop in on a busy Friday night hoping they could squeeze us in. The staff was very gracious but there was absolutely no way so we learned our lesson and have used OpenTable to secure a spot ever since. Both times the food has been superb, the wines have been excellently paired, but the real stand out is the wait staff. We've sat in Charlie's section both times and his expert knowledge of the food and wines, his cheerful welcoming demeanor and his attentive service have really made for a first class experience. We split the kale salad off the nightly menu, then my partner had the Yardbird and I had the shortribs. Both were excellent and as I've mentioned already, the wines Charlie recommended complemented the food perfectly. We'll definitely be going back!
Seamstress was a great choice and I’d recommend it. Nice atmosphere, well done set up and design, food was great- esp the apps. Through our waiter the bartender made custom drinks for us based on our tastes and preferences which were delicious.
Food at Seamstress was hit or miss. They clearly have alot of cocktail options, and the variety is good, but the food variety is much more limited, and not deep. "signature" potato wedges were dry and bland, roasted cod also uninteresting, and barbeque arrived cold (seemingly undermicrowaved). oysters were tasty, and dining companion lucked out with the last soft-shell crab. If i lived in the neighborhood i might go for a drink and a snack, but I don't, so I won't.
The wedges were good, drinks okay, short ribs not good and over priced. Waiter took forever to come over and then hardly came back.
Seamstress never disappoints - from cocktails to appetizers to entrees - everything is good. The hardest part is deciding what to order!
Great food but find the house cocktails are far too sweet for my tastes. Would be nice if they offered dry cocktails - with no simple syrup, agave or other sweet additives.
We did not eat. Everything was fab!!
Food and cocktails were delicious but the service was lacking. Had to hail waiter every time we needed something, and I mean really wave to get his attention even though he was walking right by us. A bit pricy. Ambiance makes up for it though.
I had requested a quiet table and we were very well accommodated with a huge, comfy booth. Our waiter really exceeded 5 stars. We couldn't decide on 2 wines and he immediately poured samples of each. Accidentally, he poured the wine not preferred and instantly apologized and ran to get the correct bottle. My date said we'd stick with what was there and the waiter comped the wines. That was extraordinary. The apple salad was huge and really tasty. Great to share. Will definitely return and recommend.
Usually a reliable place for a good meal with friends. However, I docked a star on ambiance as they really need to not try to squeeze a third seat into a table that was clearly designed for two, especially as we had a reservation.
Rare UES find. Feel of downtown, but uptown. Been there twice and will be back again. Very comfortable. Scores high marks on atmosphere, vibe, service, value for money...neighborhood gem.
Amazing cocktails! Food was a bit of a hit or miss but I would go back in a heartbeat for the drinks. Awesome atmosphere too. Full restaurant at dinner with moderate noise level- sit at the high tops in the back if you want it a bit quieter.
Great place! Living in UES it's nice to have some chill, hip spots. They were also very accommodating when a 2 person reservation became 3 (not all places are so chill in ny--especially in UES).
Bathroom worries me ha even though I know NY you guys really should checkout whether that's entirely safe --boiler or not that is a sauna.
Way. Too. Loud. But great servers & staff.
A nice discovery in the UES Vgreat experience and really good happy hour with the oysters
It was nice
I’m glad we found this neighborhood gem. A wonderful downtown on ambiance sitting in the Upper Eastside. The food was good but we were instead for the ambience and for the cocktails. We had chicken dish that was very good and really well prepared with crispy skin and tender meat. We also had the baked Alaska dessert which should not be missed!!!
Not a real restaurant the food was awful. Throughout the 2hr pain trip I was never asked how anything was. Food was slimy and hard to eat. Don't go.
Intimate. Great food. Fantastic specialty cocktails. Astounding service. Highly recommend.
I really enjoyed the cocktails, and the food was excellent. A great addition to the UES scene. The interior is classy if moody, and you definitely feel like you are having a high quality night out. Good value for the money, also: I was stuffed and my friend and I shared three small plates.
The food was pretty good, but the place was weird in a few ways. First, my sister ordered a club soda with lime, and the server informed us they don't have fresh limes. WUT? At a place that's all about cocktails? So they brought it to her with a slice of dehydrated lime. Weird. Then we ordered lots of things to share and at least three of them were garnished with some kind of dehydrated citrus. It was like some strange calling card that made no sense. I still can't get past a cocktail restaurant not having lime juice. But the food was good.
I live a block away and have visited Seamstress pretty often. It’s one of my boyfriend and I’s favorite cocktails spots!
The ambiance, service, food and drinks were wonderful. I especially liked the fried cauliflower appetizer. They also have happy hour drinks which was nice. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and will be back.
This is a great place for a date night, anniversary or getting with friends from out of town. The food was outstanding. The cocktails were even better.
Threadbare. Visited Seamstress on Saturday evening and was looking forward to dining there for the second time. Second time was not the charm! Upon entry, Seamstress has a chlorine smell (associated w/ cleaning bathrooms!). Their signature crispy potatoes arrived mushy instead of crispy. Calamari arrived cold. We ordered entrees, however, after being served appetizers, waiter arrived to ask us if we wanted dessert(!!) We reminded him we were waiting for our entrees, which arrived about 30 minutes later!! Fish entree was a 3x2" piece of fish served with NOTHING. Come on, Seamstress ... get over yourselves. There are much better restaurants out there with the same high-priced food choices in much nicer environs.
They should have better wines in reasonable price ranges. By the bottle and by the glass.
The drink list is very comprehensive. I especially loved their "50 Best American Cocktails" but was slightly discouraged to learn that the martini wasn't invented here :( Maybe not invented here, but certainly perfected here, and Seamstress's martini did not disappoint. Our waiter was a pleasant fellow named Charlie and he was attentive and knowledgeable. After my martini, I had the short ribs with a glass of red wine (one Charlie recommended) and both were delicious. Definitely will go back and next time I'll sit at the bar and check that out. From the dining room, it looked like a fun place.
I had the smoked fried chicken and it was amazing!
I know my fried chicken , the smoke adds a wonderful layer ! Also the biscuit with chili honey excellent as well.
The jicama salad very good, enough to share!
Place is a bit drafty. Dress warmly on a cold day.
Went for drinks, terrible service
Great place with great cocktails.
All the staff were great and polite...with the exception of the front hostess.
On a freezing night he gave us a table close to the door which was very cold! We had to eat our dinner with our coats on. Even after some begging he could not be bothered to do anything (even if we could all see that there were other tables available).
Overall an excellent place, with good atmosphere.
Unfortunately for us the hostess spoiled our night...but that's bad luck I guess
Loved this restaurant. Small but very cozy and quaint. Two booths near the door are a little tough with the cold weather - restaurant management knew that and actually came over to move our table - great customer service! Would absolutely go back! Tapas-style/sharing dining.
Potatoes, calamari, cauliflower, risotto were delicious.
They tried to seat us at a cocktail table for dinner. It was too loud. The food was not great at best.. I would not go back.
Great place with amazing cocktails. Ambiance is intimate and cozy
This was my first time at Seamstress. I was drawn to try it because of the singular, creative cocktail list and approach to the mixology. It did not disappoint. Really ingenious, tasty cocktails, made with expertise and care. The food was also quite well prepared--the yard bird and the steak were excellent, as was the mix of cheeses and meats. The Oysters were fresh, too. The menu, though small in choices, was diverse and mighty delicious. I would go back again and was glad to have made the discovery. I recommend it without hesitancy.
The food was very ggod, the service lovely and not as loud as we feared so we were able to have a conversation. I’ll be returning.
I hate to be negative but I have to be honest, the food at this restaurant was inedible and I'm not a picky eater. This restaurant has lovely decor and the staff is nice. However our main courses were inedible. The yard bird, which came highly recommended, tasted like it was soaked in liquid smoke and covered in barbeque chip spice. The chicken breast was mushy, the fish overcooked. Our server, though friendly, was unable to open a bottle of wine. He did not ask why our food was untouched, which really surprised me. We had read very positive online reviews of this place, so either our standards are very high or something strange is going on. But paying $60 when 3 oysters and the wine were the only things I ingested was pretty tough to swallow.
I guess this shows the difference between most UESiders average age and the younger crowd. Think we were the only people above 40 there, and clearly food isn't the top attraction, somewhat eclectic menu, but looks more interesting than it is. Not for us again, but if you are 35 or less, probably OK.