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Seamstress

4.5
204 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
New Upper East Side Bar & Restaurant from Josh Mazza and Steve Laycock of The Gilroy. Cocktails featured by Pamela Wiznitzer of the Dead Rabbit and food from Ducks Eatery's Will Horowitz.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 1:00am
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(212) 288-8033
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Public transit
6 Train to 77th Street

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Seamstress is a restaurant/bar on the Upper East Side where you can safely take a date.

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What 204 People Are Saying
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4.4
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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Way. Too. Loud. But great servers & staff.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

A nice discovery in the UES Vgreat experience and really good happy hour with the oysters

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It was nice

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!!!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Intimate. Great food. Fantastic specialty cocktails. Astounding service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

I live a block away and have visited Seamstress pretty often. It’s one of my boyfriend and I’s favorite cocktails spots!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

They should have better wines in reasonable price ranges. By the bottle and by the glass.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Place is a bit drafty. Dress warmly on a cold day.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Went for drinks, terrible service

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place with amazing cocktails. Ambiance is intimate and cozy

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on November 6, 2017

It took forever to receive our meals, the food was good, but the length of time it took to be served was very surprising for a restaurant that had such glowing remarks. I have dined all over the city and was surprised by the lack of attention or awareness that it took ages to serve our meals. Our waitress was not attentive and acted more embarrassed that I had asked her why our meals were taking so long. As well, there was absolutely no air-conditioning, it was so warm we were all perspiring, make-up running, hair flat...VERY UNPLEASANT...the fact that someone was obviously reeking of marijuana did nothing to alleviate the agony of dining here.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Just great!

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

As long as you’re OK with being in a place that’s so noisy you cannot have a conversation, it’s fine. Hostess was outstanding. Bartender was the best. Server was outstanding. Food was very good but not a lot of choice. Strip steak was a bit chewy but delicious. Cauliflower was amazing. Not crazy about how dark the room was and then each table has a blinding little kerosine lamp. All in all it’s popular hot spot which everyone loves. Just not for me.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We were excited to try this restaurant. Overall, it was good and we'd like to go back. However, the portions were small (we ordered fish) and should have ordered more sides than we did. The food was very good. The 2 cocktails we ordered in the sour category were disappointing. They had too many ingredients and no single discernible flavor.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was great! The baked Alaska was highly recommended but we were disappointed. Cake was very dry.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was ok, cocktails were fine. The place tries to be more than it really is (ordered the Rissoto dish - it was basically just rice with butter, not a lot of taste and definitely prepared by someone that doesn't know what Rissoto it. We ordered a few cocktails - each had a long description - but actually the taste and presentation were very basic and not very interesting). Nice place considering there are not many cool options in the upper East . Service was good.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

A great time, but definitely neglected by our waiter. I could have had five drinks but only had two because I was not asked or even checked in on for 30 minutes at a time.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Good cocktails/mediocre food. Slow service.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was very dry. Obviously sat under heat lamps. My lemon on my duck was brittle.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2017

We got surprise with the place... really enjoy it. The appetizers are very good!!!

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