SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

4.4
768 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for a Date
SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant is a casual-upscale bar/restaurant/lounge. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. SOUTHGATE’s cocktails are also classic, with modern twists, but unpretentious. Its wine lists are curated by wine expert Kevin Zraly, whose selections include a wide range of affordable gems and high end offerings. Late night offerings of food and drink are available until 1AM from Tuesday-Saturday. Join us for Essex Hour daily from 3-5PM for food and drink specials!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am
Bar
Mon 11:00 am–12:00 am
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Interim
Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Late Night
Tue–Sat 10:30 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 484-5120
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Burriesci
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Catering
Our team of dedicated and experienced chefs and event specialists are ready to collaborate and customize your event to your exact specifications.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Ave. and 7th Ave.
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Public transit
N or R to 57th St. or A, C, B, D to Columbus Circle. F to 57th and 6th.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
768 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
63%
Very Good
17%
Good
15%
Fair
5%
Poor
0%
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It was okay food and drink but extremely overpriced. We paid $24 for an old-fashioned drink. We ate at The Renaissance lounge in Times Square the next day and the drinks were almost half the price.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Not fresh orange juice as described on the menu, coffee was below average and overall pricing high

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

It was good not great but good. Works well for guests of the Essex House. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. They have a good buffet. My wife liked her Waffle. coffee and OJ are good. It also is good for business meetings.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Food was great. Ambiance was even better. Overall beautiful hotel and restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great location, drinks and food on the park.....
Reasonably pruced by Manhattan standards

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I love that this restaurant was in our building at Essex House. Our Server was excellent and the food and menu were great!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved it! It was beautiful and delicious!

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Was not a memorable meal.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

On a not busy Saturday we had trouble with the wait staff bringing water for all three of us at the table. Then never brought sweetener for tea. Food came out quickly and accurately.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Out of every restaurant in NY i chose to celebrate my 40th birthday in one of its most iconic buildings . I was not disappointed and even had a lovely little birthday surprise at the end of our meal Thank you so much for a lovely evening.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

They had neither menu item that I requested. What I settled for was good but not outstanding.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Uninspired and pricey food that lacks flavor or distinction. Great ambiance--open, airy, welcoming. Too bad the food isn't up to its surroundings. Service was very good and attentive but there were not a lot of people in the restaurant so there would be no real excuse if it weren't.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very friendly staff, great service. The food, especially the buffet, was excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Tired, tired, tired. Could they spiff the place up a bit?
Lunch was too expensive for what we got.
Waiters were nice but inattentive.
Doubt I'll go back.

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1.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The table was dirty, server disappeared, had to get up to find someone to take the order

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very mediocre breakfast in an otherwise high end nice hotel.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Soup could have been hotter. Salmon, while tasty could have been hotter as well.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

i ate at the bar during the women’s march
love love loved the bartender who served me!

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Ambiance was wonderful. Food was fantastic. Service was nonexistent.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

My family and I came into NYC for an overnight trupnas part of our Christmas gift to our kids. We stayed at JW Marriott and wanted to give the hotel restaurant a try. The restaurant is beautiful and has a great NYC vibe. The appetizers were great but unfortunately dinner was not. 3 out of the 4 of us ordered the steak. Sadly it was tough and grizzly. Extremely disappointing for the price.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Stopped in for a quick bite before a show -- food was better than average for a hotel.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Glasses on table were dirty. Service was terrible. Never asked us what we wanted to drink. When we finally asked for drinks, never asked if we wanted another. My husbands appetizer came out with dinner and his dinner came out when the rest of the family was done eating.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We had to change a reservation from breakfast to lunch and found that the restaurant was very accomodating to our needs. We had a drink at the bar on a busy Christmas Day then lunch at the window. The server was very busy with lunch guests but treated us especially well. We were in NYC celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary and our 75th birthdays this month. And we feel that we had a worthy occasion at Southgate.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Good food for breakfast

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We were here for lunch and enjoyed the sliders and the lobster tacos. There is a mid-century vibe which we understand, but we thought that the chairs, besides being a bit worn, were uncomfortable. I don't believe that is being too picky because the overall comfort is a major part of the experience. The sliders were excellent both in terms of flavor and the cooking temperature--not raw but beautifully pink and tender. Of the two items, we liked the sliders best but the tacos were also well composed.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Truly enjoyed our second visit.
Always wonderful service. Will be back again.

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1.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Service staff was excellent , everyone was warm attentive and professional.
The issue was food choice with a lukewarm to cold pasta and a wilted Caesar Salad very disappointing on a cold night.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Marcela is excellent and makes us want to come back each time we are in NY!

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1.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was terrible- basically was ignored and it wasn't that busy.

Food not great, plates/area dirty and had a hair in my yogurt parfait.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

nice location and clean place. great food and good service.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice bar and a great view of the Park. Great place to watch the NYC Marathon. Food is only OK service pleasant but not very efficient. Basically hotel prices for hotel quality food.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and service very nice evening! We were a small group. The food was extremely tasty. I would recommend the hamburger really a treat!

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1.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Messed up our order

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Good lunch spot for a business meeting

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Very accommodating staff. Set up an extra table for us outside

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2017

The buffet is way overpriced and was up sold to us, as being wonderful - "not to miss". It was sub-par at best, with limited options, stale food and nothing of taste.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Our waiter Randy was fab and the place is pretty. But like all hotels, the breakfast was way overpriced. Don't do the buffet (food was cold even in the heaters) and unless you must have juice and/or coffee which makes it more cost-effective , order off the menu so you get it freshly made and hot.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Good choices and kid friendly - service was very good. Relaxing atmosphere as well.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

The food and service here were good, but overpriced for what you got. I know we were paying for the location (right on Central Park South), yet most of the restaurant is situated in the way back, far from the windows and the street scene. The bar is quite nice and well laid-out (also pricey, even for NYC - $12 draft beer! $20-25 cocktails!), but the restaurant shared the same space and seemed like an afterthought. Our server was excellent but stretched a bit thin that evening. Chorizo appetizer ($16) was tasty and plentiful, hanger steak ($38) also delicious but a little overcooked and not as juicy as it should have been. My husband had the lobster chowder ($18, dark in color, like it was based on tomato or a roux) and short ribs ($34), which he enjoyed very much. The other people in our party also enjoyed their meals. If you can stick to beer or avoid alcohol entirely, it will make a huge difference in your bill. We were out with friends for Valentine's Day weekend, and did not do this. They also tacked on an automatic 20% gratuity for our party of 6, which I thought was a bit bold, but maybe I am being provincial. In short, other JW Marriotts I have stayed and dined at were always a cut above and felt like something really special. This one was nice, but not special, and unfortunately not worth the price we paid.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2017

The food was not great for the price. The ramen noodles were ok, but nothing special, while the scallops were fishy and bitter. For $20 and $40 respectively, I was expecting decency at least. Not to mention $20 drinks.I won't be back.

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