About SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

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!

154 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-11AM, Sat-Sun 7AM-11:30AM
Lunch: Mon-Sat 12PM-3PM
Happy Hour: Mon-Sun 3PM-5PM
Dinner: Mon-Sun 5PM-10:30PM
Late Night: Tues-Sat 10:30PM-1AM
Bar: Tues-Sat 11AM-1AM, Sun 12PM-12AM, Mon 11AM-12AM

Cross Street:
6th Ave. and 7th Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 484-5120

Website:
http://www.southgaterestaurantnyc.com/

Catering:
Our team of dedicated and experienced chefs and event specialists are ready to collaborate and customize your event to your exact specifications.

Public Transit:
N or R to 57th St. or A, C, B, D to Columbus Circle. F to 57th and 6th.

Executive Chef:
Achilles Poliviou

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.4

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4.5

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4.1

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Messed up our order

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Good lunch spot for a business meeting

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Favorite NYC Restaurant! In love with location, service and food. Thanks for a great experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Scenic View, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. The food was great and the service terrific. We dined at 6 pm on a Saturday night and the noise level was low at the time. We will come back.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Catch up with friends good quiet cozy spot!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Disappointed in the service - our waiter, while very nice, was not attentive and would just disappear for a while, took a long time to clear our dinner plates, etc. We thought the cheesecake tasted old and stale (they are suppose to have excellent cheesecake). My husband got the chocolate crunch cake and he liked it. I was overall disappointed with the meal - thought it was overpriced and for the amount we could've gone somewhere with better service and food. We were there for a business meal and it was slightly embarrassing to my husband since he was there with clients.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2016

We ordered from the bar menu as the dinner menu began at 5 and it was 4:30 pm. Two lobster tacos, 2 burgers, and 2 glasses of wine was $160.00 before tip, yikes! What would dinner have cost? I know it is NYC but that was too expensive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Pleasant evening meal with a good selection of food types

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2016

I made a reservation for two for cocktails & to sit near the fireplace with a business associate. Poor customer service was an issue from the start.
1) Upon making my Open Table reservation Southgate told me in an online message to confirm the reservations the day before vs Southgate confirming with me.
2) I did call to confirm on a Sunday afternoon and spoke to a human (after the phone rang and rang). There was no issue with the reservation.
3) Upon arrival, I was told there was a problem. The host that their information was that the reservation was made for 41 and that they'd been trying to reach me all day to discuss (I didn't see these messages until later that night). My confirm email from Open Table clearly states 2 but they would have none of it - and weren't gracious about it either.
4) They did not seat my party at the fireplace (as reserved/confirmed) in available chairs, telling me another party had that space in 30 min.
5) A manager came by to see me and all he did was repeat that I made a reservation for 41 people and they had tried to reach me. It was clear this was my fault somehow and they had no responsibility or plans to make amends for the inconvenience and drama in front of my business associate. He said he was going to go check with whomever might have confirmed by reservation on Sunday. I never saw or heard from this manager again.
5) It took a while to get service -especially the second round. We had to ask as the wait staff did not pro-actively seek us out.

It's a lovely bar but I won't go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We went there for a sixtieth birthday. The service was very fast as if they wanted to get you in and out fast. Not as relaxing as we would have liked. The food was average.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

way to expensive for the food and service, never to be returned, not good advertising for Marriott Essex House. Only the ambiance was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Had a $100 food and beverage credit for the Marriott Essex House. Decided to spend it here for lunch. We each had a bowl of lobster chowder which was delicious and shared an order of filet mignon sliders. They were also good. We also had 2 Bloody Mary's a piece. Bill was $173! Crazy expensive. Everything was pretty good but prices outrageous!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Went here to catch up with friends on a Thursday night and tried the vegetarian options from the restaurant week menu. My food was delicious and my non vegetarian friends thought the same about their food. It was a bit of a slow night for the restaurant as not many people were there, but overall it was a great restaurant and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Excellent food - especially the Bronzino w/leeks, the chocolate budino - served w/care and efficiency. A great value, especially Restaurant Week - except for that $9.00 cup of coffee.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Delicious food with great portions! Waiters dragging chairs in the background creating loud noise... Overall, a great place for a wonderful meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Downhill. Very much enjoyed RW lunch here several years ago, so looked forward to returning. Menu appealing, but execution very disappointing. Cold, stale rolls. Forgettable salad. Tiny 2oz. Branzino, tasteless. Cheapest parts of chicken. Minimal to rude service. Will not return, but will to all the other five RW restaurants we enjoyed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2016

We enjoyed the patio with a river view very much. The food was excellent too.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2016

pricey even though we had restaurant week price fix; all the extra's really add up!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2016

LOVED this place. We were in town for a convention and had a business dinner here. The food was great and the service was even better. Our waitress was super friendly and helpful with recommendations. The crab cakes were delicious as were the crab spring rolls. Highly recommend visiting Southgate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

The food was not of the same high quality that I have experienced at other restaurants of this caliber. It was decent but not amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2016

cheesecake could have been better, small portions, particularly the appetizer, corn fritters.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 16, 2016

From the moment we arrived, the experience was disappointing. We had a reservation for 5 and the restaurant was nearly empty but we had to argue with the hostess to get a seat with a booth. Because we have a child, a booth is a much more convenient option and we were initially told that a table with the booth had been reserved "a long time ago". Ultimately we prevailed when I explained we had also had a reservation for over a month. But the most frustrating situation of all was that the restaurant never filled up and no one seemed to arrive to claim the table we had to fight so hard to get. It really started the meal off on a sour note. The food was fine. Nothing terribly memorable. The atmosphere is festive and its location on Central Park South is ideal. I have eaten here before on several occasions but after this experience, I don't plan to return or recommend it to others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Very nice clean space with limited views of Central Park. The cost of the meal would have been justified if the food had matched the decor, service, or views. Instead the food was reminiscent of food at your average Marriott: not exactly bad tasting, but utterly forgettable. Where this restaurant a stand alone operation it would deserve to shutter within the first month to make way for something more befitting the space and view. Essex House deserves better.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We enjoyed a really lovely, relaxing brunch on Mother's Day....drinks were well made, food delicious (and plenty of it), and service very attentive and friendly. A jazz quartet added ambience to the well designed and most pleasant interior. Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2016

We went to Southgate to see Fleur Seule perform; they were excellent! We had a very enjoyable brunch with my Mom who had been to her Prom 70 years ago at the Essex House, so hearing the 40's music of Allison Briggs and her Fleur Seule band was a special treat. The Brunch itself was very good, our waiter was fantastic and he did not push us out after we were clearly finished with brunch. We are not use to spending this much on brunch, but because of the great performers, it was definitely worth it!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Do not go here if you are looking for a special meal in New York City. Go here if you are looking for a place that is very convenient to the Central Park South hotels. In any other location, any other city, this would be a very plain $30-per-person meal. Here, it's $50-per-person, easily, without including wine and drinks, which are also very pricey. I had an old fashioned that was either $18 or $24. Either way, it's far too much.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2016

The Sunday Jazz Brunch is worth a visit. Outstanding musicians and enough space that you don't feel crowded.

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