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!

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

Cuisines:
American

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

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

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:
Andrew Burriesci

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

SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2009

Beautiful place with beautiful people. Excellent food, service and presentation.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2009

Our South Gate experience was amazing. We loved the food, the ambiance and the service. The food was special--each dish was uniquely conceived and prepared and tasted delicious. The place had a comfortable, yet modern and dynamic environment. And the service was excellent. All of the wait staff, hostesses and the manager were extremely courteous and polite and gave us a lot of attention. When we arrived at 7pm, the restaurant was farily quiet. But when we left around 11, it was hopping with diners and a bar scene. We will definitely come back again

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2009

We wanted to try something different from our usual but still be close to Columbus Circle for our Jazz concert. The food was tasty and very nicely presented. The service was good. The fireplace in back was nice. I'm glad we tried it, but it didn't knock my socks off, so I'm just not sure I'd go back with so many other great places in the area.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2009

My wife and I had brunch at South Gate around 11:30am on Sunday morning. It was very quiet and we enjoyed our meal very much. The service was very good and attentive while not being overbearing. We would definitely go back on our next trip to NYC.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2009

Great location on Central Park south and pleasant walking distance from Lincoln Center.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2009

Following a nice dinner at South Gate several months ago, I went back for brunch. I found nothing to object to, but nothing to praise either. At South Gate's prices, I had hoped for something more inventive, more unexpectedly toothsome, and less perfunctory. Because it's not inexpensive, South Gate for brunch is a disappointment.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2009

Nice! A very pleasant place to have a business meal. The $24.95 prix fixe lunch is a good deal...just the right amount of food for a lunch meal. Atmosphere is modern and pleasing. If you're not paying, great....perhaps a little pricy if you are budget minded.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2009

not as good as I thought/expected.
food was good enough.
fish with sausage was not something that excited us.
wine is something that I like to have on my table.
on the contrary wine serving must be perfect: have a frequent look at the table, put some wine in empty glasses after asking.
and it was not.
glasses often empty and filled with a (too) large amount of wine and in hurry give clients the impression that they want to sell wine and not to take care of the client.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2009

Great food, beautiful space, unfocused union-banquet hall service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2009

I shouldn't have ordered Tasting Menu. Nothing special came out and it is same as ordering aa la carte.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2009

Food was simply delightful. Will certainly return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2009

Deserves a better rep than it has -- tried the tasting menu and was treated to some of the best food I've had all year.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2009

The food was unique and good...they also offer a price fixed lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2009

Cuisine and presentation of food during the weekdays was excellent for lunch and also in the bar. Cocktails were well made.
Brunch, however, was disappointing and ordinary, and I did not like sitting in the back room. The front of restaurant is bright and elegant and the burning fireplace was so welcoming. Service staff are friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2009

The food was cooked to perfection; We ordered the salmon and cod, and they came out perfectly cooked and very flavorful. Everything from the amuse buche to the dessert was delicious. We especially appreciated the excellent, yet affordable wine choices from their extensive wine cellar. We were greeted in person by the chef who personally came over to see how our dinner was!! Afterwards, we had a nightcap at the bar, and the lighting at the bar and the views of Central Park made the end of our evening magical.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2009

The food was very good. We did the tasting
Menu which was a great choice The hamachi and halibut were standouts. The service was a bit slow and inconsistant which was suprisimg given it was a Saturday and not crowded.

We went for our anniversary and overall had a good time although the noise level was suprisingly loud even with a room about 1/3 full It does make a fine dining experience for a special occasion or romantic date less impressive

The food was good enough to overlook lack of the lack of ambiance and I would definitely recommend with caveats

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2009

The decor was very modern, soft swivel chairs, mirror shards/pieces on the wall, nice dark colored napkins.

We arrived a bit late for our reservation, but the restaurant was half empty so they had no trouble seating us. Warm bread and butter was brought out immediately. There is a nice $25 pre-fixe menu (although there are only two choices for apps. entrees, and desserts).

The food was good, but what really impressed me was that the head chef and the owner of the restaurant both stopped by our table after the meal (separately) and thanked us, and traded business cards. Great personal touch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2009

Did not a restaurant at such caliber to have overly salty food. Both the fish and side was too salty for everyone's taste at the table, although the hanger steak was decent. Besides from the food the ambiance and service was as expected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2009

South Gate is really quite a lovely, affordable (ok that's a relative term)hotel resataurant with waiters who appear to be delighted to serve you, a computerized easy to use wine list with many wonderful choices and an Executive Chef that is not only drop dead gorgeous but clearly one that can manage a tasty, interesting, inviting menu!

The decor is modern, quite beautiful and the bar is terrific too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2009

WE WERE STUCK IN TRAFFIC AND WERE UNABLE TO MAKE OUR RESERVATION TIME. THE KITCHEN WAS CLOSED AT2 P.M. THE CHEF KEPT IT OPEN FOR US . WE ARRIVED TWENTY MINUTES LATE AND EVERYONE WAS GRACIOUS. WE WERE NOT RUSH. ALL WAS PERFECT. CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN. CERTAINLY ONE OF MY FAVORITES. IMAGINE A FIREPLACE BURNING IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER AND NO HEAT. SO PERFECT. RESTROOM WAS ALSO CLEAN LOVELY AND THANKS FOR THE MAGNIFYING MIRROR. KERRY IS THE GREATEST.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2009

Given the location and the spare-little-expense interior design, South Gate has the potential to be a successful place. But it's invisible to all but hotel guests, with scant or no indication on the building that the place even exists. The menu is servicable if generic New American and it's fairly priced considering the location and surroundings (the wine list could use an infusion of under-$100 choices, however). Right now, though, the place clearly is struggling for an identity -- is it a serious restaurant, or a hotel restaurant that caters mainly to hotel guests? Successful hotel-based restaurants manage to establish a reputation that reaches beyond the hotel's visitors. South Gate needs to do that.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2009

Nice treat during restaurant week.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2009

Our experience at South Gate was extremely enjoyable. The atmosphere is lovely - and the food was excellent. My wife loves lamb, and commented that her lamb chops may have been the best she's ever tasted! the only suggestion I'd make is that they lose the computerized wine list - it is difficult and time-consuming to navigate and took all the fun out of selecting a wine - "progress" is not necessarily a good thing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2009

Excellent! I heartily recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2009

Good wine cellar, good wine selection, but way overpriced wine list. The food was good but the service was sub par and the vibe is an overpriced tourist scene. They charge $6 for a glass of milk, which is a really classless way to make margins. Go for a drink in the bar scene, not for dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2009

Very good service. Nice atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2009

This is our second time at the restaurant. The last time we were there the food was outstanding. It seems to have slipped a bit since then. Our appetizers were all very good but the two of us who ordered the halibut from the Restaurant Week menu were disappointed. It was rather bland. Desserts too, were only good, not great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2009

exceptionally nice service, good food, a handsome room though a cool one- mirrors and stone and tile, rather noisy. we were there for restaurnat week and there was no attitude (which we have gotten at some other high end restaurants) and the choices were many and they gave us a discount coupon to come back for lunch!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2009

Good food, lovely atmosphere and presentation. service a bit slow, but my friend jokingly complained when they servrd cod instead of halibut, and two free desserts were received!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2009

my Halibut was mushy. Thought ir might have been frozen before but they said no. The hanger tsteak replacement was very good. Wine is very expensive

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2009

We LOVED the restaurant- the food; the hospitality and the decor. Hope to have the opportunity to visit frequently.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2009

Went for Restaurant Week. Great selection, good food, EXTREMELY good service (i.e. needs another star and I try to never give 5 stars unless its absolutely deserved). For midtown, it's a great spot, esp. as there's little else I'd recommend in it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2009

We went for dinner during Summer 2009 Restaurant Week and the menu was NOT the same as shown on their website. We went for the Mahi-Mahi and were instead presented with the choice of Halibut, Hanger Steak, and a Pasta entree.
The food was generally good and well-presented, but the portions were very, very small. For example, the Watermelon Salad appetizer only contained 2 pieces of watermelon and about 1/3 of a tomato drizzled in olive oil, and the Hanger Steak entree only contained 6 bite-sized pieces of steak. Not really enough to satisfy hungry diners, the fixed price Restaurant Week menu was really just a tasting menu.
Also, the atmosphere was very snobby. We found it offensive that the chef visited every other table than ours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2009

Attentive and warm service, inventively delicious food and a wonderful setting (with a fireplace, an interesting wall of mirrors and a view of Central) combine to make South Gate a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2009

Delicious food, and quite impressed that the head chef was in the restaurant at lunch and came out to greet customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2009

Service was quite poor. The restaurant was not very busy (on 7/20/09 around 7 pm), yet we had to wait a significant amount of time for each course. The staff also kept trying to take courses away before I was finished with them.

Food was quite good, but still not what I would consider 95th percentile. The watermelon parfait was crude and frankly disppointing. Not bad tasting, simply gauche, not prepared with the level of refinement of the prior courses.

Perfect location for business meeting. Quite and centrally located, easily accessible by both Eastside and Westside crowds.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2009

From beginning to end, South Gate delivered. At first glance, the menu seemed limited (particularly for me-- I'm a vegetarian) and I was concerned about my lack of options. However, the summer tasting menu was fantastic. I had a tomato watermelon salad that was fresh and light, the Cavatelli pasta (which was perfectly portioned and absolutely delicious) and a dessert which was melt in your mouth yumminess. However, the real stand out for me was the service. My water glass never emptied, the wine they recommended complemented the meal perfectly, and the service was friendly yet unobtrusive. An excellent meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2009

The food is very good for both taste and presentation. Service is good. Interior is modern with a fireplace.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2009

Had Sunday lunch and only the back room was open. The main dining room is much classier and the back room was a disappointment, especially when you're paying a premium. Go when the main dining area is open.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2009

great meal using the digital wine list was a blast

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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