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

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4.4

service

4.3

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4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

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

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

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

Nice place the service was very good but the food could be much better

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2016

KFC was crispy and flavorful. Octopus was grilled just right (not rubbery at all). Bulgogi burger was juicy, generous with the fries. Dolsot bibimbop had good amounts of veggies and meat, but a little sparse on the rice (which may be good for someone trying to eat less carbs). I asked for more gochujang. The drinks were good (and strong). Service was quick; never had to ask for water refills or new utensils.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2016

This may be the best Jazz Brunch around. The band is perfect. The food is perfect. The service is perfect. Just go and enjoy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Good but expensive. That being said lobster taco is an excellent dish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The entire staff was exceptional in helping with a special occasion. Fleur Seule was the musical guest for the Jazz brunch & everyone was treated to a great Valentine's Day. Tyler was absolutely fantastic making sure our needs and everyone else's were surpassed

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Very expensive, but inexpensive is hard to find in New York City. Great location.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Our recent visit to South Gate had some very good points and some points less so. The dining room is spacious, with a fireplace at one end and the view of Central Park on the other. The walls are decorated with beautiful mirrored mosaic walls and wine refrigerators. Our table was in a large round corner booth and was great for conversation with our party of 6. The table was wobbly though which added to the conversation. The food was pricey but very delicious and hot. The waitress was happy to divide our bill into three separate checks for the 3 couples in our party. The main courses arrived at three separate times though! So, the service was fair but not great. We have dined at South Gate in the past and the service was impeccable so something has happened recently in this area. In the past, the restaurant on a Saturday evening was more bustling but this recent visit the dining room was rather quiet....

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

Good food and service however were not served in Southgate but the Art Deco Room and this was disappointing ambience wise as this is really an event space. Was looking forward to dining in the Southgate Restaurant and Bar . In addition we were charged $9.00 each for a regular cup of coffee which was excessive. Don't think I would recommend the restaurant for these reasons.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2016

A contemporary look for this old world neighborhood just across from Central Park. The ambiance during restaurant week was rather quiet however small groups congregate at the bar or at the comfortable tables. Servie was attentive and the food was avergae to good during restaurant week.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2016

interesting ambiance. food uninteresting. Place of business very good and good for business people for drinks.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2015

We ate here twice in 2 days--once for late night salads and appetizers and again the next day for a fast late lunch before heading to the airport. Service is outstanding, and food is fresh, and reasonably priced. Salads are large and can be shared. The sandwiches were served on white bread, but full of fresh ingredients. Large open space, and never too crowded. Steps from Central Park.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Booked for Christmas lunch... We were meeting our son there to spend Christmas together as a family... Was great service fantastic location opposite Central Park... Love the fire place area:)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2015

The entertainment was fabulous!
Highly recommend.
A treat!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2015

It was OK. Not great. Not bad. Given location and price, I would go to other places in the area. Service was also so-so, especially given that it is at a high end hotel.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2015

My mother and I went to this restaurant before a Carnegie Hall show, and while the food was pleasant, it was outrageously overpriced. Four glasses of "Cakebread" wine cost $147- so $36 PER GLASS. Our waiter failed to mention this ridiculous price of the wine when we ordered it, so we left the restaurant feeling robbed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2015

I went here for lunch on Columbus Day. The place was empty likely because of the holiday. The food was good but not spectacular. Also, very expensive by NY standards for lunch. I gather they use the same menu for dinner and lunch. We had the seared tuna/watermelon app, vegetarian platter and pastrami sandwiches on pretzel bun as entrees.

The place is hopping most evening and is well known for its mixed cocktails.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2015

I brought a client here who I have been working with for months. This was the make it or break it final meeting and not only did I nail it, but I made a new friend and a lifelong colleague. Our server was wonderful, attentive and lovely. The food which was from their Restaurant Week Menu, was perfectly seasoned, sized and served. The décor is cosy but modern, clean facilities, and they have many different areas where you can enjoy anything from a simple drink and look at Central Park or a full on meal from start to finish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Had to wait at least five minutes before we were noticed and seated. Great food and atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2015

Gracious staff, excellent food and a beautiful dining room. We sat next to the fireplace, what a treat ! Everything was so good, that we came back for drinks later that evening. I would highly recommend this place for breakfast as well, which we had the next morning. Creative dishes, great coffee and again, warm friendly service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2015

We paid $38 for a breakfast buffet. It was definitely not worth the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2015

We had a wonderful meal and time at this restaurant. The best part of all was an incredible jazz band, Fleur Seule. We have seen them all over NewYork City, and they really added a beautiful ambience to an already delightful day. Wish you would ask them back. Hope to see you soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2015

I live right around the corner from here and pass it all the time. was curious to try and I went on a wednesday night at 10pm. I was surprised at how empty it was. The place is beautiful and very inviting. But it was completely empty and even so, the waiter was no where to be found and was pretty hard to get his attention throughout the night. The food was just okay- nothing wrong with it and i enjoyed my meal but i wouldn't go back because of the price. If you have somewhere else to go I would recommend that

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2015

Came with a couple of friends before heading to work for the restaurant week menu. We were seated in the back of the room by the fireplace which was lovely. Our overall experience was great including the food as well. Fell in love with the chicken papaya salad and the filet was cooked perfectly. The cheesecake was also to die for as you can taste the freshness of it along with the fruit garnish. It was a great experience will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2015

The waiter negotiated his tip with me and insisted I pay him 20% .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2015

Spotty service, even though it wasn't busy. Overall, the location and the physical restaurant space are the best parts of the experience. Food and service were okay, but not great. For the midtown Central Park South prices, you're better off trying to get a seat at Marea just down the block.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2014

the restaurant is newly renovated .I am very impressed by the real fireplace and the choice of wine they offer!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2014

Great place to grab a table, interesting cocktail and a nibble!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2014

This was a great restaurant with a ton of ambiance and great food. It now feels like a Marriott cafeteria. Food selection is low end and lacking. Space has potential but instead of being full at lunch this locations on Central Park South was empty. It was so much better in the past.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2014

Just a great hotel bar and restaurant, lunch menu not too broad, a little pricey, but it is a Hotel bar after all. Good location for a late lunch after a stroll around Central Park

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2014

SOUTHGATE served very well as an upscale pre-concert gathering place for friends coming from out of town to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, just two blocks away. The staff was very accommodating as we added people to our party and dealt with people arriving at different times from Connecticut and Philadelphia (due to travel delays). We had a wide range of ages in our party (20's to 90's) and everyone had a good time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2014

Definitely changed over the years now that it is run by Marriott. Less elegant and interesting, small menu, adequate for a quick bite. No longer a destination for a fine dining experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 3, 2014

We stayed at the adjoining hotel. Restaurant was nice, service was good, menu was very limited, prices for wine / beer and food were very high, even for NYC and adjoined to a luxury hotel. We left hungry.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2014

Took some out of town clients to lunch here. Sat down, waiter came right away to get our drink order. Great! Then it all went downhill. We then waited about 20 minutes for him to come back. Had to look around several times for him to come over. Finally got the good, nothing special. Small portion, left my completely unsatisfied.

When we were done, again, had to wait an additional 15 minutes to get someone over and get our plates, and chase him down to finally get the check.

What's the worst part, this restaurant was classified as a $$ on OpenTable. Not even close. There was nothing on the menu less than $25. A turkey club, $25. A salad, $25. Keep in mind, would have been fine if I wasn't left starving after my meal.

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