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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!
New York, NY 10019
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
6th Ave. and 7th Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Our team of dedicated and experienced chefs and event specialists are ready to collaborate and customize your event to your exact specifications.
N or R to 57th St. or A, C, B, D to Columbus Circle. F to 57th and 6th.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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