Thalia

3.6
2121 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
American cuisine with European accents, served in a spacious room with soaring ceilings, gorgeous theatrical vintage posters with distinguished new and old world wines. Now Serving amazing Sushi and a beautiful raw bar! Join us for happy hour for $6 drinks and $1.50 oysters
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, European, Asian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 399-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fernando Barrios
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Private party facilities
Customized menus are available to suit the guest's needs.
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Private party contact
Tony Bouara (Tony@restaurantthalianyc.com): (212) 399-4444
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Catering
Various business and private arrangements are possible through the Director of Private Dining.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concern
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Cross street
50th St.
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Parking details
Discounted parking available at 350 W. 50th St (Mercury Parking located at the World Wide Plaza Building).
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Public transit
C, E, 1 (exit on 50th St); N, R (exit on 49th and 7th Ave)
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Special events & promotions
Join us next Monday January 22 to February 9th for a fabulous Restaurant week
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2121 People Are Saying
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3.5
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3.6
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d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Dec 2018. Very busy as it was a matinee day and it was packed for brunch. Needless to say, a restaurant should be able to handle it, being that it’s in the theater district. My friend and I split a Cobb salad and it was truly one of the worst Cobb salads ever. Shredded iceberg lettuce & tiny pieces of what we thought might be turkey. A cold poached egg on top with cold hollandaise sauce. Thankfully, we got some fries to go with it. They were the highlight. Staff was lovely and overworked. The plates I observed coming out looked just as bad. Won’t be going back.

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TL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

If this had been my first visit to Thalia, I don't think I would go back, so I am hoping they were just having an off day. The food is excellent, and normally their service is too, but not this visit. Showed up 5 minutes before my reservation and was told by the hostess that table would be ready in ten minutes. About 15 minutes later, we were still standing where we had been standing and the manager asked if he could help.
All I could say was that we had a 1:00 reservation when he interrupted with his reply of "You're late!". If he was kidding, it didn't come across that way--it came off as rude. I said we had been here since before one, and he started with a speech of "If you're early, you're on time and if you're on time, you're late". Considering I was early, I found this extremely rude.

Then it took another 20 minutes for the server to take our order, and then another 40 minutes after that for the food to come out. Had theater tickets for a 3:00 show, and figured a 1:00 reservation would give us plenty of time, but the food didn't come to our table until 2:10 and we had to rush to finish it, ask for the check early (since our server would disappear for 10-15 minutes at a time), and hurry off to the theater.

Having said all that, I have been to Thalia several times and this was the first time I have experienced this. The food here is always excellent, and was this time too, even though it took a long time to get it. Normally, they ask you if you are going to the theater and make a concerted effort to get you out in plenty of time, so I was very thrown off by this visit! Given my past history with them, I am willing to chalk it up to an off day and give them another chance, but this experience was bad enough to count as two strikes in my book.

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been going to Thalia for years for pre-theater meals. The menu had options for everyone so I was happy for that. It took a very long time for us to have our order taken and have water poured for us. My daughter's hamburger which was ordered as plain came with cheese, the huevos rancheros which should have had pulled pork did not, my BLT was supposed to have a mayo on it came dry and on such mediocre bread, the Thalia breakfast came with about 4 cubes of potatoes for hash browns. It took a very long time to find a server to bring mayo. When we finally tracked someone down for the bill, it was incorrect. The bathrooms smelled like they hadn't been cleaned since the night before. We will not be returning anytime soon.

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MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible! We asked about items on the menu and waitperson said don’t worry about that. Had to keep asking for additional coffee and it took about 20 minutes before we got the check.

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TW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. We were both very satisfied and happy with our entrees. The food service was good too. The downside was the abysmal, beyond slow, bar service . We sat at the bar for over 15 minutes before going to our table, and neither bartender asked us if we wanted anything, and the bar wasn't insanely busy. This isn't rocket science... Other than that, it was a good meal.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food very good Waiter very helpful

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is really good. My only issue is that our appetizers and main came out at the same time. There wasn't a lot of room on the table to begin with. I would go back though, it was a minor inconvenience.

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P
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

If you need a restaurant at 50th and 8th Ave, then this is your choice. I was meeting a friend for the theatre. It was a last minute thing, so dining options were limited. I went with Thalia for it's location. The food was good the service was indifferent to slow.

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B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Have been several time to this restaurant, not impressed this last time.

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SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place for a preshow meal. Excellent food with a wide variety of choices. Great location in the center of the theater district. Terrific service, they ask what your show time is as you seat and make sure you are out on time. Nice wine by the glass and cocktails. Our group of five all enjoyed their food. My fettuccine carbonara came with a fried egg on top that was especially delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very inattentive service, and the restaurant was almost empty, food was mediocre. Would not return.

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JG
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On a cold NYC december evening, the cioppino was warming and the kale salad with strawberries was outstanding; I am going to try to duplicate the salad it at home.

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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at 1 pm with a reservation for that time. Waited 15 minutes and had to ask to be seated. Finally we were seated. The waiter to our order for 2 glasses of wine. A Cobb salad and a burger. After 20 minutes no drinks or food was served. Had to ask the manager to get our waiter.
Still no food. Finally after 45 minutes our food and wine were served. The salad was mostly lettuce a small amount of shredded chicken, a couple half cherry tomatoes. The burger was cold as were the fries. The chief waiter came over to ask about the service and the food we told him. He apologized and sent over a free glass of house wine. The experience was horrible and we never go back again.

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BP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This has been my families holiday go to restaurant for several years and sadly the last time i will eat there. Their menu was different then what was posted. We arrived ten minutes prior to our reservation and were not seated for almost 30 minutes. We were seated without menus and the table barely set. My water glass was dirty with lipstick still on the rim. We were ignored for nearly 10 minutes until we flagged down the manager. The waiter seemed annoyed and hurried and after he took our order we never saw him again. We had to ask for a bill instead of another cocktail or coffee and dessert. I had to ask someone to get toilet paper for the bathroom. The food was adequate, sloppy plating and not to mention not nearly enough to satisfy a child. I will never go back and I would advise not to go when they are crowded because they cannot handle it. So Disappointed. I hope the management gets on the ball.

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KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Been going to Thalia for years. What a disappointment. They changed their menu for brunch and now no more complimentary beverage or pastries. This is from your site:
"Enjoy a Complimentary Brunch Specialty Drink with a Purchase of any Entree or Try Our Unlimited Drinks for an Additional $20 (limit 90 minutes): Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, House Wine, Draft Beer."

Totally wrong. Furthermore, food and service was not good and it was not even crowded at the time. Obviously this was my last time at Thalia and I will pass the word around.

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JS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were spending the weekend in New York and picked this restaurant because they could accommodate a party of 9 at 8:00pm on a Saturday night on short notice. Glad we chose it. Food was delicious. Service was outstanding. Truly a great find.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome quick bite before theater - SO wonderful that they worked hard to get us in and out!

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GB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Orr waitress was really on point as we had a 6:15 reservation and told her we had a 8:00 PM show to attend . She made sure everything we ordered came out fast and on time.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Our dining experience was horrible. My white wine was warm. Then a bug crawled on the wall next to me and the manager tried to justify it by saying it's just a water bug. And then to clinch it I found a string still wrapped around my beef. I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't cut and then I discovered the string. We will not go back.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were very pleased with our dinner at Thalia. We were almost an hour early for our reservation, so we had a drink at the bar. It was a Saturday evening, and the bar was busy, so we had to wait a few minutes to get served. After finishing our drinks, the hostess gladly seated us. At first we were put at a table right next to another couple. We asked to move to an empty section, and we were easily accommodated. Avocado Egg Roll appetizer was wonderful! We both ordered the Salmon Burger with Truffle fries and a bottle of wine. We were very happy with our choices. The salmon burger was the best I've ever had! We will definitely return.

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GM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a reliable spot for pre- post theater. Service and food are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately they were having an issue with their kitchen. They told us it would take 35 minutes to get our food. 45 minutes later still no food. They didn’t comp us for our drinks or bring bread. Very poorly managed. It’s a shame since this used to be a solid consistent restaurant. Obviously it needs new management and kitchen staff to handle a simple Saturday brunch.

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I went there because right across the street from the theatre. I was w my husband and 8 year old niece. We arrived there at 12:15pm for a 12:30pm reservation. Sat us at 12:40pm. At 1:30pm still did not get our food. People were all complaining. I would have walked out but needed for my niece to eat before theatre. Finally, at 1:40pm got it. Three hamburgers. Mine was over cooked. Fries were cold. I told my niece to quickly eat. And we ran across the street. Worst experience before theatre. Almost ruined a special afternoon. I will never go back! Incompetent staff. Felt sorry for waitstaff since everyone was getting yelled at.

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I picked this restaurant for a pre-Broadway matinee lunch based on a Google search of restaurants in the area. We had a large group that has diverse tastes so it seemed the best fit for pleasing everyone.
If I based this review on food alone it would be glowing. But unfortunately, restaurants are judged on service as well. We got our food over an hour after we sat down. It seems other tables experienced problems with the service as well.
Maybe it was an off day. Maybe one of the cooks called out and they were short staffed. I like to look on the bright side. This was not a pleasant experience especially with two young children.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. We arrived at 11:50 and did not get our food until after 1.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was terrible

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The restaurant looked nice but as we were walking in someone on their way out said “Don’t eat here! We waited over an hour for our food and it was disgusting.” We decided to keep our reservation and part or their advice was true. The wait for our food, which was brunch, was close to an hour. The food wasn’t disgusting but some of it was cold and it didn’t all get served at the same time. I’d say this restaurant has major issues in the kitchen!

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Derive has definitely gone very downhill. We waited at least 15 minutes to even been seen by a server, then it was at least an hour for our food to be brought out... there were 3 of us... and the most complex meal was an egg-white omelet. And to top it off, we weren’t brought some of our food (which stayed on the check)

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very poor. Our drinks didn’t arrive until after the food. That’s how restaurants make $, so you’d think they want to serve quicker. My guest enjoyed her sushi, but had to ask for chopsticks and soy sauce. My steak was chewy and unimpressive. The “truffle potatoes” were potentially HungryMan brand (the kind where you add water to the dry flakes). Very disappointed as we were celebrating and seeing a show.

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v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were several selections for vegetarians (not vegan) which was important to us, and they were willing to make some substitutions. Our meal came way too soon, as we had told the server we wanted a leisurely dinner. But our entrees came while we still had our appetizer. Once the restaurant got crowded, the service deteriorated as servers got busier. The food was very good.

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C
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for happy hour for drinks and snacks before the bus back to CT. Great location for us.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Not enough menus Waiter told us to shRe Waited over an hour for food and we were there by 11:50. A few minutes before our 12 pm Rez... worst service. Nasty manager
Very nice Hostess tried her best

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good everyone enjoyed

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I have eaten at Thalia many, many times and have always enjoyed the experience. Until today. The service was abonimable. Nothing arrived in a timely way or at the same time, like the drinks, the main courses, the coffees and the desserts. I can't think of another time anywhere when everything was a disaster. I don't think i will will return anytime soon. I am sorry to have to write this but it was a ruined visit with good friends we seldom see.

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LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed in the service food and staff. I read on open table that for brunch we would receive a complimentary cocktail, which we were told they no longer offer. A waiter spilled an entire glass of water on my mother. There was no bread basket or anything served on the table while waiting for our meal, which took over 1 hour to receibe( we only ordered eggs). After my mom got drenched, I went over to speak to the manager, who then sent over mimosas for the three of us. All in all it was not a good experience and we were not made to feel better about all the mishaps! Very disappointing. Food was very ordinary..

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M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have mixed feelings about this place. My first experience with it was a takeout order and the food was so good and tasty that we decided to go back for a second try on a Sunday morning right before we were leaving the city.
Our first impression was that the greeter and seater were not the most friendly or even smiley ones we have seen.
The second bad experience happened when my son ordered a cheese omelet and it came with no cheese inside. We said, oh well maybe they forgot to add the cheese so we told our waiter then she took it back and they brought another one, exactly the same way, with no cheese inside. Seriously, how difficult is to put cheese inside an omelet. Oh did I forget that it was his birthday. My other son order pancakes and bacon but the bacon never made it until we asked about it. Last but not least, my wife ordered eggs Benedicts that came without the hollandaise sauce which we had to asksed for a small container of it so she can pour it over it.
Our waiter was very nice but seemed very stressed and overwhelmed.
Over all the place is nice, spacious and clean with good food but maybe because it was very full they made all those mistakes. I also recommend the greater to be more friendly and accommodating.

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L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always good. Such a reliable pre-theater or post-work spot! Good for your colleagues, great for friends.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal this past weekend at Thalia. Our group of 10 was celebrating my aunt’s 65th birthday before a show.

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V
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service non-existent

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Thalia used to be solid, but their decline continues. Mediocre food. Overpriced for its quality. Inattentive service — even though they weren’t busy. I’m done.

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