About Thalia

American cuisine with European accents, served in a spacious room with soaring ceilings, gorgeous theatrical vintage posters with distinguished new and old world wines

828 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, European, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sun-Wed 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Thurs 5:00pm - 11:30pm
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 12:00am
Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
50th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(212) 399-4444

Website:
http://www.restaurantthalianyc.com/

Catering:
Various business and private arrangements are possible through the Director of Private Dining.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concern

Parking Details:
Discounted parking available at 350 W. 50th St (Mercury Parking located at the World Wide Plaza Building).

Public Transit:
C, E, 1 (exit on 50th St); N, R (exit on 49th and 7th Ave)

Executive Chef:
Fernando Barrios

Private Party Facilities:
Customized menus are available to suit the guest's needs.

Private Party Contact:
Tony Bouara (Tony@restaurantthalianyc.com): (212) 399-4444

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us next Monday January 22 to February 9th for a fabulous Restaurant week

Thalia Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (72)
Casual (32)
Good for a Date (24)
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Great for Brunch (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Business Meals (13)
People Watching (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Cozy (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Scenic View (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined a day ago

Good food and drinks. Swift service. Accommodating for a group of 10. Convenient within the theater district. Overall a very good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We went to Thalia a few times several years ago and enjoyed it, but had a much different experience this time.

Food: The appetizer of polenta and mushroom fricassee was very flavorful. The polenta was on the cool side for something freshly plated, but very tasty.
My companion's frittata was OK. The slice of mozzarella was obviously added after the frittata had cooled - it could have used some melting/integration into the dish.
My burger should have been medium rare, but was medium well/well done. There wasn't a touch of pink in it. The patty was well formed, and the meat flavorful, but this was not cooked to my order at all.
But worst was the fries. They were old and stale and hard. If they were fresh cut and made to order, they would have had a fresher texture and potato flavor. If they were frozen and dropped in the fryer they would have been crispy. These fries, however, smacked of someone who had made a large batch and then set them aside under a warmer. I could have gone to Chevy's and been happier. These were inedible.

Service was OK, not outstanding. The waiter did tell me they'd let the manager know of my issue, and gave me a cappuccino to go. So - where's the manager coming to apologize? I mean, these were seriously the worst fries I've had at any restaurant, including the Sonic by the Lincoln Tunnel and the Denny's at that truck stop in NC that smelled like disinfectant.

Ambiance - signs of decay breaking through at this well designed space. Broken candles not replaced, window sills not dusted to the corners... This is a once-great place that needs to figure out how to take pride in itself again.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The sirloin burger was delicious. I am gluten free, so keep my food simple and whole. I tried to get the blackened tuna salad minus the blackened, but it’s pre-made, so I couldn’t. The menu is the menu. I was, however able to get my burger with no bun. My wife’s salad was nicely dressed, fresh, and had a good ratio of “stuff” to lettuce. At brunch, you get a free cocktail, which was nice. Also it’s right around the corner from the Gershwin, so it’s very convenient.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very poor service. I’ve been there many times but will not come back. Waiter tried to get my dish before I finish, the tip was included in the total bill instead of giving me the option to decide the service charge.
Food was ok but it has been better in the past.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The music was inappropriate and turned too loud for the type of restaurant. It made it very difficult to talk at the table. The food was good but ruined by the atmosphere. The bathrooms were also filthy with no paper towels. It was a busy night but the management should make sure that they are intermittently cleaned.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My friend and I went to Thalia after our matinee. Got there a little too early, but very comfortable bar seating. Service not too good, didn't take our drink orders until we asked twice, brought us our salad without dressing, brought me the wrong entree. Mistakes were corrected quickly, but they were annoying. Food, however, was really great, especially the sesame crusted ahi tuna.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Saturday brunch before a show. They have a great Bloody Mary and food was good. Our server was the highlight- he was great and super personable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Anniversary and Birthday celebration! Great choice! Great waiter and very attentive to wants and needs. Both had starters of Lobster bisque soup, forewarning had corn in the soup, unusual but nice textural touch. Husband had Seafood choipino which was well prepared and executed. Nice selection of calimari, shrimp, clams, and mussels in a wonderful broth with crusty bread for dipping . Yum! Also had the seafood risotto ,well prepared but could have added a bit more seafood. Overall a wonderful meal and night before a theater performance.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was exquisite as always, the Spicy Tuna Tartare and Roasted Beet Salad apps were spot on and the wine list is wonderfully diverse.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was delicious. We went for lunch and was still able to choose brunch options. I got a burger, its was made to perfection, but I think Ill also try the eggs benedict next time
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Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was not very good for a quiet day. While the attendant tried his best, he was certainly with too many tables. The food was not special and drinks were poor. The french wine was undrinkable and remained on the table and the manager never came to check. Overall a bad experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Lovely pre-theatre Sunday brunch. Food was delicious and service was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was very good.. the ambiance also... my 2 complaints are service and the champagne in the mimosas..
The service was terrible... very very slow... and could not find a server after our order was taken. My second complaint is the champagne in the mimosas tasted bad... literally a weird sour taste.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. The eggs benedict was delicious, as was the bloody mary that came with it. Reasonably priced.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Scenic View, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful, as usual! This is one of my. favorite places

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The Maryland crab cake was horrible. No crab. All filler and had corn in it! Told the waiter that I had dietary restrictions and could not have vegetables. I didn't even finish it. What a waste.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Dined there as part of NY Restaurant week. Menu was excellent. Enjoyed the crab cake and Seafood Risotto. The cheesecake was excellent. Creamy and not too dense. Excellent after theatre dinnner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

After the appetizer course, our waiter forgot about us. I couldn’t even remember what our waiter looked like and had to ask a random waiter 'what's happening to our food?' after a long wait. Then our waiter showed up and gave us some lame excuse about the red snapper. Did they have to catch the red snapper? Red snapper takes 5 minutes to cook. Eventually our entrees came and of course he forgot the side dish that was ordered, it came after almost all the entrees were done. Desserts: I was hoping the desserts would come during the time I went to look for and found the rest room, stood in line, went, went to the hostess to get my checked coat, got my coat, came back to the table, still no desserts! All this time, the next table 4 inches away had a super attentive waiter. Yup, I had waiter envy.
When I booked the reservation, I had thought 6 pm would give us too much time for an 8pm Broadway show that’s a few blocks away, now we had to hustle to make it on time. What an unpleasant experience!

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was perfect. Service excellent . We were able to get a reservation same day and were in and out in time for our Broadway show

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our waiter was attentive. Food was good. Ordered the filet mignon and it totally exceeded my expectations. Figured it would be “ok” to “good” but in all honesty it was delicious and cooked a perfect medium rare. Got us out quickly without rushing us. Would definitely eat there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Thalia is my go-to spot for lunch when I happen to be in the city. It's also a fabulous pre-/post Theatre spot partially because of their location. Their food, menu options and wait staff have been fabulous and I always recommend this place. I love the Thalia Health Salad on their lunch menu. Quinoa and edamame mixed with other goodies on radicchio is one of my favorites.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Chose this for proximity to Gershwin theater where we had a 7 pm curtain. Had a leisurely 3-course dinner and made the show with plenty of time to spare. Red snapper entree (part of restaurant week menu) was cooked perfectly, you rarely see real Florida red snapper offered. Glad we chose Thalia, would do so again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great spot near theaters. Wait staff was attentive to food and other details, including show times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I've enjoyed Thalia many times. While a wonderful pre or after theater spot, it's especially terrific outside of those hectic times. One drawback I must add - this time around, I ordered scallops as an entre; three small scallops for $32 is just crazy.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch pre theater. The food was good but we had a bit if a wait for our order to be taken and then for our beverages. Everything seemed a little a chaotic, and it wasn't that busy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It is listed that Thalia is participating in nyc restaurant week for winter 2018 Sunday brunch. My family came into town and I took them here specifically for the special menu. However the staff and manager at the restaurant said that opentable/nycgo is incorrect, and they are not participating in restaurant week. I showed them the winter 2018 Thalia restaurant week menu available on the internet, they would not let us order off this menu and the same food was not on the regular menu. Disappointing

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely brunch... great service... no one rushed us and we
Were able to eat at our leisure !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Thalia was a great date night experience. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. I would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We picked this restaurant based on an article about best pre-theater restaurants. It was a great choice. My only complaint is that it is very loud and it was hard to hear our conversation. Nice ambiance and location. Something for everyone but on the menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service and food was terrible. My daughter’s chicken was raw! The manager did not even come over to apologize. All he did was try to rush us and place order ASAP.
I have been several times but will never go back and will tell other people not to go.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was fine. Nothing special. Staff was nice. Food was not memorable

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Ridiculously small pour on our wine ... almost comical .
Food was totally lack luster ... beet salad really small and not good. Will not go back here.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent pre theater meal. Food was delicious and our server was very conscious of our limited time before the show. He was very efficient without making us feel rushed- and also made excellent menu recommendations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was below average

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Sunday post matinee dinner. Food was pretty good but portions small. Service could have been better. Overall OK and would return in a pinch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Went to dinner for my girlfriend's birthday. Ordered at 5.05 didn't receive any food or attention until about 6 where the manager came over to tell me that my order was not able to be fufill Ed because the pork chop was not stored correctly. Mind you during my hour of wait I saw numerous pork chops coming out of the kitchen. There are too many good restaurants in the theater discrict to go to Thalia.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and was promptly seated. It was a Sunday afternoon and by 1 o’clock not very crowded. Our server took our order timely— but that’s where good service ended. We had to wait 55 minutes for our lunch to arrive! It did come hot but the timeframe was too long! This happened before so we tried it again. The service did not improve.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I ordered crab cake sandwich, and it was very flat (literally), and way too much filler instead of crab. I couldn't even taste the crab! The absolute worst crab cake I've ever had! Period. The fries that came with it were clearly not fresh as they were hard, and most likely reheated after it was sitting around for a while. The waiter was nice enough, but not all that attentive. He mostly tried to sell us the unlimited 90 minute drinks for $20. The glasses we had were not washed properly, and though it was pretty empty inside, my party of 2 was sat in the middle of a bunch of people. It was weird to see all of these empty seats and still be on top of each other. I know this is a restaurant for theater goers and (primarily) tourists, and I knew the food would be subpar, but I basically got served cafeteria food. Native NYers would like someplace close/decent to go to before a show, and this place is sorely lacking. It COULD be SO much better...if the chef/owners cared more about the food and quality. McDonalds would've been more satisfying. The only nice things were the quiet noise level and restaurant decor. That's it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This was an unfortunate visit to Thalia. Whenever we go to the city we try to visit this restaurant but our Sunday brunch was nowhere near as good as it has been in the past. We were greeted and seated promptly which was very nice. We ordered our complimentary cocktails that come with the brunch and about 10 minutes later the waiter returned to say the bar was busy so could we place our order and then he would go and get our drinks. They were only four tables taken at the restaurant so it was odd that the bar would be too busy to pour four mimosas. When our food arrived, the two ladies who ordered BLT sandwiches had no bacon on either of their sandwiches. My chicken Cobb salad had 10 tiny pieces of grilled cubed chicken in the entire salad. Another in our group ordered the burger and it was less than impressive. When we told the waiter the bacon was missing he said we have a new chef and apologized. We asked if we could just get bacon on the side. He Returned with two small plates of bacon. After that, he never checked on us again. We were all really surprised in that we have always found the restaurant to offer much better service and much better food. It was just very disappointing.

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