Thalia

3.8
1944 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
American cuisine with European accents, served in a spacious room with soaring ceilings, gorgeous theatrical vintage posters with distinguished new and old world wines
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, European, Asian
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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
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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
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
What 1944 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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3.6
service
3.6
ambience
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
2.0Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants and we were very disappointed tonight. Hopefully it was just an off night. Table wasn’t cleared of appetizer dishes before dinner was brought. My daughter had to ask for a steak knife. I was given the wrong entree. Just disappointed.

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JJ
Hawaii
3 reviews
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good location near theaters but food was average. The service was very good. However, It was very noisy and crowded between tables. The ambiance is like a cafe.

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P
Montreal
109 reviews
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met visitors from Chicago. Each separate meal was excellent. Waitress was patient and helpful. Honored our theatre time so order delivered in plenty of time to enjoy and yet make the curtain.
Good choice in theater district.

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F
New York Area
79 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The meals were delicious. I have eaten here many times and I have never been disappointed.

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FC
New York Area
4 reviews
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Thalia is right in the heart of theater district, and has a fun, open floor plan vibe. The menu is creative and varied, and the prices are reasonable for NYC. And the food is GREAT. The big issue we had was the service. We were seated right away, but then waited around for 15 minutes without anyone even giving us water. The tables around us were experiencing the same thing. We finally went to find the maitre d, and said what the heck?? To be fair he completely fixed the issue, giving us a fantastic waitress who was very attentive, and after that it was smooth sailing. And when the other tables finally got some attention, they agreed that the food was terrific. So maybe it was just one not so great server - we agreed we would go back on the basis of the wonderful food, the fun ambiance, and the fact that once we complained, they fixed things right away.

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VQ
1 review
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Although the food was adequate I was very dussapointed on the limited menu selection for a Sunday pre-theatre meal

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M
New York Area
108 reviews
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for a pre-theater dinner and enjoyed it very much.
The appetizers were all delicious especially the mushroom risotto: It is a must!
For the main course, be sure to savor the seared duck dish which was just divine.
The only disappointment was the tiramisu which was not light and fluffy as it should be.

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BC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great and most of our guests enjoyed the food. The burger was 2 temperatures over cooked...asked for medium rare and got medium well. Overall we were happy with our decision to have dinner at Thalia.

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a
Dallas
8 reviews
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation for the evening of July 4th after the place had been suggested to us by a local friend. Turns out we wouldnt have needed one as they weren’t at all busy- maybe 3-4 other tables at most.
The menu contained a wide variety of things and two of us had the ravioli which was very good but nothing you couldnt have elsewhere. Two others had scallops- the preparation from the menu and the nightly special. Feedback was the scallops on the menu were ok, but nothing set them apart. The special however received a great review- prepared with sesame oil and a nice mix of vegetables.
Service was promising when it began but once meals were delivered seemed non existent. Too bad because on such a slow night it would’ve been easy to sell us a 2nd or even 3rd round of drinks and a larger tab and tip in the process.

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AR
1 review
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was delicious. We would recommend Thalia’s to friends!

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A
New York Area
1 review
2.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

In the past Thalia's has always been a go to place for us for lunch and or brunch pre-matinee theatre. We have always thought the food was excellent and the brunch menu with the free drink offering was a good value for NYC. Our latest visit on June 30th however, was extremely disappointing. Thalia's has always been slow in getting your meal to you, however the wait staff were attentive with menus, water service, drinks and the usual muffins coming in a timely fashion. This time we were seated promptly (had a reservation), but wait time for the rest was unacceptable. Plenty of staff, but attentiveness was lacking. The website has the updated menu, however, it still states that a free glass of wine, mimosa, or bloody Mary is offered with your brunch entree-not so we were told by our waitress. My wife's salad was tasty, however, value for what she received was poor, in fact, the table next to us ordered the same salad and it was twice the size-no consistency! My omelet was over cooked and the usual side of home fries was two or three small bites worth and the usual small portion of fruit on the side was missing.
I am not sure if Thalia's is under new ownership, or management but we feel whatever changes that have been made are not for the better. In the past we frequented the restaurant when we came to the city from upstate, and recommended Thalia's to others; I think June 30th we be our last visit.

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AL
New York Area
11 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food. Perfect spot for pre-theater lunch with a friend! Our reservation was honored promptly! My only complaint was that the bathrooms are ULTRA dark. I couldn't see to fix my lipstick!

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
2.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We'd eaten dinner there before and the overall experience was very positive. Food and service were very good. We were 4 people for lunch pre theater and the wait staff was very nice but just couldn't get it together. We didn't see the same waiter more than once. Service was extremely slow. We ordered salads and it was all greens; very little of anything else in it.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thalia was recommended to me by a work associate that has visited NYC several times in the past. I took his word for it and booked a group of 10. We were not disappointed. Everyone had something different and everyone wanted a 'taste' of what the others had. My filet mignon was cooked perfectly (medium)....which rarely happens when I order a steak somewhere. The sides were well paired. I was impressed enough that my wife and I visited again the next day for Sunday brunch.

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WW
New York Area
35 reviews
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre and small portions for the money. They have a small menu but had run out of the salmon and bagel we wanted. The eggs and pastrami dish was like soup and we ate little of that. Way too pricey and noisy.

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S
New England
5 reviews
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thalia offered lots of good options that were reasonably priced. We had lunch there before heading off to the theater. The location is very convenient, the service was friendly and efficient and the food was good.
We would definitely go back.

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We stopped in for a quick bite before a show.
Asked about the Oyster special and was accomidated with a table by the bar to be able to enjoy the Oyster special.
It took a little bit to get our drinks, but let the waitress know we had tickets and our out time and she made arrangements for us.
We were accomidated with all our needs but they were training a new waitress and it seemed the weren’t yet in a rhythm. All in all a very good experience. Have been to the restaurant before and liked it then. I will definitely be back if in the neighborhood.

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JH
Richmond
6 reviews
4.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server Liz was excellent (glad we came in spite of some bad reviews on this point). Close to the show we were attending and food was enjoyable.

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PL
Atlantic City
1 review
3.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok. Ordered a dozen little neck clams. One was bad. Let the server know and she brought a single clam. Can't eat a clam after biting into a bad clam. Another option should have been offered. Maybe don't charge for clams.

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TB
New York Area
23 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed brunch at Thalia. Had trouble choosing one item as we found menu appealing. One drink was included and if you want just one more it was $20 as they offer unlimited for $20. We were not too happy with that option and I would not order their cappuccino again as that was very disappointing. We would definitely go back because the food was excellent.

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C
Dallas
9 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

quick and easy brunch for us visiting, and we would come back. great service

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j
Raleigh
1 review
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible from the hostess and our waiter. Barely came to check on us. I got the unlimited screw driver and they never came back to refill. our food did not come at the same time. food was cold. They tried to overcharge us. IT was HORRIBLE!

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HF
1 review
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere. Good food. I often come here for Sunday brunch.

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C
New York Area
20 reviews
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Salad with lots of lettuce & minimal ingredients. Poor waitress service. Wouldn’t return.

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d
New York Area
39 reviews
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've gone to Thalia several times with friends for a pre-theatre meal. As long as you tell your server what time you need to be out, they'll get you there on time. The food is tasty, and there's a nice variety. Much better quality than most of the restaurants in the theatre district. We'll definitely go back again. My only recommendation for management is that they should add a few more appetizers that can be shared by all at the table, otherwise, the menu is terrific.

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t
Detroit
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with nice servoce.

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Came to Thalia with my mom & mother-in-law before a Broadway show. It was easy enough to find from the subway, even for non-city folk like us. The food was average. The service was almost non-existent: our server never even introduced herself by name, so when we needed something, we couldn’t even ask another server to send her over. We waited a good ten minutes after she dropped the check off for her to close out the bill. Both moms ordered off the prix-fixe brunch menu and were pleased with the selections for the price.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had brunch here before a show. Location was very convenient and restaurant wasn’t very busy when we arrived. Got busier and server appeared to be waiting on numerous tables and was not very attentive....she didn’t appear very often. Food was very good though and we enjoyed our meal. We would return again and just hope for a more attentive server...

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OT
New England
1 review
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pre theater meal. Initially, it took a while for anyone to come to our table. But once our order was taken, we were pleasantly pleased with the food and service.

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GO
New York Area
29 reviews
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not great. The dining room does not open before 5 so for pre-theater guests it requires waiting.

Pre-fix meal was good and nice sized portions.

Clearly caters to the pre-theater crowd.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
1.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had pre-theater reservations for a Saturday matinee, and we arrived at 12:30pm. After 10 minutes, we still had no water and were missing some utensils. When the waitress finally arrived, we explained that we had tickets for a 2pm show and needed to be served in a timely manner. The waitress clearly had a language problem as she did not write down the order right away, and when she did, she asked us to repeat the entire order. By 1pm we still didn't have our drinks. Other diners were eating, and our waitress just walked around befuddled. When we finally got the attention of another waitress, she attempted to help. After several minutes more, our drinks and my appetizer came out. When we still didn't have our entrees by 1:30pm, we got up, complained to the manager, who apologized and offered free drinks for our next visit (my husband doesn't drink). We left without having had the lunch which was, they said, "on the way." We won't be back, and neither should you.

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OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
3.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I enjoyed my burger and fries, mom enjoyed her California rolls. My dad did not like his turkey burger, and son didn’t like his chicken sandwich. They offer free soda refills - a huge plus in NYC. Service very slow and the place was dead.

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T
New York Area
12 reviews
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food is good though a bit pricey for what it is - to be expected in that area. One disappointment was the "Jumbo Lump Crabmeat" cocktail. It was not remotely jumbo lump and it was pink! It looked more like salmon salad - shredded meat with other ingredients in it. I sent it back.

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s
New York Area
51 reviews
1.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We were there for lunch before a matinee. We have been to Thalia many times but the place has not maintained its quality of food, its attention to details, its level of service. It has maintained its loud noise levels. Asked for a hamburger medium rare without fries, but it came medium with fries. Our waiter was handling too many tables and had no time for individual attention. The other order was a chicken item that was lacking in flavor and just totally boring. The waiter was apologetic at the end, but by then we just wanted to get out of there. In addition, the place seemed shoddy and run-down and certainly not as friendly as it used to be.

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G
New York Area
27 reviews
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. (Arugula salad, mushroom and spinach ravioli, pasta with shrimp.)
Servers were swamped and the place is hectic and very loud. But it is so convenient to theaters! Our server was cordial, and did well considering the packed location. She was well-versed on the menu, vegetarian options, and ingredients. But she wasn't particularly prompt or attentive due to the pre-theater rush. Our water was refilled regularly. They got us out of there in time for the 7 pm curtain.
I see complaints from Open Table reviewers who had no time for desert, and I sympathize, but that's the nature of Theater District restaurants. We planned ahead with a 5 pm reservation and we had enough time for coffee before walking over to the theater. Overall a good experience.

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T
New York Area
91 reviews
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Came here for a pre-theatre meal and all was great. Food was good, price was right, service was efficient and wine went well with our meal. Recommended for pre-theatre meal.

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New York Area
23 reviews
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There are many choices in the Theatre District. We found the menu at Thalia to be limited (at least at brunch) and the food, service and ambience to be nothing special given the price. There was no standout moment or bite. Nothing was bad, but nothing was more than just good, either. My hamburger, while tasty, was over salted. The Nutella French Toast was not subtle - two big slabs of bread. There are better options in the area for our next visit.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It wasn't a great experience for me or my guest. Confused service. Very small portions for entrees. I'm a native New Yorker and only chose this because of its location to the theater we were attending after.

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MR
1 review
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Burger! Highly recommended. Went to Thalia prior to a show and we were in and out fairly quicly. Service was attentive.

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LS
New York Area
16 reviews
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly knowledgeable service, great place for a pre-theatre/post-theatre bite, with an interesting cocktail menu to boot!

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