About The Australian

The Australian exemplifies the Aussie spirit.

20 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Australian, British, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 869-8601

Website:
http://www.theaustraliannyc.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour weekdays 4pm-7pm with discounted drinks and appetizers, great music & friendly service.
Live acoustic music every Tuesday night from 6pm.

Catering:
Let us cater your next event! Our full a la carte and function menus are available for off-site delivery.

Parking Details:
Free on weekends and after 6pm on weekdays

Public Transit:
Nearest Subways:
42nd St-Bryant Park B,D,F,M
34th St-Herald Square N,Q,R

Executive Chef:
Angel Castillo

Private Party Facilities:
Our mezzanine is a private area with its own fully stocked bar and separate AV system. With a dedicated bartender and server, this space is suitable for private parties of 20-80.
Our restaurant may also be hired out for groups of 50-70, or the full venue for groups of up to 200.

Private Party Contact:
Adam Williams: (212) 869-8601

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Australian Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
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Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great Bangers & Mash. Will definitely be going back!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

For a Thursday night is was very busy and loud.
Great service and even better when you are getting served by an Australian st the Australian Bar in Nyc

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great bar to relax in after a long day sightseeing. Extensive choice for both food and drinks. For starters, we had chicken wings and squid to share. Mains were steak sandwiches and fish and chips. We did have an issue with our mains however the owner sorted this immediately and certainly did not impact on our night. The portion sizes were good and the food was both tasty and reasonably priced. Added bonus was the live singer. Check out their “happy hour” and drinks offers. Well worth a visit and would certainly recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Im a mad Richmond Tigers fan & the Australian had great coverage of the Pleliminary Final between Richmond v GWS the atmosphere was electric.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great for watching PAC-12 games in NYC. Especially Cal!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Fun
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The only thing that made me unhappy was the extra charge because we had a table of 12. As they say in Australia - NOT HAPPY JAN.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service here is always exceptional. Everyone is so friendly and pleasant. Food also is very good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Lovely staff, lovely food! Will come back!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We had an awesome happy hour meal with drinks. Great value!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Just happen to pick up this restaurant because it was close to our hotel, and met some friends there. The crowd was loud and having a lot of fun which made it a little difficult to have a conversation at the table but we all still had a really good time.
Would definitely recommend this place for the service, the food, and the ambience.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Main reason for visiting was to watch the Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity rugby league match from the UK which the bar usually shows. Booked a table to have a meal while watching the game and the barstaff put the game on the TV by the booth we were in so it was comfortable to watch, eat and drink. The game a disappointment as Wakey lost but the food, drink and service from great friendly people was wonderful and I'll go back again whether to watch a game or just have a great time in a friendly place

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Solid option for Aussie food and beer, as well as ample access to screens for Rugby, Aussie Football and other sports.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

One of the few places in NYC that you can eat, drink and watch Australian Football (AFL) and also Rugby games

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

It's always a great time at The Australian! Matt Astill is a King among men!

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2017

I went there to try kangaroo only to find out they were out of it. I ordered a salad and the lamb dish. They both came out at the same time. The lamb was dry and portion was small. My server never checked on me. I would have ordered another drink if she had. I had to ask someone else for my check. When I left my server was in the bar area with a group of people.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Our group had a great time. We booked for 12 people and it steadily increased to about 20 and the staff were great about it. It is never a place for a romantic dinner, it is an after work or sports bar venue. I have read reports that the food and service is poor. The food is good with some dishes and passable with other, but for what people are going for it suffices. for the right occasion we never have a second thought about going back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Strewth mate it was fair dinkum we went flat out like a lizard drinking

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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Went on a weeknight with an Australian friend. The decor was pleasant, with a choice of booths or free tables in the dining area. The service was great, very quick and attentive. We had calamari, lamb chops, roasted lamb, and pavlova. All dishes were outstanding. For sports enthusiast, this is a great place. Too many screens and a bit too loud for my taste as it becomes difficult to have a conversation. But then I don't care much for American football.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

We went for lunch around 12:15 the week after Christmas. The restaurant wasn't busy until about 1:00. Lunch specials were $12. Great for NYC. Australian fare. Tried the kangaroo skewers as appetizer, pricey for 4 little skewers, but we can say we tried kangaroo & liked it. Burger, not on lunch special, HUGE. Aussie Meat Pies were on lunch special & were very tasty

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 26, 2016

The food is definitely Australian but is very average. We ate there twice because my husband is Australian and we thought we would support the place. We had many entrees between the 5 of us and the best we ate was the calamari. The pavlova crust was too hard. They sat our family up in the noisy bar section for dinner reservations even though we had a child who was under age. Our table was VERY sticky from an earlier group, even after we asked them to clean it. It was not our greatest NYC experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Poor service staff ignores you food is mediocre for the price would never go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Food was good but the place needs a renovation. Scratched up tables and chairs. The booths are all torn up and need replacement.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

It was my second visit in NYC and i enjoy to go there every time !! One of the best nachos i've ever had. Nice pub atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Was intrigued by Aussies and kangaroo...
Kangaroo was just OK. Traditional meat pies were also just OK; small portions.
Salad, salmon, and steak sandwich looked better.
Service was spotty - server changed mid-way through out meal without notice
Not terrible, but probably wouldn't go back.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

LOUD!!!! Perhaps it is unfair to be too critical of the establishment & focus on directing the comments towards the patrons!!!! Loud!! Rude!!! Inconsiderate of others!!! I would like to blame it on the age of those just barely being of age to drink but that would not be entirely true. Our server was very sweet & I had no expectation of the food but it was respectfully passable. There are way too many other places to eat in our great city that provide that type of food at a reasonable price with a superior environment!!! Ps upon arrival the snippy hostess reprimanded me for only reserving a table for 2 when we are a party of 3. I double checked my confirmation & it was for 3.........perhaps math is not a strength????

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Food was OK but nothing to write home about--kangaroo kebabs were interesting, roast lamb was stringy and tasteless. Good tap selection of Australian beers.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Was a bit disappointed. The service was quite slow and the food just OK.

Tags: Casual, Live Sports, Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Great bangers and mash. Very friendly service. Good bar crowd with great selection of sports to watch.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Wouldn't go back again. I enjoy the meat pies at Pie Face here in the city. As far as the lamb is concerned...I roast lamb much better and more tasty and less dry.

Server was a bit abrupt because it was busy. Average food, average everything.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Just ok bar food and service. portions were small.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

The staff at The Australian were so welcoming and hospitable when it came to my birthday arrangements! They gave me so many options as to how I'd like things set up and where I'd like to sit my party. They even gave my party a separate access point to the bar. The food was great as well as the atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2016

As an Australian visiting Manhattan, how could I not try lunch at this restaurant? I was concerned that I might be setting myself up for disappointment, but took the chance.
The roast lamb plate was very decent, with potatoes, pumpkin and creamy cauliflower, with an adequate amount of lamb and a nice gravy.
To top it off, the flat white coffee was a nice strength and roast and very acceptable. If there was a teaspoon instead of a stirrer, and some raw sugar it would have been 9/10.
Nice to see and hear other Aussie expats dining in as well. Thanks to, Matt and his team.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2016

In a neighborhood that is lacking in good lunch places, I love The Australian. Very comfortable atmosphere, lots of TV screens for sports fans and delicious, fresh food. I enjoy the salads. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2016

australian is great! good food, large portions, great for happy hour and sharing with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2016

The servers were all friendly and helpful but the food was awful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2016

Very good food in a relaxed atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Great food, especially for a sports bar type restaurant. Eclectic menu with something for everyone but their Australian selections are great. Have tried the Australian burger, the curry vegetable pie and fish and chips. One of the best fish and chips I've ever had. Really enjoyed their Pavlova dessert too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2016

The wedges are amazing!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We happened to make a reservation during a televised rugby match. There was a $20 cover charge, but the manager was gracious enough to allow us to enter without the cover because we were strictly there for the food. It was an energetic crowd, but it was a very positive experience. The food was very good and the service was great.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The servers were wonderful and extremely friendly. Not sure if they had to be from Australian to work there but it helped set the mood. Food was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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