The Bar Room at The Gander

4.3
13 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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The Bar Room at The Gander offers an all-day, bistro-style menu from acclaimed chef Jesse Schenker. The menu features several sections including Bread & Snacks, Cheese & Charcuterie, Vegetables, Pastas, Fish and Meat, as well as nightly rotating Large Format Feasts served family-style for the entire table. Additionally, a selection of seasonal specialty cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list is available.

The Bar Room offers diners a warm and upbeat space featuring a 15-seat, marble-topped bar, cocktail tables and banquettes to enjoy both drinks and Schenker's seasonally-driven menu. Walk-ins are welcome, with reservations preferred. We also can accommodate large as well as semi-private parties.

The restaurant also includes the Dining Room at The Gander which features a seasonal fine dining menu with an approachable sensibility. Nightly chefs tasting menus are perfectly paired with fine wines are served in a comfortable and spacious setting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
All day dining
Monday-Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 229-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jesse Schenker
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Cross street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
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Parking details
Impark is a public lot located on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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Public transit
The L, Q, N, R, 4, 5, and 6 trains are all located in Union Square. The closest entrance to The Bar Room at The Gander is at 16th Street and Union Square West.
The F and M trains are located on the corner of 15th Street and 6th Avenue.
The 1 Train is located at 18th Street and 7th Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Chef/Owner Jesse Schenker will customize your menu taking your wishes The Gander can host a private event for an intimate dinner of 10 to a 300 person cocktail reception. We offer a number of different packages for luncheons, seated dinners, and cocktail receptions.
and budget into full consideration. Whether planning a tailored wine dinner with a seven-course tasting menu, or a 50th anniversary with a menu recreating your wedding day, we are capable of hosting events for all occasions. We take a special and personal interest in every event held at The Gander, understanding that each event is unique, and are willing to go above and beyond to meet our clients’ needs.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.1
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New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Although the food is great, the wine list is so obnoxiously expensive with more bottles being priced over $100 instead of under $100, and the service was just OK so can't recommend and would never go back

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OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was a big Jesse Shenker fan. My husband and I both loved the food at Recette, where we dined on a number of occasions. The menu was creative, the presentation outstanding and the food delicious. I was disappointed when Recette closed, but had high hopes for The Gander. I had dinner there a number of months ago, and basically enjoyed it, without being wowed. Last Saturday night my husband and I dined there with a friend. We sat in the Bar Room. We ordered an array of dishes to share among the three of us. The charred cauliflower was delicious, but the anchovies that were to top the dish (which we mercifully asked to be served on the side) were awful (and we are anchovy lovers). They were oddly fishy and did nothing to complement the cauliflower. We ordered the salt cod fritters, which we ordered almost every time we ate at Recette, where they were always presented in a small cast iron pot. They were served in a bowl (ok) and just weren't as good as they have been in the past (I had ordered them the last time I ate at The Gander.). Something seemed different about the lamb ragout and it was really disappointing. It wasn't as flavorful as usual. The beef tartar was tasteless- a tremendous disappointment. It seemed to be a jar of chopped meat, with no visible quail egg and no other added seasoning at all, as traditional beef tartar generally has. The "fork and knife" Caesar was also disappointing - kind of flavorless. The bucatini, which I expected to love was not very good - the bottarga, which usually adds a slightly salty taste to pasta was fishy tasting rather than salty. The Bronzino was not bad, but again was a rather bland preparation.
Our reservation was for 9:30 on a Saturday night. The Bar Room was almost empty and the dining room was only partly filled. Maybe The Gander does better on weekday nights, with an afterwork crowd. If not, it doesn't look as if it will survive much longer. Jesse needs to be true to his talents. He can do much better than this!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Salad was extremely salty this time - never happened before.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The have a great Happy Hour program! Always have a good time when I go there and the staff is very friendly too!

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I grabbed an early dinner here one night before a party and thoroughly enjoyed the food. We particularly liked the scallops and the pork belly. We were not fans of the marinated olives. We also enjoyed the octopus, although it was tad salty. Our waiter was attentive, but not too so. Atmosphere was very enjoyable. We could talk to each other, but still felt like we were in a hip scene. Totally recommend it.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre.
Ordered fish of the day which we were informed was cod, our plates came out and were salmon. Cesar salads were drenched in dressing, we returned and was still on our bill. One guest ordered scallops, later informed no scallops, still on bill.

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MC
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. Food was out of this world - we had the chef's tasting menu which was four courses and a great deal for the quality and amount of food. Chef even accommodated our dietary restrictions. Great wine list, hip ambience, great service. Run, don't walk here!

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LL
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I bought a GILT deal for a Feast for 4. The special this evening was Chicken, but since I was unable to reserve 24h ahead, we were served a delicious Lasagna! Our fabulous feast started with fried calamari, caesar salad (best i've had in years), Lasagna (very tasty but a tad spicy), and delicious garlic bread!! it was truly a feast , we were stuffed to the gills. would HIGHLY recommend coming with friends. Our wait staff was patient, warm and gave great suggestions! Thanks for a great evening!

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DL
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate at The Pub on Saturday night of Memorial Day Weekend, and it was very quiet, like much of the rest of NYC that day. Still, it was a pleasant and upbeat dinner. All elements are very good, notably of course the food, though the basic decor and solid service also contributed the nice evening. It's just a little bit disorganized, but seemed like the kind of place that might become more organized when more is asked of it. We hope it succeeds...

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SD
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Occasionally, we need a very early dinner spot, pre-theatre event. It's tough to find a reliably good, downtown spot to have a relaxed quick dinner that offers good, not over-produced fare, for a fair price. The Gander matched our needs perfectly for our 4:30-6PM dinner. Their discounted house wines were yummy. The bar menu which is like very accessible appealed to us strongly. We had two caesar salads, and two different pastas. Portions were small for the prices but they were exactly the portions we wanted to eat and the quality was so high that I still give the place high marks for overall value.

Ambiance is modern and warm with walnut wood trim everywhere and golden light shimmering through whisky bottles on the bar. The 80s playlist was a little discordant for the ambiance but I like 80s music so I personally liked the choice. But I think something more moody and melodic would have fit the space better.

It would be a perfect spot to meet with a client to get some papers signed...or to sneak away with someone you want to kiss.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a good time here! We sat at the bar and had a 4 course bar tasting menu and were blown away. We were told that it was something new they were doing and it was different than the main dining room. The cod fritters were to die for and so was the pork belly. I would recommend The Gander, there is something there for everyone. Will def be back soon.

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JA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I came for dinner a few nights before and wanted to check out happy hour. So happy I gave it a chance! Excellent cocktails, huge menu of small plates to accommodate everyone with options to share. Definitely try the Velvet Smoking Jacket - scotch, mezcal, deliciousness.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our experience was completely ruined by the pitiful level of service. We sat for 15 minutes before pulling a waiter towards us to get some service. He was not our waiter but was helpful and interested. Our waiter finally showed up to take a drink order which resulted in another 15 minute wait. My wife requested a cauliflower dish without bread crumbs due to allergies. It came out twice with breadcrumbs and the waiter acknowledged he brought it to us the second time with breadcrumbs even though he new it was wrong. We had to tackle him to get a check. Awful and embarrassing.

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