The Cafe Carlyle

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187 Reviews
$50 and over
French

About

The Cafe is open from Monday through Saturday. Decorated with Vertes Murals, this legendary cabaret is an intimate venue in which to enjoy superb French culinary creations. Kindly note this reservation is for dinner prior to Café Carlyle’s scheduled music performance at 8:45pm. A cover charge will apply for the performance and varies according to artist. Please check our entertainment calendar at www.cafecarlylenewyork.com to confirm artist and pricing. Dinner is required for 6:30, 7:00 or 7:30 seatings.
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.5
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3.9
service
4.2
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2.9
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vipMichaelG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Kitchen was being remodeled. So no food except nuts at 8 pm. We were never told this and had not eaten.

We were there to see Steve Tyrell. Bill was $500 for drinks and cover charge of $270. Normally we would have had a meal

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Rein
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations but cancelled by phone. The lady told us we were put on a waitinglist for a different date. We did not here from here anymore. We were charged 365 dollar for nothing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation using Open Table, then upon arriving was told that restaurant was closed to the public.

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Sassy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food very ordinary

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vipFrequentTraveller
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unable to produce food or service on February 14. Show more than 45 minutes late starting. We finally left before dessert and show.

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vipcitygirlwine
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s always a wonderful classic NY experience. Food, cocktails and ambience are always outstanding.

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MariaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cuando lleganos a la puerta de café Carlyle había un hermoso cartel que anunciaba el cierre temporal desde el 31/12/17 al 03/01/18 incluso. Lamentablemente no nos han contactado para anunciarlo así como tampoco nos han ofrecido el reintegro de lo abonado por la reserva que teníamos atraves del servicio Opentable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall1food3service4ambience3

OMG!! They don’t tell you is there is an additional cover of $165 per person on top of the overpriced, mediocre food. Check came to $700 for two people!! Overprice, pretentious and stuck in the 1950’s. Avoid unless your favorite movie is Casablanca, and you own a railroad.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Carlyle cafe charged us without our authorisation. We had a reservation to go and we tried to cancel twice , once during thanksgiving (they were closed) and I was put through to voicemail where I left a voicemail saying I wanted to cancel my booking for Saturday and again the next day when they opened my partner called and cancelled personally with someone from their staff. I was very unhappy I couldn't make it and was looking forward to go back the week after. Two days later I look into my bank statements and they had charged me 272 dollars ! Excuse me?!? This is a scandal and I have taken it to my card issuer to fix this. If you are contemplating booking this place, don't ! It's dishonest to charge the people who didn't show up without having warned them they would be charged a no show ! Open table policy was saying "call cafe Carlyle directly" and this is what we did. We still can't believe this horrible shock and hoping our card issuer will be able to rectify it for us.

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vipMike
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Cafe Caryle is a intimate supper club in the Caryle Hotel in NYC. The table are small, set up for two to four guest. I choose for my appetizer their lobster bisque which was very good. My wife choose the shrimp cocktail for hers, Nice large shrimp.

A word of warning. Since this is a super club, there is a charge for the show, which is a separate price from the food. Which depending on the performer(s), the day of the week and the time can cost over $100.00 per person. There is also a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets or sports coats.

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RobIanMenzies
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Classic Manhattan landmark, quintessentially New York, reliable and iconic venue

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made the reservation for 10.30 but there was no show on Saturday night atv10.30.. They had only one session...i hope open table did not changed for it i will check with my bank..

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vipcatearliss
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had wanted to go to the famous Cafe Carlyle for years. If you can see a performer in any other venue do it! Horrible cramped room, lousy service and bad food. Only worth it if you adore the performer. Even then the show is relatively short.

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vipBart
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The reason to go to Cafe is for the entertainment. It is not relaxed dining as everything depends on show time. Better for late show with lighter fare and excellent drinks.

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ahiddengem2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2014
Overall5food3service4ambience5

wanted to do something memorable for our anniversary and I remembered the Carlyle. What a hidden jewel. A throw back to when men wore jackets and women dressed up for dinner. Service was impeccable and the food and wine were perfect. Megan Hilty's performance was fantastic. From a beautiful duet with her husband and band member Brian Gallagher, to Rainbow Connection from the Muppet movie we were moved. So nice to see a 4pc band instead of a person with a keyboard. Enjoyed our special night so much. Have not stopped talking about it.

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vipLauren
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2014
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My girlfriend an I dined at Cafe Carlyle to see Megan Hilty perform. I had purchased the tickets and dinner via a Gilt City voucher, so wasn't sure what to expect. The staff was incredibly accomodating and welcoming, despite the fact I was there on a coupon. We had a wonderful evening and the performance was superb. This is such a wonderful gem of a place that you'll only find in NYC. Absolutely loved it.

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vipTimmmyk
New York Area
265 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful room, terrific service. great atmosphere, delicious food. Our Captain, Chuck, is a treasure.

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vipHUNGRY
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2014
Overall2food2service5ambience5

If it wasn't for the entertanment, we would NEVER go back there ...the price of the dinner was VERY high for the quality. In ea city of the best food in the world, this cafe needs cooking training....the food was very old fashion and everything overcooked. The service professional.

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Beatriz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2014
Overall3food1service2ambience2

The show wasnt what I've expected. The singer Steve Tyrell is not a good singer. He may be a good showman, but very old fashioned.
The food was ok but very very modest in quantity, and the waiter was too busy too serve us with care. We had to borrow the Menu from the couple sitting next to us. The monday night shows with Woody Alen are for sure worth the money.

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vipDonaldo
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unique entertainment cFe dining NYC one of a kind.

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annie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2014
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We went to the Café Carlyle to see Tommy Tune perform. He was wonderful! Unfortunately the food was not.

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Gracie
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience3

TABLES WERE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER. WAITERS BUMPED MY CHAIR REPEATEDLY. OUR WAIT FOR DESSERT WAS MUCH TOO LONG.

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vipdandyabouttown
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the cafe Carlyle. The performer - Tommy Tune was very entertaining and the food was excellent. Overall, a great value evening in a friendly place with a great atmosphere.

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Brittosbook
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although crowded, it a great place to participate from the cultural american way of life. Good shows, excelente food, good wines!

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TheAussies
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2014
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We wanted to go to a true New York Supper Club and see a live act and our research took us to the Cafe Carlyle. The food was great and we saw Lucille Arnaz who not only had a fabulous voice but was a true performer. We had a very memorable time. Our only regret is that we live in Australia and New York is such a long flight away that we can't go more often.

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vipDinner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food was good not great...service was attentive and nice..wine list very unremarkable and desert ok
Cooked well assembled nicely
Served promptly

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Jazzydo
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this neighborhood gem. Great service, love the music, great food too. Always a top rated class act.

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SHLEI688
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner and Alexa Ray Joel openning show with my family .every thing were great.

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vipJWilly
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was there to hear John Pizzarelli perform which was wonderful.
I think that a lot of the appeal of this room depends on who the musical act is that night.
That said, I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I came for the artists who were performing . Great showroom with great talent always!

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marcopolodiner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother-in-law for her 92 nd birthday -- she loves John Pizzarelli and he was great. He and Martin were sweet to her stopping to see her after concert. Our captain and server were fantastic and so was the food. First class all the way!!
I could not be happier.

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viprestaurater
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The focus here is obviously on the jazz performance, but the food is excellent, and so is the service. We don't go to many jazz clubs, but this is our favorite.

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Bush
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time - Saw Shirley Jones and she was sensational!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall3food4service1ambience4

At these prices, I expect stellar service.Kitchen and staff were clearly in the weeds.We weren't offered refills of our water; nor from the bread basket. Ordered dessert and coffee; coffee came (cold already) but then waited half an hour for dessert. No adjustment made to check; and I had to wolf down my dessert in the dark during the show, when we had specifically booked our dinner reservation almost 2 hours early so that we could eat a leisurely meal. Staff and kitchen clearly can't keep up with cabaret room demands, which is shocking after so many years. Would not go back except to see a performer at the top of my list; and then would only go for the F&B minimum. Food tasted good, but loses stars for lousy service. Disappointing.

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looovedit
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was great, service was exquisite but the entertainment was to die for.... Absolutely loved john lloyd young and i would strongly recommend that the carlyle invites him more than once or twice a year to perform... He is the best of all young singers (and old) out there

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vipMikeA
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Saw Sutton Foster. Great show. But a very expensive night. The food was good, but I would never go to the Café Carlyle for dinner only. A nice place for something different.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2014
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful room with murals. Very classy but bring your wallet.

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vipSlalom
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The show is what made our evening. What a magical night!

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REDSELF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

LOVELY XMAS CELEBRATION WITH STEVE TYRELL PERFORMING PERFECT!

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Leapster
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first visit - planned well ahead as part of our Christmas trip to the City. Great evening. Steve Tyrell just as good as I imagined - especially in this intimate setting. Some tables were close but we had seats on the wall. Will definitely visit again!

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The Cafe Carlyle is rated 4 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.