The Clocktower

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1284 reviews
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The Clocktower is a new restaurant from Stephen Starr and Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton. It is located in Ian Schrager's Edition Hotel, located at 5 Madison Avenue (at 24th Street), in the iconic Met Life Tower building. The 88 seat, David Rockwell-designed restaurant serves contemporary cuisine with British sensibilities, classic and contemporary cocktails, and a diverse selection of wines, and local and global beers.

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The Infatuation
8.2

The Clocktower in the Edition Hotel is a Flatiron facsimile of a popular restaurant in London. And it works here just as well as it works over there.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Favorites were the lobster and skirt steak.

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DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very lovely setting and nicely prepared food although the portions are super tiny and the prices are not justifiable

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TS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything about The Clocktower is great: beautiful restaurant, amazing cocktails, delicious food, attentive service. My only complaint (which keeps the rating at 4 stars) is the size of the portions. My date ordered the duck and got about half a breast. I had the lamb; for nearly $50 I got about 3oz of meat. Again, everything tasted fantastic, but they need to be more generous with the proportions.

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RK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was disappointing and the venue had terrible and loud music more appropriate to a disco club than a Michelin Star restaurant. Very difficult to understand the wait staff given the noise and their desire to stand at some distance from the table in a largely empty dining room. Kudos to the wine manager who offered to bring us something else and graciously apologized for our poor dining experience. Nevertheless we will not be revisiting this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for my husband’s birthday (the two of us). We were seated at a great table and they had a card waiting there wishing him a happy birthday. Several of the staff were aware of the occasion and greeted us warmly. The two birthday glasses of good champagne on the house were an especially welcoming touch.

Our marinated yellowtail appetizer, while a bit inventive for my taste buds, was still delicious and creative. This was the last day it would be on the season’s menu. The bread loaf is beyond delicious -- every time. For entrees we had a strip and a filet, both perfect, along with a nice and reasonably priced bottle of white chosen by the sommelier. A little desert (not specifically requested) came with a candle.

I don’t want to pigeonhole this as a “birthday” or “special occasion” place. It’s a great restaurant, period. I’ve been here on several other dinner occasions, business and casual. It is an especially gorgeous room, with gracious service, and creative and yet solid food. But on this occasion we were satisfied and treated wonderfully in every way. There are a lot of places in New York where you can spend the same amount of money, but few that have left us feeling so good. Go ahead, treat yoself!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing time. The service was on point. Food top notch. I can for a special occasion and they did not disappoint. I look forward to my next dining experience with them.

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Only go for the bar. You can do far better for food.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Big dilemma!! Service at The Clocktower was excellent but food was adequate. Too bad! We were welcome with a smile and a happy birthday note on the table followed by a glass of champagne. The disappointment came with the food. Hudson Valley Foie Gras And Chicken Liver Parfait - salty, served on a bed of lentils (not mentioned in the description of the dish) apparently served with a brioche toast (read white bread)
Brooklyn burrata resembled cottage cheese lacked in flavor with an occasional coarsely ground pieces of salt sans fava beans. Long Island duck breast was fine but not fine enough to please a guest at Michelin-starred restaurant. Berkshire Pork Chop was excellent and it saved the evening as it was ordered by the birthday girl. I could not wait for dessert but the disappointment continued. Earl Grey Soufflé with cognac cream was anemic in looks and taste. I think they forgot the cognac. Soufflé and birthday candles do not mesh well therefore a little, tiny b'day cake arrived at the table. It looks sweet and adorable but without flavor. It was a very expensive dinner which I expected it to be otherwise I would not have chosen The Clocktower but I expected to be wowed for the price. It is a beautiful space with ambiance and great service but the chef might have had a night off on Friday March 15th.

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JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could sit in The Clock Tower for a week just looking at the fabulous photography collection. The food was excellent and our server was a true professional - she appeared like magic when we needed something but was not over attentive. It was a late lunch so not very crowded, noise level was low. I will return for sure.

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CG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bartender made me some amazing tequila cocktails (no margarita or trendy over the top spicy mezcal bs.) in the restaurant, service was attentive and smart. My burger was cooked perfectly and fries weren't soggy, plus there were only like 10 so I didn't feel like an enormous cow rolling out of there. Overall good times.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Considering this is a Michelin starred restaurant at a reasonable price point, I would recommend it. Wonderful option for cocktails in the Lobby Bar and then dinner at The Clocktower for a date night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not the ideal place for a business dinner. We were interrupted every two minutes. For dinner waitstaff are keen to get you out of your table. It was a very annoying and disruptive dinner with two clients.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration with friends here! Servce was impeccable and the souffle ad banoffee tart were unique and delicious highlights of our meal.

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g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place. Except for the prices. Good for a special night out.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good but the duck entree was a little on the salty/sweet side - at least for my taste.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

The experience was average. For a large party we were seated at a small table despite there being other larger spaces that remained available throughout our entire meal. There wasn't even room for a bottle of water on the table!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, flavor and presentation. Service was wonderful and detailed. Sommelier very knowledgeable and accommodating. Hopefully return soon.

Franz

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AW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & presentation- need a few more entrees though

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Attentive and precise service. Great wine program to boot. Will definitely be returning.

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant multiple times-brunch, afternoon tea, lunch. I’ve loved every meal I’ve had here leading up to this last visit. It was my first dinner experience here-I ordered the risotto, which was very undercooked. I guess I could have sent it back but I didn’t want to be fussy. My friend got the tilefish and was underwhelmed by it’s flavor. She also got a side of potato gratin which she felt was under seasoned-it was. I had seen pictures on Instagram of the risotto and it usually had sautéed mushrooms and some type of green on it but mine included shaved truffles which is great, but I think the dish needed some contrast. I also got an orange cordial which was mostly iced so I couldn’t detect the creamsicle flavor that had been hyped from my server. The servers are awesome by the way. My friend and I split the banoffee tart tatine for dessert-transcendent. Hands down, the star of the night and made up for the not so great meal before. I will dream of that dish for years to come. I may go back, becausd even the best restaurants have some misses and this is one of the best

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GF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Expensive but very good food

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and impeccable service. I would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As germans who love "full english breakfast" this was the best we ever had.
The style of the restaurant and the fact that it was almost empty in the morning, we felt very comfortable.

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing location, very good food, great wine list.
We loved the lobster, the scallops in both ways and the duck.
Service super.
Take a tour on all the rooms, including the bar and the billiard room.
Wow.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent - all courses and all four of us. Sommelier was only marginally helpful, however. Although the wine he helped select was very good, it was earthy when we clearly said we wanted fruity and it didn't appeal at all to one of our party.

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HH
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good, ambience and attentiveness all packaged in an elegant but low key fashion.

Enjoy returning all the time!

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KC
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was another spotless dinner. Food always come perfect, cooked the way we like (rear, that is often hard to accomplish in may restaurant). We have venison, duck and turbo this time. Venison perfect, rear, was melting in your mouth and preparation was not cover juicy flavor and tenderness of the meat. My turbo was meaty and proper the way i like 100%, I have sauce from Tilefish and beets on the side. Sauce was tasty and beets.....out of this word! I love beets and have roasted beets many times but the one at Clocktower were non like others. They almost looked like they were smoked before (not worry not smoke flavor) , surgery, juicy , almost pleasantly chewy, dewy, and the color so deep ....Space is lovely. We seat at the same table and people from black and white photos on the wall start to feel like our dinning companions. Crew is always great, Music is also so refreshing from another places. Out server Martine is always great. See you soon Clocktower. Recommend 100%

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JM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was solid but unremarkable considering the prices. The twenty minute wait with a reservation was troublesome. The noise level because of the hard surfaces was difficult. One end of the table of six could not hear people seated two seats away.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The menu is very heavy and over priced for what it is. We ordered wine by the glass and they were very chinsy with the pour.

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DW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We really enjoyed our meal from starters, to mains, to desserts (don't miss the tarte)

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disgusting. They had a piece plastic in niece's food. Undercooked pork. The most unbelievably bad dinner I've ever had. They should be embarrassed

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant exceeded our expectations. The food was incredible as well as the service. I would love to come back again sometime!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The hotel uses fragrance that polluted the experience

The. Wine paring was out of sync and uncorrected till the third course

Food itself was common and unremarkable

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staffs were great and foods were good. They got a fine wine list.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So good went back the following week and plan to make it a regular dining expeicne.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing. The food was delicious and the ambiance was so beautiful and romantic. We also got some Prosecco and a dessert for our anniversary celebration. The manager was also super sweet.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was ok. The waiter did not explain the meals that well.

My 2 friends had the dover sole, it was so small and tasted so fishy. Like it was frozen fish stick

I had the duck, it was like chewing raw, tough, fatty meat. Horrible!

The prices were ridiculous for this quality and quantity. I don’t mind paying for a great meal but this was un acceptable.

This is my 4th time dinning with them and have booked 2 corporate events in the past. All amazing experiences
I can’t believe this is the same restaurant. Did they change chef or management?

We Will not be returning .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, service was great. The only issue that I had with the Resturant was their wine list.
They have as many as 500 different wines however the average price of the wine is about $350.00.
Only few wines are in price range of $80.00.....

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m
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice experience from the entertainingly and appropriately droll Australian hostess to a great bar with an incredibly well informed and yet non condescending waitress to a good dining room team, service is very well done without being over the top. The pool room was a very pleasant distraction and the food was very, very good. Only complaint is that the wine list is disproportionately overpriced even if remarkably broad.

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