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About The Clocktower

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.

5 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
English, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily 6:30AM to 10:00AM
Lunch: Daily 11:30AM to 3:00PM
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Monday & Tuesday: 5:30PM to 10:00PM, Wednesday - Friday: 5:30PM to 11:00PM, Saturday: 5:00PM to 11:00PM

Cross Street:
24th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 413-4300

Website:
http://www.theclocktowernyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Jason Atherton

The Clocktower Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Good for a Date (47)
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Romantic (39)
Business Meals (35)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Great for Lunch (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Cozy (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Groups (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
People Watching (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Fun (15)
Casual (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

From a warm welcome to excellent service throughout the meal, everyone went out of their way to make my husband's birthday and our meal special. All of the food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

First visit. Everything was truly fantastic. Incredible flavor profiles and combinations in every dish. Great service. Met with champagne and a birthday card for my fiancee who was celebrating. All of the servers where extremely knowledgeable with the menu. We definitely will return.

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Unique building, full of character which makes for a less ordinary dining experience. Service was awful, so so slow. It was over an hour between sitting down and the food arriving and it wasn’t particularly busy. It was challenging to get our drinks brought from the bar to the table (would happily have taken them ourselves) and then we had to remind the waiter to pour the remainder of our wine at the end of the meal (again happy to pour our own wine but it was put in an ice bucket on the other side of the room). Food was good but for the price there are certainly far better restaurants in NYC where you get the 20% service you pay for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is much below my expectation. It's either too sour or salted of the sauces they provided. And I remembered there's one of the forks that they replaced for me between each course has some kind of food left over on it. I mean, they didn't even clean up before giving it to the customer. Overall, they were overcharging the customers on Valentine's Day. Don't recommend to any couples to celebrate their anniversaries or special days

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Long wait between courses. Average food for Michelin 1-Star.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Bland and dry food

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

amazing... amazing...amazing. nothing more to say.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Mediocre at best. The seafood tower was warm. The "concoctions" at the top of it were tasteless and "mayonnaise-y." The $74 Dover sole was overcooked (dry and rubbery) and the lamb chops, of which there were only two, were thirty percent fat. Our server disappeared once we ordered.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Weenjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at the Clocktower. In particular the sommelier’s recommendations. She listened to what we said about our taste in wine and her recommendations were spot on, especially in terms of complimenting our food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great brunch here - good food, good cocktails, the only dilemma was whether to go with breakfast food or lunch food! Also, the service was great, friendly and even super accommodating of the fact that we had a baby with us. Would recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Waited quite a bit for a table but were compensated with drinks as a result. They gave use complimentary champagne and some small desserts because it was our anniversary (noted in reservation). Atmosphere was a little loud and young, a bit party-ish in the bar room and where the pool table is. Ambiance in the dining rooms were better though. Dimly lit and great service from the wait staff. Would recommend again but I don't think it's a good atmosphere for anniversary type events. Good for a nice night out or a semi-special occasion, or if you just want to overspend on drinks/dinner a little bit.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The roast chicken is definitely crispy and juicy, highly recommend this dish. However, we don't think the Starters are good enough. Both my partner and I think the burrata salad should not be sour. Overall, the service is pretty good.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was not the best early on, but the manager when he understood I knew a lot (as in industry professional, but i never said) it got a lot better. Mostly the food was excellent, but my entree was a fail. Yes it was cold, but it need rethinking as it is flat dish. To be fair, the lamb side is to die for. I'd order that in a heart beat. There are lots of lovely dishes.

They need more training of waitstaff. When we asked about the cheeses, our server had zero clue.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

very nice lunch. I wanna recommend to my friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were late for around 30 minutes but still hold the reservation for us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Restaurant week

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very slow service, went for a restaurant week lunch and we waited 20 minutes to be seated, lunch took about 2 hours.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

There was a sophistication to the restaurant. The food was superb. The wait staff was probably the most professional I have seen in a long time. We had a relaxing meal and were not rushed. It was restaurant, but, plan to come back when in neighborhood. The restaurant is a gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was a little bit slow but still really friendly.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was of very good quality, with the dishes creative variations on traditional items. Food service at the bar (we were unexpectedly extremely late for my reservation and it was dropped off the system, so we were offered the same Restaurant Week menu at the bar) was casual and unhurried. Everyone was attentive and gracious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Good for restaurant week

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Wow! What an unforgettable experience - This is the place to go during NYC Restaurant Week!
Excellent service and DEEEElicious food!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing scenery/ambiance, outstanding food and even better service. Impeccable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved it! Will dine again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Third time eating here, over a few days. Did not dissapoint

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It gets worse and worse, probably beause they feel they have not many alternatives in the area. I won't go there again.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Went here because had Michelin star rating and participated on restaurant week. My parents in law are visiting from China so wanted to give them a nice experience in the city. We were all very satisfied with the food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We visited the restaurant for Restaurant week and even if the food wasn’t as good as it was we would still return for the ambiance

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Went there for my birthday with my boyfriend. They gave us a table by the fireplace (so nice!) and treated us to a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate. That was totally enough for me. BUUUUUT THEEEEEEN they brought out two additional small desserts for us to share. All in all, great experience 😁

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I was very pleased with the atmosphere, service, cocktails and cuisine. If an old world speakeasy feel is what you are going for than this is the place for you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food, ambience and service were very good. Noise level was off the charts. Spending a lot of money on a good dinner when you can’t enjoy the conversation of your friends because of the noise level is a trend I hope will go away.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The interior, the service, the food, the wine list, can be summed up with only one word -
outstanding !

Tags: Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

food was terrible

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent experience in The Clocktower and I am pretty sure it is worth its star.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

So far the best restaurant week experience I had this year.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

dessert is too sweet and service is just fine. It doesn’t worth as a good restaurant. Front desk service is good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Three of us went to the Clocktower for Winter Restaurant lunch. All the food was wonderful but the portions were stingy. We loved the presentation and taste but were still a bit hungry after the meal was over. I would go back and try something off the regular lunch menu. I had the fish stew as the first course which was tasty. It had the tiniest clam I have ever seen and was about 4 spoonfuls. The fish was good but needed more sauce. The dessert was very small bread pudding with a dollop of chocolate gelato. As I said before- tasty meal but needed bigger portions. Kathleen was our server. She did a good job except one person wanted olive oil with the bread and it took a long time and asking twice before it showed up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great service, great food. Expected nothing less.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Went back for my son's 16th birthday celebration. The food was excellent, the service friendly and impeccable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff were on their A-game, and the food was terrific!! Went for restaurant week and I was in love. I was running late and they were able to push my reservation back a half hour for me.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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