The Lambs Club - Bar

3.9
455 reviews
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Contemporary American
At The Lambs Club - Bar, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian has created a relaxed and inviting restaurant serving Afternoon Tea, full dinner menu, Pre Theatre dinner menu and bar snacks. The bar comfortably accommodates daytime meetings or refined cocktails in the evening with large round banquettes and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto 44th Street.

Live Music Program:
Jazz: Wednesday nights 7pm - 11:00pm
DJ Sets: Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Jazz Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 3pm

Located within The Chatwal Hotel, The Lambs Club provides room service for the 76 hotel rooms and oversees private dining in the various event spaces throughout the building. This landmark masterpiece was originally built and designed by Stanford White in 1905 and just reopened after a major renovation and restoration with every detail overseen by architect Thierry Despont.

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Sun 7:45PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 8:15PM - 11:00PM
Thu - Sat 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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PS
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the second time I've been to the Lambs Club prior to a show -- simply outstanding food and cocktails with limited time. The service was great, we were celebrating my husband's birthday and they were very sweet in acknowledging it. Love the menu and we look forward to going back!

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GS
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and drinks with outstanding service. A great place for a pre-theatre stop.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at The Lambs Club was very enjoyable. Due to its size they were able to accommodate last minute reservations and the atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable. The food was wonderful and the staff very attentive. They also have a decent bottled beer list and make a great martini:)

Yes The Lambs Club is expensive but in my experience having a go to spot with good food is worth it!

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and outstanding service. The price is reasonable for the city.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All elements of our meal were perfect; the décor, the food, the noise level, the wine selection and the proximity to our theatre.

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MV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Definitely a different vibe upstairs in the Mezzanine than downstairs at the restaurant. I didn't realize I was making a choice when I made the reservation. Defininitely less of a high end feel. Service was OK... for some reason there was a big gap in time between the serving of our first course and main entree, (something must have been going on in the kitchen), and the waiter never came by to give us an update or just acknowledge the delay. Almost seemed like he was deliberately avoiding our table. My wife's steak was delicious, my fish was a bit dry. My wife's my soup was underseasoned but my crab curry was very tasty. Pecan mousse was so-so but the caramel ice cream that came with it was great.

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MG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Seated in mezzanine. Wobbly chair swapped out for another, equally wobbly chair. Waiter placed wine bottle on table and had to grab it a second later before it nearly careened to the floor--wobbly table. All that minor, compared to slow service. Starters came out fine, but had to wait an eternity for mains. Explained about theater tickets. Manager apologetic but did nothing to ameliorate the fact that when food came, we had ten mins left to swallow everything, get the check and leave. Would not recommend.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

I have eaten here before and enjoyed it. I wanted to be seated in the dining room. We were seated in the bar area. It was too noisy. My seat was in the aisle. The seat was wobbly. The device was excellent and the food was delicious but I will not be back.

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M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time we go to the theater we have dinner at the Lambs Club and it is always wonderful.

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DJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An overall enjoyable experience and not that far from the Broadway theaters.

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AC
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

It's not that I don't enjoy high end dining, but the apparent benchmark of $20.00 cocktails and $30 appetizers (which seem to have become a NYC staple) crosses a line for me. Our seating for two was cramped (I was basically sitting in an aisle) and the service was haphazard. Our servers was extremely nice but a bit scattered, and frankly could have used some training in the art of being a waiter.

I wouldn't have minded the total of the bill (well north of $300) if we had a more pleasant overall experience.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect place for drinks with friends, lunch or the dining room for special dining. love this place!

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S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Didn’t like the selection on restaurant week menu. Service fair, not great

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant week value. Appetizer and main course were great. It is expensive otherwise. Only quibble, we ordered the cookie plate and it used to be small cookies. These were four enormous, overcooked cookies. They took them off the check because they were inedible. Service was a little slow at times.

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m
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I went to experience this restaurant in between shows since he was in town and it was on The NYC Restaurant week list for lunch or dinner. The Lamps Club is gorgeous and historic and I was excited to have a date with my hubby who was in town for the weekend. We were upstairs in the bar which is beautiful and cozy and swanky Old World New York. We were given a restaurant week menu, made our choices, and waited for probably 15-20 minutes before the Maitre D came over to our table, apologetically informed us that the restaurant week menu was not availble on weekends, gave us another menu to choose something from the main menu. As he was walking away our first course arrived. Waiter was politely confused. We did get our delicious 3 Course Resturant Week Menu -but it took an awfully long time. They appropriately gave us the special price and offered a complimentary glass of bubbly etc. It was just weird that no one knew what was going on. I checked the restaurant week catalogue and there was no mention of only Weekday availability here. I will dine here again - downstairs in front of a roaring fire - where hopefully things run a bit more smoothly and waitstaff is more attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have waited for years to visit here as a major fan of zakarian
I planned a special trip for family members and was so excited to share the experience....majorly disappointed

Would not recommend or return...food was a disappointment and service was average at best

Zakarian: you would have been chopped first Round last night :(((

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a nice time, though it did not quite live up to expectations. We had the Restaurant Week menu. There were highs and lows. My wife and father in law both have celiac's. The gluten free bread was wonderful, however one of the salads the waiter said was gf had freekah...which is wheat. The trout salad that three diners ordered was relatively bland.

For mains, the duck confit dish was wonderfully prepared - moist and perfectly crispy skin. The mussel curry dish was good, but no better than most thai restaurants in NYC.

In all, a fine meal. But not special.

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AD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This review is for the Bar and not the regular restaurant. We had a 5:45 reservation and barely made our 7:30 show 2 blocks away. The appetizer came promptly and then we waited at least 25 minutes for our entrees. My husband's was cool and it was obvious my gnocchi sat under the lights for a while. There was a bit of a skin over the whole dish. The waiter was rarely in evidence. I would recommend avoiding the Bar if you are on a schedule. A plus was a nice assortment of non-alcoholic cocktails. My husband had a much different experience with the Lambs Club restaurant itself before a matinee.

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IB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Complete overpriced. Waiters act like they are doing you a favor when they serve you.

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GS
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic service and incredible food.

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room wonderfully furnished. The food is great and the service what you would expect from a top notch spot. Gentle live music was an unexpected bonus..

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to the Lambs Club. The atmosphere and seating were very nice. It was easy to to stay long. The food was excellent.

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lambs Club for pre-theatre dining, either upstairs in the bar or downstairs in the dining room. Same menu both places, but the bar menu upstairs is also good for quick bites. Consistent quality, nicely prepared and plated.

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Q
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for the Carolers Christmas Brunch on Christmas Day. Really quite terrible food and the staff seemed too under pressure for good service. Tables around us were just as unimpressed so they could have been having a particularly bad day.

Would not recommend- it is a tourist trap.

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DB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was absolutely terrible. The restaurant was slow and it took almost 2 hours for drinksca apps. We had to leave before dinner as we had Broadway show we had to attend.

$300 for a terrible experience. There are many nicer places and far better service. Don’t waste your money or time.

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CZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food OK not great. Service haphazard. Not a good choice for dinner but would be lovely for a drink.

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Interior is amazing. Service is very good. Food is ok. Would expect better food from place like this one. But experience overall was ok.

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CJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We did not place our reservation for the bar, but that is where we were seated. This was our first time at the Lambs Club since about 2011. We went to celebrate our anniversary before an evening of theater. We were seated next to obnoxious people loudly holding some kind of interview. We felt often forgotten by the staff.

The lobster dish my wife ordered was acceptable with a nice herbed butter. My capaletti was good. The bread was the best part of the meal.

The drinks took a long time to come out, our table was not prebussed, and they had no pinot noir from their menu available.

I am usually a kind reviewer and we have an affinity for the Lamb's Club and Chef Zakarian. This time we were unfortunately disappointed.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I NEVER complain about a meal. That being said...we ordered oysters as an appetizer. They never arrived. When we asked they arrived with our entree!! Oysters were good. Meal was less than average!!

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A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, we were very clear about what time we needed to leave for a show and it was incredibly slow. When we finally got our food it was cold, clearly it had been sitting out for many minutes despite our protestations about having to make a show. Then they forgot a dish and charged it to our bill anyway, finally brought it over as we were leaving. And food way overpriced, despite being poor quality. would not recommend.

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MS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Doesn’t even deserve my time to write a full review. Treated horribly by management and poor service. Was literally told the customer doesn’t matter.

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RC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre and service was MIA even though Geoffrey Zakarian was in the house.

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JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit before shows. Food,ambiance , and unobtrusive but timely service extremely enjoyable. Will be back on our next visit.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like royalty and the food was palate-pleasing

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TJ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recently had dinner at the Lamb's Club as recommended by our son and daughter-in-law. We especially enjoyed the halibut as it was prepared in a way we hadn't encountered before. The atmosphere was engaging although we were happy to be seated a distance from the live jazz band so we could have a conversation without raising our voices. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for an enjoyable evening out in a lively but classy atmosphere.

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J
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Have eaten here many times before and just had higher expectations for this meal. The restaurant was ill prepared for a full house. Diners were angry as they waited for staff to even bring menus and/or drinks/meals. People were complaining. Service was too slow and inattentive. We couldn’t sit in the main dining area and had to eat upstairs in the lounge area next to a loud band playing. Was not impressed for the cost of dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The server was inattentive at best and did not communicate changes to orders. We only saw him 3 times in the course of our meal. I do want to commend the runner/busser who also serviced our table. He was excellent.

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AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space with pricy (but excellent) cocktails. I look forward to returning for the live music!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Lambs Club has been a great place for pre-theatre cocktails and appetizers for years. However, the service has been notably diminished the last couple of times there. It took almost fifteen minutes to find someone to request the bill and everyone at our table gave up on ordering a final cocktail because the server never came by. Sad to see such an established place go down due to the erosion of service but there are other places with the same atmosphere and prices that continue to pride themselves on customer service. I can no longer recommend.

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DS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Upon arriving, we were asked to check our coats. We said we preferred to keep them. The Host then called us inelegant for not checking them. I was therefore bullied into checking mine. When we were seated, I noticed that almost everyone had their coats on, or placed beside them on the banquettes.
They then led us to the worst table in the restaurant since they were displeased that only one of us checked our coat. They led us through the kitchen pass way and not through the main area of the restaurant, which was very rude.
When we received our menus, we found that it was a prix fixe holiday menu which we were not made aware of when booking. When we booked the table on open table or the restaurant should have informed us that this was a holiday brunch on Dec. 1st @ $68 pp. Neither of us eat the pastry basket or dessert. So we paid $140 for eggs! If they had informed us that this was a prix fixe menu we would not have opted to go there before a show. I think Open Table and the restaurant owe it to the patrons to inform them that it would be a special price and not a la carte. I was looking forward to ordering off the lunch menu I viewed on line. The host was incredibly inappropriate and the food was o.k. Geoffrey Zakarian would be appalled we were treated this way. An upsetting and expensive mistake.

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