The Ribbon - NYC

4.5
923 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Ribbon is a culmination of over 20 years of Blue Ribbon Restaurants. The Ribbon has an old-world feel while remaining contemporary and inviting. The food is classic comfort American with southern and French influences. The bar is whisky driven offering modern cocktails and an approachable wine list.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday 5pm-10pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm-12am
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Phone number
(212) 787-5656
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bruce & Eric Bromberg
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Central Park West
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Parking Structures Nearby:
Rapid Park is located at 15 West 72nd on 72nd street and Central Park West
High Rise Parking is located at 200 West 71st on 71st and Amsterdam
Astro Parking is located at 155 West 70th on 70th street and Broadway
Parking is located ay 201 West 75th on 75th and Amsterdam
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Public transit
Trains Nearby:
The C and B line is located on the corner of 72nd and Central Park West
The 1, 2 and 3 line is located on the corner of Broadway and 72nd
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I work on the upper west side and am always looking for lunch spots to meet friends. I had two friends from England in town and made us a reservation at the Ribbon. They were very accommodating for my friends and stored their luggage behind the hostess stand. I enjoyed my kale salad and my friends liked their meals as well!

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j
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything delicious... great brunch!! great service... great afternoon

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LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service could have been better - we would have had more drinks had the server checked on us more.

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

We enjoyed our dinner at The Ribbon. The food was fresh, served hot and delicious. The staff was very attentive. We are looking forward to dining there again.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very large restaurant with many open tables yet the hostess insisted on seating every table for 2 right next to each other. Service was poor. Menu fair.

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PU
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seasonal eclectic menu with generous portions. We split a mussel in chorizo broth with just the right amount of kick in it followed by a short rib and brusselsprout dish that was generously split in two servings.
The meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The piece de resistance was the sticky toffee pudding which was worth every calorie!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food .. menu Offer us enough variety to bring friends with different food preferences… From vegan love to carnivore. Service sometimes slow but always friendly. Great space.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for finding me a good table!

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DF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not good. Friend ordered the butcher salad and instead of chicken, it was just chicken skin. We informed the manager who was pleasant but made no attempt to remedy the situation. The wait staff was pleasant, the bartender was frosty.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We have been going to Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street for many years and hoped Ribbon would be in the same image. It clearly is not. The space is cavernous as opposed to Blue Ribbons intimacy. The food was mediocre at best. On a positive not our waiter was great. One in our party has serious food allergies and he was very careful to explain the ingredients. That being said we will not be back.

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Ribbon is a great choice with many interesting and delicious options. It is very comfortable and offers much more than comfort food. The service is excellent and although a bit pricey, they are typical for good NYC restaurants. Our party of four loved what we ordered and all look forward to going back to try other dishes.

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WR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The 'deviled' eggs were just hard-boiled eggs with toppings on top. Very disappointing. However the flatbread with broccolini and bacon was bomb! ' The grilled avocado was good, but not sure it was worth $9. I've had the steak before, but was underwhelmed with the quality this time. The way they cut the steak wasn't that good, too bulky instead of strips like you typically see in the photos. Drinks were awesome though!!

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LR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good with large portions. Our server was very attentive and had a warm personality.

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E
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you crave a creative, New-American take on comfort food, in an upbeat, attractive setting, check out "The Ribbon." Our server was friendly, helpful, and attentive; the food, well-prepared and as described on the menu (not always a given at other restaurants). The White Bean Soup, Hanger Steak, and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding were standouts.
We will definitely return!

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place, good but expensive food even for NYC.

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R
Key West
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit to this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. The food is very well prepared; the quality is there. The wait staff were all helpful; I would definitely go back.

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BJ
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a colleague in from London and was looking for a fun, energetic and good dinner place. Check all of the above. The Ribbon is a real gem on the Upper West side. If you are up for extra energy eat at the high tops adjacent to the bar. Fun!

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OT
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Average food at least for brunch, did not record that we honored the reservation so had to go back to opentable for it to be corrected

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RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Always love the Ribbon, but this time there was an issue. The entire back area smelled like chlorine bleach, staff must have been cleaning the floors in the kitchen. It was an awful smell that lasted for about 1/2 our meal. It was Saturday night, our dinner was from 9:30-10:30pm, it was not closing time. It kind of ruined our experience. Also, we needed salt on the table and couldn't find anyone to ask. Finally stopped a busboy, he said he'd get some and never did. Finally had to get out of my seat and walk over to a waiter station and ask someone.

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good all around, The Ribbon consistently delivers the good. That starts with the food and extends to the professional service. Have oysters, buffalo cauliflower, burgers, fried chicken, salads. All good.

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T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent small plates deviled eggs were superb as were the Mac n cheese fritters.

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B
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

An energetic Saturday night crowd, with lots of families and larger groups. Very varied menu, so that everyone can find something they like. Relatively casual; nice neighborhood place.

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RG
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy any meal here. This night I asked to be seated in a certain area of the restaurant. I’ve never made a request like that through open table but was very very happy to walk in and have the table i wanted waiting for us. Tried some items on the Ocktoberfest menu and loved the pretzels- a must! The schnitzel was great too - a very generous portion. Can’t wait to return!!
One of the funniest waiters too! Great personality- some past waitstaff has been pretty dull.

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

Here for a birthday. People manning the hostess stand (who were apparently not the hostess who seems to appear once every 20 minutes) were incredibly rude.

When we asked our waiter if what we ordered was OK timing-wise as we had a show to go to, he was snide (“Well, I mean, it’s 6:50 now, so.”)

Food and drinks were really good but never coming back.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We went to Ribbon for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. There was no bar tender working that day, so we could only order bottled beers and wine. Bad start. My bottled IPA was served in a glass two sizes too big which made it look like either a pony bottle pour or someone had a swig on the way to the table. We ordered the buffalo cauliflower (pretty good), cavatelli (great idea, mediocre execution), and chicken sandwich (not great). Overall, not a pleasurable experience. The only good part was when one of the staff members asked the foul mouthed guy who seemed to think he was from the movie Boiler Room in the booth next to us to quiet down. Can it recommend it and will not be dining there again.

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EP
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is that of tavern/steakhouse, a bit dark but full of wood and interesting light fixtures; seating was comfortable. Service is prompt and pleasant but youthful; there are no career wait staff. The noise is cacaphonous. The locale fills a blank in the 70s on the UWS which, while replete with small cafes and ethnic eateries, does not have many solid, upscale restaurants.

The specially is beef and pork. My party of three had 3 different (reasonably sized) entrees, all were excellent: prime rib, "ribbon" steak and short ribs. We shared one (large) salad, and one dessert; we drank 2 large glasses of wine and one dessert. The mains, salad, dessert and wine came to $190 without tip - which is probably normal for the neighborhood. The place was almost full, and service continued without a hitch.

But- we did have coffee with dessert; it was flavorless and uninteresting. We mentioned it to our waiter who replaced the coffees with cafe Americanos - not much more satisfying and, without being asked, removed the coffee from the bill. There is no reason that so excellent a restaurant could not produce a decent cup of coffee.

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! We make the trip about one a month from Long Island to enjoy the best ribs and fried chicken ever!!!

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food but way overpriced. We enjoyed the waiter who was very nice. The food was served promptly and was very good. But the prices for entrees are outrageously high. There are a lot of kids in the back. It is a family restaurant, so shouldn't be so expensive, and the happy hour is only available in the front of the restaurant which is very noisy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The ribs appetizer is amazing, kale salad was right what I wanted. Service was somewhat slow. However the food and atmosphere far outweigh it. We’ll be back for sure!

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CP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My boyfriend and I had a HORRIBLE experience at The Ribbon last night.

After explaining an allergy to the server, I asked that the server let me know if I was able to eat a certain dish. 40 minutes later, we had still not heard from the server or had any food. Finally, after asking about the status of our food, the dish I had asked about arrived with 1/2 of the dish on the plate - the server had removed the part that I couldn't eat without mentioning anything to me. Not only this, other parts of our order were missing. The server charged us the whole value of the meal, even though I unwillingly only received a part of the dish.

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RD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been here many times and love the food. The brunch is great. Service is ok but not outstanding. Sometimes the staff is great but often it isn't. After having dinner with friends that we haven't seen for over 25 years I've asked the waiter which was a new person since the one serving us vanished to take a picture and he did but not before expressing his discontent for doing so and being chick about it.

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TE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was generally very good but the service was extremely slow. There were long gaps for every part of the meal. Another unfortunate items was the light bulb above our table seemed to be dying was flickering in a way that created a strobe-like effect that was distracting.

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n
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We sat in the back room which was much quieter than the bar area. In general the food was very good bit my French dip sandwich, which I asked for rare, was obviously last night’s leftover well done meat with mots of fat and gristle. French fries were fabulous. The waiter offered to replace it but I didn’t bother since everyone else was happy and already

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DM
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended this bar/restaurant for the Sunday/Monday fried chicken and it did not disappoint. We intended to go for happy hour and booked early for this, however happy hour only applies to the front bar area, not the restaurant seating at back. Not a problem though as staff were very helpful and moved us to the front area. Food was great, especially chicken and oysters, and terrific margaritas. Good selection of wines, a very enjoyable evening.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The manager really saved this rating. Food was really good, very well presented. Service was a hot mess. Part of order never came out, no refill on coffee or any other service check after initial order. We were one of three seated tables at the time, with a full wait staff. The on-shift manager though came over, had a conversation, and made the final bill more reflective of the service. Maybe not worth a second try, but I wouldnt discourage anyone from giving them a chance.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. Pleasant wait staff.
Efficient service.

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Gets too loud but otherwise excellent. Delicious food and attentive service!

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GL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Thought the food was exceptional and service was terrific until approximately 10pm when the restaurant slowed down. The check was dropped 3 times while we were still ordering. Our first waiter, who was fabulous left, and the last waiter dropped the check immediately. We asked the new server if he wanted us to move to the bar while we had another drink. He said no, brought us the wrong drinks and dropped the check while bringing the drinks. We got it-you wanted us to leave (we left at 11 which is what time the kitchen closed). There were other people still dining.

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This isn’t the usual ribbon thing. They have TVs and there’s more or a sports bar vibe when you walk in... it was however good as far as service and food go and the restaurant part has a little bit of intimacy. For a casual dinner it’s fine. If you want something more romantic or rather intimate. I’d say better not.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Ribbon!

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