The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel
After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at the Algonquin. Though society columns referred to them as the Algonquin Round Table, they called themselves the Vicious Circle. "By force of character," observed drama critic Brooks Atkinson, "they changed the nature of American comedy and established the tastes of a new period in the arts and theatre."
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How very disappointed I was with my experience at the Algonquin on Sunday December 9,2018. I was hosting my partner for her birthday and quite frankly I was largely embarrassed. She was quite excited, as a Literary buff, to read about the history of the establishment, (round table) and it's dining experience. And for that reason, it felt like a "bait and switch" - the ambiance was not enough to compensate for the LACK of quality/value of the meal, as we were served breakfast. Your website states
"an unforgettable dining experience"- which is true we will never forget how bad the food was.
She ordered the egg sandwich, and had to pull out the meat as it was like shoe leather and the color of it was very undesirable. I had bacon and eggs over light with potatoes. The bacon and potatoes were cold and the egg white was over cooked and brown around the edges. My toast was cold and I had to ask for butter. The presentation was not even appetizing. These were very simple dishes. The people in the kitchen did not even care about what it looked like when it left the kitchen and obviously, nor did the waiter. I did not say anything at the time because I did not want to create further embarrassment.
Awful visit. Had to book a table, in a half empty place; waited an hour for our starter, only for that to be whisked away and our main course pushed in our face. After complaining, they took it away; only for it to be thrust in our face again, when I went to the toilet and my wife was embarrassed to complain!
A great birthday occasion NOT!
Went there as a recommended venue from numerous reviews, which must surely be fake. Fake news as President Trump would say!!
Bloody awful visit and a complete waste of money.
Excellent service and food. Location can’t be beat for a pre or post show meal.
Made a reservation for breakfast and the service was great. Upscale definitely but worth it because it's not a rushed atmosphere and the legendary Round Table leaves one feeling like you were once part of the famous group that used to have weekly meetings there.
We waited five minutes for the hostess who never approached us and were finally seated by s waiter
This lobby restaurant is a lovely atmosphere especially at Christmas time. The food is good but very expensive. Bill for breakfast was what you would expect to pay for dinner.
We were very disappointed indeed with our dining experience here. The food was stodgy, dull, and uninspired. The restaurant was based in the entrance lobby of the hotel so it was cold with the door opening all the time. The pianist was far too loud, and couldn’t sing in tune. My waiter was poor, forgetting my starter choice so that had to come after my companion had started eating his. There was no atmosphere and after wanting to eat at the iconic Algonquin I was extremely disappointed and won’t return nor will I recommend it to anyone.
We chose The Algonquin for our Thanksgiving dinner. The room itself is very attractive - beautiful actually. We were able to choose a table that was to our liking and enjoyed the intimate setting and non-rushed atmosphere. Being in a hotel does allow for more space between tables which is a luxury few restaurants can afford. Our waiters were kind enough although at times a bit harried perhaps. Still, everyone did their best to be friendly and while I expected the food to be good, it was actually very good in fact, everything nice and fresh tasting. Wines are fairly priced although my spouse liked my choice better than i did. The price was fair enough BUT I wasn't presented with the itemized bill at first and I had a feeling it was off so when I did request it, I noted that the service, 20%, was included and as I had not been informed of this I was glad I checked it carefully (as one must always do). I considered it an honest oversight and was able, notwithstanding, to leave with smile and satisfied with our good dinner and romantic setting.
Great atmosphere dining at The Round Table.
Enjoyed the pork chop as well as the onion soup. Service can be a bit slow. French 75 contained too much lemon juice. Flatbreads were good.
We spent five nights at the Algonquin, going to theater, sightseeing, and shopping. Breakfast at the Round table was very good. We were grateful to snare a good table for dinner the night of the big snow. It was fun to be in this storied space and our dinner salads were excellent. The Blue Bar is lively and staff are efficient and friendly.
Surprisingly delicious food for a hotel Restuarant! Certainly would go back!
Great breakfast and superb service.
Great lunch at this iconic location.
Lovely setting, beautiful portrait, tasty food and cocktail.
Service was superb. Even a complimentary dessert for one of our birthdays.
Matinee Wednesday's in the theater district can jam restaurants around the lunch hour. This quiet setting was perfect for a very civilized lunch prior to seeing a show.
It is hard to find a restaurant that is elegant, reasonably priced, and quiet. We were having lunch. We did not have to shout and this was matinee day. Servers was cheerful and excellent.
A New York Classic! The history of the Round Table is well known, stepping back in time when one enters the lobby is a delight.
Great service, chef visit to table, staff has personality. Welcomeing, look forward to return.
Historic spot. Look up the Round Table with Dorthy Parker at the Algonquin hotel.
In trying to contact hotel dining room to ask questions re dress code or change reservation to a different time turned out to be a horrific experience.
Must be true for many people since the 6 of us ate dinner on a Saturday evening 9/15 and the restaurant was rather empty. Poor mgt. on part of Marriott. This hotel & restaurant has history should have been pacted.
I'm a huge Dorothy Parker fan so it was pretty cool to have breakfast here. The service was outstanding, amazing! The decor was beautiful. The breakfast menu had a lot of variety and the food was great. I will come back next time in NYC.
The Algonquin is a classic, built in 1902, maybe the last great mid-Manhattan hotel with original architecture, most interior details preserved to continue its literary legacy of the Round Table writers, editors, actors, etc. It's very relaxing, like going back in time to a gracious, less hurried era.
The rooms and suites have been completely updated in comfort but with vintage-style eclectic furnishings. We had the Heywood Hale Braun suite with king bed and pull out queen sofa bed, very comfortable and even though only half a block away from Times Square, completely quiet. The Round Table restaurant still has maybe the original celebrated "round table" with the ambiance and memorabilia of its famed literary references. Valets and wait staff are very professional, prompt, helpful, dressed in vintage sryle, and conversant and proud of the history of the hotel. The Round Table dinner and breakfast menus offer a reasonable number of options as well as a la carte. I have stayed here many times since the early 1980s and am very impressed with the recent upgrades that enhance the comfort but still maintain and celebrate the unique history. Even the legendary stray cat that came to stay is in residence in the spacious lobby, and newspapers hung on dowels. Be advised that the en suite bathrooms are small, as were the originals, but refurbished with state-of-the-art conveniences that make the most of the limited space. Also, the famed Oak Room bar and cabaret have been decommissioned and though the entry doorway remains, the space has been repurposed, but the Blue Room suffices in its place.
My team at work wanted to say thanks to our intern who shared she was a fan of Dorothy Parker. We were greeted warmly and each of us given three postcards. And seated at THE round table. It was perfect. And they told us when the cat had appeared so we could say hello. Excellent.
We were hustled during drinks, the ordering process and our dinner. It was my daughter's birthday and I made an arrangement for a small candle on her dessert which never happened. The lobby of this onetime venerable hotel is now more like Grand Central and the restaurant is at one end of it. T-shirts and tourists lounge everywhere whether they're staying in the hotel or not. Marriott has added this to their Autograph Collection and my suggestion is they reconfigure the lobby/restaurant access and control crowds for the sake of their hotel guests. We will not return nor will we book into another Marriott Autograph hotel.
The food was quite nice, however, I ordered the French toast and it came plain with maple syrup, despite the fact the menu stated it was served with custard and a berry compote. For $24 that's not acceptable. The ambience of the place was lovely - very authentic 1920s feel. However, experience wasn't great - the server was quite pushy and we were handed the bill before we'd even finished our meal and then the server just stood at the table until we acknowledged it. The maitre d also wasn't particularly friendly. Altogether the restaurant has a nice ambience and rich history, but the experience didn't live up to the stories of old and overall the experience was very disappointing, especially for the price. Not sure if we'd be back
The history and ambiance of the room matched the quality of the food. The dessert menu was limited, but all choices were flawlessly prepared and delicious.
It was a quiet lunch with only a few tables occupied. The service was good , the menu somewhat limited with entrees but the waiter was flexible so we were satisfied with our experience.
This in the lobby of the hotel so no special ambiance. It seemed incongruent to sit in a classic hotel, built in 188x, and have modern music. It is okay to play period pieces and classical. Everyone enjoyed their food. The service was superior. The special was shrimp scampi but at the last minute they through in a Caribbean curve that was not to my liking. I asked for the classic but that request was ignored. Chef’s prerogative I suppose.
we wanted to go to the Algonquin because of it's history.
The meal very good, especially the Sirloin.
You step back in time, but in an exciting and good way! The food is wonderful, the service is outstanding, and the location can’t be beat. Get yourself to the round table!
Excellent food and friendly, courteous wait staff. Quiet stop on a Sunday mid-afternoon.
On our last afternoon in Manhattan, we finished museum hopping and had a late, light lunch of soup and salad before packing up to head to the airport. (My friend and companion had dined there before on a Saturday evening with her son from West Point. But I was first timer.)
The value of the food was wonderful, especially compared to the historic ambiance of the place and its location. But I was a bit horrified by our total bill when I saw the cost of the bottled sparkling water and the coffees after. The coffee was good. But I have never drunk such an expensive cup of coffee!
We started at the Campbell but was way too noisy- so booked last minute through Open Table and SO GLAD WE DID! Could not have been a more enjoyable experience. Here to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday over the weekend and plans for dinner were last minute change- and was perfect. Will definitely go again.
Wonderful to eat at such a historic venue. The eggs Benedict’s was exceptional!
I liked hearing about the history of this restaurant with the "vicious circle" and all the literary giants who met there daily. Quite interesting!
Our Monday lunch at The Roundtable Restaurant off the lobby of the historic Algonquin Hotel was quietly elegant. The classic Reuben was quite tasty, as were the sweet potato fries. The service was prompt and pleasant. We had a close-up view of the whimsical painting of members of the Algonquin Roundtable from the 1920s and felt as if we were part of that famed group of literary wits and critics. We always lunch at this spot on our last day in Manhattan, and it never disappoints.
Quintessential New York evening! So elegant !!!
The piano bar and awful singer screeching Andrew Lloyd Weber songs made it impossible to hear the waiter or my companion- it was so loud the waiter brought the wrong order. This was once an elegant room with extraordinary history. Won’t ever go again.
Great service - food a bit tame. Great atmosphere. Nice nod to the history of the space. Sort of wish it was smoke filled and dashed with colorful drunks but I’m a few decades late...