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About The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel
For 100 years, the Algonquin has been greeting and lodging the country's most prominent writers and literary personalities, as well as the leading figures of the American stage. The hotel is best known, perhaps, for the members of the Round Table, a group of luminaries who had in common both the ability to fire blazing witticisms and to withstand being on the receiving end of them. The tone they set during their daily meetings set the literary style of the 1920s. 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."
New York, NY 10036
Contemporary American, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
NY MTA Subway Line, F, B, D, V
Private Party Facilities:
4,000 square feet of prestigious meeting space, on the first and second floors. Two Flexible Gallery Rooms, which can combine to accommodate up to 110. Helen Hayes Room, perfect for small group sessions. Library, for a thoroughly professional executive retreat. A 2nd Floor Foyer, the ideal spot to meet and greet.
Private Party Contact:
enna B. Arin: (212) 840-6800
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent and ambience could not be beat. The service, on the other hand, left a bit to be desired. We were essentially ignored for long periods of time and had to send two people to find our server so we could get our check in time to make our play. I would return for cocktails or if I had time to linger.
The Round Table is a lovely space, the servers are very pleasant and attentive and the food is tasty. I wish there was a little more variety to the menu but I did enjoy everything I ordered. Beyond that, the space was great for enjoying conversation over dinner as they have relaxing quiet music playing in the background rather than the loud music played in most restaurants these days.
I can not understand how Open Table did not have reservations available at 12:15 or 12:30. As a result, I made a reservation for 12 (noon), when I arrived the restaurant was nearly empty and it continued to be well less than 50% full. PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THIS MAY HAVE HAPPENED!
The ambience in this historic venue is one of its star attractions. Food, bar, and service all good. Service was particularly attentive, but perhaps too much so, as the restaurant was noticeably UN-crowded throughout our meal, and yet not one but two waiters hovered annoyingly as if we were taking up space needed for other diners. Perhaps they were just bored and wanting to be busy. That said, I have no complaints and would (and will, no doubt) happily return on other occasions.
Note: I missed Matilda (?) the Cat, (in whatever incarnation we are up to now). S/he is part of that notable history and ambience, and no one better represents the snark of the Round Table than a cat.
Nice place for quiet meeting. Food was good. Somehow didn't seem to have the full historical feel/ambiance that I was hoping for-- not sure why. Menu very traditional (not that I expected it to be otherwise). Would be ok to add one or two more creative options. You are paying for the location/name. I love traditional/historical locales (like the Campbell Apartment pre- the recent refresh). Also willing to pay for great food. Did not connect with the place as I had hoped I would.
The food isn't the draw at the Round Table but my lobster club was wonderful. It's the ambience that is so special. Maybe the dining area isn't the original decor but the update works. We sat next to the Round Table. Heaven forbid we should sit there, but wouldn't it be fun to invite five others to join one and pretend?
At lunch time the lobby was busy with visitors having drinks and snacks while others chose the lunch menu, but it was the room and the mural above the table that captured one's awe. So many intellectuals together all at one time!
We came with a group of friends who had never been to this historic hotel to show the ambiance, the unique lobby and to dine at the famous Round Table. We had drinks in the lobby and then moved to the Round Table as many writers and notables have done for many years.
A memorable experience.
My husband and I take a trip into NYC every year to celebrate "The Trifecta": wedding anniversary, Valentine's, and my birthday. This year, our 13th on the 13th of February, was my favorite. Being an English major, I knew I would appreciate the literary history housed in the hotel, especially Dorothy Parker's desk, but I appreciated so much more.
We had the opportunity to experience the entire hotel, and our visit ended on a rainy Sunday morning, brunching at The Round Table. Hard-working, attentive waiters left us wanting for nothing the entire meal, yet were not so intrusive we couldn't enjoy ourselves. Food was comparable to our brunch in Napa Valley. My steak and eggs were farm-fresh, and my husband's Gonk Waffle was crispy and the butter was memorably creamy. Orange juice has pulp (yuk), but that was expected. The acoustics of the restaurant were ideal. We were able to enjoy an intimate discussion while still enjoying the company of other diners. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, and highly recommend The Round Table for a great weekend to splurge.
Twenty-eight years ago, my wife and I had our first dinner/theater date at The Round Table on January 8, 1989. So for our 25th anniversary celebration, we decided to return to The Round Table for a romantic and nostalgic dinner/theater date for our 25th wedding anniversary. We booked our 5pm dinner reservation through Open Table, and much to our surprise and disappointment, we showed up for our dinner only to find out that the restaurant is closed for dinner from January 7th (the very night of our reservation) thru April due to budget cuts in restaurant/hotel staff. Not sure whether the restaurant messed up in not notifying Open Table or whether Open Table messed up by allowing dinner reservation to go thru to a restaurant that's closed for dinner. Ironically, Open Table sent us a survey asking us..."Erika, how was your visit to The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel?" Open Table needs to tighten up its quality control.
Had our Christmas dinner here this year. Also had breakfast and lunch too. Food was good on occasion. Had the duck for Christmas dinner and it was absolutely amazing! STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY and we even had complimentary champagne after our Christmas dinner. They make sure that all guest are well taken care of.
The food was adequate but the menu choices were very limited.
I like to dine well before the theater but I prefer a light plate. Though salad was offered, it was a pretty uninspired choice for such a lovely and historic hotel.
Atmosphere was old NY. Very rare in a sea of new/splashy Times Square hotels.
I did enjoy my cocktail, however- Dorothy Parker.
Do not go here. We should have realized how the day woukd go when the busboy knocked over the glass of water and spilled some on my wife. My tomato soup tasted like celery soup and the grilled cheese 1/2 sandwich was ok. My wife's fish tacos were adequate. We saved the worst for last. Since it was Christmas time we figured we would have dessert: flourless chocolate cake. I have had better cake from Costco. It was tasteless! Service throughout was poor. The waiter passed by numerous times seemingly more attentive to a party of four who might have been regulars. Going here was on my bucket list. That item is now crossed off and we will never return.
The Roundtable Room actually has a very inventive and delicious menu for being located in a hotel. Every time I'm in NYC, I stay at the Algonquin and make it a point to eat a meal at the Roundtable Room. The drinks and food are great and the staff is wonderful. I don't have enough nice things to say about the experience.
A total disappointment! We had been several times and after this experience, we will never go back. They were clearly unable to handle the amount of people that they had. One would think that one of the most reputable hotels in mid town would be able to handle whatever comes their way. It was chaos and we walked out before we even ordered. Terrible.
Open Table needs to update the menu ASAP. The Round Table now has an extremely limited menu. We chose it for our company holiday dinner because the menu could accommodate vegan & 'meat & potatoes' coworkers. We were shocked when we arrived and there were only 12 items to choose from. Needless to say, we made it work, but it wasn't the special occasion place we were seeking. The manager did surprise us with complimentary after dinner drinks and some desserts to share which was a lovely gesture
My friend and I had a delightful, unrushed time at lunch in the spacious, atmospheric room. The crab cakes and spicy french fries were excellent, served hot, and the service was prompt, friendly and efficient. The "Odd Fellows" chocolate ice cream--a brand I had never heard of before--was to die for.
The Algonquin is the epitome of Olde New York, particularly during the Christmas season. The atmosphere is very cool. You can almost feel Dorothy Parker's presence. We had a wonderful time with friends - drinks and a light dinner in a corner of the Roundtable looking out on the hustle and bustle of the lobby, but removed enough in a quiet area where we could converse without shouting. The service was attentive, helpful, and friendly. The menu is diverse, from fish to meat to vegetarian options to light fare. You can have a full meal or soup and a sandwich. The food was surprisingly good. All and all, a wonderful 2 1/2 hours with friends as if we were in our own living room.
Since the Algonquin is a historical hotel, I expected more of a fine dining experience. There is no separate dining room. Tables are in the main lobby area. We felt lucky to be waited on and had to ask for service. The dirty martinis were too salty and too expensive...we did not drink them.
Our book club has come to know The Algonquin as a memorable place to eat and enjoy a Sunday brunch with our members of over 20 years. We have always reserved the "round table" to acommadate all of us and are treated so wonderfully by the staff. We are never made to feel like they are rushing us and the food is always fresh and the coffee hot. This past weekend we continued our journey to Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park, a short distance away. Its a wonderful start to a day of holiday cheer in the City.
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