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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The pesto shrimp appetizer is to die for!! I’m going to be dreaming of it!!
The food was fantastic and I very much enjoyed the history of the hotel. The service is what killed it for me. We had a server that was not up to par. While the ambience is classic and nostalgic, they definitely need a renovation. The dining room chairs were too old and too low to the ground. I will not be going back. There are several other restaurants in the city that offer history, class, great service and updated, yet period-style decor.
The service was not good. The cesar salads were so disappointing we sent them back and ordered a different salad. The venue is nice but the prices are not in line with the quality of the food. I would not return for dinner.
Whether to give one star or two presents a difficult choice. I decided to give only one star because the bill was so high. A $250 lunch for three. Yes, there were cocktails involved.
The servers were courteous and friendly, but disappeared for long periods of time. This was inexplicable because there were only a couple of other tables with patrons. Getting more coffee, cocktails, or the check required an extra effort to flag someone down.
I started with French onion soup. It was excellent. However, the trio of sliders was extremely disappointing. The buns were stale, taking away any merit of the fillings. I otherwise enjoyed the BBQ pork, although one of my friends thought it was too sugary. The crab cake and burger were unremarkable. But, if the buns had been better they might have been more enjoyable. My other friend described his reuben sandwich as mediocre and something easy to find much better and at half the cost in several delis within a few blocks of walking.
Knowledge of its history makes for an interesting atmosphere, but one has to feel the level of service and quality of food is banking on the fame of Dorothy Parker but she would not have returned if presented with today's food and service.
A special evening at The Round Table with family and friends. Everything was perfect
Chuck was great...
We were able to talk about business in relative quite surroundings.
Good French onion soup on cold snowy day...
Chuck is the best waiter in nyc.
lovely place with rich history.
always a treat...
Service was excellent — the best feature of the experience. The food was OK, but not exceptional. The prices were ridiculously high, even by Manhattan standards. So, it averages out to three stars.
Due to the fact that the dining area is actually an extension of the lobby area, sometimes a quiet spot is hard to find. If you are doing dinner, request the area to the back of the dining area against the mirrors and murals to be farthest from the noise around the check-in desk.
Food and service was excellent. Didnt give a full star rating because of the ambient noise from the front desk and the Oak Room activity (some kind of seminar) that was permeating through the wall into the dining area.
They have revamped the space and hired new chefs while maintaining the character and charm. Live music, Hamlet the house cat and a delicious Dorothy Parker cocktail added to our enjoyment of the tasty food.
The restaurant is very nice and very pretty. The staff was pleasant, but rather slovenly in dress and manner. It felt like we were in a diner or Olive Garden. They were not rude, but just had no energy and were going through the motions. The prices are rather high, but not out of range for Midtown. However, the food quality was not great. Steak came smothered in a thick brown sauce that was basically tasteless. Same with other stuff. Nice place. But, I wouldn't go back.
I invited my nieces to the Algonquin for the classic experience. We reserved early enough to get the table in front of the painting, which was a great topic of conversation. The breakfast fare was very good to excellent: The eggs benedict were perfect (again), and the pancakes with berries and white chocolate, a special that day, got a rave review. Service was attentive yet leisurely. The nieces also enjoyed meeting Hamlet the cat, and we all appreciated the casual dress code and relaxed atmosphere. I can see us making this a yearly tradition. The Algonquin is what New York is all about.
Absolutely lovely atmosphere- you feel as if you walked into the best of the Gilded Age. Service and cuisine are excellent and the cocktails are divine. Highly recommend!
I've been there 5 or 6 times for business lunch. Elegant, comfortable space, attentive service, quiet, great for conversations, food fresh and well prepared. One sinks deeply into the banquettes. You may prefer the comfortable chairs. Your guests may be attracted by the aura of the storied hotel.
Perhaps it was because we were dining late, 9:15 pm but it almost felt like the Kitchen and Service was ready to shut down for the evening. The Waiter seemed very busy clearing but was attentive enough once we asked if someone could please take our order. I realise the place has history attached and that was one of the reasons we booked in the first place and so we were expecting something a bit grander, more like an exclusive club type atmosphere. I am sorry to say that instead, the restaurant felt more like an extension to the lobby and a bit dated.
Christmas dinner at The Algonquin was a uniquely New York experience. The staff and kitchen made it memorable.
A very nice Christmas dinner experience. Our food was very good, we had the best table in the restaurant and the service was outstanding! We were not rushed and throughly enjoyed our 2 hour dinner experience.
We had a really lovely family Christmas Lunch here. Staff were attentive and friendly and our request for a vegan adaptation was no problem at all. In fact the chef came out and personally asked our daughter what she enjoyed and would like him to cook for her. Food was great and made for a special Christmas.
The Round Table is riding on the iconic name of the Algonquin Hotel to stay relevant. We decided to celebrate Christmas there with brunch, and what a disappointment. My party of five showed up on time, and we were made to wait at least fifteen minutes for a table. Where is the planning? When my coffee arrived at the table, it was literally cold. That would ordinarily be unacceptable, but considering the fact that when our bill arrived at the table with a $40.00 charge for five cups of coffee, it became an outrage. When I questioned the exorbitant charge (rather, gouging) all the server told me was that the cappuccino was even more more money at $13.00 a cup. I don’t mind at all paying out a lot of money for a superb meal. But to pay an outrageous tab for totally sub-par food is so very disappointing. In addition, after brunch, we moved over to the lounge area in the lobby to continue our conversations. What we found there were tables that had it been cleaned, food scraps on the surfaces, and an environment that is simply not attended to. All in all, it is clear that the Marriott corporation wants the brand of the Algonquin but not the hard work that is required to maintain its long and distinguished legacy. I have had better food and service in a suburban diner.
Birthday dinner for 15 year old granddaughter staff pleasant & attentive
Christmas decorations lovely
A charming spot great location
Love Hamlet 7 & the literary history
Restaurant with lovely atmosphere, very welcoming. Lunch was good but wish they would offer brunch on weekends. Wait staff is excellent, efficient, friendly, attentive and more than courteous.
We anticipated a more intimate atmosphere but this is part of the lobby of the hotel. Everything was well presented and tasty but more a pleasant evening out than a special experience.
From 1919 to 1929 the Algonquin was the site of the Round Table, a group of writers, critics and wits who met there every day for lunch. The food prices are high as in most midtown hotels, but you get an extra course: all that fascinating history. The tables are round, and a painting of Round Table members presides quietly over the room. The service was excellent and our breakfast was very good.
Food was VERY good, decorations were nice,singers were good, service was iffy. Did not have to wait long for anything but waiter was inattentive, did not remember who ordered what and forgot my daughter's dessert. Nothing major but it seemed like he was in training. Did not expect The Algonquin to have someone who was "in training" to be performing dining service.
Waited for 30 minutes to get our sandwiches. Insane. We were a party of three and they no longer have square tables, so they pushed together round ones that clearly can't meet up. One side is sofas that you sink too low in, the other armchairs. Fun for guests who want to nibble. CLEARLY they do not want people coming for business lunches.
A landmark in NYC. Historic atmosphere with excellent service. Just the stop before or following the theater.
Loud party with DJ next to rest of tables. The holiday music provided by live performers was next to the tables. The sound of each getting louder and louder as they competed to be heard.
The customers suffered. No managers around to help moderate.
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.