Michael's

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1347 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
A unique, spacious dining and garden room filled with fresh flowers and modern art by Stella, Johns and Hockney as well as sculptures by Robert Graham.
Michael's opened in 1989 with much fanfare and continues to create seasonal dishes that live by Michael McCarty's ethos of the best ingredients thoughtfully prepared. Good food, great people, great party!!
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific experience, as always. Steve Millington is NYC’s ultimate host and always ensures a top dining experience. Food and service were exceptional.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

This is a very attractive restaurant, with wonderful art, tables comfortably spaced, and with a muted sound level (no music), making it easy to converse and focus on the food. Not being busy when we arrived, our food was delivered within minutes of ordering. The lumped crab meat appetizer and main course scallops were very good as was the chocolate/coconut cake dessert.
That said, the major disappointment was the service. It was lackluster and inattentive. We had difficulty getting the attention of staff when we needed something. For a restaurant, especially a very pricey one, this was inexcusable.

J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

I felt like I stepped back in time to the 1970s when I walked into Michael's. The crowd waiting to be seated at noon was incredibly old and the decor was like furniture out of my parent's basement when I was a kid. They waited until a few minutes after noon to actually sat everyone because the wait staff was still having a meeting in the back. While the food and service were good, there are just too many other restaurants in NYC with a nicer ambiance. Just a lot of loud old people screaming at each other and the managers also looked like they stepped out of a 1970s time warp with the way they dressed. Michael came over to say hello and while that was a nice touch, they could really use an update. The food was good and modern, but the old decor really drags it all down.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ALWAYS delicious and such a pretty room. Never disappointed. Ever.

B
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Aged steak was tough and a poor quality cut. Quite disappointing.

CL
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Food was terrific. Loved the margherita pizza. I will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable experience...attentive and lovely

CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great venue for business dinner. Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.

v
Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there for lunch, my husband (total fan) myself and our daughter. It was superb, food, service, all great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice ! Welcoming and good service - dishes on small side

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

If not a regular, don’t bother.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Thank you for a great dining experience.

B
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

This place had great reviews. Very disappointing. Seated us next to a service stand even though there were many empty tables. The service was good, not great. The food was average.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great breakfast all around

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

NO ONE attended to our party of 4 for an unreasonable period of time. That’s no greeting. no water, no menus. No acknowledgment whatsoever that we were paying guests sitting practically in the middle of waitstaff passing all around us. We never had a proper waiter, having had to enlist a manager to pay some kind of attention to us.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

This was our first time here, and we were disappointed with our dinner experience. We had to wait too long for what seemed the sole waitress to take our order. We found the prices high for the portion size. We also found the menu limited in choices. The chairs were uncomfortable. Finally, or perhaps firstly, the lighting was so low that I had to pull out the light on my phone to read the menu.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Always a great venue for business breakfast

RH
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Michael came by the table. It was quiet enough so we could talk.
Need to get some Blanton bourbon in the bar.

BP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Michael's is THE place for a good business or social lunch in a great ambiance with tremendous service. I recommend it to everyone!!!

KD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food... and the fact the owner personally checks in on EVERY table is emblamtic of its determination to maintain its very very high standards.

OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my chosen spot to relax and enjoy innovative cooking. There's always a surprise dish on the go. And, there is never hassle over asking for starter portions of entrées. It's a fantastic, buzzy atmosphere, a bright space and the staff are welcoming and attentive.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very pleasant experience. Pre-theatre dinner was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great menu - easy for everyone to find a classic favorite.
fantastic service.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Overpriced
Disliked the pork chop cut - fatty and gristly. Great chimichurri, though
Inattentive waiters - near empty restaurant, too
Wafts of old fish from the kitchen twice - adjacent diners also noted - “bad fish!”
Did have generous pours, though

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a new york classic where style, great food excellent wines and interesting people meet.

SP
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love being at Michael’s, very welcoming staff. beautiful
art to look at, menu, what else can I say!

BL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love Michael's, the perfect mid-town place to dine!

BR
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. Thank you very much. It was memorable evening.

S
Houston
71 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love having lunch at Michaels! Great menu and always a festive atmosphere!!

V
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience4

Saturday, not many people. We had a 7:15 reservation and by 8:15 we were the only ones in the restaurant.

I ordered lamb chops and 10 minutes later they came and said they were all out. The quinoa and farro salad was good even though it was mostly greens. Food was very salty.

While we were having coffee they were setting up for breakfast and taking all the candles off the other tables. They were very lovely and gracious.

Go to Michaels in LA, it’s wonderful!!

b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice space and quiet

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Michael’s is truly one of the best restaurants in NYC. The food is outstanding, though, I gotta tell you, there are a lot of restaurants with great food in new york.

What makes Michael’s standout is the service. Everyone here seems happy and treats you like you are the best customer, even if its your first time. Its my happy place. I love it here.

Thank you Danny and the rest of the team for making me feel at home. I will be a patron for life.

S
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific place for power lunch

AW
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always a pleasure dining in Micheal’s.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Decent food - place really really needs a remodel to be more in line w Santa Monica location aesthetics

CL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pre theatre at City Center. Quiet elegant ambience, excellent service. Not an extensive menu, but an excellent meal. The scallops were really well prepared and the steak was top quality.

JN
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience!!!

V
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What can we say, it's a mixture of business buzz and familiar friendliness, a true NY hot spot that has been able to surpass trendy and become a truly timeless staple of the city. Must visit, order everything, ask for anything. You'll be well catered to, pun intended.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was great, NYC expensive, but great. The sommelier was downright rude, perhaps he doesn't think a table full of women deserve explanations about differences in bottles of wine at the lower end of the price range, but we got none. Nor did the one person ordering a glass get any information at all about wine by the glass. The waitstaff could have been more attentive.

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