Minetta Tavern

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2393 reviews
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French
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  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.

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The Infatuation
8.7

Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village is home to some of the best steaks, chops, burgers, and overall feel good vibes that New York City has to offer.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I wish I'd had the option to select "maybe", as to whether I'd recommend this restaurant. Yes if service and ambience (which are superb) are key, no if value and food prep are key. All of our dishes were way too salty, my $52 veal chop was full of gristle in every bite, the spinach was nothing but tough stems with almost no leaves. Shocking that they have been awarded a Michelin star.

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DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The legendary Black Label hamburger was nothing special. Food was all perfectly fine, just not outstanding

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Solid effort on appetizers but mains were disappointing. Trout menierre was basically a tasteless trout with butter and lemon. Pastas lacked any pizazz. All in all, under value for the dining dollar.

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HL
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The black label burger was alright but I don’t know if it is worth >$30. The bone marrow was awesome and steak frites was amazing!

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JJ
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Minetta Tavern was a small and lively place with great service and a buzzing atmosphere. The black label burger was fantastic and the scallops were amazing. I would recommend making reservations, even though the bar seemed like a great place to sit.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never disappointed. Quick
Service great cocktails awesome food

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat at the bar until our table was ready, enjoyed some great drinks.

When our table was ready the Resturant had a Great ambiance and the food was incredible. We visited this location for a milestone birthday. Was a great visit. Wait staff was very attentive and answered all the questions we had.
We had escargot appetizers and the ribeye for two for the main course. These were both great choices and come highly recommended.
Thank you Minetta Tavern.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Black Label burger was truly outstanding. Cooked perfectly at medium rare and fries were great as well. Had the goat cheese salad and the oysters to start, also enjoyable. The woman that took care of us was informative and attentive as were the other staff members. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Sehr coole NY-Atmosphäre, völlig überteuert für mittelmäßige Qualität der Speisen

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Place, great food! Recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Birthday dinner

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SV
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb evening - we are regulars. Meal was fabulous and the service outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Rushed service, and a Kitchen that cannot follow instructions.

Underwhelmed and embarrassing! I had been talking up the burger for quite sometime and finally had the opportunity to bring my husband. Well, like I said...embarrassing!

I’ll have to think twice about going again.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was topnotch and the cocktails were great! We had a great time! Leslie and the rest of the crew were really good!

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good, burgers are usually excellent but I was suprised when the cook on mine was wrong (I asked for medium and received rare, had to send it back to be re-fired). Also, I don't recommend the spicy or green bloody Mary's, if I had to do again I would have done the traditional. My boyfriend's burger was properly cooked at medium-rare and his old fashions were excellent.

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The location was ideal for meeting a friend coming from the opposite end of NYC. The menu was the most interesting I've seen of any brunch I've been to, I was torn between the mushroom with fava beans on polenta and the duck. My friend had the classic Norwegian smoked salmon with poached eggs and béarnaise. I went for the mushrooms it was good but not excellent. The crowd was older, the ambience blessedly relaxed and muted, even at noon it was quiet with some tables empty but by the time we left people were being asked to wait.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

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ZV
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is a great place ! Beautiful place and great service - hidden gem

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Spain
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Una vera delizia! L’hamburger più buono che abbia mai mangiato. Da non perdersi anche il soufflé al cioccolato. Consigliatissimo!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

The host was rude. I had a reservation for 10pm for 3. I told her the other person might not be joining so she told me I’d have to wait. I waited 25 min. Then another 25 min after we sat to be served.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Black label burger best ever!

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great New York City landmark. We were there for brunch which was just okay. Staff were very nice. Just expensive for what you get. Two egg entrees, one appetizer, one drink and coffee = $125. Go for the history.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you don’t come here, you’re a moron

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1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attention to detail and a nod to history are combined in this modern interpretation of classic steakhouse fare.

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RM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Black Label Burger is the best burger I’ve ever had.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best burger

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DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch. The atmosphere was great tables close together but the noise level was minimal. Menu presented a great variation of eggs and other breakfast food and all was excellent

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1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Eh. Burger was supremely disappointing given its reputation. It was honestly dry. Needed a sauce or cheese or something. Also didn’t help they overlooked our “medium” patty request. Other things we had were tasty (esp. the bone marrow). Cool vibe and ambiance, but I would say go in w/ low expectations.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you are looking for the best hamburger in NYC, then this is the place! Great old New York ambiance and attentive wait staff.
While the cocktails are "NY pricey", they are well made.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I first started coming to Minetta over 40 years ago. This time I brought my family and it was as special as ever. Delightful — and our waitress was a gem!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a lovely date night here and they very graciously accommodated us by putting us in the corner booth :) we love this place and will come back more often now!

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ML
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome lunch, highly recommend the burger + fries!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Ordered a med-med rare black label burger where everyone in my party ordered a med or med well burger but my burger came out well done. Asked the server beforehand to give me the rarest burger of the three. Did not happen.

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n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Glad we tried this place the food was good, our server was great. I chose this place for my birthday because I was at a loss as to where I wanted to go and this place had some interesting history which my husband really liked. The soufflé was perfect and the pork special was very good.

We had 5:30 p.m. reservations but even though the restaurant just opened the host stand seemed a bit confused. Perhaps the staff was not ready. Anyway, although I had notified them it was my birthday, they gave me a table right by the kitchen. Normally I am not picky but I had to ask for a different table.

It definitely had a historic tavern vibe. Good for a casual meal or drink at the bar.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

The service was not really good.

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B
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular evening! From the burger, to the marrow, to the cote d’boeuf, to chateau neuf to the soufflé !!!!

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c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fing fantastic

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

This was our second visit. I enjoyed it the first time as an iconic restaurant to visit and since we were attending another event in the neighbourhood we thought we would return. I did appreciate that I was called to say that a later reservation was available which we had asked for if one should come up.
The service was attentive although it was difficult to actually hear anything our server was saying. Loud talking ambience made it hard to hear our soft spoken server. The tables of course are so close together that one wonders if they just took even one out and spread the others apart a bit, that may help. The food is in my opinion just a bit overrated. The famed burgers are good, but truthfully, we had the regular Minetta and Black Label burgers and they didn't taste any different from one to the other. I find the menu limited and not that varied in choice. All in all I have nothing bad to say, but other than saying I did go, there is not much for me to recommend it.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing venue with authentic, buzzy vibe and great, attentive service but food average for extautionate price - $34 for a burger. Admittedly a nice burger, but a burger nonetheless! The saving grace was the chocolate soufflé which was to die for and highly recommended. The place was packed, even at 6.30pm so I’m guessing everyone else was impressed!

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