The Ribbon - UWS

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1337 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Ribbon is a culmination of over 20 years of Blue Ribbon Restaurants. The Ribbon has an old-world feel while remaining contemporary and inviting. The food is classic comfort American with southern and French influences. The bar is whisky driven offering modern cocktails and an approachable wine list.

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Sun 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 9:30PM - 11:00PM

What 1337 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Comfortable atmosphere, great food and great service

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to The Ribbon for Valentine’s Day and we both agreed that this might have been one of our favorite meals in the city. We started with the shrimp cocktail and escargot (the escargot is a must!) and then we split the 20oz porterhouse steak and frites with a side of grilled asparagus. We cleaned every plate and had just enough room for dessert and still left satisfied without feeling miserably stuffed. Our server Michael had great recommendations and was quick to fill our wine glasses, which is always a plus! Thanks to all the staff for making this night so special for us!

NG
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing food and the staff is awesome

JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good. Butcher's salad yummy with a lot of meat. Acorn squash tagine good but not great. Rocky road dessert quite good, but overpriced.

b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

We were ignored after being given water, despite being almost empty at 6pm.
My butchers salad of grilled meats was only bacon and pork belly.

D
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The Fried Chicken is perfect. Be aware of what days / times it is not offered. Also excellent are the spare ribs. Great vibe.

JB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious and the waitress we had was excellent! Highly recommend this place!

K
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

the food was good as was the service. the restaurant was packed and the noise level was off the decibel charts! perhaps on a less busy night the nose will be more tolerable

T
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really solid on all fronts, but the price reflects this too...

l
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We ordered the burgers after reading good reviews. They were really juicy and delicious as were the fries.

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cool looking place, brick walls, candles, etc. The menu please meat eaters and vegans with a very good variety of foods. All 4 of us really enjoyed our meals. Everything was prepared above our expectations - especially the tofu with broccolini! Also, the fried chicken was a standout during Happy Hour! Good Happy Hour drink deals!
Definitely come and try the Ribbon! Service was attentive and helpful and informative when we asked for ordering advice.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They were marked as participating in Restaurant Week on Sunday evenings. When we arrived and didn’t receive the RW menu (not unusual as many restaurants “hide” it), we asked and the waiter gave a garbled response that sounded like an extemporaneous rationalization. We checked again; the asterisk is there next to their restaurant. Look, don’t participate if (a) you’re gonna play these foolish games and (b) you’re gonna engage in class-shaming anyone who requests the menu. New York restaurants ought to wake to the growing pressures on those of us who actually work and live to make the city function. If not, we will settle on eating the rich.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The shrimp and lobster curry was amazing, the hanger steak could have had more seasoning but was still good. A little disappointed they didnt have chicken fingers and fries for my 2 year old but she ate spaghetti just fine.

P
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went for the first time during restaurant week, and unlike the situation with some restaurants, the choices were varied and the portions plentiful. The chicken was delicious, as were the salad and roasted vegetable appetizers. The bread pudding dessert was outstanding. Our server was helpful and attentive. My only complaint is that the bus crew incessantly circled the table while we were eating, seeking to grab our plates even when we were in the middle of a course. Also, the kitchen sent the main course out too quickly, making us feel rushed, even though it was early (pre-theater) and the restaurant was half-empty. The location is close enough to Lincoln Center to be an easy walk for a performance, but far enough away to be more of a neighborhood spot, and not a tourist trap.

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Have eaten there several times, and am always pleased. The food, both brunch and dinner menu, is hearty and flavorful.

T
London
43 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was very tasty as was wine. Burgers very good. Front desk is a mess, about 5 people running it and no one knew what was going on but all remained oddly confident. Then we were seated next to a table that decided to spread out,(seats in middle of aisle, yelling across tables at one another) and every time a wait staff had to get around them, they bumped the back of my friend's chair, yet no one bothered to try and corral them in, and this was the dining area! Waitress was extremely professional and very adept at maneuvering the situation she was left in. She should be running the place.

CD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

I was sad that this was not as good as I hoped. The food was just not that good, and we ordered what the waitress said was "outstanding". We got the vegetable risotto, quinoa tangine, and fried chicken sandwich. Nothing was great, and sort of wish we didn't come here. I've lived in NYC for 8 years so I am spoiled with good food, but still didn't think it was good. Sad because the restaurant is so beautiful and cozy.

DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice place- really unique and good tasting food. A bit pricey but consider the area. Enjoyed it

L
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The waiter did not seem to know what he was doing. He rushed us in a restaurant that was empty on a Monday night. The bus boys kept trying to deliver food to our table that had not been ordered by us. And there were charges for items not ordered on the final bill.
In addition, for such a casual restaurant, prices are high. The fried chicken is $25.00 and does not come with any sides. A side of mashed potatoes is $11.00, which brings the chicken cost up to $36.00. Very pricey for pub food.

H
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Although we were recommended to this restaurant it just was not my cup of tea. In all fairness it was a packed house on a Saturday night. We were seated right away with our reservation. Mainly the service was just average. Our waiter had a lot to attend to with some large parties. My niece enjoyed her flatbread very much but my fried chicken sandwich was somewhat overcooked and tough. Also the price of a glass of house white wine was a bit much, and I am a native New Yorker so very aware of pricing. In general just a mediocre experience.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We waited an hour. There was no place to sit to wait.
Very noisy once we were able to sit.
I would NEVER recommend this restaurant !!!

UW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Don't get the pretzel appetizer special. Overall it's a fun place that if you want to fine something near the Park

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best server ever!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fun place. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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CL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

We had a reservation with friends for the restaurant and expected to be seated in the restaurant (the front is a sports bar). We were shown a table in the bar. When we asked if we could be seated in the restaurant, we were told “we seat reservations in the bar as well as the restaurant”. When I asked how long for a table in the restaurant, we were told 20-30 minutes. There was a football playoff game and it was exceptionally loud as would be expected. We stayed but we should have left.

The Ribbon turned out to be a loud sports bar and frankly the food was mediocre. I’ve been there many times and will not return. If I wanted a sports bar, I would have gone to a sports bar. Very disappointing.

GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasant experience for the following reasons:
food was tasty and well presented
reservation was honored
being seated promptly
getting to switch to a preferred seat
order taken in a timely manner
Food arriving in a reasonable time.
Access to clean bathroom

NW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

One of the most succulent burgers around! Good service, nice vintage decor, and rustic-ish ambiance with hard wood tables and benches. Had a nice chill Lunch with a friend. She ordered the White bean soup and was very tasty too. Prices are on AVG on UWS

l
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

This restaurant which is part of a group we really enjoy is just mediocre. The food was awful, salty and overpriced. The worst part of our evening was the awful and rude service. Would not recommend.

CK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Drinks at the bar before our reservation - prompt service from bartender. Great variety on cocktail menu. Our drinks were great.

Dinner for two - service was friendly, attentive and provided great suggestions. Food was delicious. Large portions. We ordered too much. The sticky toffee pudding dessert was soooooo good.

JS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I decided to give it a try, after a long week. The place was busy,  I was able to get a sit by the bar.
I order the Fried Quinoa, was amazing, the server was super very nice and attentive, my friend ordered a Burger and  was cooked they she want it.
Robert Downey Jr was there for lunch?

G
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

A mixture that will please some more than others. It's a cross between, on the one hand, an attempt (among several others) to provide a serious grown-up dining spot on the UWS and, on the other, a sports bar. Regarding the ambiance, the two don't coalesce very well. The food is also a mixed bag--steaks, chops, chicken competently but not excitingly executed.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

If you are going to dine on Christmas day, don't go to The Ribbon UWS. They accepted a 7:00 PM reservation, and then at 8:00 PM the waiter came over to us and said "last call for drinks and dessert". They were throwing us out before we finished our meal. The waiter could not have been more rude. The restaurant should not open on Christmas day, if they are going to treat their patrons as if they were at a bar and it was 3:00 AM and time to close. Shame on them.

DF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Christmas Eve so I did not expect more than a 2-1/2 Star experience. The facility is a dark, "sticky pub", with low ceilings, no offensive odors. Hostesses, wait staff, and bartender barely spoke english and incapable of accommodating anything other than "hello" and "this way please". The lights of the brightly lit kitchen pour into the main dining area. I know better and prefer not to see what is happening behind the scenes so I asked to be seated in the bar area. The staff did not understand the complaint or the request. We helped ourselves to seating at the bar and when the poorly trained bartender could not provide at least a 1-star level of service we decided not to stay for dinner. Our evening brought us to "The Mermaid Inn" on Amsterdam and where we had a fantastic meal. I would NOT recommend The Ribbon UWS to anyone and was surprised it has received the level of reviews shown here on OpenTable. Not likely I would even attempt to try again even though I never tried the food. Good luck to others, perhaps you will have a better outcome than me.

AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Eve with a baby in a high chair- we got a great seat near a window that allowed us to be comfortable and well-lit. Service was great from start to finish.Great experience as usual!

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great experience at The Ribbon - UWS. The service and food were both excellent. It was a little loud, but it 'tis the holiday season. Definitely worth a visit.

B
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice experience, food was very good. The chef's salad is a little too big for your average human and doesn't seem like it would travel well for leftovers so best bet would to split that for a main. Place was filled to the gills on a Friday night, so noisy, but energetic, fun, New York noisy.

3
Charleston
84 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent. I had the burger which was very good and the mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious. My daughter had the cod which was very tasty . The tables were pretty close together but the atmosphere was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Though I have been to The Ribbon many times before and loved my experiences, this time I was quite disappointed. I arrived 10 minutes after my reservation time because of delays related to the snow, and the hostess said that she didn’t see a reservation time for me. I told her what time my reservation was for and she said that after 15 minutes Open Table cancels reservations. I looked at my watch and was confused because it had only been 10 minutes.
Additionally, the service this night was terrible. The restaurant was empty, and it took us at least ten minutes to flag down a waiter just to take our order. As I mentioned, I have been to The Ribbon many times. I always order the cod dish, but I order it without breadcrumbs because I have a gluten allergy. The waiter rudely said that the dish just wouldn’t be good and told me to order something else off the menu. All the other times that I’ve ordered this dish, the waiters there have been really accommodating and the manager has even come out to ask about my food allergies. After our appetizers, my friend and I waited so incredibly long, and it took us a while to flag down our waiter again to ask about the status of our food. He seemed annoyed and said that they wait until guests are finished with their appetizers before starting their main courses. This seemed strange to me, and it wound up taking a really long time. Our waiter never came to check on us during our meal either. When I left the restaurant, I also got an email from OpenTable saying that they had heard from The Ribbon that I had skipped my reservation. After a night of bad service, I was really disappointed to hear that they had communicated that I had not shown up for my reservation. The Ribbon has good food and a good vibe, but it’s disappointing to have had an experience like this.

t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Just a fun place with good food. but , do wish they'd turn the music down.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun, good energy, great menu...excellent food.
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