The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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For over 100 years, The Algonquin Hotel has served the world’s most prolific writers and celebrities of the stage and screen. This yearit celebrates the original gathering of New York’s famous wits, authors and critics who in June 1919 organized a first lunch together at the hotel, for what would become known as The Round Table. Their daily lunches lasted for 10 years. The tone they set during these daily meetings set the literary style of the 1920s.

While society columns of the time referred to them as The Algonquin Round Table, they called themselves The Vicious Circle. Most notable members were Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott and Harold Ross, who founded The New Yorker here.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Very disappointed in this restaurant. We’d been before and it was great. They no longer have a pre-theater dinner menu and we found that the entrees were a bit on the heavy side.

BP
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Sunday night reservation. Quite empty and quiet. I was expecting a lively place having eaten here many years ago. No longer. We should have eaten in the adjacent bar - it was much more intimate and inviting.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chuck is an awesome waiter. He’s the reason we keep coming back.

DR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent service good and ambiance and easy to speak to one another. Was a perfect pre theatre lunch.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was just transactional. Guy walks up to the table and says, “Are you ready to order?” No pleasantries, no discussion of the menu or history of the restaurant- which is a big part of its allure. Food was good.

k
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this place and the food was great but we also loved the ambiance. The service was also great. It's such a warm place and it's also great seeing the actual 'Round Table".

TG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place!!!

MT
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner and dessert were excellent. The staff is superb, making you feel welcome without being overly attentive. The ambiance of the dining room is wonderful.

RL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Worst experience I’ve had in a restaurant in years. Hotel called the day before (after taking my reservation a week prior) and said restaurant would be closed for a private event and I was instructed to eat in lounge. Ok, so I didn’t have time to choose another place, so I went to lounge. The waiter takes a drink order, brings our drinks, and we never saw him or anyone else again. After about an hour, we asked for help and was told our waiter just walked out of the building - no apology, nothing. I asked for bill - bill game and of course it was wrong amount - moved decimal point and it was way off. I was so frustrated I just paid the amount and left. Awful, awful, experience- complete waste of time. Will not ever set foot in this place again. Algonquin has lost its way.

BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely but music /noise was just a little loud. And the lounge was very loud.

JA
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Algonquin has been one of our favorite lunch spots for years because of its lovely, classic ambience and good food, but this time it was the great, personable service that made it even better than ever.

V
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Skip the $30 breakfast on cold and burnt flavour coffee, luke warm eggs and soggy toast. Wasted time and effort. This is a pass among other better options in NYC.

KC
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Waitstaff was not attentive.

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food, while not especially innovative was very good. The wait staff was excellent and the room is very pleasant. An excellent trio (singer, bass, piano) performed during dinner and was a very nice surprise..

TH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent prix fixe lunch deal. Our entrees were both delicious - chicken pot pie and filet mignon. The lemonade was fresh-squeezed and fantastic, but pricy. We got to meet Hamlet the cat, and receive free postcards of him! Beautiful place, very friendly staff.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

To hear a talk about the Marx Brothers by Noah Diamond

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time - iconic !!

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A classic venue. One of my favorite places in New York.

SJ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Great. The service not top notch, but could have been an isolated event.

SW
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was thrilled to have dinner at this historic restaurant as part of the 100th anniversary celebration. Everything was even better than I expected. I plan to return. The Algonquin is one of New York’s most special and splendid venues for a fabulous dining experience.

IN
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An iconic New York place, scaled to humane proportions with good food and great service. No attitude and no posturing because the Algonquin doesn't need it.

GB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

Bad martini in a champagne-style glass. Staff argued when we sent back a well-done steak (we ordered rare). Got a lot of drivel from the host. Manager argued with us as well. Loved this place before Marriott took it over. Had two previous wonderful experiences. Bloody shame.

J
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Lovely spot pre and post theater. Service is a little slow but very friendly. Front of house is terrific every time. Food is very decent and the ambiance is terrific.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Chuck, was outstanding. We especially enjoyed our chat with him while he wasn't busy. The e prices for breakfast though are rather steep with coffee at 8.00 and orange juice at 6.00, it doesn't take long to jack up the bill. Would be nice to have an express breakfast that included coffee and juice.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow great will be back

C
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

We two ladies had two glasses of wine, one entree, one salad, and the bill was $120!!!!! Service was slow, we had to ask for everything and go hunt for our waiter, who was — well, not rude, but close to it. We went for the history of the place, but really, Algonquin, get over yourself. Waaaay too pricey and too precious, and we were prepared for a wonderful evening there. Not so much, it turned out. Many other choices in nyc for a greater value by far.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was delicious. But the service was terrible. Still, I might go back.

B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place to eat before a show, very intimate. Not tons to choose from on the menu but everything is delicious.

W
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place-a truly beautiful historic restaurant reminiscent of yesterday-exc food and service was amazing. No rushing like in most places

MH
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I loved our dinner at the Round Table. The ambiance is old world and very romantic. The service was wonderful. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The food was outstanding. Your French onion soup was the best we have had anywhere. We have friends going to New York in May and I will be sure to tell them to go to the Round Table for dinner and drinks. Thank you for making such a great memory for my husband and I. We look forward to returning.

JA
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Round Table at the Algonquin is one of our favorite spots in Midtown. We love the hotel, and this lobby side cafe offers wonderful breakfasts and lunch options. We particularly liked their omelets and Cobb Salad.

HE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

The Algonquin is a lovely old hotel with decent food (if you ever actually get what you ordered, that is). The wait staff is inept. Our waiter never placed the order for my dining companion's entree (only her appetizer arrived). He got my order partially wrong. He never asked if we wanted another drink, wanted dessert, wanted anything. This might be a nice place to eat should the hotel ever get it's act together (and hire decent wait staff).

WC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Iconic location.
We had a reservation yet they tried to seat us in the lobby.
Food was fine but slow in arriving and not equal to what this hotel claims to be. Very happy to have gone once but I will not return.

DV
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Best thing about it, aside from the history of the place which is major, was the quiet and comfortable seats. A bit of an oasis, however really nothing to write home about.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pesto shrimp appetizer is to die for!! I’m going to be dreaming of it!!

CR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

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.

ET
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

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.

C
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

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.

MO
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A special evening at The Round Table with family and friends. Everything was perfect

MG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Chuck was great...
We were able to talk about business in relative quite surroundings.
Good French onion soup on cold snowy day...