Minetta Tavern

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$50 and over
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French
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 2421 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I always come here when visiting the city. The place just has this vibe to it. The ambiance and energy is so cool. The only place we don’t mind having our table 6” from the others. Classic NYC.

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m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cotes de Boeuf- best steak I’ve ever had- hands down. This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Perfect New York experience.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

When you pay $152 for a steak you expect it to be as you ordered it.. we ordered medium and got rare..

As an apology we received a piece of cake even though we already ordered a large Souffle and Ice Cream but I guess they didn’t want to lose any money.

Also the pommes Aligot were what seemed to be the bottom of the pot, not a full portion and full of clumps.

I’ve eaten here many times and always order the same thing so I know how things should taste.

I also rarely write negative reviews but this one is well deserved.

I will say our waiter was very sweet but we were there for the food.

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Strange experience there. all the staff seemed to care about was their closing at 3pm as it was a Sunday. We ordered drinks at the bar while waiting for rest of our party of 6 and they demanded a credit card to run the tab. Very limited and unusual menu on Sunday and had to ask for mustard twice. It is like they cannot even hide their sustain for he people they are serving. Have been going there for decades and can safely say that this was be last time.

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K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The burger was great, but we felt very rushed by the wait staff to eat and get out. There was no time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. All appetizers and entrees must be ordered together and they are quick to clear the table even if not finished with the appetizers.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Brunette hostess very rude and uninviting. Everything else was fantastic.

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US
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

They're known for their burger (and it's really good!), but their other items are good too. For brunch, I love the polenta with fava beans, mushrooms and a sunny side up egg

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KB
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a recommendation to go to Minetta for a great Hamburger - the hamburger was wonderful, thick, beautifully done (we chose medium-raw) and tasty. though Minetta is not your usual hamburger place, but rather a classy French restaurant where the other food also looked excellent.

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GH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. Food was good but not exceptional. Little bland and too pricey for what you get.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming here

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D
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

decent place foodwise but felt a bit impersonal - maybe that's just New York though

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We chose to celebrate a family birthday because of a great prior experience at Minetta. Sadly, it disappointed. The seating for 6 was so squished that the waiter could barely squeeze between tables. We were uncomfortably crowded together. The signature black label burger was a bit cold by the time it arrived, and both were significantly underdone (rare vs our medium request) - the result of a rushed kitchen and overcrowded floor.

Despite it being a birthday, the staff did nothing to help us celebrate.

Minetta is resting on past laurels and has deteriorated significantly to nothing special but an overrated and overpriced spot.

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s
London
16 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant that is my go-to place every time I visit New York.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Service was below the usual standards I expect from Minetta. Waitress was making excuses. Black label burger was over cooked, asked for medium and arrived medium well +

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JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Trendy tavern. Solid burgers. And love a place that still serves a true soufflé for dessert.

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O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Our waitress was amazing, the food was amazing, everything was great. Just wished the sides were on the lunch menu that are on the dinner menu and that the tables were a bigger. Other than that, amazing!!!

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MF
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great food in a low-key, somewhat crowded, setting. Good wine list and friendly service, although the servers could be more attentive.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I liked the ambiance but it was extremly loud, we couldn’t talk in normal tone. The food was a disappointment. I had heard so much about the Black label burger, not worth the price. Very nice waitress, but it wasn’t enough to make us come back.

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BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I was expecting way more out of food here. I always wanted to try their cote de boeuf and a burger but didn’t feel like it that night. So we got some veal, duck and a steak tartare. Duck was good but the rest nothing to brag about...
So probably next time those 2 things they are most famous for. Overall the place is nice and the service was amazing! Everyone is very efficient and polite!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a Black Label burger with fries at the bar for lunch, with one draft beer. After tip, my cost was $61. Delicious cheeseburger, but not something I would do again due to the cost. Minetta Tavern is a classic place and is worth a trip for anyone, local or visiting.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Far too expensive for the quality. Very long way to be served.a simple meal. Others who came later were were served way before us Waiters brusque and forgetful. Totally forgot a drank we ordered and it took a long time to finally get it.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambience which we paired with a night at the local comedy cellar for an authentic NY experience. We came to try the highly recommended burgers but the steaks also looked good judging by expressions around us. Our Pate starter was devine with a sweetness of currants balancing the richness of the Pate. The premium burger was full of flavour and taken med-rare was perfectly juicy. It’s reputation means you do have to pay a premium but well worth it my opinion.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Not worth $30 for a burger. Service is ok, wouldn’t go back though. 90% fries and 10% burger. You’d get a better burger at Emily or Mu ramen.

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BL
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best hamburger in the USA. Hands down the best! We had souffle for dessert. Wish we had ordered two!

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JD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like traveling back in time several decades in the best possible way. The tavern takes great care to ensure its patrons have consistently exceptional food and service. The black label burger is exquisite. I suggest ordering it medium or medium rare. This restaurant is a must-visit as frequently as your pocketbook will allow.

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Great location, nice atmosphere and crisp, elegant table settings were, unfortunately, let down by a big disparity in the quality of the food. My lunch guest had a fabulous meal but my food was very overcooked. Although the service was attentive, nobody asked about our food during the meal or afterward. In retrospect, I should have sent my $33 burger back, but it’s always extremely awkward when dining with a guest because it ruins the occasion. At a restaurant that charges a premium for superior food, service, and ambiance, this feels like a very basic fail. A shame because I really wanted to like it.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
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
9 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great family spot for Mothers Day lunch. Best burger in the city, and amazing cocktails!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Black label burger.. the bone marrow dish.. and the drinks made this a special visit. We came for lunch.. on the day we landed in NY (from Malaysia).. and this was our first meal in NY and it did not disappoint. Serving size and portions are ample and the drink option allowed us to start a celebratory holiday on the right foot.

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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
2 reviews
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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