113 MacDougal Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Trendiness
Expert review of Minetta Tavern
Keith McNally is one of New York’s most successful restaurateurs, creating vibrant, popular, see-and-be-seen spots that feel classic and offer great bistro-style food. Balthazar, for example, still bustles from breakfast to late night dinner and Pastis is the anchor for the Meatpacking District. But Minetta Tavern is his latest, and, in my opinion, his greatest endeavor, as well as the city’s hardest reservation to snag.
The classic menu includes meaty dishes like the great Cote de boeuf, saucisson en brioche and a decadent “Black Label” burger with caramelized onions, which is quickly becoming a crowd favorite despite its $26 price tag.
This has always been a neighborhood institution and I love how McNally has left the bones of the landmark building intact but added vintage black and white photos and cozy red banquettes. It has new life without being precious. And the wood bar is gorgeous.
Just like McNally is a genius for finding beautiful landmark buildings in the hottest neighborhoods in town, he is a genius at staffing the places, from the waiters to the barmen. I especially respect the woman who handles the door - it must be the hardest job in town telling people they can’t come in and choosing the lucky few who get to belly up to the bar even without a reservation.
On Minetta Lane right off 6th Avenue. This part of the Village is too touristy but I like this particular block.
It’s not cheap, even the bistro fare runs from US$16 and a three-course meal without wine will cost about US$50 per person. As far as I am concerned it’s worth it but if you can go on an expense account even better.
I like being in the back room but if you can get a reservation at all you’ll be lucky. Even if you can’t get in for dinner, drop by for an excellent dry martini or squeeze on to one of the counter bar seats for a full meal (the bar choice is the way I like to go here anyway).
More information on Minetta Tavern:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant
- 113 MacDougal Street, West Village, New York City, New York, 10012
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 5:30pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-1am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential