5 9th Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.739587 -74.006693
Sat 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-12:30am
Sun 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Keeps getting better... – I've been stopping at 5 Ninth for the past three years, usually bringing a friend with me to share this place. The food has changed lately, more towards french-country menu now... Roasted pork, crispy duck, garbou soup, braised lamb, lamb cassoulet - each great dishes. I once wrote on a comment card that I thought the lamb cassoulet had more beans than lamb and two weeks later I stopped in and had it again and there was a major improvement. While dinner is fantastic, brunch is amazing... not to miss, especially when the weather is nice and the outdoor garden is open (very romantic at night as well!)
The service has always been great in my experience. Linden, Brian and George have been long-time fixtures there and I ask for them when I make my reservation or when I arrive.
The place does need a little updating - lots of lights are out on the bar, bar needs to be refinished, the floors have huge gaps in the planks, the furniture on the third floor lounge has seen better days (probably four years ago when it opened). However, I noticed that they put new cushions on the seats on the first and second floors so it appears the owners are figuring it out. I went this weekend and it appears they are starting to remodel the restrooms as well.
The third floor lounge is a great place for an after-dinner cocktail, and they sometimes have events like DJ's or I think they had a Superbowl party this year.
However the best new thing is that they have a happy hour - probably the best in the neighborhood. I can't remember their specials but it was like $2 beers and $5 well drinks... and they were giving away food as well... Says they are doing it 5-9 Sunday through Wednesday.
Love this place – I disagree with the last post. I've had great service there on more than a single visit. On top of which it's warm and cozy, which is a huge plus these days. Braised lamb is particularly delicious; incredibly tender and flavorful. Haven't tried the garden; but cannot WAIT for warm weather (omg it is so cold outside) to try it.
Great food, terrible service – Stayed across the street at the Gansevoort and had the concierge hook us up with a dinner reservation for 4. Despite arriving on time we were asked to wait at the crowded bar, where a fight broke out? Weird. The hostess was very apologetic but still made us wait more than an hour to sit. Forever. Even then, they put us in this terrible spot outside next to all the smokers on the street. People at 5 Ninth who wanted to smoke even had to crawl over us. That said, they moved us because they knew the seat was horrible, but the service was slooooow. Our waiter said he was behind because of some large party upstairs, but he had no personality to make up for it. On the upside, the food was superb. My boyfriend even declared that the pork belly was the best food he ever tasted. My steak was overcooked but everyone else's dinners were perfect. Overall we worked out the kinks and had a good time, but going there reminded me why the Meatpacking is horrible on the weekends.
Gorgeous little garden, great service, wonderful food – Put simply, I adore 5 Ninth. Each time I've been the food, wine, service and atmosphere has been amazing. Its a really great spot in the Meatpacking, some of which can turn ferral past 10pm, and the garden in the summer time is just the icing on the cake. Great value for money (I'm still dreaming about a mushroom risotto I had there in March 07), very cool ambiance inside, I love the way that the restaurant is spread out, over 2-3 floors...makes you feel a little like you're in someone's private home. Perfect hidden gem in the MP, which is why we keep going back again and again.
The look of the Meatpacking District brownstone is Old New York, but the fusion fare is decidedly New World. – Windows that open to the street beckon serious diners to the burly wooden door of this three-story brownstone. Just beyond the sleek entry-level bar hides a sunken garden patio surrounded by climbing vines; above is a dining room fitted with wooden church pews. Exposed beams and wrought iron lend a charming decor throughout. Green curry tricks out "Bobo's Farm Chicken," tempura chives accompany poached lobster and jalapeno heats up risotto.
OK – 5 Ninth was fine - I've been there twice, once for food and once for drinks - I was really unimpressed by the food. It was good - just good. the restaurant itself is beautiful. I found the menu very uninteresting. The drinks were good, I love the beer selection - I don't know, for my money, it tasted as good as any cafe you can find in the city and was way more expensive. The beet salad was enjoyable - but you can get a beet salad anywhere. Honestly, I'd rather spend my money on better food elsewhere.
This is the way to run a business: – When we arrived on time for our 8pm res., I voiced a preference for outside, but told the host either would be fine. About 15-20 minutes later, he approached us at the bar to say he was trying to get something for us outside- he apologized for the delay and bought us a round of drinks.
At about 5 minutes to 9pm (almost an hour after our reservation) we were seated.
The hostess escorted us through the beautiful patio and back onto the sidewalk off the side of the restaurant. This put us about 10 feet from the group of smokers from the restaurant/bar next door. Not the best seat in the house; in fact, might have been the worst. Not what you'd expect after waiting an hour.
I ordered the shrimp- at my friend's recommendation- only to be told that they just ran out of shrimp.
I made the comment that had we been seated an hour ago when we should have been, I bet they still would have had the shrimp!
At this point I think its safe to say the experience was less than stellar.
So here's what saved the night:
A sincere, service oriented attention to detail.
Our waiter came by and apologized for the wait- there was clearly communication between the host and the waiter, which made me feel we were being attended to-
The host also came by after our apps to let us know a table had just opened up on the patio if we wanted to move- an offer we declined- but one that was appreciated.
At the end of the night- after great food and great service- we were informed that our entire bill had been comp'd by the host who also turned out to be the new GM.
I went to find him to thank him for his generosity but he was not around. I hope he reads this.
THIS is the way to manage a business; everyone has an off night- thats a reality. The way you handle that situation is what separates a mediocre business from a stellar business.
I will most definitely be back- and will be happy to pay this time!
I'm proud to have this establishment in my neighborhood.
I visited 5 ninth on two seperate occasations. First time we had wine at the bar before our table was ready. At dinner we ordered the same glasses of wine, but for so mysterious reason this glass was triple the amount of the glass at the bar. Second occasation we ordered a bottle of wine. On the menu there were two different prices, we assume it was per glass and per bottle (Wrong) . When our check arrived we noticed that the wine was a lot more that was on the menu. When we questioned the change in amount we were told the priceon the menu was for a half bottle. Why would you bring me a full bottle of wine when the bottle and price on the menu was for a half bottle?There is something going on here. CHECK YOUR BILL. We actually enjoyed the food. How disapointed we were at the end of dinner. If you are going to visit check check check everything.
best brunch ever! main waiter was very rude though! when I asked to change my seat - he was sighing very loudly, I thought he was joking! ;) but food was really good!
Disappointing – I went there for a friends birthday and the staff was rude and had major attitude. After paying outrageous prices for everything the host practically barged in on me in the bathroom. I didn't realize there was a time limit on the restrooms, I wasn't in there very long. VERY disappointing.
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