35 E 76th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.774358 -73.963528
DINNER Mon-Sat: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
Still A Great Experience – If you are thinking of reading the menu from right to left, then forget this place. If a cover charge that matches a Broadway ticket is offensive, then pass. This is a venerable club from the old world carriage trade, as they used to say, in New York. The headliners are sensational and the room is as intimate as it gets. Be prepared to drop a bundle, but escape to a world that is slowly disappearing and needs to be remembered.
Go for the entertainment, Not the food – Two things - if I could, I would rate the Cafe Carlyle as a restaurant about a 2.5 or 3. But, I would rate the entertainment portion an absolute 5.
We went to see Christine Ebersole, as she was the replacement for the incomparable Eartha Kitt. She was absolutely amazing, and we had a terrific table front and center. The entertainment portion of the evening was just magical!
Dinner, however, was just okay. I guess my expectation level was too high, but I expected more than just standard fare when dining at the Carlyle. I started with the green salad, which was pretty minimally dressed with green lettuce, peeled tomatoes and a dressing which was far too lemony for my taste. It was enough that I finally gave up midway through because I just wasn't enjoying my salad.
My entree was the salmon. While the salmon was adequate, I suppose I expected a notch above from the Cafe Carlyle. All in all, dinner was fine but nothing to write home about. We felt a bit hurried throughout dinner and I finished about half of my salmon before the show started. We did not have dessert because it would have meant an interruption during the performance. The wine list, however, was impeccable.
After the show we headed over to Bemelman's Bar and the piano player made up for the missed dessert...he was amazing!
cozyy – This is one of the finest restaurants I've ever been to. And that's saying a lot since I am such a miser when it comes to five star ratings. A classic "you get what you pay for," and here, you don't get much for $5... or $50... or $100. At Cafe Carlyle, everything is grade A from ambiance, service, and food. They are flawless.
Legendary singers cast the spell at one of New York's most famous cabarets. – In Short
What do Eartha Kitt, Bobby Short and Woody Allen have in common? They've all wowed audiences at the Carlyle Hotel's 70-seat supper club. The renovated room (last touched in 1955) shows off the musically playfull Marcel Vertes murals, and dinner-and-a-song lovers can take advantage of chef James Sakatos's menu of upscale classics like foie gras terrine, dover sole and creme brulee. Banquettes rim the room and cast the focal point on the stage, and beyond the elegant table seating, there's a first-come, first-served bar.
Wow. In more ways than one. – We saw Elaine Stritch perform here last year, but I'm just getting around to writing a review.
We had 7:00 reservations for dinner, so we were already most of the way through our wonderful (but VERY expensive) dinner by the time her show started at 8:45. (Important note - check the hotel's web site and see if dinner is required with tickets; sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't, and you may be able to go just for the later show and drinks) The show was incredible - the room is so small you feel like you pushed the coffee table out of the way and hosted Elaine Stritch and a five-piece band in your living room!
It was our first time there, but they gave us a table with a great view right on the walkway between the back door and the stage. Ms. Stritch stopped and shook hands with everyone along that row on the way out!
Looking forward to returning to New York, and checking out the recently renovated Cafe!
Great Food, Great Service, Great Ambiance, Great Place!!!!!!!!!! – I tend to go to restaurants quite often, I love sitting in a table, taste good food along with a great wine and talk with the people I go out with.
To be honest, I never thought of going to the Restaurant Carlyle, I thought it was too much for me and too classical.
To my surprise it was indeed classical but the moment I stepped foot into the hotel, I was greeted by a attentive gentleman who (with a great smile) asked me if I had a reservation, to which I responded with the name the reservation was under.
He promptly took us to our table where an impressive flower arrangement was imposing itself right at the middle of the restaurant.
(As the waiter explains, this flowers are changed once a week and when they are brought they are only branches with no flowers, but as the week goes by they start to blossom until thy are changed again.)
We statred with some tasty cocktails and continued with a nice white wine recommended by the Sommelier.
The food was just amazing, portions are perfect to go trough appetizer and main course and even some space for the dessert.
Once we finished with our food the captain came with a trolley full of cakes and desserst, they all looked amazing, but I have to admit that the "mille crepes cake" is just amazing. From the outside the cake does not look special at all, but once they give you the explanation you are just tempted. It is a cake made of crepes, around 47 crepes with pastry cream between each other. JUST AMAZING!!!! you have to try it.
At our departure, they gave us a bag with chocolates with a nice note from the restaurant manager and the excecutive cheff, thanking us for comming. I thought it was a nice detail to give to the people.
I highly recommend this place, and I would go back anytime.
Amazing! – I go out dinning all the time in NYC, I never eat home. I can go to a small burger joint or to a 3 star Michelin restaurant, depending on who I go with (entertaining clients, etc...). A few weeks ago I wanted to take my wife out for dinner but did not want to go far (we live UES), we decided to go to The Carlyle Restaurant, at The Carlyle Hotel. I thought it would be another simple, boring, hotel restaurant meal. But it was not like that AT ALL! It was certainly one of the very best meals I have had in town. From the arrival and the way we were escorted to our table till the moment we left and my wife was given a small bag with a chocolate box (now I know they give it to every lady after dinner) everything was perfect. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and the portions, and the service is excellent but not obstrusive. The waitstaff are very nice, as is the sommelier and the manager. Great dinning experience! I go there as often as I can now... (Try the Dover Sole, it's amazing).
Take Me Back to Manhattan – The room, service and ambience truly speak of a bygone elegance and capture the spirit of Old New York. I went to see Eartha Kitt and was as impressed by the service as I was by her amazing performance. The food was basic, America fare - very well-prepared but nothing too exciting. And it was extremely expensive, but worth every penny. I would strongly recommend Cafe Carlyle as THE BEST special occasion restaurant in the city.
Great Woody Allen Show, lousy service – I booked a table weeks in advance for my mother and me to see Woody Allen's show in the Carlyle Cafe. Upon timely arrival they put us in the last corner of the room, next to the stage behind the drummer. It was not that there weren't any other tables free and we weren't dressed in jeans either. We were about to dine there for more than $500 including grat and cover! The food was ok but definitely not worth this money. The partial view table either. I did not want to spoil the party cause my mother really loved the show, but I do not recommend this place to anyone. If at all, try to get a place at the bar and hold on to a beer while enjoying the fabulous band!
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