Catering >City Grill
269 Columbus Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.777786 -73.978522
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
standard fare – reliable and predictable - good place to take out of towners who want comfortable surroundings and familiar food!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – I lived in the UWS when I first moved to Manhattan, and City Grill was (and is) one of my absolute favorite restaurants. It isn't over-the-top at all; its rather refined and elegant, with just enough worn-in feeling to make it comfortable. I usually get the Hawaiian Chicken wrap (it also comes as a salad) or the salad w/ goat cheese. I know I've had other dishes, and they were all amazing!! City Grill also just puts forth the extra effort in terms of decor- they always have fresh flower arrangements on the mid-high wall that separates the bar from the seating area; they are always lovely and really enhance the atmosphere. The wait staff are friendly and attentive, and the enclosed indoor/outdoor seating area is really fun to sit in and has a lovely fan above. My fiance and I just really like this place; we consider it a staple when we're on the UWS!!! Highly recommended!!
Reliable, comfortable, great bar, 35+ at the bar – The over 35 crowd needs SOME place to go and sit at a nice bar and have a good time. The food is reliable and doesn't try to be overly inspiring, the bathrooms are eensy teensy, but the bar is beautiful, the dining room is lovely, the enclosed street eating is all that you want with street scene eating all year round, so the complaints have to be taken with somewhat of a grain of salt. I've been coming here on and off for 20 years and with each passing year, I'm always grateful it made it through.
A wet-hair-&-wrinkled-shirt sort of place – The Lady Friend had the audacity to show up looking a tad shoddy. Luckily City Grill is laidback so no one noticed or cared. (Full disclosure: I had a small hole in my pants.) We were seated immediately, and Leah came over shortly with menus and a wonderful disposition. We took our time in ordering and were not rushed. When the food did come, L(B)F shoveled down her chicken pot pie like an emaciated lumberjack. Her comment about the ccp was that it was ok. I had the lasagna which was also just ok. Though we agreed that both meals were average, I imagine that everything would be dependable in the long run as the menu has a wide variety of choices. There are better spots in the neighborhood but this is safe for someone who's looking for an unpretentious atmosphere and a lot of peas in their pie.
Splendiferous – I was pretty apprehensive about going to the City Grill after having read previous reviews traching its service...however, clearly the managment has taken these comments to heart. I was very satisfied with the food, service, and prices...
Editorial Review – Contemporary American cuisine with full bar and wine list; dishes include salads, fish, pork chops and more with delivery available.
User review by footie – Huge portions and consistently good. Can get busy on the weekends for brunch.
Keep walking right by it – A bar and restaurant with positive energy which is only drowned out by the staff's negative energy and poor treatment of customers. City Grill's bartenders, and even staff, forgot that they are in the service industry and are the servers. The staff needs to leave their attitude and negative imposition at home. Is it too much these days to hope to see a server with a very very little smile? I'm not even asking for minimal communication skills because this place is too far from getting it. You feel like you're there to serve them and you even get to pay them a tip to do so. What a deal. Oh yeah, and the food, it's inconsistent in quality and often overcooked. Nothing like chicken that's so dry on the ends that you have to cut it off. It's a shame that this place can't put it together.
great food, great atmosphere – I ate at City Grill for the first time last night. Walking by, it looked a little like a cheesy tourist place, but after I went inside I was pleasantly surprised to find a cozy deep red room with roses, fall foliage, and jack o lanterns. There was seasonal food like homemade applesauce and pumpkin soup. My father and I both had excellent food and the service was good. Not too expensive, either.
Service Sucks! – Once we were seated it took another 15 minutes for the waiter to appear. Once we ordered, it took at least 30 minutes to get our food, with our server no where in site...no updates on the food etc. Mind you, we ordered an appetizer for brunch. The server brought the appetizer with the entree and the entrees were cold. The food is good at a decent price but the service is horrible...granted our server was pleasant but cold food that took for ever is not good service.
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