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Knickerbocker Bar and Grill

33 University Pl, New York City, NY 10003 (Greenwich Village)
(212) 228-8490
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Ranked #390 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Cross street: 9th Street
Transit: The 6 train at Astor place, or the R & N to 8th street are just a block away. Other stations like Union Square & West 4th street are just a short walk away and have most train lines.
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81% Recommend
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, so when I bring people here from other parts of the city they are shocked to find out that the best steak in New York can be found here. I have made bets with all my friends and they all agree it is the best. The steak is served with creamed spinach, onion rings... More

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Perth, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Really quirky place, teeming with eccentrics. A great people watching spot. Good food and interesting wines. Our waitperson, a tall blonde woman, gave great service. We had an excellent lunch here. Great Guacamole, interesting soup with crabmeat. I would highly recommend Knickerbocker.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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242 reviews 242 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Went in twice on our visit to NYC. Been several times before and it never seems to disappoint. I had the best BBQ ribs I've had for years. Second visit I had Chicken Caesar salad which was large and really tasty. Service is always good, menu has a great choice of meals and price wise, not too expensive for a... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere and very good service. But the steak was not as tender as one would expect at those prices. And the all American cheese cake was not well prepared. Too dry and too big.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was graduation weekend at NYU so the place was swarming with family visitors. Knickerbocker was great. We booked ahead and had a great side booth table. Waitress was efficient and approachable which is all you need. The steaks are ridiculously enormous - one could easily share between 2. I found the place to be good value and liked the... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was my third visit to the Knickerbocker in 24 years and amazingly it's been very nice each time. Nice, relaxed casual dining just 3 blocks from Washington Square. We had brunch, everything was great and our waiter was very attentive.

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Denver, Colorado
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Good atmosphere even thought it's crowded seating. Monkfish was rubbery, sauce was soupy. Waitress forgot to ever bring two people the drinks they ordered. We ordered the cookie for desert and she brought the souffle instead. When we arrived at 9 they were out of five or six menu items. Disappointing and inattentive service but friendly.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We were told this place was a throw-back to the 60s with amazing steaks, and that's what it is. Yes, the decor is dated, but the staff are great and the food - the steaks - are amazing.Three of us had the T-Bone which weighed in at 84 ounces. Suffice to say we finished the steak, but not the fries... More

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

OK, I have eaten at Lugars, Sparks, Mortons, DelFriscos, Palm, Palm too, Smith and Wollensky, Old Homestead etc... They are almost all worthy of 5 stars for their steaks while their service and decor are a matter of opinion. Knickerbocker is a whole other animal. They have amazing steaks, great service and that low key "real" NYC vibe. Without a... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My wife and I tried the Knickerbocker and had a great time. Very old school feel. Food was good (not great) but certainly worth a try. Staff was friendly. Cookie would have been fantastic with more ice cream.......but don't miss it either way!

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