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“BB King would be rolling...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of B.B. King Blues Club / Lucille's Grill

B.B. King Blues Club / Lucille's Grill
237 West 42nd St, New York City, NY 10036 (Manhattan)
212 997 4144
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Ranked #2,623 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 7th and 8th Avenues
Transit: Lucille's Grill is located right next to the Times Square-42nd Street stop with connections to the A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, 7, and the Shuttle to Grand Central.
MA
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“BB King would be rolling...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The name itself conjures a smokey bluesy image all its own, but this establishment now appears to be barely sustaining on its name only. Ripe for potential (or past evidence of it) the lower level is warm and inviting with mahogany everywhere, and older accouterments that scream for the old life-style back. Piped in music was Simon and Garfunkel, not that it was bad, just not what was expected or desired in this type of establishment. And the food...just fair. A simple steak and pasta meal was delivered within 5 minutes, which should tell you the state of everything on the plates; I wasn't impressed, nor was I with pricing, and while I'll admit I went in for the experience and knew I would pay for it, I came out $100 poorer with only a sigh for the man who used to make this place hop. Not worth the trip for any reason other than hoping to prove this reviewer wrong, to which I would be VERY grateful.

Visited January 2013
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Have a drink, skip dinner”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stopped by on a cold winter's night for a late drink and dinner after theatre. We should have kept looking. The bartender was very friendly, but the food was anything but. Pit Smoked Meat Nacho's tempted us with their exotic description, but were almost inedible. Pork sliders were meh. Chopped salad was horrendous... how do you mess up a salad? Even the band that night was cut rate. Oh BB this place doesn't live up to your name or music. Sorry.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

The last night of our honeymoon and we hadn't sen any live music in NYC yet. Since it is in Times Square, we expected the prices to be high, but considering the serving sizes and the free live jazz... we were happy with it all. We ordered the nachos appetizer and, at $16, we were apprehensive, but honestly, we could've just split that and been completely satisfied. The rest of the food was quite good, not great. The atmosphere however was outstanding. The band was GREAT, very enjoyable. They seemed to just be 4 very good players that were brought together to play for a few nights as the singer/guitar player would ask the other guys if they knew certain songs and sometimes they didn't. But they were all great players and the night was very enjoyable. If we can get back to NYC we hope to venture to some of the "real" jazz clubs around the city, but we will surely stop by Lucilles again as well.

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

First we love BB King and were visiting NYC for the very first time. With that said, we were so disappointed. We did not want fast food and had a taste for something filling and flavorful. The food lacked flavor, but packed a powerful punch financially. Our bill was $90 and we weren't even offered a basket of bread. We were told that we had to request it. No salt of pepper on the tables to help the blandness of the food. The hostess was the nastiest and short and snappy with most patrons. I guess we expected so much more. We left feeling like we had been cheated out of our money. The purple potato salad and slaw leave a lot to be desired. THE BREAD PUDDING WAS THE BEST PART OF THE WHOLE MEAL! By the time desert came, we were done. Maybe the club side can offer more, but I don't think we will ever find out.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Such a great night - sweet music!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

An awesome female fronted blues band playing - everyone in the band was soooo talented! The place is amazing - the whole atmosphere is perfect!! Great music, great drinks, great staff - great night!!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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