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“Good value, excellent service, typical American food - but good!”

Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
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Ranked #808 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
South East England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good value, excellent service, typical American food - but good!”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

The high standards have remained the same since my first visit about 6 years ago. There's a good menu of excellent salads, fish and meat. My friends recommend the Calves' Liver. Prices are reasonable for central Manhattan and the service is, of course, good. My only complaint is that the tables are very close together. However, it is always busy and this means that you don't wait long for a table. Portions are enormous, especially desserts. The cheesecake was delicious, but I had to take about a third of it home (and I didn't have a main!). Well worth a visit if you're in the University or Union Square area. Enjoy!!

Visited December 2013
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“All you could ask for.”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food and cocktails. Great service and atmosphere.
Sat at the bar and enjoyed meeting a mix of locals and tourists.
Will appeal to young and old alike.
Definitely a place to return too.

Visited October 2013
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“Fantastic restaurant and atmosphere”
Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Got a table in the restaurant on a busy Friday night without a reservation and only a ten minute wait. The atmosphere in the restaurant was friendly and the local clients were noisy. The food was fantastic, very tasty and good sized portions. The staff were very friendly, helpful and New York! Well worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Pittsburgh done right!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Had an early dinner prior to the Halloween parade in the Village and was able to get a table right away. Had we been a few minutes later there would have been a wait. And we ordered the carnivore's delight: the massive T-bone with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. Accompanying the dinner was corn bread that was warm slightly sweetened and moist. The steak was cooked perfectly. I find it difficult to get a steak cooked 'Pittsburgh' but Knickerbocker's did it. Crispy and charred on the outside and pink to red on the inside. It was magnificent. The steak was tender, full of flavor. And there was enough to chew on the bone for breakfast. The creamed spinach is tasty even if cooked spinach isn't your top pick and the mashed were perfect. The wait staff were in costume that added to the night's festivities and our waitress was well informed and helpful. I will go again. The steak cost $42 but worth every penny. And the filet portion was huge!

  • Visited October 2013
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“Pleasant Quiet Brunch on Sunday”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

When Washington Irving wrote his fictional “Knickerbocker’s history of New York City” in 1809, an extensive satire of the Dutch, he probably did not expect to see the name survive and thrive through the centuries to come. But it did. Ironically enough, it even managed to mean somebody of old wealth and grand social status. But enough about the origin, let’s go there for brunch!
For starters, you will see numerous original Hirschfeld caricatures on the wood-paneled walls, intermingling with turn of the Century posters and antique black and white photos. Charles Lindbergh signed his contract to fly to Europe on its bar and numerous celebrities visit it often. There is live jazz in the evening on weekends.
We arrive without reservation on Sunday around 11:30 and find plenty of tables available. Service is prompt and attentive. The Brunch menu is unusually diversified and extensive, the wine list-long and very reasonable. There is soft jazz in the background and the restaurant is still dressed in its Halloween attire.
The Eggs Benedict Crab Cakes are tender and moist, the split pea soup aromatic and the French onion soup is of the best type. Pressed Cuban sandwich comes with tastefully arranged sides and the Smoked salmon is accompanied by salmon roe, a nice touch, even if it’s missing more traditional sides, like capers and red onions. Good black rustic bread is brought to us on request (they did gave us a plate with sweet breads to start with). Regular coffee is what I call “brown water” and we return it, asking for espresso instead. Check for 4 with a bottle of Everyday French Red is a sensible $135 with taxes but before tip.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Oliver S
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