36 E 22nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.739695 -73.987837
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
It's Gone! – Kitchen 22 was one of my favorite restaurants in the City. Very good food, fair prices. We went last night but it's GONE! The space was vacant. We were very sad unitl ... we went across the street to Bolo. Wow - great meal. Pricier than Kitchen 22 but excellent food and service. I'll miss Kitchen 22 but it's good to know that there are alternatives very close by.
Great venue for large parties – To start off, this place was incredible. From the get go, Tina, the manager, was extremely professional and on top of everything. Our large party of 50 filled the whole dining room, and she made sure that everything ran as smoothly as possible with absolutely no problems the entire evening. We have events of this size twice annually, and this was, by far, the best one we've ever had. The food was great and the services was just as good. They kept our glasses full and never once made any errors with our orders or with requests. The space was ideal for our party, and the decor was modern but also traditional. This place is a must for large parties and for anyone who wants a great meal at an incredibly affordable price.
Loved it! – Love the food and I love the vibe at this place. Our waiter was the best, he brought over free champiagne for my friend Rainey's birthday. He was really sweet. Expect long lines thougn, this place gets seriously packed.
Just OK – Food was nothing special considering chef hype. Squash soup was very nice. Pork loin with cipollini onion and garlic mashed polenta was just OK. Chocolate pecan pie was "good". I guess I came to realize that with so few options, cooking must end up feeling very formulaic to the kitchen staff, and I think it comes across a bit in the food. I also tried some of my friend's bluefish (something I've never had before) and it tasted quite "fishy". Is that normal for that type of fish? Noise level got pretty loud when restaurant became full. Overall, not special enough that I'd return. I've had much more satisfying meals for less money.
Okay food, good wine – Had dinner there Sat. night. Described as "good value" but a restaurant is only a good value if the food is good! Risotto for appetizer was bland and boring. Skate for main course was extremely salty! Mixed berries with cream very dessert - simple, but yummy. Cucumber mint martini was great, as was our shiraz selection for dinner. Wouldn't go back for dinner, but would have drinks at the bar. Very charming decor.
Why waste your time? – I had heard pretty good reviews of Kitchen 22 so I was excited to try it - boy was I in for a disappointment. The menu is VERY limited and the food descriptions very misleading. Our waitress was cold and inattentive. The food itself is mediocre at best and why does everyone get the same desert? Does everyone have the same taste? No! Basically, this place is terrible. Honestly, with all the great places in New York why waste your time?
This is about value – We arrived on a Thursday night at 6:30 and were seated immediately (they don't take reservations), but, this small place filled up very quickly, and the bar was overflowing with people when we left. Obviously, a popular place for the young professionals. The prix fixe for $25 offers multiple selections of starters and entrees, the desert is the same for everyone. Our starters were very good, and the most unusual was the fried green tomatos. The entrees were less impressive. The aritchoke ravioli was uninspiring, but elegantly presented. The fish entree was tasty and recommended. All dishes were attractively plated, and the atmosphere a little noisy for across table conversations. This looks like a great place to take your date if you want to impress them, and not spend a lot of money.....ahhhhhh, this place makes me long for those days when I was single, young and unattached.
User review by appsfan – The 25 prix fixe meal is surprisingly good. The hummus rocks. It is a small place so be prepared for a wait if you don't have any reservations. The food is basic -- nothing exotic and there's nothing on the menu that you can't pronounce.
Great night despite the long wait – I went on a date with my boyfriend to Kitchen 22 this past Friday. We called to be put on the waiting list at 6:50PM but were not seated until 9:00PM. However, during the wait, the restaurant manager accomodated us by giving us complimentary bar food and by also giving us excellent service when we were seated. They made sure we were well taken care of. The food was quite good. The egg toast appetizer was delicious and the seared salmon was very good. $25 for 3 course cuisine is unbeatable, even cheaper than restaurant week! Despite the long wait for a table (they have a no-reservations policy, wait list only), we ended up having a great night and will be back.
Great Scene Great Deal – I have been to Kitchen 22 several times with only great experiences. The $25 prix fixe can't be beat and the wine list is also a steal. I laso enjoy grabing a drink and a quick bite at the bar, the sliders are fantastic.
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