131 Duane St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.716341 -74.007623
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Tribeca
In the Heart of Tribeca lies an 1863 landmark cast iron building surrounded by century old warehouses. This elegant, carefully restored building is City Hall Restaurant. Once home to the Lester Pinkus Shoe Corporation, this restaurant now exudes a timeless feel harkening to past generations. The Menu reflects our commitment to working with local organic farmers and artisans. It changes with the seasons as we continue to bring the freshest ingredients to our table. City Hall's wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence for 2001, 2002, and 2003 as well as the recent and notable. "Best of - Award of Excellence" for 2004, 2005, and 2006. With and inventory of over 10,000 bottles to offer our guests, we have created a showcase for American Winemakers.
A modern take on a classic New York restaurant, City Hall centers on steak and oysters without ever going for the steakhouse / brasserie feel. It's large and well-managed, and so makes a great place to just relax away from the trendy / hectic dining scene further uptown.
a real shame – i've been to city hall on several occasions in the past and if it wasnt great it was atleast a decent meal however last night was the final straw. witht the exception of the hostess and the bartender everything about the place was laughably bad. the waiter overly theatrical (when present, which was rare), the food was super slow coming out, none of our 30 and 40 dollar steaks were cooked right (burnt on the outside, rare in the middle), and the manager was blahse about his appology. certainly willbe the last time i'll go here, 400 dollars POORLY spent. get your act together guys.
Still going strong... – There are few restaurants in Manhattan that have been around as long as City Hall and are still as busy (or busier!) than the trendy new restaurant nextdoor... Last month I had a surprise party for my husband in one of their gorgeous private rooms downstairs, and when I came in this week - unannounced - I was still treated like a queen. The City Hall crew has a way with old-time NY hospitality and new-time flavor... The food is fresh, the wine list is enviable, and the ambience is comfortably elegant. Somehow they manage to compromise between the Left and the Right... Given how full their dining room is at lunch-time, I'm surely not the only one aware of this. When it comes to the whos-who of the political elite, it seems that City Hall is the center of the city... And that's good news for Tribeca!
Steak, Seafood or just a burger you can't go wrong at City Hall!!! – I recommend you ask for Mark he's the best server I have ever experienced anywhere! I say this because he's down to earth, the kind of server that makes one feel like he actually cares about the meal and doesn't judge whether you might be ordering just an appetizer or the whole menu! Up selling?! That is ridiculous I have never been up sold by any person at this restaurant, go to any of City Hall's competition and see what up selling is all about.
Go to City Hall see how the owner and head Chef stops by your table and treats you as if he's known you for years. Have a party in the amazing room downstairs! I'm not part of the scene or a restaurant critic I just know what customer service is all about and I will stand up for the latest reviews because I keep going back for more! City Hall encompass' the quintessential art of "customer service" they make anyone happy it doesn't matter who you are. The reality of any critique is every restaurant, waiter, kitchen and well human has an off night. Let's not judge on what others say, and certainly give good food more than one chance. If you don't want to invest too much then you MUST go for the burger and fries, it is quite possibly the best hamburger you have ever had, made from a special recipe that can't be put down!!!! Then when you are ready order some steak and seafood because you will leave full and satisfied! Oh and they have the best wine list thus far!!!
Enjoy, eat and be happy at City Hall we do!
Train wreck ! – From the food to the service, City Hall was dreadful. Was there this past Friday night and what a disappointment. You'd figure an established restaurant in Tribeca, that has apparently stood the 'test of time', would be at worst decent, but not the case.
A few of the lowlights: we each had burgers, which were both charred and crunchy on the outside, and rare on the inside. How does one ruin a simple burger ?
Service: I'm not even sure we had a waiter ? ..we were completely neglected. The place simply didn't have its act together at all. Both the waitstaff, and bus-staff failed to refill water or clear the table at all during the meal.
Needless to say, we won't be returning.
Horrible!!! – 'City Hall' set me back $250 for me and my wife (yes, diner for 2!), and we had the worst night out that we have ever had! I've been living in NY for 10 years and have never been treated so poorly by the staff. Our food was over-cooked, and the server did nothing to make-up for it! After complaining to management about our meal, we were treated as if we were the problem! I think this place is too big for its britches, if you know what I'm saying! A waste of a beautiful room...don't bother going here! If you are in the area an looking for a pleasant evening, check out Odeon around the corner...keep walking by 'City Hall'.
The worst dining experience I've ever had!!!
pushy service – I ate here for my birthday. It was originally suppose to be just myself and my fiance. But two of my best friends who lived out of town came into the city to surprise me. Our initial experience was wonderful. The Hostess was extremely sweet and accommodating to our change. However, when the server came up to our table that is where it got ugly. I would like to note, that I had waited table for many years and I am always sympathetic to those in the industry and always over tip. This however, was not the case. The server was nothing but pushy and was only interested in "up-selling". She was extremely fake and treated us as if we were second class citizens. It was an odd and uncomfortable situation. We ordered a bottle of wine and after she presented it to us and poured she took our bottle with her. My fiance and I eat out allot and that was the first time our wine did not sit at our table. I found that to be odd? My fiance had ordered a cake for my birthday. That was delicious but then they lost the lefts over after they took it off the table to wrap it up to go. The busser was really sweet. Overall a bad experience. Food was good but the service left a bad taste in my mouth.
usually pretty good – my husband and i eat out quite a bit but this place puzzles me. it is absolutely beautifull, the decor, photos airy feeling. The chopped salad is terrific, and the oysters are always wonderfull. The last two times we were there, i made a wine selection, and the somalier went to get it FIFTEEN mins later he returned to say they were out. Ok, so i choose another one up in price, again a really long time elapses before he comes back to say they were out of that too, and so presented us with the cheapest comparable bottle rather than going up to the next. only a difference of 10 or 12 dollars, This exact same thing happened TWICE. Surely they should have a database of whats in stock. the last time iate there i had the delmonico steak (deliscious) but the plate was so hot that the salad was burnt on to it(kept hot for too long methinks) All in all the food is good the service pretty awfull, Dylan Prime is way better.
excellant customer service – extremely friendly and very quick service when entering restaurant.Also the owner coming to table to introduce himself added a touch of class as well as showing how he cares about his patrons.As far as the food goes the oysters were plump and delicious.The colossal shrimp were very tasty.The steak was extremely tasty and filling,as well as reasonably priced.The overall service again was tremendous and can't say enough about it and especially RICH he was friendly,fun and professional.I had an exceptional time and expeience there and am looking forward to returning there.
Hall for the City ! – City Hall is one of the landmarks of manhattan, how many shoe factorys you see these days transform to a great restaurant, only one thats is city hall , service,food, hospitality and Great Chef Henry Meer, and many more. Staff is very professional and attendive. I am a regular customer , i love this place , their take out menu is great. Delivery is fast and friendly, I used the taken care by Turkish Maitre"d , he was the best. he always impressed us by his personal skills, and he knew all about hospitality. I will recommend this place the everybody.
Awesome Experience – My wife and I eat out 7 days a week here in Manhattan. We've been everywhere more than once and we like to give feedback whenever we have a great food and service. Last night we had an exceptional meal at City Hall. We had the prime rib for 2 and it was perfectly cooked and very tender. The hash browns side dish is a must have. I think the waiter said they're cooked with duck fat. Great flavor. Anyway, we have been to City Hall many times for lunch since we work in the area but never dinner. I'm glad we made that choice because now we have a new favorite place to go to.
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