Gotham Bar and Grill

New American
$ $ $ $
12 E 12th St (btwn University Pl & 5th Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 866-9493
12:00pm - 2:15pm
5:30pm - 9:45pm
12:00pm - 2:15pm
5:30pm - 9:45pm
12:00pm - 2:15pm
5:30pm - 9:45pm
12:00pm - 2:15pm
5:30pm - 9:45pm
12:00pm - 2:15pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 9:45pm

Most New York City restaurants would consider themselves lucky to even get a review in The New York Times. Since it opened in 1984, Gotham Bar and Grill has been reviewed no fewer than six times by the Gray Lady. Even more impressive, it has scored 15 stars — five three-star reviews (four is the best) since chef Alfred Portale took over in 1985. The culinary style might be called classic new American, which translates to such dishes as yellowfin tuna tartare with Japanese cucumber, shiso, and sweet miso ginger vinaigrette; seared Hudson Valley foie gras with blood orange reduction and fennel pollen toasted golden raisin brioche; and Niman Ranch pork chop with braised greenmarket kale and sweet corn polenta. Want to hear a fun fact about Portale’s signature stacking style for plating food? The chef said it originated out of him trying to find ways to do more with less. “Rather than trying to cook a big piece of fish, I'd cut it into two thin pieces and then stack them.” 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015



  • On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Michael Psilakis revisits childhood with his favorite Thanksgiving Dinner, a 3-course meal, at Gotham Bar and Grill. Find more tips at FN Local.
  • The chocolate cake is out of this world. I would come back just for that.
  • One Michelin star.
  • Order seafood salad or tuna tartare. Follow with Thai-spiced lobster or steak. And ask for help on the wine. Do prom right this time around.
  • Love the HIGH food salads. -Jill Zarin, Real Housewives of New York City
  • French pastry doesn't get better than this, try the Tarte Tatin for two. The best flaky pie crust of your life brushed with a burnished coat of glazed puff pastry, & inside the soft baked apples glow.
  • Amazing from top to bottom
  • While highly rated, waistcoat waiters & modest menu (this place was opened in 1984) seem dated. Generous portions but snooty staff.
  • The tuna tartare at Gotham is legendary for good reason. Dont overlook the seasonally-influenced pastas either. - Inspector
  • Old time favoritewhere my husband and I had our first date. We dine there at least twice a month. -Dina Manzo, Real Housewives of NJ
  • Between the squid ink spaghetti and the camomile lavender tea, I'm happy until Christmas.
  • Entering this temple of American gastronomy, take notice of Warhol's Brooklyn Bridge at the front window, Sugimoto's work on the front platform, and the large Vera Lutter in the dining room.
  • Excellent decor, service and overall experience
  • The duck was amazingly delicious!
  • Unbelievably great service and food - tuna tartare, oysters, duck - make this standard a stellar choice time and again.
  • Don't miss the Tuna tartare, rack of lamb, and chocolate cake
  • Hard to go wrong with the tuna tartar.
  • Ask the sommelier for help with the wine list. We loved the tuna tartare, dido red wine, miso cod, and veal (was a special), pictured below. Save room for the chocolate cake - it's worth it!
  • Foie gras is the best!
  • The classics never falter, from striped bass ceviche & smoked salmon galette to excellent burgers & chocolate cake. Green Guide Editor

Nearby places

13 E 12th St (btwn 5th Ave & University Pl)
828 Broadway (at E 12th St)