About Knickerbocker Bar and Grill

33 University Place
New York, NY 10003
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"The place where New Yorkers eat"
Knickerbocker is known for its great Jazz and its 28 oz. T- Bone Steaks and is a favorite among many celebrities including F. Murray Abraham, Chris Noth and Alec Baldwin. Racheal Ray listed us in her "NYC Favorites" and has praised our Shrimp Cocktail, Creamed Spinach, and of course our T- Bone Steaks.
The word "Knickerbocker" itself, says "New York". Upon entering, you’ll know you're in the Village. Its wood paneled walls sport rare turn of the century posters and original caricatures by Al Hirschfield. Large leather booths line the walls and brass rails accent the 100 year old marble bar, where Charles Lindbergh signed his Trans Atlantic contract.
We have survived the times by using the freshest ingredients from local markets, and offering good solid value and quality. We serve until late (weekends 1:00 AM) and offer a Bistro Menu with lighter fare.
We offer Brunch on the Weekends, and are open on all Holidays.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00 am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
9th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 228-8490

Website:
http://www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Knickerbocker has had "Live Jazz" since the days when the village had "Live Jazz". Harry Connick Jr. got his start here, back in the late 80"s. Names like Junior Mance, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ben Wolf now show up on our schedule.
We have live jazz on Friday & Saturday nights, starting at 9:45pm till 2:00am. There is a small $3.50 cover charge at the tables after 10:15 pm, or just stop in at the bar for a drink, with no cover.

Catering:
We can cater a party to fit your needs.

Parking Details:
Parking on the street is usually easy to find. The meters finish at 7:00pm, and the other street parking is available after 6:00pm. There are parking lots on the approach to the restaurant on 9th street or 8th street.

Public 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.

Executive Chef:
Clara O'Marde

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Knickerbocker Bar and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Great music and food. Wonderful experie ...

Dined 3 days ago

Great music and food. Wonderful experience.

food3
ambience3
service2
value2

Knickerbocker? eh...

vip
Dined 5 days ago

This is a classic old place. A lot of the clientele seems like they've been coming there for decades. The food is pretty good. A bit too expensive for what it is but it's good. My wife and I and our two kids have been here a lot, we got into the habit of coming here on birthdays when they were little and we still do. It's a block from where we live. But we always leave there wanting it to be better. The longer you sit there (waiting half an hour for your food), the charm of the old-fashioned interior, the stadium-level wattage of the lighting, and the gruff manner of the pot-bellied host wears thin.

food5
ambience5
service5

Always a nice place to visit whenever I ...

Dined 5 days ago

Always a nice place to visit whenever I am in the neighborhood. Lovely decor and cozy atmosphere. More energized towards the end of the work week. The free chocolate soufflé was hard to pass up during our visit.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great local restaurant

Dined 6 days ago

I've been meeting friends at this restaurant for years and it holds many good memories. Centrally located for friends coming from anywhere. Had the ribs ... Delicious. Service was attentive. Will keep returning.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Poor execution

Dined on April 21, 2016

Having visited many steak restaurants, this pretends to be one. From a non sizzling double cut T-Bone served improperly (basting it and spilling congealed fat on the table) to clearing the table and spilling crumbs everywhere, the experience was subpar.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Treat

Dined on April 19, 2016

My wife and I visited NYC from the UK and chose Knickerbocker after reading an article by the author Alafair Burke saying it was one of her favourite dining spots. We felt the restaurant gave us a taste of New York in more ways than one. Food and service were excellent and I would recommend a visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great well established neighborhood place

Dined on April 17, 2016

My experience at Knickerbocker Bar & Grill was exceptional. From the waiter's very personable and professional demeanor to the excellent T-bone steak, the entire meal was memorable. I will certainly return.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience5
service4
value3

Bygone era

Dined on April 10, 2016

Reminds me of the last days of Tavern on the Green -- a neighborhood gem that is perhaps relying too much on its once-deserved reputation. The place is unchanged and the staff is excellent but the food (brunch) was mediocre.

Tags: great for brunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

LOVE THIS PLACE

Dined on April 9, 2016

Always reliable!! Neighborhood favorite!! Its a fun lively village spot with delicious food- Espcially the Steak & the chocolate souffle!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful atmosphere and Delicious food. ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Wonderful atmosphere and Delicious food. Definitely a must visit while in the city!

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Great food, good service

Dined on April 4, 2016

We happened to be in this neighborhood so decided to try. It was much nicer than anticipated. I was expecting a sports bar but it was nice. Quiet with good service.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A little jazz gem

Dined on April 2, 2016

Amazing food, chilled out ambience, attentive waitressing . Our most expensive meal of the trip, but we'll worth the money. You get what you pay for! Would definitely come again should we return to NYC.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service1
value3

Go for sure...maybe just not on a holiday!

Dined on March 27, 2016

I have been going to Knickerbocker’s for years, numerous times without a complaint and will go back. But this was Easter Sunday. I probably won’t go back on a holiday ever again. The waitress said she started work at 10am, we sat down at 6:30 and they close at 10:00pm. She said she was exhausted but that should not be a reason to be rude. Everything was an annoyance from a glass of ice to a takeout container. The manager did give us a discount so at least that was fair. If you are in the village looking for a good steak dinner, it’s worth going. It’s not cheap but the value is good. Go with friends and share a T-Bone. The sautéed mushrooms are delish. If you are a slow eater DON’T order the Chocolate Soufflé or tell your server ahead of time to keep an eye on your progress so it doesn’t fall. We didn’t and ended up with just a dish of chocolate. The Banana Bread Pudding is amazing…make sure it’s served hot. So go! Enjoy! The food is really good and if your server is not overworked and exhausted everything will be great!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

great neighborhood gem

Dined on March 24, 2016

The food was delish, as usual. The service was great, too. The place is always accommodating and that is very much appreciated.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

great steak, ok fish

vip
Dined on March 24, 2016

this is my second time here. first time was at night during winter - the place was buzzing and cozy. food was great and wines are reasonable. this time the steaks were just as great but the fish was so so. Servers are always entertaining. would recommend for groups who like steak

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service4

My husband and I always love the Knicker ...

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

My husband and I always love the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill. Service and food are always great and the ambience is comfortable and warm. Charlie the manager is always terrific. Try the fresh baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert! Wonderful! And for a special treat, go in the weekend and listen to the Jazz!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Neighborhood find

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

..always consistently terrific….had a wonderful tuna tartare, roasted chicken, and all 5 friends had various dinners, all very pleased. I'll try the sausage bolenese next…looked great

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food1
ambience4
service2
value2

go for the music

Dined on March 12, 2016

the food is over priced. 1 out of our 3 dishes was good. shrimp was over cooked and the steak (although their specialty) was disappointing. the waiter forgot our dessert order so we waited for it for 30 mins after our meal. the music was great! the atmosphere was nice. over all, it isn't worth the cost.

food4
ambience3
service1
value3

Great food, so so service

Dined on March 6, 2016

The last two times we visited Knickerbockers, the food was great but the service was lacking. The wait for our dinner was much longer than it should have been. We will probably lay off for a bit and visit other steak houses around town.

food2
ambience2
service1

Terrible service, not unfriendly, just p ...

Dined on March 4, 2016

Terrible service, not unfriendly, just poorly managed and unprofessional. Was 30 minutes waiting to get served. Food was not great. Will not eat there again. Would not recommend.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Excellent Steakhouse

Dined on March 4, 2016

've been coming to Knickerbocker for at least 20 years and it's always been excellent. Best steak house in New York, in my opinion.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Excellent pork chop special. Moist

Dined on March 3, 2016

Excellent pork chop special. Moist

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Knickerbocker's Bar & Grille

Dined on February 28, 2016

Good food cooked to perfection and nice serving sizes, Server was very professional and knowledgeable but too serious (kind of deadpan). Never cracked a smile. At least he wasn't rude.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great time

Dined on February 27, 2016

Great steaks at a reasonable price for an NYC steakhouse. My daughter had to leave early to attend an event and the waitress was very attentive to that. Great cookie to end the meal too!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

T-Bone!

Dined on February 27, 2016

Their 28 oz T-bone steak is the best. Comes with creamed spinach and choice of potato. Big enough for 2 to share. Menu skews toward meat, but is varied enough for those who don't indulge. Live jazz starts at 9pm on Fri and Sat. There are 2 sets a night. No cover for 1st set. Minimal cover for 2nd. Music loud enough to hear, but low enough so that your dinner conversation can be continued at a normal volume. Atmosphere and service give you a feel for old New York. I've gone there with guests old and young, with locals and visitors, and all have enjoyed it enough to want to return.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Gets better all the time

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Have been coming here for years and this last meal was really delicious..as good as any restaurant with real American food..Artwork, and energy.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

The service

Dined on February 25, 2016

The service

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

High quality food with an unfussy vibe

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

We always enjoy a meal, whether brunch or dinner or just drinks at the bar, at Knickerbocker. The food is interesting and well prepared and the service friendly and competent. There is no rushing, but service is prompt.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

A great meal

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

We always enjoy eating at the Knickerbocker. It is a real neighborhood gem. You can have a burger, pasta or a great steak. The service is great and if you are there at the right time the music is great too. We had a wait a few minutes on a busy night even though we had a reservation. The whole thing was handled professionally and we were soon seated and enjoying the wonderful food and service.

Tags: great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

lovely and local

Dined on February 17, 2016

we love the knickerbocker, old school vibe, very cozy. love love love. great live jazz piano bar. warm atmosphere. great oysters and steaks!

Tags: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

The service is top notch and the food is perfect.

Dined on February 17, 2016

It's one of my husband's favorite steak houses with old time ambiance. It's been in the neighborhood for ages. They still have a jazz night. The service is impeccable. The steaks aged and are cooked to perfection. Extensive wine list.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service4
value2

Almost good

Dined on February 16, 2016

We had a nice time at the restaurant as the waiter was a pleasure. The food is "almost good" however. I still don't understand why NY restaurants continue to service fish they don't know how to prepare. This is a meat and potatoes restaurant so stick with what you know. Drop the fish as this is the second time I've had fish and the experience was forgettable. You know somethings up when you smell your fish being brought to the table. I was raised on the water and it's not necessary to have a strong fish odor when served. Also, change your wine glasses. You use thick, libby-type dorm room wine glasses. They do nothing for the bouquet or taste as they are small. They are something you'd take on a picnic. What happened to a nice size wine glass that enhances the experience. The wine glass experience is really bush league especially when your paying top dollar for wine. Overall though I had fun at the restaurant.

food1
ambience1
service1

T Bone was T all Fatty. Got Luke warm m ...

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

T Bone was T all Fatty. Got Luke warm martinis Shrimp scampi taste like paper the pasta was a salt lick They made you feel you were lucky to eat there. Tables are on top of each other so they bump into you all night without An apology. The waiter was way over whelmed Never going to eat here again . A miserable experience. I never write reviews but this experience drove me to it

food5
ambience3
service2
value3

Great food, service lacked just a bit

Dined on January 31, 2016

As always, the food was wonderful. Our waiter seemed a little distracted and we did not get the service we usually do. We had to find him to get bread, drinks and when our steak was delivered, we served ourselves. He came back 5-6 minutes later to serve it but..... This may be a one off, but we have come to expect more at Knickerbockers.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience1
service2

The food is really bad for stake house i ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

The food is really bad for stake house in New York standards . The service was average , in our group of 4 we had one person only joining for drinks, but we were told that he needed to order at least one plate or we cannot stay, so we were forced to order for him even though we were not going to eat it.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always excellent in the Village

Dined on January 26, 2016

Today, as it always is, the Knickerbocker was a great place to have lunch. Not crowded at noon so the atmosphere was peaceful. Good waiter, excellent lamb burger, sweet dessert, good coffee. The perfect neighborhood lunch spot.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Knickerbocker Never Disappoints

Dined on January 18, 2016

Excellent food in a classy and luxurious atmosphere.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Outstanding, once again

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

We've visited Knickerbocker many times over the years, this time for brunch. The Cobb Salad was outstanding as was the staff and service. We love the room, but when it is full it can get a little loud. Small price to pay for this treasure.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

SOLID

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

The Knickerbocker is like a local club. Never had a bad meal here and the ambiance is warm and inviting.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Incredible steak

vip
Dined on January 11, 2016

I love this restaurant--it's close to me and the food is good. They make incredible stake and chopped salad. The service is spotty unfortunately. Good jazz on Saturday(?)...the wine list is OK.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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