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Bar Americain - 84 Reviews - 152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, New York, NY - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 265-9700

Bar Americain

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152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 (at nr. Seventh Ave.)
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Reviews

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Best

Went to NYC for a short getaway by myself. One of the wishlist items was dining at Bar Americain. Sat at the bar, was treated warmly.with genuine interest and attention (and I'm n...

Worst

Went there with a party of six...I was expecting a pricey place, no problem...when you get what you pay for... Started off with the tiered raw bar platter..generally good but the...

Expensive,Times Square 11/16/2013

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Good Time 4/5/2011

Great food, atmosphere, vibe, and service. Overall a great place but a little pricey more

Too Expensive 2/21/2011

Food Quality - Excellent Service - Excellent $39 Rib Eye Steak - very small, but good But why do they charge me $9 for fancy french fries, and $9 for Asparagus with sauce and capers. They should be included as part of the entree. I've had better $180 meals for two - with 2 craft beers and 2 red wines (smaller thasn normal portion). As anyone heard about the NYC economy!!! more

Going Back 9/24/2010

Excellent Food, Great atmosphere!!! Good for after work, with the wife....all together excellent more

FABULOUS 8/19/2010

I recently planned a business dinner at this restaurant and I just can't say enough about the expert customer service I received. Everything from reservations for a large party, to the attitude of our waiter was simply superb. Oh, and the food wasn't too shabby either!! more

Celebrity Chef Needs to Return to Cooking 7/15/2010

The restaurant is in the heart of bustling Manhattan, and I decided that a great splurge would be to try one of the restaurants owned and operated by "Master Chef" Bobby Flay. I ordered a delicious but overpriced onion soup. My main entree was a lobster sandwich, as was the case of my guest. We both thought it was the worst $28 dollar sandwich we had ever eaten. The toast was burnt and the lobster meat was ruined with a dressing that made it almost more liquid than solid. Bobby Flay needs to stop being a celebrity on television, and spend more time overseeing his restaurant. The meal made me sorry that Emeril Lagasse does not have a restaurant in Manhattan. Pros: nice setting with ambience conducive to conversation Cons: The food is terrible more

Wonderful Place - 1st time! 4/19/2010

The problem with these review websites is that only the angry usually write. I am trying to change that. My wife and I are old time New Yorkers, having eaten in NYC restaurants for XXX years (I refuse to tell how old I am). However, this was our first at Bar Americain. We had an absolutely delightful time. For starters, they had my favorite draft beer, Capt. Lawrence, on tap. My appetizer, a chopped asparagus salad was to die for, and my main course, a horseradish crusted halibut was unusually fun and delicious! Our waiter made sure all our needs were met. Everyone was very friendly, which is not always the case for the pre-theatre restaurant row type establishment. Hats off to Bobby Flay. We will be back! Pros: Wait staff, food, creativity, nice room Cons: none really more

A fine meal in a modern setting 2/10/2010

Despite the rest of these reviews, I would recommend Bar Americain as a good find; however, don't expect world class dining. The menu is broad enough to fit anyone's taste and some unique items are pulled from the Bobby Flay TV Shows & Challenges. I would certainly order the prok chop again, the shrimp/grits were solid for a shop in the north, and the flank steak was prepped just as I like it. The wine list fits most price ranges and I picked an outstanding Rioja in the 50-60 dollar range. The dessert menu helps round out a good meal and the sides were complimentary. Overall, the front staff & bar could be a little warmer; however, my wait service and bus staff gave good tips, were funny, and asked for my opinion on each item. In 5 trips, I've never seen Flay there, but have heard he stops in every now and then. Pros: Unique Menu, Big Wine List, Unusual Experience Cons: Not cheap, Feels a little sterile/impersonal more

History not worth remembering. 1/7/2010

Poor service and food flunked." FLAY??!! FLUNKED FLANK!!!?? GET DA FLUNK OUTTA HERE!!! more

Don't ask for bowls... 1/7/2010

We went with a party of five for New Year's Day 2010 dinner. We all love to watch Bobby Flay cooking on t.v., so we were expecting the best. I eat out for lunch every day and for dinner 3-4 times a week at very nice restaurants, so again, I know what to expect and pay for a place like this. When we arrived for our reservation(By the way, the gentlemen were dressed in suits and the ladies in cocktail dresses.), I was looking for the rest of my party at the bar area. The host became belligerent with me about checking in our coats. I said to hold on I'm looking for someone, and he was miffed. I finally gave "mister personality" my coat and met the rest of my party. At dinner after ordering a nice bottle of wine and 5 appetizers for the table, we asked the waiter for several small bowls to share the pumpkin soup appetizer with the rest of the table. The waiter seemed puzzled and had to go ask permission. Why does he need permission to bring out bowls!!! The waiter said no, so we called for the manager. The manager also gave us a hard time about stupid bowls. I've never seen such a thing. I go to a restaurant of this supposedly caliber for the food number one and the service number two. If I'm going to spend $800 on dinner, I want a damn bowl if I ask for one. This made the entire table angry, so we canceled our entrees and left. This place is ridiculous. I've never seem such a stuck-up staff of employees. Bobby Flay should be ashamed to have such a place with his name on it. Who cares if the food is any good, if you cannot enjoy your time there... Pros: nice decor Cons: inept, rude employees more

Poor food and service 12/10/2009

I recently went to Bar Americain with my family on Sunday December 6th at 5. We were a party of 10. No one checked our coats upon arrival. So we carried all our winter coats scarves etc... to the table. The waiter seemed bothered he had to serve our table and while trying to order - mid order he left our table several times. Every time we needed a drink we had to flag the waiter or someone who could help us. Our waiter continually rolled his eyes at us and seemed bothered we had three girls age 5 and 6, who were very well behaved. I had the asparagus salad that had way to much dressing and only three tiny pieces of asparagus. For my entree I had the horseradish crusted Halibut and it was drenched in salt. My daughter had the skate with out the spicy sauce. Also way to much salt. When I asked the waiter to bring a little melted butter I was informed there was butter on the table for the bread and to use that! The food came out at different times as well. There also seemed to be a lot of drama between the maitre d' and the staff and saw him yelling at people through out dinner. They need to keep it behind closed doors. Maybe the drama works on TV but when I am paying I would like a serene dinner. Needless to say it was not a positive memorable dining experience. This was my first and my last time at a Bobby Flay restaurant. Cons: Poor service food to salty more

Exceeded expectations! 11/16/2009

Went to NYC for a short getaway by myself. One of the wishlist items was dining at Bar Americain. Sat at the bar, was treated warmly.with genuine interest and attention (and I'm not a runway model!). Had four courses, including the seafood cocktail sampler and was delighted with every bite. Staff let me take my time between courses and I never felt rushed. Good food is hard to find, innovative food is even rarer and true hospitality is like finding a diamond in the streets of New York. Thanks, Bobby! Pros: Service was warm and food was hot! Cons: Can't think of a thing more

food was very bad 9/25/2009

3 or us went to B.A on Sept. 18th, the food was awful, we ordered the pork which was overcooked and so big if was nearly impossible to cut, we also ordered the spicey tuna which was full of veins and overcooked, also ordered was the shrimp and grits and when it arrived it was unedable it looked and tasted awful also ordered was a vidalia onion soup - usually onion soup is served with coutons, this one came with a hugh slice of burnt toast, the toast was so hard that I had to take it out of the soup and tried to cut it with a knife and even that was not possible - the only good item was the tuna tartare - we definitily will not return to bar americain Pros: food overpriced more

Flay Flunked 9/13/2009

Went there with a party of six...I was expecting a pricey place, no problem...when you get what you pay for... Started off with the tiered raw bar platter..generally good but the clams and oysters were saltier than usual. Now the fun begins...plates were cleared, and it wasnt until 30mins later that I needed to inquire as to where the entrees were...servers are not attentative in providing updates or asking if there is anything they can do. After 40 min, when the entrees did finally arrive, presentation was tops along with flavors..temperature of my veal and my wifes pork chop was tepid..leading me to beleive out server had just forgetten about bringing us the food. Not what I expected from a place with an owner like Bobby....your service is a direct representation of your self..sorry but I'm done with visiting any more of his places.. Pros: Good atmosphere Cons: Bad service leads to bad food more

Bland Food, Poor Service 8/31/2009

I met friends at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain yesterday for brunch. It was our first (and will be my only) time there. The server was pleasant and really encouraged my choice of brunch entrees. When the omelette I ordered arrived, however, it was the most bland and tasteless thing I had eaten in months! I waited for her to return so I could advise her that something had obviously been left out, but she never again came back while we sat there for almost an hour! Even when she brought the check, she never said 'how was the meal' (althought mine remained almost 90% untouched) - so I simply paid and left with the intention never to return. The only staff we saw between ordering and paying was the person who refilled the water and the always lukewarm coffee A real disappointment. When one orders an egg dish - in which the ingredients cost almost nothing, one expects their $17 will pay for some artistic and tasty treatment of the basics. Not so in this case. (by the way - no accomodation is made on their website for feedback - which I why I am writing this here. I strongly recommend you take your business elsewhere. Bryant Park Grill, for example, is far superior in every way. We ate there the day before (and my omelette there was excellent). Pros: My friends seemed happy with their clams Cons: tasteless brunch and poor service more

Awesome 7/15/2009

I picked Bar America tonight because of the rib special and I'm picky about my ribs. I have no complaints what so ever. Bobby Flay even stopped at our table to say hi and he was so nice. I can't wait to go back! Pros: The food was amazing Cons: None! more

Great pre-theatre spot 7/12/2009

For the full VinDivine review: (add h*ttp://)bit.ly/info/6Svx First off, the place was pretty packed when we were there. Late afternoon/early PM before the theatre. The place was jammin', especially the bar. First kudos to this place? Even though were two deep at the bar, we got immediate service. Main reason: my wife Janine is smokin' hot and about 6' in heels. Yee Haw! But the bartenders here don't have that typical tunnel-vision so many do. Very cool. 'Cuz I despise waiting for a cocktail! And even with the crowds & no resie, we got seated in under 30 minutes. Turn 'em and burn 'em Flay! The menu here is eclectic and seems way bigger than it really is in sheer number of selections. Well played, Bobby. They have a raw bar, 10 appys including an awesome Vidalia Onion Soup w/ Vermont Cheddar, a tasty, filling bowl that could go toe-to-toe with most traditional French Onion Soups. Another killer is the Spicy Tuna Tartare. I know, I know, you're asking: "VdV, when the hell is this staple on all appy menus gonna wear itself out and swim away into the sunset?" Hey I hear ya. But ya want Bobby to keep this one on 4-ever. This Tartare is excellent sushi-grade tuna, cut into generous chunks and seasoned perfectly with jalapeno and smoke. Yes, smoke. Don't know how he got that smoky accent in there but it works.... For the full VinDivine review: (add h*ttp://)bit.ly/info/6Svx Pros: great menu & food, solid service, nice Manhattan/city vibe Cons: definitely not regular 'hang out' type of spot more

nice american bar 3/24/2009

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love the brunch 3/18/2009

I've been here once for brunch. It's well-prepared and presented. The service was so-so, but I'd go back anytime. more

Bobby does it again 3/18/2009

We went to Bar Americain on many occasions and in every single visit the food was amazing! Our severs were great and it was a very enjoyable place. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    The adobe-accented room reflects the chef's fondness for the Southwest, while soaring ceilings and an open kitchen pick up on Times Square's theatrics. Show-goers, tourists, local business people and celebrities keep the space constantly abuzz, while on-the-spot service lends intimacy to its vastness.

    The Food
    Leave it to Bobby Flay to show that America's got flavor, with dishes like delicately fried squash blossoms stuffed with Southern-inspired pulled pork and a Florida-flavored red snapper encrusted in plantain and topped with a refreshing mango and avocado mix. A palate-pleasing pizza with caramelized onions, garlic, gruyere and chewy cubes of double-smoked bacon, and house-made potato chips with blue cheese dip have nationwide appeal. Flay slays hardest with his spice-rubbed steaks, so nicely seasoned that they don't need the accompanying Dijon molasses sauce. Surprisingly, there's no apple pie on the dessert menu, but the strawberry rhubarb crepes provide a sweetly powerful (and less cliched) punch.

  • 9/14/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm; Tue-Thu, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Diner's Club, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Theater District - Times Square, Midtown
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