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Nelson Blue - 28 Reviews - 233-235 Front St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 346-9090

Nelson Blue

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233-235 Front St (at at Peck Slip)
New York, NY 10038
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Nelson Blue is what I like to refer to as a crossover vehicle. Like an Infinity FX45, its sporty, fast, hot and sleek, yet comfortable, smooth and dependable. By day, it's a can't...

Worst

I have been to NB a number of times and don't see the hype reviews to be totally truthful. The food is average, to me, the wine list nothing special. The service to be far too ...

joke 7/1/2011

This place is such a joke. more

Go for a splitting headache, not a dinner! 6/2/2009

My husband and I have been to this restaurant several times as we live in the neighborhood and eat out often. Last night we had a client in town who expressed an interest in fresh, simple food on the healthy side, so we took her to Nelson Blue. The music was so loud that we had no idea what the server was saying, much less what we were saying to each other. While the music has always been loud here, last nights' was incredibly overboard. There was only 1 waitress for the entire place and she was clearly overwhelmed and unhappy. We asked her, and later the bartender to please turn down the music a little, neither fulfilled the request. Ultimately, we ended up leaving due to the deafening volume, as did the table next to us. While the food is nice and simple, it is not worth the splitting headache from the music. This is really more of a frat house environment than most in this neighborhood are interested in supporting. Pros: Great salmon Cons: Loud music! more

Excellent food but noisy 2/19/2009

We wanted to try this place as we visited New Zealand recently and loved the country. We had a group of three without a reservation (they don't take them). We were lucky to get a table as they have very few. It's basically a bar with a kitchen. The kitchen does a great job, though. The lamb chops were superb and a generous portion (5). My wife had the venison and it was excellent as well. The third person had the scallops; likewise, excellent. We washed it down with a great NZ sauvignon blanc. The hostesses were blonde and attractive as prior commentors have noted. The main problem is that it is a small place. The music was turned up and the people at the bar (very close to our table) had to shout to be heard which raised the noise level even more. A rather inebriated patron from the UK plopped down at our table and chatted us up for a few minutes as well. Overall, an active bar, loud, small and risky for food with no reservations, but the food was excellent and not expensive. Pros: Excellent food, friendly service Cons: Noisy and small more

Nelson Blue - A Crossover Bar/Restaurant, With A Smoking Hot Staff 12/1/2008

Nelson Blue is what I like to refer to as a crossover vehicle. Like an Infinity FX45, its sporty, fast, hot and sleek, yet comfortable, smooth and dependable. By day, it's a can't miss Wall Street lunch spot. After work, slick (albeit currently humbled and much quieter) Wall Streeters schmooz clients while local hipsters and sophisticates alike enjoy the best Kiwi Panty Removers (a must try!) this side of Nelson, New Zealand in a relaxed, feel good ambience. NB morphs ever so subtly into a happening dinner destination from 7-10pm offering delish apps and entres, and then again into a club-esq scene (sans the attitude) on Thursday-Saturday nights. But wait, that's not all. Late night it becomes a saving grace, oasis in the desert type after hours spot (when you just want a good, stiff drink from a friendly staff at 2 a.m. on a Thursday). You name it, NB's got something for everyone. \r \r At times, NB reminds me a bit of that old man's bar we all loved from back in the day, but with delicious kiwi delights, great music, lighting, replete draft selection, great wine choices and a array of Belgian imports (always served in their proper glass). \r \r And, yes, Nelson Blue is not remotely lacking in its bevy of smoking hot bartenders and waitresses (well, the female ones anyway). The previous poster got it partially right. Vanessa (one of the owners) is as hot as they come. Black hair, smoldering almond eyes and a face that will melt you. But she has some stiff competition from her 2 co-owners, Michelle and Diane. Michelle is a striking, slender, brunette who doubles as a bartender and possibly a model. Diane is a tall, stunning blonde with eyes that are blue like windex! These have to be the 3 hottest owners anywhere in NYC. Jamie behind the bar will have you on your knees begging for more...drinks, of course. And Emily & Kelly, 2 of NB's premier waitresses, well, I only have 68 characters left.... You'll just have to come in and see for yourself!!! Pros: Creative menu, friendly staff, ULTRA CLEAN!!!! Cons: No beds, so I can't sleep there. more

Vanessa is a fox!! 11/25/2008

I had some friends invite me to nelson blue a couple weeks ago. I didn't know why they wanted me to go all the way down to the sea port but after i got there i got the picture! Hotties hotties hotties everywhere! Everyone that works there is smokin! The owner vanessa had the best smile and laugh and made our group really feel at home! Of course i wouldn't want to say anything to her face but in a sort of missed connections way i have a crush on you vanessa! xo\r \r Pros: Amazing service and food!!! Cons: Male bartenders more

Great downtown lunch spot. Friendly, comfortable, handsome restaurant, different menu. 9/23/2008

Have only been for lunch so no comment on those reviewers who have had different experiences at different meals, (I suppose a nightime werewolf like transformation is possible), but lunch is much better than average. Given the relative paucity of nice restaurants downtown (aside for touristy, or conventional italian or sushi) this should be in everyone's client repetoire. Nice fish dishes and welcome NZ flavor to the pies and lamb chops. \r \r Service was attentive and friendly. Pros: atmosphere, food, service Cons: a bit of a schlep from anywhere more

A Favorite 9/17/2008

Awesome food and friendly staff make this one of our favorite spots to eat and spend the evening! We've been here many times, and we've NEVER been disappointed. Pros: Amazing lamb chops. Everything is really good. more

Great find 8/18/2008

I stumble upon this place while I was visiting the seaport. Great wine selection and tasty food. I was in the mood to try something new and was very pleased with the choices. I am very happy to find NB and will definitely go again next time I am in the area. more

average pub, nice staff 7/25/2008

I have been to NB a number of times and don't see the hype reviews to be totally truthful. The food is average, to me, the wine list nothing special. The service to be far too slow. The waitresses seem to socialize with a particular table and forget about the rest. \r Have come in with coworkers after work and have enjoyed ourselves. Would come back, but not for the food. I didn't find the crab cakes to be sensational, but I am originally from Maryland. \r A decent place, but nothing to write home about\r Pros: decent drinks Cons: service slow, food subpar more

Upset I have to leave even one star - 5/4/2008

Horrified by mean owner - have heard tales of him starting fights with patrons and dogs alike. If you want a frat house, the place might work for you? Cons: Mean owner more

Something a little different while feeling right at home (plus yummy lamb chops) 12/11/2007

Just happened upon this little gem while looking for lunch at the Seaport and took a culinary gamble that paid off bigtime! I never write online reviews (this is my first) but felt I had to add my voice to the raves now vastly outnumbering the rants, deservedly so. The service was attentive, friendly and helpful in making recommendations, the wine list, featuring New Zealand, Australian and South American wines, was so good I asked for a copy so I can go look for some of my favorites in my local wineshop. I loved the exotic (but not cheesy) decor, the location just far enough away from Fulton Street to get away from the touristy chaos but still feel the seaport ambience, and saving the best for last, the food. Ah, the food - let?s just say I had a pricey lunch at the Modern two days earlier and this definitely measured up in terms of pure taste experience if not fancypants presentation and pricetag! For someone who doesn?t usually go for curry or coconut, I loved the green-lipped mussels in a broth containing same, flavorful without being too rich. The lollipop lamb chops were tender and delicious and can be purchased in any amount as an appetizer, or as an entree. I love lamb and these were done to perfection. For my entree I had the leg of venison and it was neither overly gamey nor tough as this meat can sometimes be, my compliments to the chef who obviously knows how to do meat right. If you want to taste something a little different and be rewarded for your sense of adventure while feeling right at home, this is the place. I definitely plan on returning next time I?m in the area to try some of the other things on the menu, and maybe stick around to see what the after work and dinner scene is like, but for now, I can say I highly recommend this restaurant for a great lunch at the Seaport. Thanks to the staff for an unexpectedly great experience (my favorite kind!) more

great bar food and winelist, delightful 11/30/2007

This is a great place for hanging out. We like to order several small plates, entrees and share. the beef sliders, skewers, lamp chop lollipos. Love the salmon sandwich, scallops, and zuchinni fritters too. A really wonderful wine list. We love New Zealand Pinot Noir. What a discovery, that they make red wine all the way down there. Also discovered Meerlust Cabernet here from South Africa. They have wines from all over the Southern hemisphere, besides wines from New Zealand. Good prices for the wines, lots of good values so you can try as many as you can. Won't break the bank. Delightful and friendly service. Pros: great for sharing plates, delightful wine list Cons: could be noisy but who this is a happening place more

Finally a new kind of restaurant in South Street Seaport 11/16/2007

I spend a lot of lunches and dinners at Nelson Blue because I work in the area and they have reasonable prices for really good food. The other restaurants around are ugly and/or boring AND WAAAAY OVERPRICED. For just a simple dish or pizza it costs over $20, which is crazy even for New York. The other places are not as nicely designed as Nelson Blue, they look like a continuation of the horrible sight we see on Fulton Street. Most of them look like they were scrapped together by the owner, too small and common. I love Nelson Blue because I can have a complete dinner at the bar, talk with my friends at the huge community table area and still have privacy with my friends at one of the smaller tables. It's nice to finally see a place that has a nice wine selection, amazing food and unique atmosphere in one. The food is excellent. I like to order a variety of dishes off their side menu so I eat a little of everything which is perfect to combined with different wines. The more I go there, the more I appreciate the concept of design, the variety of wines/food and the great atmosphere. Nelson Blue is definitely among the new generation of restaurants in Manhattan. My compliments to the designers and management of Nelson Blue. Pros: convenient, good price, fun staff, nice place Cons: wish there were more Nelson Blues by where I live more

fritters for life 11/15/2007

The corn and zuccini fritters are to die for! Eat them once and you'll be back every week. Skewers are amazing too... great seasoning! fun-loving staff, and let me tell you, fabulous bathrooms! \r Check it out! more

Best Kiwi Theme Bar Restaurant in the USA 11/15/2007

Recently visited this great place on a trip to NYC. Having spent 6 weeks in New Zealand some 20 years ago, it was great to see the native New Zealand Maori decorative theme throughout. It brought back some memories. A really sharp looking restaurant and bar to say the least. Awesome wine list, and even more awesome food. It's no wonder the Wall Street crowd I saw there after a recent Friday workday were in such great spirits. I wish we had a place like this in Miami. And there's a Kiwi bartender there named Paulie who truly made me feel welcome from the moment I sat at the bar. Awesome service, and I can't wait to get back there on my next trip to the Big Apple. Pros: Wine list and food were awesome Cons: They don't have a location in Miami more

Great hang out bar downtown 11/15/2007

A very well run bar... the way it should be done!!!! The decor shows so much attention to detail from the curved tables/chairs to the cool lighting. The bartenders are cool and friendly, as are the rest of the staff. Great appetizers. It's just a place you can hang with friends, or struck up friendly conversation at the bar. What more do you ask for?? more

Nelson Blue - Skydiver Night at Wednesdays 11/14/2007

Good Beer! Delicious Food! and best service! \r And the skydiver atmosphere is the BEST! \r Can't wait to go again :) more

Like Being on Vacation!!! 11/14/2007

Pauli is hands down the best bartender in the city! This place is all about making sure you have a great time at Nelson, and Just the right amount of people there: not too crowded, but a good selection of new friends, ladies, guys to talk to. Not into making new friends? Kick back and catch a Rugby game or two. \r The atmosphere is really cool- feels like I'm down in New Zealand on vacation. Decor is great- beer is better (try the Steinlager!)\r \r I can't rave enough about this place!!! Pros: Great service, Great Fun, Cool Crowd! Cons: What cons? more

Great spot for drinking, eating and being merry! 11/14/2007

Very friendly staff (Pauli is a great guy and very talented bartender), attentive service, delicious food (try their zucchini pancakes or lamb chops -- mmmm), interesting and diverse crowd, good place to catch a soccer/baseball/rugby game, or even watch some skydiving videos on occasion! Spacious, nice decor, friendly atmosphere, convenient to transportation and city landmarks.\r \r Check it out, highly recommended! more

The crabcake is yummy! 11/13/2007

When awesme bartender, Pauli, left his old establishment to open Nelson Blue I figured I had to venture all the way downtown to check it out. It was well worth it!\r \r I'm not much of a drinker--- I go mostly just to hang with my friends who are--- so the food and good vibes are important to me. I've had the crabcake several times: I flinched at the price the first time, but it is well worth it! It is mostly lump crabmeat, so pretty filling, and the citrus salsa makes it truly delicious. Because I'm compelled to get this every time, I have only tasted the other food from friends orders and loved the lamb curry pie and the skewers!\r \r I've mostly been there in the evenings, but met out of town friends for lunch when they were in the area to see the Bodies exhibit. We were all happy with our sandwiches (I think I had the salmon one) and the corn fritters were great. \r \r All in all: a fun friendly change of pace from the usual Manhattan pubs (for us New Yorkers) and a good place to take friends who are doing the downtown tourist thing. Pros: Unusual and delicious pub food, festive atmosphere Cons: Too noisy for an intimate conversation more
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Editorial

  • Kiwi cuisine--venison sausage, curried lamb pie--gets its moment in the the spotlight at this downtown bar and grill.

  • 5/9/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Wed, 11:30am-2am; Thu-Sat, 11:30am-4am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Financial District, Downtown, Financial District (Wall Street)
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