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Rachel's American Bistro - 18 Reviews - 608 9th Avenue, New York, NY - Live Music Reviews - Phone (212) 957-9050

Rachel's American Bistro

608 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 957-9050
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Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY
Rachel's American Bistro - New York, NY


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I was just in the city for the day and came upon this wonderful bistro in the theatre district ,and let me say it was one of the most enjoyable meals i have had in some time.The b...


My boyfriend and I were very disappointed with our meal at Rachel's. We both agreed that the food was subpar. Do not be deceived by the menu - it sounds good on paper only. Our...

Editorial review from GrubHub 5/14/2013

Food arrived earlier than expected. However, it was missing flavor. I also made a dietary modification and they missed that too. I didn't enjoy the experience enough to order again. more

Oughh Rachel's Rocks ! 10/27/2010

I was just in the city for the day and came upon this wonderful bistro in the theatre district ,and let me say it was one of the most enjoyable meals i have had in some time.The buffalo mozzarella caprese salad as an appitizer was absolutely terrific followed by fresh coconut shrimp and had the lamb chops for my entree with a nice glass of merlot.The food is exceptional the service was very good,and the chef even came out to meet and greet the clients which you hardly see any more ! I highly recommend this Bistro to everyone ! Buon Appetite more

Great Spot in the Theater District!! 4/16/2010

Rachel's is a great NYC restaurant in the heart of the Theater District and Hell's Kitchen. We went for dinner last weekend and had a great experience. They have a large wine list and the pistachio encrusted tuna was amazing!! The best party is that they have live jazz. Definitely will be recommending Rachel's to my friends!! Pros: Food, Live music, Great Service more

Horrible dinner last night 9/1/2008

Stumbled upon Rachel's after a show when the menu looked delicious... unfortunately the food was incredibly bland. My mac and cheese was watery and tasteless (makes Kraft's taste gourmet) and my friend's fish and chips were bland and partially uncooked. Drinks and service were great (though we were the only people in the place), but the food was beyond awful. Pros: attentive service due to lack of crowds Cons: your shoe tastes better more

Just may be the worst brunch in NYC - AVOID. 3/4/2008

First off - they only take reservations for sunday brunch, unbeknowst to us after checking the website, so we sat at the bar. My friend ordered a turkey sandwich that was supposed to be on Foccacia - it showed up cold with the cheese hardened on plain white bread and was sent back to be reheated. ""Chicken burger"" looked like something an ape made, also supposed to be on Foccacia and showed up between 2 plain slices of white bread, no toppings, and was barely edible. All food came with fries that I believe were stolen from the local McDonalds. Bloody Marys were decent and I probably should've had a few more in order to enjoy eating my pita, which contained lettuce, about 7 black beans and some Kraft sprinkle parmesean cheese. The best part of the whole meal was the bread and strawberry butter we got before the meal. No thank you. Pros: pre-meal bread and strawberry butter Cons: All of the above - food, value, bartender was Gilbert Godfried's clone more

What a Fantastic Find!!! 2/12/2008

In 2005, my wife and I had the pleasure of spending four fantastic fall days in NYC. We asked everyone we knew, within our circle of friends and also within my company, for restaurant recommendations prior to our journey. Many people sent us recommendations with long descriptions of their experiences there, and for the most part, the recommendations were for all of the ""famous"" restauarants that everyone has heard about. We lived in San Francisco for 8 years, and while there it was always a goal of ours to frequent the smaller restaurants with less tourist appeal, but great food. For the most part we were successful and we've maintained this philosophy when visiting new cities. One of my colleagues responded to my restauarant suggestion request with a one word answer, ""Rachels."" That's it, no description of the food, the ambiance or anthing else. Somehow, that one word suggestion was exactly what I was looking for. This particular gentleman spends a lot of time in NYC on business and this has become his favorite place. Enough said. We enjoyed Rachels so much on our first night in the City that we went back again the very next night. The food was fantastic, the waitress was excellent, the ambiance perfectly romantic. We felt as if we'd found a New Yorker's favorite, similar to the favorites we held as San Franciscans. Don't take my word for it though, check this place out for yourself!! more

Doesn't Compete - Doesn't Belong 1/16/2008

This place is right next to where I live but I can't bring myself to ever eat there. The first time I went I had coffee & dessert and both were worse than a diner. A year passed and I thought I'd give it another try for breakfast with my girlfriend. We walked in and were seated in one of the cramped tables. The interior is old and doesn't look clean, modern or comfortable. There was a strange smell and the waitress didn't have a smile on her face. It was one of the few times I walked out of a place without giving the food a chance. At first my friend was embarrassed but as soon as we got out of there she thanked me for not making her eat there. I wish the owners would gut it and make it comparable to the neighboring places or sell it to someone who would. Pros: Good Location Cons: Awful Ambiance, Smells, Bad Service, Totally Cramped more

Basically Upscale Diner with Loud Latin Kitchen Music 9/7/2007

Should have known. 9:00 Thursday night. No one in the restaurant, but decided to try it out because other restaurants packed solid for fashion week. Restaurant unpleasantly cold and service extremely poor. Our served did not offer any specials and could not suggest any particular wines appropriate to accompany our meals. Bread served from this bountiful basket, but unclear as to how old the bread was. One of us ordered IcedTea - no Splend or Equal - went to Starbucks across the street to get them. Meals took an extremely long time. We knew ours was ready when we heard the kitchen ring this obnoxious bell. Speaking of kitchen, don't sit too close. There is so much noise and music coming from the kitchen that we had to ask bartender to lower the kitchen music twice. Meals were suspiciously similar to microwaved. The mozarrella clearly was frozen. Service sluggish. At one point, the one server in the restaurant was eating dinner so I had to get up, bring our wine glasses to the bar, and ask for more wine. In the end, quite oddly, there were ambitious to clean up. For what, I ask? Should have known! Pros: Really cannot think of anything. Cons: Service, Food, Attitude, Loud Music, Abrupt Service, Astronomical Prices, Lack of Coffee/Tea Refils more

Nice Brunch menu. 5/7/2007

I pick Rachel's because it's one of the few restaurants in midtown which offer a pre-fix bruch menu. I recently went on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. The brunch menu has many good selections to choose from and a complimentary cocktail is include. The food was very good. The setting is nice, very warm, old fashioned. The outdoor seating was enjoyable however, it would be alot nicer if the restaurant was bigger. Just a tinsy more elbow room. Otherwise, myself and my guests enjoyed the visit to Rachel's and are more than likely to return. Pros: Varied selections on menu, prefix or otherwise. Cons: Too small. more

A menu that sounds great, but disappointing taste - bland and too salty 1/26/2007

My boyfriend and I were very disappointed with our meal at Rachel's. We both agreed that the food was subpar. Do not be deceived by the menu - it sounds good on paper only. Our salad (Chopped endive, arugula & radicchio topped with shaved parmesan in balsamic vinaigrette) was all right. Our appetizer (tortilla with mozzarella cheese and portobello) sounded good, but was in fact, very bland and tasteless. Both of our entrees, though very different (I had the veal and he had fish), were very salty. He ordered off the specials menu, which you assume is the best option. We've been to many tasty restaurants (of all levels/cuisines), and this was our worst meal ever. Pros: Good service, cozy ambiance Cons: The food just was not good. more

Great find! 2/11/2006

This place is excellent! I highly recommend the pear salad and the pecan crusted chicken but my friend got the lobster ravioli and that was great too. You can't get much better than finding a place where the food is yummy and they play David Gray and Jack Johnson! more

Don't tell anyone 9/8/2005

I'm convinced this might be the best unknown place in the theater district. In an area of Manhattan dominated by national chains & various theme restaurants, Rachel's is a breath of fresh air (especially if you sit on the backyard patio). The servers are polite and prompt, the menu has enough variety that even my kosher friend found items to eat. This might become a pre-show fixture in my world. Pros: Good menu, ambiance Cons: Small tables more

Worst Burger Ever 5/16/2005

I went there with the intent of having a good hamburger since the menu said that they have Rachel's special ingredient. I was very disappointed and my date took a bite and couldn't eat anymore. more

Nice place to eat. 3/25/2004

Thursday night around 830pm walked in with my date and was seated immediately. Nice atmosphere, cozy enough for a semi-romantic time, yet casual enough for friends. The price was standard city prices and the menu had a nice selection of different tastes. I would go back again. Pros: Atmosphere, Fresh hot bread more

Great place - great Food 2/26/2003

Its tough to imagine such a quaint restaurant right around the corner from Port Authority and just up the block from the Lincoln Tunnel, but here it is. Very nice inside, great service and wonderful food - try any of the homemade pastas! Pros: Food, service Cons: Location, small more

My old Haunt... 1/14/2003

One of the premiere reasons I miss living in Hell's Kitchen is Rachels. A great romantic spot for a first date. Try the Pecan Chicken or the Fish Soup. more

11th Anniversary Celebration in NYC 7/29/2002

My husband and I chose Rachel's for Pre-Theatre dining and Anniversary celebration. The restaurant definitely lived up to all of the recommendations we received from family members. The service and food were great. Both of our dinners were fantastic!! The best part was the price - we definitely got a great dinner bargain in the city!!!! Pros: Inexpensive, A bit romantic, Proximity to Theatres Cons: Tables too close, Restroom area tight more

1 of NYC's best kept secrets! 6/16/2002

my boyfriend & i were trolling around & starving for lunch. we love trying new places & went inside. i was immediately taken by the interior -- it reminded me of some old time restaurant when i was a child -- but it wasn't old as in falling apart & moldy -- rather it's kinda like an old bistro you would find in Paris -- except not crowded. The food is plentiful & delicious (not cuisine -- but really good) & not expensive -- & shockingly uncrowded for suuch a gem -- hence one of NYC's best kept secrets. service is nice, too. more
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An intimate setting with a mix of American and Italian cuisine.

Owner Message

  • Rachel's American Bistro offers great New American cuisine in Manhattan's Theater District. Our New American fare is anchored by satisfying staples, like baked chicken, rib-eye steak and grilled salmon. Also offering catering services here in Manhattan, you can enjoy our full menu at your off-site event.

    Our Theater District restaurant is known for our Carrot-parsnip-broccoli pure and corn souffle plus the chicken baked in crushed pecan and sweet honey mustard and a Dijon soy demi glaze pistachio-encrusted tuna. Rachel's offers a full bar and extensive wine list to theater goers and Hells kitchen locals alike.

    We have a private room where our Theater District restaurant can host your special event or private party here in Manhattan.

    Come in and enjoy Happy Hour Sun-Thurs, Sunday Brunch for $14.95, 3-Course Pre Fixe Every night for $24.95 and Live Jazz Sat-Sun from 9-12:30am.

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Tues 4-12am; Wed-Thurs 11am-12am; Friday: 12pm-12:30am; Sat 11am-12:30am; Sun 11:30am-11pm
  • Payments:

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

    Clinton, Midtown