Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


944 Eighth Ave. (W. 56th St.) Send to Phone
Restaurant and bar serving up intriguing variations on classic pub grub.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Tues.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Ivy, New York, NY

Ivy Restaurant Review

: The avenues of Hell’s Kitchen are flanked by restaurant after restaurant, so it’s a challenge for any eating establishment to stand out. Unless, of course, you have a huge, well-lit sign with the eatery’s name on it, as is the case with Ivy. It’s also hard to tell what Ivy is exactly at first glance. Do the flickering mega TVs give it away as a sports bar? Does the long bar imply this is a watering hole? Or wait, there’s a more civilized dining room in back, so is it a restaurant? It may be all of the above. What’s churned out of the kitchen, essentially decent bar food, is very eatable and great for grazing. The chef takes our obsession with Brussels sprouts and bacon and kicks it up a notch by putting them in the frying pan before sending out the dish. Lobster tacos are quite satisfying (especially with the addition of basil cream), and the burger has the added crunch of potato chips that lurk under the bun. The bar, meanwhile, mixes up anything and everything; there are also several brews on tap and a handful of wines by the glass.
Check out hot NYC restaurants to try right now
Hot NYC Restaurants to Try Right Now

GAYOT's hottest NYC restaurants include an opulent chophouse, French fine-dining restaurant and a healthy paradise for vegetarians.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.