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Rare Bar & Grill is an upscale restaurant that offers a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant provides a range of starters, salads, burgers, entrees, side items and soups. It serves fried calamari, filet mignon, cheeseburgers, saut ed mushrooms and beer-battered onion rings. Rare Bar & Grill also offers chopped shrimp salad, New York strip steak, shredded brisket quesadillas and strawberry banana pancakes. The restaurant provides a selection of wines, such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Its Lexington Lounge offers catering options for special occasions, including corporate meetings and weddings. Rare Bar & Grill provides online reservation services.

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Midtown Manhattan, Murray Hill

RARE View Rooftop

Rare Bar and Grill

Bar & Grills, Caterers, Night Clubs, Bars, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Cocktail Lounges, Steak Houses, Restaurants
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Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Steakhouse, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Drive Through: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Fun Lunch Spot

I really like Rare for lunch. It has a rooftop deck and the burger on brioche is fantastic. If you asked for Mango on your burger, I bet they would have it. Won't break the bank, and a real hipster crowd.



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LOVE this place

Kobe Beef Omelet...need i say anything more??? AMAZING. Great burgers. im from florida so I was hesitant to try anything in NYC but everyone was real nice too.

huge drinks.

would definitely go back



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Best burgers ever?

Being British, we walked 20 blocks to this restaurant, and boy was it worth it! I can honestly say it is the BEST burger restaurant I have EVER been to! Our waitress was extremely helpful, nothing too much trouble. There is an extensive selection of burgers and the like to choose from and I was spoilt for choice as were the other four members of our party. If we get to NY again, this place will certainly be on the 'must do' list!



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Burgers, Burgers, Burgers

If you're in the mood for the best burger of your life...RUN to Rare Bar & Grill. Stopped in one night for a quick bite and didn't realize what an amazing experience I was getting myself into. I started with Fried Calamari & the Spinach Artichoke Dip, moved onto the M & M Burger (which is flambeed in whiskey) and a side of Parmesan Truffle Fries. From start to finish my meal was delicious, staff was friendly and helpful. After dinner I headed up to the rooftop bar (Rare View) where I took in breath taking views and had a couple of great cocktails. All in all an evening out I will not forget and hope to relive very soon.



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Dieting? Forget it!

You can easily share a burger here at Rare (tucked in the Affinia Shelburne Hotel), but you won't want to! You'll want to eat the whole thing and lick the plate clean. Yes, the burgers are that good! We stopped in recently, rather early on a weekday evening, and had to wait a bit for a table, but finally settled on a high top near the bar. Drinks are generous in size, service is friendly and informal. Noise level even near the bar is tolerable. Only drawback is the rather lengthy trek to the restrooms -- they are out an interior door (to the hotel lobby), and down a flight of stairs. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a ""rare"" experience. From service to quality of the food, things are well done at Rare!



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Rare roof experience

A large roof deck for warm evening cocktails. It does offer the (as advertised) sweeping views of our lovely lower midtown skyline.
A vast expansive space with little alcoves that offer spaces that offer the opportunity for conversation away from the masses.
Weeknight evening find this spot filled with the suited after work crowd. Weekend afternoons into evening offer a more relaxed atmosphere.

Navigating through the crowd can be daunting - knowing which area you are meeting friends ahead of time is helpful.

Pick your spot - and stick with it is my suggestion.



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Nice for a drink after work

Met up with some old and new friends on a Wednesday night after work. The staff was very friendly, drinks were fine, but since still early in the summer... got a bit cool outside early and there were no propane heaters like other venues to sit underneath. I would go back again, once the weather warms up a bit more.



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Damn Good Dirty Brunch

I had been perusing CitySearch for a good brunch place around Grand Central...I came across Rare, which I thought was just a burger joint, and curiously checked out their menu. They had the most unhealthy, greasy, dirty, and DELICIOUS menu...So I had to check it out...
The following meals were what we ordered (along with descriptions):
-Kobe Beef Omelet: Did I say Dirty and DELICIOUS?! This thing was huge, greasy and scrumptious. It came with a well dressed salad AND a big bowl of fruit (which we dipped in the Honey Maple sauce- I'll explain later)
-Texas Omelet: Sloppy and SCRUMPTIOUS! Not as good as the Kobe omelet, but different and very tasty! Also came with a salad.
-Brunch Banana Waffles: Oh My God... While I WILL say, the waffle itself was a bit dry (next time, I'd totally get the french toast, also served with the bananas), the bananas on this thing were INCREDIBLE!!! They were made ""Banana's Foster"" style and were simply outstanding!
-As a side to share with the whole table (though it wasn't needed...HUGE portions), we ordered the sweet potato fries which were really good and came with this Honey Maple sauce that honestly could induce an org@sm (we even dipped the fruit in it and my friend put some on her waffles)

Overall, we had a great experience. And I didn't even mention the FREE cocktails! Great (and strong) Bloody Mary's, and a good Mimosa too...All included with our meals, and just one gave us a good buzz.
All this food & drink cost us only $50. DEFINITELY coming back soon!

The only reason I'm not giving this place 5 stars, is simply because we had to wait a long time to get our food...we were starving and it was SO hard to watch and smell everyone around us eating this amazing food.

BTW- For all you late risers, their brunch lasts til 4PM!!!



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Great place for mojitos!!

I stopped by after work with a few friends.... It wasnt too crowded at that point, and our waitress was very prompt and friendly. We decided on mojitos ( a little pricey- but worth it), and just enjoyed the scenery, the music ( the speakers could be upgraded a bit) and of course, the conversation. I was also pleased that I was able to purchase a cigar right there on the roof. The only downfall was that there was no food available or even allowd- Other than that I would definately recommend this place for anyone who wants a real taste of the manhattan scene!



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Cute place to sit outside until the crowds come

Took a good 20 min to get the elevator ride up/down. When it's less crowded it's easy to get drinks and find a place to hang out. When the crowds come, it feels like there's no place to go and no way to get to a bar or waitress. The view is nice, but the tall fences take away from it a little, I guess it's a NYS law b/c all the roof tops have them. Drinks are a little pricey, but again, NYC.



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Great Views - Good Drinks

One of the best rooftop bars in Manhattan. There are few places I would rather be on a cool summer dusk. The Sapphire tonic compliments the city skyline perfectly.



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Great Dinner!

We had dinner there before we went to Chill Lounge for the real party! The food was real good and the service was great!



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Good burgers but kinda expensive

I went there with my parents and they had an awful good time at the bar before I got there chatting it up with the bartender and another patron. Once we were ready to eat we were seated promptly and this was at 6:30 on a wednesday. We ordered an appitizer and burgers and sweet potato fries. I loved my burger. My dad got the sloppy joe or something like that and didnt find it good. The waiter brought the wrong fries to the table and smelled a little bit. Overall a good experience.



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just the patty

i had been looking forward to going to Rare to enjoy the fried pickles and burgers. Unfortunately, the fried pickles were non-existent and the burger was sub par. The actual patty was, well, Rare. What was more disappointing was the bun that it was served on. It was too small for the burger and almost hard in a stale sense. Not sure what type of rolls they are using, but i would recommend they try another type. Also the drinks are ridiculously expensive. ($15 mojhito?). It was also cramped and the service was a bit slow.
Overall-- i may recommend that if you are craving a burger to order in.



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Pretty good...but no fried pickles

Had a nice lunch here. Great, cozy atmosphere on a chilly day. The burger was okay but came out too rare (guess I should have paid more attention to the name of the restaurant). Love the cheese - a weekly special from Murray's (this week is Irish cheddar). Note they no longer have fried pickles - something I was excited to try after reading the review. Service was a little slow but overall a not-too-crowded, relaxing place to meet a friend for lunch to catch up.



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Great food .... Great atmosphere.....And now a Jazz Club

I love Rare. The food is great and the service is excellent. Great place to hang out after work. Now added a jazz club . It's called the Lexington Lounge, Had a great dinner last week with my girlfriend, and after dinner we went next door to the Jazz Club. They had this real cool Jazz quartette with a real hip female vocalist.. She was great singing all Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday favorites etc, among others. I understand they change the groups every night. A couple sitting next to us who live in the neighborhood said they enjoy the club and it's the best addition to the neighborhood in a long time. They come twice a week.. Couldn't agree with them more. By the way.... No Cover Charge or Music Charge. We're going back next week ...Jazz every Thurs, Fri and Sat.



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great sweet potato fries, good burgers and they serve hoegarden

got to get the sweet potato fries my gf eats almost all of them and me the pickles. The pickles are a little salty for my taste but i still like them a lot. The M&M burger is delicious only there are no M&M's anywhere near the thing which is bad because i like chocolate. jk. Get a basket of fries, m&m burger and wash it down with a hoegarden and lemon you'll think your in heaven. Oh yeah the service here is incredible always always always on point. Dont miss



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great twists on the classics

we sat at a bar table and had burgers and fries with awesome toppings and dips for the fries. yummy.



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Nice view, that's the only thing

The best part about this place is the view. Other than that, it's standard midtown after-work fare. Drinks are reasonably priced, the clientele is such you can bring your entire office without anyone feeling too out-of-place. Go with your coworkers, but you probably won't impress your date.



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Great Service, Good Food, but Overpriced for Burgers

Went for dinner last night with my boyfriend and was in a bit of a rush (heading to watch Agassi in the Open). The service was fabulous. Our waitress was very attentive and the busboys noticed anything and everything they could pick up off the table (the paper holding the rolled up napkins, the paper from the straws, a used, dirty napkin, etc.). The Trio of Fries Basket was good, though we would have preferred some seasoning on the Cottage Fries. The dipping sauces were tasty and quite different from one another, allowing for a variety of tastings. I had the Portobella burger (stuffed w/ spinach, goat cheese and peppers, I believe) which was very good and served with a side salad with a light dressing. My boyfriend had the Mexican Burger which he enjoyed, but while eating it told me that on our next visit, he'll try the M&M Burger.

We will definitely be back to try other ""burger"" offerings but will probably not go crazy with the French Fry Basket as it was big enough for 4 or more people. A side of fries will do the trick.

While we enjoyed our experience, we did have one complaint....2 burger/sandwiches, a french fry appetizer and 3 beers and we left with an $80 tab. The food isn't THAT good to charge such crazy prices for burgers.

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