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Operating for more than 80 years, Sardi's is full-service restaurant in New York City. It prepares fruitwood-smoked salmon, homemade mozzarella, vine-ripened beef steak, organic baby lettuce, onion soup, and Caesar and Cobb salads. The restaurant stocks an assortment of champagnes and red and white wines. Its main course menu features grilled rib-eye steaks, steak tartar, spinach cannelloni au gratin, jumbo lump crab cakes and spaghetti al filetto di pomodoro. Sardi's also serves vanilla profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce, cheesecakes, sorbets, Tahitian vanilla bean cr me br l e and chocolate frozen yogurt. The restaurant has an online store that sells T-shirts, bags, umbrellas, mugs, baseball caps and windbreakers. In addition, it offers gift certificates.
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Fax: (212) 302-0865

TollFree: (800) 727-3471

Toll Free: (800) 727-3471

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all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
Midtown Manhattan, Theater District

Sardi's Enterprises Ltd

Sardi's Enterprises

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Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Way too expensive to eat ""so-so"" food

My friend and I stopped here after a matinee show. There were very few choices- I was really disappointed in the selection. The options sounded pretty good overall- crab cakes, steak, chicken, salmon, a few salads...but nothing jumped out at me. Nothing really seemed like a complete meal. In each description I read it seemed something was missing. I finally decided on the chicken special and was told they were out. I ordered the sirloin with horseradish mashed potatoes, asparagus, and burgundy reduction. I was so angry that I paid $37 for that meal! The steak was cooked as I ordered it but it just wasn't great. I've had better steak at Chili's or other chain restaurants. The potatoes were good but not great. The sauce was ""eh"". The 3 pieces of asparaus I did have were good. No salad or soup came with this dinner. To add a salad would've been $14. The wine was $8 a glass and just okay. The wait staff was not very attentive or friendly. I was really disappointed.



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Come for the experience

For what it is, I am a fan. Come to Sardi's for the ambiance and all the caricatures of the stars and celebrities on the walls. Don't come to Sardi's expecting a bleeding-edge amazing culinary experience. Come to enjoy the history of the place and soak up the fact that so many Broadway stars have graced these hallowed rooms.

That said, here's the round-up: we started with the endive, grape and blue cheese salad. I liked the fact that some of the endive was left in whole leaf form and the rest was cut into smaller bites. Also, the serious hunk of blue cheese on top hearkened back to the old steakhouses of yore where the standard menu was iceberg with blue cheese, croutons, possibly a tomato and a big-ole slab of steak. They do not scrimp on the blue cheese and for that, I was grateful.

We then scarfed up a plate of oysters (quite good) and moved to the salmon with butternut squash risotto. Again with the mix of textures, some of the squash was pureed into the risotto and some was left in small neat chunks; I liked the preparation and it tasted very rich and decadent. The salmon was nicely crisped and tasted great.

The only trouble with Sardi's is that aside from it's iconic status, there are just so many great restaurants in the city that it's tough to make this a destination unless you're coming expressly for the experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Sardi's is World Class

Great location if you're attending a show on Broadway -- this place is in the heart of the Theatre District.
Sardi's is a legend. It has been serving the theatre crowd since 1921. Walls are lined with caricatures of actors and actresses. Top Notch wait staff at your beck and call.

And the FOOD? Ah the Food! Exquisite! We had a most wonderful dinner -- Steak tartare and salmon to die for. And a corner booth. What more can one ask for.

Be sure to walk or take the subway -- crowded area near Times Square.



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Al Hirschfeld comes to Times Square!

All you need to know is Al Hirschfeld has countless of his caricatures all over the walls which makes is feel really special inside. It is the perfect blend between romantic restaurant and art gallery. if you are downtown whether sight-seeing or catching a show, it is a must see!



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A Classic!!!

There is no better place for pre-theater dinner! I always take friends/relatives from out of town and Friday was no exception. Steak tartar prepared tableside to order, fabulous pasta and chops, delicious desserts - try the Tahitian vanilla creme brulee! Service is friendly and flexible to your needs. To those who complain of the price - its New York, get over it! You can easily dine for $50 per person on the fixed menu offerings - not unreasonable in the Theater District.



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One of a kind!

This is truly a New York landmark. I was in the city from out of town and went to see a show. We had dinner at Sardi's afterwards - as other reviews have said, it's ""the thing to do."" Despite what some other reviewers have said, I didn't find the prices unreasonable at all. The food is outstanding (I had an amazing Caesar's salad and possibly the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten) and the service is first-class. And on top of that, you get the unique character and history of the restaurant...



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Best Show on Broadway

Where to go for a drink after a Broadway show on a Saturday night? Why Sardi's of course. I was surprised to walk into the little downstairs bar to find only seven people in the historic drinking spot -- five at the bar, a couple tucked into one of the shelf tables. Though I was expecting a crush of theater-goers ,I quickly realized that there is comfort in small numbers -- especially when Bartender Jose is on duty. The visit soon became an intimate cocktail party with all guests offering tales of their Broadway experiences. We heard that Liza and Sarah Jessica are grand gals . . .that Jose calls Stephen Sondhiem ""Steve"" . . . that Mary (one of the guests at the bar) had a wealth of stories about Broadway celebs . Two gentlemen from Pennsylvania offered show reviews with detailed descriptions of the worst and the best . A little more about Mary -- it seems that she is a frequent visitor at the bar and enjoys sharing stories about her friends, from Lansbury to Pitt. So next time you are in Times Square on a Saturday night, stop by Sardi's for a drink and the ""show."" And please, give my regards to Jose and Mary.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bad experience!

I was there last friday with my husband and i didnt like it at all.I think this place overrated.Never again.



Exceptional all the way around

We had a wonderful dining experience! The entire staff, from coat check to our very pleasant waiter, made this an unforgettable experience. Sardi's was recommended by a close friend and long time patron, and I am so glad we chose to take his advise.

Our meal was delicious. The soup (shrimp) was an and excellent appetizer and the bread selection made it very difficult to make a choice, they all looked so good. (I have to admit that I did have a taste of my son's selection.) My main course was the crab cakes and, though they were excellent, I wish that I had chosen a more unique main course. However, I was extremely pleased with the taste of my salad that accompanied my main course. My mother chose the scallops which were both aesthetically pleasing and per my mother, extremely flavorful and delicious.

Although we do not usually have dessert and we were quite satisfied, we did share a Creme Brule, and again I was so happy that we did! Creme Brule is one of my favorite desserts and the chef prepared it perfectly.

I was extremely appreciative of the consideration made and patience by many in my daughter's diabetic nutritional needs. We do not get to travel often as a result of my daughter's new diagnoses, and have received resistance from other restaurants to requests for carbohydrate counts.

Finally, the atmosphere was even more than I expected, having been prepared by my friend. It was warm and welcoming and I think that I actually smiled throughout my entire visit.

Sardi's made our trip to New York that much more enjoyable and hopefully I will be able to get to New York in the near future and visit your restaurant once again.



Famous Eatery

This restaurant is "old New York" and really caters to the theater crowd. In and out in time for the show with special Broadway menu items.



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Complements to Sardis Bartender Dieago!!!

My husband and I were visiting NYC for the Holidays and we thought it would be fun to stop by Sardis for a drink. We knew it was known as being touristy, and we ushered to the bar upstairs. It was fairly crowded but we were able to find two seats at the bar. The bartender Dieago took excellent care of us, charming, and even took a small order from us, that he himself picked up and delivered. The appetizers were good. When we come back to the city in Spring to see Chorus Line we will surely come back and have dinner and another drink with our new friend.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The editor is of their rocker......

.....or they were there on a night when they were breaking in a new kitchen staff?

My and my husband's experience couldn't have been more different.

We were a good 40min early to our reseration and expected to wait, but we were promptly and graciously seated anyway.

We ordered the pre-fixe dinner and got two different appetizers, the ceasar salad and the spinach canelloni. The salad was perfectly dressed, and the dressing itself was what ceasar should be, light and lemony, not heavy and dense. The canelloni was delicious and served in a cream sauce and the dish was broiled to give it a delicous crust. It was warm and comforting on a cold night.

For our entree, we both had the ribeye, both of our steaks were cooked to perfection, and the butter sauce they were topped with was infused with wine and delicous. The dish was accompanied by haricots verts that were cooked perfectly (they tasted as though they were picked that morning), and pomm frites (I refuse to call them french fries, they were so delicous that that title doesn't do them justice).

For desert we had the cheese cake. This is the only cheese cake I've really ever enjoyed at a restaurant, and it tasted like my mother's recipie.

No, this restaurant is not at the cutting edge of haute cuisine, but, they excell at the preparation of the simple, traditional fare that they serve.

BTW I wan't expecting a restroom attendant so I didn't have cash on me to tip them. Remember to bring some cash.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Service! Excellent FOOD! Excellent Atmosphere!

I had the greatest birthday ever going to Sardi's. I was treated very well by the staff and they were extremely attentive. My boyfriend and I chose Sardi's for my birthday and we will definitely be back for other occasions or just a nice meal in Manhattan. The food was PERFECT! The best meal out that I had in a very long time. We were extremely satisfied! We started with an appetizer Sampler, which has a tease of every delectable delight that you can imagine artistically placed on one plate. Then for our Main course, we dined on Mahi Mahi and Salmon over Greens - AGAIN, Perfectly cooked. Just the way we liked it. Dessert was a beautiful final touch. We shared a cheese cake, which came to us on a plate in a round shape with drizzles of a white chocolate and raspberry sauce. Their Coffee was top shelf too. We were very pleased with everything and they made sure we were seated and served on time before he left for a Broadway Show that we planned to see. Sardi's started our most wonderful evening! We will not be a stranger to Sardi's in the future. You now have two more happy customers.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Service

I went with a tour group. The atmosphere is nice and the waiters are polite. The food is expensive. My dish came late so I got a free desert.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pretty good, but not special

I fall somewhere in the middle. I would say that the atmosphere was nothing amazing, I didn't feel like the authenticity of the history of the place was nearly as prevelant as it could have been in the experience. For someone who is very familiar with Broadway it might prove exciting. The food was good but not great. We had a nice view but it was too cold in the dining room. They did a good job getting us out in time for our show and the doorman got us a cab with a smile, which was the single best part of the restaurant.



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Delicious Dining and Gracious Wait Staff

Total winner. Food, friendly wait staff. Crab cakes and rib eye was delicious! Fine dining without the uptight atmospere.



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Great once again!

Last week I had such a great evening, I had to write again. My brother was in the City for a quick visit. So, at the last minute, we got tickets and saw a show. As we exited and walked along Shubert Alley, we saw the sign for Sardi's and decided to have a late dinner. From the greeting at the door, to the table-side service, we felt as if we were the only ones in the restaurant (we weren't the only ones, by the way)! We each had delicious salads followed by dessert. The food was fresh and really delicious. Our expereince at Sardi's was the perfect ending to a perfect evening -- local or tourist, try it ... you won't be disappointed!



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Good for theatre-goers

Sardi's may have just average food, but the service and ambiance made up for it. They understand that most people have theatre tickets and serve promptly but without rushing you. The staff was courteous and efficient. The doorman went above and beyond the call of duty to get us a cab. A very pleasant dining experience in an enduring piece of New York tradition.



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Exceeded My Pre-Theatre Expectations

I wasn't expecting much based on the Editorial Review, but this place was great. On a crowded Saturday night, we got there earlier than our reservation, but they sat us immediately. We were whisked to our table where we were promptly served drinks. We then admired all the portraits around us. We never felt rushed, though they were prompt and attentive. The food wasn't spectacular, but it was worth the price. The atmosphere is really what makes it though. It's a piece of Old New York that everyone should experience.



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Worth every penny

The term ""living on reputation"" does not apply to Sardi's. We called for a dinner reservation for 7 only 2 hours before arrival. Sardi's could not have been more accommodating, the food was better than I had been lead to believe it would be, and the service was nonpariel. We spent $150 for ""our 3"" (yes, they even split the credit card checks), and will gladly spend that much and more again. ... One word: We went early (6 p.m.); by 6:30 it was beginning to get crowded.

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