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The Gander

American Restaurant

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The Gander54
brunch • brisket • tasting menu • tots

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  • Photo of Bryan Cartwright
    2 years ago
    Their spaghetti and clams dish is soooo good! Great place to take wifey or a first date. Solid restaurant week menu.
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  • Photo of First We Feast
    3 years ago
    Ethereal desserts like a retro angel food cake prove pastry chef Christina Lee has once again struck gold.
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  • Photo of Grub Street
    3 years ago
    Adam Platt's a fan of chef Jesse Schenker's burger, which is only served for lunch. The eight-ounce sandwich includes bread-and-butter pickles, but the real highlight is the rich bone-marrow mayo.
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  • Photo of Guest Of A Guest
    4 years ago
    New American staples like Pork Chop and a Rotisserie Chicken add to his signature small plate dishes, including French Fries with Bone Marrow Mayo which are bound to form loyalists in no time.
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    4 years ago
    Everything you would want in a modern twist on American food, this restaurant has a cocktail bar fit for a king. Don't skip the french fries with bone marrow mayo.
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  • Photo of Jay V
    5 months ago
    Enjoyed a 3 course prix fixe lunch ... chopped salad was filling and grilled prawns was light and tasty with a bed of summer salad! Bar area and booths made for a relaxed dining experience near the entrance. Service could have been better. Pricing was very inviting for restaurant week. I'd go back!
  • Photo of Brian P
    6 months ago
    As a concierge at a hotel, I always like to think I choose the best for myself when it comes to New York Eats. With the restaurant's and executive chef's reputation preceding the famous modern space, my experience with my colleagues at The Gander was...kind of disappointing. The going theme of each course seemed to be 'oversalting'. I did really like their grilled broccoli dish, and their trout tartare was ok. Their spaghetti appetizer dish...holy salt, Batman. I wonder if the chefs are even tasting the food before they serve them. The same could be said for their Duck Breast. The meat was cooked very nicely but the skin was just way too salty. My colleague suspects that the shrimp salad made her feel sick afterwards and the Salmon entree was pretty under-cooked. The service generally took a little long. By a little long we mean very long, which is forgivable if it was busy, but it was not. I was seated at a booth where I was able to peek into the kitchen and saw that the cooks/chefs were working at snail's pace. There was a 10 minute wait between appetizer and entree, which is fine, but 30 minutes between when our plates were taken and dessert was pretty ridiculous. The wait staff seemed a little dazed and bored as well and didn't ask many questions at all even though we were visibly dissatisfied. Maybe this was because it was a restaurant week thing, and we might have had better service during dinner service instead of lunch. I know that the restaurant is a very highly-touted location with great reviews. Nonetheless, I find it hard for me to ever want to send anyone to dine at The Gander after such experience.
  • Photo of Sarah K
    6 months ago
    The food was wonderful but the overall experience was below average for a restaurant of this price range in this neighborhood of NYC. The place was barely half full, and it took 30 minutes to even get drink orders in, let alone get water and silverware for all four of us. (On a related note, despite the place being half-empty, the bathrooms were dirty and one was out of paper towels when I used it; it just doesn't seem hard to get that right, you know?) Anyway, after our first drink, our waiter just...disappeared. We could see him around the restaurant but he never came back to our table, never made eye contact, just seemed to completely forget about us. It was truly weird! Eventually the chef himself, who was out on the floor, figured out that our table had been neglected (over an hour after we arrived and no food orders had been taken at all, and our first round of drinks was long since finished). He got some appetizers ordered quickly for us, but the meal never recovered, service-wise. It was actually almost funny HOW ridiculous it kept being. We had two different waiters, neither of them the original guy. The food, however, was delicious across the board. The cauliflower and the broccoli plates were superb; the duck was a large portion, extremely well cooked; and the lentils with poached egg were quite special. We were having a good time so maybe they didn't realize how annoyed we were by the service...or maybe they did, because eventually (without us saying anything) they brought out some complimentary desserts and then "rearranged" our bill to include the desserts as though we'd ordered the Restaurant Week prix fixe. It was an oddly complicated way to not actually acknowledge or apologize for punting the entire dinner service. And when we asked for the check it took at least half an hour and one reminder to actually get it--they were literally cleaning the restaurant around us, putting up chairs, etc., and just forgot to bring our check. We were the only ones left! Oh well, the food was great, but there's so much great food in NYC...I think I've taken my last gander at The Gander.
  • Photo of Luc T
    7 months ago
    Perfect setting for bringing a group of customer contacts! We were about 10 from our company + 4 from the customer. All had a great dinner experience. The sommelier did a great job guiding me to New World wines that respected a certain budget. They seated us in the Back on a long table against the wall. The fact that we were almost alone in that section allowed us to stand up, move around , and get a chance to interact with each and everyone during dinner. And the food ... simply amazing. I will organize another dinner there without hesitation.
  • Photo of JCTHING
    7 months ago
    Used Groupon for early dinner visit: good service, good cooking in modern decor. Manhattan prices for decent selection of wine and food.
  • Photo of Ludo-Owen
    8 months ago
    Went there with friends for an after work drink and ended up staying for dinner. Special beers were good and the burger I had really nice. For once, I also enjoyed the fries. Service was friendly.
  • Photo of Dakota20
    8 months ago
    We used a Travelzoo voucher and had a delightful dinner. My wife and I entered about 5 PM, we were going to theater, and when we arrived the restaurant was pretty empty. We were seated promptly and given menus. The options were diverse and all were interesting. Jay assisted us with our selections and truly made the evening enjoyable. By the time we finished the dinner the restaurant and bar were crowded. We are in our 60's and this was definitely a locals favorite. Many people came in for a glass or two of wine and small plates at the bar. The desserts were amazing and presented artfully. Bottom line a good dining experience and a bargain when including the voucher. We will be back when we are in the neighborhood and visiting NYC again..
  • Photo of Stuart D
    9 months ago
    Was the food alone worth five stars?....No! But the service was excellent and we had a Gilt City coupon with an additional 30% discount code, so the value for money was outstanding. A decent Sunday brunch for four with a drink was net $55, with tip.
  • Photo of JCTHING
    9 months ago
    Great location for well prepared cuisine--got special deal via Groupon--wines are Manhattan price--good service.
  • Photo of John P
    9 months ago
    The restaurant has a very stylish decor, excellent service and copious portions. There are a number of interesting and unusual dishes, the standout being sea trout tartare, where the raw trout is accompanied by its crisped skin. The duck breast is exceptionally tender and well prepared. I enjoyed the hotpot which was principally seafood, but with pork sausage adding a note of tartness. The brisket pops are a house specialty but didn't bowl me offer. The wine by the glass list was one of the most interesting I've encountered, notably a beautifully balanced rioja reserve "Vina Alberd" We were allowed a sip of the Furmint Royal Tokay (how many times have you seen that on a wine list?) It reminded me of a Montbazillac but the waiter didn't agree. We were intensely irritated by a tall fellow who passed close to our table about twenty times. Apparently it was the sommelier who apparently had nothing better to do.
  • Photo of UrbanBuzzMagCom
    9 months ago
    The ambiance and atmosphere was good. The people all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our waiter was slow in a room of about 15 people during a 9pm RSVP and they close at 11pm. The food was not great but okay. But if you want to spend a lot of money in a nice atmosphere this is your place.
  • Photo of Amy P
    10 months ago
    We had a Travelzoo voucher for this restaurant, and anticipated a wonderful meal. Even with the voucher, we felt it was all too overpriced for the quality. We both asked for salt for our small plates -- the spaghetti, peas, smoked mushrooms (no smoke flavor discernible) and the baby octopus. The octopus was not particularly tender, as one would expect at a restaurant of this ilk, and they were as bland as bland can be. The mains were both uninspired, if attractively served: the branzino was quite ordinary; the pork milanese was not moist or tasty. No bread served or offered. The drinks were SKIMPY, SKIMPY. (There was a vegetarian choice, so I answered "yes" below, but not because I think you'll get a "good" meal -- certainly not for the money.)
  • Photo of Luc T
    a year ago
    Brought a corporate group of 14 people last Tuesday and had an amazing experience! The food was delicious with an innovative blend of flavours, and the menu has just the right amount of choices to provide a good mix and variety for the group. Will the sommelier was extremely nice and very knowledgeable. The choices for a crisp white Chardonnay and a flavourful Syrah, both from California, were enjoyed by everyone. Overall a great restaurant and the perfect place to impress my client.
  • Photo of JCTHING
    a year ago
    Modern decor with continental cuisine--some plates for sharing and trial--wide selection of wines and cocktails. There are coupon deals to reduce cost.
  • Photo of PDXStocks
    a year ago
    We spent $99 on a dining package that included a bottle of wine. We felt more than ripped off to be served a 2015 Flaco Tempranillo that you can buy at the store for $8. Such a young cheap wine and recognizing as such, it tainted our overall dining experience. The location near Union Square is good and we have lots of friends in the area but we all told them the same thing, it's a pass in the future for us. The food was decent, especially the appetizers. The burger was quite undercooked, medium well was ordered and really should have been sent back but we did not. The steak was great. If we go back, it will be appetizers in the bar and cocktails. If anything the restaurant should offer a credit toward any bottle on their menu. We have an 850 bottle cellar and would have gladly bought something a little more noteworthy than the Tempranillo that was poured.
  • Photo of Legend1981
    a year ago
    We recently visited The Gander on Christmas eve, was were truly amazed. The moment we arrived we were greeted by 2 members of staff, both were very polite, they greeted us with smiles, greetings, took our jackets etc. and took us to our table. We were seated on a round table but there were only 3 of us so we requested if we could be moved to a booth so we could be seated slightly closer together. The staff were more than happy to accommodate this request, there was no issue with us moving or for them having to move us. Our waiter was very clear, and knowledgeable, he explained everything in detail so we knew all the specials plus set menus etc. that would easy our experience. While we order and waited for our drinks, we were provided with a plate of tasters which was a lobster and rye biscuit bite. Once we ordered the food, it arrived in good time so we didn’t have to wait too long, they were also very accommodating towards our 3 year old son, as they made him a special off the menu pasta dish which he loved. Throughout our meal the staff were very friendly and always asked if we needed anything, service was brilliant and the food matched. Great restaurant, staff and ambiance, would 110% go again when in New York next time.
  • Photo of Shiny Z
    a year ago
    Although the food and wine are average and the music is too loud for people with soft voice to carry conversations, they provide private group party room in their basement and private bar. ***My broccoli was so overcooked.....
  • Photo of jsublime
    a year ago
    Zero stars. Worst experience ever at a restaurant. Do not go here. There are so many better places in NYC. Literally, anywhere else is better. Had a reservation at 6:30 on Thanksgiving. Showed up a few minutes early and was told our table would be ready soon. Check in with hostess around 6:45, again told soon. Around 7:10 we are finally seated and offered a round of drinks on the house for our wait. Was also told some food would be coming out immediately for our kid. Sounds great right? Well, at 7:45 we have only gotten a single glass of water. Yes, sitting at table for 35 minutes with nothing but water after we already waited 40 min past our reservation. This is on Thanksgiving, they are only doing a fixed menu so all the food should be lined up ready to go. We speak with waiter/host again and they promise to speed things up and even offer to pay for the meal which we say is unnecessary we just want to be served. At 8pm (90 minutes past our 6:30 reservation) two tables have been seated after us and already have their appetizer course. We still only have water. At this point we decide to leave. Ended up having a fantastic meal at La Pecora Bianca. Highly recommend checking that place out. It's only a 5 min walk. The restaurant did follow up and offer a $50 gift card for future visit but that was pretty useless since we are from out of town.
  • Photo of Deirdre H
    a year ago
    We booked a table at The Gander Restaurant for Thanksgiving.. This was booked at least a month in advance.. We had a table booked for 8pm.. When we arrived the restaurant was packed, we were happy to wait at the bar.. 8 pm came and went, there were people being seated who came in after U.S., who were being given tables.. We finally got to a table at 8.45pm We ordered, the meals were very hit and miss, some of us got what we ordered some didn't.. I have to say, the barman upstairs and a gorgeous waitress who was keeping an eye on us, we're the only two who cared.. Would I go there again, NO... Appalling service and the food wasn't hot..
  • Photo of Andrea P
    a year ago
    I brought a group of clients to NYC for Thanksgiving and we especially booked this restaurant because of its reviews and great menu. On arrival we were told that there was a delay for seating which was fine, but 40 minutes later it wasn't so good. Thankfully the lovely man behind the bar took pity on us and gave us something to eat whilst we waited. We were then taken down to our table where our waiter was so bad it was laughable and for the first time ever I refused to tip in the States. Someone else ended up coming to look after us (I wish I had her name because she was great). The food was quite tasty but cold when it came out. They tried to rectify the situation but it was too late. A restaurant that over booked what they could deal with. Never again and one of my clients who is coming back to NYC and was going to book them for New Year will be going elsewhere.

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