Dinner on Ludlow

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$30 and under
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American
Dinner on Ludlow is a modern adaptation of classic American comfort food with a focus on simplicity. Chef Blair Hanelt (formerly of Casimir), Dinner on Ludlow brings good old fashioned “home” cooking to the Lower East Side. Exceptional Cuisine coupled with Lower East Side prices in an intimate setting creates a haven for foodies.
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner with Friends. Truly a lovely time- had their Salmon- delicious- according to my friend the steak was on point as well- loved the fact it was a quiet night even though the rooftop was filled by guests for a private Afrobeats party. Will go back for sure

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it would def return! Truffle fries awesome and the drinks were spectacular!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

it was just a rough time for me and my friends and i really wanted to eat dinner on the rooftop for my 21st birthday which was on the very day i ate there and they sat us on the first floor inside. ngl it a damper on my 21st.

M
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. Waitress was obnoxious. Left before rooftop was accessible. Steer Clear of this place if you're looking for decent service, imo.

AR
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Limited amount of entrees 6 or8 not enough variety
Food was tasty
Service was great
Drinks are very good

KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and great deal with pulsd.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Not crowded, underrated, beautiful place too.

HM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place I’ve been coming here for years I totally recommend it.

ME
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobody was here, which was shocking because the food and drinks were outstanding.

JG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Should be called Drinks on Delancy, not Dinner on Ludlow. Dinner is not a priority and they aren't on Ludlow! Food was slooow and cold upon arrival and entrees are appetizer sized.

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dates, great wings, definitely order the signature cocktails it’s to die for!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, food came out perfectly timed

E
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service ! There is actually no service at all but they will charge you directly 20% of gratuity without giving you the choice and mentioning that it’s their policy. At least if the service was correct it would be fine but the service is less than decent. You can wait forever before to be served... it’s a shame because the food is good.

JS
London
18 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was OK. My fiancé and I went on a Wednesday, and the place was empty. The service was super slow, especially because it was empty, but there was also only one server who doubled as a bartender. She was superrrrrr sweet and I almost felt bad for her because she was totally alone. The food was average at best. The jerk pork was over cooked and super salty. For a $100 dinner, there are definitely better places in the city/on that block to go to. Their drink menu was extensive and the cocktails were good.

l
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic!
My partner had the Scottish salmon poke bowl starter and I had the steak tartare. We shared the shishito peppers side, and we both had the salmon main.
I had the La Paloma cocktail and my partner had the Cucumber Martini.

The food and drinks were fabulous and the service was excellent!

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I purchased a $49 dinner for two voucher from Pulsd. Upon entering, the ambiance is absolutely stunning and gorgeous -- perfect for celebrating my anniversary. We were the only patrons in the dining area, while most visitors headed to the rooftop bar upstairs. It was a promising start, but things quickly took a turn with the service (or lack thereof) that we received. Our waiter stopped by, mumbled a "hey how are you guys", poured our water to less than half a cup, and went back behind the bar on his phone while dancing to the music and having a drink. We waited about 10 more minutes before he even took our order despite the fact that we were the ONLY customers there. After taking our order, for the next hour and a half of our meal, he never stopped by our table once. The bartender had to come over to take our additional drink orders and clean up our plates. This waiter continued to chat with other regulars at the bar, and made drinks for him and the greeter up front. In terms of the food, it was nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. I ordered the Salmon Poke, which was decent -- the sauce was on the saltier side, and I have had better fish quality in local sushi restaurants. My partner ordered the Cornmeal Calamari, which was solid but again, nothing special. For our entrees, I ordered the tagliolini pasta -- while it was very fresh, it tasted almost flavorless aside from the bits of toasted almond mixed in. My partner's dish of Miso Salmon was a much better choice, as it was bursting with flavor. The drinks were unique and strong, and overall, a good value for our voucher. However, given the shoddy service, it did not make the experience very enjoyable for us. It is a shame because the venue is romantic and classy, and would be great for anniversaries if it weren't for the service.

IB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The service was good and staff very friendly. I wouldn't recommend this place for dinner. It's more of a bar feel and the food tastes like it was premade... not fresh.

BR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My experience started off pretty badly in the beginning I have to admit. However, they definitely made up for it throughout the night. When my part of 4 arrived, the hostess sat us in the corner at one of the lounge tables with the really really REALLY small table. The table could barely fit 3 drinks let alone food and there were plenty of regular dining tables that were vacant. About five minutes later, she comes by and moves us to one of the bigger regular dining table. The staff was very nice and pleasant, but the wait for our drinks/food took a bit of time.

Even though it started off rocky, I would definitley go back because the food was delicious! 2 people ordered salads and they were nice sized big portions and the calamari and poutine were out of this world! For dinner, we all got the salmon entree and it was the best we've ever tried!!! Beautiful crispy skin and the fish was perfectly moist. We were so happy that we almost ordered another round!

SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cocktails were amazing, food was surprisingly good. Wonderful time...will def go back again 👍🏼👍🏼

SS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to the DL 100 times and never had dinner at Dinner on Ludlow. The food was amazing. I got the strip with peppercorn sauce and it melted in my mouth. Ambiance very sexy and I loved the seating. Made me want to sit and just talk and have drinks all day. Our server was great and attentive. Definitely going back soon.

A
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails made very well. Limited dinner menu. Staff very accommodating.

R
Raleigh
74 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner is in a lounge setting. Seating is comfortable and staff is attentive. Overall a good experience.

OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After 15 min waiting at the entrance, nobody came to greet us despite having a reservation. Anyway, the restaurant is tiny and the food didn't look chummy at all. It's a no go for the restaurant, although the salsa club upstairs seemed good.

YJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service and drinks were really good but the food was pretty basic. For food, I had the miso glaze salmon and spinach which was decent but not worth the value of my puls'd deal. There were only 5 entree options and most of them looked pretty bland. For the drink, I had the Felicidad and it was great. The waiter was also pretty responsive and available during the meal, even though there was only 1 other duo eating there that night. Overall, I will continue to drinks and party here upstairs from time to time but it's out of the question for dinner. There are so many other great places to eat in this neighborhood, I wouldn't think twice about passing over the dining area here and heading straight upstairs to the club part.

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t expect that foods are going to be so delicious. Appetizers, salad and main course were soo good. We went there Sunday for dinner , it was quite ( which was perfect for us) I like the chandeliers . There was only one waiter/bartender there , but he did his best to proivide good service. I would recommend this place .

ND
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Waaaay too noisy!! Can't hear anything over music booming and the music is terrible and inane. This place would get more people and better clientele if the dinner area wasn't soooo loud with terrible music.

B
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was outstanding and we had a romantic Valentins day at the Ludlow.

M
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an nice find, a little of the beaten path but well worth the trip. Food was outstanding, service was great . Very classy place

LL
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with a GILT deal, with a girlfriend. It was a quiet week day night, we were one of 3 tables around 5:30p-6p. Our Server was Raj, very nice, we had a bottle of wine, one appetizer to share (we got the lamb ribs, very tasty but slightly salty for my taste), we both got the two fishes, (arctic char and the grilled sea bass served whole) and got the Brussel sprouts as our side. DELICIOUS!

BU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Short ribs were delicious. And the drinks were perfect.

o
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

This place is a disaster. No complaints to the service and the food (very average), but we were seated right next to the stairs and there were about 300 people coming down on those stairs. Very VERY noise and distracting. Our experience was not good at all.

Would never go back.

W
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Had a couple of glasses of wine; Napa cab and Rioja. Reasonable prices, but good picks. Tuna tartare with fried grain papers was a bit oily. Hamburger with grilled vegetables instead of fries was fairly good. Very interesting decor.

M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner there before heading to a club in the area. The parmigiana buns that they send to the table are to die for. I had the beef stroganoff which was prepared with short ribs, excellent!! My wife had the roasted chicken, which she loved.
Our waiter and the bus boys were excellent!!

n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with great drinks. We had a great time. We were there for an earlier dinner which was great as the restaurant was nice and calm.

OT
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Dinner on Ludlow was better than I thought it would be. I had the beet and crispy goat cheese salad, which I loved. My husband and I shared the steak frites, the frites were delicious so we ordered more. We also had the seared tuna, which was also delicious, although it didn't have as much tuna on it as we would have liked! Wonderful service and a great night overall!

m
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2014
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our first time here was when they had first opened. It was pretty quiet back then. It seems they have established the lounge/club reputation that they had wanted to. Our second time was quite different: line outside the door, bouncer checking IDs, very loud inside & people up & down the stairs to the lounge area. Food was pretty good. We had the chicken meatballs as an appetizer as before. Still good. I had skate and my husband beef stroganoff. My fish was cooked correctly but the potatoes that came with it were completely flavorless. The stroganoff was not traditional. Rather it was 4-5 wide strips of beef with noodles underneath. It was pretty good. The cocktails & wine selection are good. The molten chocolate cake dessert fantastic.

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Skillet Pancake with blueberries and creme fraiche was fluffy and crunchy on the bottom. It came to the table in the skillet. You get either coffee or tea. The mint tea came in a glass tea pot. The steak and eggs with parmesan truffle fries was my favorite though. I highly recommend it.

CY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2014
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at this restaurant. The food amazing, especially the chicken meatballs. The only thing that wasn't up to par was our dessert, which was the peanut butter and jelly donuts. I would recommend the chicken breast and the beef stroganov. Both were excellent. Service was great, but the lighting is so dim you can barely see the menus.

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2014
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

If you don't have nice things to say don't anything. Well, I have have very few nice things to say about this place as a restaurant. The bus boy was obnoxiously intrusive when clearing the plates, although the waitress was nice and effective. But it was too late by then the boy ruined the whole vibe of the meal. The kitchen was out of a few of their more famous dishes... And the other ones were average at best. The decor was cute however the other patrons were not.... They too were obnoxiously drunk stumbling down stair while another patron was obnoxiously loud walking barefoot while grasping her pumps in the air threatening to beat an unidentified patron with it.... Garnering the attention of everyone. At this point I was done!!

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