Onieals

4.3
140 reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Onieal's offers casually elegant American cuisine with Italian and Asian influences from neighborhoods we are at the vortex of, Little Italy and Chinatown, Time Out once voted us the "Best Restaurant in Little Italy". We have been a leader since 1995 in the "Rebirth of the Cocktail" movement with our unique cocktails and our precision in making the classics.
New York Magazine, "trendy but not aggressive bar scene". The perfect meeting place for lunch, after work drinks and dinner or fun late-night on the weekends. Set in a neighborhood that for more than a hundred years was the knife’s edge of wealth, corruption, poverty and crime.
Onieal's today is a refined, hip restaurant with a long history as well as being the "Sex and the City" Scout Bar, owned by characters Steve and Aidan in the show.
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It took us at least 45 minutes to get a drink. Staff was incredibly rude to me. They did apologize at the end for their behavior but it was really unacceptable. I won’t be back.

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vipSummerC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Terrible service. Never experienced anything worse

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Nicole
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Poor customer service. Our waitress checked on us twice over the course of 3 hrs. Unfortunately gratuity is included in the check (we had a group of 5), otherwise we would have given no tip. Food and drinks are average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy and staff are the best!

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AndresF
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Drove all the way to nyc to find out it was closed. All multiple times and no one picked up. I left voicemails and no one called me back. Bad customer service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It wasn’t open

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant closed down and didn’t even bother to take their reservations off of open table. My husband and I got all the way to the restaurant and had to figure out by the fact that the lights were off and no tables were set up outside that they were closed. Didn’t even have a sign on the door.... I understand these are hard times but at least take your reservations down and have a sign on the door

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EllyzeF
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal, wish I could give a sixth star for ambiance, though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food and drink wise, this place is trash. My old fashioned was too expensive to be so sweet! The calamari was bland and over fried. I opted out of ordering entrees and went to The Smith where my drinks were far better for two bucks more and a satisfying calamari dish just a few bucks more as well.

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BarbieV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for a small and intimate restaurant this is the place. Super cozy. Drinks and food are delicious. Staff is extremely pleasant. Great place for a drink or a meal.

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HelenLou
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came here for a birthday lunch when away with friends to New York from London. So nice and cosy, I preferred the mood change in music when the SATC tour came in as the music was super chilled before that, but was still great. Our server was excellent. My friend said what she had (enchiladas, perhaps?) was AMAZING, I would have liked more flavour in my burger, but hey! My bloody Marys weren’t as tasty as I’m used to in London but had more in the city and they weren’t either, so they hit the spot but not to my personal taste. All in all, thank you for hosting us and I look forward to visiting again next year!xx

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vipAvonguy
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very beautiful space, and it is filled well with great staff and wonderful food. I am sure there are club hours when dining incompatible with dancers, but when the place is quiet, they put out a first rate product. All our dishes were quite good, and the Chablis on the wine list was great. I wish I had taken a picture of the label to remember the name. Dining prices are quite reasonable, but it costs more for a good buzz, all well worth the experience. Compared to the loathsome pseudo Italian joints in the immediate vicinity, this place is the dining star! Check it out!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Si bien la comida estaba muy buena le faltaba encanto al lugar para un almuerzo

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ElizabethD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and very attentive service. Awesome lunch! We will definitely be back!

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vipDiner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Goodby celebration
Service was slow and inattentive

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DetlefJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, both at the bar and at the table. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly!

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Schnavell
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome meal as always. Snow on the ground but nice and warm inside. Great NY strip. Be back next year.

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jdylan22
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The staff was personable enough, but we just got bad service. I made my reservation through opentable but they had no record of it. I showed my confirmation e-mail to the hostess and she was polite about helping us, but just pointed at our table across the room instead of seating us. There was a special Valentine's menu that included sea bass and hanger steak, which we ordered. Unfortunately, we were served the sea bass and hanger steak from the regular menu and the steak was not cooked as I had ordered it. Maybe it was just an off night. The atmosphere seems great for drinks, but we won't come back for dinner.

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LauraG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance and the extensive menu were great! Was a perfect Valentines Day spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good ambiance, fun music, delicious drinks. Really a cool place. Didn't realize it turned into a club around 10:00 pm. Had to elbow our way to the restroom through all the party-goers. Food was bland & nothing to write home about. I would go for the night life, not for a dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place. We were looking for a cosy place with great ambiance and found it there by chance. We enjoyed the food, the decor, the service, reasonable price and the music also.

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vipRaquelI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Most of the experience was great. Deviled eggs were a little bland, and the so were the zoodles. Friend loved her steak, and service was great as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice spot. Service was good and good was excellent. Short rib tacos were some of the best. Scallops and risotto was cooked just right. A bit noisy but overall lively good spot.

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NYCFood
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Local neighborhood gem! Love the ambiance in there with the lights. Good place for a chilly night. Had the short rib with elote. Wasn't my favorite - I wasn't feeling the BBQ sauce on the short rib, but that's my fault - I should've known BBQ sauce probably wasn't a great choice for me. The elote would've been good, but it tasted really sweet for some reason, like there was sugar in there along with the cheese. Not sure if that was on purpose. But my friend liked his meal and the oysters were good! I'd give it another shot!

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Elisereid87
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot. Food was delicious. We had the deviled eggs, fried calamari, the blackened seared tuna, and the spaghetti bolognese. Our friends had the penne vodka and loved it as well.

The one 'con' is not one I would typically mention, but given that we were told it happens somewhat frequently, I think it's worth noting. We all met a little earlier than our reservation and had a drink at the bar. The local DA office was having a happy hour, and they ended up having several of their team members give speeches over the course of 20 minutes. Definitely awkward to sit at a bar and have to whisper while people spoke for 20 minutes. Not really appropriate unless you have a private room.

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vipSUZANNEW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun fun fun place w great food

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AllyB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend knocked over his glass of wine & it was cleaned up & replaced before you could blink an eye. The cocktails are cold & the food is delicious. Dinner for 4 with cocktails including tip was $180 & we ordered quite a bit. I highly recommend this Nolita establishment which I stop at every time I am in Manhattan.

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Chickie706
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Native NYer and this was my first time at Oniels. We really enjoyed our family dinner of 12 at Onieals. Lisa, our waitress, was extremely pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The food was delicious and the cocktails refreshing. will definitely return.

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RookieMistake
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservation and we couldn't be happier with the restaurant. Very good drink selection, cocktails, beer and wine all had something to choose. Apps, Salad, and main course were tasty. Felt like a local place that you would have on the regular dinner rotation. Will be back when in the area.

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Drwall
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a lovely bar with a few tables available for eating. We went for the Sunday brunch and we all enjoyed the food. The waffles with fruit were great (two large waffles). The omelettes were excellent as well. Marcus, our server, could not have been nicer.

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PimPinyowisarn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I loved the food and services there
It was a super bowl night and everything is amazing even the place packed by people.

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vipchefchick
New England
40 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cute & Charming

My group of 7 had a reservation for a table this past Saturday. It was crowded, boisterous and loud, but so are we so we fit right in :) The menu in the restaurant differed from the one online and we weren't thrilled with it at first...but it turned out great. The mac and cheese with bacon app was awesome; we got two to share and each were able to have a few bites. Good burgers, the scallops with risotto was delicious and a just-right portion...our table by the windows with all the sparkly lights was cozy and charming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience!

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vipLocalYokel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood bar/restaurant. Defines comfortable...

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vipkbebr
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We waited an hour for mediocre food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant waitress and other staff. We went for Brunch with a reservation, and was seated almost immediately. The menu had a good selection and we wanted to try everything. Our dishes were delicious and the booze brunch unlimited brunch cocktail option was great. Although the restaurant got a little busy, we never felt rushed. When the bar got busy, they slid a door divider to block off the area a little. It was a very cozy relaxing experience. We'll definitely be back.

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AnnaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great neighborhood spot. Food and service are solid.

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vipEclectictastes
Western NC
90 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful place
Everything else was just ok. Food was competently prepared. Service was acceptable.

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vipAlanM
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a busy place, but with the wait. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. They were overbooked so at first it looked we didn't think we'd make it, but they came outside to find us and and let us know they had worked it out. Bought us an appetizer and paid for our drinks because if it.

Interesting menu, had the steak and it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Was a quiet brunch o'clock time, very attentive and lovely Waitrose (she has the most awesome hair!). Food was tasty and quite generous. Cocktail was lush and pretty pokey! Hit the spot! Fab atmosphere, decoration and history too. 5*

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Onieals offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 941-9119.

Onieals is rated 4.3 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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