Grill Café at The Standard

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38 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Located in the front room of the Standard Grill, the Grill Café is classic New York meets new American cuisine. The front café and bar is set in bright white tile and oak dining room serving specialty cocktails and a classic all day menu complimented by a robust, local raw bar.

For a more formal dinner experience, visit the page of the Standard Grill to reserve a table in our intimate back dining room (Tuesday - Saturday).
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience- perfect for entertaining business associates

A
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect brunch spot on a nice day! Avocado toast was good, cocktails were fantastic, and chocolate chip cookies were EXCELLENT. A little slow at some points because of current renovation, but our server was lovely and made up for it. Would highly recommend!

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shares great wine list with the Grill but with the more casual, brighter cafe seating.

KN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

No pre bussing long waits for service and no check in’s except for the very end of meal. Asked for all East Coast oysters and got a mix. Asked for more of the red wine vinegar mignet and it never came. The jam on iberico was old and tough not like the 1st we had it. (It melted in Your mouth) zero hospitality. Waiter seemed experienced but could care less.
I hope my feedback reaches the right ears because I’ve been coming to the grill since his conception and I hope to want to continue to come.

t
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend started a new job and I wanted to take her out to celebrate.

I’m so glad we came to the Grill Cafe at The Standard!

We were seated in the garden as requested. The waitress surprised us by bringing glasses of champagne to our table when she greeted us. It was so appreciated and kicked off a wonderful dinner.

Everything was perfect.

Thank you!!!!

AQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and perfect!!

SW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Probably our worst meal in nyc and we done our daily. Poor food, poor service. Will not go back which is sad because it is located near our apartment.

m
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A nice stop off the Highline and Whitney. The brunch menu is a little limited but overall the food is good and the service was first-rate. Fortunately, not a tourist trap off the Highline.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow and seemed disorganized?

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Incredibly slow service for lunchtime. Over 40 mins for food. Rushed through eating and had to ask for check.

A
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were in an area of the City with many pricey dining options. We chose the Standard Grill because it was listed as not being outrageously expensive. The place exists to separate tourists from their money. Good looking room in a good location. Hostess staff was efficient and warm. Wait staff was uneven in performance. Food is mediocre at best. Very small portions of mediocre food at high prices. In addition, we sat for an inordinate amount of time while a couple seated after we were got their drinks and food at the same time. We got all of our food, starters and main course at the same time. We were told that it was a computer problem and that management was alerted. We were told management would make it up to us. No adjustment was made to the bill. Spend the extra money and eat at a good place in the Meat Packing District. This ain’t it.

DK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waiter passed over us 4 times. Taking orders for others seated much later than us. Waiter did provide bread he indicated he would get for us. The waiter failed to put in our order and walked around taking more orders. A simple hour and a half dinner turned into 2 1/2 hours.

We were very disappointed in the way our waiter treated us, while having a great time with other patrons.

This was a very disappointing experience as we have had lovely time for breakfast here many times.

GW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Our children ordered the fried chicken when it arrived it was completely raw (dangerous) we sent it back and were promised a newly cooked batch which we did receive, again completely raw. They did take this off the bill but honestly serving raw poultry twice to children is pretty unacceptable.
We won’t return.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere.

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Glasses and plates smelled. Drinks ordered were forgotten. Everything was average.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Very poor service. Burger was lukewarm and AC was freezing cold.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!!!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely terrible service. Could barely get them to give us a glass of wine.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was just fair Took a long time sitting outside in front for server to come. Never brought 2nd egg i ordered. Finally after brunch brought 2 hard boiled eggs in shell. Not what i ordered.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Waited 20 min for my table. Waited another 20 min to order. Drink was forgotten. Wrong dessert order. Took forever to get check. The service is usually a bit slow, but not this bad!

HW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not the most creative menu (this is the grill, I guess) but an OK selection and very solid delivery. My friend said "these are the best fries I've ever had." Creative drinks. Attentive service. Nice lighting.

IH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server got the order wrong and disappeared (runner deliver food) and never followed up to verify if correct. I won’t go back

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a GREAT staff. The maitre d was impeccable and moved us quickly to an inside table when an unexpected rain storm hit.

OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the food is great but I really miss the asian style hanger steak salad they used to have at lunch. however you can add steak to any other salad if you like.

XN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food ...Super Chef Anthony Ricco...previously Spice Market / Jean George

JB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Would have preferred from room seating which is brighter and more cheerful. Next time I will request.

BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I've eaten here several times. Always enjoyed it, but this visit was below par. Did not like item I ordered; it arrived missing items that were described on the menu and was not at all as described on menu. Took one bite and knew I didn't like the food. Unfortunately, wait staff did not come near my table for close to 25 minutes, so I was unable to explain the problem and send food back/order something else. My husband had already finished eating his meal! To their credit, restaurant took the item off our bill but I ended up with no lunch and was hungry (we had an appointment afterwards so I couldn't hang around and order another meal!). I may well go back again, but this experience definitely will make me think twice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always take my mom here for brunch. Ridiculously overpriced but consistent quantity and nice atmosphere. They could learn to make a better Bloody Mary.

QB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great location, good service, but meh and overpriced food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought the experience would be as good as having brunch at The Standard Grill on a Sunday but that’s not the case at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a birthday breakfast with my partner. The host was very pleasant and a waiter took our order immediately. Within 10 minutes, even less, the food was brought to the table, piping hot. The food was delicious, as expected, since I’ve visited this restaurant before. We were given our check and did not feel rushed to leave. Overall, a wonderful experience. I’m only sorry I didn’t have room for coffee or tea!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Hadn't been here in over a year. Food quality really declined. Burger small (don't believe it was 8 oz, not a good bun, fries tasteless. Fried chicken must have been from a mini-chicken. Sad plate. Not a good value anymore.

L
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

A person in our party asked if the salmon could be blackened. The waiter acted as if he had no idea what that was. A kale salad was asked for in place of the side salad. They did not bring it out. We had to ask for salt and pepper. He poured sparkling water in someone’s glass who did not want it. He never brought another empty glass. The bus boy piled the dishes without moving the silverware. It almost fell on one of us. Someone from the restaurant came over and caught the dishes. When the check arrived, we were charged $8.00 for the kale salad. The waiter had said it could be a substitute. We have been there before this visit. We will not return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My daughter asked for a plain burger without cheese and just lettuce it came out with no bun and tomato and onion. Her friend ordered the same but hers had a bun. Kale salad was over dressed and still had the stalks

Service was sloppy heard silverware hitting the floor and plates breaking. Clearing the table server dropped sorry knife on my jacket the it fell on the floor

First time here not worth the price

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Terrible waiter

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Host was great. Wait staff was nice enough, but service was very slow after being promptly seated. Limited and repetitive brunch menu. It’s definitely seen better days. It was busy, but this seems like a management opportunity before it stops getting busy. I never leave reviews, but it was mediocre enough to warrant one. Good luck!

LS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Open table reservation didn’t come up until they logged on. We waited even longer than necessary
They forgot our fries. Could not get catsup. Finally that came too. Wait staff very nice. Cool place. Great food. For $100 2 sandwich lunch it could have been better.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Standard Grill has served consistently good food since opening over six years ago, until a recent change culinary overhaul. The new Standard Grill Cafe serves uninspired and lazy dishes that taste average at best using sub-par or frozen ingredients. The restaurant has declined in quality, despite increased prices. The new Standard Grill Cafe feels outdated and clumsy, a reminder that good things don’t last forever. I would not recommend dinning here unless the restaurant refreshes its offering.