Sugar Bar

4
353 reviews
$30 and under
Soul food
Come to Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, an eatery established by the couple behind "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" & "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing."
Their culinary venture, Sugar Bar showcases the duo's love for great music and Southern accented dining.

The Food:
A little Cajun, a little soul, a little latin, a lot of delicious! Offering delicious meals. prepared with fresh ingredients giving you the warmth of a homemade cooked dish.

Make a memorable experience sipping a cocktail, having dinner, and relaxing, while our friendly staff takes care of you, or order a delivery and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

*** WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN FOR INDOOR, OUTDOOR DINING, PICK UPS AND DELIVERY! TUES - SAT AND OPEN SUNDAYS FOR BRUNCH and EARLY DINNER! FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUR WEBSITE www.sugarbarnyc.com***

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 353 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.0based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good but the portions are smaller.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

The food was excellent, the decor and chair can be upgraded now, it’s been around the block and you can see it..

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vipBlakeW
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Fried chicken and sides were good. Salmon was terrible. Service was spotty at best.

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cliffw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and romantic atmosphere. Will definitely come here again

Sugar Bar
Responded on 23 April 2021

Thank you. We look forward to serving you again.

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vipMariaR
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess was friendly and accommodating! Our waiter Tremaine was attentive helpful and friendly. Food was delicious so we ordered chicken wings to take home as well. Best chicken wings in New York. Can’t wait till live music is back. Thank y’all so much.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 23 April 2021

Thank you so much for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to serve you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Server wasn’t attentive to us another server was more attentive food q

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good. No issues

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vipDenetteS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Tee was great.

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MelissaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip to City with kids, what a fabulous way to end our day! Food was fresh & full of flavor. Service was outstanding and the outdoor space perfectly safe, yet special. Would highly recommend to anyone! Looking forward to going back to fully enjoy the Sunday Brunch menu!

TJ
TaneshaJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited the Sugar Bar for a pre Valentine’s Day dinner, and it was delicious. We dined outside although inside dining was available, the weather was fairly decent and enjoyed the fresh air. There was adequate heating and covering which made the atmosphere cozy. We arrived a little early and was seated promptly. I ordered the fried catfish with macaroni & cheese, and collard greens. Everything tasted wonderfully and was seasoned just right. I ordered the calamari as an appetizer which was just ok, nothing spectacular about it. We also ordered the seafood pasta which was very good as well. For dessert we had the bread pudding and banana foster cake which was really sweet but delicious and decadent. Overall, I had a great time and the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great.

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SherylM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely great and we will be back soon. The service was exceptional!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outdoors so difficult to tell. Chicken was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great vibes

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DianeF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great staff. Definitely a regular stop when we travel to NYC.

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vipSooz
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Outdoor brunch!! Loved it!! Thank you!!

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RobM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Reasonably priced. Nice people.
Go. Now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from top to bottom was good

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vipClyde
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks. Can’t sit and just have drinks, without ordering food. As told via server. But great spot.

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RaymondJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience4

great restaurant ad food was great. the service was just too long...no reason for food to take that long to prep especially on a "not so busy" night. I will definitely go to this place again. Hopefully next time service will be much faster.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Hi Raymond. We apologize for the slow service. I will bring this to the manager's attention. Thank you for giving us another shot. We look forward to seeing you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great food and great entertainment however tables are too close. You have to move the table to get up.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Thank you for the review. We like to share with our guests, that our tables are set in a family style seating. However if you would prefer to to sit separate from the other tables. You can make a request with hostess. We hope you will be back to visit again.

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KarenG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 12 yr. old son and I were celebrating my husband's 50th birthday on a Wednesday evening. Little did we know that it was Motown night and my husband happens to be from Detroit so it was a perfect evening. The food was amazing! I had the stuffed shrimp with crabmeat appetizer and the lobster ravioli entrée special; my son had the fried chicken wings' appetizer and ribeye entrée; and my husband shared the wing appetizer with my son and had the fried pork chop entrée. Just delish! I had a few glasses of Malbec which was wonderful. Our server was excellent and the live band was divine. They wished my husband a happy birthday and a slice of cake with a candle was brought out. We couldn't have asked for a better evening! We can't wait to go back.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Hi Karen G. Thank you for the wonderful review. We are pleased that you and your family had a great time! Wednesdays have been full of fun. Please come join us again soon. Happy 50th Birthday to your Husband.

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CarDoratRosaMex
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

1- They had us packed in there like sardines (It was between shows at the nearby Beacon Theater) And
because of the tight seating we had to pay to check our coats.
2- The fried pork chop was too thick for my liking
3- The collard greens were not good and there was a giant collard leaf on my plate. We saw another
patron's plate of greens and it had many stalks
4- We had to wait a long time for the cornbread
5- Otherwise the staff was nice.
6- The catfish tenders/fingers were good
7- Did not like the veggie spring rolls.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 19 February 2020

Hi CardoratRosaMex, We are happy that you enjoyed our catfish fingers, and staff. We have a family style seating, so we like our guests to be comfortable, so we offer coat check, however it isn't mandatory. I will notify the chef about the collard greens. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope you will visit us again.

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sandetter
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good food, however the seating is a bit tight.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 19 February 2020

Hi Sandetter, we are happy you enjoyed the food. We have a family style seating. We apogogize if it was an inconvenience, we do hope you will visit again soon.

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Terri
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day Eve

Sugar Bar
Responded on 19 February 2020

Hi Terri we are happy you had a great experience. Please visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had to wait an hour after my reservation time outside

Sugar Bar
Responded on 19 February 2020

We apologize for any inconvenience. We were changing shows. The first show went over it's time. We hope you will visit again so we can accommodate you.

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ColleenC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant had a really great atmosphere and our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. We had a wonderful time!

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ElijahM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came for dinner on Thursday’s Open Mic night. We got there about 30 mins before our reservation, so we could increase our chances of dining in the main room. We lucked out and got the last table! The food was absolutely amazing. We had the catfish fingers, I had the steamed shrimp and my girlfriend had the red snapper. It was all superb! The drinks were tasty and when the music started the vibe became 100% live. I absolutely cannot wait to go back! Maybe one day I’ll sing!

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Hi Elijah! We'd love for you to come back and sing!!! We are happy you had a great time!

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vipGina
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find this restaurant was!! It’s a definite place that we will frequent whenever we are in New York.

The food was delicious. I had the crab stuffed tilapia. Hubby had the blacken catfish. Best tasting collard greens, cornbread and macaroni and cheese. True comfort food

The 4 piece jazz band was fantastic and an extra bonus.

Service was impeccable. Very attentive staff at all times.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Gina! Thank you so much! Glad you had a memorable experience! Please come visit us again soon.

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SuzanneP
Austin
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live music was fantastic. Food isn’t always good at where there’s music but the food is top notch at Sugar Bar. The hostess and table service were the best. Can’t wait to go back.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 13 March 2020

Suzanne we are so happy you enjoyed the music and the food!!! We hope you come visit us again soon!!

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Gtfin3st
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly environment. Great food and music. Wonderful staff

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TeefrmBK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for jazz, small, as most jazz spots are, but energetic and lots of fun! And the food was delicious. Everyone at my table had something different - mussels, catfish, burgers - all seasoned and cooked well. Loved my mussels!

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vipluv2eatout
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!!
We left before the music started so it was not loud at all.
Loved the food- grilled blackened salmon and talapia stuffed with crab meat!
Good corn bread and we were also there in time for happy hour drink prices!
Definitely will go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely marvelous and the perfect ambiance to celebrate our anniversary

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MichelleM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome, awesome, awesome at the Sugar Bar. Service was great we both had the whole red snapper, collard greens, I had plantains and my husband the Mac and cheese along with black beans and rice. The personalized performance singing “Happy Birthday “ to my husband and the others by Irina was amazing. We wish there was a Sugar Bar in our home town Atlanta. When we come back to NY you are on our list.

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vipKarenD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable night of music and surprisingly decent food for a music joint. The service was excellent. Although we didn’t have a reservation for the main room, Matilda did all she could to get us a table and she succeeded. We had a great table close to the stage, which was wonderful because my friend sang. Open mic night, Thursdays, is the bomb. We were seated next to the nicest people. The vibe and camaraderie is very cool and welcoming, and Miss Valerie Simpson, owner and acclaimed singer songwriter is approachable and gracious. A special shoutout to the bartender Shina ( spelling??) and her fabulous margaritas. We will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, service and live music every night is awesome. A jewel.

Sugar Bar
Responded on 25 September 2019

Thank you for your review. We are really happy that you had a great time. Please come again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time at The Sugar Bar.
Open mic night is always a good night to go !

Sugar Bar
Responded on 25 September 2019

Please come again soon. Thank you for your feed back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary. We loved the atmosphere and the band was amazing.

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Mediabum212
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was there again last night to see Irini & the Jazz Mix. Great musical show. Really good middle American and Southern food and drinks at good prices. Excellent service and ambiance. SB has a varied and interesting clientele. Lynn and I met the Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, town for release of his new book, and several dancers from Irini's class at the Alvin Ailey Studio.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sugar Bar using the Order Online button. Sugar Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sugar Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 579-0222.

Sugar Bar is rated 4 stars by 353 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.