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Ed's Chowder House

at the Empire Hotel
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  • Seafood, Soups, Cocktails
  • 44 W 63rd St, New York NY10023 40.761788 -73.983607
  • (Btwn Broadway & Columbus Ave)
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  • (212) 956-1288
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User Ratings (Based on 49 reviews)

Food 2.9 Value 2.5
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 956-1288
(212) 956-3312
Major Credit Cards
Daily: 11:30am-10pm
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Brunch, Buffet, Business Dining, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Raw Bar, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by Rick on 09/26/2010


    Felt burned after eating here with wife and friend. Nothing about any single dish was particularly good, the waiter vanished a couple of times (I think to have a smoke) and it was as expensive as all the other really nice places we went to in NY. I should have known when it was half empty despite fashion week down the block that we were in trouble.

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by brandcr on 08/23/2010

    after show dinner

    My wife and I went to see the last performance of south pacific and stopped here for a bite afterward.Very nice ambiance but this did not match the food unfortunately. Our server was extremely nice but service was sloooow. We had the prix fix dinner...app was clam chowder and the clams were essentially like chewing on rubber bands. My wife had the cod cakes ..these were good. For entree I had the risotto ,very mediocre. My wife had the skate which looked disgusting and didn't taste much better. Best part of dinner was dessert, I had the blueberry crumble which was quite good and my wife had the lemon meringue which was also good. Extremely expensive (in my book anyway $140 w/ tip for two) and very little value. Scratching this one off our list....

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by Layla on 08/19/2010

    Not really high-end

    Went here for lunch. Salads and apps all made in advance, came right out after being hastily dressed. Drinks came in two installments. One seafood entree was "fishy." Not real fine dining but it has fine dining prices.

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by Nanci Eisner on 07/31/2010

    Brilliant Experience

    Yes, I'm a native New Yorker who lives in Manhattan and who has eaten at the finest restaurants all over the world. I've also eaten at many local, plain, neighborhoody type restaurants. After reading some of the negative reviews, I wonder whether I ate at the same restaurant (Friday, July 30) because my first-time experience at my neighborhood restaurant was so wonderful. The feeling of clean, open space with exceptionally comfortable chairs (I was by myself & did not sit in a booth), high ceilings was inviting from the moment I entered. Everyone was so accommodating. I had a Bloody Mary, the spicey chopped salad and the soft shell crabs la plancha and a cappuccino. The different bread/sticks/muffins served were diversified and the oyster crackers that were at the table were refreshed immediately as I nibbled on them (it is my addiction since I'm a child & I guess I haven't kicked it). My water glass was filled promptly. My waiter was knowledgable, the staff was friendly and I had a great time. I'm going with friends for lunch either 7/31 or 8/1 and we'll sese if we all find the excellence consistent, which is the hardest thing for a restaurant to keep up with. I'll let you know.

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by billy on 07/09/2010

    No Good

    Very expensive, flighty service (warm $8 beer), standard food - nothing special or original, lame crowd on a Thursday, no bar scene. A huge pass at this price. Tourist or Lincoln Center trap.

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by VK on 05/07/2010

    Enjoyed it even more the second time!

    Enjoyed my first time for dinner but lunch was even better because it wasn't as hectic as pre-theater. Too pricey if you have to run off to see a show so take that into account. Very good service and food where the desserts were just as good as the main dishes. I've been recommending it to people who enjoy fresh fish and seafood.

  • Ed's Chowder House

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010

    not acceptable

    pretty room and great location.. walked right in on sat at 6pm... so we overlooked the worst table with sun issues and sitting next to us a party of 12. Our oysters were fresh but the shell shards made enjoying them impossible.. cod entree listed as potato chip crusted w/ mustard spinach sauce was serve as cod over steamed spinach with stale soggy potato chips. Herb crusted skate was soggy, greasy and overwhelmingly tasting of tarragon... disappointed, our waiter replaced the entrees with 1/2 chilled lobster cocktail and an acceptable lobster roll on a way too-greasy bun.. and a 20% discounted coupon for lunch... we left actually feeling sympathy for the waiter.. he was a nice guy..but not a chance of returning

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