The Wilson

4.2
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86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Wilson is a neighborhood gem located at the intersection of the Chelsea and NoMad neighborhoods and just South of Madison Square Garden. Chef Jeff Haskell presents a seafood focused menu of New American Classics within a casually upscale setting. Design highlights are an enclosed heated patio and a private dining events space with a 30ft ceiling and living moss wall. Cocktails are playful and inventive and the service is warm and hospitable. Signature dishes include Blue Crab Carbonara, Grilled Octopus, Falafel Waffle, Brussels Sprout Tacos, and Avocado Fries. The restaurant is suitable for both intimate dinners and for large group dining, & the active bar allows for a vibrant social dining scene. The Wilson is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails and is available for corporate and social events. The Wilson is operated by IGC Hospitality, the team behind other notable NYC venues such as Refinery Rooftop, Parker & Quinn, Park Avenue Tavern.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Solid food, Extremely nice and efficient servers. Louder in the open, glass well-lit front section. Quieter in the comfortable back section.

c
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

It is a very noisy place with chatter and music. The food was good but too prricy

NT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We came for the oyster special on Thursday & ordered one entree from the table as everyone had a dozen oysters. The oysters were high quality and the drinks were good. I did like the entree we ordered, but in one star off for the short menu. I just think a few more dishes could be added.

BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a large group of adults celebrating my birthday. The entire service team made me feel special and ensured we had an excellent experience. We ordered a variety of dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks. The manager even brought us complimentary dessert with a birthday candle, and a staff member was kind enough to take a group photo of us. We sat at our table for over two hours and never felt rushed or unwelcome. After dinner all of my friends said what a great choice the restaurant was. I would not hesitate to recommend The Wilson for a special occasion.

K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far my favorite place to eat in NYC! My husband and I ate here the first morning of our honeymoon in the city and ever since we have visited The National each time we have been in the city! We loved bringing our three children with us this trip and sharing the delicious food, great ambiance (all be it a little more energetic with three children dining with us!) but the attentive staff made it oh so worth it for all of us!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

I had 6 people for dinner and everything that came was terrible and I never complain about restaurants. I had the burger it was fair, the chopped salad was arugula swimming in dressing it was mush, the signature chicken was dry and the ravioli was terrible.

L
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had breakfast for 9 on Sunday. Sunday early is only buffet but it was very delicious.

SL
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was good but overpriced for what it is like the rest of this restaurant group's places. It's a good option in this neighborhood, which doesn't have much, especially near MSG. Do yourself a favor and don't order the $8 bread - it's 2 pieces and some pita. Ridiculous they even charge for bread.

HI
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BEST place for dog lovers! The service is excellent, super friendly staff and they treat your fur-friend like a guest. We love this place for any get together.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and amazing staff. Glen and the team made us feel so welcome and they accommodated all our requests with a smile. The cocktails were perfect, just a top experience. We will be back and recommend to friends.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, service & ambience. The staff really make you feel like a valued customer and the lunch menu is awesome. Will be back!

MP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

We sat downstairs, and it's very lovely. Our table wobbled though, and no one was able to fix it so we had to contend with that. The food was great, but the service was slow and inattentive. However, the manager was very nice and was quick to process our credit card once we received the check.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only regret is that I didn't know about this place sooner! The service was great, everyone nice and attentive. The food was delicious and there was such a great variety. The almond ricotta ravioli dish...wow! I'm not even vegan and it blew my mind. Also, you have to try the espresso flan with doughnuts. The drinks were also great, bartender even made us off menu cocktails that were amazing. Definitely returning.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The food and atmosphere are really good, but the attentiveness of the service is lacking. The appetizers were brought out just before the entrees arrived.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had brunch there. The food is awesome. And the deco is delicate.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Very busy on a Wednesday evening. It took 10 minutes for a server to approach our table (and only after we asked), and he was a very odd guy. Started with the tuna tartare, we both had the falafel waffles and ended sharing their cookie skillet. The food was all very good. The service wasn’t great, and it seemed like there was one waiter for half the restaurant. We consistently had to ask for water refills. The manager kept checking on us and it felt awkward. The whole vibe was uncomfortable. But- loved the food! Maybe order for delivery?

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Almond ravioli is not good! Needs to be taken off menu

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Wilson was a great date night for my husband and I. We shared a bottle of wine and all of the food together. The tuna crudo was light and refreshing and just what I wanted after a warm day of wandering through Chelsea. The octopus was prepared wonderfully and the brussel sprout tacos were definitely a treat! The scallops are definitely a must try- very tasty! We also had the special that evening, which was a pan seared branzino. It was my first time having branzino and the bar has been set really high.

Sal was our server and took very good care of us. He gave wonderful recommendations.

x
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

After we finished dinner, we waited almost an hour before somebody checked on our table again. We were hoping to have a quick business dinner and it turned into a nearly three and a half hour meal. We asked for the check four times before somebody finally brought it.

KH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We really enjoyed the setting at the restaurant. The food was a nice quality but found the sauces a bit bland. Scallops were cooked beautifully.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Food is incredibly mediocre. Disappointing because spot is so cool with outdoor patio.

CL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and experience! I particularly enjoyed the vegetarian options

PJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Wilson is a well-located gem close to FIT and Penn Station, with a great outdoor area well protected from the elements. The food is delicious and the service very attentive and informed. My only complaint is that the wine list is limited and liquor prices are high

PA
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The Brussels sprout tacos were excellent! Good food....not outstanding. The service was good.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great birthday service!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Food was mediocre. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing to rant about. Service was bad. Slow, not attentive, shared conflicting info about the menu. I’m giving it two stars for the decor and the $7 brunch cocktails.

b
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met a friend for an early dinner. We were seated outside as we requested...it was a good table. Drinks were great. We both ordered a rose mix with some vodka in it...very light and smooth. We started with grilled octopus...cooked nicely. I had an arugula salad with salmon. Salmon was done to perfection. Our waiter was very attentive, and kept checking in on us.
It was a little noisy but it also was happy hour. Other than the noise level, I would return, esp for that drink!

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Nice place with a great outdoor terrace. Food was excellent but the staff not so much.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A/C wasnt working very well but management and staff all very nice. Food slow coming out of kitchen but I think there was a back up. Bartender seemed a little stressed and a was a little abrupt. I put it down to the heat! and will give this place another chance..

MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Women’s World Cup Final

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

It's a great place for brunch and with a group of friends. we really enjoyed it. There was a great vibe. Awesome music.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Came for my Labrador's 13th birthday and had a perfect experience. Really good food + excellent service = highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Those was not an enjoyable experience. Our waiter was incompetent and not accommodating. Firstly I ordered a Sazerac and he mentioned that they do not serve those. I explained to him that this is a classic cocktail and he still did not seem to understand my order. This signaled for me and my friend to order appetizers and entrées at the same time.

Our server took our order however over the next thirty minutes he returned to our table to be reminded of everything we ordered. This delayed our meal at least by twenty minutes because all parts of our meal were placed in segments. For instance he returned to remember our appetizers eight minutes after the initial order, turn fifteen minutes later asked how I’d like my steak prepared for my lobster and steak. Afterwards he came and offered to refill my drink.

A team member of his did try to assist which was appreciated. This doesn’t negate the fact that this service wasn’t befitting to the reviews or the demeanor of this place. As a customer, I felt discriminated. This was an evening dinner on Sunday. The restaurant was not busy, yet, my service was given no attention while other families and small couples were serviced. That and the « we don’t serve Sazeracs comment » is what compelled me to leave this review.

BT
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the outside patio location on a lovely spring evening. Greeted by very enthusiastic waiter who was professional and made a great first impression. The food was outstanding. Great seafood preparation and my pad Thai noodle dish was extremely creative and delicious. Cocktails were also extremely creative and a cut above the norm, as was the excellent wine list. Desserts were also imaginative and well done.

Overall, this was a wonderful dining experience. I usually shy away from loud music-dominated venues, but the noise level, though high, was tasteful. I can't wait to visit again on my next trip to the City. My compliments to the chef and wait staff. This was great dining experience.

LT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best overall restaurant experiences I’ve had in my life. The customer service and energy of the workers is unmatched and I do not say this lightly. Never in my life have I received a happy birthday card signed by employees at a restaurant in my life...not until dining at The Wilson, that is. Not only did we receive a birthday card but we also received two complimentary glasses of champagne and a dessert with candles! Not to mention the friendly and engaging conversation. They go above and beyond...not just with the customer service either. The food and cocktails were absolutely amazing. I can not recommend dining at The Wilson highly enough. Also, the elevators and decor are something special. Do yourself a favor and grab dinner there!

LP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

They were amazing. We came for my best friends birthday dinner and they were so attentive and extremely generous! We ordered a bottle of champagne and they sent over an extra one on the house! We sat in their outdoor space and loved it.

DS
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Sunday brunch. Was near our NOMAD hotel. Ribeye steak and eggs, premium breakfast burger and breakfast pot pie all very good items. Wife had a cornbread dish which was OK.

P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great outdoor setting and good service. Grilled octopus was delicious but mahimahi special was overcooked.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such great service, had my birthday there. It was perfect.

MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Sat for 16 minutes before receiving a drink. Service was super slow/off but food and everything else was amazing!!!