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Live Bait

14 East 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10010-4403
+1 212-353-2400
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good47%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“gumbo” (6 reviews)
“oysters” (13 reviews)
“burger” (4 reviews)
Closes in 26 min
All hours
American, Bar, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
14 East 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10010-4403
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

having used to live in NYC used to frequent always as one of my default "goto" places but of course am a Tulane alum and quite possibly this is the unofficial tulane alum bar/restaurant (full disclosure). I find the consistency of meals quality and of...More

Thank andrew w
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were just here for a quick bite to eat. It was a late lunch but we found great oysters for $1 a piece and shared a platter of them between us. Nice vintage atmosphere and great music too. Definitely one to...More

Thank Adriana D
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Well, for a dive bar/ restaurant, the first thing we were told was that there's no whiskey, not a lot of the beers on the menu, no sparkling wines and limited cocktails. Dollar oysters were good.....the rest of the dinner was passable. I had the...More

Thank CarrieJoie
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Sometimes you just want to go to a dive bar. And in this neighborhood Live Bait fits the bill. Good oysters, pretty capably shucked, good burgers and a nice choice of draft beer reasonably priced. And a nice view of the Empire State Building from...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Spacious dive bar with good music and resonantly priced food and drinks. However the waitress was terrible, angry and abrupt. Lady with the short blonde hair, she made us all feel uncomfortable. Would avoid this place as a result.

Thank bregeenc
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went here for dinner on a whim, on our first night in NYC. We both had burgers and drinks and loved the place. Great staff, friendly atmosphere and very reasonably priced food which was absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend it, felt...More

Thank SarahNewell1982
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Authentic bayou hike in the wall with wonderful vibe. Loud but not too. Oyster roll, chicken sliders and eggplant sticks were great. Jambalaya was tasty and generous. Beer selection just right and wines available. Children friendly. Have high chairs. A good nite out.

Thank gorlinjay
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Stunning atmosphere. Great vibe. One place in New York, where you can buy a sensibly priced, but a decent quality bottle of wine. I had an oyster in a shot of vodka and salsa. Amazing and delicious. My husband ate shrimp with creamy grits. The...More

Thank akoth777
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Frequent this place whenever I'm in New York ... cozy unpretentious place with a solid Cajun seafood menu. I'm partial to the oysters and fired pickles to start ... also recommend the catfish and gumbo with a side of collard greens. The front bar area...More

Thank William Kenneth H
Reviewed 13 December 2016

I liked the food. Service was extremely slow I thought, although I was not in a hurry. Dive bar look, but I was fine with that.

Thank Doug V
Flatiron District
Offering many of city’s best restaurants and shops set
amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron
District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd
Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building,
which makes a good picture no matter what angle you
photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant
architecture as you stroll the streets- much of this
neighborhood is part of a historic district that was
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
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11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 East 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10010-4403
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighbourhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: +1 212-353-2400
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