Donohue's Cafe

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845 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (212) 650-0748
Cuisine: Irish, Bar Food
Neighborhood: East 60s


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Accepts Credit Cards


Good for Kids




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$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


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4.0 stars - Based on 14 reviews

review_stars 11/25/2018 - MenuPix User
Low-key, no b.s. setting, great red wine and a steak. What more can you ask for?

review_stars 11/02/2010 - david fiorello
Never been there but I was just watching Death Wish the movie with Charles Bronson filmed in 1974. At the beginning of the movie he and his wife take a ride into NY in a cab and there is a big billboard sign on a building near a train depot that says Donohue's Restaurant. Is this the same as Donohues Cafe?

review_stars 06/04/2010 - Isabella
Hey The Donohues is the bestest place ever my aunt is Maureen, the owner. My grandpa and grandma use to own it. I am only 13 though so i wouldn't know if its the best. Its my my favorite place to go when i am in nyc.

review_stars 05/31/2010 - anne sheffield
this is the bar everyone looking for the real thing hopes to find ... unchanged since its opening over 50 years ago, which is why Law and Order has often filmed there and why anyone who knows the difference bertween real and hyped, and
is recognized as a regular, goes there. And loves it.

review_stars 05/27/2010 - Tim Carew
Best I have found in the mid 60's for the price....or even close to it. Family owned, I think. And the food, service, drinks reflect a wonderful attention to customers' desires. Great value.

review_stars 02/27/2010 - Jeffrey C
This is a great place for a burger, scallops, blue fish, grilled cheese and bacon, lamb chops, steak, martinis, good bar wine and great service. No, I don't own the place and the owner isn't a friend. It's just a great lace to relax and have some good food.

review_stars 12/31/2009 - Nige R
Had a few beers and lunch here when we were in town Jan 2007, thought it was great, my friend works in Manhattan and drinks here regularly .

review_stars 04/19/2009 - Jughead2323
Waiters and bartenders are incredibly surly and gruff -- you might put up with it if the steak was great, but it's really nothing special. Depressing place that should have kicked the bucket long ago -- clientele mostly consists of boozy, aging drunks killing off the last of their livers, so they really don't care how the food tastess.There are plenty of better places in NYC to get steak. Place is musty and grim, with bad lighting, and t feels like it could use a good vacuuming.

review_stars 09/07/2008 - Glen Livet
Had drinks here with my dad on a visit to NY. One of the highlights of our stay. Loved the authentic old-school atmosphere.

review_stars 12/03/2007 - MenuPix User
My wife and I frequent Donohue's Cafe and Steak House often to socialize and eat. We have lunch and dinner often. I ask you, what's not to like. Good food, nice people and the beautiful owner Maureen make's it all happen. We recomment highly.
Dennis and Thelma Louise Storch. e-mail:

review_stars 09/27/2007 - Tom.... Love The Food Not The Rodents
I vissited Donohue's a few times for a drink and dinner and was pleased by the food and prices, my only slight complaint was the cold and unpleasent bartender but recently I had gone there with a female coworker for a few drinks. It was a Sunday evening and after the dinner rush. As my coworker and I were exchanging small talk, I glanced to my left and saw something moving in the back near the kitchen and restroom area. I waited for a few seconds and again I saw movements in the same area, only this time there were more then one thing moving. A few minutes later I saw at least 5 or more mice roaming the floor and tables that only minutes before were filled with loyal customers. Now the mice were in plain view to the waitress my coworker and the bartender. I realize this is NYC and mice and rats are sharing our world but I cannot explain the relaxed way the staff acted towards this. To me it was like a everynight thing and was fully excepted. When I told them I am not paying for the two drinks we had, this Frankenstein like bartender said he would call the pollice to which I responded would you like to use my cell as I left the place. I am pissed cause this must happen everynight when the place gets quiet and there loyal customers leave not knowing that they share the restaurant with germ infested mice and I don't mean a Disney character, these are for real and sickening.

review_stars 12/17/2006 - MenuPix User
Simply the best neighborhood restaurant serving comfort food and good drinks in a friendy atmosphere. The manager/owner Maureen is a new York treasure.

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