The Chester

4.2
67 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC's premiere American Bistro, The Chester, serves lunch and dinner daily. In the warmer months, patrons can enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the historic landscape of the Meatpacking District and its cobblestone pathway. The rustic dining room with exposed brick walls, and accented white marble tabletops contrasted by black leather couches create a contemporary atmosphere. With 150 seats spanning across a bi-level interior and a full bar, The Chester, provides a seamless transition into the hotel lobby's lively decor.

Parties of 2 Guests - 1 hour 15 mins max time
Parties of 4 Guests - 2 hours 15 mins max time
Parties of 6 or more - 2 hours 45 mins max time

Special Events depends on contract time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Diner temperature check required
What 67 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very loud, pretty bad table. The restaurant claimed that we did a no show, which wasn’t true. Especially the host/ hostesse were pretty impolite.

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JesseK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience overall.

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VishalA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was extremely slow, the food was not as good and at the end of the meal we saw a mouse.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

It literally took one hour for a waiter to come over and serve us. We had to complain to the manager several times for something to be done. All we got for that was a round of shots. I will never go back there. I even had to ask for waters 30 min in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I didn’t try the food (just fries) so I can’t comment on that but I didn’t get the sense that it’s a place you go to for good food to begin with. I love the atmosphere, music, and decor and their heat lamps outside are extra warm! It is a bit expensive but great for a special occasion.

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vipJamel
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service good food

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vipCaptainCat
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Fine for drinks but the food was rather disappointing and bland. Fun place for energy levels in Covid times but don't go for the food!

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TaylorJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

the service was severely behind it took us more than a half an hour to get our drinks and and during the time we were there we had to follow up with our server quite a bit to get drinks. The food was fine-- but frankly overpriced based on the status of the gansevoort. I expected a lot more...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was SO warm!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eddie was fantastic. The pancakes And espresso martini I had for brunch was delightful . All the staff was friendly and made the experience great.

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viptatianar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are so rude here - do not go

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food nice waiters
Super waiting times

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vipkhnyc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was truly the worst experience I have every had at a restaurant. The table they sat us at was tiny and shoved in a back corner so we asked to move. It then took them 45+ minutes and us asking 4 different people for them just to bring us water and our drinks. A waiter had to retake our order because it apparently got "lost". Then after about another 30 minutes someone came over with a sliced avocado that was supposed to go on a burger with the burger & the appetizers we ordered no where to be seen. We ended up requesting they cancel the order because we were unhappy with the service. I have never walked out of a restaurant and tend to be extremely understanding, but this was truly the worst service I have ever seen at a restaurant.

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Bianca
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came to Chester for Valentine's Day Brunch and the service was horrible. We were sitting at our table for an hour and we had not received our drinks. Then our food came and my husband's side order was missing. Our drinks finally arrived after asking the waitress 3 times and after our food had arrived! My husband's side order arrived after we had finished eating our entire meal! I was extremely disappointed!

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RyanM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Definitely a nice place, but seemed a bit overpriced for the portions and menu options. Also, while understandable, we had called ahead to determine how well-heated the patio was. We were assured that we would be warm in even a t-shirt, but ourselves and those around us all kept their winter jackets and hats. It was incredibly windy and cold, so we came prepared, but that seems like an odd thing to lie about. We were close to the middle and on the restaurant edge of the patio (as opposed to the sidewalk edge), so I couldn't image it would be much warmer in any other seating location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good drinks, good ambiance. Very warm which is a big plus these days. Service not great; had to wait a while to be seated and staff not super friendly. For example reminding my table that the restaurant closes in 10min before giving me back my credit card.

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GaryS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience. And the patio seating had excellent heat lamps. Loved the food and the service. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service and ambiance were great. Food and cocktails were not.

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tasosl
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great for outdoor during winter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Was pretty cold

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food and drinks are far too expensive for the quality. Criminal to charge that much.

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MarianaO
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the current outdoor dinning scenario, it was a pleasant experience. Warm ambiance and warm service. All you need
these times. The outdoor area resembles a lounge, which makes the experience much more comfortable.

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ZoeM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great place for drinks with a friend. Food is overpriced and average. Very good ambience and heating.

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EveG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Table 312 was amazing... Under the heat lamps, and away from the street it was actually quite warm :-) Thanks for an amazing experience during these challenging times!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will never go back

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W85131
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time at the Chester. Really good food and atmosphere.
And great heaters to keep warm in these coming months!
We'll be back.

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Jerome
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chester might have the best setup for outdoor dining in the city. Was freezing outside but you wouldn’t even know it. If you’re looking for a warm spot to have dinner outside, would definitely recommend.

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KOMV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place and hospitality! They are hygienic and have a great heated outdoors !
This is my second time during the pandemic and the experience has been same !

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Nancy was awesome.

KT
KTat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Comfy booths, nice location, good food and drinks, not super upscale, but not casual — I would lose the television sets outside though 🍺 🥘

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Jaclyn
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio set up is so beautiful & incredibly warm to even sit outside during winter. Didn’t even need to wear a jacket. Overall service was amazing, highly recommend!

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vipPass
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The patio is so toasty! Best outdoor dining option

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was extremely slow and it was not packed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food doesn’t match the quality of the cocktails. Food was uninventive, the menu didn’t fit together, and the items we received did not match the description on the menu. Food was also not great quality and when you’re drinking a $20 drink, you want good food to match it.

Had a really fun ambiance with good music playing. However service took a really long time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation and the host seated us right away. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was perfect.

MJ
MJSS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Great ambience and awesome heat lamps for outdoor dining in the cold! The food was not good and was quite pricey, so definitely go for the ambience, not the food

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vipdinnerout
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I almost can't think of anything good to say about this restaurant. the atmosphere felt like a frat party - loud, overcrowded. it took multiple requests to get a drink. the food was actually ok but when we wanted to leave I had to ask 3 times for a check and finally had to go inside and insist on paying so I could leave. another diner was standing next to me trying to get his check (that he had requested several times) as well. the service here is nonexistent.

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Elana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was very poor for the amount of money we had spent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The chicken sandwich was lame. Do not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Especially the Mac and cheese. Yum.

The Chester
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind review! So glad you enjoyed the food. We hope you visit us again soon! Regards, The Chester

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The Chester is rated 4.2 stars by 67 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 reservations at the moment.