Rare Bar & Grill

Burger Joint, Lounge, and Hotel Bar$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • Chrissy D.
    "The Rare in the Affinia Shelburne has the best roof top bar!"(9 Tips)
    Bill H.
    "Get the Fashionista cocktail."(6 Tips)
    Marc P.
    "Breathtaking views, relaxed environment, and decent drink prices."(28 Tips)
    Ky H.
    "Parmesan truffle fries are a must"(3 Tips)
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  • rooftop
  • burgers
  • scenic views
  • fashionista
  • cocktails
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  • Psychedelic Mess
    Psychedelic MessMay 15, 2015
    absolutely love that it has a great rooftop, kinda hidden gem of the city and I love the food while pricey it makes for a great date night. Plus great rock classics play here in the background!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Favorites include the T-bone burger, a blend of strip and sirloin steak flambéed with tequila and topped with truffle aioli. Or try the ribeye sandwich. But whatever you order, prepare to spend a lot. Read more
  • Kiran K.
    Kiran KelkarSeptember 30, 2013
    The burgers are obviously the main attraction at this restaurant, and by far one of the best I've ever had. I highly recommend the Jameson Burger, with the shoot of Jameson. Killer combination!
  • SociableNY
    SociableNYJuly 11, 2013
    You're not going to find a better place to party outdoors in Chelsea. Anytime for anything, go to Rare for an awesome view, great burgers and some of the best spicy guacamole in the city. Read more
  • Luke B.
    Luke BohannaSeptember 1, 2013
    Fantastic food! Went for the Ribs with Sweet potato fries! Absolutely mouthwatering. Rooftop bar is great, check it out. Customer service was top notch.
  • Anke R.
    Anke RemueJuly 31, 2015
    I had the special with Foie gras and Brussels sprouts and it was the best burger I ever ate. If I ever come to NY with friends, this is definitely the place I would take them for dinner.
  • Luis A.
    Luis ArguetaJune 21, 2012
    Amazing food at the restaurant and very trendy! You have to try the T-Bone Hamburguer, its delicious! The rooftop is simply awesome, amazing drinks, great music and beautiful views of the city!
  • Diane S.
    Diane SzwajaJune 9, 2013
    I have the Mexican burger which was really delicious. And I shared the truffle fries and the onions rings which were to die for and the dipping sauces were very complimenting. Would go back 😀.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their burgers. They're pricey, but they are absolutely delicious. They use top quality meat, have delicious fries and dipping sauces, and are generally a fine establishment.
  • MichaelAnthony C.
    Food was very good, Nachos were awesome and the burger was great! Also be sure to go to the rooftop bar, sick views!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 8, 2010
    Hit the rooftop, and try a fried pickle with your bourbon-glazed burger. Toppings are endless--but we recommend caramelized crush walnuts and bleu cheese. And don't forget the truffle-butter steaks.
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin BergmannMay 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The waitstaff is beyond nice at the bar. Rachel is my favorite. (Her parents raised her right!) Also, try the Rare Fashion. Epic beverage choice.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezMay 10, 2015
    Lobster burger all day. Great fries and dipping sauces. They make milkshakes but sshh it's a secret
  • Lucretia P.
    Lucretia ParkerSeptember 2, 2012
    Artiseanal burger is the bomb! A lot going on (burger, sausage added on top) but it all works together. Onion rings were a different surprise as well.
  • Dolce Cuore E.
    The Rooftop here is ridiculous! Def a Must See! Year Round. Boasts some of the Best Views in the city! Stay away from the Strawberry Margarita, DEF get the M&M Burger!
  • Carl R.
    Carl RiccoApril 22, 2012
    The Louis Lunch burger, tipping its hat to the original, is delicious. The cheese steak fries are awesome. Fantastic Burger. Great service for lunch .
  • Jen14221
    Jen14221July 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The "Paris Swing" martini is a blend of vodka, grapefruit, jalapeño and cilantro. At $14 it's on the spendy side but it's worth it.
  • James S.
    James ShayNovember 4, 2013
    Wow what great service we got from Sarah at the upstairs bar. So friendly and accommodating. Rare is lucky to have her on their staff!!
  • Richard W.
    Richard WeltyAugust 8, 2014
    Beer list is short but has some excellent entries. Steak was an excellent cut, well prepared. Price was very good considering Manhatten.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GosierJune 6, 2011
    Rare tbone burger! It's like going to a farm, finding a cow, wrapping it in bacon & cheese, dousing it with tequila, setting it on fire, and ripping flesh from bone. With a side of onion rings.
  • scott "sfliny" f.
    scott "sfliny" falconeJanuary 25, 2014
    Turkey burger was homemade and delicious. A bit pricy but worth it. Restaurant has nice decor and rest room clean.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MavesJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    For dessert: Deep fried Oreos, with a side of vanilla & strawberry ice cream. Trust me, you'll have room for it.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SouzaJanuary 31
    Good, casual or not, it is a pleasure go there
  • Monica H.
    Monica HirstJune 10, 2013
    Burgers were AMAZING. Try the Jameson black barrel burger, soooo good. Decor was very nice too.
  • Effie P.
    Effie PaulinoJuly 30, 2013
    M&M burger with bacon, crispy shallots and cheddar it's where it's at!
  • Fran de Paula
    Fran de PaulaNovember 4, 2013
    Sarah at the upstairs bar rocks! She is knowledgeable, friendly and down to earth. Say "hi" to Sarah if you stop in.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AkbrudAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great and the prices are reasonable but keep in mind that this is NOT a sports. Don't expect to catch the game here.
  • Gabrielle L.
    Gabrielle LashleyOctober 9, 2011
    Delicious Steaks- Definitely go up to the Roof Top, the view is incredible, and a great place for brunch!
  • Carol B.
    Carol B.July 18, 2011
    The mini burger trio is a great option for who doesn't want to eat too much. It comes with a salad and is very tasty!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CrockwellAugust 15, 2016
    It has an amazing low key rooftop, burgers are delicious, and service is awesome.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FarrellDecember 21, 2013
    Rooftop bar has great views, music and staff. A great way to meet friends at the end of a day in NYC.
  • Jen P.
    Jen PalmerMarch 13, 2013
    Great rooftop bar. Had a nice chicken Caesar salad that was tasty.. Oh and the nachos were amazing too!
  • Felina
    FelinaOctober 16, 2011
    The ribeye beef nachos are tasty and big enough for 4 people. (Pic is half after 3 people dug in)
  • Rachele R.
    Rachele RommesFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in and try our Lin-tini! A refreshing cucumber martini for the bargain price of $5. Great views and amazing drinks while you watch the knick
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WatthéJuly 30, 2015
    The burgers are very tasty but small and expensive... Try the fries basket !!!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiPalmaApril 27, 2014
    Check out the roof deck and ask for Bizzle!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DurneyAugust 21, 2013
    Fantastic view from the Roof... Food is not served from Memorial Day to Labor Day, yes, that is bogus.
  • Pia
    PiaJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food at RARE is okay, but the rooftop is awesome for drinks. Great music and awesome view.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McAuleyJune 11, 2013
    The bucket of random local beers is pretty cool an not on the menu!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsJune 24, 2012
    Breathtaking views, relaxed environment, and decent drink prices. Will return!!
  • Lou C.
    Lou CarulliMay 1, 2015
    We all ordered the cowboy steak and it was good but nothing stand out that would drive me back as a much has place.
  • Abena
    AbenaJune 8, 2013
    If you're getting fries, go with cottage. the "handcut" ones are like shoestring fries.
  • Emmanuel P.
    The Grilled Salmon salad is to DIE FOR! I order it every time I'm there...
  • Drew S.
    Drew S.May 3, 2013
    Unfortunately, a private party was going on while we were there. Needless to say, staff members were VERY rude towards outsiders. A great view is all they have going for them..
  • Angel J.
    Angel JimenezNovember 15, 2012
    Amazing burgers. Bar on the rooftop is worth a visit.
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BralySeptember 5, 2011
    Order the Fashionista drink at the rooftop bar. It is TO DIE FOR.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HarpinJanuary 17, 2011
    Can't go wrong with any of the burgers but the special with fried jalepenos was divine
  • Jon G.
    Jon GosierJune 6, 2011
    Deep Fried Oreos with Vanilla Ice cream. Every time I swallow, I experience separation anxiety from the goodness no longer in my mouth.
  • Camille R.
    Camille R.December 16, 2012
    Do NOT order the steak and eggs from the brunch menu. Describing the steak as bland would be a compliment. Evidently there is a prohibition on flavor & ignorance of the meaning of 'medium'.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerApril 18, 2013
    The nachos are as epic as the 360 degree view of Manhattan.
  • Priscilla S.
    Priscilla SohanNovember 15, 2013
    Great view of the city with yummy cocktails to boot!
  • Ramy E.
    Ramy EletrebyAugust 19, 2014
    Great rooftop with a panoramic view of midtown.
  • John G.
    John GrahamMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The big sampler basket of fries is mondo and delicious
  • Liz K.
    Liz KelloggMay 10, 2013
    Definitely spend the extra few bucks for the organic burger. It's got great beefy taste.
  • Surag M.
    Surag MungekarMay 23, 2012
    Service is a bit slow, but worth the wait. Great burgers. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NYCnonprofitMarch 21, 2012
    To go to rooftop, u need the called in elevator and going down also has to be called up. Only 1 elevator is for rooftop guests
  • shana
    shanaApril 11, 2011
    Rooftop! And try the Rare Fashion cocktail. Refreshing cucumber drink.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YooSeptember 20, 2015
    Must leave room for #friedoreos!!
  • Phil M.
    Phil MavesJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a side of beets & Brussels sprouts. Really.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 22, 2012
    Chelsea rooftop with city views of the Chrysler Building & Empire State Building..
  • Drew S.
    Drew SApril 25, 2015
    Decent rooftop space with views of city offers a nice atmosphere in the afternoon. Nothing special if roof is closed.
  • Tina A.
    Tina AlexanderJuly 18, 2012
    The Cobb Salad was unbelievably good. Highly recommended!
  • Will V.
    Will VanderhoefSeptember 2, 2011
    So the drink specials are fruity and overpriced. The beers are Stella, Blue Moon and all the usual generic blah. Fun for a friend's party but the bartenders won't do you any favors.
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas RigaudAugust 24, 2014
    The burger is worth trying
  • Russell S.
    Russell SinclairApril 12, 2014
    Amazing south and north Manhattan views.
  • Emre A.
    Emre AktunaSeptember 13, 2016
    T bone Burger. And you also have to see rooptop bar
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MarksDecember 15, 2011
    Sweet potato fries with honey maple dipping sauce!
  • Grace L.
    Grace LNovember 20, 2010
    Try the M&M Burger and Basket of Fries to share, but beware of their napkins... it leaves behind a lot of lint on your clothes
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GrosbergDecember 9, 2012
    The rooftop is nice but has a very limited menu upstairs. Ate in the main area and service was extremely slow despite being nearly empty. Food OK. Definitely not coming back.
  • Alexandra &.
    Make sure to check the roof top... Great view and tasty cocktails
  • Rachele R.
    Rachele RommesFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in to Rare View for our Lin-tini. A refreshing cucumber martini for only $5!
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerAugust 22, 2016
    Beware of elevator issues here. Seems like problems every time I come here.
  • Scott N.
    Scott NoonJanuary 4, 2013
    The best burger I ever had anywhere in the world.
  • Duy H.
    Duy HuynhMarch 25, 2012
    Tip on Rare Rybeye Burger: "#1 burger here at Rare.". Read more
  • ray m.
    ray millenMay 15, 2013
    Get the pork...its the best in town
  • Steve B.
    Steve BarrettOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The roof bar doesn't do food unless you order it beforehand. Epic fail when you need a stomach-filler after a few cocktails...
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethJuly 3, 2013
    Views are cool & service is the best!!
  • Larry B.
    Larry BodineMay 7, 2013
    Get the M&M burger done medium. Yum.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MavesJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a chance and get the Artisanal Cheeseburger!
  • The Blaq Group
    The Blaq GroupSeptember 1, 2011
    Amazing for Any size event! Looking to book an Event then give us a Call: 212-685-4354
  • Michael J.
    Michael JaccarinoDecember 24, 2013
    The burgers are great, but the wings are amazing!
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BrodyMarch 29, 2013
    Get the Shredded Brisket Quesadilla
  • Tiffany D.
    Tiffany DJSTNovember 28, 2010
    check out the rooftop bar. Best view by far.
  • Reena B.
    Reena BallardJune 19, 2013
    Add bacon to the vegetarian meltsation. Yummmm!
  • Joonbug.com
    Joonbug.comSeptember 15, 2011
    Beautiful views of Manhattan every Thursday night. For table reservations, contact: Reservations@Joonbug.com Read more
  • Christa F.
    Christa FletcherApril 30, 2010
    A group of coworkers and I ate here for lunch. The food was decent, but the decor was more impressive. Our waiter talked way too much and the service was slow. If you go, order the basket of fries.
  • John N.
    John NguyenAugust 22, 2013
    Vodka Thyme cocktail is the perfect refreshing summer drink.
  • Ryann S.
    Ryann S.March 4, 2012
    Be careful. They try to charge you twice for drinks you've already paid for at the bar. Once they seat you, they try to charge you again for drinks you've already paid for at the bar.
  • Robbie C.
    Robbie CluttonMay 13, 2012
    $25 for a bucket of (canned) Corona, great views but ridiculously loud music on a Saturday night.
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph CatalanoFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the new menu items! Ribs are great
  • Chrissy D.
    Chrissy DSeptember 23, 2010
    The Rare in the Affinia Shelburne has the best roof top bar!
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph CatalanoNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the cheese fries
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MartelliSeptember 27, 2013
    Hibiscus Margarita was delicious!
  • Jack
    JackSeptember 17, 2016
    Don't miss the cheesecake!
  • Bianca M.
    Bianca McLarenJune 12, 2015
    Best burgers, and they were playing the Clippers game during playoffs! #score
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HealNovember 20, 2011
    The filet mignon burger is amazing!!!
  • Ky H.
    Ky HuynhAugust 3, 2013
    Parmesan truffle fries are a must
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicMarch 26, 2014
    Very douchey, not to mention overpriced for a rooftop on the 22nd floor.
  • Pia
    PiaJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Say hi to the Bangladeshi bartender, Monju. He's awesome.
  • Maksim A.
    Maksim AlipovFebruary 24, 2015
    ~12$ lunch burger minimum. Should be good
  • Anna D.
    Anna De VellisOctober 15, 2016
    Suuuperr essen lecker und dann die Bar oben einfach Big Apple! Amazing ;)
  • Manute
    ManuteDecember 9, 2012
    Realmente cojonudas las hamburguesas!! La T-Bone especialmente rica. Carnaca tierna y sabrosa. TOP.
  • Leticia
    LeticiaOctober 11, 2014
    Здесь все очень вкусно, особенно после прогулки по Манхэттену :) from Russia with love.
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