Johnny Utah's

★★★★☆
Southwestern Style Roadhouse Venue with Mechanical Bull Ideal for any Private Events and Parties
  • 25 W 51st St 3

    New York, NY 10019

    Cross street: Between 5th and 6th ave

    Map & Directions
  • 212-265-8824

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Regardless of what the reviews say, NYE 2013 will be awesome at JU's ! People complain about bar minimums but there is 5 hour open bar including with your ticket purchase! Get your ticket now before it's too late - nyetix2013,com

3
★★★★★

Regardless of what the reviews say, NYE 2013 will be awesome at JU's ! People complain about bar minimums but there is 5 hour open bar including with your ticket purchase! Get your ticket now before it's too late - nyetix2013,com

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I'm not picky when it comes to bars/restaurants but this place was AWFUL. The place has some great potential but is run horribley. The service, the atmosphere, and the attitude put together makes this place more of an infuriating hassel

3
★★★★★

I'm not picky when it comes to bars/restaurants but this place was AWFUL. The place has some great potential but is run horribley. The service, the atmosphere, and the attitude put together makes this place more of an infuriating hassel

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This is a rael tourist trap! $20 tab before they will take plastic. Bartenders are sloooow. Could not accomodate 15 people with a table or tables. Could not drink in "eating area"\r
If you're looking to drink and have a good time with some

3
★★★★★

This is a rael tourist trap! $20 tab before they will take plastic. Bartenders are sloooow. Could not accomodate 15 people with a table or tables. Could not drink in "eating area"\r
If you're looking to drink and have a good time with some

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This place is really cool and I must say riding the bull is quite the entertaining. I went here with a large group from work and we had a list at the door, setup by AccessGotham. com.

We were a group of 20 or so and we had a waitress and

3
★★★★★

This place is really cool and I must say riding the bull is quite the entertaining. I went here with a large group from work and we had a list at the door, setup by AccessGotham. com.

We were a group of 20 or so and we had a waitress and

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Johnny Utah's is one of the best places to start off a night in the city. Usually my friends and I setup up an open bar there through AccessGotham. com.

All the girls love riding the mechanical bull and it's quite entertaining watching

3
★★★★★

Johnny Utah's is one of the best places to start off a night in the city. Usually my friends and I setup up an open bar there through AccessGotham. com.

All the girls love riding the mechanical bull and it's quite entertaining watching

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Great crowd, great location!

2
★★★★★

Great crowd, great location!

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$20 cover charge on Saturday night???? For what???

Mechanical bull in Midtown - it's definitely a fun idea. Problem is the attitude of the people running it. There was a line waiting to ride, but the staff only took ladies in short skirts, and black people. I get that we all want look at the ladies, but -- some fairness please? This is not an exclusive club.

I want two hours of my life and my $20 back!

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★☆☆☆☆

$20 cover charge on Saturday night???? For what???

Mechanical bull in Midtown - it's definitely a fun idea. Problem is the attitude of the people running it. There was a line waiting to ride, but the staff only took ladies in short skirts, and black people. I get that we all want look at the ladies, but -- some fairness please? This is not an exclusive club.

I want two hours of my life and my $20 back!

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Pretty good for after work drinks. A little too crowded at times, but at least if you go, you'll probably have a good time.

2
★★★★☆

Pretty good for after work drinks. A little too crowded at times, but at least if you go, you'll probably have a good time.

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Juniors Desserts + Bull Riding + Happy Hour Prices + Sliders + Girls + Fajitas + Music = BEST PLACE EVER. I love Johnny Utah's and it's my new favorite place.

2
★★★★★

Juniors Desserts + Bull Riding + Happy Hour Prices + Sliders + Girls + Fajitas + Music = BEST PLACE EVER. I love Johnny Utah's and it's my new favorite place.

Pros: Food/Drinks/Bull

Cons: Hangover next day

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I actually only went here because my friend and I saw a dressed up person in a bull outfit and saw the signing that said, "Nightly bull riding" and we had to go!

You didn't need money or anything to get in and ride the bull. Money was only for drinks and food.

If you don't want food and/or drinks, it's free. So I'm always for that! It was 8pm and PACKED. You could hardly walk in there. But I will be going there for my next b-day and every other time I'm in NYC. I rode the bull and enjoyed it. It was awesome! Great experience and fulfilled something on my bucket list. "Riding a mechanial bull". :-)

2
★★★★★

I actually only went here because my friend and I saw a dressed up person in a bull outfit and saw the signing that said, "Nightly bull riding" and we had to go!

You didn't need money or anything to get in and ride the bull. Money was only for drinks and food.

If you don't want food and/or drinks, it's free. So I'm always for that! It was 8pm and PACKED. You could hardly walk in there. But I will be going there for my next b-day and every other time I'm in NYC. I rode the bull and enjoyed it. It was awesome! Great experience and fulfilled something on my bucket list. "Riding a mechanial bull". :-)

Pros: The Bull

Cons: Packed

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I celebrated my birthday at Johnny Utah's last week. I haven't had this much fun in NYC in the last 2 years. I had dinner in the restaurant with a group of 15 close friends and then we stayed for the party scene after 11 PM. We sat in a private dining room which was very cool, since I wanted to spend quality time with my close friends. After 11, the place turned into a very fun party scene. I jumped on the bull and so did my entire group. The bull operator made us feel very comfortable and adjusted the levels depending on how good we all were. The entire place was cheering our name, which was very exciting. I've been doing the whole "club scene" the past 5 yeras. I wanted something different and non-pretentious. This was exactly that and I recommend it to any person wanting to actually have FUN on their birthday.

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★★★★★

I celebrated my birthday at Johnny Utah's last week. I haven't had this much fun in NYC in the last 2 years. I had dinner in the restaurant with a group of 15 close friends and then we stayed for the party scene after 11 PM. We sat in a private dining room which was very cool, since I wanted to spend quality time with my close friends. After 11, the place turned into a very fun party scene. I jumped on the bull and so did my entire group. The bull operator made us feel very comfortable and adjusted the levels depending on how good we all were. The entire place was cheering our name, which was very exciting. I've been doing the whole "club scene" the past 5 yeras. I wanted something different and non-pretentious. This was exactly that and I recommend it to any person wanting to actually have FUN on their birthday.

Pros: Easy entry, solid food, great atmosphere, quality service

Cons: Can't list any...I had a blast

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i waited over 40 minutes to get a drink at the bar only to be ignored FIVE times by both bartenders. they saw me wave at them five times as they went up and down the bar! one of the bartenders told me "i cant serve you" and then went on to the WHITE person standing next to me. my other asian friend was standing at the opposite end of the bar and she was having the same problem too!! so luckily we came with a white friend who went up to the bar, stood where I was standing, and she ordered our drinks in 10 minutes!!!! WHAT THE HELL. DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR.. THEY ARE RACISTS HERE."

honestly, the time it took the bartender to say that she could have been pouring my drink..

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★☆☆☆☆

i waited over 40 minutes to get a drink at the bar only to be ignored FIVE times by both bartenders. they saw me wave at them five times as they went up and down the bar! one of the bartenders told me "i cant serve you" and then went on to the WHITE person standing next to me. my other asian friend was standing at the opposite end of the bar and she was having the same problem too!! so luckily we came with a white friend who went up to the bar, stood where I was standing, and she ordered our drinks in 10 minutes!!!! WHAT THE HELL. DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR.. THEY ARE RACISTS HERE."

honestly, the time it took the bartender to say that she could have been pouring my drink..

Pros: none

Cons: racist bartenders

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So I completely disagree with pee up there! I went into Johnny Utah's the other night for dinner and had a great time! The cute guy in the cowboy hat made sure that we were totally happy and our server was fantastic. I also find it ironic that pee is calling them racist, when a manager who happens to be ASIAN came over to see if we were happy with our meal. So from one asian to another, you should think before you speak.

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★★★★☆

So I completely disagree with pee up there! I went into Johnny Utah's the other night for dinner and had a great time! The cute guy in the cowboy hat made sure that we were totally happy and our server was fantastic. I also find it ironic that pee is calling them racist, when a manager who happens to be ASIAN came over to see if we were happy with our meal. So from one asian to another, you should think before you speak.

Pros: Great atmosphere!

Cons: None

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I went here with a bunch of my friends last weekend, the scene was unreal. Had no idea such an attractive and fun crowd would be here. Went back this week and it was just as good. Will definitely go back again - astoundingly hot crowd!

2
★★★★★

I went here with a bunch of my friends last weekend, the scene was unreal. Had no idea such an attractive and fun crowd would be here. Went back this week and it was just as good. Will definitely go back again - astoundingly hot crowd!

Pros: attractive crowd

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Went here with some friends for happy hour. Had a great atmosphere and didnt feel like a dirty bar. The crowd is fun, the staff is great and the food is even better. Plan on making this a weekly occassion.

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★★★★★

Went here with some friends for happy hour. Had a great atmosphere and didnt feel like a dirty bar. The crowd is fun, the staff is great and the food is even better. Plan on making this a weekly occassion.

Pros: mechanical buffalo!

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I recently threw my birthday party here and I had one of my best birthday parties ever. It was casual but classy, had a nice crowd and the dj played an interesting but good mix of old-school and contemporary music. I made reservation for a party of about 30-40 or so through birthdaypartybooker, which got me a pretty big room in the back, and the managers treated me and my guests very well. I highly recommend this spot.

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★★★★★

I recently threw my birthday party here and I had one of my best birthday parties ever. It was casual but classy, had a nice crowd and the dj played an interesting but good mix of old-school and contemporary music. I made reservation for a party of about 30-40 or so through birthdaypartybooker, which got me a pretty big room in the back, and the managers treated me and my guests very well. I highly recommend this spot.

Pros: Mechanical-bull; good drinks; friendly accomodating staff

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ah.. the ribs are amazing.
best ones i had so far.
they just fall of the bone
didnt try anything else.. since the ribs are top of the line.
they also have a mechanical torry (since i cant sayy *ull).. must be fun

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★★★★★

ah.. the ribs are amazing.
best ones i had so far.
they just fall of the bone
didnt try anything else.. since the ribs are top of the line.
they also have a mechanical torry (since i cant sayy *ull).. must be fun

Pros: unbelievable ribs

Cons: none

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Love this place. Clean, classy, authentic and fun. Its a bar but without the stink and rough/sleezy looking crowd. The staff here rocks. The food is better than expected for bar food. The steak is incredible and so is the garlic bread. I had an issue with one of the dishes our table ordered and it was no problem to send it back to the kitchen for another try. Love the respect for the customer and they have made a loyal customer out of me. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

I recommend riding the mechanical male cow (This website wouldn't let me write the b word as it is inappropriate)

Mr. Nice Guy

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★★★★★

Love this place. Clean, classy, authentic and fun. Its a bar but without the stink and rough/sleezy looking crowd. The staff here rocks. The food is better than expected for bar food. The steak is incredible and so is the garlic bread. I had an issue with one of the dishes our table ordered and it was no problem to send it back to the kitchen for another try. Love the respect for the customer and they have made a loyal customer out of me. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

I recommend riding the mechanical male cow (This website wouldn't let me write the b word as it is inappropriate)

Mr. Nice Guy

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Came with a group here for a good friend's tridecadal and enjoyed every second of it. Johnny Utah?s was the highlight of the night.

I went with a shared plate the smoked shrimp (amazing),the mexican meatballs (superb), BBQ Chicken (amazing) and the roca margarita (amazing). Great ambiance,perfect service.

4.5 stars rounded up for the entire experience

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★★★★☆

Came with a group here for a good friend's tridecadal and enjoyed every second of it. Johnny Utah?s was the highlight of the night.

I went with a shared plate the smoked shrimp (amazing),the mexican meatballs (superb), BBQ Chicken (amazing) and the roca margarita (amazing). Great ambiance,perfect service.

4.5 stars rounded up for the entire experience

Pros: Food,romantic

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I work two blocks from this bar, it is a chill place on the weekdays, never eaten here so can't comment on food. Only thing I don't like is how crowded it gets, need to control the crowd coming in. Go here on a Monday night if you want t good crowd.

2
★★★★☆

I work two blocks from this bar, it is a chill place on the weekdays, never eaten here so can't comment on food. Only thing I don't like is how crowded it gets, need to control the crowd coming in. Go here on a Monday night if you want t good crowd.

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Walking into this restuarant and feeling like a good time is going to happen is exactly what I felt when I stepped into this place. Wings, brisket, quesadillas and the such is just a taste of what the menu offers. A few drinks from the bar and you will surely be brave enough to ride the mechanical bulll that is staged in the middle of a restuarant that used to be a bank. Yes, a bank, with a vault. Atmosphere is something that this place has. Don't believe me? Experience it for yourself and you won't be dissapointed. I was there not too long ago and will be coming back soon. Thank you Johnny Utah's for a great time. P.S. an inapprropriate word on this site is bulll notice the extra L.

2
★★★★★

Walking into this restuarant and feeling like a good time is going to happen is exactly what I felt when I stepped into this place. Wings, brisket, quesadillas and the such is just a taste of what the menu offers. A few drinks from the bar and you will surely be brave enough to ride the mechanical bulll that is staged in the middle of a restuarant that used to be a bank. Yes, a bank, with a vault. Atmosphere is something that this place has. Don't believe me? Experience it for yourself and you won't be dissapointed. I was there not too long ago and will be coming back soon. Thank you Johnny Utah's for a great time. P.S. an inapprropriate word on this site is bulll notice the extra L.

Pros: Everything is excellent.

Cons: The only thing that I have a problem with is there is no place like this where I live.

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This place topped all my expectations. A group of my friends went this past winter after going to see the NY Christmas Tree, which is right across the street. They were able to seat us quickly and the food was very very good. It was also very reasonably priced and averaged about $15/meal. The best part of this place is the decor. The tables are situated around a big mechanical bull circle. It has a very country feeling and a fun atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it!

5
★★★★★

This place topped all my expectations. A group of my friends went this past winter after going to see the NY Christmas Tree, which is right across the street. They were able to seat us quickly and the food was very very good. It was also very reasonably priced and averaged about $15/meal. The best part of this place is the decor. The tables are situated around a big mechanical bull circle. It has a very country feeling and a fun atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it!

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Well heres the place with the only mechanical bll in all of NYC. Lets keep it that way. I came here for a late dinner after work and noticed a business type crowd which turned into a packed crowd of hot young people!! During all times people were riding the bll, even the suits, it was a Monday night, and so busy and fun for a Monday! Really casual, u can wear anything, and the girls were SOOO HOT!!! :-D

I'm going to go here a lot and bring my friends to check out the craziness. Drinks were cheap here too and its a nice bar to pick up some appetizers.

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★★★★★

Well heres the place with the only mechanical bll in all of NYC. Lets keep it that way. I came here for a late dinner after work and noticed a business type crowd which turned into a packed crowd of hot young people!! During all times people were riding the bll, even the suits, it was a Monday night, and so busy and fun for a Monday! Really casual, u can wear anything, and the girls were SOOO HOT!!! :-D

I'm going to go here a lot and bring my friends to check out the craziness. Drinks were cheap here too and its a nice bar to pick up some appetizers.

Pros: FUN, HOT GIRLS, cheap drinks

Cons: could use an extra tv or in a better spot

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Johnny Utah's is a really cool place. The food was delicious and the staff was so attentive and amazing. It's so fun to watch people ride the mechancical bulll, especially since I was too much of a coward to actually get on the thing! Everything was so delicious and the atmosphere was so fun. Would definitely be going back and bringing friends!

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★★★★★

Johnny Utah's is a really cool place. The food was delicious and the staff was so attentive and amazing. It's so fun to watch people ride the mechancical bulll, especially since I was too much of a coward to actually get on the thing! Everything was so delicious and the atmosphere was so fun. Would definitely be going back and bringing friends!

Pros: atmosphere, staff, food

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Ok, so I decided to go out to Johnny Utah's with a bunch of friends and I definitely don?t regret it! The food was amazing and the service was top notch. However the highlight of my evening is when happened to glance over to the manger operating the mechanical b*ll and I just couldn't keep my eyes off of him! He was GORGEOUS!! Let's put it this way the b*ll wasn't the only thing I wanted to ride that night. They should have him on the desert menu! DELICIOUS!!! I will definitely be back again, and again, and again!!!!

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★★★★★

Ok, so I decided to go out to Johnny Utah's with a bunch of friends and I definitely don?t regret it! The food was amazing and the service was top notch. However the highlight of my evening is when happened to glance over to the manger operating the mechanical b*ll and I just couldn't keep my eyes off of him! He was GORGEOUS!! Let's put it this way the b*ll wasn't the only thing I wanted to ride that night. They should have him on the desert menu! DELICIOUS!!! I will definitely be back again, and again, and again!!!!

Pros: Hottest Manager ever

Cons: Don't ask for more ketchup

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I love BBQ, and this ain't just your average BBQ pit! I have been to Johnny Utahs a few times now, and let me tell you that i haven't found anything that i didn't like yet! The burgers, the ribs, the brisket, the wings, the fresh guacamole, everything is top notch! There is always a good crowd there also. It's a good idea to come with friends and get them drunk, so you can put them on the mechanicalbull. The service has also always been top notch evertime i have been there. One of the managers thats there, i think his name is J.R., always remembers us when we are there and he is fantastic! I can't wait to go back again and try something new.

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★★★★★

I love BBQ, and this ain't just your average BBQ pit! I have been to Johnny Utahs a few times now, and let me tell you that i haven't found anything that i didn't like yet! The burgers, the ribs, the brisket, the wings, the fresh guacamole, everything is top notch! There is always a good crowd there also. It's a good idea to come with friends and get them drunk, so you can put them on the mechanicalbull. The service has also always been top notch evertime i have been there. One of the managers thats there, i think his name is J.R., always remembers us when we are there and he is fantastic! I can't wait to go back again and try something new.

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This place is so cool! It is an old bank that is transformed into a western type upscale restaurant! The food is above average! The beef brisket is the best i have ever had. The staff and service was also top notch! Our food came very quick and our waitress was very attentive to our needs. All this and thay have a mechanical BBull that you can ride! Overall i had a fantastic experience at Johnny Utahs and i definitely will be back again!

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★★★★★

This place is so cool! It is an old bank that is transformed into a western type upscale restaurant! The food is above average! The beef brisket is the best i have ever had. The staff and service was also top notch! Our food came very quick and our waitress was very attentive to our needs. All this and thay have a mechanical BBull that you can ride! Overall i had a fantastic experience at Johnny Utahs and i definitely will be back again!

Pros: Food, service and fun

Cons: None

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I can see why people might be unhappy with this place because it can get really crowded. Well that is good isn't it!?!? I mean if it was empty people would complain just as much too. i think that it is a chill spot with great bbq and really good drinks. Ribs = heaven. I have come here several times and really have never had too much of a problem getting in or getting a drink. I think that it is really awesome that this place was once a bank! I have been here for both dinner and just drinks and i love it. Will def be back! Save me a seat at the bar :)

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★★★★★

I can see why people might be unhappy with this place because it can get really crowded. Well that is good isn't it!?!? I mean if it was empty people would complain just as much too. i think that it is a chill spot with great bbq and really good drinks. Ribs = heaven. I have come here several times and really have never had too much of a problem getting in or getting a drink. I think that it is really awesome that this place was once a bank! I have been here for both dinner and just drinks and i love it. Will def be back! Save me a seat at the bar :)

Pros: Great food great drinks

Cons: riding the b*ll with too much booze in you...not a good idea

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All I can say is that I have never encountered a ruder management staff,EVER. And let me add that I am from New York. So trust me,thats saying something. Owners: wise up and replace . This is my first online message about anything ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

All I can say is that I have never encountered a ruder management staff,EVER. And let me add that I am from New York. So trust me,thats saying something. Owners: wise up and replace . This is my first online message about anything ever.

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This is a mixed review. The place itself has so so much potential but I have to question who is running it because simple things are screwed up. Firstly, I cannot comment on the food because I did not eat here. I booked a birthday here with a friend for a saturday night. We were reserved a table near the bar. Well the place gets extremely crowded so the table was helpful to put our coats on and at times be a home base but good luck because the bathroom is closeby as well so you get slammed with people (bar + bathroom=bad spot). Secondly, they have either have a really terrible door policy or a very democratic one, depending on how you look at it. Its first come, first serve-doesn't matter if you have a birthday party going on (event planner said no list was allowed), if your bf/gf is waiting outside to get in, if you are a group of girls, you're not getting in ahead of anyone else who is on line. So basically, by 11:15 I had a ton of friends waiting on a line FOREVER. I mean this is a bar in Rockefeller Center not Tenjune and the line did not move....at 11 o'clock!! I can understand if it was 12:30/1:00ish but c'mon! Finally, there is no excuse for a bar running out of bottled beer and then towards the end of the night running out of vodka.....thats just strange. So basically get there early with your group, don't have a party there and it can be a fun place. Watching people ride the Mechanical B*ll is very funny and entertaining. Just don't think this is a chill, accomodating place on the weekends because its not....thanks go out to Steve (I think that was his name) in security who helped me get some family members in for my birthday. PS Heard from some friends the food was pretty good

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★★★☆☆

This is a mixed review. The place itself has so so much potential but I have to question who is running it because simple things are screwed up. Firstly, I cannot comment on the food because I did not eat here. I booked a birthday here with a friend for a saturday night. We were reserved a table near the bar. Well the place gets extremely crowded so the table was helpful to put our coats on and at times be a home base but good luck because the bathroom is closeby as well so you get slammed with people (bar + bathroom=bad spot). Secondly, they have either have a really terrible door policy or a very democratic one, depending on how you look at it. Its first come, first serve-doesn't matter if you have a birthday party going on (event planner said no list was allowed), if your bf/gf is waiting outside to get in, if you are a group of girls, you're not getting in ahead of anyone else who is on line. So basically, by 11:15 I had a ton of friends waiting on a line FOREVER. I mean this is a bar in Rockefeller Center not Tenjune and the line did not move....at 11 o'clock!! I can understand if it was 12:30/1:00ish but c'mon! Finally, there is no excuse for a bar running out of bottled beer and then towards the end of the night running out of vodka.....thats just strange. So basically get there early with your group, don't have a party there and it can be a fun place. Watching people ride the Mechanical B*ll is very funny and entertaining. Just don't think this is a chill, accomodating place on the weekends because its not....thanks go out to Steve (I think that was his name) in security who helped me get some family members in for my birthday. PS Heard from some friends the food was pretty good

Pros: Crazy atmosphere, Mechanical B*ll

Cons: Door policy, ran out of certain alcohol, crowded

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When I say sweet i mean.........the best place east of the mississippi!! I am a champion bullrider!! you can be a champ on it too. they don't charge for riding it and you can go as many times as you like and i can surely tell you that we did! Stopped in for some drinks and ended up sitting down for dinner and spending my night there. I couldn't get over the smells coming out of the kitchen so I had to dive in head first and get my hands dirty. Well worth it. Food was amazing. Don't know what else to say. I think it's just great and I know that if any of you go to try it you will feel the same. Good times Johnny Utah's....good times!

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★★★★★

When I say sweet i mean.........the best place east of the mississippi!! I am a champion bullrider!! you can be a champ on it too. they don't charge for riding it and you can go as many times as you like and i can surely tell you that we did! Stopped in for some drinks and ended up sitting down for dinner and spending my night there. I couldn't get over the smells coming out of the kitchen so I had to dive in head first and get my hands dirty. Well worth it. Food was amazing. Don't know what else to say. I think it's just great and I know that if any of you go to try it you will feel the same. Good times Johnny Utah's....good times!

Pros: bullriding, people, bartenders

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First off, this place is huge and has character not often seen in manhattan. It is a mix of old school saloon and semi-swanky restaurant... a weird mix I know, but somehow Johnny Utah's pulls it off.

The crowd is a mix of tourists, suits, and urban cowboys and cowgirls (I saw more than one person wearing designer jeans and a cowboy hat).

The drinks are strong and the bar is well stocked with premium liquor. However, the main attraction is the mechanical bullriding in the center of the room. Fun and exciting

It's an interesting place for midtown and I definitely recommend checking it out for a few drinks and maybe mechanical bullriding.

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★★★★★

First off, this place is huge and has character not often seen in manhattan. It is a mix of old school saloon and semi-swanky restaurant... a weird mix I know, but somehow Johnny Utah's pulls it off.

The crowd is a mix of tourists, suits, and urban cowboys and cowgirls (I saw more than one person wearing designer jeans and a cowboy hat).

The drinks are strong and the bar is well stocked with premium liquor. However, the main attraction is the mechanical bullriding in the center of the room. Fun and exciting

It's an interesting place for midtown and I definitely recommend checking it out for a few drinks and maybe mechanical bullriding.

Pros: mostly everything!

Cons: nothing......

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I truely have found the best place in nyc!!! We were there with a bunch of people on a Thursday night for dinner and the food was great! I had a pulled pork sandwitch with some sweet potato fries. Mmmmmmmmmm. We had some stuff for that table too like the quesadilla, chrizo and short rib flautas. We couldn't get enough. All the while we watched people getting bucked off the mechanical-bull in the middle of the place. I surely haven't been to or seen anything quite as fun to do in the city then Johnny Utah's. I work in the area so i'll be back over and over. Great work JU's!!!!

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★★★★★

I truely have found the best place in nyc!!! We were there with a bunch of people on a Thursday night for dinner and the food was great! I had a pulled pork sandwitch with some sweet potato fries. Mmmmmmmmmm. We had some stuff for that table too like the quesadilla, chrizo and short rib flautas. We couldn't get enough. All the while we watched people getting bucked off the mechanical-bull in the middle of the place. I surely haven't been to or seen anything quite as fun to do in the city then Johnny Utah's. I work in the area so i'll be back over and over. Great work JU's!!!!

Pros: food, space, staff,

Cons: nada!!

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2 friends and I decided to have our birthdya party here thinking it would be fun and different. Instead it turned out to be nightmare. The event planner had no clue what he was doing. Their managers and bouncers are all on such extreme power trips, worse than i have ever seen anyone. After giving us our bill they still manhandled a few girls to kick them out and followed others to the coat check until they were out fo the bar. The b*ll may have been fun but thats it, the staff truly was horrible and ruined the birthday atmosphere. It's nice to know that this isnt the only bar in manhattan that has a mechanical b*ll because i will never go back to johnny utahs; not even if someone paid me.

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★☆☆☆☆

2 friends and I decided to have our birthdya party here thinking it would be fun and different. Instead it turned out to be nightmare. The event planner had no clue what he was doing. Their managers and bouncers are all on such extreme power trips, worse than i have ever seen anyone. After giving us our bill they still manhandled a few girls to kick them out and followed others to the coat check until they were out fo the bar. The b*ll may have been fun but thats it, the staff truly was horrible and ruined the birthday atmosphere. It's nice to know that this isnt the only bar in manhattan that has a mechanical b*ll because i will never go back to johnny utahs; not even if someone paid me.

Pros: nothing

Cons: bouncers, managers, all staff except bathroom attendents

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I came here on a Saturday night for a birthday party and was surprised at how disorganized this place was. First of all there was huge line outside, so we had to wait in the rain for 20 minutes to get in and find the place was less than full to capacity - empty tables everywhere. Then we had to tag down about 5 different servers to even get some food - which was way overpriced. Okay, now for the b*ll - there was no organization to who rode the b*ll in what order - just a mad throng of pushing people - the operators seemed like they were off in the back room more than on the controls - and when they finally did show up to appeal to the mad throng it seemed like they were having a contest to see how many riders they could get on and off in the shortest amount of time - I understand that it is supposed to be hard - but they were bucking that thing before you even got a chance to hold on with your hand - I'm talking 1-5 second rides. You're better off going to Mason Dixon to ride, at least they know what they are doing there. Maybe it is better on weekdays, but I'm not taking a chance going back there.

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★★☆☆☆

I came here on a Saturday night for a birthday party and was surprised at how disorganized this place was. First of all there was huge line outside, so we had to wait in the rain for 20 minutes to get in and find the place was less than full to capacity - empty tables everywhere. Then we had to tag down about 5 different servers to even get some food - which was way overpriced. Okay, now for the b*ll - there was no organization to who rode the b*ll in what order - just a mad throng of pushing people - the operators seemed like they were off in the back room more than on the controls - and when they finally did show up to appeal to the mad throng it seemed like they were having a contest to see how many riders they could get on and off in the shortest amount of time - I understand that it is supposed to be hard - but they were bucking that thing before you even got a chance to hold on with your hand - I'm talking 1-5 second rides. You're better off going to Mason Dixon to ride, at least they know what they are doing there. Maybe it is better on weekdays, but I'm not taking a chance going back there.

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Now please keep in mind that we didn't even get to ride the b*ll and still had a fantastic time. From the first phone call to secure the space (please note: I called for a party of 30 at 3 p.m. for a reservation for 5 p.m. and they accomodated us without delay), to the fantastic waiter (Thanks Joe!) to the wonderfully attentive manager J.R. this customer service was, hands down, the best we have ever had. In spite of the size of the party, the orders were taken quickly, accurately and delivered in much the same fashion. Joe was patient and fun and just an all-around good guy and he made our very first experience at Johnny Utah's taht much more enjoyable. Now before you start to think that I am a tourist beguiled by the big city, I will tell you that I am not. I am born and raised in NYC. I get to at least one restaurant a week, often two or three really good and this one stood tall against the rest. The food was so good. AND THE SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!! OMG!!!!! Just an overall FUN experience, good 'ol fashioned FUN!

We are planning to go back in just a couple of weeks, part of a Girl's Night Out. Gotta get a ride on that mechanical b*ll....

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★★★★★

Now please keep in mind that we didn't even get to ride the b*ll and still had a fantastic time. From the first phone call to secure the space (please note: I called for a party of 30 at 3 p.m. for a reservation for 5 p.m. and they accomodated us without delay), to the fantastic waiter (Thanks Joe!) to the wonderfully attentive manager J.R. this customer service was, hands down, the best we have ever had. In spite of the size of the party, the orders were taken quickly, accurately and delivered in much the same fashion. Joe was patient and fun and just an all-around good guy and he made our very first experience at Johnny Utah's taht much more enjoyable. Now before you start to think that I am a tourist beguiled by the big city, I will tell you that I am not. I am born and raised in NYC. I get to at least one restaurant a week, often two or three really good and this one stood tall against the rest. The food was so good. AND THE SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!! OMG!!!!! Just an overall FUN experience, good 'ol fashioned FUN!

We are planning to go back in just a couple of weeks, part of a Girl's Night Out. Gotta get a ride on that mechanical b*ll....

Pros: Sweet Potato Fries...YUM!! Joe...YUM!!!

Cons: That they don't turn the b*ll on until 9.

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Came to Utah's for the first time on a recent Monday evening for a work event. The food was fine and the bartender was great. Unfortunately, I left behind my bag at the bar. I returned on Tuesday to pick it up only to find that my ipod had been taken. Everything else was there. Obviously, this is my mistake for leaving an expensive item behind but I can't recommend a place where someone on staff steals.

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★☆☆☆☆

Came to Utah's for the first time on a recent Monday evening for a work event. The food was fine and the bartender was great. Unfortunately, I left behind my bag at the bar. I returned on Tuesday to pick it up only to find that my ipod had been taken. Everything else was there. Obviously, this is my mistake for leaving an expensive item behind but I can't recommend a place where someone on staff steals.

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I know its cheesy, but we definitely went here for the opportunity to ride. I made reservations for a birthday dinner about a month before the actual opening. The staff responded quickly and reserved an entire room for us. We brought our own birthday cake which they handled perfectly. Our server was wonderful, and food was pretty good. It was an awesome time.

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★★★★★

I know its cheesy, but we definitely went here for the opportunity to ride. I made reservations for a birthday dinner about a month before the actual opening. The staff responded quickly and reserved an entire room for us. We brought our own birthday cake which they handled perfectly. Our server was wonderful, and food was pretty good. It was an awesome time.

Pros: staff, ride, drinks

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I went over to Johnny Utah's last friday night. I didn't really know what to expect being that the place is in midtown...but it rocked. The bar was packed with people when i showed up around 7. We had a big party and got seated in this awesome little tucked away area where we have full view of all of the people. The ribs rocked. Our waitress was super nice and very attentive. Then we decided to ride the bll (CS wont let me say bll how weird!!)....after taking tequilla shots for luck our waitress hooked it up so we could cut the line. Needless to say taking shots before riding the bll may have been a bad idea!! But we all survived and had a great time. Def going to be coming back for happy hour.

2
★★★★★

I went over to Johnny Utah's last friday night. I didn't really know what to expect being that the place is in midtown...but it rocked. The bar was packed with people when i showed up around 7. We had a big party and got seated in this awesome little tucked away area where we have full view of all of the people. The ribs rocked. Our waitress was super nice and very attentive. Then we decided to ride the bll (CS wont let me say bll how weird!!)....after taking tequilla shots for luck our waitress hooked it up so we could cut the line. Needless to say taking shots before riding the bll may have been a bad idea!! But we all survived and had a great time. Def going to be coming back for happy hour.

Pros: cool place mechanical b*ll!!

Cons: none

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This place is a lot of fun and has plenty of potential IMO. The drinks (esp the margarita and bourbon lemonade) are worth stopping in for after work. Then there's the ribs...which are some of the best I've had. If you go for the mechanical bulll, be aware it doesn't even start until 9PM. So if you are there for lunch, it's a no go. And the night I was there it only ran about every half hour or so, so get in line when you see it starting to secure your spot. Besides that, I love the layout and design of this restaurant and think it would be great for a bachelorette party or celebration. Next time one of my friends is getting married, I know where to start or end the night.

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★★★★☆

This place is a lot of fun and has plenty of potential IMO. The drinks (esp the margarita and bourbon lemonade) are worth stopping in for after work. Then there's the ribs...which are some of the best I've had. If you go for the mechanical bulll, be aware it doesn't even start until 9PM. So if you are there for lunch, it's a no go. And the night I was there it only ran about every half hour or so, so get in line when you see it starting to secure your spot. Besides that, I love the layout and design of this restaurant and think it would be great for a bachelorette party or celebration. Next time one of my friends is getting married, I know where to start or end the night.

Pros: Mechanical Bulll, drinks, most of the food, friendly service

Cons: Biscuits are disappointing, a bit loud but that's sorta the point

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These guys have it RIGHT. I've been there on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and had a great time. I went last Thursday, had dinner, then around 9:30 the place got crazy. You would obviously think the drinks and atmosphere are great(due to the huge mechanicalbull in the middle), but the kitchen is cranking out some seriously good food. I saw the Chef on the Today Show a week back and had to try the ribs(now that the smoker is seasoned as they say) and they are the best in the City. I've had Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ and these are better, TRUST me. The waiter told me they are starting up Football Saturdays and Sundays in the fall, as a former Park Ave CC guy, I think I just might try this place out. Highly Reccomended.

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★★★★★

These guys have it RIGHT. I've been there on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and had a great time. I went last Thursday, had dinner, then around 9:30 the place got crazy. You would obviously think the drinks and atmosphere are great(due to the huge mechanicalbull in the middle), but the kitchen is cranking out some seriously good food. I saw the Chef on the Today Show a week back and had to try the ribs(now that the smoker is seasoned as they say) and they are the best in the City. I've had Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ and these are better, TRUST me. The waiter told me they are starting up Football Saturdays and Sundays in the fall, as a former Park Ave CC guy, I think I just might try this place out. Highly Reccomended.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Gets a little too busy

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Had Dinner with a group of 7 and everyone had a great time. Food was fantastic...Ribs, Brisket, Wings all were perfect. The service was on point and the Ambience was great. Where else can you go in NYC with a MehcanicalBull!!??!! Drinks were good, really liked the large beer mugs they give you. I'll will be going back, Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Had Dinner with a group of 7 and everyone had a great time. Food was fantastic...Ribs, Brisket, Wings all were perfect. The service was on point and the Ambience was great. Where else can you go in NYC with a MehcanicalBull!!??!! Drinks were good, really liked the large beer mugs they give you. I'll will be going back, Highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Ambience

Cons: None

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I was over at Johnny Utah's the other night and it was great. Some of the best food that I've had in a while. Seems like they got their act together cause the service was very prompt, the drinks were great and I can't talk about the food enough. Wings, Brisket, Chorizo, etc.......we had it all and ate it all!!! Oh.....almost forgot the part they have a full blown mechanical-bull in the middle of the place!!! It was great and we hung out for about 2 hours after we got up from dinner. I highly recommend this place........good work Johnny Utah's!!

2
★★★★★

I was over at Johnny Utah's the other night and it was great. Some of the best food that I've had in a while. Seems like they got their act together cause the service was very prompt, the drinks were great and I can't talk about the food enough. Wings, Brisket, Chorizo, etc.......we had it all and ate it all!!! Oh.....almost forgot the part they have a full blown mechanical-bull in the middle of the place!!! It was great and we hung out for about 2 hours after we got up from dinner. I highly recommend this place........good work Johnny Utah's!!

Pros: Food, Environment, People

Cons: Nothing.......

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I can honestly say they were the best ribs I've ever had...absolutely perfection! They were finger lickin good! The entire experience was fantastic...the service, the attention to details, the ambiance and especially the food were all 1st class in my book.

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★★★★★

I can honestly say they were the best ribs I've ever had...absolutely perfection! They were finger lickin good! The entire experience was fantastic...the service, the attention to details, the ambiance and especially the food were all 1st class in my book.

Pros: Perfect area. Great Ambience

Cons: TV's

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Finally a fun midtown spot with good food! I checked out Johnny Utah's on Tuesday with some coworkers for happy hour. After one too many tequillas we decided to stay and took a table for dinner. What a pleasant surprise, not only did we have a blast watching eachother embarass ourselves on the fabulous mechanical rodeo ride, but we chowed down on some serious 'cowboy' grub. The food was fantastic: from pickled okra to a mean brisket the dinner was the best part. Finally a place in midtown for fun, wings and even serious things like....dare I say amazing food!

2
★★★★★

Finally a fun midtown spot with good food! I checked out Johnny Utah's on Tuesday with some coworkers for happy hour. After one too many tequillas we decided to stay and took a table for dinner. What a pleasant surprise, not only did we have a blast watching eachother embarass ourselves on the fabulous mechanical rodeo ride, but we chowed down on some serious 'cowboy' grub. The food was fantastic: from pickled okra to a mean brisket the dinner was the best part. Finally a place in midtown for fun, wings and even serious things like....dare I say amazing food!

Pros: great appetizers, rocking music, interesting drinks

Cons: loud

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Worst Service Ever. I have never been treated with more disrespect and ill regard before and this place did just that. Food was mediocre at best; their cocktail menu should be renamed to 'Non Alcoholic' for I did not taste any liquor in any of my dinner party?s drinks. Ironically, they could also not provide any non alcoholic drinks for my 'to be expecting friend' other than water. (she might as well of had a cocktail). We were then kicked out of our table after we spent a ridiculous amount of money and would have continued to spend more money if the "management" (if you can call them that: more like second rate pompous children) didn't tell us to our faces that since we were no longer ordering food we were not allowed to stay at our table. I couldn't believe the gall of this establishment. This place was terrible don't waste your time or money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst Service Ever. I have never been treated with more disrespect and ill regard before and this place did just that. Food was mediocre at best; their cocktail menu should be renamed to 'Non Alcoholic' for I did not taste any liquor in any of my dinner party?s drinks. Ironically, they could also not provide any non alcoholic drinks for my 'to be expecting friend' other than water. (she might as well of had a cocktail). We were then kicked out of our table after we spent a ridiculous amount of money and would have continued to spend more money if the "management" (if you can call them that: more like second rate pompous children) didn't tell us to our faces that since we were no longer ordering food we were not allowed to stay at our table. I couldn't believe the gall of this establishment. This place was terrible don't waste your time or money.

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Just had Din @ Utah's and the Ribs / Smoked Wings were outstanding. Serrvice was decent, and they don't run the mechanicalbull until 9pm :( So maybe ill check that out next time.. could be a lot of fun for beers after work....

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★★★★☆

Just had Din @ Utah's and the Ribs / Smoked Wings were outstanding. Serrvice was decent, and they don't run the mechanicalbull until 9pm :( So maybe ill check that out next time.. could be a lot of fun for beers after work....

Pros: Cool place, close to work, really good ribs..

Cons: service was average, server had to find a manager to tell me when they run the mechanicalbull.

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I recently dined at Johnny Utah's with a bunch of my guy friends...We picked the restaurant because of it's review at Thrillist which said that the Brisket, Ribs, & Self Service Jack Daniels made this place great, needless to say the review was quite wrong. First, the Jack Daniels is a complete lie and when we mentioned it to the restaurant they said that they had never heard of that idea, ever. Secondly, the two best items (Brisket & Ribs) weren't available because there were kitchen problems (the smoker wasn't working). Mind you the restaurant opened one week ago, you would think that they had those issues worked out before opening. We were stuck ordering the other menu options which were mediocre at best. The Enchilada Pie tasted like a Hot Pocket (which I'm sure would have been better) and the Chili Spiced T-Bone came out over-cooked and didn't contain any flavor or Chili. On top of our horrible meal, the restaurant could not figure out how to use the credit card machine with our bill. We waiting 20 minutes for them to run our credit cards and upon talking to the manager to explain that we had been patient; his response was "We are doing the best we can." I always thought that the service industry was suppose to apologize and show some "good will" when issues like kitchen failure come up, but not this restaurant. I give this place 4 months, tops. Also, to the restaurant staff that reads this article, we were the table of 7 at 8PM on Aug 6th, 2007, if you would like to contact us and give us an apology.

As you can tell, I am not recommending this as a dining establishment, however I?m sure with a good solid crowd, the drinks, and riding, this place could be fun to get rowdy, just don't eat.

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently dined at Johnny Utah's with a bunch of my guy friends...We picked the restaurant because of it's review at Thrillist which said that the Brisket, Ribs, & Self Service Jack Daniels made this place great, needless to say the review was quite wrong. First, the Jack Daniels is a complete lie and when we mentioned it to the restaurant they said that they had never heard of that idea, ever. Secondly, the two best items (Brisket & Ribs) weren't available because there were kitchen problems (the smoker wasn't working). Mind you the restaurant opened one week ago, you would think that they had those issues worked out before opening. We were stuck ordering the other menu options which were mediocre at best. The Enchilada Pie tasted like a Hot Pocket (which I'm sure would have been better) and the Chili Spiced T-Bone came out over-cooked and didn't contain any flavor or Chili. On top of our horrible meal, the restaurant could not figure out how to use the credit card machine with our bill. We waiting 20 minutes for them to run our credit cards and upon talking to the manager to explain that we had been patient; his response was "We are doing the best we can." I always thought that the service industry was suppose to apologize and show some "good will" when issues like kitchen failure come up, but not this restaurant. I give this place 4 months, tops. Also, to the restaurant staff that reads this article, we were the table of 7 at 8PM on Aug 6th, 2007, if you would like to contact us and give us an apology.

As you can tell, I am not recommending this as a dining establishment, however I?m sure with a good solid crowd, the drinks, and riding, this place could be fun to get rowdy, just don't eat.

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Food, Management

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Went to Johnny Utah's on a Saturday night, and found the experience to be entirely unsatisfactory. On the short - nine item - menu, 2 items weren't available. And the food we did get was mediocre at best. The chicken pie was bland, the wings were fatty, and they served cheap saltines with the sausage appetizer. Yuck.

The waiter was overly aggressive and kept asking if we wanted new drinks before we'd finished the last one. And to add insult to injury, the mechanical-bull was only operational for 15 minutes of our two hour stay.

Stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Johnny Utah's on a Saturday night, and found the experience to be entirely unsatisfactory. On the short - nine item - menu, 2 items weren't available. And the food we did get was mediocre at best. The chicken pie was bland, the wings were fatty, and they served cheap saltines with the sausage appetizer. Yuck.

The waiter was overly aggressive and kept asking if we wanted new drinks before we'd finished the last one. And to add insult to injury, the mechanical-bull was only operational for 15 minutes of our two hour stay.

Stay away.

Pros: Cute atmosphere

Cons: Food was terrible.

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Johnny Utah's has it all! Except good food, decent service, and fun atmosphere. We went opening night. They didn't have any ribs or brisket because apparently the Today show was hogging the smoker thanks to Al Roker's insatiable appetite. The cocktails are good, but foodwise it was on par with the Penn Station food court. Also, they only keep the mechanical-bull on for 5 minutes of every hour, so don't plan on getting a ride. Don't go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Johnny Utah's has it all! Except good food, decent service, and fun atmosphere. We went opening night. They didn't have any ribs or brisket because apparently the Today show was hogging the smoker thanks to Al Roker's insatiable appetite. The cocktails are good, but foodwise it was on par with the Penn Station food court. Also, they only keep the mechanical-bull on for 5 minutes of every hour, so don't plan on getting a ride. Don't go.

Pros: Cocktails

Cons: Missing food items, non functioning mechanical-bull, tacky clientele

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This Southwestern bar and grill feeds a spendy midtown crowd with smoked chicken wings, bone-in rib eyes and enchilada pies, all washed down with plenty of suds. But food is hardly the focus: A bucking bronco is theā€¦

 

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