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The Cornell Club in New York, NY

The Cornell Club in New York, NY


Reconnect. Reminisce.  Relax.

The Cornell Club-New York is the perfect place for Members and their guests to visit to retreat from the bustle of the city, with personalized service, fine dining, and the amenities of a luxury hotel. For experiencing all that Manhattan has to offer, The Club is just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the best shopping, theatres, museums, and much more.

Whether you stay for a few hours or a few days,  The Club is the ideal place for connecting with other alumni, rekindling old friendships, and meeting new people.

Membership Benefits include guest access to The Clubhouse and its facilities, a reciprocal club network, and a full calender of Member programs and events.  Clubhouse facilities include overnight guestrooms, a health and fitness center, library, two dining rooms, two floors of banquet and meeting space, and a business center.


Established in 1989.

The first Cornell Club was formed by Cornell University graduates in 1889.  
The Clubhouse opened its doors at its present location on December 1, 1989.  Today's handsome 14-story Clubhouse is centrally located in midtown Manhattan at 6 East 44th Street, between Fifth & Madison Avenues. Formerly the offices of the Chicago Pneumatic Tube Corporation, the building was a gift to the University and was renovated by the firm of Gensler & Associates of San Francisco, CA.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.05

Address: 6 E 44th St, New York, NY, 10017
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Comments (21):

1. Scott L.
nice, quiet & classy place for a cup of coffee or tea & conversation.

07/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. K P.
A members only club for Cornell University Alumni and their family. It's also open to other affiliated Universities and Colleges.

It's a full hotel with gym and dining accommodations.

From their website:
. share fine meals in The Cayuga Room
. work out in the Health & Fitness Center
. relax in the quiet Andrew Dickson White Library
. host receptions and business meetings in the private conference and banquet facilities
. enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in one of 48 guest rooms
. attend fun-filled social events and interesting lectures
. share a libation or meal with fellow alumni in The Big Red Tap & Grill

Its a nice spot to meet up and connect with classmates and connect with the Alma Mater!

18/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Amanda M.
I attended a catered lunch event here and the food service was solid, although nothing exemplary.  Appetizers were very tasty and presented nicely by polite wait staff, but the caesar salads were doused in dressing and came with soggy croutons that didn't help much.  The chicken entree was pretty good, with very nice vegetables (green beans and perfectly cooked carrots - not too soft, not too crunchy!), and the layered chocolate mousse dessert was excellent.

Overall, it seemed like a nicely maintained club and a good venue for our catered event.

07/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. J. Smoke W.
The Cornell Club is a great location, with great people and an excellent bar/restaurant in the lobby.  I like the privacy and the meeting rooms.  It has been upgraded over the years and is quite nice.

29/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Brule L.
I've stayed here twice during the last two years and for a reciprocal member, it's the best deal in town.  I opted for a small studio room with a fold-out bed but who sits in a hotel room in NYC?  It's much cheaper than any acceptable hotel and there's a free breakfast buffet too.  Among the clubs it has the most relaxed dress code, so unless you plan to sit in the lobby in cut-offs and flip-flops, you won't have a problem.  Staff is courteous and helpful.

22/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Elaine C.
Fancy place for a meeting, even the bathroom! Definitely nice decor but seemed too luxurious for a simpleton like me.

27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Jerome Y.
Super cheap rooms, okay food. Good deal if you get the dinner set menu that comes with a drink. Wish it were bigger, stay downstairs in the tap room, rather than upstairs which is pricier without a big improvement in food.

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Emily C.
The Cornell Club is classy and well-maintained, yet inviting and unpretentious.  Receptions and special events are frequently held in the unstairs banquet spaces. The Big Red Tap & Grill is a private dining room for casual lunches - no cash is accepted and you must be invited by a member of the club.  For a more formal dining setting, the Cayuga Room upstairs offers a more upscale atmosphere with affordable prix fixe menus and also special Lobster Night and Steak Night menus.  Tea and coffee service is available in the lobby space.

Note that the Club is very strict about not offering outside food and beverage items in the lobby - if you bring in a paper Starbucks cup, a staff member will discreetly come up to you and insist on pouring your beverage into a club mug for you.

25/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. David W.
OK food and rooms, but as a member there are not enough places to work. The library is often used for events so it is unavailable to members who need a place to work; and when it is available there are never enough tables and chairs set up to comfortably work. They need to address this problem.  

The business center is ok but too small and the area next to the dining room is not suitable for computer work.  A big con unless they address this issue for members.

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
10. Melissa F.
i might be biased, as this is my alma mater's "club", but damn, FANCY! as others have mentioned, it's a full hotel with gym and dining accommodations--sort of like an "urban country club" for Cornell grads.

unfortunately,  i didn't utilize any of these services, as i was only here for a meeting, but i was impressed by the facilities/decor.

28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Jacqueline S.
I love this club.  The prices are reasonable for the location (although you have to pay to be a member, of course) and the service is great.  The ambiance is classic and cozy, but not pretentious like one might expect.  The service is great (as the daughter of a Hotelie, I'd expect nothing less).  I spent my youth coming here over Christmas, and I have only fond memories - a giant Christmas tree and gingerbread house in the lobby, friendly staff, and so on.  Now, I live in the city and come for drinks occasionally - always relaxing and enjoyable.

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Armando Z.
If you can join, do so. It's so cozy and familiar. The ambiance is beautiful and classic. The service is superior!! No hotel could match the sense you get that the staff care. I used to be a member 10 years when I worked for Cornell, as Emeritus staff I renewed my membership and it's just as wonderful as I remember . The bar is fun and the dining room has a first class chef.

19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Gee L.
My gripe is that there are few spaces to actually work in, particularly during the week, as other members have alluded to. The library is almost never available anymore during the day or evenings; the business center and lobby are usually full too so I'm forced to do work in either dining area, which isn't exactly quiet. The phone rooms?  Almost always unavailable when I want to make a phone call. The Club is quiet/empty on the weekends but how often will I trek out here then?  Aside from this, the service is generally friendly (except for this one vociferous waitress in the Cayuga Dining Room - she's curt and will tell you to hurry up and order because the kitchen closes soon. She can also be overheard bad mouthing and belittling her other staff members. Yep, you know who I'm talking about!) and the events, fun. It's a convenient place to come to for a glass of wine when you have a little time to kill. They have a daily "happy hour" until 7pm each weeknight with a sampling of hor'douvres and vegetables as well.  Their Wednesday night lobster night and Thursday night steak night are noteworthy too!

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Alice E.
A really solid burger for alumini and friends.  Fast for a good lunch in midtown and some networking.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Xi L.
This place is pretty sweet, and I forgot to review this place the last time I was here (summer 2012). Staff are friendly and the bar/restaurant area is high price but high quality food. We had to rush for the Cornell bus but were fortunate to get orders of some high end salads quickly made to go and it was filling enough to be my dinner.

Rooms themselves are very nice, I had a single room and it was the appropriate amount of space. I'm a sucker for great chocolate so this place did not disappoint. It was company paid so I don't know the cost.

13/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Jia J.
In my opinion, any club with TRUE class will exude a "you're in" instead of a "who are you" type of feel when you enter the doors. The decor will have a gentile, blue blooded feel, but not be so heavy handed in its glorifcation of an aesthetic that was in vogue back when women didn't have suffrage or the right to education and people of color were still regarded as different species of humans by a white elite that enjoyed killing animals for sport and sitting around playing poker and discussing pre-Depression stocks with cigars in their glistening mouths lubricated by old money. The staff will be attentive, but somehow manage to avoid shuffling merely by exuding quiet dignity and self worth; the mark also of a clientele and management that treats them with respect.

Not that I'm an expert. Nevertheless, the Cornell Club pleased me as just such a place. I was fortunate enough to be treated here by an elder who has been a member for a while. He insisted that the downstairs space was more homey, and so we settled in at a table, where the staff - who knew him by name - came to our assistance.

Supposedly, the Club sources a lot of its food from its own farms upstate, and employs culinary specialists studying at Cornell's renowned hospitality program. All signs would point to the truth of this, because the foridable menu spanned the world's cuisines, and arrived in fresh, heaping portions.

For the first time in perhaps all my time in NYC, I was actually enticed by a salad that involve seafood and jicama, and paired it with a smoked tomato soup that sure enough tasted like campfire smoke and tomatoes and some sharp, stately cheese.

Wish I had better recall of the menu, but why tease? If you get a chance to accompany a member here, gladly go. I strongly suspect that a particularly cold and bitter winter's day would be the ideal date to set.

08/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Jim G.
I just had my first visit yesterday.  Wonderful location and a good choice to conduct a business event.  Granted it was a Wednesday lunch meeting, but the food of sandwiches, burgers, salads and desserts were very average.  The staff was quite cordial and somewhat helpful for my pre-meeting preparations, but by no means did anyone go out of his or her way to make me feel comfortable or as if it would be worth my while to recommend or join their club.  I prefer other locations such as The Yale Club as you can get average food and service anywhere.  Would have preferred to give 2 and 1/2 stars but that doesn't seem to be an option for this very average spot.

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Yan T.
Nothing like the Cornell Club on a Saturday afternoon. I've only been there once before and am not a dues-paying member, but some of my friends are. We were the only ones in the lobby other than one or two sets of parents staying there for the tolerable lodging rates.

Just three dudes trading Ithaca nostalgia, sipping Ithaca red ales, and eating very solid bar/grill food at the Big Red Tap & Grill. Which is really what this review is for. I had a very tasty seared tuna burger medium rare--yum, which came with waffle fries. The boyz enjoyed their burger and buffalo chicken sandwich, respectively.

Service was good and there was nary a soul there besides us. Cheers!

19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. John K.
I do like the place!However I can't say much about it because I've only attended events here.The location is good , close to Grand Central Station.It seeems like a cozy pleasant place.

06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Derek B.
Worth noting that while this place does accept credit cards, this is a private club and must be a graduate of Cornell University or any of the affiliate schools (or family member or business affiliate of a member) to join. To stay here or use the facility you need a member at least.

The food is amazing and it's not very expensive. They have deals during dinner hours with a great prefix menu. Steak and Lobster night also offer a prefix menu of decent value. I like the space, the detail took a lot of thought.

The staff is very friendly, the bartenders make a hell of a cup of coffee. The gym staff is something else. They're hilarious. The space is small but it's never really crowded and for a shy guy like me I won't have to worry about lifting weights in front of people who look like they don't need to be in there.

The cost to join isn't much and it's a great place to network. Plus the reciprocity with other clubs comes in handy if you're a traveler.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Morgan J.
I've been there for tons of events. It's a nice atmosphere filled with Cornell related flair. Go Big Red!

19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0