Bistro Chat Noir

★★★★★
Located in a Louis Candela designed townhouse, Bistro Chat Noir�s cream walls, crimson banquettes and low lighting wrap you in a romantic glow, while enjoying top-notch French cusine made with the freshest of local ingredients.
  • 22 E 66th St

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-794-2428

About Bistro Chat Noir

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LUNCH Mon-Fri 12:00pm-4:00pm DINNER Mon-Sun 6:00pm-11:00pm BRUNCH Sat-Sun 11:30am-4:00pm

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My boyfriend and I went on a Monday evening and were one of three parties in the restaurant. Perhaps this is why the service was excellent - but not overdone. The host, server, and busboy were all very attentive without hovering. The meal started with delicious, warm bread. We both ordered salads to start - both were very good, but his had grilled artichokes, which were exceptional. Main courses - he had grilled sea bass, which was a tad dry, I had artichoke ravioli and it was amazing. We split an apple tartine for dessert; it wasn't the best I've had but it was still very good. Portion size on all courses was nice, too (not too much but we didn't leave feeling hungry). Our meal was about $100 (incl. two drinks, tax & tip), although it should be noted we had a gift certificate for $25 off. This is the type of restaurant I would probably save for a special occasion as it is a bit over my budget.

2
★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I went on a Monday evening and were one of three parties in the restaurant. Perhaps this is why the service was excellent - but not overdone. The host, server, and busboy were all very attentive without hovering. The meal started with delicious, warm bread. We both ordered salads to start - both were very good, but his had grilled artichokes, which were exceptional. Main courses - he had grilled sea bass, which was a tad dry, I had artichoke ravioli and it was amazing. We split an apple tartine for dessert; it wasn't the best I've had but it was still very good. Portion size on all courses was nice, too (not too much but we didn't leave feeling hungry). Our meal was about $100 (incl. two drinks, tax & tip), although it should be noted we had a gift certificate for $25 off. This is the type of restaurant I would probably save for a special occasion as it is a bit over my budget.

Pros: Good food, good portion size

Cons: A bit pricey for everyday dining

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There are a lot of French bistros in the East 60s on and off Madison, and while their food is good enough, they tend to be noisy and claustrophobic, and the service is often frantic. Bistro Chat Noir, while right there in the thick of things, is a refreshing contrast. Situated just off Madison in a gracious townhouse, its long dining room allows for well-spaced tables, easy navigation, and the breathing room necessary for relaxed dining and no bruised elbows.

Sidewalk dining is part of the bistro experience, but eating on Madison Avenue is like picnicking in a parking lot, while a parade of passers-by threaten to pluck the French fries from your plate. This is not the case at Chat Noir. There is a small outdoor seating area below sidewalk level, away from both prying eyes and gasoline fumes. We were delighted to realize how much privacy just a minimal separation provides. All the tables were taken, so apparently others feel the same way.

The food is classic bistro. The poached salmon with fennel was fresh, moist, and perfectly cooked. The short ribs melted in my mouth. Excellent, reasonably priced wine list with some pleasant surprises. The service was as professional and pleasant as any place we've ever been. Delicious comfort food. It's home for neighborhood regulars, but certainly worth the trip from other parts of town.

2
★★★★★

There are a lot of French bistros in the East 60s on and off Madison, and while their food is good enough, they tend to be noisy and claustrophobic, and the service is often frantic. Bistro Chat Noir, while right there in the thick of things, is a refreshing contrast. Situated just off Madison in a gracious townhouse, its long dining room allows for well-spaced tables, easy navigation, and the breathing room necessary for relaxed dining and no bruised elbows.

Sidewalk dining is part of the bistro experience, but eating on Madison Avenue is like picnicking in a parking lot, while a parade of passers-by threaten to pluck the French fries from your plate. This is not the case at Chat Noir. There is a small outdoor seating area below sidewalk level, away from both prying eyes and gasoline fumes. We were delighted to realize how much privacy just a minimal separation provides. All the tables were taken, so apparently others feel the same way.

The food is classic bistro. The poached salmon with fennel was fresh, moist, and perfectly cooked. The short ribs melted in my mouth. Excellent, reasonably priced wine list with some pleasant surprises. The service was as professional and pleasant as any place we've ever been. Delicious comfort food. It's home for neighborhood regulars, but certainly worth the trip from other parts of town.

Pros: real bistro food, plenty of room, engaging service

Cons: none

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This dainty and relaxed French bistro, situated in a landmarked townhouse off Madison Avenue, serves fresh and faithful French classics amid a decor reminiscent of the 1920s jazz era. Seared scallops in a spring pea chowder with white…

 

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