Ponty Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 218 3rd Ave

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-777-1616

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Monday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM Sunday 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM

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Just this week alone I have eaten two meals at Ponty. I am so thankful that this wonderful place has found a home in such a convenient neighborhood.

The Prix-fixe brunch is always amazing. The pancakes are pretty much perfect. thickness, crispy edges, soft center...and consistent every time! The french toast is ridiculous. Even something as simple as oatmeal is done so well... I can't believe I used to wait in line for bad food on a week-end afternoon when a place like this exists. They serve quality drinks with brunch too... a perfect bloody mary, and the fresh ginger martini is really different. They even do a 2 for one special after 12, so you can really get your day off to a good start if you choose!

I recently had the pleasure of trying the soft shell crab for lunch, and I was so happy the whole time I was eating it. It has a light fried crispy edge, and was so light and delicious... I would recommend that any seafood lover try it right away. It is really special.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking to find a wonderful meal in a great intimate bistro. This place is a New York find. The international staff of top notch chefs and wait staff will take good care of you weather your group is large or small. I'm sure of it. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Just this week alone I have eaten two meals at Ponty. I am so thankful that this wonderful place has found a home in such a convenient neighborhood.

The Prix-fixe brunch is always amazing. The pancakes are pretty much perfect. thickness, crispy edges, soft center...and consistent every time! The french toast is ridiculous. Even something as simple as oatmeal is done so well... I can't believe I used to wait in line for bad food on a week-end afternoon when a place like this exists. They serve quality drinks with brunch too... a perfect bloody mary, and the fresh ginger martini is really different. They even do a 2 for one special after 12, so you can really get your day off to a good start if you choose!

I recently had the pleasure of trying the soft shell crab for lunch, and I was so happy the whole time I was eating it. It has a light fried crispy edge, and was so light and delicious... I would recommend that any seafood lover try it right away. It is really special.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking to find a wonderful meal in a great intimate bistro. This place is a New York find. The international staff of top notch chefs and wait staff will take good care of you weather your group is large or small. I'm sure of it. Highly recommended.

Pros: excellent food and service, avoid crowds and hectic-ness

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About a week ago i was at ponty bistro and it all seemed well until we ordered the wine the server new nothing about wine so my brother suggested we order a bottle of cabernet.Once the server came with the bottle he opened it and never gave a taste test he just started pouring and filled up the glasses to the top and there wasn't enough to go around,then he poured some out of the glasses to the person that didn't get any.Meanwhile the head chef and owner (Cisse) was cursing loudly to another of the server and threatening him to fire him being completly obnoxious and unpleasant so then we ordered i had the bronzino stuffed with greens,finally after thirty seven minutes the food arrived and it seemed ok up until i got to the center where i found a big hair ball and something that seemed like a peace of tin i was disgusted i didnt eat it.During the time we waited for the food to come we watched the other chef in the kitchen (chek) and as he was preparing a steak that went back to the kitchen from another table he kept licking his fingers and flipping it with his bear hands then threw it in the microwave.Soon after, chef Cisse had an altercation with a kitchen employee and fired him telling him out loud to get the f... out of here and go back to mexico,by that tim it was time to go so we left agreeing to never return.

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★☆☆☆☆

About a week ago i was at ponty bistro and it all seemed well until we ordered the wine the server new nothing about wine so my brother suggested we order a bottle of cabernet.Once the server came with the bottle he opened it and never gave a taste test he just started pouring and filled up the glasses to the top and there wasn't enough to go around,then he poured some out of the glasses to the person that didn't get any.Meanwhile the head chef and owner (Cisse) was cursing loudly to another of the server and threatening him to fire him being completly obnoxious and unpleasant so then we ordered i had the bronzino stuffed with greens,finally after thirty seven minutes the food arrived and it seemed ok up until i got to the center where i found a big hair ball and something that seemed like a peace of tin i was disgusted i didnt eat it.During the time we waited for the food to come we watched the other chef in the kitchen (chek) and as he was preparing a steak that went back to the kitchen from another table he kept licking his fingers and flipping it with his bear hands then threw it in the microwave.Soon after, chef Cisse had an altercation with a kitchen employee and fired him telling him out loud to get the f... out of here and go back to mexico,by that tim it was time to go so we left agreeing to never return.

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We live in the neighborhood and agree its the very best restaurant around. It is an original! Ordered the special pork chop with potatoes au gratin and sauteed spinach. The pork chop was perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, and the side dishes all work together to create a delicious meal. Also love the appetizer spring rolls and crispy tuna! EVERY time we order a meat dish at Ponty it is grilled to perfection. They always top meats with mouthwatering sauces, and serve generous portions. All the soups, salads and desserts are all great too. The chefs are really nice and friendly, and aim to please their customers. I have taken a couple of visiting gourmet foodies here, and they loved the cuisine and cool ambiance, with all the great African music. We highly recommend Ponty Bistro!!!

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★★★★★

We live in the neighborhood and agree its the very best restaurant around. It is an original! Ordered the special pork chop with potatoes au gratin and sauteed spinach. The pork chop was perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, and the side dishes all work together to create a delicious meal. Also love the appetizer spring rolls and crispy tuna! EVERY time we order a meat dish at Ponty it is grilled to perfection. They always top meats with mouthwatering sauces, and serve generous portions. All the soups, salads and desserts are all great too. The chefs are really nice and friendly, and aim to please their customers. I have taken a couple of visiting gourmet foodies here, and they loved the cuisine and cool ambiance, with all the great African music. We highly recommend Ponty Bistro!!!

Pros: Friendly atmosphere, great cuisine

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I sat there last weekend on a Friday night and had an amazing time with the live DJ. great music.

First of all, the ambiance is really nice. The restaurant is small and really nice decor. As you walk in you feel the wonderful smells in the air together with the great simple but nice look of the place.

The food was excellent. I recommend taking the moules africana (in the traditional sauce) which are not only very tasty but a great value for money .for entrees i had the bronzino ,it's was amazing and for desert i tried the homemade apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream.i cannot wait to go back soon with couple friends.

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★★★★★

I sat there last weekend on a Friday night and had an amazing time with the live DJ. great music.

First of all, the ambiance is really nice. The restaurant is small and really nice decor. As you walk in you feel the wonderful smells in the air together with the great simple but nice look of the place.

The food was excellent. I recommend taking the moules africana (in the traditional sauce) which are not only very tasty but a great value for money .for entrees i had the bronzino ,it's was amazing and for desert i tried the homemade apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream.i cannot wait to go back soon with couple friends.

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About a year ago my friends and I found this restaurant and instantly fell in love. The staff was amazing, food delicious, and it became a quick favorite. Fast forward one year later, and I honestly don't think I've had a worse experience in this city. The last time we were there, the food was awful. I have a gluten allergy, and told the waiter, he insisted nothing I was ordering had gluten, yet when my food arrived, covered in breadcrumbs. They were also argumentative when I tried to send it back and gave me a problem about taking it off the bill. My next experience was take out. After delivering the wrong dish, they fought with me for no less than 10 minutes about bringing me the right thing - which they eventually did. After they brought my my original order, the delivery guy asked me to take the wrong order OUT OF MY TRASH and give it back to him. I can't imagine for any other reason then they were going to try to reuse the food. Disgusting and disgraceful. It's a shame too, used to be a great place!

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★☆☆☆☆

About a year ago my friends and I found this restaurant and instantly fell in love. The staff was amazing, food delicious, and it became a quick favorite. Fast forward one year later, and I honestly don't think I've had a worse experience in this city. The last time we were there, the food was awful. I have a gluten allergy, and told the waiter, he insisted nothing I was ordering had gluten, yet when my food arrived, covered in breadcrumbs. They were also argumentative when I tried to send it back and gave me a problem about taking it off the bill. My next experience was take out. After delivering the wrong dish, they fought with me for no less than 10 minutes about bringing me the right thing - which they eventually did. After they brought my my original order, the delivery guy asked me to take the wrong order OUT OF MY TRASH and give it back to him. I can't imagine for any other reason then they were going to try to reuse the food. Disgusting and disgraceful. It's a shame too, used to be a great place!

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The service is done with charm and caring. They make you feel important. The ambiance is intimate with a touch of African. Beautiful African music is softly played. The food is prepared with artistry. In other words each dish tastes great. Better than the other little restaurants in the neighborhood. Gourmet food at moderate prices. You will always get a good meal. Great coffee, desserts as well. Before 7 there is a 19 price fix with appetizers, entree and desert. Their week end brunch has price fix of $15.
The best French toast I have ever had, lobster Benedict yummy. I can highly recommend Ponty,

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★★★★★

The service is done with charm and caring. They make you feel important. The ambiance is intimate with a touch of African. Beautiful African music is softly played. The food is prepared with artistry. In other words each dish tastes great. Better than the other little restaurants in the neighborhood. Gourmet food at moderate prices. You will always get a good meal. Great coffee, desserts as well. Before 7 there is a 19 price fix with appetizers, entree and desert. Their week end brunch has price fix of $15.
The best French toast I have ever had, lobster Benedict yummy. I can highly recommend Ponty,

Pros: Gourmet food uniquely prepared. Special touch to each dish

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I ate dinner with my husband here earlier this week. I'd enjoyed some great breakfasts (eggs florentine is KILLER!), but never dined here. Chef Cisse's appearance on CHOPPED--he should have won; he was robbed--piqued my interest. I ordered chicken tajine and thoroughly enjoyed the spicy, aromatic cous cous. One piece of the chicken was a tad overdone, but I was full from the first piece, which was perfect, and the cous cous. My husband had lamb shank, which was also served with the cous cous. The meat fell off the bone and the sauce was really tasty. I also had a salad with fennel and shaved parmesan with a light citrus dressing, which was heavenly--and I eat a LOT of salad. Hub had fried calamari, which was light and crispy. This is just the kind of personable service and tasty food we are so lucky to have a few blocks from our apartment. We'll definitely be back soon.

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★★★★☆

I ate dinner with my husband here earlier this week. I'd enjoyed some great breakfasts (eggs florentine is KILLER!), but never dined here. Chef Cisse's appearance on CHOPPED--he should have won; he was robbed--piqued my interest. I ordered chicken tajine and thoroughly enjoyed the spicy, aromatic cous cous. One piece of the chicken was a tad overdone, but I was full from the first piece, which was perfect, and the cous cous. My husband had lamb shank, which was also served with the cous cous. The meat fell off the bone and the sauce was really tasty. I also had a salad with fennel and shaved parmesan with a light citrus dressing, which was heavenly--and I eat a LOT of salad. Hub had fried calamari, which was light and crispy. This is just the kind of personable service and tasty food we are so lucky to have a few blocks from our apartment. We'll definitely be back soon.

Pros: Great tajine; a friendly, neighborhood vibe

Cons: None that I know of

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had the octopus salad and flounder. not the usual flavors. very interesting. Small portions though.

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★★★☆☆

had the octopus salad and flounder. not the usual flavors. very interesting. Small portions though.

Pros: flavorful

Cons: small portions, pretentious

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HOW LUCKY I AM TO LIVE NEAR PONTY.....It is a fabulous find....the prix fixe @$19 is hard to believe....the 2-for-$10 martinis with unusual flavors are terrific---try the ginger. I've already been there a dozen times at least with friends, who now bring their friends My cousins from Paris were in town last week and I took them there for dinner (even though it was after 7PM when the prix fixe is no longer available, that's how good it is)...They LOVED it.....The waitstaff is very gracious and accommodating....I wish it a long and happy life in the neighborhood--I just hope it doesn't start to get crowded, for my sake!!

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★★★★★

HOW LUCKY I AM TO LIVE NEAR PONTY.....It is a fabulous find....the prix fixe @$19 is hard to believe....the 2-for-$10 martinis with unusual flavors are terrific---try the ginger. I've already been there a dozen times at least with friends, who now bring their friends My cousins from Paris were in town last week and I took them there for dinner (even though it was after 7PM when the prix fixe is no longer available, that's how good it is)...They LOVED it.....The waitstaff is very gracious and accommodating....I wish it a long and happy life in the neighborhood--I just hope it doesn't start to get crowded, for my sake!!

Pros: FOOD & SERVICE

Cons: NONE

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I just cam home from dinner and every bot of it was AMAZING! I can't wait to bring my everyone I know to this warm and friendly restaurant. The owner and staff made us feel very comfortable and special. The food was do good that I ate every last bite and am now too full and tired from the great wine and am off to a nice sleep to dream about going there for breakfast! haha!

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★★★★★

I just cam home from dinner and every bot of it was AMAZING! I can't wait to bring my everyone I know to this warm and friendly restaurant. The owner and staff made us feel very comfortable and special. The food was do good that I ate every last bite and am now too full and tired from the great wine and am off to a nice sleep to dream about going there for breakfast! haha!

Pros: warm & friendly & VERY DELICIOUS

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I went there to eat. After I ordered, I looked through the glass window that allow you to see the kitchen, and there was the chef cooking my hunger steak. Since I was very hungry I kept watching. What I saw was very unpleasant. The person cooking my meal, grab the steak with his bare hands and flipped it. Like that was not bad enough, he stuck the finger in his mouth and then wiped it in his side. He continue to handle the other things that were on the grill. Trust me I watched carefully, he did not wash his hands. He just kept on cooking. So I walked out

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there to eat. After I ordered, I looked through the glass window that allow you to see the kitchen, and there was the chef cooking my hunger steak. Since I was very hungry I kept watching. What I saw was very unpleasant. The person cooking my meal, grab the steak with his bare hands and flipped it. Like that was not bad enough, he stuck the finger in his mouth and then wiped it in his side. He continue to handle the other things that were on the grill. Trust me I watched carefully, he did not wash his hands. He just kept on cooking. So I walked out

Pros: nice decor

Cons: not clean

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Outstanding from top to bottom. The service was friendly and attentive. The food... ohhhhhhhhhhh the FOOOOOODD! Orgasmic.

To start we ordered the foie gras terrine.. This was simply amazing.

Entree #1 was the ossobuco special with saffron risotto .This was one of the best plates I have had in my life. Everything marries together and melts in your mouth causing emotional and physical responses.

Entree #2 was the fillet mignon with potatoes gratin and shalotte red wine sauce and cook to perfection.
For desert we have warm chocolate cake ,it was melting in your mouth with the vanilla ice cream.

I will look forward to going back soon.

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★★★★★

Outstanding from top to bottom. The service was friendly and attentive. The food... ohhhhhhhhhhh the FOOOOOODD! Orgasmic.

To start we ordered the foie gras terrine.. This was simply amazing.

Entree #1 was the ossobuco special with saffron risotto .This was one of the best plates I have had in my life. Everything marries together and melts in your mouth causing emotional and physical responses.

Entree #2 was the fillet mignon with potatoes gratin and shalotte red wine sauce and cook to perfection.
For desert we have warm chocolate cake ,it was melting in your mouth with the vanilla ice cream.

I will look forward to going back soon.

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My husband and I dined at Ponty Bistro tonight and had another superb meal there. We have been wondering why the food is so great, and it turns out the two Chefs, originally from Senegal, have worked in the some of the very best restaurants in NYC, including Daniel Restaurant, Vong, 60 Thomson and Towne at the Chambers Hotel.
The food and ambiance are warm and inviting, and they play very cool music. We think its the type of "find" that makes living in New York worth the hassle. We both had very tasty butternut squash soup with a touch of ginger. I had the grilled whole fish as an entree, which was stuffed with herbs and spices--truly awesome. He had a fantastic strip steak with delicious sauce. We totally recommend Ponty Bistro. There is something for everyone, including vegetarians. The presentation is always four star, and the prices are extremely reasonable, especially the pre-fixe menus, which seem to offer a real bargain at lunch and dinner. We have been there a number of times, and its always consistent in top quality food and service. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

My husband and I dined at Ponty Bistro tonight and had another superb meal there. We have been wondering why the food is so great, and it turns out the two Chefs, originally from Senegal, have worked in the some of the very best restaurants in NYC, including Daniel Restaurant, Vong, 60 Thomson and Towne at the Chambers Hotel.
The food and ambiance are warm and inviting, and they play very cool music. We think its the type of "find" that makes living in New York worth the hassle. We both had very tasty butternut squash soup with a touch of ginger. I had the grilled whole fish as an entree, which was stuffed with herbs and spices--truly awesome. He had a fantastic strip steak with delicious sauce. We totally recommend Ponty Bistro. There is something for everyone, including vegetarians. The presentation is always four star, and the prices are extremely reasonable, especially the pre-fixe menus, which seem to offer a real bargain at lunch and dinner. We have been there a number of times, and its always consistent in top quality food and service. Enjoy!

Pros: Cuisine is flavorful, original, fresh and delicious

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This little spot is an undiscovered gem in the neighborhood. All the dishes have the finest, freshest ingredients. The food is so earnest and so lovingly prepared, you feel as if you have your own personal chef cooking for you. The fish soup -- loaded with lobster, mussels, clams, fish -- and the salade nicoise are my favorites at a great price. The chocolate mousse is a trip to Cloud Nine.

Everytime I come here, I hear other customers raving about their dishes too. Don't let the simple decor mislead you -- there is some gourmet magic here to be discovered and to return to again and again.

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★★★★★

This little spot is an undiscovered gem in the neighborhood. All the dishes have the finest, freshest ingredients. The food is so earnest and so lovingly prepared, you feel as if you have your own personal chef cooking for you. The fish soup -- loaded with lobster, mussels, clams, fish -- and the salade nicoise are my favorites at a great price. The chocolate mousse is a trip to Cloud Nine.

Everytime I come here, I hear other customers raving about their dishes too. Don't let the simple decor mislead you -- there is some gourmet magic here to be discovered and to return to again and again.

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Best french toast I've ever had. After I ordered from them I received a call to make sure everything was good. It was!

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★★★★★

Best french toast I've ever had. After I ordered from them I received a call to make sure everything was good. It was!

Pros: Service, brunch, steak with african spices (can't remember the exact name)

Cons: none

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Just returned to Forest Hills apt. after having a delightful breakfast at Ponty Bistro. The restaurant is located at 19th St. and 3rd Ave, a great neighborhood gem. My husband had the Almond Brioche French toast, the best in the city, according to him. I had the light, fluffy, delicious pancakes. The coffee was smooth and not bitter. Looking forward to returning soon to try their very interesting lunch or dinner menu.

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★★★★★

Just returned to Forest Hills apt. after having a delightful breakfast at Ponty Bistro. The restaurant is located at 19th St. and 3rd Ave, a great neighborhood gem. My husband had the Almond Brioche French toast, the best in the city, according to him. I had the light, fluffy, delicious pancakes. The coffee was smooth and not bitter. Looking forward to returning soon to try their very interesting lunch or dinner menu.

Pros: Friendly welcome!

Cons: Parking a problem

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My wife and I ate here on their first night open on a whim. What a pleasant surprise!
The place is slightly minimalist and slightly romantic. The service was just fine with
chef Cise coming out to say hello and chat about the food. Ah, the food. The French foundation
with Med. / African touches made for extraordinary dishes, a blend of the familiar with
new and surprising that makes you open your eyes wide and say wow! while you savor
every bite. Believe me, we've been all over the e village and gramercy areas and this place is
a find with quite reasonable prices. Give it a try, I think you'll come away smiling like we did.

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★★★★★

My wife and I ate here on their first night open on a whim. What a pleasant surprise!
The place is slightly minimalist and slightly romantic. The service was just fine with
chef Cise coming out to say hello and chat about the food. Ah, the food. The French foundation
with Med. / African touches made for extraordinary dishes, a blend of the familiar with
new and surprising that makes you open your eyes wide and say wow! while you savor
every bite. Believe me, we've been all over the e village and gramercy areas and this place is
a find with quite reasonable prices. Give it a try, I think you'll come away smiling like we did.

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My friend and I had dinner here just by chance and will definitely go back! We had mussles, scallops and hangar steak and they were all awesome. Im not a big drinker but we tried a couple of the house cocktails, feeling adventurous, I went for the red pepper martini (I can't remember what it was actually called on the menu) which I know sounds really strange but it was so good!
Definitely try this place out!

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★★★★★

My friend and I had dinner here just by chance and will definitely go back! We had mussles, scallops and hangar steak and they were all awesome. Im not a big drinker but we tried a couple of the house cocktails, feeling adventurous, I went for the red pepper martini (I can't remember what it was actually called on the menu) which I know sounds really strange but it was so good!
Definitely try this place out!

Pros: Right by NYU, great food, not too pricey

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Ponty Bistro has the most amazing authentic african and french food ever. I tasted their Pan seared Scallop with roasted beet and it was delicious. The service at was incredible and the atmosphere was warm and cozy. Ponty Bistro is definitely going to be my new favorite East Village restaurant.

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★★★★★

Ponty Bistro has the most amazing authentic african and french food ever. I tasted their Pan seared Scallop with roasted beet and it was delicious. The service at was incredible and the atmosphere was warm and cozy. Ponty Bistro is definitely going to be my new favorite East Village restaurant.

Pros: Delicious Food and Excellent Service

 

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