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Bistro 61
Bistro 61

Bistro 61 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Bistro61.com
  • Phone: (212) 223-6220
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Raggiri & Adil Fawzi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Bistro61 offers any number of catering options in every price range. Whether you wish to celebrate at Bistro61 or at your home or office, we can accommodate all of your needs and then some. You can go to our website and see some menus or for outside catering for groups of 10 or more, click on this link to see our catering menu (with prices very different than our regular delivery menu): http://bistro61.com/menu_section/catering_menu_3_1.pdf
  • Private Party Facilities: Outstanding food, carefully selected wines, caring service and an intimate atmosphere combine to create a memorable event at Bistro61. Whether it's a bridal shower, a family event, or a business function, our lovely room provides a comfortable setting that is sure to meet your needs. The room features exposed brick, antique lighting and chandeliers, comfortable banquettes, terrazzo and wood floors, and a small, elegant bar made of sandstone and mahogany. Bistro61 is available for private parties for partial or entire evening events. The restaurant can host seated events for up to 60 guests (or 75 including the outdoor seating, weather permitting) and cocktail parties for 70 standing guests with limited available seating.
  • Private Party Contact: Jon or Lionel (212) 223-6220
  • Special Events & Promotions: Summer Special - Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day.
    3-course menu for the price of your entrée, including our daily Specials.

    Monday thru Thursday
    2-course Prix Fixe menu with coffee or tea for the price of ANY entrée
    4:00 to 6:45 pm
    Also, Flex your Mussels all night!
    All you can eat mussels and fries with a glass of wine or beer - $28.95

    Wednesday Nights
    50% off on select bottles of wine

    Saturday & Sunday Brunch
    Prix Fixe Brunch $19 includes coffee or tea;
    mimosa, fresh squeezed OJ or bloody mary

    Happy Hour
    2 for 1 drinks at the bar from 4–6 pm every day

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW corner of 1st Avenue and 61st Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, N, R & W trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, and Roosevelt Island Tram.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available along 1st Avenue; after 7 pm and all day Sunday parking is available along 1st Avenue as well as 61st Street; numerous parking garages are located along 61st Street.
A word from Bistro 61
Description ZAGAT: Food & Service rated Very Good to Excellent.

SEE BELOW FOR OUR WEEKLY SPECIALS!

Executive Chef Adil Fawzi is responsible for the creation of a menu not too often seen in a bistro setting. He takes a proactive role in the maintenance of the kitchen; on any given night throughout the week he can be found manning the fires, ensuring that the quality of the dishes he designed never falters.

The consistency of the food is obvious to any of their regulars. The menu is a sophisticated, creative combination of classic Provençal fare fused with inspiration from the Mediterranean coast. Chef Anthony Raggiri's menu provides the palette with an eclectic array of dishes drawing tastes from his native Marseille, Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, all the while staying true to the premise that less is more.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The food is always good. Best, best, BEST hamburger. Enjoy a bucket of mussels with wine or Sangria. Their chicken is always succulent. Pastas and rissoto's excellent. Their fish is always well prepared. For lunch? We love the onion soup. The vegetable pannini. Just really good food, nice ambience. Their nutella crepe dessert is sooo good, but it is hard not to have the flourless chocolate cake.... Really good bar and wine selection. The owner, John, makes everyone feel welcome and the staff is great. Lucky for us, we live so close because if we didn't - well, we'd just have to move in!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was my first time there. Although it was steamy weather, all the doors and windows were open allowing the hot air to make the interior uncomfortable. On top of that workers were using a jack hammer directly outside the front door. I had to ask the waitress to please close the doors and turn on the air conditioning. Prices were reasonable for New York but I wouldn't return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Perfect for a quick meal, good staff and nice wine to boot"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We picked this place because it was near an event we were attending. What a nice surprise. The choices for food were excellent and the wait staff was friendly and helpful. The AC was just right, no icy drafts. Prices are reasonable. Altogether a pleasing experience which I would be happy to repeat."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I been going there, the food is great friendly waitress and hostess the menu is different like the old album records and lots of selection"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always a lovely dining experience at Bistro 61 -- good food, decent prices, nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Stopped in here for lunch. Plenty of space inside, and weather was nice outside so most people were sitting there. Staff was very friendly to the kid my friends brought along. Slowed after the initial order, but consistent and friendly. They served us quickly with bread, olive oil on the table, and balsamic when we asked. The chicken & pesto sandwich was so-so, nothing exciting there, Cosi's better. The fries, though, were good, seasoned just enough to be tasty on everyone's plate. The Smoked Salmon Florentine was just perfectly made eggs with a heap of sauce, a salad and onion-grilled potatoes to the side. Side of bacon was normal, nothing special here. Eating here leisurely seemed to be the key."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I only had a chefs salad, and it was good. My sister had an omelet with a french spin on it and said it was great and that she'd return."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We were in NYC for a short visit and planned to go to a different place but it was pouring and Bistro 61 was only a block away. This worked out very well for us. We split mussels and a burger. The mussels were great and there were plenty for 2( we ordered the large order). The burger was the best ground beef I have ever had. We will return when we are in area."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "A good, solid choice. If you're a fan of moules, give it extra points."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed the cozy neighborhood feel of the restaurant. The escargots for the appetizer were average, and it took nearly 35 minutes for them to arrive. Not worth the wait! However, our entrees of veal scallopine and steak frites were quite good, as was the dessert crepe. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass. We would go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Most of the food ordered was good , tasty , with ingredients of quality. My only objection was that the Sauce with the rouille for the Moules Marseillaise was deep in the bottom of the pot. Perhaps the mussels should have been served in a wider opened dish ? The mussels on top were dry and the sauce had not penetrated to impart its delicious taste. I like the toast served with the mussels but found the "frites" not up to par. The white sauce for the salmon could have been a bit more "releve", less bland. Two of the waiters were friendly, smiling and pleasant. I was very impressed that the bar tender would leave from behind the bar to go out and greet diners coming into the restaurant: a nice gesture."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my most recent dinner at Bistro 61. I had the baked Endive as a starter and then the Lamb Burger as a main course. Michelle our waitress does a fantastic job and I will return soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great neighborhood dining spot. Unusual menu with many well prepared dishes."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Nice place..prompt service..popuar before Dangerfield Comedy shows across street..the moroccan lamb burger is great"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I thought the food was quite good --the ambience was lacking and the venue was not attractive. I would not rush back. The service was attentive, but I thought it would be more of a French crew rather than a Mexican one--while Olga was lovely --The place needed a little polishing."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This was my third trip to Bistro 61, and like the other two, I came on a quite night for dinner with a group of friends. We were warmly greeted by our waitress, Michelle. Our group tried a variety of items on the menu, and we enjoyed them all. Highlights included, the Steak Tartare, Lamb burger, Chocolate Fondue, Escargot, and a chicken tagine dish that I can't remember the name of. Service was excellent, and we enjoyed a great meal, at a leisurely pass (our choice). The menu is a mix of classic French/Belgian bistro items with some other choices thrown in. I intend to return often in 2014!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We were 9 people. The service was good. Efficient. Bronzino boned tableside was fresh and crispy. 3 people who ordered the onion soup were unimpressed. Lacked body and flavor. Surprising for a French place. We will be back for prix fixe. otherwise pricey."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My office went to Bistro 61 for a celebratory lunch and had a good time. There were eight of us and all of us liked our food (and most of us got different things). The portions were reasonable."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "a great French Bistro. The food and service is great. Cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Good Food, Nice People, Nice ambiance. Fair pricing."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Lovely neighborhood cafe with excellent brunch, friendly service. All good things!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I am a regular here, whether dining in or ordering in so I am partial to this little bistro. I decided to go for New Year's because they were NOT doing a prix fixe menu but were offering a la carte holiday specials. It was an excellent decision! Restaurant was full when we entered at 9 but service did not suffer. Food was delicious. Duck confit with wild mushrooms in a puff pastry was melt in your mouth, artichoke salad with green and shaved grana Padana was delicious, baby lamb shank in red wine reduction with gnocchi was rustic and comforting on a cold evening. Ended with delicious flaming crepes Suzette. This was a perfect choice for dinner, no forced New Year's hoopla, great food, good energy, reasonable prices. Neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Out jog the two meals we wanted. Babies crying not a good experience"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I met an old friend for a Thursday "brunch". Bistro 61 accommodated an 11:15 reservation. Although 2/3 of the brunch party were late, the staff were very friendly and relaxed. Once all were assembled, we ordered the omelets with chèvre and roasted red bell pepper. They were delicious: moist, warm, flavorful, balanced flavors. All in all, it was a simple, un-rushed meal. I am looking forward to returning and trying their dinner entrees."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Can't wait to make this one of our neighborhood go to. This "French Style" restaurant has a great atmosphere, nice music, and the food is like home (and I am French). Strongly recommend anyone who wants to have a romantic night."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great "locals" spot. Mussels were delicious, as was the chicken and veal. Quaint atmosphere, great service and great wine. Staff and local patrons were super friendly. Would definitely eat here again. Happy hour before 7:00."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Great location on the course, and very accomodating staff! Food was perfect and served in a timely manner. And the mimosas were kept coming. On such a busy day, we never felt we were ignored or even rushed~!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Great staff, lovely atmosphere near an adorable garden, and lots of solid food choices.Great for a more casual time in Chelsea!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Some of the most authentic French food I've eaten since I lived in France a number of years ago. Brought 4 California friends -- they were all delighted with the food, friendly service and very NY-neighborhood feel. Absolutely will return."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Four of went to Bistro 61 and we shared meals and there was no question or comment by the server to us for sharing. The food, service and dessert was excellent. Bravo to Bistro 61."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Small little bistro with good atmosphere. Got busy for a Sunday evening. Had good service but I feel others that arrived later were having a bit of a wait. Food was good. Reasonably priced. Their signature appetizer is mussels which were excellent. I have to say that was the best part of the meal."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Had another great meal at Bistro 61. Simple delicious consistent food, great for our neighborhood. Service very attentive and knowledgeable. Has some great deals too! We will be back of course."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "I had my first dinner at Bistro 61 last night and I was very pleasantly surprised. The food was outstanding, I probably over ordered as so many menu items looked too good to pass up. It was a slow night, so the place was very quiet. The ambiance is about average for a bistro and I docked them a star on service because no one came to refill my water glass. The waitress was very good and explained all the dishes on the menu. I am looking forward to returning and trying out some other items on their menu."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "The food was excellent. Everything that was recommended was perfectly seasoned and wine selection was perfect. It was truly a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Noisy outdoor dining but their moulles-frites are great"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Great place to get together for the eight of us. Good food reasonable wine list and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Food was really very go and they have a nice diverse menu. However, the service was dismal at best. Server couldn't get the ordes right even after they were repeated numerous times. The time between courses was very long...too long. Had to ask for simple things like water and salt and pepper. Overall, the service was just not what it should have been."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "Great place. No complaints except for the cash only specificity for the brunch prix fix. That is strange and annoying. Either be all cash only or not."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "My sister and I had lunch recently, we split the mussells in mustard sauce, excellent. The bread was also great. Wine list reasonable."
    Dined on 6/10/2013