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Bistro 61
Bistro 61

Bistro 61 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Bistro61.com
  • Email: info@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.


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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "a great French Bistro. The food and service is great. Cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Lovely neighborhood cafe with excellent brunch, friendly service. All good things!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Good Food, Nice People, Nice ambiance. Fair pricing."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Noisy outdoor dining but their moulles-frites are great"
    Dined on 8/20/2013