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Bistro Chat Noir
Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrochatnoir.com
  • Email: info@bistrochatnoir.com
  • Phone: (212) 794-2428
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday 11:30am-5:00 pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am-5:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Sunday Supper 5:00 pm- 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, French American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Available for large group dining in the restaurant and private events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bistro Chat Noir hosts large group reservations as well as complete "buyouts" of our townhouse space. We can accommodate up to 75 guests for a seated dinner, rehearsal dinner and cocktail or birthday party. We have a full bar and wine list. Outside terrace seating is also available. Bistro Chat Noir is located in the heart of the elegant Upper East Side and is next to Central Park.
  • Private Party Contact: SUZANNE LATAPIE (212) 794-2428
  • Entertainment: Fantastic venue for private parties. We can host 30-80 guests for a private restaurant event. In past guests have had fashion shows, DJ music, trunk shows, art galleries, fundraisers, rehearsal dinners, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, weddings. Our in house party planner Hank has all the answers for you 2127942428
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wonderful venue for all the holidays...chic and fun. Major Halloween and New Years Eve Parties, limited seating book ahead!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5TH AND MADISON
  • Public Transit: Madison Avenue/Fifth Avenue NYC buses N or R train stops at 60th street and Fifth Avenue 6 stops at 68th Street and Lexington 4, 5 stops at 59th Street and Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Safe, Free public parking daily after 7 pm in front of restaurant. Garages in the area.
A word from Bistro Chat Noir
Bistro Chat Noir, is located in the heart of New York City's fashionable upper east side, melds the classic with contemporary elements of French styling, all fit snuggly into a sleek and elegant townhouse setting. Approachable but first class in every respect, Bistro Chat Noir offers the finest ingredients in a glamorous indoor and outdoor setting, where all the patrons will mingle like good friends at a garden party. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A late lunch on Saturday brought us to Le Chat Noir and it was wonderful in every way. From the charming and truly welcoming host to the beautiful room, the kind and prompt service and the outstanding food, it was a like being in a true French restaurant where professionalism is the mark of genuine hospitality."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was really good, we went for brunch. I had lobster BLT scramble. We started with bufala mozzarella bites, which were delicious!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our first time to this neighborhood spot with friends from, CA. The ambience & room is warm & lovely. Sunday brunch menu had many excellent selections. Great wine & drink list too. My only but biggest problem was with the waitstaff and their constant, direct interruption of our conversation. Of course I know their mandate is to move things along with order taking. Our waitstaff did not know the polite way to interrupt our exuberant conversation of four reunited friends. Just plain rude cutting into our discussions. So for that, I'd be hesitant to return or recommend if the occasion called for good conversation with a meal. Our orders included; chicken salad, which was excellent and omelettes which were reported as tasteless."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Bistro Chat Noir never disappoints. Had a particularly great experience for lunch last week. Cajun chicken entree was delicious as is the cheese soufflé, lobster salad and burger. The bonus was our tall, handsome, friendly server!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Needed a restaurant in this area and just picked this out of a book. It all worked. Will go back"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had a very pleasant dinner. Good food. Suits couples or small group of friends. $50 per person. Recommended."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Good weekend brunch with excellent food and good, well trained service"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Beef ribs over mashed potatoes and Brussels sprout leaves with a wonderful gravy. Hmmmm. Service was very good. Waiter helpful with entire recommendations."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We are frequent visitors to this section of Manhattan and are delighted to discover this genuine bistro. It was perfect for a delicious evening - a neighborhood gem - and the food and ownership were very welcoming on a cold night."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My husband and I love french food and have been crawling the city in search of gallic goodness. This is a charming, low key spot that fit the bill nicely. Speaking of bills though...wish the wine list had a few selections tailored toward the new economy. But it's the UES and i'm sure few other patrons take notice of this. That said, we had a great meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A wonderful neighborhood restaurant, full of charm & with delightful food. Small enough to be intimate, with a good menu & accommodating staff. A 'find' especially if you prefer a quieter ambience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Our first time here, but we will return. The food and service were excellent, if not truly exceptional, and the staff were polite, responsive and engaging (great bartender - kept us entertained during the short wait for our table). Our only real criticism was the noise level (hard to have a conversation without leaning into your group and speaking louder than one would like but we found necessary). Some of this is due to the tables being too close together which I can understand from a financial perspective, especially in that area. However, if they could eliminate one table from each of the three long aisles, it would probably help the sound level and also make the space easier to navigate - both for customers and staff"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A very relaxed place, always enjoy coming here. Very close to my apartment, so its nice to walk always. The food is always good and the service great!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Always a winner! Best Braised short ribs and finest burger in the universe."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Charming place, wonderful food - perfect place to meet the son's new girlfriend. There were five of us, we were not rushed and could hear each other easily! Great location also!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was looking forward to this dinner but was disappointed at the prix fixe meal of $125 per person, which in and of itself is acceptable if there is a really special meal. It was also unexpected and I felt bad about putting our friends in a position of having to readjust to the jacked up prices. The food was decent but not worth the high price. I would like to try the restaurant on another night, but won't go out of my way!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is delicious and well priced. The service was warm with perfect timing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "lovely valentines day food very good service same would go again"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pri fixe was advertised at $95 per person but turned out to be $125 per person, plus $22 tax, plus $50 gratuity. For $322 I would have expected something much more than what I got here. It was good, but when I pay that much for dinner, I expect something on the next level. Food was pretty good, service was pretty good. Overpriced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food, service and ambiance were very nice at this quaint restaurant. Small, intimate space with very good food and excellent service. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great neighborhood spot in a great neighborhood! Friendly but unobtrusive service from all - coat check to hostess to wait staff to bus help! They made us feel like neighborhood regulars! Food was very good -- staff surprised my wife with a birthday candle in the chocolate soufflé and flutes of champagne (based simply on a note that I included with our OT reservation). Restaurant was moderately crowded and the space is not large, but we didn't have any trouble having a conversation over the "happy white noise" of the large crowd enjoying the evening with friends. Bonus points for the blue cheese stuffed olives in the blue cheese dirty martinis!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "$12 for tiny skinny 6 grilled asparagus??!! Even for NYC standards it is way too much. I get it, we are in Manhattan but I mean common there has to be some kind of common sense. The food was good but for that price I would rather go to Nobu."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My ninety-five year old father comes here occasionally. This time we went with him. The staff was very helpful and we were pleased at how they remembered his dietary needs. I had the tiny ravioli with snails. Wonderful but VERY rich. The steak came rare as ordered. My husband's seafood risotto was fantastic. Do have the Chocolate souffle! Excellent and enough for 3-4 people. I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great crowd. Comfortable and attractive rooms. Food was good. Service was attentive. One complaint was noise level and I usually don't notice noise in a restaurant. I will absolutely go back. Good experience overall."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the entire evening at this restaurant. Attentive service, food was very good, nice menu, very good ambiance, overally, would definitly would go back."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Three of us came in for a double-birthday dinner and we had a wonderful, wonderful evening. The place was packed in an energetic kind of way and yet the food and service were perfect, with lots of attention to detail. Even with all the choices in Manhattan, we will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Ambiance was very lovely, however, the tables were too close together and impinged on privacy. The prix fix lunch was completely delicious, especially the meringue dessert in a vanilla sauce with caramel on top. It is very close to the NYC museums and a perfect place to have lunch. I would most definitely return."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Chat Noir has pleasant staff and good food. The owner's presence is a good sign. Largely an over-40 UES crowd with acceptable noise levels. It's a fairly long and narrow space on the ground floor of a townhouse, plus three small outdoor tables on the front patio helpfully a few steps below street grade. They recently introduced a tasty ravioli dish appetizer with pesto and escargots. They use some organic/grass-fed meats, which is important to me. The seafood and tender short ribs are highlight main dishes, but the kitchen handles most things well. Decent values on the wine list. The tarte tatin is a good dessert choice although you might go for a dairy/sugar rush of the ile flottante. Overall, Chat Noir is reliable and worth a try."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for Christmas dinner. We went for the first seating and that also included a nice cabaret show. Food and service was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The hostess called me to insist on a credit card number to reserve. I went here for Christmas Eve and arrived at 6:05 for a 6:00 reservation. I was seated at the worst table next to the hallway to the kitchen. My seat actually blocked the waitress' access to the adjacent table. The hostess was too busy chatting with regular customers to notice me standing and waving for her attention. Ee were moved to a center table where we feared someone would knock over our wine bottle! The Food was fine and the waitress had a good sense of humor and was very helpful. But clearly locals get better treatment. And I was surprised by the AUTOMATIC 20% tip added to the bill. We were two people and there was no mention of any automatic tip arrangement."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We booked a table for Christmas eve dinner and the place was full. The ambiance was very nice and the food good but the candle light made it difficult to read the menu. The waitress was impatient, unhelpful and almost rude, maybe she could not cope with so many people in the restaurant. She almost ruined the special occasion for us. A second waitress came to our rescue and the service was much better. I complained to the manager when leaving."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Good food and great service. Very friendly wait Staff. Great spot for a quiet dining experience."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This was our first time to this place since moving to the neighborhood. We had a fabulous meal. Great service, great food, great wine (red served at cellar temperature, not room temperature!). We did feel a tiny bit rushed at the end of the night but it was a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I chose this restaurant because of all the decent restaurants a short walking distance from the Frick Collection, it was the most reasonably priced. That's not to say its inexpensive, because it's not. The hostess, who greeted us with a French accent, was warm and welcoming, and the ambience cozy and friendly. The French onion soup was good, as was the escargot appetizer. I ordered the Niicoise salad which was supposed to include haricot verts and olives but which came with neither, but it was good nonetheless. My dinner companions ordered the lobster salad, which they liked. Overall, a good restaurant in a neighborhood of great but very pricey restaurants."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The food, service and ambiance were all magnificent"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This is one of our all time favorite NYC restaurants. Staff, food and wine are always PERFECT."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was our first time at Bistro Chat Noir. We were delighted with lunch at our table-for-two. The ambience was great, the food (hanger steaks) delicious, and the attention of the staff was exceptional. We will undoubtedly return during our next visit to New York."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "we love it!!! Every luncheon we had there and there were quite a few was excellent. a bit noisy and wait staff needs a bit of help. will go back many times."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I've been here for dinner on-and-off since they first opened. It used to be a quaint and quiet neighborhood joint. But it's become very popular. Quite packed for dinner. The food is good- has been consistent over the years. My main peeve with this restaurant is that they do not honor their reservation policy. This Summer I waited 35 minutes beyond my reservation time for our table. Thinking this was a one-time fluke I went again this week. Again, we were told 15 minute wait and after 15 minutes were told another 20 minutes. Sorry- not acceptable. Luckily we had an abnormally warm night and we reluctantly sat outside. So don't bother making a reservation here. I certainly won't be doing so again."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "had a wonderful dinner with friends - it's a bit loud but no one seems to mind. Food is great - delicious salmon, wonderful brussels sprouts and chocolate mousse to die for. Owner Suzanne Latapie is the consummate hostess making everyone feel special and welcome. Staff are efficient and pleasant but not in your face. Great place for dinner with friends, supper with a girlfriend or a group night out. There was a man dining alone near us with a book and the staff seemed to take good care of him - nice to be able to do that in a place like this. Just great. Lovely paintings on the walls and nice plants etc."
    Dined on 12/3/2013