Bistro Chat Noir
Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 American, French, Contemporary French
  • 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 2127942428
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bistro Chat Noir reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)romantic (28)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (19)great for brunch (18)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (10)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Wonderful First-Time Experience
    SoNewYork
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we love it!!! Every luncheon
    openminded
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother making a reservation
    Sam012VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem of a bistro
    evavitaVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice French restaurant
    MaggieNYC
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I really like this restaurant. One of my favorites. Cost is reasonable considering the quality of the food and service. Excellent food. A little disappointed that filet mignon was not on the prix fixe menu after being told on the phone that it would be. Nevertheless, the lamb shank was absolutely delicious. Dessert was a little disappointing, hence 4 stars instead of 5. Service here is always very good, but doesn't quite rate 5 stars, but close. If I could give 4 and a half, I would, in all categories. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loads of charm
    Beachplum811VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This is a classic French bistro. The room itself is very charming. However, I think the food is good but not great. There are better places to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of Paris in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Charmed by the entrance, charmed by the inside ambience, excellent service, great food, excellent wine. Even the rest rooms were amusing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Cat is Better
    DoubleFF
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    While the cat has been a local favorite the steady menu and wine list can be problematic. We were therefore very pleasantly surprised and pleased by a refreshed menu Keep up the good work and we look forward to an early return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Excellent food and service. Nice french bistro feel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood joint
    Abcd
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is a neighborhood jam. We were seated right away and service was good. I think the only draw back is that even thought its located in a prime neighborhood I think brunch for 2 at $110 is quite high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    CMackNY
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Great food, fun clientele, front of house lovely, wait staff so so. Maybe need to hire a few more waiters, long wait between everything.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfection
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Not only perfect for "ladies who lunch" but much much more. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable and friendly
    GailyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Good basic and reliable food, extremely friendly reception and service. One wants to go back often. It is truly a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    KLoveVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    What a treat to eat delicious French food in a dining room presided over by Suzanne Latapie. The beet salad is not to be missed and the cheese soufflé was perfectly turned out. If you are from out of town, definitely stop in here - you will feel like a local!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Uwsrevs
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    A warm, friendly restaurant. Food is very good. A pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quintessential Upper East Side!
    nancizimVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Great convenient spot for lunch if you are looking for overpriced food that tastes good and is served in portions so that you can maintain your size 2!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't pass this place by.
    Morriscounty81
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great place. Fantastic food, service, wine, and easy on the wallet. Try the Shortribs, best in the City. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Frenchy bistro, with
    foodluverVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Classic Frenchy bistro, with an updated feel to it. Short ribs were terrific, and the sides are very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my first time.
    BoomBoomK9
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I always gravitate to Bistro Chat Noir because of the warm environment and the good food. Anyone I take there likes it. I love it. The menu is diverse, the service is great and it is perfect for conversing and catching up with friends. The martini's with the blue cheese stuffed olives are a big hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food
    Cgoetz
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Great service, great food and nothing is ever a problem. Love this place. Lots of fun, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The overall experience is
    Rick
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    The overall experience is great. Its not a place to say - unbelievable but you will leave saying it was everything expected. Food, service, atmosphere and attitude were a perfect package. Can see why they are always full and open for so long. Will be back many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is reasonably priced
    Epicurus
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Food is reasonably priced and good. Drinks are pricey. Don't come here for intimate private conversations, Tables are very close together. Epicurus
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Big Disappointment
    FirstClassVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We were hoping this would be a great find of a restaurant; it was not. The food was in no way special and close to bland. My son had salmon and it was simple salmon sitting on lentils no sauce no spices. My daughter had risotto and the rice was hard, not the creamy risotto she expected. The onion soup and Mac and cheese were fine but not really special. Also for the quality it was expensive. All I can say is we will not be back
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  • really? not again
    HungryCouple
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    On Upper East Side? Seriously? Waited forever for food, get the wrong meal.....waiter even give us attitude. Veru laud, you cant even speak. Blond lady (owner or hostess) just annoying, fake smile... Not a professional management
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Soize
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Good food , and service , reasonably priced. Been there a few times, never disappointing
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    PapapatVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This is our 4th or 5th time here and it never disappoints. We were joined by friends who had never been and they are now hooked. A slight glitch. My wife and one of our companions both ordered the same salad and I ordered a chicken dish. They brought out two chicken dishes and one salad. They brought out the missing salad when the rest of us were halfway through our entrees. As no one was starving it was an inconvenience not a disaster. The complimentarty dessert was a good touch to make amends. We will return and bring new friends for them to enjoy a lovely dinner in a lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem of a restaurant. A happy place.
    1hungrytiger
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Nice lunch menu with many choices reasonably priced. Wines by the glass a little on the high side but you get a good amount in the glass. Good service. Will return. Great place for both business lunches and ladies luncheons.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Chat Noir
    WJC722VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I and a friend had a great dinner at Bistro Chat Noir but I did think it was somewhat overpriced for the starters and the wine. I think the location has to do with the pricing. $14.00 minimum for a glass of too high, there should have been other lower priced options. We both ordered the Branzino which is a favorite of mine and it was very nicely prepared and delicious. The food was terrific, no complaints at all...just felt I could have gone elsewhere for great food for 20% less mainly because of the wine and starter prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always LOVE this restaurant!
    dfcoVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    A favorite in a city of great restaurants. ALWAYS good and always a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My daughter and I went for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    My daughter and I went for lunch. Food was vey good and the service very attentive. Swapped out the regular fries for the truffle fries which was worth the extra money. Expensive lunch but worth it. The owner, Suzanne, came over and introduced herself which was very nice. Later asked us if we recognized that Jon Hamm was at the next table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy but classy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We adore this cozy bistro and dine here every time we are in NYC. We are never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eat where the locals eat
    foodisgoodlover
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    excellent food, service and ambience. loved the location in a quiet neighborhood. felt like you were out of the hustle and bustle that manhattan is.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Bistro!
    Karmen170
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    I chose Bistro Chat Noir based on the Open Table description and I am so happy that I did! I had a lovely dinner with a friend whom I had not seen in years. I called to request a change in our reservation and they were able to accommodate us! The ambience is just lovely. We were tempted to dine al fresco because it was so beautiful, bit we chose to dine inside which was just as posh. The service was superb and the food was delicious! I will recommend Bistro Chat Noir to friends and family. A lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, charming restaurant
    YolyOVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Lovely, charming restaurant with impeccable service and food that has been perfect every time we've gone. A favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Charming,New Go-To Place on UES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    My husband and I dined here after an afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art-- and we are so glad we did! A lovely walk down 5th Avenue, this cozy, charming bistro has fabulous food. My husband and I both loved our choices for dinner and appetizers (heirloom tomato salad, quinoa salad, seafood)---- everything was wonderfully prepared and presented. We ordered 2 desserts (both chocolate!) and loved them both. The chocolate souffle could have fed a dozen people but it was so good, we kept it to ourselves! The owner came by and was very solicitous, wanting to be sure we were happy ---- we had a lovely evening and will return here many times I am sure. If you are in the area --- or not---- do not miss this little gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite NYC bistro!
    Miranda
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    I love everything about Bistro Chat Noir: service; food; ambience and ease in making reservations! It's my favorite place to go in every season!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming!
    NyVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I picked Bistro CN over more pricey UES restaurants for a French dining experience, and was not disappointed. The staff was gracious and attentive, very professional, and the food was perfectly prepared. The Ravioli Rayon, with escargot, was my favorite: tasty and well seasoned without being too garlicky. The ambiance was lovely; banquette tables aren't packed tightly together so there was room between us and other diners. I would go back and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper East Side Classic
    Bagels
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    I look forward to returning to Bistro Chat Noir to order the cheese souffle! My tuna tartar was as fresh as could be and my friend's seared salmon on a bed of lentils looked perfect. The gazpacho was refreshing - and fresh! Bistro Chat Noir is reliable and the service impeccable. I LOVE this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Side Casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Casual on the East Side is anything but...the patrons are well dressed and stylish. And, Chat Noir accommodates with an attractive dining room, great service and excellent food. Overall, Chat Noir is a great experience and a lot of fun...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this a bistro??
    Kelly
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Chat Noir is an accommodating, pleasant, neighborhood hang out serving passable fare to an uncritical clientele. But it is time for some truth in labeling. Bistros don't serve tuna burgers or mac and cheese BLT's to name only two examples from this haphazard menu. The branzino in combination with braised fennel didn't quite make since the fennel was tough and had been braised too long. On the other hand, my companion's "Cat Burger" was "delicious."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate