Cercle Rouge
Cercle Rouge

Cercle Rouge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cerclerougeresto.com/
  • Phone: (212) 226-6252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm-12:00am; Friday & Saturday 4:00pm-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Pascal Condomine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests. Complete buy-out possible for dinner (up to 100 guests), or cocktail party(up to 130 guests).
  • Entertainment: Please reference our website and Facebook page for weekly live music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Moore St
  • Public Transit: Take the 1 train to Franklin St. or A,C,E to Canal St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cercle Rouge
A passion for cars and motorcycles from owner Georges Forgeois’s racing career provides a subtle accent to the elegant bistro décor at Cercle Rouge in Tribeca. The lively bonhomie of the bar area warmly envelops guests as they enjoy an aperitif at the bar or dine leisurely at the café tables, while the chimes of clinking glasses and the Art Deco sconces in the dining room invoke the transporting ambiance of a bustling bouchon in Lyon. In the summer, enjoy an afternoon cocktail on the charming outdoor terrace while experiencing the spectacular urban sunsets and la joie de vivre.

Executive Chef Pascal Condomine oversees an accomplished menu of bistro staples, such as French onion soup gratinée, steak frites and escargots. Alongside these classics, Chef Condomine has composed a proud menu of terroir cuisine featuring such house specialties as house-made pâté, foie gras pasta, duck magret, wild boar and an unforgettable côte-de-boeuf for two.
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Cercle Rouge reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)fit for foodies (3)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Vive la France
    Spedini
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Nice bistro experience with good bistro food. Felt like being back in Paris before Paris got overrun with tourists and mom and pop restaurants went out of business due to high rent gentrification.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails
    JetJuan
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Service, food, wine and location: all five stars as far as I'm concerned. The best French food without the attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tribeca low key find
    MpspVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    excellent food, very nice atmosphere, great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb service
    miltonbVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went there for lunch for the first time on a Tuesday, late afternoon. My friend ordered the quiche and I ordered the croque monsieur. The food was very basic French bistro food and it was good although nothing exciting. We also ordered glasses of wine, the Bordeaux, for $8. This was a great bargain since the wine was absolutely excellent. But what made the lunch most special was the superb service by the waitress. I wish I had gotten her name but I didn't. All I can say is that I will be back again. To me service is as important as the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good
    diningadvocate
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great service and food was mostly good. The atmosphere is friendly and we had great service. The outdoor dining is preferred when the weather is nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 324 reviews are from the Cercle Rouge reviews archive.
  • Empty at Brunch & Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were one of three tables during brunch and we still had a waitress that couldn't remember anything. She forgot drinks on two separate occassions, botched the order and gave us the wrong soup and dropped off our check about 10 minutes after we had asked. I wouldn't come back here.....too many great restaurants in Tribeca to suffer bad service.
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  • Delicious!
    ZeldaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious food and great ambiance. Excellent service and great menu choices. First visit was tres bien!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make me a regular
    RoadkingVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This restaurant has become our regular Sunday night back into the city spot. The staff makes it a pleasure to visit and the food is consistently excellent. We recently visited on Bastille Day which was obviously much busier. The experience was awesome. Both the staff out front as well as the kitchen handled the crowd flawlessly. Thank You.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice Place
    marcoVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Very nice little restaurant, good Service and Very good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speech1954
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was fair, and the service was HORRIBLE. We were ignored, and they didn't bring all the side dishes at the same time as the entrees. We asked several times for the side dishes, to no avail. I will never go there again.
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  • While cafe noir is reopening
    JSB3VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were craving the steak tartare so we dined at cercle rouge. I love the Parisian feel. Our waitstaff were French and very friendly without being obtrusive. The wine list offered good choices in moderate price ranges($40-120). And the tartare was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy kids running around.
    JannyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our group made the mistake of coming here for brunch on Easter. It was fairly empty, yet our server was scarce. The food was fair at best. Little kids seemed to have been given free reign by their parents and the restaurant staff. It seems the word has gotten out: Good place for kids, not so great for adults. If you are an adult looking for good service and food without feeling you are at daycare---AVOID.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    Shino
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I had frisee aux lardon, which was good. The apple tartine was fantastic. Nice ambiance - quiet enough to have a good conversation. I would definitely go back there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit and last
    LePenseur
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Made a dinner reservation for the NYC restaurant week event. Don't think they were paying much of attention to the promotion. The food was mediocre at best and the braised lamb dish I had was way too salty and no much other taste. The other dish we had was the cod and it was bland. Portion was small. The seating was terrible and they chose to cram patrons in some sections of the dining area and leave several other tables empty (claimed there were reservations made but no one ever showed up. Not too smart). Definitely my first visit and now the last one for sure.
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  • thumbs up
    nancyb
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    always a pleasure eating at cercle rouge...weather it is brunch or dinner it has a great atmosphere. music is great and the hosts are attentive. thank you for a great meal. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood bistro
    LittlePundit
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Every neighborhood should have such a French bistro - small, engaging, unpretentious - with simple, familiar, comforting food. Cercle Rouge hit all those notes which made for a delightful lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice for Valentines Day
    ziptalkerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    1st time there, went for the evening live jazz music. Food, ambience and service all better than expected for a very busy Valentines Day. Manager was on the floor at all times keeping things going smoothly. Very impressed. Definitely has the feel and flavor of a French brasserie.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good French bistro/brasserie-type
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Good French bistro/brasserie-type food. A lot of choices at different price points. Roomier than some comparable restaurants. Another pleasant surprise: wine list was quite accessible pricewise -- I saw one bottle for $28 and a few between $30 and $40. We'll be back.
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  • France in TriBeCa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Real French atmosphere, good food, very authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch!
    ilona
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We went here for brunch on Christmas Day. It was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My local French food fix
    ActhpaVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    It is not exactly local for me, but the best quality vs price vs everything French food to feel like I'm back at home. They change the menu according to seasons, have a really cool terrace and have a selection of their best wines at 50% off on Sunday evenings for their wine lovers (read: myself). Their coq-au-vin was particularly exceptional BTW. I would call it a typical French brasserie NYC-enhanced to fit the neighbourhood (Tribeca) and for the expat or French culture 'lovers', they celebrate all the regular French events (14th of July, Beaujolais nouveau, etc.). Voila. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Food Terrible Service
    frenchplane
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    15 minutes to order drink, another 15 before we receive them, another 10 minutes before we get good bottle of wine which we had to remind waiter about. Food was ok and certainly typical fair for a brassery but way to americanized in terms of taste and portions (too big) overall disappointed. also restaurant was empty when we showed up and they did not place us in best seats or table in the house or anywhere near. those seats were given to people who asked or moved there. poor management of this. only speedy service came when bill came...
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  • A Happy Thanksgiving, indeed
    jrr2ok
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Pre-booked an early Thanksgiving dinner, which turned out to be needless when we should up. Better safe than sorry. 49.95 prix fixe with 4 app selections, 4 entree selections and 4 dessert selections. All were appropriate to Thanksgiving, including a delicious mostly traditional turkey dinner. Everything was well done, and we left very happy. The space is beautiful, and the service was good (if a little more leisurely than what we expected). We'll definitely be back, and recommend it to anyone looking to be simultaneously fed and charmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly Good
    lawprof
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Decor and ambiance were pleasant. Service was attentive and patient. Food was excellent. I had the sweetbread salad and the rack of wild boar. Both were tasty and cooked perfectly. The boar especially had a rich, gamey flavor. Others had skate, also perfectly cooked and flavorful, and vegetable ravioli, which I did not taste. We arrived at 6:15 on a Thursday, and the restaurant was largely empty and quiet. By the time we left at 8:30 it was full and the bar was buzzing. I had no idea there was such a vibrant bar scene. Definitely worth going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Keep it simple; mind your sauces."
    Marechalney
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Above, is the great Chef Paul Bocuse's advice to aspiring cuisineieres. These words came to mind as my wife and I enjoyed yet another excellent dinner prepared by Chef Pascal at Cercle Rouge. No tricks, no gimmicks, no showing off, just focused, delicious preparations, creative in a way that enhances, rather than calls attention to itself. We drive almost an hour to dine at Cercle Rouge; de rein!
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  • First experience with French food
    kslnyc
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Good service, quail was surprisingly juicy and taste good but the rest of other dishes were just average. Place was much more quiet and comfortable when the music band stopped playing. I agreed this place could classify as a romantic restaurant from the decoration.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only Cercle Rouge was in
    SAVANNAHGILLVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    If only Cercle Rouge was in my neioghborhood, I'd close my kitchen and throw away the key. Classic French bistro menu, perfectly executed, with a charming and informative staff. I think up excuses to be nearby at dinnertime. One caution. 1 night a week there is live music. If you want to talk, go on a different evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tribeca Gem
    slithering84kam
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Loved the service, and the $ oysters were beyond gorgeous :PPP loved the general ambience and great food, and cocktails...truly will be coming back again!!! Thanks CR for making my evening fab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday brunch!
    AnnhVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    We went for Sunday brunch We sat outside and the service was good. The food was really good. We each had the brunch special and a choice of entrees and a drink. The egg dishes were fantastic. Would love to go back for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    Jack327
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Great brunch for adults and kids have a magician to entertain them and leave you some time for grownups
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hang out in Tribeca
    Coco
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    I think Pascal, the chef, is amazing and so eager to please. Te place is very convivial, the service is god and the food is great, while the menu is changing but always perfect. This is my hang out place and I LOVE it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • nice business lunch location
    NlavaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    I met here with a client and the lunch was great. The server was not lying when she said the Frissee salad was a good size. That alone would have been enough... the Flank Steak was very good. Service was prompt without being over-bearing. Nice to be able to sit outside during good weather. Decor is nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I went here for the first
    Rose624VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    I went here for the first time and enjoyed the food. The outdoor dining was really nice too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    Fernando
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The menu has interesting French dishes. The trout was very good, and you can find god French wines. Outdoor seating is a little cramped, but surprisingly quiet being on W. Broadway. Overall recommended for a date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's JoJo's, of course the
    Timbo
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    It's JoJo's, of course the food was exceptional. Quaint little gem on the UES in the 60's. Came back during Restaurant Week, my only two exceptions; the RW menu is rather limited, and I wish the wait staff spoke french. With that said, JoJo's is a wonderful restaurant. I have been there many times and I will return again.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    While there was nothing to complain about the lunch and service were run of the mill bistro. Wouldn't go back.
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  • An off day for lunch
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Our first time here, a nice-looking restaurant with good rep. It was Restaurant Week and this is may be the most chintzy (portions) lunch offering we've experienced. The appetizer, leeks in vinaigrette, was decently prepared and generous enuf, but I prefer them less well-cooked; these were not just soft but a little mushy. Sharper knives would have been good to facilitate slicing through the leeks without destroying them. Monk fish was tasty but a tad dried out and too salty for my taste; a good deal of the portion was bone. The peach dessert: forgettable if not disastrous, presented in very small cup. Parsimonious and undistinguished. Service was generally confused, attentive only at the outset, appearing as if they wanted to sell drinks.
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  • vdine
    vdine
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    The food was just ok but an enjoyable place for an unhurried lunc
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    great for lunch
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  • Would have been great but
    RestoQueen
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    my companion made a scene. She wanted to change something on the Restaurant Week menu, which is a strict no-no, She got her way in the end but her divaishness was just embarrassing and spoiled my lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service
    Pallas
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Four of us dropped into this spot for a quick dinner before a friend's birthday party nearby. The food was awesome, perfect mussels and steak, reminded me so keenly of France. The staff was awesome; not only did they recommend where we could find a last minute bottle of wine for our friend, they also loaned me an umbrella since it had just started to rain. Really friendly bar tender as well. Will absolutely be back for another taste of Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.