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Charlie Bird
Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://charliebirdnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 235-7133
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30-12:00 midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Hardy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Entrance on 6 Avenue south of Houston
  • Public Transit: A, C, E, B, D, F, M Train: West 4th Street Station.
    1 Train: Houston Street Station.
    6 Train: Spring Street Station.
    N, R Train: Prince Street Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Three parking garages are located nearby:
    1. Central Parking on 14 Charlton St.=Prince St. (west of 6 Ave.),
    2. Icon Parking on 375 Hudson St. (south of Houston),
    3. Garage Management Company/Minetta Garage on 122 West 3 St. (between 6
    Ave. and MacDougal St.)
A word from Charlie Bird

Our menu comes from New York's farmers markets, Long Island fishing boats, country fields and the wondrous meanderings of spirited travelers with passionate palates. We're crushing seafood, roasted meats, crazy good wine and creamy espresso. We present a wine list broad enough for you to come by and enjoy wine with us every night or you can order something you can't get anywhere else in the world. We're Italian influenced, American executed and entirely New York.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were recommended Charlie Bird by a relative and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing and the cool vibe was like nothing we've experienced back home. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Love this place! Music is great. Food is creative and delicious. Looking forward to trying entire menu!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I was truly wowed by the Charlie Bird's offerings! Its not very often that you get to experience food cooked with such refinement & finesse without pretense, but Charlie Bird has managed to do so while making it appear all very effortless. An enthusiastic two thumbs up and bravo to the Charlie Bird team!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "As it should be, the food is the main star of this restaurant. But no star can shine on its own and service and setting were all impeccable. Wine list is great - and they offer fantastic wines at all price points. We had a $45 chianti that was great. Enough to order 3 of them. The faro salad appetizer, octopus, duck pasta, spaghetti nero and chicken were all completely delicious. All in a comfortable and casual settting. Everyone should check out this place at least once. And did I mention the amazing music? Hip hop 90s. Love."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We've been interested in Charlie Bird for some time, because it's just down the street from us and has been getting a lot of good press. But it's always mobbed (and is really loud at night), so we made a lunch reservation. Good choice: very relaxing and quiet. The service was pleasant, though a little slow. The menu was fun and different. Highlights: excellent prosecco-by-the-glass. The caramelized cauliflower was amazing, with a good mix of complementary flavors and textures. The desserts (apple cake and panna cotta) were exceptional. Not so good: the tomato/basil gnocchi was rather bland and overly-acidic; reminded me of supermarket sauce. But on the whole, we had a really good experience and will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Let me just start off by saying that the music here is the best. Awesome 90's hip hop and rap. They played songs from The Chronic, and lots of Pac. The pastas here are exceptional. We had the Rigatoni and the Duck Egg. Great dishes. Then we had the chicken which was superb, and the mint peas which I loved as well. I can't wait to go back and try the Capellacci and The Rabbit. My only complaint is that the drinks were overpriced. But I really like this place. I loved the vibe so much that if the drinks were better priced, I would come hang out at the bar on the regular. Great spot."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything was absolutely delicious! There were five of us that ate lunch there and everyone loved their food! The service was attentive and knowledgeable too. The only complaint I have is that it was a hot summer day and because they had their windows open there was no where to go to escape the heat. So we were sweating the entire time as ate..which isn't fun. Wish there had a designated area with air conditioning that you could actually feel. Otherwise the place is great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went here for lunch on the weekend. It has outdoor tables, but they also have those glass walls that fully open on a Saturday, so nice to sit inside and still feel like you are outside. My husband and I had oysters, farro salad, gnocchi, and focaccia with figs. Everything was excellent, but the farro salad was the best farro I have had in my life, and the focaccia with figs was to die for. The place itself is set up nicely, casual but with some unique touches, including the music being hip hop and rap of my youth. I loved the place. I'll definitely go back. It's perfect."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Took my girl friend here on her birthday and had an amazing experience. The music was awesome, good old school hip hop, the ambiance was great and the food and wine was superb! I would recommend this place for any occasion, but especially if you're looking for an amazing dinning experience that doesn't have to cost a fortune (it wouldn't have minus the bottle of wine, which was out of this world as well!)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Laid back, welcoming and hip space. Service is knowledgeable, professional. Soundtrack is 90s hip hop, like my ipod was plugged in! We sat outside for a late lunch. Still/Sparkling provided on the house. Kept hearing about this Farro Salad (and who the heck says "have the Farro"?). Excellent and so creative - farro, pistachio, mint, parmesan fava beans - all ingredients work to lighten the farro; fresh and filling start. Carrot salad - roasted heirloom carrots, ginger - another flavored/light winner. Mains - veal pastrami (didn't hit a deli on this trip, so had to) - peppered, with home made mustard,the spice was cut amazingly by the cucumber and pickle salad. Another KO. Grilled calamari which was cooked well,but didn't blow our socks off."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is overpriced. Can definitely find better food at less exorbitant prices. Portions are tiny. Husband left hungry."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Place is trying too hard to be trendy. Indoors was too loud so we decided to eat outside. Every single dish we ordered was too salty, so we won't go back and wouldn't recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a must in NYC. Food. Wine. Service. Vibe. All memorable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Really nice food but very disappointed with the service, which ended after we ordered. No one bothered to ask how our food was after it arrived...also no one stopped to see if we wanted another glass of wine. We flagged someone down to order more, and they left but never returned with the wine, so we had to ask again. Also this happened even though they knew that it was our anniversary. So we definitely left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed, which is a bummer since it's a really cute place and we loved the food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food,wine ,service and ambiance were great! A must when in NYC!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Found the cooking here great, bordering on extraordinary. What holds the whole place back is a wine program designed by a chimpanzee. For a casual-vibe place like this to populate its list with such a high % of bottles near or above $100 , with only a small handful in the $40s and $50s, and high per-glass prices to boot, is infuriating and flat-out greedy. Too much of this in NYC today...far better to BYO and pay corkage, if they even have one"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Was looking forward to lunch at this highly lauded restaurant.. A major disappointment. Service, though friendly, was extremely slow and inattentive. No bread was offered with lunch. And the food, while creative and flavorful, looked like it was thrown on the plates. After having wonderful lunches at The Gander and Piora, I'm sorry to report that Charlie Bird misses the mark."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The atmosphere was fun with loudish music playing that made me want to dance a little in my seat. The bread was amazing. We found the food to be good but we weren't wowed by anything. We had the octopus saltimboca, bone marrow; duck egg uni pasta (which drew me to this place as I am a huge uni fan), braised rabbit, and the carrots. I was kind of disappointed in the uni pasta but I had very high expectations. It was sort of cold with only 1 small piece of uni on top. Out of the restaurants we visited lately (The Gander and Dover), this just didn't impress us. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The pasta dishes we had were great (gnocchi and rigatoni) but the rest of the food was just OK - was VERY salty. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I often have visitors in town and am constantly going to a lot of the "new hot spots" around town and this was definitely one that stood out. We booked a second table (whilst my visitors are still here) half way through the meal it was that good. The food, atmosphere, service and general experience was great. The music was slightly loud, however you could still talk without shouting. Having said that, the last few restaurants I have been to this has been a trend, so didn't surprise me."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Sophisticated and creative food, wonderful wine list, even if bit pricey. Service knowledgeable and friendly. Memorable find. Enjoyed our lunch very much and definitely look forward to our next visit!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Lives up to its hype. Noise level too high, however. But the food and wine (excellent and reasonably priced) more than made up for that."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I expected much more but the food wasn' that good."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Portions small, most have been over salted. I don't understand the music choice - each of the three times I've eaten there it's been rap, blaring - it seems incongruous with the direction in which the food wants to take you. The music is also played very, very loud. Nice wine list, but I feel there are restaurants with better wine lists and ambiance in the West Village. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Absolutely fit for foodies! Order the fluke, chicken liver, bone marrow, uni pasta and the crab Nero !! The rabbit is delicate and balanced. Desserts are excellent, so don't forget to leave room. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Best chicken I've had, largely because of the liver pate it came with, loved the hip hop music, they cleaned our table 4 times throughout the meal, and I was loving the hip hop jams. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "chill vibe, serving some of the best food in nyc right now. better and better each time I come here!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Everyone yelling to be heard. Food fantastic but the noise level makes it not worth it"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "best meal i've had in a while. loved the 90s rap music"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "They rush you through your meal. I'm guessing so as to accommodate their next reservation. Our plates were taken away as soon as we finished our last bite and they even offered to take away our sides which we were still working on. The bill was promptly placed on the table when we declined dessert. We were definitely rushed through our meal as evidenced by being in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour. Disappointingly awful service for an otherwise well-reviewed restaurant."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding but the Farro dish was out of this world. Texture, taste, appearance...it had it all. I'll be craving it for a long time."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the restaurant.... the ambiance of the place is great, the service very good but the food was mediocre at best. Did not justify the heavy price tag"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Nice wine list, the bone marrow was a great small plate to start, the cod fish was so good! The best part is the old school hip hop playing lightly in the background which is always a plus!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "great ambiance….great music….exceptional food and service….light…airy decor….will be my new go to brunch spot now."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Visited on a Friday evening and had been really looking forward to it. We had a table reservation, but opted to sit at the bar since it seemed to have a good vibe and ambience for us to enjoy. That lasted just until the bartender appeared. Luckily for him, I never asked his name and tossed my receipt, but throughout my 12 years living in NYC I have never had such atrocious service. New levels of rudeness, a totally unfriendly demeanor and basically he could not have made us feel less welcome. On a positive note, the food we tasted was good. Of particular note, both crudo dishes we had -- razor clams and the scallops -- were fresh, vibrant and flavorful. TINY portions, but delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "had an early dinner this past sunday. the place is absolutely amazing. it scores high on everything - food, service, ambiance..."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent food,original choices and friendly /efficient service.We will go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Some food excellent, some average. Farro salad outstanding. Loud rap music destroys any chance of conversation."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Everything was perfect.....from the wine glasses to the cool yellow bench seating......Food was amazing and service was attentive and authentic. Love this place...."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Lots of hype for this restaurant and it just wasn't all that. First, diners piled up in the vestibule because the front door was locked until precisely 5:30PM when it opened. And it was like 7 degrees out. The space is visually well done, but they were blasting hip hop music (Jay Z but still most of the diners were middle aged at 5:30PM and it wasn't conducive to a calm dining experience). Although many of the workers, especially the hostess was very friendly, we had the dullest server with no personality. I had the rigatoni and it was very salty. Wines by the glass were just ok. Not in hurry to go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014