Charlie Bird
Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

  • 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: Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • 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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Charlie Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (28)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (16)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (16)special occasion (13)romantic (10)vibrant bar scene (7)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Your Taste Buds Will Love You!
    KimandPinNYC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Simply amazing! My daughter and I enjoy sharing as many dishes as we can when we try a new restaurant. Every dish that came out was amazing. Razor clams and the scallops in browned butter are a must. I could have eaten the Farro salad as a meal, great flavours. Corn is in season so that made the hot buttered corn definitely worth having. And then there's that little thing they do to the focaccia bread. I think they grill the bottom in olive oil to make it crusty, delish! Servers were very attentive without being overbearing. Sharing is the way to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Mrose
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungryhippoVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Love this place! Music is great. Food is creative and delicious. Looking forward to trying entire menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply put: OUTSTANDING
    RCColaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is the main star
    jennayVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    QKVX
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Elysefish
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful complex flavors
    Designdivaof3
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lunch
    MrsMartinez
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Birthday Dinner
    Clark
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New place killing it; rising star
    WMColmes14VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    CharlieB
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food is overpriced. Can definitely find better food at less exorbitant prices. Portions are tiny. Husband left hungry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Place was loud and food too salty
    Hills4ever
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal meal
    FoodiegalVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This is a must in NYC. Food. Wine. Service. Vibe. All memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, but service disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!
    BeauxdyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food,wine ,service and ambiance were great! A must when in NYC!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...silly wine list
    rhotisVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lax Service, Sloppy Plating
    willforfoodVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not amazing
    YummyTummy7VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pasta was Great - Rest OK
    Slick
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The pasta dishes we had were great (gnocchi and rigatoni) but the rest of the food was just OK - was VERY salty.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    pab2025VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Charlie Bird reviews archive.
  • True neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Localeaster
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing!
    Grace
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I expected much more but the food wasn' that good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish it were better
    sslo
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food
    ChocolateyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Jams and Chicken
    Tess
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a+
    michVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    chill vibe, serving some of the best food in nyc right now. better and better each time I come here!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy. Tables close together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Everyone yelling to be heard. Food fantastic but the noise level makes it not worth it
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best meal i've had in a while.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    best meal i've had in a while. loved the 90s rap music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They rush you through your
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dreaming of Farro dish
    bazluhr
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was disappointed with the
    splitVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice wine list, the bone marrow
    menallen
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT Brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, grumpy service
    VillagefoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had an early dinner this past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    had an early dinner this past sunday. the place is absolutely amazing. it scores high on everything - food, service, ambiance...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food & very good service
    guyp
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Excellent food,original choices and friendly /efficient service.We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Some food excellent, some average. Farro salad outstanding. Loud rap music destroys any chance of conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cant Wait To Go Back
    Barby
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.