Cherche Midi
Cherche Midi

Cherche Midi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cherchemidiny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 226-3055
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30pm to 11pm (last reservation at 10:45)
    Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 12am(Last reservation at 11:45pm)

    Cherche Midi is now serving Lunch from Monday to Friday 12pm to 3:30pm (Last reservation at 3pm) as well as Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3:30pm (Last reservation at 3pm).

  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Houston and Prince
  • Public Transit: F to Second Avenue
  • Parking: No
A word from Cherche Midi
We are currently booking reservations up to 30 days.

Please join us for Lunch, Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3:30pm as well as Brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3:30pm.
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Cherche Midi reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (118)hot spot (84)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (46)great for brunch (46)good for groups (42)romantic (41)great for lunch (35)vibrant bar scene (33)notable wine list (29)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner. The staff was very welcoming and helpful, and the food delicious. I love the ambiance of the room. It is warm and spacious, and although the tables are fairly close together and the restaurant was full, we did not feel crowded and had no difficulty carrying on a conversation, which is important to me. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb as always
    IBBB
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Cherche is constantly serving superb food and the level of service is consistently in top form. We had brunch Sunday and again was impressed with their attention to detail. They are constantly upping their game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch!
    RP77
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Service and food was impeccable, can't wait to come back for the pot de fromage and chicken liver pate....unbelievable!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sold out of everything.
    KarenN
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were a party of three. Two of us had already decided we wanted the prime rib. Once we were seated and drinks ordered our server advised us that the prime rib was sold out. That was very disappointing but we decided to stay. All the specials were provided. Once we ordered our revised dinners and the third person picked the venison special. After several minutes a separate employee came to our table to advise that the venison was gone as well. Out of three of us, none of us got our first choice. Our server was difficult to understand and the noise level is too high making normal conversation difficult. For a $300 meal we were disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • GOOD DINING IN NOLITA
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our party had a very enjoyable dinner before off Broadway theatre nearby. First course selections were more varied than the main courses. It's hard to find frogs' legs in New York, but these were outstanding, Salads also were very nicely done. The salmon main course over lentils with a touch of cumin was individually prepared for the rare or well done requests of our table, not always easily accomplished. The skate with the bone in seemed to be a problem dish for us and friends who recently dined here. Nice atmosphere and wait staff!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • McNally does it again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    If you are looking for either a hip/romantic yet fancy atmosphere with DELICIOUS french bistro food, Cherce Midi has it all. I have been eating in McNally's restaurants for the past 14 years and every meal ceases to amaze me. Suggestions: Spicy Bloody Mary Prime Rib Burger -Everything is probably delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking good
    hsvtk
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A real bistro in downtown New York. You enter to a well lit room with an awesome bar on the left that is staffed by attentive bartenders. We waited only a few minutes to be seated.. The waitress gave us plenty of time to talk and think about what we wanted to eat and clearly explained the dishes in question. Food arrived promptly and was beautifully presented and tasted great. The appetizers were perfect, the pate was robust, the salads dressed to properly. The mains were really outstanding, skate meuniere was lemony and cooked well, the chicken was delightful and the whole fish and risotto were done just right. A delightful dining experience, good food, nice buzz and the carafe of wine for $18 was quite drinkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dfm225
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Lively restaurant, good food, good service. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    SR12
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A mini Balthezar.Felt like you were dining in a lovely Paris bistro.Service was perfect,but not over the top formal.Food was great.And in general,the place had a nice,happy buzz. One thought,maybe a few more choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bisto McNally Style
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    When it comes to bistros, Terrance McNally has the formula down pat. The food, service, vibe are all at a level that one would expect at a vibrant high quality French bistro in Paris. This is a place that is popular, noisy or energetic as Open Table calls it, but if you don't mind the volume and the small space between tables, is a pleasant place for a simple meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Parisian
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Most memorable is the service, gracious, just the right amount of attention without undue intrusion. Steak frites was outstanding, wine less so, dessert fine. Room has a Parisian ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid brasserie-type place
    BrunchLover123VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Well prepared food, buzzing ambiance (lively, but not quiet), solid service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Addition, One Big Issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Cherche Midi lives up to its nascent reputation. The service is almost outstanding, the waitress was friendly, informative and helpful, and the hostess was equally wonderful. The ambience is close to pitch perfect. However, we ran into a major problem-a pregnant member of our party needed her burger to be prepared well done for health reasons-although communicated to the waitress, the kitchen sent the dish out medium cooked. Instead of remaking the dish, the kitchen burned the burger and returned it.There was no charge for the dish, and the hostess apologized for the initial mix up very graciously, but the resolution-having the dish re-cooked to oblivion was a real sour point in the evening. It had been a dish we were excited about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserves NY Times 3 star rating
    Occasionaldiner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have not always agreed with the ratings given by the New York Times often finding ourselves disappointed, particularly by the food, at restaurants highly rated by the paper. On this occasion Pete Wells was pretty much spot on. We very much enjoyed our dinner here. Service was excellent, even over attentive. The food was very good -- two of us had steak frites and two had short ribs. The noise level was high but not to the point where conversation became impossible. We would certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    jb2bVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had high expectations for this place, but it's like one of those places in Paris that looks good from the street but ultimately leaves you feeling unsatisfied. You would be better off just hitting some old neighborhood diner. This place is neither trendy nor classic; just very mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A little weak on the wine pours by the glass, but the cocktails are great. This is a really fun place for dinner especially if you like the Pastis restaurant in the meatpacking district.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for adults!
    Liesl
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant for grown ups, for people who want to talk while they dine on good food. The service is attentive but not intrusive. A little bit of tradition and Europe in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    First Time going there and it definitely is all it's talked up to be
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Pastis
    R123
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While Pastis was never a mecca for foodies, the food was always good and the place was always fun. This restaurant is not fun, just loud. It doesn't have the charm (albeit manufacturered) of Pastis. The much praised prime rib was a disappointment. Everything else was just Ok. At least the prices are not astronomical.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A slice of Paris on the Bowery
    Florie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Step away from the noisy gritty corner of Bowery & Houston into the brasserie like atmosphere of Cherche Midi to taste as fabulous cooking as you might at a highly rated Parisian restaurant. A recent Thursday evening it was packed with a casual crowd relishing their meals. Service was warm and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely and cozy
    Nick
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Cozy romantic atmosphere with yummy menu options, perfect for low key downtown chic aficionados who prefer charm over flash.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Winner
    Unhappydiner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Yes the Balthazar group has scored another winner. Every aspect of this restaurant was exceptional. Food, service, ambience and very important no loud music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    foodievickieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went here as a NYTimes review said it was quiet. It was not quiet! But the food is excellent and the service could not be better. Great mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cherche Midi
    AMMF
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have been wanting to go to Cherche Midi for awhile but wasn't able to get a reservation. Finally we were able to get a 5:30 reservation on Wednesday. The food was delsih and atmosphere was lovely. Not sure what all the hype is for but still was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was the most memorable lunch I have had for a long time. Everything was perfect, beginning with the bread, which came with both butter and a small container of salt. Had a lamb sandwich special that was just terrific. Appetizer - parmesan custard - what an unusual idea - and it was great! Service was well meaning but a bit unpolished, but didn't detract at all from the experience - just made it more charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    PothedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our first visit and not the last. Outstanding meal. Duck pate appetizer was one of the best I ever had as was the special Duck entree. My wife had the prime rib done just the way she likes it, very rare. Service was outstanding. Our waiter checked with us every few minutes to see if everything was OK. One of the best restaurants we have tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The best dining experience I have ever had in NYC. A beautiful space, great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Bathcat
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here recently and enjoyed the excellent cuisine, atmosphere, and service. We ate the frogs' legs, squash salad, skate wing, and prime rib. Everything was delectable. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Price Brunch
    ChanukhaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Another typical French bistro, and I would have to say Keith McNally edges out Andrew Carmellini on the food but not the decor. Bit pricey for brunch but I figure that's you have to pay to eat in the city these days. Oppose to Pulino's open layout, the restaurant feels closed in, and can't say it's a time/space warp to Paris. I feel I'm in Bowery.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    When I first arrived I was not sure it was the right place as it looks like an old diner shack on the outside.. When you enter, the decor is so charming and warm. Very cool high ceilings with a nice design. The service and the food were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Extremely attentive wait staff. Very helpful with our 10 month old! Lamb was delicious. Pinot Noir's served by the glass fab.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointed...
    MellowYellow
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The menu lacked creativity and excitement particularly the entrees. I expected more new dishes. I like to order what I can't do at home. And for a French restaurant the breads could be better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Place
    joiseychowhoundVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place is fine if you are in the neighborhood. Tables are a bit crowded but the service is prompt and professional. Food varies from excellent to quite acceptable. Overall, an enjoyable place but not worth a special trip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a great dining experience with superlative food, service and ambiance. The menu was extensive giving the patron a variety of fine dishes to choose from. The steak frites and prime rib were the best we ever had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected a little more
    Breadinfrance
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant was lovely. I especially loved the decor. I was a little disappointed in my brunch. I ordered the waffle and expected a larger portion. It was definitely more suitable as a side rather than an entree. All in all it was lovely but I was expecting a little more. Will definitely be returning to sample some desserts though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great simple French brunch
    lbovVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a perfect place for a casual Sunday brunch with friends. The lobster omelet along with the eggs benedict were perfectly cooked. The service was also very attentive. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful evening
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    OK. So this is our fifth time here in two months. We keep bringing friends who haven't been and we get the benefit of eating here quite often. Service continues to be wonderful, and not just the servers. Everyone, from the maitre d's through the busboys. Really professional, friendly and helpful. And the food - the salmon main course and the steak tartare are emerging as among our favorites, but don't forget the side of cauliflower. Can't wait to return, even if it's without any friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    Aphoward
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Only in NYC for two nights we took considerable care in choosing restaurants during our trip. This restaurant was a slam dunk on all fronts! Not a resturant for those seeking a quiet, intimate meal. Otherwise you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    a cross between Balthazaar and Pastis with the same of-the-moment buzz they had. Food quite good and service excellent. The staff was attentive and made us feel welcome even tho we were at least 30 years older than the other patrons.would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine If You Are In The Neighborhood
    EjayVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The place was trying to be very retro in décor, and may have taken it too far. Looked shabby; rickety furniture. The staff was very professional, and looked after every need before we even had to call them over. The beef in my steak frites was far better than I have had anywhere, but my heirloom tomato salad was downright mushy and uninteresting. The frogs legs, a bit greasy. My friend's muscles looked excellent and he enjoyed them. So not worth a long trip from elsewhere, but I would give it another chance if I were in the vicinity and could get in.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic