Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner
Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner

Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezjefnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123880052x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday from 11am-midnight
    Friday & Saturday from 11am-1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Wine Bar, French
  • Executive Chef: Mathieu Palombino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us for any catering requests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez Jef is available for private events including dining room buyouts and customize both a food and drink menu to the occasion. Kindly contact us for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: John Lopez 2123880052x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Prince & Stanton Streets
  • Public Transit: B, D, F and M at Broadway/Lafayette.
    F at 2nd Avenue.
    J at Bowery.
    6 at Spring Street or Bleecker Street.
    N or R at Prince Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner
Chez Jef offers traditional French bistro fare like steak frites, traditional pate campagne maison & crepe souflee "suzette" in a casual environment. The restaurant features a full bar with an emphasis on French wines, hand-crafted cocktails & both Belgian & American beers.
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Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (5)romantic (3)hot spot (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Experience
    lyonnais69007France
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Bruno is a great host. I was recommended by another restaurateur et I was not disappointed to discover a very nice bistrot on Bowery area. Wonderful welcome! Professional service! and a very quality/price ratio! Great Rose for the summertime! Will be the place in September when the place will have a new look, outside and inside. A lot of potential in it! Great food! Great experience for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Pre Fixe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Came for dinner and both ordered the $35 Pre Fixe. It was truly excellent! The portions were generous and each course was delicious. Best steak frites I've had lately! Service was great too. I would highly recommend Chez Jef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We went due to all of the reviews we had read about how looking past the red and white tablecloths was amazing French cuisine. My friends and I were a little underwhelmed. We each tried something different (only I ended up getting the $35 prix fixe). Goat cheese toast (very good), green salad (as you would imagine) and pate (massive amount, was good). We then moved into our main meals - two orders of mussels (large mussels, little broth, both of us came across a couple that were very salty/shell on the inside) and my other friend ordered the salmon (very "petite" filet of salmon on a basic bed of greens, good but nothing special). Finishing with the choc. mousse (very good). Over all it was a nice experience but I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot for an early dinner
    Kate
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We saw Chez Jef on Eater and decided to swing by for an early dinner before an improv show at UCB. The waiter was friendly and made great recommendations. We split a bottle of rose per his suggestion and it was a great call. My friend had french onion soup and the goat cheese toast (both delicious.) I had the ratatouille with a whole fish of branzino, and it was the best ratatouille i've had to date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the Chez Jef at The Bowery Diner reviews archive.
  • Bad Vibe
    NuiNuiVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Horrible place, with very limited lunch menu which was touted as so "French bistro". I won't go back even though I could have adopted it as my neighborhood haunt.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great brunch with excellent service and food. Our server was very helpful and since we had 3 mothers with us we were served champagne and chocolate strawberries on the house. The portions were perfect size and the menu had something for everyone. Our party had the pork chops, lamb, steak and salmon and all were very tasty and went well with our appetizers. The goat cheese and artichoke appetizers were our favorite and the meat appetizer was also delicious. The salad was fresh and delicious. We loved the jazz trio with a great singer Sarah King from the Smokerings! Lovely red checkered tablecloths and black chalkboard walls with a diner style bar. The price was reasonable too. Everyone enjoyed their Bloody Mary's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent except for the mussels
    AngieVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Decided to try something new and was pleasantly surprised by this Bowery find. Friendly hostess gave me a lively booth, waitstaff was welcoming and nice, ambiance nice. Appetizers of goat cheese, grilled octopus and onion soup were excellent. Fries are out of this world. The mussels main course wasn't cooked. Just a few mussels were open and when I tried to eat them, they were half raw. That was a deal breaker for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whimsical French Vibe
    GavChristopherVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Turning a diner into a little French bistro with red and white checkered paper could be off putting but it's done in such a cute way it adds to the charm. The food was delicious and service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smiley
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Doesn't look like much, but the food is reasonably good bistro fare and fairly priced. The chanteuse with accordion and bass at Sunday afternoon brunch was a very nice, and surprising addition.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and ambiance
    RuntoeatVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We tried this spot for the first time and were really impressed by it. The pre fixe is a great deal and the steak fritte may be one of the best we had. Bruno, the manager is wonderful and makes sure guests feel at home. There was an amazing gypsy band playing and the volume was just perfect. Not overpoweringly loud but not too soft either. Felt like I was right back in Paris.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    lesterbeall
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Lovely food, buttoned-down atmosphere. A great place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice and cosy - perfect for lunch
    DespinaVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was nice, the service was ok - a little pricey but overall good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real French Bistro
    EitanNJUSAVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We were visiting the New Museum next door, and were looking for a place for lunch on Open Table. So it was by chance that we walked in. It used to be a diner, and changed the theam last week to French Bistro, with a real French Owner and cook. Food was just like in Paris! Simple menu exquistly done. One of the best Pâté , steak tartar and French Onion Suop we have in years, the Cream Brule is spectacular. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun down and dirty brunch
    BonBonVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    Fun down and dirty brunch place. Great brunch food. Fun atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place with a great brunch.
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Fun place with a great brunch. Very good at what it does
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic