PicNic Market & Cafe
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PicNic Market & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.picnicmarket.com/
  • Phone: 2122228222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jean Luc Kieffer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: PicNic offers a range of catering options - from simple platters to full service. Please call Jennifer for all catering inquiries, 212-222-8222.
  • Entertainment: Live Music - "Beatles Brunch" every Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm featuring The Glass Onion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 101st and 102nd Streets
  • Public Transit: 1, 2 & 3 trains to 96th Street and 1 train to 103rd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 101st Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.
A word from PicNic Market & Cafe
PicNic Market & Cafe is an Upper Westside neighborhood Alsatian Bistro serving what Chef Proprietaire Jean Luc Kieffer calls “nostalgically French cuisine with a twist.” Alsatian Classics like Choucroute, Tarte Flambe & Spaetzle reflect Kieffer's roots as well as French Classics - Cassoulet, Duck Confit, Beef Bourguignon, Coq au Vin and Cheese Souffle. Chef Kieffer presents these dishes with a modern elegance. He is very selective in the ingredients he uses and works closely with many of the farmers from the Greenmarket. The menu encompasses seasonal ingredients with weekly deliveries from Bradley Farms (organic) in New Paltz New York. The wine list is composed of small boutique vineyards with some organic offerings and a large selection of by the glass.
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PicNic Market & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Brunch good but not up to website
    LindaMcG
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    They were out of several of the specials on the "blackboard" and the physical menu was half of what was on the website's menu. Service was good and we enjoyed what we did order but we were disappointed that it didn't live up to what the descriptions were on the website. We invited people from Atlanta, thinking it would be a fun NYC hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, sophisticated and cozy
    liebermomVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    PicNic is a great neighborhood spot--warm and welcoming, delicious food, fun with friends and also great for a special meal out with sophisticated NY kids (who will be excited about french onion soup, cheese souffles and chocolate mousse.) There was a wonderful guitarist on Saturday night and--as always--I ran into people I know from the neighborhood. Very cozy on a winter's night, and I have delightful memories of sitting outside in summer celebrating some milestone with my sons.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pass
    Callyorecksy
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Much weaker than a previous time. Salty sauce overwhelmed slightly over cooked lamb. Cash or check only because of 'phone problems.'
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notable Neighborhood Gem/Top Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    PicNic is a true neighborhood gem with a superb chef, unusual for a local restaurant. Excellent promotions are offered, such as "steak night," "fish night," & early prix fixe dinners. Sophisticated French fare is served, plus tasty Alsatian specialties. And the service is invariably gracious & efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so much
    Babbitt
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The food here is ok - even good in a couple of dishes - but the service is horrible. The wait staff is clueless. We waited forever for our meals and the server brought someone else's dinner to our table - until they rushed to grab it back. The chef was mixing up plates on the line and struggling to get plates out to the servers. Too often we had servers hovering behind us, looking around, obviousy unclear what to do.
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  • Disappointing
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I had heard from coworkers that it was great - it was not. Surprisingly bland steak tartare and no dessert wines to go with the very good foie gras terrine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic steaks
    Ulrike
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We went on Thursday for their steak night and we were not disappointed. Three different starters which were all very good, fois gras, salmon tartare and calamari with some very nice baguette. The steaks were perfectly cooked; two medium rare and one rare. The wine we had was recommended by the waiter and really delicious. A bottle of 2009 red Argentinean wine which complimented the steaks perfectly. A wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy for brunch and lunch
    amomfromnyc
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Went for brunch and stayed for lunch! Cute and cozy and it was not crowded the Friday after Thanksgiving so the four of us could hear each other. Great service and hearty and good food. Don't know how service and noise level would be if more crowded though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picnic is a brilliant UWS secret!
    Sassy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We love Picnic! Have been there both for lunch and dinner. Both were excellent. And Andrew Schulman, the guitarist who plays there Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights is a wonder. But if you want a peaceful, relaxing dinner with his gentle music, for us the only night to go is Tuesday. Our last visit was on a Saturday and the place was jam-packed and noisy. Great for the restaurant, just a bit loud for me. Still though, definitely one of my favorite places to go and for those of us who live in the neighborhood, so convenient! I always seem to go for the salmon tartare followed by the duck confit and then chocolate mousse!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than a Picnic
    Frances
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    A great neighborhood spot! Besides wonderful food, the restaurant features a wonderful jazz guitarist on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    xdancer105
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    nice service, birthday celebration low-key but fun there -- I go there often --
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Family
    Sawwhetowl2VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We had a quiet brunch gathering of just 4 of us. It was nice. The food was good. The server was friendly and we enjoyed it. The selection is limited but what they did, they did well which is far more important.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Ulrike
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We had the most wonderful meal. Perfectly cooked duck breast for me and steak for my husband. A good wine and yummy deserts. The place was quiet enough so you could talk without shouting and the service was very friendly. We will definitely come back as we think it's one of the best meals we have had in our time in the city. Perfectly cooked, well presented and good portion size and to top it all it is within walking distance of our apartment, just perfect. Have to try brunch next...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant spot to have lunch
    SD2NY
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Pleasant spot to have lunch on the Upper West Side. Great frite. Good omelet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch
    gooddealVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    3 of us each enjoyed his meal. good food, modified the way requested. Very nice and accommodating waitress. Excellent value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats
    Sophia
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    My friends (out of town foodies) had trout and paella which they found delicious. I had the pepper steak that was also perfectly cooked and the service was great. Lovely neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant outdoor dining on the UWS
    CityMouse
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We enjoyed an early dinner outside. The gazpacho was good, much spicier than usual. The steak tartare is a favorite. One of us tried the grilled sardine appetizer and it was great. This place deserves the support of the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Neighborhood Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    I love Picnic. It is a convenient neighborhood Bistro with very good food avaialble at Lunch and Dinner. Lunch is a very casual setting, but the room is transformed for dinner by the simple expedient of covering the tables with white linen table clothes and candles. Service is always very good and attentive and food is always well prepared with a French recipe. Wines are above average especially the French vintages. Top it off with moderate pricing and I should really be going more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK despite kitchen confusion
    ETKAVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    OK food, some very tasty...but affable staff took too long to serve--excessive waits between courses and check. Confusion seemed to center in kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent, not bad at all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    It's a good place if you stop by for some sangria and food. Nothing to write home about but not bad either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I've always loved Lunch & Dinner at PicNic so I was excited to bring a dear friend visiting from Moscow for Brunch on Sunday. I was a bit frightened when I read the menu, it wasn't exciting in the least, but once the food arrived it didn't disappoint in any way!!! BRILLIANT as always!!!!!! Food descriptions on the brunch menu are an injustice to the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood hang
    Princess
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Wonderful food, great ambience. Amazing live guitar. Great evening with three friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Disappointment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    I have eaten here several times and thought I had found a quaint French bistro on the upper west side. I liked it so much I asked a friend to join me there for brunch. I was mortified that she came such a long distance to eat there with me. The service was awful....taking a full twenty minutes for anyone to bring water or coffee. The waiter was rude and the food took a long, long time to arrive. The omelets were was just dumped on the plate with a few pieces of white toast. The eggs were runny and cold - so was the toast. What were they thinking? Not about their customers for sure. I hope this was just a bad, (very bad) day but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Too many other great places to eat.
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  • Past its prime?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    ate lunch there twice last week, sat outside, had to get up and call the waiter for everything. Truly awful service. Salad so small I had to ask for more.
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  • Not bad
    NYFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The food was actually quite good, but they couldn't manage to get 3 entrees out at the same time, 2 came then a wait for the third, then side dishes even later..at the prices they charge they should be able to manage food delivery better..
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  • Absolutely delightful -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Just disappointed that usual Tuesday/Thursday guitarist was not performing - we specially went for the music! Hope guitarist will be performing next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A plain good deal
    EatiePetieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    good food well served in a casual setting. Nothing to write home about among all the choices in NYC, but a good value, conveniently located and pleasant atmosphere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had steak au poivre, but had
    Warren
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Had steak au poivre, but had ordered hanger steak with shallot sauce. Meat was good and well cooked--MR. Initially ordered Languedoc red wine, but it was a pinot noir, so sent it back. SA cab sauv wasn't good, so 2nd glass was cab sauv from CA, which was only OK. Must get decent French red wine by the glass & bottle. Ratatouille unacceptable--canned tomatoes and sliced zucchini, maybe something else, but couldn't see it; only taste was tomato. Kale very undercooked & poorly prepared--inedible. Wife's paella too spicy. Waitress fair, but unfriendly; ignored us completely when we left. Not to say good night and thank us for coming is rude. Just nothing at all. Servers a bit clumsy. Seems like staff is new and not trained at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Local
    RickVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    A very good french restaurant without being too stuffy. Great food and good service makes this a relaxing place to enjoy company.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    The best French restaurant above 86th street on the west side.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite neighborhood spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    My favorite neighborhood spot. The food is always a notch better than the other French or pseudo-French places in the area, and it's quiet enough for a proper conversation. A nice wine list, and a very nice place for morning coffee and a brioche. Dinner is always a bit more expensive than I remember, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding service; very
    marydancer
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    Outstanding service; very attentive. Food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible, horrible, horrible
    toucheVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Horrible, horrible, horrible service. Long wait, rude staff.
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  • appears to be a place that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    appears to be a place that you must be a regular to be treated properly;we had a reservation but were seated in the draft by the door though there were open tables; to make it worse, another couple entered 2 minutes after we were seated not having a reservation and were seated away from the front door
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  • We were optimistic when we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    We were optimistic when we saw that the dining room was full. Unfortunately, the staff seemed unable to cope with this situation. Although our order was taken promptly, we had to start asking about our food after 45 minutes had elapsed. Despite being reassured twice that our dinner was coming right out, it was nearly 90 minutes before the first morsel of food appeared on the table. Things went downhill from there. One of us ordered the steak special and another ordered the Steak au Poivre on the menu. What we got was two Steak au Poivre plates. The waiter tried to say that both items were the same. A look at the next table told us this was untrue. We won't be back.
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  • unpredicatble
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    The food at PicNic is uneven. Sometimes it's good; other times fair. The steak on steak frites night was overdone - the waiter acknowledged it, but did not offer to compensate in any way. They want $3 extra for vegetable substitutions - not good policy for a local cafe.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was not good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    The service was not good. The waitress didn't tell us all of the specials, we overheard, after ordering, more specials that we would have been interested in. She came to our table very infrequent, it seemed like we were not important enough to her to bothered with us. She gave us an option where we wanted to sit, my husband said by the window, and she just ignored him. Finally I said, window and walked over and sat down. I would not go back, and not recommend to anyone. The food was okay, but not worth the price or the poor service.
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  • Jean-Luc and Jennifer prepare
    LECOX
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Jean-Luc and Jennifer prepare an excellent meal and make you feel like you are the only customer in their charming cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I really enjoyed the atmosphere--in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere--intimate and cozy but not too crowded. The day we were there they had a special conversation with an astrophysicist, so we were able to hear about dark matter and black holes--a fascinating and intellectual bonus to our evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic French quiches.
    dinendinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Authentic French quiches. Very good food and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate