Ponty Bistro
Ponty Bistro

Ponty Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pontybistro.com/
  • Phone: 2127771616x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Saturday- 9am- Midnight
    Sunday- 9am- 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Chekh & Cisse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering:
    Have your next party with specialties from Ponty Bistro.
    We do catering for any size group. Let us help you plan your next event.

  • Entertainment: 2 for 1 Martini $12

    Early Bird 3 courses $25

    Prix Fixed Lunch 3 courses $ 19

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch Prix Fixed $20
  • Special Events: Planning a special event? We can accommodate parties from 10 to 60 guests. We offer a special menu customized for your needs to create an ever lasting memory for your special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 18th and 19th Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, N, R, W, Q and L train to Union Square / 14th Street Station will leave you just a few blocks from the restaurant. You could also take the #6 to 23rd Street. The M101 and M102 stops within a block of our restaurant on Third Avenue going uptown or downtown.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ponty Bistro
Owners and executive chefs Cisse and Cheikh welcome you and your guests to experience Ponty Bistro's "African Fusion," cuisine, featuring the sophisticated flavors and cooking traditions of Senegal and West Africa, combined with French and Mediterranean dishes. Our goal is to offer the most exciting, memorable meals you will ever encounter, designed to leave a satisfying experience with every bite, no matter what time of day you join us. We will welcome you with warm hospitality and exceptional service. Our guests return because of the entire experience at Ponty Bistro. Our motto is "Good Food, Good Friends," so please join us. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals. We also offer a weekend brunch.
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Ponty Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (9)good for groups (5)romantic (4)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem!
    cookieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Interesting and delicious dishes that surprise and delight the palate, served by friendly and helpful staff in a pleasant casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    it serves excellent food, good service, yummy desserts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Hunt2Js
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had the Niokolokoba steak (a personal favorite) and the Poulet tangine this time. I've tried many things on the menu over the past years. The food is excellent! We also enjoyed the martinis! Staff is very friendly and accommodating! If you are ever in the Gramercy area, Ponty Bistro should be a stop for a great culinary experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    PentimentoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had the Senegalese fish. Very, very good. Good martinis. Pleasant service. Plan to return for the prix fixe menu during the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It!
    BigO
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious & great prices! I definitely will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Robert009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went for dinner on Saturday night and it was not crowded, but also not loud and a pleasant experience overall. Food was very good (not great), but very solid and I particularly like the Artichoke salad. Dessert was just okay and the fish (Branzino) was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Neighborhood Favorite
    Gail
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Ponty Bistro is a reliable and delicious dinner spot in the Gramercy Park Neighborhood. The service is also always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous with only one exception
    Episcodiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ponty Bistro was my go to restaurant when I lived in Gramercy Park. I got to know the chef and the wait staff: friendly, outgoing, attentive and always happy to see you. The food is a fine combination of West African and French with a dash of American favorites thrown in for good measure. Occassionally imaginative. Reliably tasty. Reasonably priced. Small but well chosen and moderate wine list. Always glad to be there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fairly standard bistro fare with a few African dishes. Really few that seemed distinctly African.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful price fix Sunday brunch
    Hamilton1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Enjoyed the setting that was intimate and small. Great open air front window on a beautiful day. Price fix Sunday brunch menu was delightful. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific service & delicious lunch
    Gerry
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great for lunch or dinner. Food cooked just right. Waiter very attentive
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exotic & delicious
    Myrrhmaz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Friday I was looking online for a menu that wasn't just the same old. Ponty Bistro interested me: French-Mediterranean-African. It was a small to medium sized restaurant with gracious servers. I had the largest and best vodka martini ever followed by whole branzino, although the Senegalese options looked interesting as well. My husband ordered escargots which were breaded and buttery, followed by duck l'orange with mashed yams and spinach. He's very picky so I was relieved he approved! My fish was perfect, accompanied by mesclun salad and sweet plaintains. And the desserts were scrumptious: chocolate cake as well as caramelized apples with cinnamon ice cream. The prices were moderate, too. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ponty is very good for meat dishes. Nice service and open front window onto the street. Interesting menu. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    lovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    If you want great food, Ponty is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. Although the space is cramped, the service is very good and the food hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    really great place! food is delicious and service is easy. i've been during the day only, and never disappointed. always leave satisfied; happy and full!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Shanana
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We ate at 5:30, so there was virtually no one there but us, so it was very quiet. It was a warm day and we sat at the front by the open that open on to the street, so it was almost like being outside, and it was Jully 4, so very little traffic - very nice ambiance. The food was delicious. We had the arugula salad, Afraican mussels appetizer, branzino filet, and stuffed flounder. I especially loved the salad and the branzino. The service was fine although a bit impersonal or abrupt at times, but fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 286 reviews are from the Ponty Bistro reviews archive.
  • Pony a winner
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    African Mussels a must. I had the Duck A' lorange. Very good and very lean for duck. Tuna Tartare very tasty with some spice that made it unique
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, Open Table issues
    Foodie31
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was amazing. However the menu was different from the menu on open table. The restaurant actually accommodated my request for a salad that was on the open table menu, but charged more for it than the price on open table. Also, I booked and found this reservation with the 1000 point filter and I only received 100 points on open table. I inquiried about this with open table and they said it was due to the timing of my reservation and that at the time I booked it, it was only 100 points. This was not stated when I made my reservation. I am frustrated with open table's response of not honoring my filtered search on 1000 points.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time just as good as the 1st
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a very easy neighborhood restaurant. I love the food and the service is just attentive enough. Looks unassuming, but food is delicious and the atmosphere pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting cuisine
    NYCsenior
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The French/Senegalese menu offers interesting choices at reasonable prices. I've been back a number of times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Ponty's is absolutely a lovely restaurant and the owners are amazing. Everyone there makes you feel so welcome! The food is deliciously delightful and they go out of their way to acccommodate your needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the visit
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Everything I saw looked great and my entire dinner was spot on and just what I wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    foodiebynature
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food is good and I found the staff and chef to be very personable. It was a weeknight and it was fairly quiet but still very nice. I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day 2014!
    cachicoco
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our family of 5 ate at the restaurant for Mothers Day and had a wonderful time!!! The service was great and the food was excellent!! Definitely recommend a visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Except for a very noisy nearby table, the experience was very gratifying. Will definitely plan to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love This Place!
    TMTNYVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Ponty's has never disappointed. Recently went for Sunday brunch, and it was great. The service is friendly and just attentive enough. The food is always delicious and they don't mind substitutions! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pony up to the Ponty Bistro
    lawesman
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very interesting and eclectic combinations. There was something for everyone on the menu, the ginger martinis were amazing, and the food came out very hot and fresh. There was some confusion with the food runners, but everyone had a good attitude. I think this place is a hidden gem and one worth exploring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • where's the chef??
    KBell
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My sister came to visit and see me perform in a pkay. The only time we had for brunch, was 10am before my 1130am call. Our options were limites, but Ponty recieved good reviews and the meu looked great. We arrived on time, orderes cocktails and were told it would be just a few minutes as the chef had not uet arrived. 40 minutes later, the chef was still not there! We were told multiple times "he's on his way.", but we had to leave. The loan server was very apologetic and comped our drinks, but it was still unbelievablr as we were a reservation and not a walk in. Who does that? Im not even sute the chef showed up at all. We drove past a half hour later and the pkace was still empty and appeared chef-less.
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  • What a delightful surprise
    MJP60VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I have walked by this place 1050 times and never went tried, I am so glad I did finally. GREAT martinis and the food was delicious. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what we had hoped!!
    foodiesRus
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were quite disappointed. We went for my boyfriends birthday and the appetizer (cheese puffs) we ordered was still not just cold but frozen in the middle. Then the food came the way we specifically said we didnt want it. It was sent back to the kitchen and returned properly. The waitress didnt come to our table often enough and just felt the overall service was poor.
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  • Ponty is a PLEASURE
    GalAboutTown
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Ponty's food is always spot-on DELICIOUS. Their servers are worldly and very patient. The crowd tends to be older couples, or very young adults, so it's an interesting patron mix. The plates are artfully prepared, and a great feast for the eyes well before pleasing the taste buds. Their Sangria is top-notch and the wine selection is great. The african beer selection is awesome, and in the summer they open the front windows so it's like being at the beach (though there's no beach in sight)! The chefs visit the floor and ask how the meal is going--imparting a very old school & caring experience, You can tell everyone who works at Ponty LOVES food and the restaurant industry. Try Ponty Bistro at least once, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinerPaul
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is an excellent neighborhood bistro. Highly recommend. The mussels are especially memorable. The chef does a good job, using the West African spices.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    you are seriously missing out if you haven't tried their mussels africana. the broth is so yummy-- very flavorful and has all these spices. it is truly to die for. the shrimp scampi was also really really good. been coming here for awhile and i've loved every meal. the only annoything was they weren't taking debit cards that day so we had to run to an ATM to get cash. slightly annoying because we had to pay a surcharge... then we asked for some changeand they had NO change. so it was between leaving a 0% tip and a 30% tip... so we had no choice to but to leave a 30% tip. super annoying but still the food was good and it was late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went with a group of friends on a Saturday. Great service and good food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    JCardiffVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Always a good bet for a reasonably priced meal with excellent service and that rare find, noise levels that actually allow conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    NSJM13VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We enjoyed the lunch prix-fixe and were not disappointed. Great French/ Sengalese cuisine from soup to dessert, all freshly prepared and beautifully served. Tantalizing spicing makes this a truly exotic experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BuddyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food was kind of disappointing. Have had worse, but wouldn't return.
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  • Out of the ordinary food
    pinkbugVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We always enjoy the interesting cuisine here but be prepared to talk loudly because of the narrow cramped seating.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Seneglese food!
    Quietlight
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My friend and I had the fish Sengelese style as well as a baby arugula salad. The fish was well seasoned, a bit on the salty side but quite flavorful. The salad was fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soooo good it should be illegal
    Olisa
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We attended Ponty Bistro as apart of our Sunday Brunches. We were not disappointed. The small restaurant and eager to please staff sat my guest of 12 immediately. Our waitress informed us of the specials. Everyone order drinks, appetizers and meal. Not one person was disappointed, in a group that can be "hard to please". The escargot, steak, yucca mash (light and airy) the ginger martini were a perfect antidote to Sunday. The chef was gracious enough to stop by and greet us and the staff was amazing. We will be back and as many said a great kept secret. Our guest from Canada, Pa and the mid west had a great time. Great news they're expanding in Harlem. Great luck
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic