Red Cat
Red Cat

Red Cat

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theredcat.com/
  • Phone: 2122421122x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Andy Xu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining
  • Special Events: What makes The Red Cat so special is that is expertly walks the line between familiar and cutting edge, using innovative American-inspired cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere to set the tone. Whatever the occasion, The Red Cat will always fit the mood.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd & 24th Streets
  • Public Transit: C or E Train to 23rd & 8th Avenue
    1 or 2 on 23rd & 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking after 7:00pm Lots on 23rd between 10th & 11th avenues or 24th between 9th & 10th Avenues.
A word from Red Cat
This Old Chelsea food hall opened in 1999 and is a New York original. The Red Cat's combination of come-as-you-are sensibilities and straightforward, satisfying, and occasionally irreverent cuisine instantly establish the restaurant as a favorite with New York diners. Mike Cooperman runs the kitchen that's become famous for such whimsical creations as Quick Sauté of Zucchini with toasted almonds and pecorino; Scottish Salmon Crudo with sea beans and trout caviar; and Long Island Duck Beast with farro, dates, mascarpone, almonds and madeira. Such dishes only add to the restaurant's mystique as a place for all seasons, styles and spirits. As Frank Bruni wrote in the New York Times "The Red Cat feels vaguely colonial and tavern like, except when it feels downtown-gallery cool, and apart from those moments when it feels modestly and eclectically elegant."

If you are unable to book online, please call us directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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Red Cat reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (145)fit for foodies (134)special occasion (60)romantic (59)great for lunch (51)vibrant bar scene (34)hot spot (33)great for brunch (32)notable wine list (31)good for groups (15)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • GREAT CHELSEA OPTION
    renman1984
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lively Friday night dinner crowd. Not an extensive menu or wine list, but everything that we had was very good. Recommend the tempura green beans for starters and also the Hake dish. The restaurant is one block from The High Line, so on a nice evening you can walk off the calories, as we did...
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Red Cat is one of my favorite restaurants in New York, and particularly in far-west Chelsea. I have never been disappointed by the food or the service, but always delighted with the subtle touches. It is the perfect place for out-of-town guests to showcase what the city has to offer when you know where to look.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    kateb
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I really like this place. The menu is varied and tasty, including the drink and wine selections. The staff was attentive, but not overly. I think it's pricey, but probably pretty standard for New York. I know I'm not giving any specifics, but trust me, the Red Cat is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great highline restaurant
    David
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Red Cat was able to accommodate a lot of allergies and did so with exceptional food and service. The music was great without taking over and the ambiance generally was wonderful. If walking on the highline or looking for something near-ish to MSG or Penn Station, this is a great place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Energy, Good Food
    FilbertVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    delicious tempura string beans - good roast chicken- but the best part is the service, fun personable staff and upbeat good energy in the room- The restaurant honors reservations - I was there with my roommate from college who lives in Philly, where there are now great delicious boutique restaurants and she loved it and importantly, her 28 year old foodie daughter approved. All age groups seem to enjoy the place- there was a family of three generations next to us and very attractive well dressed 20 and 30 somethings at the bar- i have been to the Red Cat many times and i would absolutely go again and i would recommend it to anyone who wants to be on the west side after walking the high line or shopping in the meat packing neighborbood-
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sooooo loud
    susieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great food. Just too loud for comfort. Staff good BUT the gentleman in the suit was beyond pompous!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Random Choice Won Raves
    IAMultrapicky
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I visit NYC once or twice a year and always research where I'll dine very carefully. This year, I narrowed the field to 5-6 choices, but picked Red Cat based on its location relative to my hotel, and its online menu. Checked it out in person the day of my 7th anniversary and it looked great, with friendly front of house staff. Well, happy to report that my instincts were right on, as my celebratory group of 4 truly enjoyed every moment of our evening at the Cat. Each dish was swoon-able; service friendly; wines outstanding; prices in keeping with quality and value. The lamb tartare ! Risotto with dates ! Busy on a Monday night, so be sure to reserve here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    BrunchGuys
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    All that went into a great brunch was there: Excellent Bloody Mary's, Schmaltz Fried Eggs that included all ingredients required for a brunch tasting menu, nice warm desserts, and exceptional after meal drink list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ina was right.
    ChuckandJoanne
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We wanted to try the Red Cat ever since seeing a segment featuring same on Ina Garten's "Barefoot Contessa" show on the Food Network. The fontina cheese in the iron skillet was amazing! We didn't see it on the menu, but our server said that it was on the bar menu. Glad I asked. The rest of the meal was very good. The pistachio semi-fredo was excellent. Ben, our server, was outstanding. He was not only efficient in his service, but was very helpful in his recommendations. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable and Fun
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent food, decor and service. Sensible noise level. Would definitely recommend and return there. One of our favorite local spots - we live just down the road!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    fattywhitecat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ordered a bottle of wine and instead they brought 2 glasses and then 2 more which added more than what the cost of the bottle was. Waiter never asked if it was a bottle. Ordered pork which came with corn and ordered a side dish of corn. The waiter never indicated that I would be getting the same side dish twice. Otherwise, great restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    MariaUWS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I hadn't been in a few years but decided to suggest it for a friend's birthday dinner. No one was disappointed. Drinks were creative and good, food was delicious, and the decor has held up very well. And the prices were very good for the quality of the food and drink.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    mcurryVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Red Cat is honestly one of the best places in Manhattan to get phenomenal delicious and innovative food in an unpretentious or overly trendy setting. From the host to the bar to the waitstaff, it's run like a well oiled machine. Truly a lovely dining experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant
    Partlycloudy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food, drinks, ambience, and the authentic friendliness all made for a memorable dinining experience. I would not hesitate to return. A great place to eat before going to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • As good as ever
    ritab
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It's amazing that after all these years The Red Cat never disappoints. It's always busy in a good way, with a lot of energy. The service is pleasant and, despite the busy-ness, not rushed. Good food and good people-watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Cat
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Extremely enjoyable ! Every time I go to the neighborhood gem it continues to surprise me with a great experience. Food is always wonderful. The staff is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chlesea Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Last Saturday am my husband and I walked around Chelsea and the high line so I wanted to book something close.This restaurant is literally underneath the 23rd st entrance!The lovely hostess seated us at a window table even though it was for 4.That was very classy and most restaruants won't do it! We had very spicy and well garnished bloody marys which were delicious.The cheese and bacon fritters were the best things I have ever eaten.There are 5 huge ones in the serving so we had 2 each and couldn't eat the last one even though we tried! I had huevos rancheros which was great and my husband had one of his favourite meals ever-the shrimp tacos.The vibe was great and the service was friendly but not intrusive.Loved it and will return!
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  • favorite place!
    Mangia17
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Love this neighborhood place! Always great crowd of mixed ages, very tasty food and warm ambiance. We come in from Conn. to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably fantastic
    Omnivore926
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've been going to the Red Cat for many years. The food is outstanding and creative and fresh and the ambiance is all purpose. Right for a date, a group of friends, one's parents, and old friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    bonitababeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our dining experience at Red Cat was outstanding. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and was able to describe and tell us what made each dish unique. Both the salmon and skate were served with crispy skin, and cooked to perfection. The pork was unbelievable, the best we have ever tasted! Everything was delicious from the ravioli and salmon appetizers, to the cauliflower and beet salads, through to the delicious desserts. And oh yes, you must try the tempura green beans for your side dish!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    NickC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There are few restaurants in New York or anywhere else where the food is actually memorable. Red Cat is one of them. The food is always extraordinary yet never pretentious or self-conscious. Just superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    Hud35
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I really enjoy this stylish, energetic, fun restaurant. The food is always inventive and delicious. Watermelon and purslane salad, crispy skin salmon with beets and creme fraiche, peach crostada and a tasty daiquiri -- my idea of a fabulous Sunday dinner. We had a terrific waiter, too. . .and the servers were friendly, attentive, and professional. Definitely on our list of favorites when we're in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a Kind
    Foodie29VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Red Cat survives all the changes in west Chelsea and thrives, packed on a Wednesday evening where I and a guest had a prime table and excellent service. The food was good as usual though not a standout. My Negroni was wonderful. For years now Red Cat has been the pride of the neighborhood. Take a guest or give yourself a treat.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Dinner
    Benniehana
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I enjoyed dinner with a friend Monday at Red Cat and the food was fantastic. The subtly flavorful lamb tartar was followed by an inventive combination of beets and salmon. It was all finished up with a pistachio semmifreddo worth its weight in gold. A little loud at times and the booth-y atmosphere might not be for everyone but those with their noses in the air will miss out. Casual but excellent dinning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd visit disappointing
    Redhead2405
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We are on our 3rd visit to Manhattan and were very much looking forward to our 3rd visit to The Red Cat. Sadly our experience did not match previous visits. Our waitress was surly and lacked interest and the food was also below par. The chicken liver parfait was not fully set and was sent back to the kitchen once we could get the attention of a staff member.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a trip to Chelsea
    luv2travel
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I had an enjoyable meal at Red Cat. She had the local skate, heirloom tomatoes, and pistachio semifreddo for dessert (excellent), while I had Atlantic hake (not crazy about succotash), Bibb lettuce salad, and gianduja for dessert (not as good as my wife's). The highlight was light tempora of green beans, the only way to have your green beans. The meal was not inexpensive but worth the money.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    SAL1VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Vegetables from the vegetable menu were awesome -- like just picked that afternoon. Service is exceptional - friendly but professional & wine knowledgable. Plan to return whenever we are in the neighborhood.
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  • We LOVE the red cat!
    Arrowman
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We live in So. California and travel to New York once or twice a year. We always try to eat dinner at the Red Cat! We walk on the High Line, and then dine. We LOVE the tempura grean beans, and the white gaspacho!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice End to the Day
    Jimi
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We saw good reviews and decided to give Red Cat a try after our walk on the Highline. What a nice surprise! The food was seasonal, fresh, and delicious. Our wait staff couldn't have been nicer. All in all, we had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, hidden find
    Hehe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I guess it won't be hidden after this but....nestled downstairs in a brownstone between 22nd and 23rd Street, one could easily pass it by. Don't. It's a lovely, exposed-brick design that feels warm and cozy. The wait staff is highly attentive but not intrusive. My shrimp tacos were great, and my friend's watermelon salad looked enticing. The bathroom is clean and lovely. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • nice small restaurant
    briaa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we were a group of 5 and had a very nice experience there. it has the feeling of a small neighborhood restaurant. we enjoyed a drink at the bar and then had a good meal. three of us ordered the scallop special and while it was very good we all felt like we could have eaten a portion twice as large. the bib lettuce salad was good except the cherries (which we thought would be fresh cherries) were clearly pickled or seasoned in such a way that they had a very strong and unpleasant taste to me.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    doggydognyc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    In many restaurants today, the appetizers outshine the entrees. At redcat, the delicate appetizers are a perfect warmup to perfect prepared meats, fish and pastas - Pork chop was a standout, perfectly juicy chicken, excellent tilefish... and dont miss the fries
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Cozy & charming with fabulous food
    Chocolatediva
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Lunch was imaginative and delicious. My salad was a combination of fresh vegetables and ripe, delicious fruit with dressing that complemented the ingredients. I had the best, freshest bibb lettuce and goat cheese salad with cherries and a roasted lemon vinaigrette. My friends were very happy with grilled chicken topped with salad and heirloom tomato salad. We shared green beans in a very light tempura with an amazing mustard dipping sauce. We were very happy and can't wait to return to Red Cat for lunch, dinner or brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love coming here
    FeasterVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I always eat too much but am always satisfied. Those tempura green beans are still the best.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The Worst Service Experience
    JohnnyCVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have been to the RC many many times. This was the worst service I have ever had. We had to flag our waiter at least 6 times through the course of the meal. It was as if we were not there or invisible we had to ask him to take our dinner order. We ordered wine with dinner. He brought the glasses and we selected the wine, but he never returned to pour the wine for us. At one point even he admitted his service was terrible and apologized. This was inconsistent with the RC. But it needs to be mentioned. I don't know if they were short staffed on Sunday. It was not a good experience
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  • Lovely evening
    fromLondontoNYC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great evening at The Red Cat. Service was great, not pushy. They provided great food recommendations, and were very helpful with all of our questions. We weren't rushed, and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Red Cat continues to not disappoint!!! Food was delicious. I had the oysters then skate - yum! Potatoe mash was delish. I've been eating here for 10+ years and have no plans to stop.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MKL1883
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner with my fiance at Red Cat. Service was absolutely outstanding and the food was excellent. It's a beautiful space - great for couples or a group. And I really just cannot say enough about the service. All of the waiters, bartenders and hostesses were terrific. A very special place that I plan on going back to, and suggesting all friends and family go as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything Done Right
    dgalef
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came for the Restaurant Week specials, unsure what to expect, and were quite pleasantly surprised. The drinks were imaginative and potent--never had a white Negroni--and the service was attentive without being obsequious. Though we arrived early, we were ushered to a table as soon as one became available. Though the restaurant was clearly quite busy, our waiter gave us prompt attention. The filet mignon steak tartare was succulent; the bluefish one of the best pieces I've had in years. The yogurt panna cotta was refreshingly tart. I intend to come back here.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Neighborhood Favorite
    JetPilotNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chelsea. It was a hot spot with a consistent, inventive chef well before the Highline sprung up out front. Standards like zucchini with fresh pecorino outshine it's seemingly simple ingredients. My Restaurant Week bluefish was perfectly cooked and generously portioned. The exquisite ice cream sandwich again impressed despite its simple name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.