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Red Cat
Red Cat

Red Cat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theredcat.com
  • Email: redcat227@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 242-1122
  • 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: Bill McDaniel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 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. Andy Xu runs the kitchen that's become famous for such whimsical creations as Reuben Wontons with Red Cabbage Slaw and Pan Roasted Cod with Flageolets, Moroccan Olives, Oranges and Basil Oil. 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."

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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was fab as always. Crowded on a Sunday night but not too boisterous to make it hard to converse."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "As a returning customer, I am pleased to say that we experienced excellent service, had an excellent meal with quality wine options and, overall, had a great evening. My only hesitation in recommending this wonderful restaurant and staff is that it might become "discovered" and, then, overwhelmed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were highly recommended to have brunch here. There is no specific brunch menu; there was no bread accompanying anything not even egg dishes. We had to ask for bread and it came one slice at a time; there was no bread basket to order on the menu either. The smoked salmon platter I ordered was meager. Although the service is courteous and the atmosphere is nice, I would recommend maybe dinner more than brunch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very enjoyable restaurant. Burratta and spring pea salad was fresh and delicious. Loved the duck. Didn't stint on portions, may not be as "hot" as when it first opened but it is still a terrific restaurant. Friendly and efficient wait staff."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is our go to place. The food is always spot on. I've never had anything there that was not wonderful. Nothing ever disappoints. The savory bread pudding was mouth watering. The beet salad, just perfect. Both fish dinners were lovely. The drinks are so well made. I love the staff there. They have it all figured out. Friendly and professional. Rene the bartender was a sweetheart. I hate raving about a place because it creates more competition for a table. Make a reservation. It fills up fast."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We ate dinner here about five months ago. That meal and experience was very satisfying. Our most recent dinner was just a little of the mark. In NYC everyone wants the best, and most sadly settle. You don't needto settlehere, as Here the wait staff will dote on you if you ask, or leave you alone if you want. The food is nicely presented and served hot and nicely plated. Bar drinks were well made and portions were large. We came on a very busy Friday night, and to the restaurants praise, we were not rushed or pushed to leave, and spent the hours there. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful staff/waiters and incredible food. Our entire party was pleased and we came back the following night for more."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Been to red cat several times and as always I was not disapointed. Food inventive and good and always a fun atmosphere"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The Red Cat is over favorite restaurant in NYC. The food is excellent with just the right size servings. It is great because all of us, including one member of the group with dietary restrictions had great choices. The staff was very attentive to the dietary restrictions and the chef made all the adjustments without any complaints from anyone. The food is superb with unusual combinations with fish. Great combination of veggies with spices. Great bar with special cocktails...and friendly! Ambience is excellent....energetic but not too noisy Love the crowd which is very diverse.... Good prices as well for such great good and excellent service"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Have had two unfortunate dining experiences lately. The last one at brunch. Food took almost an hour to arrive. Omelette was too oily and lacked flavor. Our server was absent and seemed like was being inconvenienced by our presence. Used to love this place. Starting to reconsider whether to go back again."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This last visit to Red Cat was for brunch. I was disappointed in the menu options. I settled for the "dirty" burger. It was mediocre at best. The service was less than I would expect from Red Cat. This was in spite of the fact that the restaurant was not exceedingly busy. There are many fine restaurants in the neighborhood and Red Cat has lost the edge."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "After having been to the restaurant before, it was surprising that the service wasn't great tonight. We have been several other times, and the food is always spectacular and the service is always wonderful. Tonight the server disappointed us. Not very attentive, or well informed about the menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I am a regular diner at The Red Cat. I have been for many years. I recently met a friend there for dinner and found the experience wanting. I ordered a Manhattan from the bar and it was watery. We were seated at a table in the back that was so bright we had to ask the waiter to dim the light. We both ordered the special entrée. This was the low point of the evening. The entree was a half a chicken, deboned on a bed of carrot puree. The chicken was tasteless as if it had been boiled and thrown on the plate. As I have known The Red Cat to be historically consistent, I will return. But I offer this feedback as a way to correct these failures so diners can continue to enjoy the experience The Red Cat has offered over the years."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We were a party of 6. Once we squeezed into our seats, it was difficult, at best, to get out. The tables are extremely close. Other than that, we enjoyed and would consider returning."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Perfect lunch spot to begin a few hours checking out Chelsea galleries on the first day of spring."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I went with 2 dear friends and we couldn't decide on entrees so we ordered many appetizers and side dishes and shared. We got no complaints from our server (we ordered A LOT), who was wonderful throughout, and we sat and chatted and had a ball. For my taste, the entrees that looked enticing (like skate) seemed to have an ingredient that, for me, was unappealing or excessively heavy (e.g., pastrami stuffed skate or mussels with salmon). The appetizers and side dishes are OUTSTANDING, particularly the beet salad, polenta and brussel sprouts. Leave room for the lemon tart and/or banana bread ice cream sandwich!! The only reason I gave service 4 starts was because our busser reached in to grab dishes too soon twice. Otherwise, FAB service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We dine at Red Cat regularly and always come away delighted with the food and service. This was not exception."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "although quite far west, red cat is definitely worth a try. the space is very small but so charming. the staff is so friendly and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Can't say enough good about this place. SO cute inside. We sat at the bar and had terrific cocktails before sitting at our table. Service was extraordinary and friendly. Food was beautiful and delicious. Really fun time. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and service here are always excellent. This meal was no exception and I love the current menu. Was a bi green beans as an appetizer is a good choice to share."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The red cat is a pleasant little restaurant. The offerings on the menu were not particularly adverturous, but were very well prepared. The staff were all very attentive without being annoying. And the noise level was very moderate given the number of tables in the dining room. A great place for a romantic dinner or for enjoying dinner in an atmosphere where you don't have to shout to be heard by your tablemates."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We went for brunch and it was totally disappointing. Nothing on the menu really stood out (we did try to fried string beans, they were good). I got the eggs with wilted greens and corn beef hash - when I asked for something other than corn beef, the waitress told me she might be able to put extra greens on my plate. So my dish was two fried eggs and half cooked spinach. It didn't even come with toast. Pretty disappointing."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Have been to Red Cat many times over the years, and it has consistently been a super-friendly place to hang out and dine. Food is always carefully prepared/presented and very tasty. The bartenders and waitstaff are fantastic. Bradley is especially knowledgeable about the wines and is very personable and welcoming."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The soup, of course, was cold. I asked the waiter to please plate my food so that the roasted chicken was not sitting atop the starch and veggies, which, while this type of presentation is au courant, is pretentious and ruins the food, in my opinion. The waiter said that there could be no special requests of "Chef" because "Chef" wants the diner to experience his food his way, especially for Restaurant Week, because he wants you to come back again. Give me a break. The spaetzle that accompanied the chicken, insofar as I could find them, were unedible. The chicken was good. Bottom line; much too many restaurants in NYC to ever go back there again."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food certainly wasn't bad but it wasn't the best I've ever had. We had the Restaurant Week menu, so maybe the regular menu is more memorable. The space is cozy in an older-school kind of way. If you have a choice, I would request a table in the front of the restaurant. We sat in the back and it felt a bit cavernous and stale."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "After visiting a friend's painting exhibit, we had a delicious lunch at the Red cat. The food was imaginative, and everyone was friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I hate writing this review... I've dined at Red Cat many times over the years and have always enjoyed it, but my visit there Sunday evening will be my last meal in the dining room. Of the courses I had that evening, the appetizer was excellent, the entree a total disaster and dessert was also pretty bad. The saving grace was a stellar martini and Red Cat's excellent Green Beans Tempura. Our server however, was friendly and attentive. Please note, this review isn't being written based on this one experience. The food has been slipping for a while now. On Sunday, it finally hit bottom for me. Going forward, I'm relegating myself to the bar for a Martini & the Green Beans Tempura. In a place with this much potential, that's a damn shame..."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "RED CAT is a neighborhood gem. Warm, cozy and inviting, the food is delicious and the portions ample. I'd like to go back in the evening for a romantic dinner!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My group of diners really loved Red Cat. The Restaurant Week menu was excellent. Some of my group ordered lots of appetizers from the regular menu and they were really excellent. I had the pork on the special menu which was so delicious-tender and tasty. Our server was excellent as well. He was attentive, personable and had a great sense of humor. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and we were very comfortable. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've heard great reviews about Red Cat months ago and thought I'd bring my brother here for his 23rd birthday. Upon arriving, we were greeted with a very friendly staff that seated us immediately. Between the three of us, we ordered 2 apps.. Steak Tartare and Chicken Liver Terrine... both equally delicious! My husband order the Grill Pork Chop, which was good only if you scraped off the charred layers. My brother and I ordered the Roasted Duck Breast, which was the favorite of the night! We shared two desserts, the Pistachio Semifreddo and Chocolate Creme Brulee.. the Pistachio Semifreddo was AMAZING! Overall, it was a great experience and worth coming back sometime in the future!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Sorry RedCat. I loved you before you got a new chef. Our meals were bland. Well cooked meats but bland and uninspired. we've been to this place once before, LOVED it and were excited to come back for restaurant week. Our meals were just not good. (pork and trout - the chocolate dessert tasted like it came from a supermarket shelf) We asked the waitress if there was a new chef. she said yes, she also told us he was using the Restaurant Week menu provided by the previous chef. If you can't cook it DON'T serve it! I'd love to know if he cooks his OWN flavor combinations better, but I'm not going back to find out. If you can't get the Restaurant Week menu to make customers DROOLING to return, I doubt the rest of the menu is all that good......."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The West Side/Chelsea location, availability of night parking, a creative menu and good table spacing all make this restaurant a great choice. If you can just get over having to shout to your dinner companions for them to hear you, given the loud volume in the place, it will be certainly an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My friend's chicken dish had to be returned because it was undercooked. My pork dish was lukewarm at best and was a mishmash of ingredients and flavors that didn't work. Very disappointing and will not return."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We tried 3 different enrtes and they were all outstanding - the hake, the pork chop and the duck."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Always live the green beans. They did a great vegetarian option that was not on the menu. Savory bread pudding with mushrooms. Yum. My fellow diners raved abut how moist the chicken was"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Overall our experience was good. My only qualm was that it was WAY too hot inside. They'd clearly been cranking the heat all morning and come time for the lunch service it felt like it was 85 degrees. Everyone at our table was sweating. They finally turned the heat off about halfway through our meal, but it was pretty uncomfortable for a while."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I've been to Red Cat twice and each time everyone at the table was delighted with their food and service. The food is based on basic American staples with international twists added: Roast chicken with spaetzle; tempura green beans; etc."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Went for RW. Welcoming, friendly service. Delightful menu...3 choices for starters and mains, 2 for dessert. Delicious celery root soup with peeky toe crab and greens floating in the center. Then a generous serving of pork sausages with a tasty salad with gigantes and dates, etc. Dessert Chocolate pannacotta..ortheoneI went with a banana bread ice cream sandwich. Great taste and value! Going back for the regular menu..fries look good!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I love this restaurant.! It has a very cozy atmosphere with a lot of warm wood and colors. I have passed it many times and finally went for restaurant week. We ordered from the special menu which was outstanding. An excellent salad, delicious roast chicken, trout and pork entrees were offered. I will definitely return and try the many other excellent choices."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very Nice, good food, Great Drinks. I loved the Winter Sweater!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014