Red Cat
Red Cat

Red Cat

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theredcat.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: 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 July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (145)fit for foodies (142)special occasion (61)romantic (54)great for lunch (42)hot spot (38)notable wine list (36)great for brunch (35)vibrant bar scene (34)good for groups (19)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Food was ok but environment and company were great
    LschwalVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was inconsistent and overall I would say it was good, not great. However, the service is wonderful, the environment is a nice neighborhood spot, and the cocktails are great. One of my friends actually sent back her rigatoni because she thought it was so bland and asked to have the pizza instead. They failed to put in the new order. The manager handled it exceptionally and they were very sorry. So again, food was not great but the service was wonderful and it really made up for it. The huevos rancheros are really good, pizza and rigatoni were disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum but price
    tpet
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Creative and delicious dishes and great bartenders. Food is priced a little too high--should be 25% lower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lively restaurant
    Lizzie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service, very lively, and lots of excellent food here, including some vegetarian sides, a few of which make a meal. Everything was very flavorful and well prepared. I found the 2 veggie dishes I had good but overly salty. I found the 2 desserts at our table mind-blowing - the churros and the pistachio ice cream smothered with hot chocolate! A great night out for a birthday celebration. Other guests loved their dishes - pasta and pork chop.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    WsncVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We go here every time in NYC and enjoy it every time. Great for after theater. Bar seats are the most fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable- in the best sense of the word
    FreelanceChris
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have loved Red Cat since my first visit there 10 or so years ago. I had a friend visiting from out of town. She was in turn bringing a friend (who I hadn't met) along. I wanted a place with great food but was quiet enough to talk. Red Cat came to mind. Like everyone else I've ever introduced to the Red Cat, they both left very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    brooklynconvert
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    It has been several years since I have been to the Red Cat, loved it then and was happy to enjoy it all over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Have always loved The Red Cat! Great food great ambiance, all-round fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    ChanelNo5
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    First time at The Red Cat for brunch. We were promptly seated (all way back next to kitchen entrance which first irritated me but it turned out fine). Waiter was very attentive even though when we came in the place was buzzing. We had the shrimp tacos and side of herbed fries - both delicious. I had a cocktail which was also very tasty and well mixed. Portions were generous so we skipped dessert. Had coffee which was strong and hot! The noise level was quite high. Overall very nice experience and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eathappy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    service was friendly food was very good , except for the bread it was cold, from the refrigerator and of poor quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    Admiral
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The place we always bring out-of-town friends for a great meal with atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Journey!
    ZoefoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Each dish had its own unique and amazing fusion of flavors. We were recommended by our fabulous waitress the tempura string beans with wasabi dipping sauce for an appetizer and were to DIE for! The stake tartare and seasonal pumpkin salad were delicious! For entrees we all shared bites of the skate, duck, pork chop, and salmon...all melted in your mouth! Can't wait to go back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience with Hostess
    BaddinnerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We got there at 6:15 pm for our 6 pm reservation. The Hostess was very rude to say the least. She gave us the worst table to dine (at the kitchen door) while the restaurant was still empty. The food was horrible: No taste, big quatity, no presentation at all. The Waiter service saved the dinner experience. We will not go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing food/nasty waiter
    yes2eat
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Not the first time I've eaten at Red Cat but definitely the last. Perhaps not fair as all due to the very bad attitude of the waiter. One concrete example was after waiting for more than 20 minutes for an appetizer to arrive for the 3rd person in our party of 4 I asked him where it was and the reply was "I don't cook the soup but I can check". These were out of town guests and frankly I felt embarrassed to have suggested Red Cat. One bad apple can ruin everything and indeed it did.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I saw this place featured on a food program and had to try it. The food was sensational - be sure to order the tempura beans!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • satisfied
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Overall a good experience. Food was nice size not small buy not overwhelming. enjoyed it a lot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    linrr22
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went to Red Cat for the first time on a birthday weekend in NY. The reviews were right on. Nice atmosphere, excellent service, and the food was wonderful. We were early, had a drink at the bar, and seated early. Everything met my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Red Cat delivers
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The Red Cat is a reliable, utterly delicious neighborhood spot for grown-ups. Perfect after an afternoon of gallery hopping. The Autumn Sweater cocktail is yummy. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    Quentin
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Noise level was elevated but one party next to use leaving made it bearable. Food was better than usual and attentive, considerate service made it memorable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favourite New York Restaurant
    foodlovers
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This was our second visit to Red Cat and it lived up to our expectations brilliantly. We first visited 3 years ago and were very impressed with everything about it, food, service, ambience etc. This time it was every bit as good as we had remembered. We had some truly memorable dishes and the service was superb - helpful and on hand just when we needed it. We love the restaurant and both decided that it was our favourite New York dining experience on both trips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigTimeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was really disappointed. The main course (the salmon) was flavorless. While the appetizer and dessert was great, that's not what I came for. This place use to be awesome and I'm not sure what happened.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Dinner at the cat is very loud. Brunch works beautifully, very tranquil and wonderful menu. Sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Brunch selection is great and was not surprised the food tasted just as good as what the presentation was. Desserts were absolutely divine. The pear and cranberry tart and apple crostata were to die for. Wait service was fair but could have been just the individual we had who may have been having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Chaos...
    SouthboundPigVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Some of the food was very good, some was ok, but even though we arrived on the relatively early side, the kitchen was struggling to get food out. We waited over 1h15m for our appetizers and the waitstaff did not seem to think this was an issue. I've always had a good experience at this homey foodie haunt, I'll give the credit that this was just a Saturday night that got away from he kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food uninteresting waitress moreso
    YumDC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    had an early brunch reservation, first ones to sit down. The waitress couldn't have been more disinterested in service. Everything was slow. People who came in 20-30 minutes after we did and sat in other sections were served food before us. When questioned the waitress implied it was our fault for ordering a salad appetizer and sunny side up eggs for one of the dishes. So, this was complicated for the kitchen and that's why we waited 45 minutes plus for our food? Then when the food did come it was average. Not bad, but not great, and sort of dull. Red cat used to be good, but not anymore.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    moderngirlVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is one of my go to neighborhood restaurants for its consistently good food and service. They always make you feel welcome. I request a table in the back becasue it is less noisy than the front lively bar area, particularly if I'm bringing out of town guests. The mix of people is grest too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud, bright and mediocre food
    TwiceaweekVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was just ok. It was super noisy and too bright I felt like I was under a spot light. Not what I was looking for in a romantic evening out.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All round excellence
    Caro76dines
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant is a gem and is well worth a visit. The Foie Gras terrine was particularly delicious and the tempura green beans were superb having never had this type of bean before as we live in the UK. The service was first class and unobtrusive. We would certainly book this restaurant again when we next visit New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JupiterJones37
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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-
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.