Charlie Bird
Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://charliebirdnyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-235-7133
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30-12:00 midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Hardy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Entrance on 6 Avenue south of Houston
  • Public Transit: A, C, E, B, D, F, M Train: West 4th Street Station.
    1 Train: Houston Street Station.
    6 Train: Spring Street Station.
    N, R Train: Prince Street Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Three parking garages are located nearby:
    1. Central Parking on 14 Charlton St.=Prince St. (west of 6 Ave.),
    2. Icon Parking on 375 Hudson St. (south of Houston),
    3. Garage Management Company/Minetta Garage on 122 West 3 St. (between 6
    Ave. and MacDougal St.)
A word from Charlie Bird

Our menu comes from New York's farmers markets, Long Island fishing boats, country fields and the wondrous meanderings of spirited travelers with passionate palates. We're crushing seafood, roasted meats, crazy good wine and creamy espresso. We present a wine list broad enough for you to come by and enjoy wine with us every night or you can order something you can't get anywhere else in the world. We're Italian influenced, American executed and entirely New York.
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Charlie Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (29)hot spot (28)notable wine list (20)special occasion (17)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (16)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • had an early dinner this past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    had an early dinner this past sunday. the place is absolutely amazing. it scores high on everything - food, service, ambiance...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food & very good service
    guyp
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Excellent food,original choices and friendly /efficient service.We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Some food excellent, some average. Farro salad outstanding. Loud rap music destroys any chance of conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cant Wait To Go Back
    Barby
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Everything was perfect.....from the wine glasses to the cool yellow bench seating......Food was amazing and service was attentive and authentic. Love this place....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the big deal?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Lots of hype for this restaurant and it just wasn't all that. First, diners piled up in the vestibule because the front door was locked until precisely 5:30PM when it opened. And it was like 7 degrees out. The space is visually well done, but they were blasting hip hop music (Jay Z but still most of the diners were middle aged at 5:30PM and it wasn't conducive to a calm dining experience). Although many of the workers, especially the hostess was very friendly, we had the dullest server with no personality. I had the rigatoni and it was very salty. Wines by the glass were just ok. Not in hurry to go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    binkertotVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had lunch reservations for 1:00 on Friday and did not end up leaving until after 3:00 pm. It took nearly 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive and then at least 30 minutes between when we finished our appetizer and when our main course came out. But that wasn't even the worst part. Our waiter was extremely sarcastic and rude. Every thing I asked for was answered with an extremely sarcastic and annoyed response. He even rolled his eyes when we asked for the check after we had been trying to get his attention for 15 minutes. We were a party of 3 and spent a lot of $$ on our meal and drinks. All in all, I love Charlie Bird's food and have been 3 times but after this service, I most likely will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm and friendly, with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went here for brunch one Sunday. The staff were so friendly and nice, and the food was delicious. Not typical brunch fare but some new twists, along with healthy and fresh salads. Fun place to go with a group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and very interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent and very interesting food, polite service and what looks like a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New foods to explore
    smitty
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The salad was fresh and the fig, beet and cheese ensemble was very tasty. The juices were excellent and refreshing. My friends had the chicken liver pate and octopus..maybe a hint too much of daring do but if you have some imagination it is delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Everything that
    RaulVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Great food. Everything that we try on the menu was above average. The lemon pancakes extraordinary, the chicken excellent , same as the stuffed calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorite new spot!
    meatcookies
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    eat everything. really. brunch or dinner the food is gorgeous and service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For once the hype is true!
    foodie56VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It was so hard to get a decent reservation and everyone was raving about it, I figured I might be disappointed because expectations would be too high. However, Charlie Bird did not disappoint. The meal was great--everything we had was fantastic. The service was great. I think my husband found the bar offerings to be limited and he couldn't see what brands they carried because they don't have a back bar but we were told that was by design. I've only been for dinner but I'd like to go back for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in a charming setting
    bswein99VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The deconstructed veal pastrami 'sandwich" was fantastic, as was the brussel sprouts salad. My friend loved her poached egg with polenta. I thought the wines by the glass were ridiculously overpriced, but the one reasonably priced red, the barbera ($12), was quite good. We also enjoyed the lemon pistachio cake with lemon gelato. All in all, a very good meal, in a lovely setting, and the service was terrific. Our waiter was so attentive yet never intrusive. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem in Soho
    BeecherVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Such a gem. Now I understand why this was one of the best new restaurants of 2013. Though it was extremely cold out and sitting by the window you could feel the cold draft, the place is so cozy with the wooded walls and floors, it makes it feel warm, like a ski chalet. The food was quite fantastic, especially the farro salad with pistachios, mint and parmesan - a superb combination of flavors. The butternut squash side was very tasty, and the duck entree cooked to perfection. A very nice wine selection, the "very Tuscan" Bellos by Jordan Salcito was perfect. A very lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Combination of small and large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Combination of small and large plates but rather pricey. Bill can add up quickly. And wine prices particularly high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new fave restaurant
    OkneyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Charlie Bird is my new fave restaurant. Food was excellent, especially the tripe toast, live diver scallop and straciatella toast. Atmosphere was vibrant and fun (I love the 80s and 90s rap!). Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hipper than Hip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Charlie Bird is leading the (Manhattan) pack in terms of the new, trendy style of restaurant in NY serving solid food with a well thought out wine list in a very casual setting (with old an school rap playlist to boot!). And that’s great, except for the fact that you’re really paying through the nose for this hip ambiance. The food, although solid, really doesn’t justify the prices or the foodie media hype. No pastry chef here either which means dessert is anticlimactic and not a grand finale. Suffice to say, if you’re really looking for excellence in food, rather than a cool vibe, then I would look elsewhere. By the way, I agree with the earlier reviewer regarding the tiny $19 pour of Riesling; it’s ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The roast chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The crisp salad that it came with was a bit indiscernable. I wasn't sure what I was eating. I still don't know, but it was sown thing fried. There was a pate on the plate I washy prepared for, but it was good, not great. And then am avocado-based pate that didn't blow my socks off either. I also wasn't expecting the roasted chicken to have been dredged through flour but it was nicely cooked. I also had the farrow salad with pitachio and mint. It was fresh and a nice way to begin the meal. The place has a lot of buzz so perhaps the other "large" plates and the pasta are great but the roasted chicken was not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine options
    DMCNYC
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I liked the fact that the menu included the wine list for all diners. Also there is an option for half bottles. I do not know if there is an up charge. Great casual restaurant. Can't compete with New York three star restaurants with waiters in sneakers and street clothes. Service was spotty and over casual. Waiter dropped a Liter of water and a liter of still water on our two top and said "help yourself", really? We did not recieve bRead but noticed the deuce next to us did. Maybe Sunday at 8:45 is the wrong time to go?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate at Charlie Bird twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We ate at Charlie Bird twice in one week. Both times the food and service were very good and the drinks exceptional. The music selection helps create a laid back yet swanky vibe as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent small plates
    DaceyDVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Nice wine selection, excellent food with a focus on small plates. Only downside: seating uncomfortable and decor cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciousness!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Charlie Bird lived up to the hype. The food was absolutely phenomenal -- from the apps to the salad to the main courses, everything was super flavorful and excellent. The service was also really exceptional -- every single person we interacted with was friendly and went out of their way to ensure our experience was good. The wine list was extensive and offered a lot of options at a variety of price points. Would definitely go back, but probably only for special occasions given the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    I took my boyfriend to Charlie Bird for his birthday. We had a fantastic meal. The duck egg pasta was outstanding and for entrees the veal and chicken were both delicious. My favorite course is dessert, and the pana cotta was really out of this world. The wine list is expensive, but good values for the great wines available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Was really looking forward to trying out Charlie Bird but will not be going back their any time soon. While the food was pretty good, the service wasn't great at all and the wine list was ridiculously overpriced. After I complained about the 2 ounce pour I received for a $19 glass of desert wine, our waiter literally threw our check on the table and knocked over my friend's glass of wine. He never apologized and walked away. Charlie Bird is waaaay too overpriced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • they lost our reservation!
    mac0813VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    And I had spoken with a reservationist earlier in the week to confirm! When we showed the hostess the email confirmation from opentable, they were confused and apologetic, but made no effort to seat us immediately, on time (8:30 pm Sunday). And there were plenty of open 2-tops! Poor showing. The food is delicious, but we won't risk going back until the system works!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYTdining
    NYTdining
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Loved the food, the story, the service, and even the name! Charlie, our waiter was excellent, as was everyone in this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific Find
    DicksterVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    It is wonderful to come across a restaurant that clicks for you, the diner. The food is imaginative, the wine list in a class well above the ordinary, the service is professional, and accessible. The setting is a little crowded, and the place can be loud, but the dining experience makes those issues worth putting up with. Many people in New York consider themselves restaurant critics (in their own minds) and I am certainly one of them, but this restaurant is worth many return visits.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    CJL1VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Charlie is a Good and fun place to go with friends. Wine list is great, food is good but not great. There is a lot of hype behind the restaurant so I am being very critical. I would go back if I was in the area but I wouldn't wait 2 weeks to go back there. They didn't have anything that stood out in my mind. in my opinion this time next year it will be easy to get a reservation there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way over priced for what it
    LocalFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Way over priced for what it was. I wouldn't go back. Food was good not great. For the price it should be great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    must try the squash blossoms. excellent food, interesting wine selection, stellar service and warm ambiance! the old school 90s hip-hop created a cool laid back vibe. will definitely be dining there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great wine list
    tnycVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    really wonderful wine list. some excellent food, including the stracciatella toast, the bass, and the chicken. the vegetable sides were overpriced for what you got and not all that wonderful. the service was really rough but hopefully that improves as time goes on because it would be said if this became one of those spots with service so poor it couldn't make up for very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy but worth it.
    Nick
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We shared a smattering of dishes and all were top-notch. The veal ragu and suckling pig were particularly wonderful. Beware, however; service is good, but slower than usual for NYC restaurants. This would not be a problem except you only have your reserved table for two hours. The space is good, but it fills up after 6p.m., as this is a current hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodienycVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Overall experience was just okay-- octopus appetizer was overcooked and chewey, while the scallop appetizer and warm figs /prosciutto were very good. Just when I forgave the disappointing octopus experience, the mushy, oversalted grilled summer beans arrived--I found myself trying to eat them, but each bite was painful. I tried to to will them to be good, but it was impossible. The black bass entree was also a letdown-- it, too, had way too much salt in it. Wine was wonderful and music fantastic: if they could get the food right, it would be a superb neighborhood gem. For now, I'll pass it by and definitely not recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impeccable Food and Service
    lp32
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    A perfectly timed meal with great service and food. Big bonus if you like old school hip hop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you are in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    After hearing about all the fuss over this place, we were finally able to secure a 5:45 Monday night reservation. When theres no 'vibe' from any diners in the room it does seem to diminish the experience. Found the wine offerings too short for my preference of a buttery Chardonnay...so had to suffice with a lightweight alternative that was a disappointment. But the food was a hit. I think it good to offer a short menu and then do those things really well. The faro salad was flavorfilled and textured. Chicken was succulent. Peach and prociutto was interesting and definitely worth a try. Squash blossoms unfortunately greasy. This is an excellent neighborhood restaurant but I don't live in the neighborhood, so we probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Farro salad was amazing...it's a must to order. So was the fluke crudo, the squash blossoms, and the black bass. Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Fantastic dining experience - great food, service, and wine!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Creative menu, excellent and attentive service, and a very pleasant atmosphere. Every dish we had was fantastic and beyond expectations in terms of taste. Portions on the smaller side, but I did leave full. Great new addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Music was rap and bad and
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Music was rap and bad and loud. Service was excellent and food better than average. Strange crowd, mix of families, old people and hipsters and a few good looking people.
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  • Really well done and a treat
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Really well done and a treat for the neighborhood!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.