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 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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Red Cat reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (144)fit for foodies (127)romantic (67)special occasion (56)great for lunch (51)great for brunch (38)vibrant bar scene (32)notable wine list (29)hot spot (20)good for groups (17)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Brenda
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    My friend and I loved the food at Red Cat and thoroughly enjoyed the suggestions of our waiter. He was knowledgeable, friendly and nonintrusive. Among the best dishes is the quick sauté of zucchini first course. The tempura green beans were also light and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intersting Menu Selection
    Cheryl
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Interesting selection on the Menu. Really enjoyed the short ribs and pork chop dishes. The green beans were amazing. Nice wine list and desserts were really nice. Overall very nice and would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    Pleasedvistor
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Interesting variation of dish....with a pistachio alfredo to die for.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same Old Excellence
    Admiral
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Having moved out of New York to the country a few years ago and meeting out-of-town friends for dinner in Manhattan, we thought we'd try an "old reliable," the Red Cat. We weren't disappointed: the food and service were as good as ever and our friends said it was the highlight of their visit to New York. It was a great, relaxing end to a hectic, touristy day. Makes us want to move back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chelsea Cat
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Red Cat is practically an institution as NYC restaurants go. Now well into its 15th year as a Chelsea anchor, it's not as hot as it once was. The good news is, it is also easier to grab a table for brunch or dinner at a place that dishes out delicious, inspired and unpretentious food that, like the galleries that surround it, is a work of art in and of itself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for brunch
    Geezer
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nice variety on the brunch menu. Delicious salads, Good bread. Excellent drinks. Not noisy. A nourishing, calm experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    letsgomathias
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Best place to eat in the neighborhood. That is all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    bjzpVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The bartender Nick is amazingly nice and friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • comfort food
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Always a good family choice for comfort food. The hamburgers and fries are good choices. The deep fried zucchini and the green bean tempura are yummy. They must learn to reduce the salt they use.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st disappointment
    TraumamdVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    HAve eaten here several times, never disappointed. Had the short ribs this time, tasteless and over cooked. They said sorry and little more. Will still probably go back as others enjoyed their meals.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    rock7VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Came for brunch. The special lobster omelette was delicious & the decor/service, outstanding. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Never disappoints. My favorite restaurant for the 10 years I lived in NY. I try to get there each time I visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 143 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1890 reviews are from the Red Cat reviews archive.
  • joyboyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Greatly enjoyed everything - from the burata starter to the passion fruit sorbet finisher and everything in between, and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice brunch
    mbar
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Met some friends who were from out of town. Arrived at 11:45 am for brunch on a Saturday. The table was small, which worked in our favor for great conversation, restaurant got noisier as the meal went on, but compared to most places, it wasn't bad. Our bloody mary's were very good, and we ordered toasted bread to scoop up baked Fontina that came in a crock. It was delicious, and great for sharing. My husband had the Huevos Rancheros which he said was the best he ever had. I had an omelette which was good, nothing too special. Coffee was strong and good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    princessnellVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    had read some good things about red cat, so we decided to try it before chelsea gallery hopping. unfortunately, the best thing about it was its location. the food was fair to middling, with one actually bad dish. best thing was the tempura green beans we all shared. light and crispy and delicious. i had a rabbit/fava pasta that was tasty, but pretty standard. my husband's grilled chicken salad was just sad. On a bed of limp iceberg with a few peas thrown on it, and a bland chicken breast that could have been cooked any time in the last few days sliced on top. No presentation or flavor. cocktails were nothing special, and we didn't order a second round, which we normally do at brunch! service was very good, though.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • when in n.y....
    1reliablefriendVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Started here the year it opened and return when back in city. Feels like home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Disappointment
    Mack
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I have hitherto been a great fan of the Red Cat and a repeat diner. My last experience at lunch was a disappointment. A chicken salad for one of my party was perfunctory and what was given in the menu as a Roast Beef Sandwich turn out to be a flavorless, slightly tough steak sandwich. The pasta passed muster with my guest. The wine list is good and partially saved the day as did the efficient service of PHILIP D. The staff is always courteous but management needs to buck up the kitchen a bit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Red Cat
    GeoffdiVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We love coming here, my children gave me a gift voucher for my birthday ,as they know how much we love to eat at this restaurant. It is our go to restaurant for celebrations, family occasions, visiting guests from Australia etc. This actually was our farewell dinner before we return to live in Australia but we will definitely be back !! Especially for the Tempura beans !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious from start to finish
    MattVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my mom here for Mother's Day this past weekend and we had a really great time. Started with the filet mignon tartare and zucchini/pecorino apps, both of which were delicious (both independently and combined!); Mom enjoyed the crispy skin salmon and I loved the hake. Cocktails were expertly made, service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing and the ambiance was lovely. Worth the price, and we'll definitely be back. Meow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Chelsea gem!!
    Anya
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    ALWAYS Excellent! Red Cat is my favorite restaurant on the West Side! Staff and servers are ALWAYS gracious and professional! The several waitstaff members we have had, have ALWAYS been knowledgeable and helpful! They ALWAYS know their extensive and varying menu very well and are great at suggestions!--I ALWAYS listen! Love the fact that they serve Tito's Vodka! We have brought many friends to The Red Cat, and they have all returned on their own. I don't usually eat dessert, but ALWAYS have it here! Last Thursday, the Cavatelle (sp?), fava bean, and rabbit appetizer was spectacular!!-as were the calves liver, and the pork dish! Go! You will love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at Red Cat
    voltigeur
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Red Cat for many years. We find it to be a consistently high quality, adult dining experience. The staff is always cordial and welcoming and the service is professional. While the meals are not fancy, they are very tasty and perfectly prepared. we plan to return for another dinner in a month or two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to table charmer
    Trshblrd
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Red Cat came recommended by a friend who had moved from NYC a few years back and it didn't disappoint. Walking off the city street in Chelsea you feel transported to a elegant but cozy farm house dining room with low lighting decorated with pops of red, black and white. I had read that the restaurant can be overwhelmingly loud, but we were seated in the very back around a bend in a corner banquette and we found the noise level tolerable. We tried the recommended zucchini appetizer that was wonderful. A rabbit pasta dish and spring pea ravioli were delicious and fresh too. The desserts were more than big enough to share (not that we did!) and the rhubarb cobbler and chocolate creme brûlée were perfect ways to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent Red Cat Visit
    jdenton2232
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dined at the Red Cat for the third time in three year span. It has been excellent every time. Food and service were fantastic as usual. I recommend this restaurant to all of my friends that come to New York. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How did he do it?
    Addicted
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    What a waiter! How did he memorize everything without writing it down? He was very solicitous of us, as one diner has an allergy to garlic. He got a recommendation from the kitchen, and we all had a terrific dinner. We had been to Red Cat during Restaurant Week for lunch on two occassions, and that paid off for Red Cat, as we had such nice lunches that we came back with friends for dinner. We live nearby, and hope to be back sooner than later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Cat--Top Cat!
    TresChic
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    still excellent after many years…….unusual wine list, knowledgeable waiters, excellent, unobtrusive service. Went for a business dinner--and it was perfect. As good as 10 years ago!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    MANYC
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Over the years I have had dinner and brunch at the Red Cat and from the minute I walk in the door I have been glad I made the reservation. The welcome is warm, they do their utmost to accommodate your table location request and the wait staff are attentive, knowledgeable and ensure the pace of the meal allows for dining. Food is consistently delicious, especially the Skate when its on the menu and I like the use of seasonal salad and vegetable selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Level really high
    BobbieVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I know one o'clock is popular and that good restaurants are hard to find, but the noise level here. I was screaming over my entire lunch, does not make it enjoyable. The tin roof provides no sound cushion, and the waiters are hard-pressed to give good service. The pizza was great. There must be a better way as it's a great Chelsea location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite dining spot in NYC
    catfoodie
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I try to get to Red Cat whenever I'm in NY. The restaurant has never failed to please, surprise, and delight. The first thing we noticed was the freshness and flavor of the olive oil served with the crusty bread. We ordered appetizers -red beet salad, and tempura green beans with hot mustard dip. Both were perfectly prepared and delicious. I had the pea tendril ravioli as a main dish, my companion had the hake, which were excellent, and we shared a plate of fresh spring peas, and a rhubarb crumble for dessert. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Ambience was lively without feeling noisy or crowded (though the restaurant was full). Altogether a very satisfying and pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Snobby Maitre-d
    GabbysueVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I went here last Sunday for a brunch at noon. I was 10 mins early and asked if I could be seated earlier. The maitre d told me they were running on time and I would have to wait for the table and she said this with attitude as if she was superior to me. I am a paying customer, you should treat customers with respect. The restaurant was half empty with plenty of available seats, I didn't say anything and I waited. I was not seated until 12.20 (20 mins after the reservations)...the empty tables were still empty. Why ask someone to wait when you have plenty of available seats? Just to make it look like they are popular? If they do this to maintain the image they are popular, it is NOT working.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice brunch place
    AJiLVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Chill vibe, the nutella fritter thing was really good. Cute place in Chelsea, recommended if you're looking for solid food and a laidback but nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvs2eat
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Found out about this Chelsea gem on Tasting Table. Great food (highly recommend rabbit orichetta and zucchini sauté) and service. Would go again ... Maybe try dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night out
    Phillyguy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was good we had the Pork chop & salmon both were delicious and well prepared. Green bean tempura was a nice starter to share. Only draw back was 2 tables of some very loud people who were enjoying some after dinner cocktails. But they having fun with friends so you didn't mind so much. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive food heavy on veggies.
    Jar1229VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We really loved the menu here - especially the chicken liver terrine and the pea rabioli. The skate lacked sauce. The semifreddo dessert was also delicious. Great wine list and service!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Good
    8BlackcatVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wonder Restaurant Great menu and food Great ambiance. Lovely evening
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Cat rocks
    Sarah
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    So happy to be able to get a reservation! Red Cat is terrific!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SkipBuzzVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Extremely popular, high energy spot in Chelsea. Attractive bar and dining room packed to the rafters with tables closely spaced. Menu nicely varied. Both grilled asparagus and filet mignon tartare appetizers were very well prepared and very tasty. Skate with pea puree was VG, perhaps a bit overdone. Atlantic Hake was outstanding. Pistachio Semifreddo desert is to die for! Wine list well diversified and affordably priced. Service is professional but slightly harried. Decently priced and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same as it ever was
    rajdVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A favorite for years, I returned to the Red Cat recently only to find that it is definitely not the same as it ever was. While still a lovely experience in many ways, the service was a bit bumpy, and the beans...oh the tempura string beans. Once a classic that I used to call ahead to order on my way to the restaurant, this time they were a soggy, congealed mess. They were also out of an entrée, and a wine selection (it was only 6 p.m.), which our server failed to mention before we had the misfortune of trying to order both. Hopefully it was just an off night, as the Red Cat has always been a favorite.
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  • Fabulous Find
    GingerBread1972
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is our go to place for great food, service and consistency. Just enough formality. Just enough fun. Staff is amazing.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPLENDID!
    TheOpinionated
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I absolutely love this place! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original and fabulous
    zeeceeVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The menu is exciting and everything we had was delicious. Don't miss the string beans, fried to be like tempura with a mustardy sauce. The orso that accompanied the pork chop was one of the best things ever. And the red wine we had with a name like Brillante was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.