Bistro Chat Noir
Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrochatnoir.com/
  • Phone: 2127942428
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 11:30am-5:00 pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am-5:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Sunday Supper 5:00 pm- 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, French, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Available for large group dining in the restaurant and private events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bistro Chat Noir hosts large group reservations as well as complete "buyouts" of our townhouse space. We can accommodate up to 75 guests for a seated dinner, rehearsal dinner and cocktail or birthday party. We have a full bar and wine list. Outside terrace seating is also available. Bistro Chat Noir is located in the heart of the elegant Upper East Side and is next to Central Park.
  • Private Party Contact: SUZANNE LATAPIE 2127942428
  • Entertainment: Fantastic venue for private parties. We can host 30-80 guests for a private restaurant event. In past guests have had fashion shows, DJ music, trunk shows, art galleries, fundraisers, rehearsal dinners, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, weddings. Our in house party planner Hank has all the answers for you 2127942428
  • Special Events: Wonderful venue for all the holidays...chic and fun. Major Halloween and New Years Eve Parties, limited seating book ahead!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5TH AND MADISON
  • Public Transit: Madison Avenue/Fifth Avenue NYC buses N or R train stops at 60th street and Fifth Avenue 6 stops at 68th Street and Lexington 4, 5 stops at 59th Street and Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Safe, Free public parking daily after 7 pm in front of restaurant. Garages in the area.
A word from Bistro Chat Noir
Bistro Chat Noir, is located in the heart of New York City's fashionable upper east side, melds the classic with contemporary elements of French styling, all fit snuggly into a sleek and elegant townhouse setting. Approachable but first class in every respect, Bistro Chat Noir offers the finest ingredients in a glamorous indoor and outdoor setting, where all the patrons will mingle like good friends at a garden party.
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Bistro Chat Noir reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)romantic (26)great for lunch (22)fit for foodies (21)great for brunch (19)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food is delicious and well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food is delicious and well priced. The service was warm with perfect timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming place, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Charming place, wonderful food - perfect place to meet the son's new girlfriend. There were five of us, we were not rushed and could hear each other easily! Great location also!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely valentines day food
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    lovely valentines day food very good service same would go again
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but wildly overpriced
    Mike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The pri fixe was advertised at $95 per person but turned out to be $125 per person, plus $22 tax, plus $50 gratuity. For $322 I would have expected something much more than what I got here. It was good, but when I pay that much for dinner, I expect something on the next level. Food was pretty good, service was pretty good. Overpriced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines beware
    Louise
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was looking forward to this dinner but was disappointed at the prix fixe meal of $125 per person, which in and of itself is acceptable if there is a really special meal. It was also unexpected and I felt bad about putting our friends in a position of having to readjust to the jacked up prices. The food was decent but not worth the high price. I would like to try the restaurant on another night, but won't go out of my way!
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  • Very nice lunch option in midtown
    RobInMadisonNJVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Food, service and ambiance were very nice at this quaint restaurant. Small, intimate space with very good food and excellent service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!
    abe1
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great neighborhood spot in a great neighborhood! Friendly but unobtrusive service from all - coat check to hostess to wait staff to bus help! They made us feel like neighborhood regulars! Food was very good -- staff surprised my wife with a birthday candle in the chocolate soufflé and flutes of champagne (based simply on a note that I included with our OT reservation). Restaurant was moderately crowded and the space is not large, but we didn't have any trouble having a conversation over the "happy white noise" of the large crowd enjoying the evening with friends. Bonus points for the blue cheese stuffed olives in the blue cheese dirty martinis!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I went to have dinner with my wife and really loved the place. The setting is perfect, tha waiters are very kind and the food is simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive!!!
    Foodienyc
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    $12 for tiny skinny 6 grilled asparagus??!! Even for NYC standards it is way too much. I get it, we are in Manhattan but I mean common there has to be some kind of common sense. The food was good but for that price I would rather go to Nobu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice food, nice ambience.
    Page
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    My ninety-five year old father comes here occasionally. This time we went with him. The staff was very helpful and we were pleased at how they remembered his dietary needs. I had the tiny ravioli with snails. Wonderful but VERY rich. The steak came rare as ordered. My husband's seafood risotto was fantastic. Do have the Chocolate souffle! Excellent and enough for 3-4 people. I look forward to returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    Susan
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Great crowd. Comfortable and attractive rooms. Food was good. Service was attentive. One complaint was noise level and I usually don't notice noise in a restaurant. I will absolutely go back. Good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the entire
    Cathy
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Really enjoyed the entire evening at this restaurant. Attentive service, food was very good, nice menu, very good ambiance, overally, would definitly would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Perfect Birthday Dinner!
    Marq04VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Three of us came in for a double-birthday dinner and we had a wonderful, wonderful evening. The place was packed in an energetic kind of way and yet the food and service were perfect, with lots of attention to detail. Even with all the choices in Manhattan, we will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance was very lovely,
    phillypieVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Ambiance was very lovely, however, the tables were too close together and impinged on privacy. The prix fix lunch was completely delicious, especially the meringue dessert in a vanilla sauce with caramel on top. It is very close to the NYC museums and a perfect place to have lunch. I would most definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem defines it well
    LocavoreNYCVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Chat Noir has pleasant staff and good food. The owner's presence is a good sign. Largely an over-40 UES crowd with acceptable noise levels. It's a fairly long and narrow space on the ground floor of a townhouse, plus three small outdoor tables on the front patio helpfully a few steps below street grade. They recently introduced a tasty ravioli dish appetizer with pesto and escargots. They use some organic/grass-fed meats, which is important to me. The seafood and tender short ribs are highlight main dishes, but the kitchen handles most things well. Decent values on the wine list. The tarte tatin is a good dessert choice although you might go for a dairy/sugar rush of the ile flottante. Overall, Chat Noir is reliable and worth a try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show!
    UESEater
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My wife and I went here for Christmas dinner. We went for the first seating and that also included a nice cabaret show. Food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    Consuelo
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We booked a table for Christmas eve dinner and the place was full. The ambiance was very nice and the food good but the candle light made it difficult to read the menu. The waitress was impatient, unhelpful and almost rude, maybe she could not cope with so many people in the restaurant. She almost ruined the special occasion for us. A second waitress came to our rescue and the service was much better. I complained to the manager when leaving.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only for locals
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The hostess called me to insist on a credit card number to reserve. I went here for Christmas Eve and arrived at 6:05 for a 6:00 reservation. I was seated at the worst table next to the hallway to the kitchen. My seat actually blocked the waitress' access to the adjacent table. The hostess was too busy chatting with regular customers to notice me standing and waving for her attention. Ee were moved to a center table where we feared someone would knock over our wine bottle! The Food was fine and the waitress had a good sense of humor and was very helpful. But clearly locals get better treatment. And I was surprised by the AUTOMATIC 20% tip added to the bill. We were two people and there was no mention of any automatic tip arrangement.
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  • Great
    Pearces5211
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Good food and great service. Very friendly wait Staff. Great spot for a quiet dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal!
    Marq04VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This was our first time to this place since moving to the neighborhood. We had a fabulous meal. Great service, great food, great wine (red served at cellar temperature, not room temperature!). We did feel a tiny bit rushed at the end of the night but it was a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant near the Frick
    GreenburghSethVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I chose this restaurant because of all the decent restaurants a short walking distance from the Frick Collection, it was the most reasonably priced. That's not to say its inexpensive, because it's not. The hostess, who greeted us with a French accent, was warm and welcoming, and the ambience cozy and friendly. The French onion soup was good, as was the escargot appetizer. I ordered the Niicoise salad which was supposed to include haricot verts and olives but which came with neither, but it was good nonetheless. My dinner companions ordered the lobster salad, which they liked. Overall, a good restaurant in a neighborhood of great but very pricey restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all around
    StevedallasVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food, service and ambiance were all magnificent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We LOVE Bistro Chat Noir
    dfcoVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This is one of our all time favorite NYC restaurants. Staff, food and wine are always PERFECT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful First-Time Experience
    SoNewYork
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    This was our first time at Bistro Chat Noir. We were delighted with lunch at our table-for-two. The ambience was great, the food (hanger steaks) delicious, and the attention of the staff was exceptional. We will undoubtedly return during our next visit to New York.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we love it!!! Every luncheon
    openminded
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    we love it!!! Every luncheon we had there and there were quite a few was excellent. a bit noisy and wait staff needs a bit of help. will go back many times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother making a reservation
    Sam012VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    I've been here for dinner on-and-off since they first opened. It used to be a quaint and quiet neighborhood joint. But it's become very popular. Quite packed for dinner. The food is good- has been consistent over the years. My main peeve with this restaurant is that they do not honor their reservation policy. This Summer I waited 35 minutes beyond my reservation time for our table. Thinking this was a one-time fluke I went again this week. Again, we were told 15 minute wait and after 15 minutes were told another 20 minutes. Sorry- not acceptable. Luckily we had an abnormally warm night and we reluctantly sat outside. So don't bother making a reservation here. I certainly won't be doing so again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem of a bistro
    evavita
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    had a wonderful dinner with friends - it's a bit loud but no one seems to mind. Food is great - delicious salmon, wonderful brussels sprouts and chocolate mousse to die for. Owner Suzanne Latapie is the consummate hostess making everyone feel special and welcome. Staff are efficient and pleasant but not in your face. Great place for dinner with friends, supper with a girlfriend or a group night out. There was a man dining alone near us with a book and the staff seemed to take good care of him - nice to be able to do that in a place like this. Just great. Lovely paintings on the walls and nice plants etc.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice French restaurant
    MaggieNYC
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I really like this restaurant. One of my favorites. Cost is reasonable considering the quality of the food and service. Excellent food. A little disappointed that filet mignon was not on the prix fixe menu after being told on the phone that it would be. Nevertheless, the lamb shank was absolutely delicious. Dessert was a little disappointing, hence 4 stars instead of 5. Service here is always very good, but doesn't quite rate 5 stars, but close. If I could give 4 and a half, I would, in all categories. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loads of charm
    Beachplum811VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This is a classic French bistro. The room itself is very charming. However, I think the food is good but not great. There are better places to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of Paris in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Charmed by the entrance, charmed by the inside ambience, excellent service, great food, excellent wine. Even the rest rooms were amusing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Cat is Better
    DoubleFF
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    While the cat has been a local favorite the steady menu and wine list can be problematic. We were therefore very pleasantly surprised and pleased by a refreshed menu Keep up the good work and we look forward to an early return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Excellent food and service. Nice french bistro feel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood joint
    Abcd
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is a neighborhood jam. We were seated right away and service was good. I think the only draw back is that even thought its located in a prime neighborhood I think brunch for 2 at $110 is quite high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    CMackNY
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Great food, fun clientele, front of house lovely, wait staff so so. Maybe need to hire a few more waiters, long wait between everything.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfection
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Not only perfect for "ladies who lunch" but much much more. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable and friendly
    GailyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Good basic and reliable food, extremely friendly reception and service. One wants to go back often. It is truly a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    KLoveVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    What a treat to eat delicious French food in a dining room presided over by Suzanne Latapie. The beet salad is not to be missed and the cheese soufflé was perfectly turned out. If you are from out of town, definitely stop in here - you will feel like a local!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Uwsrevs
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    A warm, friendly restaurant. Food is very good. A pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quintessential Upper East Side!
    nancizimVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Great convenient spot for lunch if you are looking for overpriced food that tastes good and is served in portions so that you can maintain your size 2!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't pass this place by.
    Morriscounty81
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great place. Fantastic food, service, wine, and easy on the wallet. Try the Shortribs, best in the City. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic