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tree bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.treebistro.com
  • Phone: (212) 358-7171
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 11th and12th st
  • Public Transit: Take L train to 1st ave., 6 train to astor place, R/W trains to 8th/NYU, M15 uptown bus to 1st ave./11th st., M15 downtown bus to 2nd ave./12th st.
    and M8 cross-town bus on 8th st. to 1st ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On-street public parking available on 1st ave. directly outside. Parking garage located on 11th st. between 1st ave. & 2nd ave. 1 minute walk.
A word from tree bistro
tree bistro serves thoughtfully prepared bistro fare in a casual friendly atmosphere, from small plate charcuterie delights to delectable standards like steamed PEI mussels or steak frites with parmesan truffle fries, along with a full and eclectic seasonal menu. A well rounded wine list, draft and bottled beers, cheese plates and great desserts are also available (don't miss the fried oreo!). Guests can eat in the intimate dining room for a cozy meal, or in the more expansive canopied walled garden - an enchanting secret spot in the heart of the city. The garden is also a great festive space for private parties. Open Tuesday thru Thursday 5-11 pm, Friday & Saturday 5 pm -midnight, delivery service available.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Nothing special and undercooked meat, Brussel sprouts and zucchini fritters. Not crowded so no reason kitchen couldn't take the time to get it right. Though would still expect completed meal even if a full house. Would still rerurn as nice venue- would just be more particular about the order."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The restaurant was cute and had a nice ambiance. Went there with some friends and had a pretty good meal. Despite being a tad overpriced the menu offered lots of interesting options, which was great. Good for a nice quiet dinner with friends or someone special. "
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "great menu, attentive and kind staff, and very charming restaurant. will go back again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I took my fiance to Tree Bistro for his birthday. The garden room was closed, which disappointed me because it would have been much more lovely to eat in that location. The high vaulted ceilings with tin ceiling tiles made the ambient noise louder than I think it actually was, but we were able to have a wonderful conversation accented by the live singer and guitarist duo that were performing that night. The music they chose was old-timey and romantic and it was at the perfect level to a) hear them and b) maintain conversing with your dinner-mate. We ordered the 3 item tasting plate and was instantly blown away by how good the food was. I ordered the rabbit stew entree, which is possibly the best rabbit stew on the planet!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The 3 course dinner is really good. This is our first Valentine's Day, and my girlfriend and I really enjoy the dinner!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was pretty good. We both got steaks and they were both overcooked just a tad, but nothing to cause a fuss over. Very small portions, so a bit overpriced in my opinion. We were seated right near the window, which was good and bad. We had our own private little booth area right next to the window which was nice, but it was right next to the door. So people coming in and waiting to be seated were hovering near our table. Other than that I was pleased. Staff was friendly and the patrons all seemed really nice as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Surprising place with a very nice staff and delicious food!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This was the place for our first date over 5 years ago and every time we come here the food, service and ambiance are just perfect. We love it and think others will too…. :-)"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed a delicious thanksgiving meal for 2 in the back patio. We each were served our choice of a three course meal: butternut squash soup, turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, string beans and sweet potato mash, and the chocolate mousse and pumpkin flan. The presentation and the favors were spot on. We had the patio to ourselves which was romantic, but unfortunately the reason we did was because one of the heaters were broken and it was cold, but we insisted on having our privacy. Staff was friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend. I'd like to return soon and try their regular menu."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We ate at Tree at 8 pm on a Friday evening when the East Village was bustling with people. The lovely outdoor seating area was about half full. The indoor restaurant was deserted. We were the only table in the room. The menu was surprisingly limited; we had expected bistro type of menu, but it was Americanized and had little other than two specials. It felt like a restaurant about to close. We were puzzled. But we did enjoy that we didn't have to shout over ambient noise."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Steak was to be expected for that price. Pretty ok overall."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Tree was what I expected in terms of the decor, not everything else. The place is real homely and the back garden is quite a nice addition. The food was good and the waiter was extremely nice and chatty. She was always attentive and courteous. The buzz is well deserved and I shall be going back."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "Overall the saving grace of the place is the ambiance. Food is a bit overpriced for what is delivered. Waitstaff is professional but nothing to write home about. Came here for the Bastille day special. Nothing really wrong with the place just nothing worth making me come back without a deal of some sort."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "The welcome is warm. Eating on the roofed space overlooking a garden with a sky view is surprisingly noisy. Will try the bar next time! Food is well prepared but overly salty."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "At the top of my list for amazing hidden gem for summer dining! Incredible patio, amazing and inventive food"
    Dined on 5/29/2013
  • "Food was good the fried goat cheese was overly greasy. The outside garden is very pleasant in the usual hustle of NY LES"
    Dined on 5/21/2013
  • "The noise in the backyard is quite loud. It was hard to talk to my dinner partner. The food took and extremely long time to come and we had to ask for bread twice, they did not simply offer the bread. Once the food came it was quite good but honesty the weight was so long it would have been nice if they offered us another glass of wine and at the very least made sure that we had bread."
    Dined on 5/21/2013
  • "Nice neighborhood restaurant with a lovely outdoor patio and delicious menu. Friendly staff, too."
    Dined on 5/15/2013
  • "What a great neighborhood find! Everything I had heard about Tree was true...great, personable service; lovely garden; and most important, a true food find! Will be back again soon."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "We made a last minute reservation for a large party and found the restaurant to be very accomodating when we wanted to increase the reservation. The food was good but the real gem here is the service. We even got to play with the owner's emmy which was a real treat. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "What a great neighbourhood find. Geuninely friendly service. Great French comfort food. Loved my duck meatloaf and my partner's rabbit. Truffle fries were yummy too. Their winter garden closes on weekdays but can't wait to go during Spring."
    Dined on 2/7/2013
  • "Got a gift certificate so tried it. The food was salty. Lots of fried foods. Tried to be creative. Nice staff. The salmon was actually delicious and I'd recommend it. My guy had rabbit and thought it was ok but salty and the garlic was intense. I suppose it was the appetizers that really didn't do it. The brussel sprouts were no good. Stick to unfried food and simple fare. They make some kind of fancy flat bread or something. We didn't order it. Maybe the brunch is better."
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "A real find in New York City. The owner and staff made it feel like an evening at a friend's house....a friend with great kitchen skills! THey are very attentive to special diets, particularly gluten free...even have gluten free bread and desserts."
    Dined on 12/14/2012
  • "My group of four came here on a Saturday night at 9pm. I was expecting it to be packed, but it wasn't. In fact, there was no one around when we walked in. After a few minutes a hostess/waitress came and gave us the table in the window (which was super cute). We waited again for about 5-10 minutes before they realized they hadn't given us menus or taken our drink order. After they brought us our wine and we were finally able to order they apologized for the service and explained that they had a 25-pp party in the back. We felt much better after that because at least there was a reason for the service being so bad. There were a few more hiccups after that, but the food was delicious and they made up for it with a round of drinks."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "Never eat here. Ever. The chef is an amateur: the french onion soup tasted like warm dishwater; the fried calamari had a nice sauce, but it was all tops and very few rings; the steak "topped with garlic butter" was over cooked and the garlic butter consisted of little more than raw garlic (the frites, however, were good); the creme brulee was a thick layer of burnt caramel with very little creme. I can't help but wonder what's going on in that kitchen. And that was just for the food they had in stock. Two of the 5 entrees were out of stock on a Saturday night--and the place was not busy. Come on. This is NYC. What were you thinking? The only redeeming menu item: The deep fried Oreos. But how can you go wrong with fried or O"
    Dined on 11/17/2012
  • "What a gem of a dining find! My wife and I are so happy we stumbled into this delightful and delicious East Village bistro. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and unassuming. The staff was courteous and attentive without hovering or being pushy. We were seated in the gorgeous back garden (which I highly recommend - although the cozy interior looked fascinating with its time-crafted sculptures of melted candles). Food was fantastic without breaking the bank. Eclectic and informed wine list. Can't recommend this place enough! We are definitely going back the next time we find ourselves in NYC and bringing friends..."
    Dined on 10/27/2012
  • "a little bit of greenery was just the oasis we needed. service and food were great. thanks, tree. we'll come again."
    Dined on 10/19/2012
  • "Overall, it was an okay venue for us as a big group but the food and service left much to be desired. The food was bland and didn't have any flavor to it. The service was friendly but extremely slow. The live band was great but at times very too loud and you could barely hear the person sitting next to you."
    Dined on 9/7/2012
  • "Mussels were delicious and the service was terrific. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "Staff were awesome, were patient with us and let us enjoy our evening outside. Great night!"
    Dined on 8/21/2012
  • "Food is good, not wonderful; but the lovely ambiance, service, and everything else more than make up for it!"
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very cool"
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "We had a wonderful evening. Great wine and food. Lovely outdoor garden and fantastic service. We will return soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2012
  • "Can't say enough great things about Tree. Food was spot on and the wine pairings that the server suggested were as well. The Zuchinni Carpaccio with the Sancerre was amazing! Beautiful garden out back that was very romantic. Looking forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 7/31/2012
  • "The zucchini carpaccio was outstanding, but Salmon was definitely overcooked despite specific instructions to the chef requesting rare to medium rare."
    Dined on 7/31/2012
  • "Great atmosphere and pretty garden. The live music set the ambiance and at the perfect volume to enjoy, but not overpower conversation (and we were right next to them) The food was good, solid, but somehow just missed the mark slightly. Overall, we really enjoyed our evening and I would recommend The Tree as a nice place to dine, but I wouldn't class the food in my top recommendations for NYC."
    Dined on 7/14/2012
  • "Awful bread. Very good french fries. Poor steak. Was during French week, so I'm sure they pumped out a lot of them; but I wouldn't pay $15 dollars for this steak frites, let alone the $23 I ended up paying after tip/tax (and *certainly* not the $30 that it typically is when all is said and done). Nice ambiance in the garden, but not nice enough to make me forget about the steak."
    Dined on 7/11/2012
  • "A small intimate bistro. Authentic french food. Very comfortable and warm environment. Something on the menu for everyone, but still an upscale and trendy restaurant."
    Dined on 7/28/2011
  • "Cozy little place food was very good! Service was nice"
    Dined on 7/6/2012
  • "Good food -attentive staff--------but not bithersome----didn't rush you-----will go again"
    Dined on 6/27/2012