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Permanently Closed - Bistro 61

434 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (676)
  • Fit for Foodies (280)
  • Great for Brunch (213)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Description ZAGAT: Food & Service rated Very Good to Excellent.


Executive Chef Adil Fawzi is responsible for the creation of a menu not often seen in a bistro setting. He takes a proactive role in the maintenance of the kitchen; on any given night throughout the week he can be found manning the fires, ensuring that the quality of the dishes he designed never falters.

The consistency of the food is obvious to any of their regulars. The menu is a sophisticated, creative combination of classic Provençal fare fused with inspiration from the Mediterranean coast & Morocco. Chef Adil's menu provides the palette with an eclectic array of dishes drawing tastes from Marseille, Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, all the while staying true to the premise that less is more.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 223-6220
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adil Fawzi
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Private party facilities
Outstanding food, carefully selected wines, caring service and an intimate atmosphere combine to create a memorable event at Bistro61. Whether it's a bridal shower, a family event, or a business function, our lovely room provides a comfortable setting that is sure to meet your needs. The room features exposed brick, antique lighting and chandeliers, comfortable banquettes, terrazzo and wood floors, and a small, elegant bar made of sandstone and mahogany. Bistro61 is available for private parties for partial or entire evening events. The restaurant can host seated events for up to 60 guests (or 75 including the outdoor seating, weather permitting) and cocktail parties for 70 standing guests with limited available seating.
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Private party contact
Jon: (212) 223-6220
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Bistro61 offers any number of catering options in every price range. Whether you wish to celebrate at Bistro61 or at your home or office, we can accommodate all of your needs and then some.
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Cross street
NW corner of 1st Avenue and 61st Street
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Parking details
Metered parking is available along 1st Avenue; after 7 pm and all day Sunday parking is available along 1st Avenue as well as 61st Street; numerous parking garages are located along 61st Street.
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Public transit
4, 5, 6, N, R & W trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, and Roosevelt Island Tram.
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Special events & promotions
Pre-Theatre Menu & Summer Special
Three Course Prix Fixe Meal: $29.95
Monday-Thursday 4-6:45pm
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day.

Live Jazz every other Wednesday Night

All You Can Eat Mussels & Fries: $28.95
Monday-Thursday 4-11pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Prix Fixe Brunch $21.95 includes coffee or tea;
mimosa, fresh squeezed OJ or bloody mary

Cassoulet Night during the Winter
Wednesday 4-11pm

Happy Hour
50% off drinks at the bar & front tables from 4–7pm every day
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 434 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jak43 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Bistro 61 will close its doors forever on Tuesday, March 14th. It was a neighborhood gem and its owners were more than merchants, they were friends to those who frequented it often. This lovely restaurant with its delicious menu will be sorely missed. My family and I wish John and Adil all the very best always.

LarryM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Great neighborhood French bistro. Wonderful staff and a regular spot for dinner.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

I use to love this place. Food use to be exceptional, service outstanding but everything has changed....

Salmon was overcooked, stake was cold so we had to send it back... I hoped that chocolate lava cake will be as usual but no, it was cold and dry....

Unfortunately I gave to cross our this place from my favorite list.

vipCindy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Love the neighborhood gem! Great food and cocktails!

Jak43 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

We come here often. Highly recommend. Great staff. Always good meals. Neighborhood gem

vipNycnurse (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Great Valentine's Day menu! Bistro 61 is one of our favorite places to eat (several times a month). It is always a great meal with friendly service.

GabChapenot (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

I decided to go on an impromptu date with my man to Bistro 61. At a glance, it's perfect for date night. Cute decor, candlelight, very cozy. However, there were three large parties in the restaurant that were so incredibly loud that we could not hear each other unless we were shouting. They were also playing a top hits of the 00's playlist? Kind of weird for an "upscale" French place.

The saving grace of this place is their mussels. 100%. My god they were good. We got the ones that were in the mustard cream sauce. I don't even like mussels that much, but I'm salivating just thinking of them...note that the waiter took away the incredible sauce at the bottom before we finished! Bummer.

For the main course I had gotten the half chicken with veggies and potatoes. Flavorful, but a little dry. My date got the lamb burger, that was perfectly cooked, but lacked anything particularly special.

I would say the only thing on the menu worth the money is the mussels, and if I were to return I would go solely for them. Not the best, but also not the worst.

vipkushie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2017

Brunch menu really great because everybody could find something that they like or would love to try. The food was good and overall I would recommend it highly.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

We've been many times and it never disappoints. Definitely order the mussels.

DrMalagise (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Amazing food and service! Our food was delicious and our waiter was extremely nice. Great wine too!