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About Permanently Closed - Bistro 61
This restaurant is permanently closed. Description ZAGAT: Food & Service rated Very Good to Excellent.
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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.
New York, NY 10065
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
NW corner of 1st Avenue and 61st Street
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
4, 5, 6, N, R & W trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, and Roosevelt Island Tram.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Jon: (212) 223-6220
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Pre-Theatre Menu & Summer Special
Three Course Prix Fixe Meal: $29.95
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day.
Live Jazz every other Wednesday Night
All You Can Eat Mussels & Fries: $28.95
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Prix Fixe Brunch $21.95 includes coffee or tea;
mimosa, fresh squeezed OJ or bloody mary
Cassoulet Night during the Winter
50% off drinks at the bar & front tables from 4–7pm every day
Bistro 61 - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Horrible service! My steak arrived cold , our waiter finished his shift but never bothered to let us know that he is leaving.. I had to wait for a warm dish to come while my guests finished Their food. No compensation was offers so we didn't leave any tip. On the way out suddenly our waiter arrived ask for the service tip...unbelievable!!!
Great French Bistro ....wonderful brunch menu and I met friends there recently to celebrate a birthday...we weren't rushed and the service was outstanding and the waiter was very courteous and friendly. Also terrific for a date and a glass of wine at the bar!
Bistro 61 is our go-to burger bistro in the lower reaches of the Upper East Side of Manhattan (if that makes sense). And our all around favorite is their Bistro Burger. A varied menu, friendly service, reasonable prices and conveniently located near several movie theaters, Bloomingdales's and Bed, Bath & Beyond, it's a great place for an unhurried lunch or a casual dinner.
My friend and I had eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine, both of which were prepared to perfection. The prix fixe brunch was very reasonable at $19.95 and included the Bloody Marys. Cozy, pleasant atmosphere. The bartender/server was friendly, attentive, and accommodating.
Not particularly charming, Bistro 61 offers a decent menu and delivers decent food. Unfortunately, it pairs this reasonably priced food with unreasonably priced wine. On our visit, there were three bottles of wine identified in a section of the list called "Under $40". Their prices were $38, $39, and $39. Keep in mind we were there for lunch (so sandwiches and salads were among the entrees available). Glasses of wine were prices at four to the bottle price (so the cheapest glass of wine is $10). I'm well aware that liquor prices in the City are high. But there's no excuse for not offering a bottle of wine priced at $30 or less in a little bistro.
Came here for Mother's Day brunch, so it was pretty busy. Showed up early and while our table was not yet ready, the staff was very accommodating by bringing food to the bar area for our hungry kids. A little disappointed that the menu for that day did not include mussels or escargot, but there were plenty of good choices.
This is an excellent traditional French bistro in an area near Rockefeller University and the hospitals, even Bloomies. It's a neighborhood that does not have many good, reasonably priced such bistros. This is something of a neighborhood secret. Menus are encased in old vinyl-record covers, a wonderfully quirky (and nostalgic) effect. Service is excellent, and the room, though small, is appealing. There is outdoor seating on two sides, though both sides are on traffic-heavy streets. Many good possibilities for what to eat here, but the mussels, with choice of seven possible broths, are a standout. A 1-lb. order is just $14; the 2-lb. size, with includes excellent french fries, is $25. There's an egg-centric $19.95 brunch special (cash only). I come back often, and have brought many friends.
Perfect bistro meal that we weren't rushed through, so we were really able to enjoy every moment, from appetizer to dessert. The mussels were fantastic. And the jazz band was a fun touch, playing standards that got the whole restaurant engaged. Wish we could go every week!
We've passed by Bistro 61 a million times, said friends who live in the neighborhood. They were thrilled with the unexpected discovery of a warm, charming French bistro featuring savory dishes with Moroccan accents. Someone asked how such a delightful place with a tasty menu has managed to go relatively unnoticed. Nonsense, said a regular, Bistro 61 is no secret to local foodies--just don't tell anyone else about it!
This review is from New Year's Eve and therefore is not typical. A rather limited menu was offered, but something for everyone was available. My complaint was the service. They seemed either woefully unprepared or understaffed. Neither should happen when you know exactly how many people are coming and when.
My wife and I ate here on a recent trip to NYC from the UK, I had read a few reviews and decided to book a table here on Xmas day before we went on to a Broadway show.
When we arrived the place was very busy so we sat at the bar and ordered a bottle of wine off the very extensive and reasonable wine list, once our table was ready (no more than 10 mins after we arrived, the staff sat us down and fetched our wine bottle and glasses for us.
The ambiance of the place was lovely, the staff attentive but without being pushy.
The food was top quality, we shared 2 large portions of different mussels which were well up there with the best I've ever had.
overall i cant recommend this little gem of a restaurant enough, food was quality, service to match without the over inflated NYC prices.
If I visit the city again this will definitely be on my 1st place to eat!
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