Permanently Closed - Bistro 61

3.9
434 Reviews
$30 and under
French

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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.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
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vipJak43
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LM
LarryM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

TM
TatianaM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience4

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.

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vipCindy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the neighborhood gem! Great food and cocktails!

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vipJak43
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipNycnurse
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GC
GabChapenot
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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vipkushie
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
DrMalagise
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JA
vipJAG1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Thanksgiving food was at best mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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!!!

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Dissapointed
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable dinner with friends. The staff were friendly and attentive. Six of us dining and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed their food and the restaurant. Wines were reasonably priced.

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Linda333
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipNycnurse
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 61 is our favorite neighbor restaurant. We enjoy taking out of town guests here as well. We have never been disappointed. Staff is very welcoming.

TB
vipTracyB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A go-to in our neighborhood. Consistently good food and something for everyone.

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vipGolem212
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

LM
LarryM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bistro 61 is a standard "go to" for me. It is truly an great place close to home and a very good value. Great food, good service and nice people. Will help with the menu and give you their favorites, not just the special. Love this place

AR
vipAmieR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Waited way too long for food. Prosciutto and Melon was not good. Melon was not ripe and taste was fair. Had to ask waitress to be served water and asked multiple times status of dinner.

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Wendy
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

SM
SusanM
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early before the restaurant was open and they accommodated us with a warm welcome and we were able to have a glass of wine and the food was also served early. A very warm and lovely experience.

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LuchoP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience. Will go back in the near future.

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vipfunfoodie
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Nice place, service could have been better, they didn't bring water for a long time and we had to ask for it. They charged us for a minor substitution which really wasn't necessary. food was good though and the ambiance was nice.

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taste1ny
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we both love the "snail" appetizer.
The bread was too dry(could be better and should be better).

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dojero
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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vipAndy
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipQuinonesNYCNJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother's Day brunch
Service was great and all staff was so very kind to us

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Tastebuddy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

NJ
NiseyJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food, attentive staff, special requests are not a problem for them

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, exceptional meal, a little noisy.. But overall would recommend this cute Lille place, and look forward to eating there again.

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ravmich
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Bistro 61 for their Easter Brunch. The menu had something for everyone at reasonable prices. The staff was helpful and attentive and the food was just what brunch should be. I would definitely return and try the dinner menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

BF
vipBestFF
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed our dinner at this place, waiter was super attentive, rabbit stew was delicious, so was the quinoa salad

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Ilonka
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Bistro 61 by myself and with friends and have always been treated as a welcome guest. The food, wine, and service is delicious and warm in atmosphere. What a wonderful place in the neighborhood!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was slow even though the place was not full
Took a while to place my order and pay

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vipmidtown
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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Flash
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Do not go to this restaurant on special occasions or holidays. They will run out of the best food very quickly.

IG
IronGinge
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

AP
ArthurP
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Thanksgiving was a poor time to visit. The noise level was very loud; the food was OK but perhaps not as good as the regular offering. We will not visit for Thanksgiving again but might try the restaurant another time.

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Permanently Closed - Bistro 61 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 223-6220.

Permanently Closed - Bistro 61 is rated 3.9 stars by 434 OpenTable diners.