Bistro Cassis Manhattan

4.3
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$30 and under
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French
Authentic French Bistro serving New York's upper west side faithfully for decades.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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OT
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice and a lovely ambiance. Great service.

N
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is generally very quick, lots of good menu items to choose from, seating is a little tight, but that’s typical for NYC. Recommend!

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This little restaurant is really a great place to go for dinner with a dear friend. It's neither inexpensive nor expensive, and there's good variation in the menu. The wait staff are good-humored and appropriately attentive. And the food is good!

p
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service. Great atmosphere. Food was mediocre.

AB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood hangout with some of the best steak at good prices. And the service is terrific.

NY
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never visited Bistro Cassis before and chose it for its location and authentic French menu. Our waiter was really French! The menu has many pescatarian options and a comprehensive wine list that was maybe a little pricey. The restaurant was not too noisy! Good bread and French butter too. We were delighted! The sole was first rate and the cauliflower soup was ethereal. One thing: they were so French that they mistranslated “raisin” and what I was hoping to be a “ grape cake” turned out to be a “raisin cake.” I guess that’s why you travel. It was a true find for sure. Is it worth the trip to the UWS from the LES? Maybe...!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always pick this place for great bistro ambience . Perfect French food but needs to add - sorrel soup . Then menu would be perfect !

K
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable food and service. Great neighborhood spot with an authentic air. Lamb chops were cooked properly and waitstaff always accommodating to special requests.

E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Cassis was a terrific dinner experience. The food was excellent, delicious, good sized-portions; the wine simple and right. It is the over-all ambiance that makes it all work: comfortable and friendly service and close tables without being too close. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Wait staff was lovely, but the Maitre D was very rude.

MB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Expensive for the neighborhood; great pre-theater at Lincoln Center location. Hence, the prices.

UW
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal; not cheap but delicious. All 3 friends enjoyed the food, the ambience and the service.

c
Houston
216 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good French food: onion soup and liver. Feels like a Paris brassiere

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I had the fish special which was Bronzino. It was good but over cooked! My friend had the salmon which was good!!! We also did wait a long time for our entree! But overall I would try again!!!

SP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an ecumenical treat to eat here!

m
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the Margaritas. I had onion soup which was great, and the duck. Amazing! I will be back

GS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was HORRIBLE. Numerous waiters walking by the table, staring at the appetizer dishes and not clearing them for almost half an hour! Serving men ahead of women,. We were waiting forever for our dishes. Sloppy bill, leaving out courses, charging much less than
they should have.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great simple French bistro food. Very authentic

D
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I’m a former New Yorker living in California and visiting a friend who lives a block away. Because of the proximity, we decided to have dinner at Bistro Cassis, despite the recent negative reviews. We were very pleased with our meal. The noise level was a little aggressive, but everything else was good. The service was prompt and efficient, the food was very good. I’m glad we ignored the reviews; we will return.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was not cooked as requested and arrived cold. It almost seemed as if they had a crowd size they could not handle. When the food was served to the person on my left, the server reached in front of me so that the food was right in my face.
I hate restaurants that when you have a reservation will not seat you until the entire party is present.
Although I have had positive experiences in the past, I probably will not return to Cassis.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with out-of-town friends here for Saturday brunch. We all enjoyed our experience: the attentive friendly service, the excellent food, the ambience. We all commented that we would return and try other dishes.

P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Never got my entree because the waitress forgot to put it in. And after she did, it never came out and she told us it takes time ... which is exactly why I ordered it when everyone else ordered theirs. No apologies, no attempt to make it right. The food for everyone else was so so. This used to be one of my neighborhood favorites but I'll never go again.

GR
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Long time local bistro. Service was spotty on a busy Saturday - multiple requests for their fresh baked bread and silverware - but food remains solid and tasty. The signature pate has changed, very thin and and unimpressive now, but the fries are still winners.

CF
Tucson
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best crab cakes I’ve ever had. Chicken with Roquefort and ham was delicious. Prompt service. Got there ahead of our reservation time and they seated us right away.

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful, classic, casual French menu in a warm and attractive space. There are outside tables as well. Lunch menu offers a wide selection of beautifully served salads, sandwiches and main courses. Excellent value. Conveniently near Lincoln Center.

W
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pleasant food (for brunch), pleasant service. nice ambiance, but nothing to write home about. The brunch menu could be far more enticing.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

$10 for a bottle of stella is poor value

no green/veggie side on duck dish is poor presentation and value

S
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ooh la la!

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Terri blue service. Bad wine. Decent food. Super noisy and chaotic

GI
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow (we allowed enough time) and we couldn't have dessert or coffee as we had a show to get to. Food was tasty but a bit overpriced.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food. High quality service. A winner!

EP
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I have dined often at the bistro. It has become increasingly expensive, and the quality, increasingly unreliable. The space is pleasant, very like a French bistro in France, spare but crisp. (I would note, however, that the chairs are rather uncomfortable in that the bent wood backs are exceedingly narrow at the hip; I am considered slim.) Service is virtually always both prompt and amiable. When last there I had the cod fish (about 6 ounces) and a root vegetable puree with no discernable flavor whatsoever. I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at $14 which was serviceable if a tad sweet. My dining companion had a cold tomato soup which tasted a bit too strongly of parsley but was otherwise characterless. She also had a half order of moules. We shared a dessert. The whole meal, two appetizers, 1 entree, 1 glass of wine, 1 dessert and 2 coffees came to $115 with tip. That would be pricey but acceptable if the meal had been up to the standard I had come to expect two years ago. In my opinion it is no longer so.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 3 but wound up being 4. We were immediately brought to a lovely table. Service was excellent and food delicious.

G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every time we are in NYC we make a point of eating here. Great food, French decor, very neighborhoody vibe. Not touristy at all. Love it!

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for excellent food, civilized dining and no loud music. How refreshing- we were actually able to have a conversation! Love this place!

SK
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Moule my favorite dish was hopelessly overcooked.
After 3 requests, the manager finally came over. After a brief exchange he gave me his middle finger.
On the way out, I told him under no circumstances he should give his middle finger to paying customers.
He said thank you and get the fxxx out.
Hmm, I have eaten there at least 20 times.
I guess this means when your moule is dry, you just keep quiet.

a
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and terrific service.

EP
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have dined at Cassis many times in recent years and, while still serving tasty food, it seems to be declining in quality as it raises it's prices. Service is a bit ragged around the edges although still generally amiable. Portion size is adequate but a tad smaller than two years ago. A glass of wine averages about $15. You will likely get a piece of excellent baguette, warmed, with small tubs of butter and pate, but rarely two. Although I'm an optimist, my water glass should not remain half full for ten minutes. Entrees average above $30 - which seems steep for a neighborhood bistro. 6 Oysters ran $24. The bottom line is that at Cassis you can enjoy a real Parisian bistro experience at a real Parisian bistro price. I will hope for better the next time around.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was awful; entrees arrived more than 7 minutes after other guests were served. Water was requested throughout the evening and reluctantly served, butter for the table was barely enough for one person. Space was not well-managed with our table of six, having to move to allow access for wait-staff and other guests. After our meal, we were not acknowledged as we politely left the restaurant. Deeply disappointed in the service and experience. All restaurants have bad nights - so I may return but I 'll wait for a turnover of the wait-staff.

l
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely delicious and always reliable authentic French bistro food, with an excellent wait staff and a friendly comfortable welcoming vibe. Never too loud, never too crowded. Every item on the menu is superb, as are the daily specials. The cassoulet and the coq au vin are unbeatable, as is the sole meunière. Even the bread and butter are of exceptional quality. You can pay twice or three times as much at a fancier French restaurant and not enjoy the same quality food or service. Hands-down my favorite restaurant on the UWS!

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