As usual, the food here is exceptional for a neighborhood bistro. Service is courteous but uneven. Portion size is adequate but not generous. My only real hesitation is with the price: two entrees, one wine, one dessert, two coffees came to $120 including tax and tip. But, hey, this is NYC.
Food was unexpectedly good. Our server was excellent and gave daily special pricing without asking.
Consistently good with friendly staff
We simply love this place.
Maitre D would not honor open table reservation.
Serviceable neighbourhood restaurant that is always reliable. Food is always good. Service, while occasionally a bit chaotic is usually pleasant and efficient. The manager is always gracious and helpful.
Service was great. Food was just ok. I would probably not return. Better options with similar food in the neighborhood. It gets a very elderly crowd.
Always great. Always have good service and the food is always delicious.
The staff was warm, helpful and efficient. The food was delicious!
We have always lived Cassis for its excellent classic French fare, lively atmosphere and good service.
This is a classic high end bistro. The food is well prepared and of very excellent quality. The wine selection is super. We have been here many times. It’s not an innovative menu but a very satisfying traditional French preparation.
Had a lovely dinner here before going on to a concert at Lincoln Center. From other reviews, I was aware that the place gets busy later and on weekends; but this was a Thursday night, and we ate at 6. The bar was a friendly place to wait for my companion, and when we sere seated we have a nice quiet seat with some great food -- the skate special was great. Ill be back.
We have dined at Bistro Cassis in the past and enjoyed it. That is why we made a 7:15 reservation last Saturday night. A movie we saw nearby, on West 78th Street ended at 7:10. I called Bistro Cassis and explained to the woman who answered the phone that we would be right over. She said it was no problem. We arrived closer to 7:25. The place was packed and people were lined up for a table to open up. OUR TABLE WAS GIVEN TO SOMEONE ELSE, even though we called to explain. The manager told me that they have many people booking thru Open Table that make multiple reservations and don’t always show up. I explained that we called. It didn’t matter—-he had given away our table. No apology. No trying to accommodate us. I prefer to go somewhere else next time.
The person who confirms reservations is not an asset to this very good restaurant.
We've been to Bistro Cassis many times, usually before a performance at nearby Lincoln Center, and it never fails to deliver on very good French cuisine. My trout almondine and my husband's sole meuniere were both tasty and nicely presented. All the staff are friendly and efficient. The one sour note, for the table at which we sat (and at which we'd never sat before), was the shaky floor, which rumbled like an earthquake every time someone walked by. So, a word to the wise - by all means enjoy your meal at Bistro Cassis, but avoid Table 20/1.
Our group was pleasantly surprised by the great food. Not a bad word from anyone!
good food, good service, convenient to Lincoln Center. We will be back.
It's a small, busy authentic French bistro . ... but it's on Columbus Ave, Manhattan, not on the left bank in Paris. The food - I had exquisitely cooked lamb - and attentive service are excellent. I was dining alone, so it didn't really matter, but the place - which was completely full - would have been a bit too noisy for some people and certainly not suitable for a romantic tete-a-tete. And it's a bit pricey. But ... I'd eat there again and recommend it to anyone who likes real French food. Oh yes, and it's really handy if you're going to the Lincoln Center, as I was ...
My teenage daughter and I went there before seeing a performance at Lincoln Center. The location was great. We got there around 5 and were one of the first tables seated but next thing we knew the place was packed! Everything from the service to the food were great! The owner was there greeting people with a smile. I could just tell he was the owner from how he presented himself. He was very proud of his restaurant. We would definitely make it a point to go back!
Best French bistro spot in NYC. Been a regular here for years, and they consistently deliver on all aspects
Our experience here was wonderful. We came for New Year’s Eve dinner and the food, atmosphere and service were great! Food was authentic and amazing! Granted it was a little pricey but we expect to pay more when we venture into the city. Loved this little bistro!!
Outstanding and unpretentious French cuisine. Great service and nice ambiance.
Came in for a relatively quick bite on New Years between two movies. Server was very accommodating, not the least upset that we were not there for a fully elaborate meal. That kind of service deserves an excellent tip. Still, with only about an hour, we were able to have a salad and a really delicious filet of sole. All in all very pleased. (The noise level does get quite high, however, in this restaurant)
Went to Bistro Cassis on New Years eve. The food was very authentic french bistro fare with several items such as escargots and duck a l'orange that you rarely find on NYC french restaurant menus. Food was excellent though the service was rushed; probably because it was new year's eve. House wine by the bottle or glass was very good and not over-priced. Would recommend this restaurant as a solid neighborhood option with lots of local appeal.
Bistro Cassis is a truly authentic French Bistro Restaurant that offers consistently good food. The Salad Cassis, Pear Salad and the Salade Lyonnaise are particularly good starters. The Sole Meuniere is consistently excellent as is the steak au poivre. And save room for the Profiterole for dessert.
The Manager and Host, Manny, is always gracious and welcoming to us. And the wait staff is always very nice. We highly recommend Bistro Cassis and have done so to our friends, who have always enjoyed it.
The food is wonderful here, but the service is horrible. The waiters are all inept and the host is completely incompetent and rude - - he also is dirty and unkempt.
Great neighborhood bistro. Food is consistently good and staff is attentive.
Snooty host and a member of wait staff we approached upon our arrival to get assistance . We were ignored a full 5 minutes when we entered the restaurant. We couldn't get anyone's attention. Food was good, but attitude ruined the experience. Fortunately, the waiter attending to our table was pleasant. Neighborhood restaurant we will avoid.
The food was wonderful. The service was okay. BUT
There was a central table with very loud people - - women in particular screaming everything they said. I wish someone had told them to respect the other diners. Remember when men and women were Ladies and Gentlemen and spoke so their dinner partners could hear them and didn't feel compelled to attract the attention of the whole room? It really make the experience less appetizing. It wasn't "Energetic" it was like going to a Yankee game.
Pleasant greeters and servers, good food (mushroom & brie crêpes, pan bagnat, crab cake with greens in lieu of the crab salad), and good coffee (including a very finicky order for ultra-pale café au lait) all contributed to a lovely weekend lunch.
As usual the food was delicious and the service was greaat. A bit noisy but the table in the rear agaainst the wall made for good talk and listening for th 3 of us although the place was packed and fairly noisy.
Great food and ambience! I live in the neighborhood and always suggest Bistro Cassis
When friends ask where to eat. My favorite thing is the mussels in pernod sauce- like no other!
This seems a genuine bistro with some French staff, but all are reasonably attentive. The place is attractive if a bit cramped. The bread service offers a bit of warm ficelle and small tubs of butter and pate. The food is excellent bistro fare as you might get in France with prices you have come to expect in NYC: 1 salad, 2 glasses of wine, 3 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 coffees (all quite good): $195.00 including tip.
This place is amazing! The food is really good! It is very difficult to find a place where you are treated with such dedication in Manhattan.
Think about Duck leg Confit as Main with small salad and roasted potatoes. Cool.
I have eaten at Cassis many times. Particularly enjoy it in good weather when I can sit outside.
The food is always excellent or near excellent. I like the ambience and if it isn't very crowded, the noise level is tolerable. The service is always lacking, not terrible, but never great. I asked for coffee and it never came. My friend wanted skim milk for her coffee and they had only whole milk, which is very unusual for NYC. And the service was slow and not attentive. If the service was better, It would really be an excellent restaurant.
Favorite restaurant in Manhattan. Finest French food in U.S. Waiting staff are the best and extremely helpful in recommending which wine goes with each course. Duck breast was prepared perfectly and the sauce was excellent. Try the specials. You will not be disappointed.
Almost everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. The one exception -- snails as an appetizer -- had little grainy black things in it -- maybe burnt garlic or burnt parsley?? Otherwise the food and wine were very good, though wine by the glass seems very pricey.
I love Paris and France - dining at Cassis transported me there for a few hours. The service was capable and efficient, and the food was really quite excellent for a "neighborhood" restaurant. The decor is very authentic French bistro style and casual. We were there relatively late (9:30p on a Thursday night) and the restaurant was not crowded, so it was very easy to have a conversation which I liked.
The pricing is reasonable (for New York). If you just order an entree you'll have a great meal pretty inexpensively, but with appetizers and a two drinks each you'll end up paying close to $200 (including tip) for two. That's pretty standard, but may shock some folks.
I live 3 blocks from Cassis, so it will definitely be on my list of regular restaurants for casual dining.
The food and service was excellent as always. Salads are generous and the steaks grilled to perfection.