CAMAJE Bistro

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81 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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A beloved neighborhood gem in the heart of Greenwich Village. French-American bistro Camaje (pronounced kuh-mahj—ask the staff for the story behind the name) was established in 1997 by chef-owner Abigail Hitchcock. Cozy and intimate yet casual, the restaurant offers a local, seasonal menu at affordable prices. Relax at a table, sip at the bar, and take in the views of the historic townhouses of the Village among the people who live in the neighborhood.

Chef Abigail's favorites include appetizers like socca—a chickpea pizza served with a red pepper coulis—and entrees like tender hanger steak, house-smoked duck sandwich, and the wildly popular dessert Banoffee Pie. Camaje also offers hands-on cooking classes and blindfolded Dinners in the Dark, as well as private and corporate events for up to 25 people.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, International, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Monday through Sunday: noon–11 p.m.
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Phone number
(212) 673-8184
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Abigail Hitchcock
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Catering
Contact chef Abigail Hitchcock for more information. We cater events up to 100 people.
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Cross street
Between Bleecker & Houston
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Parking details
You may also park at Minetta Parking lot on Bleecker St.
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Public transit
Houston St. (1, 2)

Spring St. (A, C, E)

West 4th St. (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
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Special events & promotions
We offer many special events, including blindfolded Dinners in the Dark, whiskey tastings, and other entertainment. Check our website, www.camaje.com, for event and reservation details.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience my fiancé and I enjoyed the food. I can't wait to go back ! On our Top 10 favorite restaurants list .

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YJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent little restaurant serving authentic and affordable French cuisine. The duck is superb as are the appetizers. The restaurant has a really good happy hour with a lot of options and affordable wines. The service is fantastic as the waiters and owner make you feel comfortable and cater to your every need. I'd highly recommend for an intimate setting (this is not a lively place so know that before you go).

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k
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good standard French bistro. The duck fat popcorn and crab dip are a nice warm-up while waiting for main course. The duck breast with potatoes were good, I would have preferred with a little sweeter sauce - but the star of the night for us was the Lamb Tagine over cous cous. Next trip we want to try the crepes.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came on a date here with my girlfriend and we both ordered the hangar steak and it was delicious. The table was candle lit which made it quite romantic. It is also not too expensive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations and waited for 15 minutes before being seated. We sat for another 15 minutes, and never even received water. Unfortunately there was only one worker who was waiter, bus boy, host, and bartender. We eventually left and went to another restaurant.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

There was only one server, I doubt he was even a regular waiter. He stated that the sister did not show up, yet he continued to take customers, at one point the Chef came out to clear tables. It took 20 minutes just to get water. The salad was wilted, the crepes were good , but cold. After 2:45 min, he paid the bill and skipped desert. One of the worse dining experiences I've had!

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t
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small cozy place fresh and delish , Our server was very under staffed the night of our meal but was friendly and helpful . Would def go again

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

it's taking too long to serve foods, it could be improved...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Camaje for lunch on Friday, December 23rd and I was running a little late as my train arrived 15 minutes late from South Jersey. I was very hungry when I arrived and Matthew, the server, gave us some nice crusty French bread to nibble on. I was sold from the first bite. I ordered the Roasted Chicken Sandwich which was also served on the same tasty French bread along with piping hot pommes frites. I was in heaven as I love hot potatoes. For an appetizer, I had wild mushroom toast which was served on buttery toasted bread. The lunch ended with flourless chocolate cake served along with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, a very nice refreshing touch to a very enjoyable lunch. It was worth the trip from South Jersey. I will definitely come again. Matthew was the best and very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was the worst service I had at a restaurant to date. Took them 40 minutes to come back and tell me that they didn't have any more lamb which I had ordered, then about 45 min later I asked where our food was and the guys said "10 seconds. Coming out now" and of course it took another 15 more minutes. Would not recommend this place

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

enjoyed dining there on a cold winter's nite...food and service was real good and the wine was great.

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've loved Camaje since it opened. The food is consistently good to excellent, and the staff (and chef) are friendly and low-key. It's a comfortable, fairly quiet place, a Village gem. My only problem with our recent dinner was that the entrees took over an hour to be prepared, and the restaurant wasn't busy. That said, it is quite a relaxed atmosphere, and I feel certain that if we'd asked for our food to be prepared quicker, they would have gladly complied.
Again, love Camaje.

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LW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I enjoyed dining at this small French bistro. The pate was excellent, I had the sea bass and she had the hanger steak...both very tasty. The flourless cake was good but the portion was so small....this is my only complaint.
Definitely deserves a return visit.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good but was disappointed that @7 on a fri nite they ran out of mashed potatoes....are they really that difficult to make?
The hostess was so sweet & welcoming

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Found both Chef and Server to be very attentive and accommodating, which was wonderful and made the meal so enjoyable!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An intimate space, nice ambiance and excellent service. We greatly enjoyed our meal at Camaje. and the dessert is excellent as well!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, Excellent service. Good ambiance. Will definitely tell my friends and can't wait to return here. :)

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E
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined here alone for an early dinner before an early comedy show. This restaurant serves delicious American Nouveau/French Bistro food. From the descriptions I read, I was afraid it would be very stuffy, but it was extremely relaxed, and my meal was incredible. The staff was very cordial and accommodating. The beer and wine by the glass selection is great. The next time I'm in Greenwich Village, I'll definitely return.

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d
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It a very nice little bistro. Small cozy, excellent food, nice atmosphere, respectful service and friendly.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I made a reservation for Cama through open table for Camaje Bistro one month in advance for the "Dining in the Dark" experience. I sent an e-mail to Open Table after booking it mentioning that it was a special occasion, etc. It was my boyfriend's birthday and I wanted to make sure it would be great. As we arrived at the restaurant the manager told me that we did not have reservations because Open Table never contacted them to let them know. I was very upset since I booked the reservation a month prior and did all that I could to ensure that things were set up for his birthday dinner. I even got an e-mail from Open Table the day before confirming the reservation. I asked to speak with the owner. She was very nice and apologized. Said they had issues in the past with the bookings through Open Table. She offered to set up up to eat at the bar since there were no tables available. We made the best out of it and ate at the bar but that was not what I had planned for him at such a special occasion. I'm upset about the whole thing and feel concerned to book reservations with Open Table in the future, with fear that this will happen again.

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BP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely relaxed place with good food! Friendly service and comfortable decor . Great place to linger and chat.

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OT
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This restaurant must have been having an off night but from other reviews I have read --- that seems to be the case overall. There is no excuse for food taking 3 hours to come out and then not being very good.

We arrived at 630 - ordered escargot and main meals. The lamb we were told had run out and they were cooking more and it would be an hour and 45 minute wait so we opted for the hanger steak. They had also already run out of one of the appetizers and seemed very disorganized.
We then proceeded to wait 2 hours for the escargot. We were offered pumpkin seeds in the interim on the house which was more a funny joke. The other tables also had inordinate wait times. It seemed like the chef also was the bartender so that was odd and disorganized.
The snails were probably the worst I have ever had. They were tough and had no flavor but the butter they were doused in. After a second bread basket and hour waiting-- we finally got our entrees. The duck would have been excellent but it arrived at room temperature and not hot which is amazing as the kitchen is 2 steps from the table. The hanger steak and french white beans had zero flavor and we ordered it medium rare and it was well done. We did not send it back because at that point other tables were complaining about the wait and one table had already returned the hanger steak for being over cooked.

The dessert look like a second grade class thing my kid made. I don't pretend to be a good cook but even I can take a banana and a graham cracker and put dulce de leche and whipped cream on it.

I have seen good reviews of this restuarant in the past but with all the good restaurants in NY -- I would not recommend this to anyone. If the chef / owner can't manage the small kitchen then move to somewhere else.

The entire experience was only made better by the waiter --Ernest who ran around like a mad man apologizing. It's time for this woman to hang up the apron.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Camaje couldn't have been a more perfect spot to host a group of 30 -- everyone loved their meal and the service was outstanding!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service and ambiance are great, really nice owners and staff. food was very good.

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RG
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very bad in that there was only one waiter who had to do serving and cleaning up. This took time from getting water and bread. When our order was taken, it was incorrect. The waiter said that he put the wrong order in and were had to wait another 25 minutes and then when he served our food he blamed another customer for eating our dish and not saying it was not their order. Also, the manager just looked around and was speaking to another client instead of helping the waiter. No wonder the restaurant was not crowded, considering the area was booming with people and other restaurants were packed. We will not come back.

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M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Our waiter Ernest could not have been more helpful. The food was very good and prefect for a meal after a movie

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

***A really tiny place, bar and small tables that wouldn’t seat 15, the menu was limited (which would be fine if the food were good), but we still tried to have a good time. First, stale tiny slices of bread--all crust--is served with some butter substitute. After sharing 5 tiny shrimp for two, I had about 2 oz of fish, one slice of a cucumber-like vegetable overcooked and drowned in syrup, and about 1 tablespoon of some rice. The blueberry cake desert--for two--could be consumed in a total of 4 small bites.

Unattractive, tho just redecorated and so tiny you can hear everyone's conversation (2 other couples were there) . I had a cheap, sweet Proseco, in addition. Of course we left a tip for a
pathetic, too-too sweet, over-worked waiter and frustrating dinner of $55.

Perhaps they dislike Groupon customers.

After we left, we went out for dinner. (FYI: We are both quite slim and require relatively little
food to be satisfied.)

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l
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Tried to eat at this restaurant 3x as I had a Groupon; made a reservation and showed up but was told they had a private party and the restaurant was closed for other diners. When I explained that I had not received an e-mail from either them or Open Table, they told me they have "Open Table light" (?). The 2nd time I called but they were closed for renovations (again no e-mail from them). They assured me they would be open the next night, yep you guessed it. The next night while I was in my car on the way there from Westchester, 1/2 hour before my reservation time, I got a call that a pipe had burst and they were closed. Luckily Groupon was nice enough to refund my $ as I will NEVER go to this restaurant!

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a small place in West Village. Decor is normal , Village Style. Duck Breast is so so delicious. Pan seared Mahi Mahi is so-so. Service is so so perfect , but he is only one who does everything. He needs some help. He is so polite. Give them 5 stars for service. Will be back to try more food

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S
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a terrific discovery! Can't wait to get back!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Earnest is the best. Very knowledgeable waiter about food and wine pairings.

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HO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck breast was spectacular! Next time would like to try the Lamb Tangine. Service was superb -- perhaps the best I've ever experienced in NYC! o(^_-)O

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A
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck and the steak were perfectly prepared. We had the best blueberry crumble!

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter and the food in impeccable. This is rather small restaurant so try to get an early reservation because this place fills up quickly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The restaurant itself was one of those tiny West Village charmers. And the service was terrific. But the food was horrible. The escargot tasted like baloney and the duck entree was all fat and inedible. Thank God for the chocolate souffle dessert, which was excellent. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone because of the horrible food.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! I had the steak which was cooked perfect. Also shrimp app was in a yummy sauce..go on a weekday its not crowded.

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WS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's a cute place with good food and general amount of wine, the waiter is super friendly and very attantive. We enjoyed our meals a lot.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food. Just be patient with the evening. It took over 2 hours to get through 3 courses.

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S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food.

Our party of 3 had 3 of the tastiest entrees ever!
Duck, fish of the day (tile fish), 2 crepes with shrimp and goat cheese.

It was truly a 5 star dining extravaganza.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was unbelievable! We really enjoyed our meal. However, there was only one server at the restaurant on a Friday night, and although he was great, the service was a bit slow because he was doing a full restaurant by himself. I'd definitely recommend, but I'd like to see another server on a Friday night.

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