Cercle Rouge

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388 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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The lively bonhomie of the bar area warmly envelops guests as they enjoy an aperitif at the bar or dine leisurely at the café tables, while the chimes of clinking glasses and the Art Deco sconces in the dining room invole the transporting ambiance of a bustling bouchon in Lyon. In the summer, enjoy an afternoon cocktail on the charming outdoor terrace while experiencing the spectacular urban sunsets and la joie de vivre.

Come check our after work tapas menu from 4PM thru 7:30PM with new cocktails and wines selection.

Cercle Rouge features an accomplished menu of bistro staples, such as French onion soup gratinée, steak frites and escargots. Alongside these classics and an important selection of salads, an inspired terroir cuisine featuring such house specialties as house-made foie gras, cheese boards, and an unforgettable côte-de-boeuf for two.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm
After Work: Monday - Friday 4:00pm-7:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm-12:00am; Friday & Saturday 4:00pm-1:00am
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Phone number
(212) 226-6252
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Private dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests. Complete buy-out possible for dinner (up to 100 guests), or cocktail party(up to 130 guests).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Moore St
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Public transit
Take the 1 train to Franklin St. or A,C,E to Canal St.
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Entertainment
Please reference our website and Facebook page for weekly live music.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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food
3.9
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and always have enjoyed the friendly service and great food. Recommend the steak tartare, mussels, and cassoulet as well as the duck and chicken - I guess most everything my various friends and I have had were enjoyable.

M
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The soup was modestly portioned and the cassaulat lacked a depth of flavor.

BL
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went late on a Friday night & was not crowded. Lovely decor, service was not bad but not attentive for the price. Food was good but not amazing, duck break a bit too salty, but would try again.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good French restaurant with an Old World atmosphere. The foie gras, cassoulet and mouless were all superb.

NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the fact that they have a magician there to provide entertainment for the kids
and that way parents and friends can enjoy their meals and conversations.

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

Service is always pleasant. Food is fabulous (brunch). Nutella crepes is the kids favorite (only listed on dessert menu so ask). Always fun because lots of families and the balloon/magician in the back to entertain the kiddies while you wait for your meal. And the in-laws (grandpa & nana) enjoy it too.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant saved our new years after my boyfriend's poor planning. Wonderful service, staff, and food. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are longtime Tribeca residents and when tourists pack The Odeon, this is a great alternative. It is authentic and not a scene.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, delicious mussels!

t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and service. But very noisy.

t
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Late dinner with friends and it couldn't have been more perfect. A quiet and intimate time with good service and great food.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this local spot for lunch and brunch. Service is always outstanding - a staple classic french restaurant. bread is awesome. Didn't notice the stellar french onion soup on the lunch menu but its to die for!

VH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little find for classic Bistro food. Quiet at lunch, but as in Paris in August, everyone's away. Great attentive service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately we were dining during a toddlers birthday party and certain children were permitted to scream at whim without any repercussions from the adults that were present

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great find, good food and nice ambiance. Bartender Andrew does a great job with different margueritas

OT
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You instantly get transported to a café in France. It's as close to going overseas and still be in NYC. Not only is the space reminiscent but the food is very authentic as well. Great mussels, quiche, pate, and foie gras !! Can't wait to try desserts next time.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Highly recommended eating at this restaurant .

G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The overall experience was not so great. The service provider was nice but very slow. The bottle of Rose Wine we ordered was warm. The chicken wings were tasty but pricey for what you get.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and it was great. Not crowded, lobster club was amazing and so was the service. Will definitely go back.

VS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant about five times service food overall Always a wonderful experience with a great staff!

E
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

So my wife wanted to take her father and grandfather to the establishment. Everything was going well until we ordered. None of the appetizers came out and we went straight to entrees. The entrees was all requested for well done except for my dish (the steak) which was medium well. Well, the ribs came medium well and mine came out well done. The dessert was ok but I was disappointed with the creme brulee as they overdid the top making the rest of the dish to be very warm.

Plus, the restaurant was hot until they finally kick off the air conditioning.

Yeah, I do not think I will be coming back.

AJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 1

Had to move outside in the hot sun because of the decibel level inside.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was very good however the server was nice but had zero training. The prices are such at this place you should expect servers with very attentive service standards. Everything we needed was a process and the server lacked basic skills like always serve or attend to females at the table first.

t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The cockroaches on the bench did me in

NA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a waiter who was new and unfortunately terrible at his job. But the food was good and the rest of the staff tried to make up for him and was nice.

BO
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good bistro feel. Decent food at an OK value.

M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful bistro with cabaret as an added treat! Delicious food with friendly service.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. Great music. Not overwhelming.

M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Maybe the best Frisee aux Lardons in the area, really. Being French I have tried a few over the years and this is definitely the best in the neighborhood.
Great wine list from France with unusual and unique cepages.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great with kids on an early brunch saturday and sunday has they have a magician who performs til 12:30 or 1pm or for a drink with friends a late afternoon on a sunny day, they have a great outdoor space.

DD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exemplary. It's a good place to carry on a conversation, as it's fairly quiet. The cost is pricey.

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2014
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Starting a Christmas Eve tradition here: Kir Royales and live music (think loungey and/or burlesque-ey vibe). There was a great duo up first, the lead playing percussion with her bangle bracelets and then a trumpet and sometimes her great voice. Next up was (the maitre d'?) in a fabulous red dress singing French lounge. Amazing! Great servers (we had the same server last year and he is awesome!) and great way to celebrate!

A
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2014
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Uppity service, so-so food and noise spilling over from the kid's party room make for a deadly combination for brunch. Avoid, unless you're under 10 and have been invited to a party.

S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice bistro experience with good bistro food. Felt like being back in Paris before Paris got overrun with tourists and mom and pop restaurants went out of business due to high rent gentrification.

JJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, wine and location: all five stars as far as I'm concerned. The best French food without the attitude.

M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent food, very nice atmosphere, great service.

m
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went there for lunch for the first time on a Tuesday, late afternoon. My friend ordered the quiche and I ordered the croque monsieur. The food was very basic French bistro food and it was good although nothing exciting. We also ordered glasses of wine, the Bordeaux, for $8. This was a great bargain since the wine was absolutely excellent. But what made the lunch most special was the superb service by the waitress. I wish I had gotten her name but I didn't. All I can say is that I will be back again. To me service is as important as the food.

E
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice french bistro style decor with reasonable food. On the two occasions I have been service was very poor. Other than taking the order the waiter was MIA for most of the meal...

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the only places I can order my favorite cocktail, French 75, and not be annoyed! Elegant decor and beautiful woodwork yet casual artsy vibe.

The escargot is delish! Canard is amazing!
Can't wait to go back.

On previous visits, the wait staff have been excellent. This time we had a busser who was getting quite annoying constantly checking AND ASKING if we were done. We had lots of food still on our plate.
I rated service four stars because that is normally what they deserve.

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food was mostly good. The atmosphere is friendly and we had great service. The outdoor dining is preferred when the weather is nice.

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