Charlie Bird's serves proper Italian cuisine with a charming and modern aesthetic. Small plate options include the escarole and parmigiana salad with crispy toast and the Roman burrata with pickled cherries and almonds. Entrée options showcase Charlie Bird's inventive recipes, such as the warm spring asparagus with hazelnuts and parmigiana, the roasted chicken with spicy arugula, and the wild ocean trout with charred onion. Pasta dishes are popular and include the rigatoni with guanciale and peas, the gnocchi rosa with basil and ricotta, and the lamb ragu pappardelle.
For the ideal end to your meal, enjoy Charlie Bird's warm chocolate budino with rich olive oil gelato and caramelized Rice Krispies with a hot cappuccino.
This is a must in NYC. Food. Wine. Service. Vibe. All memorable.
Really nice food but very disappointed with the service, which ended after we ordered. No one bothered to ask how our food was after it arrived...also no one stopped to see if we wanted another glass of wine. We flagged someone down to order more, and they left but never returned with the wine, so we had to ask again. Also this happened even though they knew that it was our anniversary. So we definitely left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed, which is a bummer since it's a really cute place and we loved the food.
Food,wine ,service and ambiance were great! A must when in NYC!
Found the cooking here great, bordering on extraordinary. What holds the whole place back is a wine program designed by a chimpanzee. For a casual-vibe place like this to populate its list with such a high % of bottles near or above $100 , with only a small handful in the $40s and $50s, and high per-glass prices to boot, is infuriating and flat-out greedy. Too much of this in NYC today...far better to BYO and pay corkage, if they even have one
Was looking forward to lunch at this highly lauded restaurant.. A major disappointment. Service, though friendly, was extremely slow and inattentive. No bread was offered with lunch. And the food, while creative and flavorful, looked like it was thrown on the plates. After having wonderful lunches at The Gander and Piora, I'm sorry to report that Charlie Bird misses the mark.
The atmosphere was fun with loudish music playing that made me want to dance a little in my seat.
The bread was amazing.
We found the food to be good but we weren't wowed by anything. We had the octopus saltimboca, bone marrow; duck egg uni pasta (which drew me to this place as I am a huge uni fan), braised rabbit, and the carrots. I was kind of disappointed in the uni pasta but I had very high expectations. It was sort of cold with only 1 small piece of uni on top.
Out of the restaurants we visited lately (The Gander and Dover), this just didn't impress us.
The pasta dishes we had were great (gnocchi and rigatoni) but the rest of the food was just OK - was VERY salty.
I often have visitors in town and am constantly going to a lot of the "new hot spots" around town and this was definitely one that stood out.
We booked a second table (whilst my visitors are still here) half way through the meal it was that good.
The food, atmosphere, service and general experience was great.
The music was slightly loud, however you could still talk without shouting. Having said that, the last few restaurants I have been to this has been a trend, so didn't surprise me.
Sophisticated and creative food, wonderful wine list, even if bit pricey. Service knowledgeable and friendly. Memorable find. Enjoyed our lunch very much and definitely look forward to our next visit!!
Lives up to its hype. Noise level too high, however. But the food and wine (excellent and reasonably priced) more than made up for that.
I expected much more but the food wasn' that good.
Portions small, most have been over salted. I don't understand the music choice - each of the three times I've eaten there it's been rap, blaring - it seems incongruous with the direction in which the food wants to take you. The music is also played very, very loud. Nice wine list, but I feel there are restaurants with better wine lists and ambiance in the West Village.
Absolutely fit for foodies!
Order the fluke, chicken liver, bone marrow, uni pasta and the crab Nero !! The rabbit is delicate and balanced. Desserts are excellent, so don't forget to leave room.
Best chicken I've had, largely because of the liver pate it came with, loved the hip hop music, they cleaned our table 4 times throughout the meal, and I was loving the hip hop jams.
chill vibe, serving some of the best food in nyc right now. better and better each time I come here!
Everyone yelling to be heard. Food fantastic but the noise level makes it not worth it
First time for lunch - great ! Highly recommend.
best meal i've had in a while. loved the 90s rap music
They rush you through your meal. I'm guessing so as to
accommodate their next reservation. Our plates were taken away as soon
as we finished our last bite and they even offered to take
away our sides which we were still working on. The bill was promptly
placed on the table when we declined dessert. We were definitely rushed through
our meal as evidenced by being in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour.
Disappointingly awful service for an otherwise well-reviewed restaurant.
Everything was outstanding but the Farro dish was out of this world. Texture, taste, appearance...it had it all. I'll be craving it for a long time.
I was disappointed with the restaurant.... the ambiance of the place is great, the service very good but the food was mediocre at best. Did not justify the heavy price tag
Nice wine list, the bone marrow was a great small plate to start, the cod fish was so good! The best part is the old school hip hop playing lightly in the background which is always a plus!
great ambiance….great music….exceptional food and service….light…airy decor….will be my new go to brunch spot now.
Visited on a Friday evening and had been really looking forward to it. We had a table reservation, but opted to sit at the bar since it seemed to have a good vibe and ambience for us to enjoy. That lasted just until the bartender appeared. Luckily for him, I never asked his name and tossed my receipt, but throughout my 12 years living in NYC I have never had such atrocious service. New levels of rudeness, a totally unfriendly demeanor and basically he could not have made us feel less welcome. On a positive note, the food we tasted was good. Of particular note, both crudo dishes we had -- razor clams and the scallops -- were fresh, vibrant and flavorful. TINY portions, but delicious.
had an early dinner this past sunday.
the place is absolutely amazing.
it scores high on everything - food, service, ambiance...
Excellent food,original choices and friendly /efficient service.We will go back.
Some food excellent, some average. Farro salad outstanding. Loud rap music destroys any chance of conversation.
Everything was perfect.....from the wine glasses to the cool yellow bench seating......Food was amazing and service was attentive and authentic. Love this place....
Lots of hype for this restaurant and it just wasn't all that. First, diners piled up in the vestibule because the front door was locked until precisely 5:30PM when it opened. And it was like 7 degrees out. The space is visually well done, but they were blasting hip hop music (Jay Z but still most of the diners were middle aged at 5:30PM and it wasn't conducive to a calm dining experience). Although many of the workers, especially the hostess was very friendly, we had the dullest server with no personality. I had the rigatoni and it was very salty. Wines by the glass were just ok. Not in hurry to go back.
We had lunch reservations for 1:00 on Friday and did not end up leaving until after 3:00 pm. It took nearly 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive and then at least 30 minutes between when we finished our appetizer and when our main course came out. But that wasn't even the worst part. Our waiter was extremely sarcastic and rude. Every thing I asked for was answered with an extremely sarcastic and annoyed response. He even rolled his eyes when we asked for the check after we had been trying to get his attention for 15 minutes. We were a party of 3 and spent a lot of $ on our meal and drinks. All in all, I love Charlie Bird's food and have been 3 times but after this service, I most likely will not return.
We went here for brunch one Sunday. The staff were so friendly and nice, and the food was delicious. Not typical brunch fare but some new twists, along with healthy and fresh salads. Fun place to go with a group!
Excellent and very interesting food, polite service and what looks like a great wine list.
The salad was fresh and the fig, beet and cheese ensemble was very tasty. The juices were excellent and refreshing. My friends had the chicken liver pate and octopus..maybe a hint too much of daring do but if you have some imagination it is delightful.
Great food. Everything that we try on the menu was above average. The lemon pancakes extraordinary, the chicken excellent , same as the stuffed calamari.
eat everything. really. brunch or dinner the food is gorgeous and service is fantastic.
It was so hard to get a decent reservation and everyone was raving about it, I figured I might be disappointed because expectations would be too high. However, Charlie Bird did not disappoint. The meal was great--everything we had was fantastic. The service was great. I think my husband found the bar offerings to be limited and he couldn't see what brands they carried because they don't have a back bar but we were told that was by design. I've only been for dinner but I'd like to go back for brunch.
The deconstructed veal pastrami 'sandwich" was fantastic, as was the brussel sprouts salad. My friend loved her poached egg with polenta. I thought the wines by the glass were ridiculously overpriced, but the one reasonably priced red, the barbera ($12), was quite good. We also enjoyed the lemon pistachio cake with lemon gelato. All in all, a very good meal, in a lovely setting, and the service was terrific. Our waiter was so attentive yet never intrusive. I definitely recommend it.
Such a gem. Now I understand why this was one of the best new restaurants of 2013. Though it was extremely cold out and sitting by the window you could feel the cold draft, the place is so cozy with the wooded walls and floors, it makes it feel warm, like a ski chalet. The food was quite fantastic, especially the farro salad with pistachios, mint and parmesan - a superb combination of flavors. The butternut squash side was very tasty, and the duck entree cooked to perfection. A very nice wine selection, the "very Tuscan" Bellos by Jordan Salcito was perfect. A very lovely experience.
Combination of small and large plates but rather pricey. Bill can add up quickly. And wine prices particularly high.
Charlie Bird is my new fave restaurant. Food was excellent, especially the tripe toast, live diver scallop and straciatella toast. Atmosphere was vibrant and fun (I love the 80s and 90s rap!). Highly recommended!!!