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Cherche Midi

4.4
692 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
We are currently booking reservations up to 30 days.

Please join us for Lunch, Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3:30pm as well as Brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3:30pm.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner Sunday through Wednesday from 6:00pm to 10pm (last reservation at 9:45)
Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 11pm(Last reservation at 10:45pm)

Cherche Midi is now serving Lunch from Monday to Friday 12pm to 3:30pm (Last reservation at 3pm) as well as Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3:30pm (Last reservation at 3pm).

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Phone number
(212) 226-3055
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Houston and Prince
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Public transit
F to Second Avenue
Additional
Full Bar

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Keith McNally's new restaurant, which we will only be referring to as "New Pulinos," because how do you say those words? New Pulino's is a lot like old Pulino's, anyway.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 692 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Cherche Midi was fantastic. Staff is very professional and attentive. Food was excellent. Ambience was romantic. Great location.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good food, good service and good atmosphere. Most dishes around 30$.
Very French.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

While our waiter was really nice, I would not recommend this restaurant. The dishes were not wholly clean, the tablecloth had a stain on it, and the food was not good. I was looking forward to these amazing looking pommes frites (which are still pictured on their website), but they don't make them anymore. My cut of steak didn't taste very fresh either. Not sure if perhaps the chefs who opened the place have now left, but I don't plan to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The ambiance is very cool and the prime rib was amazing.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Extrêmement décevant pour le prix . Nourriture très ordinaire . Joli décor point à la ligne.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food...although the prime rib was not quite as good as the hype, but overall a great meal!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Excellent bistro cuisine, classically Parisian. Portions are large, the steak frites and duck entrees are especially delicious, as are the beet salad and garlic shrimp starters. Wine by the glass is pricey, but very good; the nice 20-ounce carafe of Cotes du Rhone at $24 is a bargain.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious food, although some service bumps. Although they knew it was our anniversary, never acknowledged (a minor quibble). Server dropped check without asking as we were finishing dessert. We ordered an after-dinner drink and coffee, and server seemed to complain under her breath when delivering. Might have been a misunderstanding, but it sort of hurt the mood.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Overall the experience was all right, but probably won't go back. The salmon dinner was fishy, the potato puffs that came with the prime rib were just like potato chips and the selection of side vegetables is extremely limited. The service was fair, we had to ask several times to have dishes removed from the table once we were done with them.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Friendly hostess, great & informed bar tender and attentive wait staff

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I expected Baltazar quality food and service, was disappointed with both.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

One of my NYC faves
Always fun time with great food

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The best fries in NYC !!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Amazing food , great ambience and good customer service..

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Bartender came up with great drinks. Food was great

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Love this place!! Never had a bad meal or a bad experience here. Food is delish! Best steak frite in the city for my money and service is always on point!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This was my first time at Cherche Midi and it surely won't be my last. The restaurant has a cool yet high-end vibe. (I still can't believe that fabulous restaurants like Cherche Midi have found their way to Houston & Bowery!) The food was absolutely delicious, the service was first-rate (our waiter was so attentive and so charming!), and the prix-fixe lunch (which I did not expect the restaurant to offer) was a real bargain. I can't wait to return! Next time, I'll try dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Warm, inviting space with terrific food. We went for lunch and will definitely return for dinner.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

After reading few ecstatic reviews, decided to try this spot ourselves. Well, I'm starting to suspect food critics in extreme bias, as this place is truly forgettable. Except great waiters,waitresses and nice, pseudo-Parisian decor, there is nothing to be particularly excited about. Best advise: skip it.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Such a great restaurant!!! The niçoise salad is still the best salad in the city...the fries, burgers, drinks, staff (Anna - is the sweetest hostess...she’ll remember your name and favorite food!!!) Hands down the best people and food in one spot

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Great bistro.
And you can hear people at your table

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Meeting friends for brunch. Location was important as we could meet in the middle - classic French bistro Sunday brunch. I found everything " fine" . Menu as expected, service as expected. No issues at all, just don't need to go to Bowery fro brunch when I live UES. Plenty of "fine" brunch spots closer.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

very authentic french bistro esque vibe...great service interesting food

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very poor service. They were trying to rush our table the entire time. Food also overrated

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always liked Mcnally's spots. From back in the Odeon days till now this guy knows how to do a NYC restaurant. Always feel comfortable going to any of his places. Food is consistantly good as well as the service. Went on my Birthday this time. Could have gone anywhere.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Always love this restaurant. Excellent food and friendly service if a little slow at times. Relaxed warm atmosphere. Kale salad, Farro risotto and pot de fromage (?) were all perfect tonight but the food is always great.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Ended up closing out the night. We didn’t even realize the time but the staff let us sit and talk the night away. Really delicious food, amazing service, great ambiance coupled with good friends made for a stand out night. Thank you, Cherche Midi!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Attentive service. Cosy

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious meal with great service and ambiance. We will definitely visit again soon.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We went with a group of friends during restaurant week.
The food was really good and the ambiance of a true French restaurant.
However, I guess because we were not paying full price, the waitress kept coming back to check if we would ask for the check and leave, which was pretty annoying (therefore the 3 star for service rating).
Prices are steep. A cocktail before dinner, with tax and tip, cost me 17 bucks.
Still, a nice place for a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Chose tasting menu of rigatoni.
Avocado&citrus salad was great - delicate delicate that all came together - loved it.

Rigatoni - great textures, but the whole dish didnt have any signature - disappointing, bunch of great ingridients prepared well that were thrown together - no kick at all.

Dessert - disaster!
Cold bread pudding, which was by design?! I sent it back
Cheesecake was bland and uninsteresting, too cold as well - if that makes any sense.

Signature burger was great!

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Checked it out for restaurant week and it was yum! The kale salad is amazing. Staff was friendly. Food was good. It was a pleasant surprise.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

really enjoyed our Cherche Midi burger and great fries; save room for a fantastic chocolate souffle; round leather seating on left side of the restaurant near bar is cozy; best was the service, leveled our table without needing to ask, actually brought sweetener with the ice tea, a rarity these days, and friendly all the way around.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Was a bit disappointed at their level of service during this visit. Other time when I’ve fined there, the service was far better and impressive. This time the level of service was definitely a notch or two down.
Drinks and the ambiance were nice.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

excellent French food, excellent service, very pleasant ambience. good for a date, very classy, informal, cool crowd, excellent cocktails. nice to bring visitors.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Lovely and delicious with a great staff

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Cozy bistro with a european feel, good food, hip crowd, service was just ok...

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Being a Keith McNally restaurant, Cherche Midi has the potential to be as good as Balthazar but it's missing the energy, the french brasserie flair and the baked goods!

Bring croissants to Cherche Midi! What's a french bistro without croissants at minimum!!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was amazing and service was just the right amount of friendly and knowledgeable!

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