Cherche Midi

4.6
716 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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About

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

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sad to see Cherche Midi close. It was a pleasure to be able to dine there before the closing.

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OD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not dreadful, but on a notably lower level of quality than comparably priced venues in the neighborhood

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great bistro with reliable menu and great wine list!

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KQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this restaurant!! Consistently great food, inventive drinks, friendly impeccable staff. Decor and ambiance are perfection. But over the weekend, they told me they are closing in a week! So sad!! I can only assume with all the street construction and other places on this block shuttering that they fell away from top-of-mind for people. I hope they relocate. In the meantime - they told me I can seek out the Taj Mahal Spritz at Balthazar. Thanks for the memories Cherche Midi! xx

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M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our Sunday brunch at this restaurant but unfortunately, found out it will be closing for good in a week. We were so sorry to hear that. We understand they will not be relocating. The building is being torn down on the Bowery. Too bad! Loved the neigborhood. The atmosphere was very French Bistro.

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JA
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This has been a favorite of ours for several years. But, our last time there was a letdown, as the prices have gone up, and one of the dishes (risotto) was disappointing.

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday was great here

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JF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

For reasons no one would explain they did not have their full menu. No one called to let us know, nor did they tell us when we checked in with the hostess . In fact the waitress didn't even say anything until I asked why they weren't serving their signature dish , the prime rib. All of this would have been fine if the food they served was edible. It wasn't.

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p
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They are closing in June, so don't bother. They posted a sign at the door saying they had a kichen malfunction: most of the staff hadn't shown up! They offered a limited menu, which was ok, we were too lazy to find someplace else and it was raining.

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r
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for brunch before leaving the city. It is a bit high priced for breakfast but the food was very tasty. I ordered a bloody Mary. The drink was very spicy: definitely not a mix but a bit more than I wanted at brunch. I guess I could have asked for something to cut the spice but I didn't. The food was fabulous and the staff attentive. I plan to go back for lunch or dinner whenever I might be in the city.

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F
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alas, our last brunch here, they will close at the end of May.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch on Mothers Day. Every dish was spectacular, service was great and atmosphere perfect. What a shame this place is closing!

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So very sorry Cherche Midi is closing soon - it was one of our favorite restaurants. We wish all the people working at the restaurant all the best!

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NG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed my time there.

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R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice interior decor, good location. The drink menu is pretty decent as is the wine list. Menu was just okay, expected a little more French cuisine and maybe a special or two. But overall food was good, service was good.

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JP
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A charming setting, it looks like a classic Parisian bistro. We were a group of 5 and everyone enjoyed it. Standouts included beet salad, mussels, pommes frittes. Good for a couple or a larger group.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. So sad that it’s closing in June. RIP to a favorote

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FH
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice French menu
Quiet, unrushed atmosphere
Wine carafes are a good value

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MY
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was the perfect Sunday dinner, perfect roast chicken. Service was friendly and helpfule

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i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was awkward and not good. Waiter seemed very rushed and impatient at the start and couldn’t be found when the rush was over. Won’t go back with so many other options where food is good and service is so much nicer. Sorry to say it. Perfect example of service making or breaking an experience. Felt bad for my in-laws as it was their anniversary, but we made the most of it. Food was good.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar - great service and ambiance. Burger and steak were excellent.

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NG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Relax environment, food

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

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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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

I would not recommend this place. We arrived and the place was empty, yet the unfriendly hostess squeezed 5 of us at a tiny table. The place was boiling hot - their a/c was broken, but they didn't seem to care. Our server changed midway through dinner, which I find unprofessional as we were at the very beginning of dinner service. The food was fine but way overpriced. I just don't see the appeal.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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PC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for a brunch on a Sunday. Good food, friendly service, what else do you need? ;)

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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EE
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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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h
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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

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MI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my NYC faves
Always fun time with great food

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fries in NYC !!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , great ambience and good customer service..

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender came up with great drinks. Food was great

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