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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
10:30 PM
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Cherche Midi

4.4
669 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 11pm (last reservation at 10:45)
Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:000pm to 12am(Last reservation at 11:45pm)

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 669 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great bistro.
And you can hear people at your table

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vipamh1 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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vipRaylo (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Attentive service. Cosy

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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Muthaigal (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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Marina (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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LIfoodie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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viptymelyron (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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nlandau2 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipDbf22 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Lovely and delicious with a great staff

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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SNM27 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The restaurant was close to my hotel and recommended by its staff. I especially appreciated that they take reservations for Sunday brunch. I enjoyed the ambiance, and the service was good. I ordered the Norwegian Benedict, which was good but not served warm enough. The smoked salmon was still chilled from refrigeration. Other than that, very tasty with an nice side of sweet potato hash. I would definitely return.

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vipTANO (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

If you miss Pastis, CM is a great alternative. I love the decor, the bar is beautiful and they make a mean martini. I recommend the burger, one of the cities best.

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vipDisappointed (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Attractive French style bistro with good food and service. The atmosphere is friendly and this is a nice restaurant for a nice evening dinner

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Exquisite. Couldn’t ask for more. Thank you.
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

It was a very cold December day when our party of four had a lovely brunch at Cherche Midi on the corner of Bowery and Houston in NOLITA. It was in an attractive structure and had stylish décor and attentive wait staff service. The dining room, with its bar and wine collection, pays homage to the brasseries found on the Left Bank. On this very cold New Year’s Day, I had a very sumptuous Sidecar Cocktail with just the right mix of cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice that warmed me up. Our first offerings were the tasty Beignets that melt in your mouth. We next had a colorful Salade Nicoise and the large Cherche Midi Burger, served with bacon marmalade, roasted mushrooms, aged Gruyère cheese and pommes frites. All in all, it was a good day to stay warm with friends in a leisurely retreat such as Cherche Midi.

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vipElizabethC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I always enjoy Cherche Midi, the ambiance, food and drinks are quite good, a nice French bistro vibe for an evening with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Whether it's due to the greed of their landlords or something else, New York restaurant customers suffer from an inflation rate that feels as if it's starting to rival the inflation rate of college tuition and medical care. Even that said, the prices at Cherche Midi seemed a bit on the high side for a neighborhood French restaurant.
Granted the neighborhood (the East Village/Lower East side) is a hot one. Even so, nothing seemed to justify the prices. Most of the food was authentic and well-prepared in the French style, but not especially remarkable. The service was OK for a busy Saturday night, although from time to time my dining partner and I had trouble flagging our waiter. The atmosphere is very French, but so it is at many other French restaurants in Manhattan.
A high point for me was the dessert soufflé. I chose the chocolate. Now that was something you don't find at every French restaurant in Manhattan. Delicious.

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vipAMHess (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Every aspect of our dinner was perfect. The waiter was just the right balance of friendly and helpful (we were not surprised to learn that he was the senior waiter on staff). The bouef tartare, pate and foie gras were excellent. The cocktails were also amazing, and we found the perfect half-bottle of wine to go with our entrees. I can see this becoming a favorite spot.

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SwissTravelGuru (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

We had lunch for 4 after going to the International Center for Photography right next door. We were even able to park right outside (1-hr metered parking). The space is big, with a vaulted ceiling and walls lined with wine bottles and liquor. All the dishes we ordered were excellent (steak-frites, avocado toast with poached egg, farro risotto and steak salad) and service was very professional without being stuffy. Our glasses of iced tea were regularly topped off without our asking. Delicious sourdough bread. Can’t wait to go back for Sunday brunch. Located across the street from the New Museum. A keeper!

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vipGeorge (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

We were in vacation with our teenager children.

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jacob (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious! Great time!

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