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About Cherche Midi

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.

282 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Mediterranean

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).

Cross Street:
Houston and Prince

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(212) 226-3055

Website:
http://cherchemidiny.com/

Public Transit:
F to Second Avenue

Executive Chef:
Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla

Additional:
Full Bar

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Please join us on Christmas Day at Cherche Midi. We will be open for dinner from 2pm to 10pm serving selections from our regular menu along with festive specials!

Cherche Midi Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for a Date (15)
Casual (14)
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Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Great for Brunch (9)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Special Occasion (6)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Quite possibly the best steak frites anywhere. Lovely ambiance. Upscale but not pretentious. Wonderful wine selection and friendly sommelier. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

beautiful room. wonderful lighting and atmosphere. service very good, food is good, not outstanding. hang out at the bar afterwards and schmooze with the barman from France.

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Celebrated my niece's 30th birthday with 5 others. Classic french decor and excellent entrees. Somewhat expensive, but worth it.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

No need to return
Last year gave up going
Tried again
No need to return
Can do better

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

They screwed up an order, bringing us the wrong item. They apologized, brought us the right item, left the other item as well, and gave us some wine on the house. Very gracious. Don't see that kind of ownership and service much these days.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beautiful restaurant! Gathered here with friends on Thanksgiving, and were thrilled with everything-service, food, ambiance. It’s such a cozy, beautiful set up with booths and very spacious. And the steak tartare is absolutely delicious! Looking forward to going there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Waiter should have mentioned sparkly water (clearly from an in house soda stream) was $9.50/bottle
Abusive???
We waited a really long time for main courses while all nearby tables were served first

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great vibes and ambiance. Our waiter, Justin, was excellent. We loved it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

a pleasant atmosphere, good bar and service, interesting and well-prepared food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Apathy, mediocre, overpriced food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always amazing food and service 💋❤️🎂

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I went here last week with a family member for dinner. It was midweek, and only 9:30, and I was actually surprised (and a little disappointed) to see how empty it was. There were only about 5 tables other than ours with people at them... maybe less.

The space is lovely, similar to other McNally places, with a wonderful golden lighting and plenty of rich red banquet seating throughout. Our food was all absolutely delicious, neither of us could say anything bad about it.

Our server was very nice, as well, but we were surprised when asked if we were ready to order that no specials were announced first and we had to ask if there were any. Oh yes, we were told, but the server couldn't really remember them, and put us on hold while they fetched the specials list, placed it on our table and left it with us so that we could read it and decide. I know some people might be irritated by this and see it as a flaw in service, and I suppose it would qualify to perhaps knock a star off of the service, but in the end, it didn't alter my life or cause my experience to suffer, so I still give an overall 5-star rating.

I really would like to see this restaurant stick around. Good food and nice ambience is not easy to come by, so I hope it can find it's way and get a better crowd during mid week times, especially.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The spot where I always go with a very special friend whenever she is in town. It's buzzy yet intimate with delicious food and a European vibe. Excellent night always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love this place for lunch (or brunch). It's quieter than nighttime tends to be and the service is great. I met a friend there for lunch on a very rainy day and ended up staying the afternoon. It was all very relaxed and enjoyable. Everyone was attentive and cheerful. On a gloomy day it made all the difference. And the food was quite satisfying to both our palates and mood.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was one of my worst experience in dinning I can remember, the food was horrible cold eggs, coffee was cold , service was non-existent with a bad attitude, portions were very small. I would like to get a total refund. I know the other restaurants the group owns, and now I will most likely avoid them altogether.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Burger was amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

From the moment we were seated the waitstaff was at the ready and continued throughout the meal to make our experience seamless. The food was divine, my husband had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly as he requested. I had fish which was also delicious and fresh. The lobster bisque was flavorful and not to creamy. My beet salad was perfectly plated thin slices of varied beets with a lovely dressing. Lovely even, great ambiance, so Keith McNally, every detail created a feeling of being in Paris.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We enjoyed it and would probably return, on both food and drinks. And the place has a cool, authentic, old school feel. But the lobster ravioli, which two of our three ordered, fell short as overly buttery and lacking any lobster flavor as a result. Bar provides an excellent backdrop for a photo, using a flash to fill the dark room.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I've been taking friends and family here for a few years now, and Cherche Midi has yet to disappoint. We've toasted birthdays, engagements, and reunions there, and it's always a lovely event. It gets a bit louder at dinner -- noticeable, but not overwhelming. If you get there early, grab a cocktail at the bar.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The quality of the steak in the steak frites was shockingly poor. I expected more from a Keith McNally restaurant and will not be returning. The service is also inattentive except for the water service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

was there on a Sat afternoon; underwhelmed by the menu options; no classics I'm accustomed to seeing from a French bistro style restaurant - no foie gras, no onions soup, no salmon tartare....wouldn't go back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A superb place in its setting food and service. Go; you’ll not be disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Gorgeous restaurant with a lovely menu. We really enjoyed the ambience and the décor.
Would definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Bday dinner. Everything was great. Under stated quality service

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very disappointing. They didn't have many items I saw advertised. The service was spotty at best and overpriced. I don't mind expensive if I get the quality in return. I am in this business for over 40 years. They staff seemed unsure and inexperienced and the food was just ok at best. Disappointed in Colemeco's recommendation!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Delicious food in a warm environment with a great bar. Always excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The ambiance of the place is great, service was very attentive and food was quite good.
The down side was the size of the table was what you would expect for a sidewalk cafe. It would have been fine for one person, but 2 was pushing it.
As is the case in so many NYC restaurants, the price was exorbitant for a semi-casual neighborhood brasserie. If the prices were more in line with what is offered, it could be possible to go a couple of times per month, but this place, like many others in NYC seems to want to make it on a one time scalping instead of relying on loyal repeat customers.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Better than the hype. A smaller, concentrated (better) version of Balthazar.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Mediocre food at best. Nothing interesting or new or even good here. Skip it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

If not for the lovely maitre'd, our evening would have been extremely lackluster because our server had no energy, no care, and no personality. She poured water into glass of champagne, could not explain why the rose she served did not match the rose indicated on the menu, and knew nothing about the ingredients of the entrees on the special list. However, the maitre'd saved the evening with his care and attention. As for the food, it is good but not great. The atmosphere is lovely, the seats are comfortable, and tables are set a good distance from each other. I see no reason to return because it is just okay, and very high-priced for a just okay meal and experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Basic food. The name should have Bistro in it, because that's what it is. More of a lunch place than dinner. Good Beef Tartar

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food and service - was surprised by quiet it was!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Roasted chicken was terribly salty. Is the chef changed? It used be very good. But the dish I had yesterday was not good. Disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

It is such a pleasure to eat in a restaurant where you do not have to shout t o your dining companions!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

It did not taste and feel as French restaurant would be , the menu for restaurant week did not attract me to return. Salad for ist course then salad again for main course and usually 3 choices for dessert and they had only two not appealing ones. I don't know what's the deal with cramping diners so close in the corner when there was plenty of seats
I can hear all the complains of the next table diner. Service was slow and our waiter was not there as in not doing a good job no smile no hello no chitchat but we still give home the obligatory 20% gratuity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Good food and nice atmosphere. Service was on point. Got the prime rib, which was very tasty (if a bit overpriced). The cocktail I got (forget which) was solid. Would definitely recommend for date night, like we did.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

amazing!.. so great... we're coming back tomorrow for dinner .. 2 x while in NYC for 6 days!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Not an overly complicated menu, but well executed right down to the salad dressing on my baby lettuces salad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

It was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The food was good, the service was great.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea
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