Cheri

4.4
184 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Recently ranked #1 restaurant in Harlem, this "boutique restaurant" is already considered by many as a second home. From the romantic green house on the back to the Parisian decor and the warm welcome, Harlemites have found a place that serves up good food in an atmosphere that makes dining out a joy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11am-3:30pm
Dinner: 5pm-11pm Daily
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Phone number
(212) 662-4374
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alain Eoche
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Catering
Do yo want to celebrate your birthday, have a special event or surprise your loved one? Let us organize it ! Parties come in many shapes and sizes. Whether you prefer to celebrate with a dinner or a cocktail party, the combinations are endless and we are here to help put together the perfect party for you.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
121 ST
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Public transit
2 & 3 train, stop at 125 A, B, C and 4, 5, 6
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Entertainment
Live music every day
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Cheri is a French spot in Harlem with a big back patio.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

What an adorable neighborhood gem! The decor is uniquely romantic. The food was excellent, but the menu is a bit limited and they were out of one of the two fish dishes. Luckily, the one they did have was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Stylish without being pretentious; enough French classics to make one salivate for more on a return visit. The generous portion of saumon buerre blanc was a bit too rich for my taste but will surely delight most diners. Superb shredded duck pate that could still be spread on toast. Service was excellent and the noise level was manageable at 8-9 pm on a weekday. We also relished the challenge of reading the French aphorisms in the 'books' used to house the menus.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I love Cheri. We are regulars that live in the neighborhood and it is such a cozy place for us. Alain is a great host and the food is really good and right sized for us. The best part is that we can have a conversation without being drowned out by the noise/music etc that tend to be prevalent in most restaurants these days.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

It was a very good experience. The owner and staff were very attentive and pleasant.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Cheri was recommended to me by someone I really didn't know well, but I decided to give it a try. It was delicious. All the doors were open, it's a very small space, and the A/C was not really working well and therefore it was a bit warm in the room. The food however, (the pate was a bid dry) was delicious and very well presented. We met the chef/owner and he was delightful. I will definitely try it for brunch as well. Try it, it's worth it, although not cheap.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A tremendous restaurant for any occasion, Cheri offered the perfect ambiance for my date. All of the staff were friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable. The food was of high quality, elegant, and made with organic ingredients. Not complicated with excessive sauces, I would dine at Cheri every day of the week if I lived closer. A true reminder of French cuisine. Thank you for a wonderful night.

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food was really bland and not very "French". Pate for example seemed like canned food. Also the salmon mousse cucumber tasted kind of canned.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The place was a small and very cozy. The table setting is amazing. Wine list nice as was glass selection. The menu is ecletic. The salmon was great, desserts were also good

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

A welcoming quaint restaurant with charming features such as the hand painted table ware and the dinner menu placed in a French novel. The food was excellent and the service was friendly, informative and engaging.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I saw online that there was an enclosed terrace in the back. I chose the restaurant partially for that outdoor ambiance (besides hearing that the food was incredible) for my wife’s birthday. I didn’t hear back from the restaurant I the request and was disappointed to see that the back was either closed or under construction. Either way, it was blocked off. I would have greatly appreciated an email letting me know the request was not possible, though I question if that was intentional as I may have chosen a different restaurant had I known. Never-the-less, the food and service was outstanding. Ambiance inside was lacking.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love it! Wonderful food and staff! The owner is s gem 👍

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Service and food was great but it was the hottest day of the year and there was no A/C and somewhat uncomfortable to dine. There were fans going but the heat took away from the dining experience and service.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Loved the food, service was great. There’s one server and one bar tender working the whole room but our service was very kind and very on top of everything. Nice and intimate spot. Definitely am going to have Brunch there again.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Wonderful service and well prepared food. Perfect for a calm dinner and drink.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I would recommend the cold soup and the sole.

The point that affected my review the most was the hostess who was also the waitress. Her lack of attention to detail on more than one occasion was disappointing.
The restaurant as no air-conditioning. The garden is closed for service but the door is open with simple fans to create airflow. I requested the table at the garden door but was declined as it was a 3 seater and we were a couple. I would be ok with that if they had reservations or it was a busy night, but it was a week day and they had only 4 tables the entire evening.
We were handed the cheque without being asked for it. Had that not happened, we would have easily ordered another round of drinks.

I also noticed the way she treated her colleague at the bar, rather impolite. Even if it was with reason, this behaviour should not be displayed in front of guests.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cheri is the best spot for brunch in Harlem, by far.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Absolutely amazing experience! The ambience is the perfect combination of chic, cultural, and fabulous! The food is incredible! So much so that I came two days straight! Brunch was delectable! Don’t forget to try the potatoes with Gorgonzola! This place makes me smile!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love this place so much. Unlimited mimosas before twelve plus ridiculously delicious food. Such a gem. Best brunch spot in Manhattan!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I really enjoyed the dinner. The food was very good and the staff is very friendly.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food and ambience were good, but the service left something to be desired, in that the waiter did not let us know what was not available on the menu until I tried to order it, only to be told that I couldn’t, twice, and was quite slow in attending to us. The check at first showed the coffee & tea we had cancelled and when we asked to split it, the tax was charged three tines. Fortunately we noticed.
Conclusion: the service, while pleasant , needs to be more attentive to detail. A shame, as it is a cute restaurant with good food. It could also do without the large, silent television screen which is not in keeping with the rest of the decor and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Delightful as always. Love the decor, the setting, the relaxed and interesting vibe. Love that menus are inside books, the music is just right, the staff gracious and knowledgeable. And the food is fresh, locally sourced, and artfully prepared without pretense or heavy handedness. I feel like Goldilocks. Everything here is 'just right'

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Lovely spot, delicious fresh homemade food, kind and warm staff, organic!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Nice dining experience. Went there for Mother’s Day and the ambiance reminded me of a living room. Really great. Place is small on the inside. The staff were attentive and food was great.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The atmosphere is excellent, and food is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Authentic French menu with delicious vegan options! Most unusual and welcome.

Friendly, fun and helpful staff, beautiful garden seating.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This was our first time here. One of the best restaurant experiences we had in a while.
Pros: Wonderful, intimate and elegant atmosphere.
Beautifully set tables, you feel like you are in the king's castle.
Food was delicious, big portions, very fresh and tasty.
Very friendly and attentive staff, except for one.
Very friendly and cute chef who went around asking how did guests like the food.
Great value for the food. We are good cooks, foodies, and we absolutely loved everything we ordered.
Low music and mostly low noise level for Saturday night. We were able to have a conversation.
Cons: There was no live music as advertised. We were told that they have live music only when the garden is open.
Too many people attending to one table, which is a little bit annoying and kept interrupting our conversation. There was a mistake in the order, they apologized and brought the right dish, but the mistake wasn't fixed on the receipt. This was only due to several people taking care of us. I would recommend one single server, it's more personable and it avoids confusion.
There was a lady that seated us and she kept coming back every five minutes, interruption us in the middle of a conversation and asking if we need anything else, if we are ready, etc. For desserts, we told her we need 10 minutes to digest all the great food we ate, but she kept coming back and kind of got annoyed when for the 4th time we told her we were not ready. The restaurant is small and we know how to call the waiter. I used to wait tables, and you NEVER interrupt the conversation, you stand at the table for a couple of seconds and guests will stop talking so that you can ask them if they need anything.

These are minor complaints. We were very happy and we will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Love the ambience and French cuisine. It was our 1st visit and definitely plan on returning. Kudos to Chef Alain for the classy, clean, and inviting décor and the upbeat mood at this welcoming restaurant! We didn't have dessert, but thoroughly enjoyed the wine, appetizers, dinner rolls, and main courses. Definitely worth the trip on a Thursday evening.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This is a lovely neighborhood gem. Although I live in queens. Definitely will make a point of coming back again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Celebrated a birthday and this place definitely impressed us. Food was amazingly good and perfect portions. It was like being in Paris. I will be visiting again very soon!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Two of us shared appetizers and a salad before a 10pm show at nearby Bill's Place. It was the perfect pre-show meal. The service was pleasant, prompt, and professional. The appetizers and especially the salad surpassed our expectations! Will definitely come again before a show.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

MO, Was great. Excellent service topped by superb food. An elegant evening.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very intimate French dining at a delightful iconic Harlem venue. It was our daughter’s birthday and she really enjoyed the occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Cheri is a lovely brunch location.
My husband and friends love the food, the ambiance, and the staff.

Really cute restaurant, and the garden is lovely even in the winter.

The only negative is the bathroom which is painted black. A little dark and scary.

Otherwise, amazing. I have been more than 5 times. Never disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I would prefer to keep it quiet, this is a real gem that has stayed under the radar, and long may it stay that way. The food was one of the best french provencal I've had in NYC and the atomsphere is like sitting in a living room. A gem!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent brunch

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great atmosphere but high prices for very mediocre food. I wouldnt go back.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

My friend and I chose Cheri because it was listed as being part of Harlem Restaurant Week which ran from 1/22-2/9. In fact, my friend called the week prior to our visit to find out about the Restaurant Week menu and was told the items that would be part of the offering. However, our waiter seemed unaware of Restaurant Week. He said that the restaurant did have a "specials menu" the previous week, but it ended over the weekend. We were there on 2/6, so Restaurant Week was still in effect. But the wait staff was unfamiliar with the term Restaurant Week. I asked if the manager/owner was around and he wasn't, so we had to select from the regular menu. The food was o.k., but I've had better French cuisine -- and we were paying more for it that we expected to, although the regular prices are not bad. The waiter was very nice and attentive and seemed sorry that we had not been able to partake of the "specials menu," (through no fault of our own). The atmosphere is pleasantly intimate and relaxed -- we did not feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

always come back. never disappointed. this time tried Veal Blanquette, a veal ragout cooked in a white stock with carrots, a new dish to me (don't eat much meat). every bite was a treat. all the dishes were terrific.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We've been to Cheri twice for brunch and once for dinner. The food, service, and atmosphere are always good. The garden area is closed temporarily. I like the location...easy to reach by car or subway.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The service was excellent, and the food was very good. My wife and I had a good time. I totally recommend this place.

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