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About Cheri

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.

231 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11am-3:30pm
Dinner: 5pm-11pm Daily

Cross Street:
121 ST

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 662-4374

Website:
http://www.cheriharlem.com/

Entertainment:
Live music every day

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.

Public Transit:
2 & 3 train, stop at 125 A, B, C and 4, 5, 6

Executive Chef:
Alain Eoche

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

Cheri Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for a Date (12)
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Casual (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Live Music (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Romantic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 13 hours ago

Excellent brunch

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Cheri is magnificent,
Alain and his staff has always given great one on one welcoming. The atmosphere is fantastic, makes one feel as they are home. Each dish on the menu is delicious.
I recommend to anyone looking for a fine dinner and warm environment please go to Cheri

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

From start to finish the staff were attentive and charming and the chef comes and visits to check that everyone is enjoying their time. Classic French hospitality. And the dishes were expertly prepared - to quote a fellow diner "this bouillabaise is what you live for". I will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

always a great place to visit. The service is attentive but discrete and the food is real french.
Definitely a place to visit. Great Brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a treat Cheri is! If you wish you could take a quick trip to Paris for brunch, this small, cozy restaurant in Harlem satisfies on many levels. The menu, though not extensive, provides some unusual and delicious selections. The tartines were our favorite with ratatouille on the side. Served warm, it is prepared simply so that every ingredient shines. Finish with the best
& lightest chocolate mousse you ever ate! All the while, enjoy the background music of the wonderful jazz trio. If your'e lucky, the charming Alain, owner and chef, will come over for a chat...the perfect ending to a lovely brunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ambiance great, enjoyed the live music. Food was ok, service great, will return

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

What a gem! Came here on a whim and left delighted! Food, Ambiance, wonderful jazz trio and very friendly service. Feels more like a good friend's living room - that is, a good friend with great musician friends and who can REALLY cook. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As usual Chery is a great place. The new menu is very interesting , my cassoulet was good , same for my five beef bourguignonne. Service always effective and kind.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food! I loved the garden and the very classy live jazz music!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I would give 5 stars but the service, even though it was good, it wasn’t enough. There was only one waiter for the whole room, so it took a lot of time to be served. We were not in a hurry and we like to take our time to dine, but it was a little too much. We started at 8:30 and we left the restaurant at almost 11:00.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a lovely, interesting neighborhood gem!! The food is delicious!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

What a gem! I just love this restaurant...The decor, the ambiance, the food and the service was just wonderful! I am looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Organic, Happy Hour, Tapas, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Could not have been more pleased with the food, service or the evening as whole

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing place for a great food
Super cozy cute place with a real personality
Well maintained and great staff

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

Cheri is simply a pure Gem in Harlem! The food is authentically French and delicious. We can immediately feel the care the Chef is taking in selecting premium quality ingredients. The decor is beautiful with attention paid to every details. The service is outstanding and friendly. In winter the covered patio is wonderful: a luminous outside feeling without the cold! 3 times in Cheri, so far, and in love for ever!!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food. Great live jazz band on October 14, 2017.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was delicious. My friends came from Vinegar Hill to check it out and loved it as well. I live in the neighborhood and have been here several times and it has never disappointed. I consider Cheri to be one of the gems in Harlem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wait staff was overwhelmed. Was seated 30 minutes before we could place an order.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My very fave restaurant in Harlem, or anywhere in Manhattan for that matter.
Love everything about this gem - food, service, atmosphere, etc!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fun lively vibe. Great music. Tasty food - interesting menu.

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

I selected the place for my husband's birthday. While the ambience is nice and service staff friendly, I found the reservation process disorganized, and the food unexceptionsl compared to other comparable restaurants in Harlem. I called in advance if they can add a candle to my husband's dessert, but they forgot. The chef sat with and spoke to some guests not all and not us. Its unlikely I'd would go again or recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It's good for something different, eating in the garden was nice. The service was very good, the food was so-so. My salmon wasn't anything special, it said it came w Spaghetti Squash & I got ribboned green squash & roasted potatoes that i would have asked for a substitute, since i don't eat potatoes.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Beautiful, romantic restaurant in Central Harlem. Cheri has a beautiful garden terrace in back, and a pretty, candlelit space inside. Food was good, too! Definitely recommend for date.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The ambience and atmosphere was great and the food was great as well.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Comfortable, inviting, unhurried. Intimate and nicely appointed. Cheri is a keeper!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The place is lovely - the back patio is well thought out, and the interior exquisite. The front is comfy and intimate. They have stuff (Organic to put on for the evening mosquitoes - yay). Our waiter was fun, the music selection splendid. The only issue I had was that although I said three times that I did not want rice, I got rice with my dish. My friends loved their hamburgers. We wanted to talk, and we were able to in the Patio, easily hearing each other. I think it is a fun space in which to extend a conversation and pass a bit of time.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This is a Harlem treasure! Will be Sunday brunching again...
Love the live vocalist and music!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I love this place! So warm, beautiful garden, delicious food. The chef/owner came out to sing at jazz brunch! I loved the chicken liver pate, ratatouille, steak tartare . . . . My new neighborhood favorite.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went for Birthday celebration and can't wait to return. The food was amazing, the entertainment was wonderful, and the ambiance was perfect.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very disappointed with our experience at Cheri last Saturday evening. The restaurant did not have air-conditioning on a very hot and humid night. There was a lovely band and performance but it was much too loud for the small space. The temperature of the red wine we ordered was way to hot to be acceptable by any standards. We had to request the bottle be placed in the freezer for 15 minutes at minimum. The food also unfortunately was tasteless. My octopus was poorly cooked. My friend's steak was over cooked even though he requested medium rare. I had high hopes for Cheri as there were so many favorable reviews.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Outstanding dining experience! Great service with kind attentive waiters, lovely ambience with live music and outdoor seating, and delicious French food. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Every time it's a new and amazing experience!!

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

So...Where do I begin? I stumbled upon Cherí on a stroll in HARLEM. I saw it and immediately knew I HAD TO bring my Husband! I not only brought my husband, but we had our Wedding Reception here! They accommodated us, and ALL OF OUR PARTY with an EFFORTLESS GRACE, surpassing any upper East Side wedding venu!

Four months after our wedding we returned; and it only GETS BETTER! They remembered us and gave us great seating and snapped a few photos for us. ALLEN (The OWNER) IS AWESOME! Generous, kind, warm, welcoming, inviting, loving, and is in love with PEOPLE! People of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities, and #LGBT!

I will NEVER forget my #Cherí Experience, EVER!

Be sure to ask for Kadija! Not only is she an exceptional host, but a knowledgeable
Server, any question about the food...she can answer!

I HIGHLY recommend #Cherí!

Tags: Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Was a lovely setting but all of our brunch meals were SO greasy. The eggs, the French toast, the burger - just too heavy. Won't be going back.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I felt a bit rushed, with main arriving mid starter. I wasn't offered coffee, tea, or dessert. It was a 9:30 reservation and closing is 11p. Somewhat disappointed with how different this experience was from prior visits.

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

Love the brunch menu and their reasonable prices. Their garden seating is so intimate, yet inviting. Also love the Jazz that Lady Leah performs every Sunday as well.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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