Ponty Bistro - Harlem

4.8
262 reviews
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Owners and executive Chefs Cisse and Chehk welcome you and your guests to experience Ponty Bistro's "African Fusion," cuisine, featuring the sophisticated flavors and cooking traditions of Senegal and West Africa, combined with French and Mediterranean dishes. Our goal is to offer the most exciting, memorable meals you will ever encounter, designed to leave a satisfying experience with every bite, no matter what time of day you join us. We will welcome you with warm hospitality and exceptional service. Our guests return because of the entire experience at Ponty Bistro. Our motto is "Good Food, Good Friends," so please join us. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals. We also offer a weekend brunch.

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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CR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service and attention. Highly recommend!

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LU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first discovered Ponty's years ago in mid-town Manhattan by chance while strolling through the neighborhood. It swiftly became a favorite. When my travels brought me to NY, my very first stop - with large suitcase in tow - would be at Ponty's. Back then, Ponty's was very tiny but I had no shame in hauling this huge piece of baggage and the staff was so accommodating they would help me tuck it away.

On my current trip to NY, I of course looked Ponty's up only to find out that the restaurant had moved to Harlem. We were pleased to see that Ponty's new location allowed it to triple or even quadruple in size. The ambience is better than ever with live jazz to boot. (We were there on a Thursday night.)

I have never been disappointed at Ponty's and this evening was no exception. I had the Sea Bass with Risotto, which could not have been more perfect. Other tasty foods on the table were: Moules Africana as an appetizer; grilled whole Branzino; stuffed Flounder alla Papillote; and Roasted Chicken. The rolls were served hot and had a little crunch on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect for sopping up the very tasty sauce from the mussels.

This evening marked another perfect dining experience at Ponty's Bistro, from the exotic drinks, appetizers, rolls to entrees. I did not have dessert this evening but I've had it in my past visits and they also did not disappoint. And let's not forget the customer service. It was impeccable! Thanks for the hospitality, Chef Cisse!

I'll be back! :)

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! Well seasoned it was nice and calm place to have brunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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R
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu with diverse food and cocktails. Excellent service.

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s
Ruhr region
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wir haben hier ein köstliches Sonntagsfrühstück genossen. Sehr guter, freundlicher Service.

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AmaZing whole fish. Full of flavor.

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GB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ponty Bistro is a neighborhood restaurant for my family and we have dined there several times. We were extremely disappointed with the food this evening. The fish and chips dish used frozen breaded fish rather than freshly breaded fish and the steak was difficult to chew.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance with good food at reasonable prices.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never written a review on OT but I wanted to single out Ponty Bistro for handling our large party of 12 so comfortably. Service was warm, fast and intelligent with great recommendations. We ordered the gamut, from Senegalese specialties to hanger steak to Truffle Mac and Cheese. Everything was delicious, well-seasoned, hot and tasty--not easy with this crowd. Wonderful neighborhood vibe, super friendly. I got the feeling there are a lot of regulars here, for good reason!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Ponty Bistro

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S
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a late dinner with two friends. We ordered two appetizers, escargot and French cheese puffs. The escargot was delicious. I then ordered shrimp scampi with linguine. The portion was large. I wasn't able to finish it. One friend ordered the Lobster Roll. She loved it. The other ordered the Asian Steak Salad. She loved it and commented that the steak was cooked just right. We then split a sundae for dessert. I would definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely great. Didn't get to take a pic of our apps. The Caesar Salad and the Crispy Tuna. It looked so good, we completely forgot. The service was excellent. Very professional and accommodating. And the food just explodes with flavor. This excutive chef is good enough to be on TV cooking shows and cook-off's.

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L
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very inviting place; nice atmosphere, and interesting and tasty food.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this spot. Every time I go there I have a good time. The music played allows for conversation and the crowd is well mannered. This place is lit!

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DF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

Great food...average ambiance

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PB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was Valentine's Day so the restaurant was extremely overwhelmed and unable to manage the number of customers that came in. It was very crowded so the space was crazy packed. I hope it isn't set up that way every night, but I may not go back to find out.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful really enjoy my time and the food delicious

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and its sister Renaissance. Truffle mac and cheese and wings are to die for!!!

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JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice spot. Good food and drinks.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful atmosphere. Great music and amazing food. The wine list is outstanding and the customer service is superb!

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious food - great, attentive service - nice atmosphere. The place felt new, energetic and upbeat. 10/10!

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fusion of Senegalese and French, with the Former assuming a higher influence and for that, it is outstanding. Merci!

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AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice neighborhood spot with good food and a helpful staff. And they accept reservations for Sunday brunch which is a MUST! We'll be back!

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I love this place. The food is delicious. The staff are very nice folks. You want to visit. Don't miss out.

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DA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal and it's a fun place. great for groups, great for a fun night out. Will definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was good . The only reason it didnt get 5 starts was because two things I asked for they didn’t have. Other then that the food was good.

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NR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was good, but service poor - only one waiter to cover the entire restaurant during brunch.

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VG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish massa with bronzino was EXCELLENT. Absolutely delicious. Next time I am in NYC I will be back! Good wine selection and good service too.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best mussels in the city. Wonderful overall. Kid friendly.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe, friendliness and diverse menu. Great DJ. Noise level appropriate. Could easily still hold a table conversation.

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful spot for ladies brunch on a Wednesday. We enjoyed cocktails and lovely entrees. Service was attentive but not overly so. Highly recommend!

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GS
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I really enjoyed my visit to Ponty Bistro. Mo was an excellent server and was a great source of recommendations. We started off with a shared order of the Mussels. They are a MUST if you come to Ponty Bistro - I recommend the Moules Africana - I loved dipping my bread into the sauce. Spicy but delicious. The Fish and Chicken Yasso were wonderful. The only disappoint was the Niokolokoba (grilled sirloin steak marinated with Senegalese spices). The meat was very tough. The table next to us had the skirt steak and that looked like it might have been a more tender cut of meat. I will definitely come back!

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambience. LOUD!

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All food was excellent - scallops, salmon, apple tart. Will definitely go back.

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UV
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food in a bright and energetic atmosphere. People were having fun and the staff was great.

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had brunch early Saturday morning. She had the Lobster Egg Benedict; and I the Sisse Pancake. The restaurant is advertised as Franco-African. I suspect that it is in fact Senegalese. The decor was mildly reminiscent of Africa: it was industrial-modern, but with dark and warm hue. Lots of dark grays, blues, brown, and British-tan leather. It was very beautiful.

Our waiter was friendly, but not too much, slightly haute remove, but natural and not forced. Surprisingly, he was very attentive and accommodating. Surprisingly, only because he was the only staff on the floor, and the restaurant got packed quickly.

Now the food. The food was very good. Well spiced. Tasty. Fresh. Hot. My only reservation is that the food did not elicit any African experience or feeling. It was very Western and very typical continental. No African spice; no African drinks; no African sides. Nothing African. Not because we sought the exotic, but because we wanted to savor the Chef’s incorporating of his/her African roots. I thought the restaurant could have thrown a little Africa, just to “spice” things up. Rather than serve, “home fries” with the Eff Benedict, it could have served fried Yucca, or Cassava. The Sisse pancake could have been accompanied by Senegalese fruits.

To the Chef: Be brave. Be proud of your African Roots. New Yorkers would embrace it.

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PL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty brunch. Prefect Bloody Mary. Admired the decor of the restaurant. Will be back to try more of the menu!

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

Very great food. Professional service. Sophisticated airy vibes. Definitely a different world from the outside. Absolutely coming back.

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DO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food, and drinks. Always great ambiance at Ponty. Great place for some authentic African dinner/meal in Harlem. Kudos to the staff, and owner. Keep it up.

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