Ponty Bistro - Harlem

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$30 and under
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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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SP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster BLT I've ever had! The service was wonderful and I'll return again!!!

S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch today with my friend from Chicago. We had the lamb burger and the lobster BLT! Both were excellent but the Lobster BLT is a must do!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Bartender didn’t show up behind the bar until about 10 minutes. Inattentive , no personality, and had to ask for everything e.i.i water, drink menus, silverware, etc.

MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, quiet dinner on a weekday early evening. Delicious red wine sangria with fresh fruit. My favorite restaurant in Harlem.

LF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I’ve heard such good things and Ponty did not disappoint

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Ponty Bistro many times for birthday celebrations, business meetings, dates, girls night out. Yesterday was for a family gathering. Everyone loved the food, location and ambiance of the restaurant. The first timers of the group kept saying that Ponty Bistro “deserves a few more visits because you can’t try everything in one sitting”.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!
Everything listed in the rating was outstanding...nothing more needs to be said.
Thank-you

RS
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding, an interesting mix of French and Senegalese, and the staff couldn't be nicer. Our only complaint was the noise level - my friend and I hoped to enjoy conversation, but that was impossible. The restaurant seems noisy in general, but an hour or so after we were seated (on a Friday night), they had a d-j playing very loud music.

BN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was incredible, we really enjoyed our diner

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Drinks could be better, service was fair but food was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Would go back.

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The owner is beyond personable. He always comes by and she hi. He takes pride in the food and it's a place where I plan to come back

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a weekday lunch, the everything was excellent.

KD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!! Great food and service. Wait staff are some of the nicest!!! I’ve tried 2 different mussels dishes . Excellent!! Wonderful branzino with Senegalese spices and the best tarte tatin. Definitely recommend this French African.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was quite excellent here. Will definitely return. Staff was attentive and the dishes were fresh and delicious. A little pricey, but mostly worth it.

M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food (brunch) and ambiance was amazing. Ended up sitting outside sipping on drinks for hours- haha! Looking forward to returning!

m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time having lunch here. The French Toast is absolutely the most delicious that I have ever tasted. Look forward to returning.

D
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night with my best friend we had a great time. The food was Fantastic. Entertaining and knowledgeable. It was our first time coming but we will definitely come back. Thank you

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've already shared a copy of the menu with friends to alert them of Ponty Bistro. AND look forward to the opportunity to go again.

DC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the restaurant and travel there from Queens. I take people there and they are always pleased with the lunch or dinner experience.

OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is nothing out of this world, taste like homemade. Which is not bad, but when I go out I want to be surprise by the creations of the chef. Not very gourmet. Service was good and nice place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I was very displeased with my last experience here. I’ve been to ponty 4 other times and had nothing but good things to say. However, during my last visit my favorite dish, the Africana Muscles, smelt extra fishy and tasted as if they had gone bad. Furthermore, my main brunch dish, Florentine Benedict, was ordered with everyone else’s entree but never came out with the entrees. When I asked where my food was, there was a confused look by the manager who I then watched put my order in, followed by zero apology by the waitress. I received my food once everyone had completed there meal. Very unfortunate experience after I had spoken so highly of this establishment to friends and family. I don’t know what going on Ponty Bistro.

t
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is tasty and service is friendly and helpful. 139th Street from Fredrick Douglass Blvd to Adam Clayton Jr. Blvd. is beautiful.

MM
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ponty’s Bistro. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating.

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and great ambiance, will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Belated father’s day

SJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was on point and the service impeccable. My party sat outside which was the perfect decision on a Sunny Sunday. My oooonly complaint was the lackluster drinks...it was more juice and sugar than alcohol which is a no no in NY. We don't do weak drinks. Otherwise...everything else was phenomenal.

DR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people at Ponty went out of their way to make sure we were happy. The food was wonderful. The ginger and hibiscus juice drink was amazing. And they paid very close attention to all our requests. Will definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious! My only criticism is that the portions are HUGE!!!! I just hate throwing food away!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Our table had the wild mushroom risotto and the shrimp, both of which were very good. We shared the artichoke salad which was tasty and definitely enough to share. The atmosphere is pretty casual so the quality of the food was a nice surprise. Noise level was pretty high, I assume because there was a large group in the bar. Will certainly try this place again.

DW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ponty was great; very welcoming and considering it was Father's Day the noise level and service were excellent. We enjoyed our time there and plan to return soon.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

My daughters and I took their father out for Father’s Day. We had a 1:00 pm reservation, did not get seated until 1:30 pm. The food was mediocre, our eggs were over cooked and my daughter waited 15 or more minutes for her food while everyone else had theirs. I got pretty sick afterwards, don’t know if it was the salad or entree that made me sick. Will not be going back again.

J
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, Ponty Bistro was exceptional. Busy, loud night with live music. Service was good considering every table was full. Food was fabulous. We strayed from our favorites to a few different entrees. Everything was great. Simply one of the best restaurants in Harlem.

DL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time I’ve been there with friends. Doesn’t disappoint. Relaxing food is great and stFf is attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food3service2ambience3

Food came out extremely late (abnormal long wait) and no courtesy adjustment on bill for lateness. Actually, an item ordered that was NEVER received was still placed in the bill.

To be clear the owner is a wonderful man who cares for his customers but this was just poor planning and execution for a busy brunch day!

They MUST do better!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My folks came uptown to visit. We loved it. This place is phenomenal. Great space. Food was exceptional. The best mussels (Africana) I’ve ever had and such rich deep flavor. Entrees were all great. We can’t wait to go back.

B
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I wanted my teenage nieces who had just graduated high school to experience finer dining, so I decided to try Ponty Bistro because I was impressed with the menu. Our appetizers were just ok. The gougeres were visibly burnt on the outside, and their overall texture and taste were off as well. And I love those, so I know what they’re supposed to taste like. The calamari was hot and fresh, but were weirdly served with tarter sauce. I asked for aioli, but was given a sauce that resembled remoulade. When you call a dish Dakar chicken wings, I’m expecting some flavor. But the plain fried wings were completely unseasoned. The pineapple sauce that accompanied them tasted like something from a jar that could be purchased at the grocery store.
Thankfully, our entrees were much better. Two of us had whole Grilled Branzino served with a medley of vegetables. The fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The vegetables on top were not as flavorful as I would have expected and as described by the waiter. My young ladies both had pasta dishes with various seafood that they both said they enjoyed.

For the price, I was expecting an exceptional meal. What we got was a sufficient meal.

CI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great Neighborhood spot. Seated promptly with an option of where to sit. Choose to sit outside since the weather was so nice! Service was on point. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff food service all exceptional! It's our go-to place!

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