Demarchelier

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French
Since Demarchelier Opened in 1978 it has worked to bring a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves our kitchen expresses the soul of authentic French bistro fare.
We continue to be a family-owned and family-run restaurant serving the Upper East Side. Our comfortable, colorful, warm, familial spirit makes us a neighborhood fixture, ideal for a quick bite to eat, romantic rendezvous or a meal with your family.
Our Traditional French menu is paired perfectly with our wide range of French wines.
We look forward to hosting you soon!
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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant, kind of old fashioned French bistro.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average good

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was great to be in a semi-private space that wasn’t too noisy. I only wish the waiter hadn’t abandoned us after the food was served. I was thirsty and wanted more water, and we waited a long time to find a waiter to bring us the check. The Asian chicken salad was OK, but why do chefs insist on grilling chicken breasts? They’re always dry and tasteless. At home I poach chicken thighs, which are moist and tasty.

I’m a regular customer and love Demarchelier; you do a good job. Thanks.

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food and service in a warm friendly atmosphere.

G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good neighborhood place

MR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The mailer d’ was rude, unlike another we have encountered there. She was like one in a typical mediocre Paris Bistro so perhaps an authentic experience. Food was over-salted. Coq sure vin: dark meat mushy, breast hard as a rock. Bar Boulud is magnitudes better.

NK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For local lunches only. It feels very French. which is its most appealing quality, but the food is mediocre.
The service is slow and, often, unresponsive.

KW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful. We were a large group but Demarchelier worked with us and met all our needs. Outstanding service, food and wine! We will be back!!

CW
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Demarchelier is always dependable for delicious French food and pleasant service in an agreeable bistro like setting.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious everything!

V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu ... excellent service ... never rushed,,. Excellent food ... good sized portions ,,, convenient location ,,, a lovely lunch choice!

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat with friends!

VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The location and the French decor is the only good thing about this place .
I will not go back .I ordered a veggie burger and it was a microwaved overcooked burger served on a piece of bread with two slices of tomatoes and onions ,no cheese ,no dressing ,no flavor ,no care for the taste or presentation.
I ‘m French and I was very disappointed to have picked this place for what I thought would be a wonderful lunch.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy place, amazing muscles, great wine selection, very friendly bartenders. They could use better art on the walls however.

k
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice staff and servers and consistent tasty food. This is a neighborhood gem.

n
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Late dinner on a Sunday night we had organic liver with beat salad and artichoke first and crepesfor dessert. All went very well despite the having run out of first choice was the cold salmon. After little waite one was more than satisfied with the excellent food and caring service.

RM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good location near Central Park. Had brunch. Brought us burned pancakes we had to send back. Service inattentive. Mediocre experience.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service here is never friendly but we would go because there aren’t lots of good choices in the 80’s and 90’s. Tonight sadly, the food was really sub-par. The mussels were dry, the escargot were tasteless and did not seem fresh and our usual favorite, the fondue, was mostly butter and very little cheese. The champagne was $20/glass and not very cold or very good. There was one waiter for the entire dining room. Overall a really disappointing experience. I hope they tell the chef and bring back the quality of the food.

B
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was O.K., nothing particularly special but perhaps I made the wrong choice. They forgot our dessert crepe for which we waited at least twenty minutes. The bathroom is small and not very well appointed and there can be a long wait. Considering the lack of moderately-priced restaurants in the vicinity of the Met it was a good choice.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect in an effortless, understated way. Classic French dishes in a lively room adorned with original art. One of the best burgers around and tarte tatin not to be missed! Also the perfect simplicity of endive, apple and blue cheese salad was a lovely start!

BE
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food (duck) tasteless.
Service ok, not great.
Tables right on top of each other.

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Noise level was ..uber...and waitperson would not issue separate checks

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I like the place and the ambience. It has good energy. I had the prix fixe and the food was not so great. It is well priced but the steak was very average and fatty. I do like that you can add sauce for $2.50 and substitute spinach for fries for 2.50 but it was better for a nice night with friends than for the food. hope it's better next time

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was terrible. Others nearby were served before us.

PZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre. Prices too high for what you get/

LM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Demarchelier is a lovely authentic French bistro located near the Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums. It provides the perfect lunch before an art-filled afternoon. You can expect all of the usual French fare: nicoise salad, mules frites, eggs benedict for Sunday brunch. I will put this in my file for my next museum outing!

AP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

A
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is becoming our favorite neighborhood restaurant! Had a most recent terrific time with friends and the staff was so very accommodating of all our requests. Thanks for a great time by all.

J
Singapore
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

neighbourhood bistro with good food and service, a decent meal but nothing special

IC
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently reliable Upper East Side bistro. Convenient to Mad Ave shopping and museums. I wish duck confit was still on lunch menu!.

Demarchelier
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you! Duck Confit IS still on the dinner menu! And we will start serving Cassoulet by the end of the month every Thursday for lunch and dinner. See you again soon!

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LM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly cooked (not over-cooked ), grilled swordfish accompanied by a delicious mustard sauce. That, along with excellent service made for a most enjoyable dinner in this lovely restaurant.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as any restaurant in France and I’ve lived in Paris for 22 years.

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French food. Affordable prices

h
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood spot.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive service. The food was stellar. For dessert I had three lemon tart and rum cake . They were amazing, the lemon was strong yet not over powering. The rum for the rum cake was chilled and provided a great compliment to the fresh pound cake. The mussels were my favorite with the potchuto and mello a close second. This isn't my first or last time.

RT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service on a not so busy night. Food was marginal. Prices have gone up considerably. Much better options in the neighborhood.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You kindly switched us to the coveted table in the window. Thank you!

MP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love Demarchelier for its classic French cooking and its location. On Monday this week I noticed that the menu no longer lists predictable daily specials; e.g., Thursday -- cassoulet. This is regrettable. I also regret that lobster bisque is no longer a daily staple, as this with an appetizer of six oysters makes an ideal lunch. As for foies de vileille, hot from the pan, with capers and onions, i have abandoned hope! But then, some people are never satisfied.

Demarchelier
Responded on July 25, 2019

Michael P., We offer the weekly specials in the fall and winter months. Cassoulet and Foie Gras are quite heavy dishes and don't have much draw in the summertime. The only daily soup we have ever had in 28 years is the Onion Soup Gratinee and the Soup of the day. Hope you'll be back before then! Cheers, Emily Demarchelier

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MR
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant place. Cozy and comfortable. Very good food and service.