Nice Matin

4.4
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2588 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
"Nice Matin, named after the largest daily newspaper in the South of France, gives the Upper West Side a splash of Provençal sunshine and a heady introduction to the cuisine of Nice, home of the pissaladière, pan bagnat and, if we are to believe the menu, a whopping big burger topped with comté cheese, smeared with aioli and served with a heap of rosemary-flecked fries. It's the best thing to happen to a hamburger since Daniel Boulud worked foie gras and short ribs into an all-beef patty. The pleasure is all on the plate, and it carries right through to the desserts.", William Grimes - NY Times.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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CR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with friends and it was a lovely experience with very good service and delicious food. Also it was not overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Sommelier was very helpful with our bottle selection as well as pairings for the bottle we picked.

Service & value were excellent.

My only criticism is that we were seated at a table that was a little too close to the table next to us. Another party was seated while we were eating our dinner and I had to make room for them while I was trying to enjoy my meal. Also, our table was right next to a glass door outside of which was a street light that shined directly at our table. The restaurant may want to consider a set of blinds there.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfectly lovely. Our server was very personable and didn’t disappoint us in any way. I will return- next time, brunch.

D
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great.....as always

HB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Elegant and very UWS feeling to the space. The wine book, as it was comprehensive- had an exquisite selection, but what I am here to speak about is the food. The fava hummus and the escargot were fresh and well seasoned. The main courses, the hanger steak was like butter and my salmon was well seasoned and soul-filling. The environment is really and truly why one would go here. It is easy going and unpretentious. I got off a plane and into the restaurant to have a meal with my best friend on this planet. A great way to enter into NYC, a former stomping ground.

G
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent moules frites and ravioli. Nice quiet atmosphere and like a mid sized French bistro. Next door to Hotel lucerne.

SG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Great food and reasons noise level. We sat there for 3 hrs and no one bothered us.

l
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely lunch with a friend.

L
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and an extensive wine list. Would definitely recommend and would definitely go again. 10/10

CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waitress was very attentive to our birthday guest, pleasant and efficient. Good food, not noisy.

UW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have often had lunch at Nice-Matin, but had not been for dinner in some time. I requested a quiet table for a birthday celebration, we were in a lovely booth near the back. The service was nice, food was excellent-- and the staff brought a candle in our friend's birthday dessert, and belted out an amazing Happy Birthday! Made our night!

T
New York Area
254 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This may be the best bistro on the upper west side. Standard bistro fare with escargot, pate, steak au poivre, steak frites, duck breast, etc. Service is good and helpful. As requested, our meal was rushed along due to a prior commitment. Drinks such as martinis were done well. This restaurant is a crowd pleaser.

MU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Tables too close for easy access.
Staff talked loudly to each other.
Table service excellent.
Food very good indeed.
Overall atmosphere very charming.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and experience, the menu had so many amazing choices and the ones my partner and I chose were superb. The portions were very generous, the waitstaff very attentive. I always enjoy NiceMatin and look forward to coming back

M
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Thanksgiving dinner was fabulous. I ordered the price fix dinner of escargot, duck and creme brulee.
A true winner. The waiter was very helpful in assisting me in finding the right wine to order. All the staff were wonderful and attentive without being overbearing.

LS
Chicago
182 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They accommodated a later arrival and we enjoyed the sparkling cava at the bar. The snails and salad were good. The onion tart crust was too thick and doughy plus onions were just not right. Entrees were substantial and very good.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & wonderful service. Thanks for a great evening !!

ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nice Matin, have been going there for years. Delicious food, lovely atmosphere

r
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a perfect place to have a coffee, drink, lunch, or dinner, alone or with friends. I love its spaciousness and its low noise level. You can actually hear the people you are with! The food is great. It's a real neighborhood gem.

SO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This was my 1st time at the restaurant. We got stuck on the subway, called to say we would be ~15 min late. They said no problem. Got there 17 min late and there was NO table. Hostess was very dismissive. This was not a good start to my meal there. Was lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, which completely turned the evening around. Cocktails were great, service even better. The bartender (wish I got his name) was knowledgeable and funny. Food was good -- try to short rib ravioli. All in all, once past the hostess it was a lovely experience.

MB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to neighborhood brunch/lunch restaurant. Food and service always good.

HR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I ate here for breakfast everyday during a three night stay at the adjoining Lucerne Hotel. The breakfast’s were terrific except for my last day, but that was due to a new waitress who got my order wrong.
I don’t fault her or the restaurant.
I ate dinner here twice. The food was ok, but not great. I certainly had other options, but Nice Matin was extremely convenient and the prices were fair, for NYC.

OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good neighborhood place for dinner breakfast lunch or brunch

DP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A good place for Sunday brunch. I had to ask for coffee and refills, and would have expected it to be offered without asking.

I really appreciated the acoustics. I could talk with my friend without shouting. We were on the late side of brunch time, and I really appreciated that you did not rush us.

I'll be back! Thanks.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best steak frites brunch!

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Matin's food and service is consistently good. They are a little pricey and noisy, but still a good, comfortable, neighborhood restaurant.

t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Nice Matin numerous times. Never disappoints!

d
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

When we visit from San Francisco we always try to eat at Nice Matin during our time in the city. This was the first time we tried the price fix and the food, while not bad, was not up to the usual standards we've enjoyed in the past. We will definitely try again on our next visit.

The staff: waitress, host, sommelier - all were excellent, attentive and thoroughly professional.

TP
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a lively setting with great attentive service by a knowledgeable staff.

A
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner with friends. As requested we were seated at a quiet table and received very good service. Wide variety of food choices and it was a very good experience.

I
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid neighborhood spot. Knowledgeable waiter when asked about several wines by the glass.

E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Waiter had a real attitude.
Food was delicious. Always is

AB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was inadequate - slow and unresponsive

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the place but it is too loud to have more than 2 people and comfortably. 4 is possible though difficult and any more you have to sit outside..

k
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is always excellent. The menu has improved with the new chef - more variety and some good additions. The wine list is terrific and gently priced. The sommeliers are a huge asset - keep up the great work!

S
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem close to the Beacon Theatre! The ambiance, food and service are excellent. Great value for the money spent.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, loved the chicken pate mousse, steak Diane, halibut and warm chocolate cake.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always look forward to going there and enjoying a great meal. By far the best Fries ever ate anywhere.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sommelier was fantastic. The ambiance is lovely. The food was average.

m
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We chose this spot because they serve a late brunch and merge into a small plates/ bar bites which was perfect for the various preferences of our group. The menu is smaller, but had what we wanted. Food is above average, but I did have to send my burger back to be done properly. The service was the downfall. Although friendly, they were incredibly slow—particularly the drinks. We we’re almost finished with our first course before drinks arrived. And then took about 20 minutes for second round to arrive after ordered. Atmosphere is nothing special.