Nice Matin

4.4
2309 reviews
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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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Nice Matin is an upscale French spot with lunch, brunch and dinner.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food choices are very interesting and well prepared. The portions are a bit small but the prices are reasonable. The wait staff is attentive.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and amazing service. My dinner-mate has Celiac disease and needs to eat gluten free. Nice Matin has an amazing gluten free menu and was able to accommodate them easily. It's a really great spot with great food and a nicely attentive staff that let us linger for hours. I highly recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here- great casual restaurant

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

although the service and food were excellent and the location ideal for us, it was difficult to have a private conversation because the tables are so close to each other. I had made a reservation and upon arriving at the restaurant, had asked for a quiet table. We were placed at a table right next to a young family and although the youngster was well behaved, we certainly did not have the privacy we needed. Would I eat there again? Yes, but not at a time when I had something important to discuss.

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DB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there after a show on a busy Friday night. It was a little chaotic, but handled eventually. The wait staff was excellent and the food fantastic. And what a charming atmosphere! The biggest surprise was the bill...two of us, with drinks, around $100. We’d spent that much for lunch at a much less desirable location in the city hours earlier! This is a keeper!

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Nice Matin. I took my parents there before a show and we have a wonderful meal. The staff was very pleasant as well.

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BA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently excellent food with authentic French dishes and a diverse set of offerings. I have never been disappointed and will come back with friends often

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal!

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PM
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always an enjoyable experience. Service exceptional. My husband rarely eats meat and thoroughly enjoyed his hamburger. My fish with salad most enjoyable.

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H
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu amicable staff and efficient kitchen and great location
Who could ask for anything more.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Matin is comfortable with a beautiful decor. The menu is excellent with choice for everyone.

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G
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Nice Matin for a while but it’s central enough to meet a friend for a birthday dinner. We had a delicious dinner, and were able to chat except for a few moments when the bigger tables were loud.

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T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor. We had to call waitress over several times: she served us appetizers and seemed to have forgotten to take our entree orders (and this is not a tapas restaurant); she gave us forks to use for our ice cream dessert--the dessert had melted by the time I got her attention to ask her for spoons; we had to wave to her whenever we needed a drink; she forgot to bring over a lime for the soda. The food was fair, generally bland and flavorless. Pretty interior is the best thing about the restaurant.

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C
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A fabulous meal in a gorgeous restaurant. Great staff! Worth every penny! Our new favorite French restaurant in Manhattan!

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's Eve is a challenging night with high expectations but the pro's at Nice Matin were really on top of their game. Great menu choices, all beautifully prepared, arriving hot at the table despite crowds. Sommeliers are always so helpful and the wine list is huge and wonderful--a place to stray from the familiar. Few restaurants deliver this quality at these prices and that makes Nice Matin a great value, too. We've been to this restaurant many times and will continue to do so, both for special occasions and to make a non-occasion special.

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been to Nice Matin so many times...I tried the monk fish bouillabaisse, bad idea .. I won't be doing that again in a hurry...normally had it made with mussels and scallops..the Monk fish was to big for the dish and served with some creme fraiche on top...added insult to injury..my opinion of course.
Hubby had steak said it was delish!
He had lobster bisque and I had escargot, both amazing!
We will return...I will stay inside my comfort box next time!!

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DG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood French bistro with a solid menu. The wine selection is what brings connoisseurs here because the sommelier is knowledgeable with a great reputation. Other similar restaurants do not deliver the consistent value that this one does. Highly recommended.

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HH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurants like Nice Matin are why they came up with the phrase "neighborhood gem." Also worth traveling for. A contemporary spin on classic French food in a friendly environment. Excellent!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing meal considering the reviews. To start, the bread was stale, or just bad - in a French restaurant?! The Pissaladiere was too bready, more like an ordinary focaccia with just caramelized onions on it. The Lamb Top Sirloin was so tough a knife couldn’t get through it despite a sawing action. One guest managed to get a bite and had to spit it out. The Sole Milanese was completely devoid of seasoning, and the almost flesh tone quartered tomatoes looked awful on the plate and were of course flavorless. Also the Chickpea fries were bland and a bit soggy. And the broccoli rabe was overcooked, too bitter and was not drained properly before plating. The sommelier recommended a good wine. Will not ever go back. No excuse in NYC to serve such mediocre and even inedible food.

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KT
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant on the Upper West Side. Always consistently great food! It is such a pretty restaurant and the staff is always friendly.

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I go there occasionally. They were out of gf bread, which has happened once before. Service was friendly, sometimes slow or understaffed but good on this visit. Food is high quality. Friends who were with me liked it, including one who used to work at a French restaurant.

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

Excellent service. The escargots were amazing! Sandwiches were delicious. The tuna tartare was just okay. Great ambience.

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PD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience at Nice Matin. Five of us and everyone loved their food choice. Sommelier helped with a good wine selection.

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CR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most excellent restaurant!

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we had a Christmas Day dinner at Nice Matin, and we were very happy each time.
My only request is that they have less food! While our dinner was delicious, we were in a hotel and could not take home any extras. I think it would be nice to have smaller plates, as well as their prix fixe menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hair in my food

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Why couldn’t Open Table have informed us it was a different prix fixe menu for this day. We would have made a better choice.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great way to wake up on Christmas Morning at the Lucerne Hotel. Walk down to the lobby and through the subtle door into the vibrant cafe. Packed, happy people eating and talking, happy staff. Food is great. Eggs done "french" well, outstanding salmon, NY coffee, all great. staff gets points for liking their job and showing it. I am coming back.

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b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Matin is always good, and I am always delighted with the experience of dining there. The food is superb, the atmosphere is lively, but not too crazy & loud, and the service is friendly and efficient.

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HV
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner, nice lighting and atmosphere, friendly wait staff.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Risotto was good, the steak was very good but the desert was disappointing. Service slow and inattentive.

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DB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious! Atmosphere is great as is service. LOVE the quality teas & tea selection. The chamomile lemonade is incredible!

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food, service and value. Exceptionally large wine and drinks list and menu.

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TW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a group. Get a round table. Plenty of choices for both appetizers and entrees. Food and service were excellent.
Delicate Fries are delicious. Will definitely come back

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WM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable, engaging, and accommodating. The food was great as always. Can’t say enough about this place. An uws gem.

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RS
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good with a wonderfully well-priced menu including a superb 3 course Prix Fixe that is pretty well the best deal on the Upper West Side.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my third time at the restaurant. The food is consistently very good.

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r
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I love this restaurant , have been going for many years. Love it for lunch or dinner!

Our service was a little off which is very unusual, but I guess everyone has to learn from experience at some point. It will continue to be a regular place to dine for me!

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely early dinner before heading to a show. Well prepared Bistro food. Wine list is really interesting and well balanced. Sommelier and Wine Director both stopped @our table to discuss our wine selection. Highly recommend.

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RK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great French restaurant always consistent !
Friendly and good servers.

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