About Rouge Tomate Chelsea

Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate Chelsea offers a seasonal and sustainable SPE Certified® menu that utilizes local purveyors and sustainable ingredients. SPE is based on a genuine respect for ingredients and the crafting of balanced dishes that marries thoughtful cuisine with authentic nutrition. To complement our menus, we feature seasonal cocktails and natural and organic wines from our beverage team led by Lead Bartender Cristian Molina and Sommelier Sarah Tracey. Rouge Tomate Chelsea is a proud member of the Green Restaurant Association (www.dinegreen.com) and has received Slow Food NYC's Snail of Approval.

126 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Between 6th and 7th Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 395-3978

Website:
http://rougetomatechelsea.com/

Catering:
We carry our culinary philosophy into private dining and events, ensuring that every aspect of your celebration is approached with the utmost attention to detail. Our menus are designed to provide what we need for optimal physical and mental performance and are complemented by our exceptional beverage program.

Parking Details:
Public garage at 140 W 18th Street

Public Transit:
1 to 18th St
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to Union Square

Executive Chef:
Alan Wise

Additional:
Cocktails, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate Chelsea offers our seasonal, local, creative and contemporary cuisine for private events from corporate meetings to celebrations with friends and family. Our event menus and beverage packages are carefully crafted to provide an exceptional dining experience. We work with registered dietitians from SPE Certified to ensure our menu offers more of what we need for optimal physical and mental performance plus increased energy, and less of what we don’t. Located in a historic carriage house building on West 18th St., we have rooms to accommodate various size groups and menus and beverage pairings tailored for your guests. Our events team offers a fully customizable experience for a unique, memorable event.

Rouge Tomate Chelsea Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.4

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3.8

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80% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vegan (6)
Authentic (5)
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Hot Spot (4)
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Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Catching up with family. Pleasant context. Good food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a tough venue to critique because it's just not perfect. The food is very good. The venue is spacious, modern and comfortable. The service is good but not brilliant either. We've been to Rouge on two occasions now. The first time was in Fall 2017 and we had the tasting menu. After that experience, I walked out still hungry and ended up chowing down a decent sized bowl of breakfast cereal when I got home (I'm a 5'9, 175lb male - not exactly a big guy, but I'm not exactly small either).

So this week we went there again because there was a Chinese art exhibition in the building opposite and they had open tables. This time we stayed away from the tasting menu (which is a shame because it's the one thing I always want to do in any half way decent restaurant) and went a la carte.

The hunger problem was solved this time by eating a few rounds of their bread before the starters arrived. The chef and her/his team are competent - the food is very well structured, but without the bread, there would certainly have been an issue. So in closing, I'm still in a tight spot with this restaurant because we avoided alcohol and the bill came out to $125 + tip which is above casual dining prices (a shared IPA beer, 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 side of carrots). For that money, I find it kind of frustrating that I need to shovel down bread because I know they're not going to give me enough food. Over to you!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

It was Valentine's day and they had a prix fixe menu. The restaurant has a nice ambience and the food was good, but the service was terrible. We waited for unacceptably long times for each of the courses to arrive and the server paid no attention to us between the time when we ordered and when we paid the check.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place and great service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Once again, Rouge Tomate hits a home run. Their newly-launched "Industry Night" Tasting Menu on Mondays is a steal for $59. All six courses were delicious and beautifully presented -- unequivocally Michelin star-worthy (which the restaurant is, by the way). Looking forward to a return trip!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Unbelievable!!!
BEST OYSTER I HAVE HAD, EVER!!! (And I am a foodie!!)
My daughter could not stop talking about the sea urchin. She usually does not like it, but paired with sweet grapefruit and olive oil, it was a harmonious symphony of wonder.
Every dish was a mystical experience. My daughter literally closed her eyes as she ate!!
Cannot say enough about the sophisticated, clean, but delightfully complex cuisine.
If they got table cloths and made the ambiance a tad more cozy I'd say they deserve 3 Michelin stars!!!
We got to congratulate the chef who was lovely besides his culinary genius.
A must. Will spread the word!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Love Rouge Tomate for their super tasty cocktails (especially the spicy kale drink) and creative menu that's healthy yet satisfying. It's a great restaurant for getting together with friends since the atmosphere is lively yet you can still hear each other at a large table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful fresh ingredients, scrumptiously combined, and expertly cooked. The duck breast, charred carrots, seared scallops and truffles, and the chocolate mousse were all to die for. Very nice wine selection. Loved the decor: minimalist but comfortable seating and tables with exposed brick and wood planked walls.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Not for every day but for a special occasion. Food is exceptional!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food, not too noisy, and I liked the welcome and flexibility of the staff. With the tasting menu option they are great with making substitutions for someone like me, who is allergic to mushrooms (sniff)

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful service. Knowledgeable and helpful. David B

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was overly sauced. Service very slow. Some of the appetizers were too similar to entrees, so I felt like I was eating the same thing twice. The food is not as good here as it used to be- something changed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious and service was great. The selection of items on the menu is limited. It would be best to check the menu before hand since there are few options.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was good, but it took 60min to come!! I was starving and it made the dinner very unpleasant. The server was very caring and a bit embarrassed about the long wait. I was very upset because I had planned this dinner for a long time. Portions were very small! I had to eat when I got home. Not going back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server was amazing and the food was incredible.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent all around. If you don’t try a Eucalypto cocktail you’re missing out.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant was off all night.
Our drinks took about 45 mins to arrive, the meal was slow to serve and the waiter was never available.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Service was impeccable. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. This restaurant is really underrated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

not worth trying this restaurant. Highly over rated. I've been extremely disappointed especially because this restaurant recently receive a Michelin Star; I thought it meant something.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Really enjoyed our dining experience! It was the ultimate fine dining in a casual & friendly environment with super friendly staff. Can’t wait to go back!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice spot. Worth the try!!
I had the duck breast. Was very nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Wait staff was inattentive. Took forever to get our drinks. They were always delivered out of timing with our tasting. The uni tasted like it had been sitting out in the heat, and there was so much clove in the duck it was almost inedible. I don’t know which Michelin official awarded this one star. I would be gobsmacked if by this time next year the headlines didn’t read: “Former Michelin Star restaurant falls from grace after disappointing scores of customers with their service, and overcharging for unexciting, pedantic food.” Good luck, Rouge Tomate. I hope you were just having a bad night, but by the looks of it with all of the empty seats around us, it seems you still haven’t quite figured it out. Spend your money elsewhere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Not sure if it was an off day but we waited 2 hours to get our main entrees! Very disappointed with the service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I live in the neighborhood and I've eaten here before. The food was excellent as always, but the service was terrible. It took almost 10 minutes for someone to even acknowledge that we were standing there. When we were finally seated, it took another while for someone to take our drink order. There were only a few people in the entire restaurant and seemed like plenty of staff walking back and forth. For such a nice restaurant with upscale cuisine (not to mention pricey), I was very surprised and in a way offended that we were treated that way.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I loved RTs UES location but this location left us flat. Food on the tasting menu with exception of the salmon was nothing special. The mushroom risoletto was heavy, tasteless and just too much in the middle of the meal and the vanilla ice cream drizzled with honey for dessert was forgettable at best. The service was HORRENDOUS with the waiter rarely coming over, empty drink glasses sitting on the table for the majority of the meal, never asked if we wanted coffee or an after dinner drink and oddly rushed through courses and then waited up to 25 minutes for the next one. There is little to no reason that a 6 course tasting menu should take over 3 hours. Apparently whomever they had expediting was also serving that night and the kitchen was backup and in the weeds. Used to love RT. Disappointed with their new(ish) home.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife and I went here as a last minute dinner date on a Saturday night. Loved the look of the restaurant and our waitress was excellent. Very interesting (but limited) menu. We started with the Roasted Cauliflower $15 (treviso / tamarind / fennel / almond) which was kind of bland. For entrees we had Ōra King Salmon for $33 (quinoa / kale / pear / dill yogurt / trout roe) and Green Circle Chicken for $29 (roasted squash / barley / treviso / maple miso). My chicken was moist and flavorful but not exceptional. We really love the vibe of the place and might give it another shot.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Between the excessive corkage fee ($50!!!!!!) and the $3 charge for a pot of hot water with lemon, the level of pretension left a lot to be desired. The quality of the food and presentation was lovely, and that is definitely of paramount importance, but aforementioned was hard to ignore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My husband and I visited this restaurant with my husband for a special dinner and we were not disappointed at all. We chose the tasting menu and we loved it. The food was fresh and there wasn't anything we didn't like. Service was very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

ワイン好きの人にはピッタリなお店

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was really good and original
I had a langoustine carpaccio to start and a salmon
I found the wines by the glass too pricey
But we enjoyed it
And our waiter was excellent

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bad wine selections and unattractive dessert menu

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Lovely restaurant for a date with someone special or just a nice get together with a few friends.

A pretty chill, cozy, and Intimate place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent meal at the NEW Rouge Tomate. Every dish was first-rate (the cauliflower appetizer is outrageously good!). Atmosphere is chic and casual, and the service professional. The Michelin star is well-deserved. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Rouge Tomate. The food was thoughtful, flavorful and filling without being heavy. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparations.

The mushroom tartare, carrots and duck breast were highlights, but everything we tried (oysters, rye pappardelle, mushroom farrisotto and scallops) were delicious.

I was concerned about service and portion sizes based on previous reviews but had no issue with either. It is pricey for the quantity of food you get, but for our party the quality more than compensated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was pretty disappointing, especially for having 1 Michelin star. Our reservation was late (9pm) but our table wasn't ready so they asked us to sit at the bar while we were waiting. No one asked to take our coats. We ordered a round of drinks and weren't seated until around 9:35pm. The service was pretty slow once we got to the table, and we were disappointed to learn that the tasting menu had "sold out" for the evening. The food was very good, but surprisingly we weren't comped for the pre-dinner drinks once we got the bill. I think there's a lot of potential but they may need a bigger staff to give each table the attention needed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We came with a group of friends and overall the experience was good. The service is great and the noise level is much better than many other NYC restaurants-- we were actually able to hear each other. The atmosphere is very pleasant-- chic but informal. The food overall was a bit uneven--- Some of the main courses were very good, the vegetarian entree was the least favored, and the deserts / coffee were bellow our expectations -- these can improve.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Creative, flavorful and healthy! Love the rustic wood walls and the reasonable sound levels (surely the wood helps). Servers were knowledgeable, friendly but not in your face. Definitely deserves its Michelin star.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

One of my new favorite restaurants in NYC. Delicious food. Everything was perfectly prepared and memorable. My boyfriend and I talked about our meals for days after eating there. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Second visit and everything was delicious. I was there with friends from out of town and everyone loved their meal. The mushroom tartar is a must. The only thing that was said among the group was that the portions are a bit small.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful service, beautiful food. Loved the music and discreet volume. Will be back!

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