Rouge Tomate Chelsea

4.4
188 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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 . 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(646) 395-3978
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Aita
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th and 7th Avenue
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Parking details
Public garage at 140 W 18th Street
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Public transit
1 to 18th St
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to Union Square
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.

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Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 10:30PM

What 188 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HB
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Cocktails were excellent. Wonderful selection of spirits. Appetizers were really delicious... we had the burrata, the mushroom carpaccio and one other than escapes me. The only disappointment was my pasta dish, which had too many tiny leaves of herbs, yet was oddly bland. Excellent dessert — we had the carrot cake. I’d return.

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m
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Cososcevamo e amavamo la prima versione di Tomato Rouge. Il cibo è buono e la location, ben progettata. Manca la simpatia e la professionalità dello staff

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R
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

One of the best experiences I have had in my entire life — from the welcoming smile to the professional wait staff, to the beautiful sustainable environment and the amazing healthy and nutritious food!

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f
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

My third time at this location. Food creative and delicious.
Another time I came and left cause very noisy. But tried again this time and was moderate.

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JG
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

I was excited to try Rouge Tomate, a Michelin Star restaurant ... the pictures of the food looked amazing and the lure of locally sourced food was super appealing.
While this isn't a "bad" review, I would have to say that I felt let down as the flavors weren't as developed in the dishes that we had.
Our order: Squab, Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster (2x).
The Squab was probably the most developed in flavor though I would have liked the skin to be a little more rendered, the sauce had depth and the bird was cooked a solid medium rare.
The Squid Ink Pasta was a good dish, that said I could find a similar dish at many other restaurants in the city.
The Lobster was a major disappointment, the flavor was muted and underwhelming, I would say that the lobster was 1 1/2lbs and the dish came with one claw and half a tail ... for $36 ea. ... if the flavor was on point I would forgive the miniscule portions, but the tail was super chewy (typical in smaller sized lobsters) and the claw was very watery (perhaps it sat in the poaching liquid to long?) In any event, it was a let down.
We go out every Saturday night as a family to try new restaurants and tastes and given the Michelin Star and the decent user reviews I was hopeful for much more that we received.

one other mention, we got the grilled broccolli as a side and it was so under cooked that I had to spit out several bites because the fibers in the stalks were unedible.

As for the service, it was average at best, the restaurant was pretty empty (8:15pm on a Saturday) and it took quite a while for us to be greeted and our orders taken. Our waiter was sweating heavily with his shirt soaked under his arms and down his back. Not the most appealing thing to see from the person serving your food.

So my final assesment; we won't be going back, the food was ok, we paid Michelin Star prices with average level food and service.

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GR
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

We had food couple of years before at Rouge Tomate ans it was great. Yesterday wasn’t satisfying and sumptuous. Not sure if we ordered wrong things but we did order half of the items on the menu and the only dish we liked was the soup! That was delicious.

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CB
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

The mushroom tartare was unbelievably good. Also snow peas on Walu carpaccio, a perfect combination I would never have thought of.

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E
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

My friend and I were celebrating my birthday. We decided to do it at Rouge Tomate since they recently introduced a happy hour with $7 wine, $1.50 oysters and about $8 crudite. We also planned to order dinner, but happy hour is only at the bar so we ate there. It was lovely. The bartender, and I should have gotten his name, was a pleasure. Attentive but not overbearing. He was so accommodating and sweet. This place puts an emphasis on natural wine, and will make sure you find a glass you like. But their food almost rivals their wine program. Anything you get here will be delicious. The bar menu is a little different from the dining room menu (where you can sit at the counter and watch the open kitchen). I've been three times, and everything I've eaten has been flavorful and perfectly cooked. Those $1.50 oysters were spectacular. And the veggie burger at the bar is to die for. Like none I've ever had, and I'll be back to get it, and other dishes, again. One of my favorite restaurants in NY.

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J
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

We saw this restaurant featured on one of Mike Colameco’s PBS TV shows. We were impressed with the diversity and execution of the menu. Well, they delivered more than we expected. Bravo!!! On a side note, the bartender forgot to put in the Cointreau in my sidecar cocktail.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Food is insanely delicious always. Service is impeccable

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H
Denver
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

This place was fantastic! We sampled several appetizers, shared entrees, and did all of the desserts. Great meal, service, wine selection/pairing, and ambiance. This makes the shortlist.

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KM
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Average/good food. Not Michelin star food.

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LH
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

The food was great and the service was better.

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a
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

This was one of my favorite restaurants in midtown, and now it's one of my favorites in Chelsea. The food is always over the top delicious and beautifully presented. The service is always friendly, helpful and not hovering. The ambiance is terrific there, it's a really nice room. The wine was wonderful, and the staff let us catch up after not seeing each other in years without hurrying or bothering us. We had a very long and fantastic meal, and we will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Horrible experience after two great dinners at Rouge Tomate. Appetizers and wine were great then the meal fell off a cliff. Server completely absent for over 45 minutes and when we asked about our meal she blamed it on cooking time for the steak. 10 minutes later our meal comes out with dishes cold and the steak, ordered medium, came out rare and bloody. No apologies from the server, and in fact blamed us for the error. Michelin Star?? Who was rating this restaurant??

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MM
New England
1.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

I just had dinner at ROUGE TOMATE in New York City, a place that I picked because it earned a Michelin star. After my experience there, I wonder how that could ever happen. Assuming Michelin stars are not handed out like free flyers, Michelin should seriously rethink this place. Service was basic to non-existent; food was mediocre at best; ambiance was not curated at all. After having tried other Michelin-starred restaurant, this place was a bitter disappointment. There was nothing about the Michelin restaurant experience there--it was just overpriced food, cooked in a mediocre way. The fact that it holds one Michelin star does nothing but dilute the value of a Michelin star.

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m
Toronto
3.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

Restaurant took our reservation for Memorial Day and reconfirmed the the day prior but when we showed up, they were closed.

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NG
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Very nice atmosphere, and very good food, but portions are small even by modern restaurant standards. Was expecting a larger, more interesting wine list.

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DH
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

A very cozy restaurant with a minimalist menu of high quality, yet out of the ordinary, foods.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Very had a great dinner - I think they do a good job all round

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Very good food, very particular comma so make sure you look at the menu before you book. That said, we all found something that we
enjoyed (pasta, chicken) and my petulant family was pleased. Service was good, not great.

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G
Baltimore
2.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Service was slow. Food took forever to arrive at the table.
Had to ask twice for bread. Found a hair in the honey on the cheese plate.

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j
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

Some of the most thoughtful service I have experienced outside a temple of haute cuisine. Food was generally good but be warned that portions are uneven in size. The risotto made of farrow and the salad were more than ample, while the main course of roast chicken featured no more than 4 oz. of chicken, really good chicken, but not really a sufficient amount for a main dish that is priced as such. Desserts were delicious but also quite small. I think this reflects a philosophy about what is good for you, rather than parsimoniousness, but it can leave you hungry.
I would probably go back as it was a very nice experience overall.

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E
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

As a long-term Rouge Tomate fan, I left tonight a bit disappointed - not a single item on the 7 course "healthy" tasting menu (+ amuse bouche) had blown me away - it all came away a bit flat or just not right. The (single stalk of) white asparagus had been sprinkled with chilli powder - a really strange choice for a prized vegetable with such a subtle flavour. The halibut was a tad overcooked and thus a bit rubbery. The pigeon was succulent but very old-school, as was the dessert (that mainly featured vanilla ice cream and - surprise! - strawberries). And the service was correct but mechanical and disinterested (I wasn't asked once how I liked the food), except for the hostess, who was great - bright, energetic, and genuinely committed to giving me a great experience -, and the lady serving the beverages. At $95, the price was reasonable and I still would consider coming back but tonight was a far cry from the excitement I had felt at earlier visits.

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S
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

I appreciate that the chef accommodates vegans I was disappointed with the portion and price of the Organic Green Circle Chicken my daughter ordered. The dish she was served comprised of 2 small strips of chicken not more that 2 ounces for $ 30.00.

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MV
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

I really enjoyed the tasting menu. The food was prepared to perfection, the flavors all complemented each other and they did a superb job finding great wines to go along with it. As I said to the server, my only "nitpick" is with the silverware and that is because every fork you get is the exact same size. When you are eating a dish on a small plate the silverware should be sized appropriately. The carpaccio was tender enough to cut with a fork but I would have enjoyed being able to cut it into smaller bites without having to use the knife (also large). It doesn't take away from the quality or the taste or the experience but it's something I hope they consider in the future.
I hope you do go and experience the tasting menu, just be sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy the wine pairing (I like to have some of it before the food arrives) and the food itself. I was completely full before I even got dessert so while some may say it's not enough, I'm not sure how I could have ever wanted another dish.

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JZ
5.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

Our server Jeffrey was great. The food was delicious but another once of fish would have been more satisfying. Good wine, good ambiance. I would go back.

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S
Montreal
1.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

This is not at all the same experience as Rouge Tomate used to be on the Upper East Side. We will not go back. Food was a Ok but this is a 1 hr. Dining experience.

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MF
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

Small menu, but everything we ordered was excellent. Great service and comfortable space.

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

ニューヨーク旅行の初日夜の食事で利用しました。
クチコミが高評価なのでこちらを選びましたが、やはりアメリカ人の味覚と日本人の味覚は違うのかなぁ、というのが一番強い印象です。
日本人の私たちグループは誰一人美味しいと思いませんでした。
ミシュランの星もついてるのに。
ちょっと創作和食をイメージした料理なので見た目は素晴らしいのですが、味がなんとも言えない微妙さで。
多分普段コテコテのアメリカン料理を食べている人たちからすると、少しあっさり目のヘルシーディナーなのでしょう。
でも日本人にとっては不思議な味付けでした。
コッテリしてないのはわかるのですが、やたら塩気が多かったり、少しパクチーぽい苦手な香りがしたり。
また、席も事前に予約してあってその時間に行ったのに少しずつ待たされて、バーで何か飲んでて、と言われました。
結局そのドリンクを席まで持って行けるので無駄ではないですが、予約時間に行ってるのにちょっと納得のいかない対応ではありました。
でも、バーテンダーさんもウェイターさんもすごく愛想が良くて、接客は良かったです。
でもあの味では再訪はないです。
友達にも薦められる味ではなかったです。
でもとても人気はあるようなので、日系の人でなければ美味しく感じるかも知れません。

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GA
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

Terrific reinvention of the former midtown location. Cozy space, softly lit. Small, seasonal, and creative menu - all of which I prefer. Delicious all around. Well-informed and friendly sommelier and terrific staff throughout. I'll be back!

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a
Houston
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Birthday dinner. Food was terrific. Table was great. Atmosphere very good except a little noisy with a couple of other large parties.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Incredible service and incredible food. Sommelier was helpful in pairing wine to dishes. Ambience very nice for a date or special occasion of any sort.
The real draw to the restaurant is in its attentive and well-trained service staff. Would come back again happily for a casual meal.

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RF
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was excellent, definitely worth the prices. The service was perfect. We were able to eat a great meal and we did not feel rushed at all.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! I’d highly recommend. We sat at the counter and had great service. The food was the best we had while staying in NY. Definitely check this place out!

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OT
New Orleans
2.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

My bottom line: Rouge Tomate is a sad excuse for a Michelin star restaurant.

To start, my boyfriend and I were seated 30 minutes later than our reservation without an apology. Not to mention, we sat at the bar for an upwards of 45 minutes with empty glasses - it would have taken very little effort to offer us a round for our wait.

Next, our server was completely unfamiliar with the menu. She recited the rib eye special to us and said “I think it’s around $110”. Our dinner was rushed and impersonal. We waited more time at the bar than enjoying the dining experience. The only redeeming factor was the sommelier, who picked an adventurous bottle for us and followed up to see if we enjoyed it. Our server didn’t check on our table once to see if we enjoyed our meal.

Overall, we’ve had better service at a hole-in-the-wall spot that didn’t cost nearly as much. Upon talking to the manager about our experience, she said she wished there was something she could do. Any other restaurant manager employed at a Michelin star establishment would have remedied the situation in some way.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 24, 2018

Everything was delicious. In a city where you can forget what you had for breakfast it was very memorable. The only thing I was surprised was that there weren’t more people in the restaurant.

I think Mondays are slow day for that area. As a result they offer extra points with reservations made via OpenTable and the tasting menu was discounted to $59.

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CT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Every time I visit NYC, I go to Rouge Tomate. Their Chelsea address offers as high quality food as their ancient haunt. Considering the creativity with which food is treated, this is one of the best value for your $ you can get in the city. After tasting the food, one would expect to pay easily 50% more for it. The ceviche is incredible and the fish carpacio just outstanding. Mushroom Tartare is simply out of this world. The pasta in squid ink was better than anything I ever had in Italy. And the Halibut just melts... And a special note for the respect they show to mushrooms. Most restaurants treat Fungi as mere decoration. Not Rouge Tomate; mushrooms are plentiful, diverse, cooked and served to perfection. This place is just fantastic !

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S
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Amazing wine and cocktails!!! Excellent service too.

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WV
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Wonderful menu with lots of healthy options. Great wine menu. Went there for a dinner with family and friends and everyone loved it!

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