Red Cat

4.7
3333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
This Old Chelsea food hall opened in 1999 and is a New York original. The Red Cat's combination of come-as-you-are sensibilities and straightforward, satisfying, and occasionally irreverent cuisine instantly establish the restaurant as a favorite with New York diners. As Frank Bruni wrote in the New York Times, "The Red Cat feels vaguely colonial and tavern like, except when it feels downtown-gallery cool, and apart from those moments when it feels modestly and eclectically elegant."
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am–11:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 242-1122
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jimmy Bradley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd & 24th Streets
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Parking details
Street parking after 7:00pm. Lots on 23rd between 10th & 11th avenues or 24th between 9th & 10th Avenues.
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Public transit
C or E Train to 23rd & 8th Avenue
1 or 2 on 23rd & 7th Avenue
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Special events & promotions
What makes The Red Cat so special is that is expertly walks the line between familiar and cutting edge, using innovative American-inspired cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere to set the tone. Whatever the occasion, The Red Cat will always fit the mood.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

The Red Cat offers semi-private dining for up to 40 guests and private dining for up to 70 guests seated/ 125 standing. We offer standard event packages, but we're also happy to tailor a package to accommodate your event needs. Whatever the occasion, The Red Cat will always fit the mood. Please email or call us for availability and pricing.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Prix-fixe only. $85 per person; $45 per children 12 and under. Three courses with traditional Thanksgiving dishes and items from our fall menu offered. Must cancel by 5pm on Monday 11/19 to avoid cancellation fee of $25 per person.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3333 People Are Saying
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DS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Wonderful staff, great food, and cozy atmosphere

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

I love this place. For 20 years it's been a reliable, consistent source of excellent food and service, maintaining a dignified distance from the restaurant fads (raw food anyone?) and celebrity chefdom that plague the New York restaurant scene. I am very sad that Red Cat is hanging up its apron at the end of the year. Visit before it closes! There are too few restaurants that have been this good, for this long.

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CJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had three great meals and wine and dessert, all reasonable and really delicious. The service got really special, however, after I left my shopping bag behind. Lorraine and Tiffany and I don't know who else tracked me down and got it back to me. That just put the evening over the top on our last night in New York.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Red Cat for a birthday brunch. I was impressed - excellent ambiance, food, and service.

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was PERFECT as usual! Sooo sad to see it close after so many years. They were there before the art galleries, the Highline, & all the tourists came. My husband & I decided to celebrate our 9yr Anniversary for one last dinner before they close in December. The staff treated us very well with a celebratory champagne toast, corner table (best spot in the house), and great attentive service. Our apps & dinners were great, as per usual, as were our cocktails. This gem will sorely be missed!

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SK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday dinner to celebrate my moms 75th. Excellent service. Healthy vegetarian options too. Get there quick before they close in December. You’ll be glad you did.

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NF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great. Such a shame that the restaurant is closing.

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SA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable, everyone is very friendly and make you feel welcome

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it so much at lunch we went back for dinner!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is tragic that this place will soon close. There is everything to love about The Red Cat from the food, the drinks, service, the ambiance, it is exquisite.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Cat always delivers and never disappoints. So sorry that it is going to close...maybe a change of heart before then?????

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DL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great neighborhood go to for me. Sorry to see it go

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, prompt service, engaging wait staff. Pleasant ambience. Chelsea location makes it great for people walking the High Line or finishing a gallery tour. Ten minute walk from Penn Station; eight minutes from subway.

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GK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Too bad they're closing at the end of the year—owner is simply closing up after many successful years... Will sorely be missed! Go there while you can!

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M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been in a long time for some reason...it was fantastic all around. I can’t believe it’s closing. ☹️

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Haven’t been there in many years and clearly they are living on there reputation ambience and location.

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J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not to be missed

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SJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant in most every way!! Perfect for a special occasion. The only issue is that at times it was loud. Other than that it’s fantastic!

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TT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always have a wonderful dinner at the Red Cat. Great menu, great drinks, great atmosphere. My only slight complaint is that they are pretty obvious about hustling you out of your table. The waiter brought our check while we were having dessert....

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been consistently wonderful from the day it opened its doors. We needed to get in and out quickly to be on time for a gallery opening, and they were very obliging with big smiles, excellent service and two orders of the most crispy on the outside moist on the inside chicken! Exquisite French wines and we were out on time! Can’t wait to return!

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Had a quiet lunch with an old friend. The waitress was very attentive and friendly, without interrupting, and gave us some very good menu suggestions. The food was fresh, interesting and tasty. Will definitely return!

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HH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Cat is a gem! I am so glad I was able to visit before the end of the year. Red Cat, I’ll miss you. Kudos to chef Jimmy Bradley and the entire Red Cat team for creating a fun, special place where every meal was memorable. I highly recommend everyone visit Red Cat, for the food, the vibe and the overall experience. It is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Will be very sorry to see it go. I'm going to have to find a few more excuses to come before they close.

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are always so nice and the food is always amazing!
Brunch is no problem and they are happy to seat you.
Delightful!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The baked fontina cheese dish with garlic bread to share for the table is beyond delicious. I would come back just for that. Comfortable tables so you aren’t squished compared to many typical places in the city.

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BJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a Saturday brunch at The Red Cat. The brunch menu was pretty standard but especially well prepared. The service was excellent. The noise level was moderate. The cost was surprisingly reasonable.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Waited in crowded entrance for 30 min past reservation. Lots of pompous New Yorkers grumbled re:the same. Restaurant was LOUD.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and service. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Red Cat. Great good!

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time for my friends birthday dinner. The service was stellar and the food amazing. A tribute to all of the good NYC restaurants who are getting pushed out by corporate America..... please don't go!

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RO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommendation is simple
Get there before it closes for good

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d
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to restaurant when in NYC for 18 years. Very sad it is closing but happy I got the chance to have a final fantastic meal. I will dream of the green beans and skate forever !!

Thanks Red Cat .........

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B
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite New York restaurants. I am so sad to bea4 that it will close at the the of this year. The food is terrific; I’ve never had a bad meal at The Red Cat. The ambience is delightful, tasteful but not fussy. Stylish yet warm and comfortable. The service is excellent. It’s all worth tripping over to 10th Avenue.

I hope the owner/chef Jimmie Bradley returns to Philadelphia and opens The Red Cat here!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time faves for reliably good food, solid drinks and excellent service. I can't believe they're closing!

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DH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Cat always delivers fabulous food and an amazing experience. This has been my favorite NYC restaurant for 20 years.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry it will close in December. Still items I would like to try

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DS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another great meal here and are so sad to hear it is closing. Get there before it does if you can.

Had the falafel and egg sandwich - great blend of flavors!

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WK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

My friends and I LOVE Red Cat, so when we heard they were closing, we wanted to eat there one last time. Unfortunately they were having a really off night. The kitchen seemed really backed up. The food took way too long to come out and when it did, my liver dish was way too rare and the steaks were overcooked, full of gristle, and under seasoned. Really disappointing, but at least we have memories of better meals there.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service! Unique flavors, interesting dishes.

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AL
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a neighborhood gem, and it's scheduled to close in two months. Way bummed by the news. It's consistently excellent. Innovative along with it's classic. Very few places can pull this off. A few of the front tables near the bar can be noisy. The back is far quieter. Already looking for a similar place as a replacement. Get in and experience the Red Cat before it shuts its doors for the last time.

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