Red Cat

4.4
3399 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.4based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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vipCarinaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will miss this gem. So sad to see it close, but delighted to be here on the last day. Lasting memories of a true NY institution.

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vipOdie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we thoroughly enjoyed dining at red cat. We are very sorry to see the restaurant go.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Last service

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vipMatt
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant - excellent food - very sorry to see it close.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebratory evening at Red Cat. Experience was exciting. Everyone in group had something different to eat. Everyone thought their meal was the best. Service was very attentive. Outstanding!

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vipFeaster
New York Area
267 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so sad that Red Cat is now closed. We will miss this wonderful place!!!!!!!!

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vipMidtownfoodlover
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry that they are closing! Yummy as always!

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viplocaleater
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service2ambience5

bartender/server was just adequate

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vipaltobarb
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Red Cat was awesome in every way. I'm so sorry they are closing.

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vipstarfoodie
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

RIP Red Cat. You will be sorely missed. I guess Jimmy needed a change of scene, but with everything bad going on in the world these days, why did it have to be at the expense of The Red Cat's fans?

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ElizabethC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AT THIS POINT THIS RESTAURANT WILL BE CLOSED BY 12/31

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vipValerieY
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this placed. Bummed it will be closing. Always amazing!

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vipRobCNYC
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will miss this place so much

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Beverlyb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So, so sorry to see this Chelsea restaurant close. Lots of great meals with good friends her over the years. Hopefully, another eating establishment will continue the tradition.

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vipGreatBrunch
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. So sad that they are closing on 12/23.

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vipAmit
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We’ve been regular patrons at The Red Cat for many years. It’s been one of our favorite dining experiences in Manhattan and it didn’t disappoint this time either. We had a small hiccup with my meal (the pork chop was over cooked), but it was fixed and the service was fantastic as always. We’re sad that this will be our last meal at such a wonderful dining establishment.

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vipKimM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It has always been my "go-to" restaurant in NYC. Sad to see it go, but so grateful for all the celebrations and meals at the Red Cat. Best wishes to every one on staff as they move on to new adventures.

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vipWsnc
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined there since they opened. In town 2-3 times per year from NC. Had our final kiss goodbye dinner, sad to see her go. Thank you for many a nice night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having had a great meal last year we came back. The service was awful and the food good but not great. Definitely a downturn from last year. Wonder f what happened.

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CarlosL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Will miss this place!

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Neighbors3
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are devastated that The Red Cat is closing next week. It has been our go-to special place for friends and celebrations for over 20 years! It will leave a void in our neighborhood- so sad to see it close-

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vipnewyorker
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful meal. Sorry to see it close. Glad I got to Ho before it closes. Temporal string beans always a treat.

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vipJohnandSteven
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most special spots in Manhattan. Five stars.

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RickB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience for late lunch we really enjoyed the food. Sorry to hear the restaurant is closing in Jan.

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ChristalB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious risotta and cocktails. Cozy restaurant. Friendly staff. Closing down soon, so catch it before it gone.

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JulietR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere was terrific. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, and the food was delicious! Definitely a neighborhood gem in Chelsea.

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PhilippeB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Disappointed meat dish...poorly cooked and served...not good, sorry. Service was nice and wine selection good...

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vipSteveabouttown
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant, I hate to see it close on December 23rd.

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vipRobertN
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As everybody else says, please don’t close!

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vipLauraS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a delightful restaurant, all around. The food is creative and delicious. The staff warm and helpful. We are going to miss it a lot when it closes later this month. Huge loss.

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vipPrincetonNJ
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a nearly perfect meal in all respects. I can’t believe Red Cat is closing. What a tragedy!

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vipAnnie
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, as usual, but this time, a touch of bittersweet because we knew it was probably the last time we would eat there. The food and service were terrific; however it was pretty noisy but we managed to have a conversation by shouting over the shouters. We will try to get there one more time before they close for good in a couple of weeks.

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vipemptynestcapades
New England
59 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oh how lucky we have been to have The Red Cat in our neighborhood . It feels like your quintessential neighborhood go to spot yet at the same time serves up some of the consistently best food in the city. I love that there is something on the menu to make everyone happy.

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DavidN
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very busy quality restaurant. We wanted a New York restaurant for New Yorkers, that served great food and was great fun. The Red Cat delivered on all fronts. Thank you

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Anju
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

On my lunch reservation I marked "Special Occasion" and asked for a table in the rear. No accomodation.
The table was near the front door and chilly.
The food was mediocre. The coffee was really bad.

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GailC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Red Cat!!
We have been dining here for years. We have dined here twice this month knowing that it will be closing on 12/23.
A terrible loss.
GailC

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vipWoolaxmom
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So sad this is closing. Happy with our meal. Service was friendly and knowledgeable but she had lots of tables to there was some lag in the time she had for us. Great location. Hope something new will go there

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vipMarcyM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I brought some Canadian family and friends to Red Cat for a Saturday lunch. The reservation was easy to make and more importantly, it was easy to change. When I called 45 min before our scheduled arrival to ask if we could arrive with our part of five 30 minutes earlier. "No problem" come on in. The food was great, the atmosphere fun and the service very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Cannot believe it's closing in a couple weeks. A big loss for the neighborhood and the lovely people who work there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and experience. Alex the bartender is efficient and an absolute pleasure

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Red Cat offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 242-1122.

Red Cat is rated 4.4 stars by 3399 OpenTable diners.

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