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Red Cat

4.6
3106 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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. David Battin currently runs the kitchen that's become famous for such whimsical creations as Quick Sauté of Zucchini with toasted almonds, and pecorino; Duck Risotto with maitake, ricotta salata, and truffle; and Homemade Pappardelle with oxtail ragu, pecorino romano, and rosemary. Such dishes only add to the restaurant's mystique as a place for all seasons, styles, and spirits. 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 Dining
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am – 2:45pm
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Phone number
(212) 242-1308
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Cooperman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd & 24th Streets
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Street parking after 7:00pm. Lots on 23rd between 10th & 11th avenues or 24th between 9th & 10th Avenues.
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C or E Train to 23rd & 8th Avenue
1 or 2 on 23rd & 7th Avenue
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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.
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The Red Cat is located in the heart of Manhattans Chelsea district. It expertly walks the line between familiar and cutting edge, using innovative American-inspired cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere to set the tone. The Red Cat offers a contemporary, thoroughly enjoyable experience for any occasion.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Brunch = prix fixe menu $50 per person, $25 for children 12 & under
Dinner = spring a la carte menu all night long
Complimentary "mom-osa" for Mom!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3106 People Are Saying
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4.7
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Attentive service and quality food. A very nice dining experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Gracious staff, accomodating, patient, diligent. Creative menu, fresh, local, healthy, ingredients.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Quality of the food just wasn't the same as previous experiences.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Red Cat is one of our neighborhood faves. A friend wanted to take us out to celebrate our upcoming wedding. My fiance and I are on the Whole30 diet, so I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about eating here - it's a foodie place with very rich ingredients. But the waiter was accommodating to make sure our food was dairy/butter free with no added sugars. Great place and can't wait to come back when we're not on any dietary restrictions!

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I chose this restaurant for an evening out with my husband, because I read reviews about it being good for a romantic date.
We had a reservation at 6 pm. The restaurant was not busy at that time, still we were not allowed to sit at one of the nice tables in the front. The hostess ( who was not nice and welcoming, as a hostess is supposed to be), did not give us any explanation as of why we could not sit at one of the open tables in the front of the restaurant, she gave us a table in the back, where it is was a totally different ambience.
The waitress was OK, she just forgot to give us bread and olive oil, or maybe they just give it to you if you ask for it ? Anyway, we asked for it because the tables around us had it.
As for the food, we had octopus for appetizer, then skate special and pork shank for entrees. All three dishes were greasy, heavy and the main ingredient was overpowered by the elements in the side dish (it seems they like to use a lot of bacon ). The fish was overcooked.
Over all, it was not what we expected and would not recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The service and food are top-notch. The spring pea soup was heaven, hen of the woods so meaty and delicious, and the duck breast was cooked perfectly with just the perfect complementing flavors.

Would recommend the Red Cat for any night of the week and special occasions; it is that good. Comfortable enough for every day and attentive enough for special events.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Some things are very good.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My girlfriend and I have been going for years. Viramo our waiter who has served us before is very knowledgeable about the menu, wines and cocktails. The menu changes for the seasons and the food is always delicious. The food will satisfy everyone's palate. The Tempura Green Beans which are a must have with cocktails. The Red Cat is a must try!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Red Cat is the perfect spot for great food and a casual neighborhood-feel atmosphere. The staff is always on top of things and could not be friendlier. A nyc favorite for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best meal I've had in a long time. Fresh, innovative without being too 'trendy' or too adventurous. Hen in the Woods mushrooms- WOW! what a great side dish. Service was polite, friendly and just the right amount of attention.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Food and service were outstanding.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This was our second visit to Red Cat. We chose it because it was convenient to where we were, and that part of Chelsea is deficient in decent restaurants. Also, it has some charm, and the back room is comfortable for conversation. Rated strictly on food quality, it is only average. We were promptly seated at a table in the quieter back room. Service was friendly and efficient. We started with the brussel sprouts salad (decent) and octopus (good). For main courses, we had the duck and mushroom ristotto (tiny portion with hardly any duck and not very good) and chicken (average taste and somewhat dry). We found a nice bottle of burgundy at a fair price from Red Cat's interesting wine list. The cheesecake dessert was quite good. It cost us $90 pp, including tip which would have been totally fair if the food were a little better. We don't expect to return, hoping that Chelsea in the far west 20's starts developing some fine dining options to go with its growing population.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I don't remember Red Cat being this boring. A midweek lunch was disappointing despite very helpful service. Nothing was terrible but nothing was very good, either. Pulled pork carnitas were attractively presented but had very little taste. Toffee pudding was slightly dry and the accompanying ice cream, which I think was supposed to be egg nog, tasted like vanilla. I chose the restaurant to suit other people's location, but I'll search harder in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Impeccable service and delicious fresh offerings made me realize how this place manages to stay relevant in such a quickly ever changing restaurant scene.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

From the smiling host at the door our visit was GREAT! We went for Easter brunch. The food was fresh and hot off of the stove or out of the oven. Our waitress was extremely kind. We order the foie gras & duck confit - so good! I had the baked eggs. My husband had the 2 eggs sunny with lamb sausage. The bread was delicious; crusty and soft inside! We ended with their homemade cinnamon buns. OMG! A great restaurant find. I will return!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

From beginning to end was a nice experience. The hostess was friendly, our waitress was helpful and attentive. The bartender did a good job with the drinks and the food was great. Our only regret was we couldn’t try everything on the menu in one visit. We did have; duck hash with poached egg. Baked eggs with spinach, another egg potato as cheese dish, the Nutella and banana bread toast and the Georgian flat bread. No leftovers, it was all good.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Simply the most excellent food!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

A great meal in a hip, urban setting. Didn’t enjoy the rose custard (for dessert) but the rest of the meal was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Red Cat never disappoints. We have been coming here (on and off) for years and both the food and service are always top notch. The host is always welcoming. It's a real NY restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Red Cat has very friendly and welcoming maitre'd staff, talented and very nice bartenders and wait staff and the ability to offer delicious food in an atmosphere full of terrific hospitality!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of my favorite places. Interesting menu, great food and ambiance. My husband had the skate and I had liver(you may not understand) and both were transporting.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always great !

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A very enjoyable time at this restaurant. The food was both delicious and plated in a way that was pleasing to the eye. The service was extremely attentive from beginning to end. Our server was friendly as well as funny which made for a pleasant atmosphere. The chef came out to make sure out meals were done to our liking and I let her know that it was wonderful all the way around. The dessert menu was pleasant as well and the coffee I ordered was perfect in every way. Special thanks to our server for suggesting the house-made ginger ale (since I only drink soft beverages). It was excellent with a flavor that set it apart from others I've had over the years.
Highly recommended and an establishment I would not hesitate to revisit.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Still top notch after all these years! Waitress knew her stuff - her answers spot on as born out when we ate our selections. Radish appetizer perfect - light and crunchy. Liver fantastic, steak melted in your mouth. Both cooked as requested. She knew her craft beers and recommended one right for our taste. White wine a bit warm but she had no problem accommodating our request to serve it colder. Wish it was closer to the neighborhood I live in, but will definitely return again and again when at HighLine, Joyce Theater or gallery hopping.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Everything was excellent

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Every meal here has been a delightful and delicious experience! A varied menu offers something for all, great cocktails and an extensive wine list. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and they don't rush you through the meal to turn the table. Very cozy and welcoming environment. One of my top and favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very pleasant location and very good food. Excellent vodka and wonderful imaginative service. I love coming here because it is a lot of fun, people are friendly and it is full of life. Close to the highline so possible to exercise first or after eating the delicious food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

So impressively run. Food is great and they somehow after all these years keep amazingly happy and attentive staff. A rarity in NYC...

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Always a great dining experience here. Friendly and knowledgeable service and overall excellent food and wine. On this evening I had the best duck breast I've eaten in a long time. My only suggestion is to try to get a table in the back away from the bar, which can get a bit noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

WE've been here maybe 5 times in the past year. Its always excellent. Duck beats is awesome. For he dessert pistachio semi-credo is off the charts.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I hadn’t eaten at Red Cat for a number of years (location ) and was thrilled to eat here again . The warm and knowledgeable service, beyond excellent food, comfortable and grown-up atmosphere will bring me back a lot more often now

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Was a wonderful birthday celebration!!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The standout does not disappoint . . . even under pressure.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Just love the consistency of the food and the top notch A++ service !

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I ABSOLUTELY love The Red Cat. I was taken here for my Birthday and I can truly say everything was delectable. We ordered the grilled escarole (appetizer), shrimp tacos, chicken pilliard and herb fries (entrees) and chocolate semifredo (dessert). Our server Sarah was wonderful and her recommendations was on point. I was not disappointed. Definitely returning at my earliest convenience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

A delightful experience. The skate, foie gras, onion tart, string beans and pork shank are worth coming for. Service was fantastic – attentive and professional but not over whelming. Pistachio torte is a must have.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very good food. Limited veg options. Very Small portions

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful wait staff and mattresses d. Friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable staff. Delicious, high quality brunch food. A lovely dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great food, seasonal menu good service, what's not to like?

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We returned to the Red Cat after an absence of some years. It is still under the same ownership and we were delighted by the menu, the atmosphere and the impeccable service. The food was delicious and, indeed, creative. The dessert deserves special mention. We ordered the ice cream sundae and it was served deconstructed, that is, the ice cream was surrounded by the toppings which included brandy-soaked cherries and bacon bits. It was yummy.
This restaurant is on New York’s West Side but we had no problem getting to a broadway show on time.

I highly recommend this excellent restaurant whose simple elegance puts it above many New York Establishments.

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