Red Cat

4.4
3399 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. 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."
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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Private party facilities
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
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Private party contact
Tiffany Schonbach: (212) 242-1122
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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
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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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O
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Last service

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
New York Area
264 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry that they are closing! Yummy as always!

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

bartender/server was just adequate

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a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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VY
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RC
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will miss this place so much

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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GB
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AK
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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KM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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W
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Will miss this place!

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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n
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JS
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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RN
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As everybody else says, please don’t close!

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PN
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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GC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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W
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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