Papillon Bistro and Bar

4.1
344 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
Papillon is a stunning classic French Bistro featuring an elegant rustic decor that brings you back through time to a provincial town in France. The exquisite decor is the perfect setting for Papillon's culinary delights. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just steps from Central Park, Museum of Modern Art & the famous 5th Avenue shops, Papillon offers a fun environment where our guests feel like family. Our deceivingly large space offers dining experiences to match your every mood, whether you’re enjoying a craft cocktail on our sidewalk café, mingling with colleagues in one of our private rooms, or delighting in dinner and a show at our Opera Night on Saturdays. Get to know our killer staff, and enjoy a sense of community with a little something for everyone. At Papillon Bistro & Bar, every night is made better with just a touch of sophisticated debauchery!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 am
Sat 10:00 am–4:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 754-9006
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rogelio Martinez
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Catering
We are available to cater events. Please contact us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Ave & Madison Ave
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Parking details
Parking garage across the street from Papillon.
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Public transit
E & M Trains at 5th Ave / 53rd Street6 Train at 51st Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 am - 2:00 am. We look forward to serving you.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be open NYE, with live opera performers from 8:00 pm - 2:00 am.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 344 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.7
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a consistent neighborhood place great to take business colleagues to.

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

Went for the Opera and had a blast

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had to wait too long for waitress to take order. Bistro was empty so she wasn’t busy. We had to take knives from empty tables next to us. Cheese board was laughable...3 thinly sliced cheeses, wouldn’t fill up a mouse. Board also contained some grapes, nuts, maybe half a pear and half an apple, and a piece of toast cut in quarters. Beer and wine was not cold, just cool. Also had some appetizer samples...chicken skewers, chicken fingers, and veggie rolls. They were ok. Would not recommend this bistro.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I choose this restaurant because it’s close to my job and I was meeting an old client. It was very nice they sat me upstairs and him downstairs not realizing that the reservation was together but once they realized that the older gentleman couldn’t come upstairs they very politely came and got me. I had the mushroom portobello burger and it was delicious! He had the fried oysters and was very happy. The one thing I did not like was how hard it was to get out of the table we were in. We were elevated and it was very hard to get out and then there was a step. I saw someone at another booth actually stumble getting out of their booth as well so that seems to be a problem. But I loved how they were decorated for Halloween and the food was delicious of the staff was very Polite

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good-many choices. Service was also very good and the prices were pretty much on target. Very good lunch spot and also nice for drinks after work.

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R
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu featuring some excellent healthy dishes. Friendly staff and a really nice venue.

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LM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Casual, fun bistro. Good food. Loud music. Good for a fun outing w/ a group of friends. Not as much a business meal locale.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My only disappointment was that I had checked out the menu online and found out that it is not current/up to date when I got to the restaurant. The food, service and ambiance we all great.

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Simple salad was wilted and stale. Eaten here many times--truly disappointed. Will not return.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place. The wait staff was terrific. Food was reliable and came out in a timely manner.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Mediocre food with and mediocre service. Go for a beer, not the food.

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ED
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have eaten here before and love the ambiance. This time it was on a Friday night and the music was deafening- would think twice about dinner again. Also, we sat near the windows upstairs and could smell the cigarette smoke from the street level. Our waitron was terrific.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance. A special thanks to Segundo the bartender.

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RN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food and drink was not good; a disappointment. Have eaten there before with the service and meals were previously acceptable.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We specifically asked 'no tomatoes' on an entrée and the meal came with tomatoes.

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RS
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday night at Papillon is "opera night." Local singers entertain, singing opera and broadway. It makes for a great night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was pretty good but a bit overpriced, there weren’t a lot of people, but bar music was really loud.
Servers were great

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DL
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

If you like thumping bass so loud it makes your bones shatter, this is the place for you.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

My cousin & I were so excited to have dinner at Papillon. But when we arrived for our reservation at 8:30 pm and entered the restaurant, you couldn't hear yourself think for the loud music and people surrounding the bar. We asked to be seated outside on the patio so we could hear each other talk. I wouldn't say this is the place to go for a quiet & intimate dinner. However, the food & service was great.

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LP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good spot for a quick, adequate Sunday brunch before shopping. Friendly service, good menu options, reasonably priced. Not as "French" as I had expected.

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CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, good food, live opera. A unique experience, the host goes out of his way to ensure you have a great evening.

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I
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Not what we expected. More api or tavern not really for dining.

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My friend and I shared the kale salad as an appetizer. That was pretty good. Neither of us was thrilled with our entrées however. I had the tuna tartare as my main course, which was mediocre at best. The menu said it had cilantro, which I love, and I asked for extra cilantro. Apparently they didn’t have any cilantro, I swear it was just flat leaf parsley. It didn’t taste fresh. My friend ordered the croque madame, and she said it was way too heavy.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My quinoa salad was delicious. I had to send the broccoli back, it was swimming in oil. My waiter took it back and brought me steamed broccoli which was delicious.

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

We went for dinner and it really wasn’t suited for that- tables were in the bar area, no waiters, the bartender came over to take our order and the kitchen help delivered. VERY dark and a little dingy, hard to read the menu. Also VERY loud music playing (even upstairs) and we had to shout. Food was very good, though.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a consistent value for business lunches. This is a place I take colleagues rather than business clients, as not "fancy". Good food, service all at prices you can tolerate on your own dime.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

we order a starter but the mozzarella wasn't fresh. it is hard and I feel with the amount that the restaurant charge, it should be a better quality and more quantity.
my sandwich is okay, wasn't special . My French fries was too salty.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful visit! Definitely will be visiting again soon, thank you so much to the lovely staff who took so much interest in the customer! What an unforgettable experience! I would definitely recommend!

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AF
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took a very long time to get our food. Very long wait

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute restaurant, something different than the typical steak house, burger joints around midtown.

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m
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, could have been due to Sunday night. Halibut was well cooked, but took 2 tries for martini and not made well.

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Just okay. Dark, large restaurant conveniently located near Saint Patrick’s church and Saks Fifth Ave, Cartier etc. We were seated promptly. The waiter was very nice. Food was okay. Not bad price for Manhattan. We were limited to the brunch menu as we went on a Sunday around noon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bit noisy for business

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RT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Way overpriced for average cuisine. Annoying that they charged $115 for a bottle of wine that retails at $15. Skip this place

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food seems to be getting stale. they desperately need to update the menu and not try to rush you in and out of the place. Guess they are busy, so they dont care.

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Best part of the evening was the opera singers that perform every Saturday evening in the second floor of the restaurant requiring a separate reservation.

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Western KY
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was the evening of 23 Dec 17. The wait staff (she) was very inattentive, and was aloof, even a bit condescending when she was waiting our table.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a great time! since the demise of Asti this place rules the opera-lite/Broadway fun live performance evening. fun fun fun all the way with decent food and good wine.....but it's the singing that makes it. even our young daughters (rock fans) thought that it was out of this world. also, what nice staff!! highly recommended.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Out of this world, fantastic.
The opera singing was powerful, beautiful and fun

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met with family (party of 8) for a quick holiday brunch. They decorate really well for the holidays, have great music on, and provide the best kept brunch secret in NYC ($17 including a bloody or mimosa!) The food is exceptional and portions are large. Friendly staff, although they moved pretty slowly for the place being relatively empty at 11a on a Saturday...regardless, I'd completely recommend this place and we will be back!

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