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Villard Michel Richard Bistro

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126 Reviews
$30 and under
French

Renowned Chef Michel Richard, delivers his refreshingly inventive, signature culinary style reflected with touches of whimsy and clever presentations at his newest venue. Villard Michel Richard Bistro showcases Michel’s masterful culinary techniques and vibrant artistic imagination. Located in the historic Villard Mansion at 50th and Madison Avenue, the restaurant features is an ideal place for power breakfast meetings, with American and Continental breakfasts served, along with specialty morning fare. We look forward to welcoming you.

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4.0 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever experienced. The food, the service, and ambience were fabulous!

  2. B

    Brock

    New York Area

    94 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    We went for Sunday brunch and found the menu dull and the service poor. The food was fair but lacked excitement. The room was pretty but the experience was disappointing. I remembered Michel Richard from years ago in LA and Santa Barbara and was expecting more.

  3. WV

    WendyV

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you want excellent food and exquisite service in the most beautiful setting imaginable, go here. I visited for brunch on Sunday - would love to come back for any meal, on any occasion.

  4. ER

    EmilyR81

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    My husband and I live in NYC and had a gift card to the NY Palace - we were stumped on how to use it, because we don't need a hotel room in the city we live! So when I saw this restaurant we figured we'd just use it there, not really expecting anything spectacular though. We were so wrong! It was one of the best breakfasts we've had in the city. Granted it was also the most expensive breakfast we've had - but we did go all out since we had the gift card. Highly recommend for a special breakfast/brunch. I'm taking my mom again this weekend when she visits. Creamed spinach was exceptional as were their "tater tots". Belgian Waffle was also one of the best I've had. We also saw a MAJOR NHL player there, so that made it even more special.

  5. M

    Momma

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Room: Stunning, Service: Perfect, friendly, extremely attentive, professional, personable, attention to detail that you don't see anymore Food: Delicious Our second day at the Palace we had reservations elsewhere but canceled because we enjoyed the Villard Bistro so much the previous day Thank you

  6. b

    bayhead

    Los Angeles

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    beautiful room, great service and a great breakfast

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2014

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    The food was excellent but as a single diner, I was disappointed that they gave me a terrible table, when the entire dining room was empty save one couple. I requested a different table and the hostess reluctantly complied. I was there for about 90 in total and once the other couple left, I was ALONE in the dining room for 60 minutes, then a family of 6 was seated. I was disappointed that I was not given a wine list. When I asked for one, the server first turned it to the "wines by the glass" before giving it to me. I ordered a glass of champagne and then a half bottle ofa premier cru burgundy. The wine steward looked annoyed when he very hurriedly presented the bottle. I was disappointed that I had to ask that my wine be decanted.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    A special treat of a place with georgeous interiors and excellent food, part of the old mansion in the Palace Hotel. Great location as well.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish AMAZING! I look forward to going back!

  10. l

    love2shop

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My husband and I went for our anniversary. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the restaurant was over the top gorgeous!! Great experience! We would def go again!

  11. K

    Kai767

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a very noble restaurant with an outstanding wine list and an absolute amazing golden ambience. The food was very good. If you stay in the New York Palace Hotel, you have to stop by. Kudos

  12. l

    live2dineout

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2014

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    Trumped any goodness this place could offer. He looked at his watch when we ordered after we asked him for a few minutes to look at the menu (after having sat down 5 minutes prior) and pretty much downhill from there. Food was nice, but skip the restaurant and go to the deli counter by same chef downstairs... Quicker, easier and painless

  13. TV

    TheVelvetFog

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2014

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Three strikes and you're out. I have given these guys more than enough chances to improve on their poor service and indifferent attitude. Shame because it is close to my office and could fill a great void for contemporary French food in midtown. But life is too short for repeatedly poor service. Example, waiting 20 mins for a wine order to arrive only to be told that the bottle is not available. Thanks, my meal was pretty much over by then. Not the first time this has happened to me there. Another example, entrees arrive while apps are still being eaten. Entrees then get put under covers on a side table and arrive cold. Again, not the first time this has happened. Too bad, farewell.

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    adh10022

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The Villard houses are former guiled age mansions that are part of the Palace Hotel. The recent renovation was excellent and re-opened this beautiful restaurant venue. The menu is updated and healthy- not overworked or showy- the service attentive and courteous. The space used to house Gilt, which was a hip/modern bar. The bar scene isn't the same as before, which is good news. The restaurant is perfect/ideal for a business lunch or more romantic dinner in the evening. Troubles Trust is the bar downstairs which is less formal and busier. This is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

  15. B

    Berdan

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2014

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    I have been a fan of Michel Richard's restaurants since I first went to Citrus in LA in the late 80s. I have been to his old DC restaurant several times including the chef's table twice. The background on my phone is a dessert he created. All of this heightens my disappointment with Villard. The service was glacial. I can understand service challenges in a very busy restaurant, but Villard was maybe 50% full. I suspect Villard is not long for this world.

  16. l

    lkn4food

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I have eaten here twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Lunch was after they just opened. I found the service haphazard and the food uneven. The profiteroles were the highlight of the meal. Just had dinner in the bar area. The service was much more attentive. The food was very good if not transcendent. The room is of course unique.

  17. DE

    DES1

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Beautiful setting...great food...a wonderful evening.

  18. l

    lisalep4

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dine at many New York restaurants and this turned out to be possibly the best! The ambiance, service, cocktails, and food were spectacular. My husband had the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. The cheese puff appetizer was to die for! We were originally seated in the bar area, but after a trip to the rest room found another much more intimate space. the staff happily and graciously moved us and it was so cozy and romantic!! Our server, Nosh, was solicitous without being overbearing. Love this restaurant!

  19. T

    Timmmyk

    New York Area

    267 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    267 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Beautiful room. Sparse attendance. Confused service. Cutesy menu names. Staff seemed to completely vanish the entire room for over 20 minutes at one point. We ordered charcuterie and the 'Faux' Gras - chicken liver mousse & pate was a repeat of 2 elements of the charcuterie, which our server never mentioned until he brought gthe 2nd course to the table, then offered to switch. I ordered a beet salad in it's place and the beets were slightly undercooked. The chicken liver mousse was superb and my filet was the tastiest, most tender I can recall but a number of misses at an expensive restaurant will not require our return.

  20. R

    Rchamp43

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Went for a birthday/ Mother's Day brunch at 12:30. Beautiful room, nice table near window but close fit. Took 15 minutes to get water. Brunch was a sumptuous dinner buffet. No breakfast items of any kind. No eggs, sausage, bacon muffins etc. we were really disappointed. About to leave when they offered eggs. We had eggs Benedict which were very good. Staff was extremely nice once they focused on us and even remembered to bring the special birthday dessert my husband had ordered. Bottom line. Pretty yes. Convenient for us as we were staying in the hotel. Go back, probably not

  21. l

    luv2dine

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everthing was fabulous. This is the place to go with a large group who all have different dietary needs. The kids loved the burgers and mussels with fries while we enjoyed the steak, short ribs (definite must have), fish, and steak tartare (also another must have). Just loved the whole experience, next time I'll even dress a bit more casual and not feel out of place. Dress code ranged from business/elegant to dresssed up jeans.

  22. M

    Martinez

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We chose the VMR Bistro for lunch and ordered the burger with fries and a tuna burger with salad. Both were delicious and cooked to perfection. We'll be back.

  23. AS

    AllanS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2014

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    The setting is simply magnificent but the food and service at lunch was not. What was supposed to be a medium rare hamburger was over cooked and the portion of short ribs, while tasty, was minuscule. At the end of the meal when my wife pointed out to the waiter that the carpet under the table was dirty with the remains of someone's breakfast, the waiter, instead of apologizing, nastily replied that they clean every morning. Really not worth it.

  24. M

    Memorable

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2014

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Met Chef Richard, which was a very unexpected and pleasurable experience. French onion soup was terrific. Excellent wine list. However, the main courses left alot to be desired.

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    peaceofcake

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every thing, I mean, every thing was Gorgeous, Elegant and too Perfect! And chef Michel , Thank you for a nice surprise to show up at our table. you are too charming and lovely same as your creations. My friends and I had such a wonderful dinner time with 200% satisfaction.

  26. s

    steph

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I celebrated my best friend's birthday dinner at Villard. The food was delicious, especially the avocado salmon appetizer (forgot the name). The most wonderful part of our dinner were the servers at our table. They were not only friendly and knowledgeable but also very quick and perfect with timing. The birthday cake I requested as a surprise had icecream and sponge inside, covered with chocolate. My friend kept on saying it was the best cake she had every eaten. It was a girl's night out for us, but I would recommend the restaurant for couples.

  27. S

    Sylvia

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Our party of 3 was ushered into the first -- beautiful -- room for lunch. The restaurant has other rooms and they weren't full. Immediately, two chefs in full garb sat down at the next table and started discussing the restaurant's business, and making and taking cell phone calls. Hello? Was there nowhere else in that entire restaurant where they could have conducted their business? Les chefs son des princes et nous, les clients, des paysans. Other than that, the waiter was very nice and the food was meh.

  28. CL

    CordeliaLovesFood

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2014

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    Very few choices; over cooked and over warmed; major holiday Easter disappointment. Hope they go out of business soon, so a real chef can move in.

  29. t

    travellingshoes

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    I thought a restaurant bearing Michel Richard's name in the Villard Mansion would offer a "dining experience." The 2 course prix fixe lunch should at least hint at what you could expect from the a la carte menu. It was subpar, to say the least. The chopped salad appetizer was totally ordinary and tasted no different from what you would get at a diner and my branzino entree was overcooked. My companions ordered the short rib entree which came in a tiny ramekin. What looked like 1 oz of meat was covered with mashed potatoes. We were so disappointed that we passed on the $8 cups of coffee and had coffee instead at a local Starbucks! We should have read The NY Times review of this restaurant first and chosen a different place for lunch.

  30. WT

    WorldTravler

    New York Area

    283 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    283 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Everything was excellent had the prix fix salmon tartare was fabulous and the branzino was perfect. The description did say eggplant caviar not purée but I will let that go. Husband had crab cake all crab perfectly seasoned and fried chicken that was juicy and crisp. Wine list was very good and the pour was substantial. BUT the profiterole!! I won't even say just get it and eat it don't share!!! Will be back ASAP

  31. G

    Garfio

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    One of the best restaurants in NY

  32. N

    Nyfoodie

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had frequented Michel's restaurant in Washington and always had a great time and great food. We were so excited to see a NY opening and were thoroughly impressed. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding. We will definitely be back.

  33. T

    Teacrette

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Want a fabulous, cozy but refined and consistently delicious place to bring your colleagues from work that is sure to impress them? Try this recently renovated gem at the NY Palace hotel. There are essentially 3 dining rooms. One is the super lux restaurant serving tasting menus operating under the high-end "Gallery" moniker. Then there are two similarly sumptuous rooms for the "Bistro." The food is superb and bc no one has really discovered this place yet (just renovated in the Fall) you can easily get last-minute reservations for large groups. Perfect for after work dinner/drinks. Excellent variety of French and Continental cuisine. Highly recommend this place.

  34. m

    matandclaire

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2014

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Le Villard bistro vaut le détour pour son décor rafiné et son service impeccable. La carte présente un large choix, a prix raisonnables. Les plats sont bons sans être excellents, c'est donc un très bon "bistrot". Tres belle carte des vins.

  35. CS

    ChuckS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The staff, the food, the place,,,,,,, all amazing. A wonderful night.

  36. C

    Coach74

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2014

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    Extremely expensive with a Frittata costing $21, 2 poached eggs and toast $34, and coffee $8. However, that was expected and the food was great. What was unexpected was the poor service. Was rushed to order then the waiter didn't come back. Coffee refills were very tough to get.

  37. GD

    GreeksinDC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    After a hard day of travel and having to wait for our hotel room, the staff welcomed my husband and I with our 9 yr old . The restaurant is beautiful inside and the food was exceptional. Although, I would not say the restaurant is "kid friendly", I would say they were warm and appreciative of our restaurant friendly, foodie, son. We enjoyed our lunch so much that we ate a early dinner there the same night. It met and exceeded all expectations.

  38. L

    Lud2

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    good food good service quiet and intimate. great place will go again

  39. JR

    JRam

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful restaurant to find at a hotel. The food was very enjoyable and the experience great. The staff was very attentive.

  40. W

    Wilt

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    As the only restaurant in the Palace Hotel I would have expected a little more. The food was good and needless to say but I will anyway very pricey. Service was slow. Perhaps it was the kitchen that was slow but something sure was. The wait staff was friendly but average overall again for a location of this magnitude.

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Villard Michel Richard Bistro is rated 4 stars by 126 OpenTable diners

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