1113 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.766523 -73.956947
Fri 11am-12am; Sat 10:30am-12am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side, Lenox Hill
Best Restaurant in the Neighborhood – I have been going to this place for 2 years and I have never had anything but an excellent meal. The place is packed for a reason - the food is really good! You can tell when a French restaurant has a French chef - this one definitely has one. Besides great food, the space has a very comfortable feel to it and the service is terrific. If you are someone who understands and appreciates good food, you will definitely get this place. By the way, the burger has to be one of the best anywhere!
Terrible food for a great space – I went here with my lovely girlfiend and had a terrible night. We were told 10 minutes for a table and waited an hour. After ordering a below average appetizer of goat cheese, I ordered the pasta in a rabbit ragu. Now, I would assume like most people that meant a meat sauce. I was confused to say the least when the bland bland bland! pasta came with a roasted rabbit leg on it. PS: This wasnt even good. They were nice enough to remove it from the bill, but even my girlfriend's pasta with shirmp was bland as well. Avoicd this place unless you are only looking for a drink in a cozy spot with bad food.
Tasty dishes, good atmosphere – The bistro burger is good, but my favorite dish there is the Salade d'Endive--- so good. The chicken and duck are good also. Rich, as French food can be, so it's only good every now and then. The staff is nice and friendly, the bar has a good selection of liquor too. The restaurant is cozy, romantic, and creatively chic. (the menu holders are vintage album covers) Definitely a little gem in the UES.
Editorial Review – Casual French bistro on the far east side with upscale food, a moderately priced wine list and weekend brunch.
French Provencal Full of Flavor – If you would like a provencal gastronomique experience Bistro 61 is the place to go. The new fall menu is FULL OF FLAVOR. While my wife and I are always guaranteed to find traditional french favorites like the foie gras platter and steak tartare, the menu is more elaborate and tuned to Provence in the Fall. The rabbit stew served over tagliatelle as well as the lamb shank dish melt in your mouth. Also, dont skip on the desserts. The chocolate souffle is decadent. Ask for it with their special chocolate ice cream. Yum!!!
Real French Food..... Superb – I am a frech ex pat living in NYC. Bistro 61 is one of the most authentic french food restaurants in NYC. The menu and wine list cure my nostalgic thoughts of home. Favorites that keep me going back are the Steak Tartare dish (which is made with real beef from hand cut ribeye), the Foie Gras platter (which offers pan seared foie gras, foie gras terrine and foie gras mousse) and the Soup De Poisson. I eat there at least once a week as well as order favorite dishes for delivery.
The staff is also very friendly and the restaurant offers great bar service for dinner and/or drinks. There is never a shortage of Ricard at the bar.
Top Quality Dishes Served with a Smile – The restaurant is in my neighborhood (Upper East Side) and my husband and I go there weekly for dinner with friends. Everytime we go we are surprised by the tasty and creative specials and comforted by our menu favorites. The lamb shank is mouth watering and Rossini Burger is out of this world. We also frequent this Bistro for sunday brunch. It is one of the only places that serves MERGEZ sausage on the upper east side. The staff is consistent and very friendly. As regulars we are all on a first name basis.
This is a place to try................we are sure you will love it.
Best French cozy restaurant in the Upper East Side – It's time to write a nice note about this French Bistro. I go there almost once to twice a week. The food is excellent, the service is great and the ambiance is cozy. I really miss the tuna tartare but they recently added the salmon tartare which is ten time better. Don't forget to go there during the weekend they have the best brunch ...
Best restaurant in the neighborhood – This restaurant is the best addition to the neighborhood. As the place gets more and more packed, the food keeps getting better. My wife and I have been eating at this place for more than a year and I don't think we have ever had a less than delicious meal. The lamb tajine is incredible. The onion soup is perfect. The burger has become my staple item - it has to be one of the best in the city. The service is always friendly and excellent. When it gets crazy busy they still keep us happy. I almost want to keep it a secret but it's just too good.
Lazy, Greedy, Self-entitled Service... a shame, because it's a great burger. – "What a shame. The decor is charming, if not predictable and cliche French Bistro. The food, I had the Rossi burger and it was decadent meal with caramelized onions and foie gras.
However, the stars I might have given this place for the points above are taken away by the slow, lazy, greedy, self-entitled service! My two girlfriends and I were here for dinner last Thursday, (there may have been 2 other parties here). We asked for water with our other drinks, with our meal, after our meal, with dessert. There were 4-5 waitresses. We had to ask for water THREE TIMES before finally receiving it on our fourth, then they asked us if we actually wanted glasses with it too! (I suppose we were supposed to use the dirty glasses from our wine?).
After we paid, the waitress came up to us and complained about her tip, saying we didn't even leave her much of a tip. (Which, we didn't intend, but she certainly deserved). When we checked the bill, we realized we had left 19% !!!
Exactly WHAT kind of tip do the people there think they deserve for NO service???"
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Bistro 61 on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.