Ponty Bistro

(212) 777-1616 | View Website

218 3rd Ave., New York, NY | Directions   10003

40.7362937927246 -73.9853134155273

Open Hours

M-F 9am-midnight, Sa-Su 8am-midnight

 
French, African, Brunch  more

More Categories: Restaurants

Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown

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Ponty Bistro
Ponty Bistro
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Ponty Bistro

From The Owners of Ponty Bistro

Menu
Nem, Crispy Tuna, Fried Calamari, Croquette De Crab, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tartare, Shrimp Tabouli, Mixed Olives, Cheese Plate, Three Cheeses Gougere... more

Reviews for Ponty Bistro

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A neighborhood gem – Just this week alone I have eaten two meals at Ponty. I am so thankful that this wonderful place has found a home in such a convenient neighborhood.

The Prix-fixe brunch is always amazing. The pancakes are pretty much perfect. thickness, crispy edges, soft center...and consistent every time! The french toast is ridiculous. Even something as simple as oatmeal is done so well... I can't believe I used to wait in line for bad food on a week-end afternoon when a place like this exists. They serve quality drinks with brunch too... a perfect bloody mary, and the fresh ginger martini is really different. They even do a 2 for one special after 12, so you can really get your day off to a good start if you choose!

I recently had the pleasure of trying the soft shell crab for lunch, and I was so happy the whole time I was eating it. It has a light fried crispy edge, and was so light and delicious... I would recommend that any seafood lover try it right away. It is really special.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking to find a wonderful meal in a great intimate bistro. This place is a New York find. The international staff of top notch chefs and wait staff will take good care of you weather your group is large or small. I'm sure of it. Highly recommended.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

I was appaulled – About a week ago i was at ponty bistro and it all seemed well until we ordered the wine the server new nothing about wine so my brother suggested we order a bottle of cabernet.Once the server came with the bottle he opened it and never gave a taste test he just started pouring and filled up the glasses to the top and there wasn't enough to go around,then he poured some out of the glasses to the person that didn't get any.Meanwhile the head chef and owner (Cisse) was cursing loudly to another of the server and threatening him to fire him being completly obnoxious and unpleasant so then we ordered i had the bronzino stuffed with greens,finally after thirty seven minutes the food arrived and it seemed ok up until i got to the center where i found a big hair ball and something that seemed like a peace of tin i was disgusted i didnt eat it.During the time we waited for the food to come we watched the other chef in the kitchen (chek) and as he was preparing a steak that went back to the kitchen from another table he kept licking his fingers and flipping it with his bear hands then threw it in the microwave.Soon after, chef Cisse had an altercation with a kitchen employee and fired him telling him out loud to get the f... out of here and go back to mexico,by that tim it was time to go so we left agreeing to never return.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Kickin' Flavors at Ponty Bistro – We live in the neighborhood and agree its the very best restaurant around. It is an original! Ordered the special pork chop with potatoes au gratin and sauteed spinach. The pork chop was perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, and the side dishes all work together to create a delicious meal. Also love the appetizer spring rolls and crispy tuna! EVERY time we order a meat dish at Ponty it is grilled to perfection. They always top meats with mouthwatering sauces, and serve generous portions. All the soups, salads and desserts are all great too. The chefs are really nice and friendly, and aim to please their customers. I have taken a couple of visiting gourmet foodies here, and they loved the cuisine and cool ambiance, with all the great African music. We highly recommend Ponty Bistro!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

the best place in the neighborhood – I sat there last weekend on a Friday night and had an amazing time with the live DJ. great music.

First of all, the ambiance is really nice. The restaurant is small and really nice decor. As you walk in you feel the wonderful smells in the air together with the great simple but nice look of the place.

The food was excellent. I recommend taking the moules africana (in the traditional sauce) which are not only very tasty but a great value for money .for entrees i had the bronzino ,it's was amazing and for desert i tried the homemade apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream.i cannot wait to go back soon with couple friends.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Lost it's Appeal – About a year ago my friends and I found this restaurant and instantly fell in love. The staff was amazing, food delicious, and it became a quick favorite. Fast forward one year later, and I honestly don't think I've had a worse experience in this city. The last time we were there, the food was awful. I have a gluten allergy, and told the waiter, he insisted nothing I was ordering had gluten, yet when my food arrived, covered in breadcrumbs. They were also argumentative when I tried to send it back and gave me a problem about taking it off the bill. My next experience was take out. After delivering the wrong dish, they fought with me for no less than 10 minutes about bringing me the right thing - which they eventually did. After they brought my my original order, the delivery guy asked me to take the wrong order OUT OF MY TRASH and give it back to him. I can't imagine for any other reason then they were going to try to reuse the food. Disgusting and disgraceful. It's a shame too, used to be a great place!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Iam thrilled – The service is done with charm and caring. They make you feel important. The ambiance is intimate with a touch of African. Beautiful African music is softly played. The food is prepared with artistry. In other words each dish tastes great. Better than the other little restaurants in the neighborhood. Gourmet food at moderate prices. You will always get a good meal. Great coffee, desserts as well. Before 7 there is a 19 price fix with appetizers, entree and desert. Their week end brunch has price fix of $15.

The best French toast I have ever had, lobster Benedict yummy. I can highly recommend Ponty,

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

A little spice in an otherwise dull night – I ate dinner with my husband here earlier this week. I'd enjoyed some great breakfasts (eggs florentine is KILLER!), but never dined here. Chef Cisse's appearance on CHOPPED--he should have won; he was robbed--piqued my interest. I ordered chicken tajine and thoroughly enjoyed the spicy, aromatic cous cous. One piece of the chicken was a tad overdone, but I was full from the first piece, which was perfect, and the cous cous. My husband had lamb shank, which was also served with the cous cous. The meat fell off the bone and the sauce was really tasty. I also had a salad with fennel and shaved parmesan with a light citrus dressing, which was heavenly--and I eat a LOT of salad. Hub had fried calamari, which was light and crispy. This is just the kind of personable service and tasty food we are so lucky to have a few blocks from our apartment. We'll definitely be back soon.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

pretentious food and small portions but interesting tastes – had the octopus salad and flounder. not the usual flavors. very interesting. Small portions though.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

FABULOUS FOOD AND A GREAT NEIGHBHOOD TREASURE – HOW LUCKY I AM TO LIVE NEAR PONTY.....It is a fabulous find....the prix fixe @$19 is hard to believe....the 2-for-$10 martinis with unusual flavors are terrific---try the ginger. I've already been there a dozen times at least with friends, who now bring their friends My cousins from Paris were in town last week and I took them there for dinner (even though it was after 7PM when the prix fixe is no longer available, that's how good it is)...They LOVED it.....The waitstaff is very gracious and accommodating....I wish it a long and happy life in the neighborhood--I just hope it doesn't start to get crowded, for my sake!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful time& will be back again & again! – I just cam home from dinner and every bot of it was AMAZING! I can't wait to bring my everyone I know to this warm and friendly restaurant. The owner and staff made us feel very comfortable and special. The food was do good that I ate every last bite and am now too full and tired from the great wine and am off to a nice sleep to dream about going there for breakfast! haha!

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