Having had a less than memorable dinner at Bar Boulud, we thought we would sample a traditional French Bistro right in Daniel Boulud’s neighborhood. Bistro Chat Noir is owner Suzanne Latapie’s homage to all the little bistros we all love in France. And she has done a great job as we love Chat Noir.
The step down restaurant just off Madison Avenue immediately feels like you have been teleported to Paris. The small bar reception area is like hundreds of places. And with Suzanne holding down the reception desk, you not only have your reservation honored, you become a Guest at her place.
The room is a long alley with tables on the sides, and in a clever move a train of two tops are located down the center of the alley, giving dinning couples an unexpected sense of privacy in the middle of a bustling bistro.
The service staff, always being watched over by Suzanne, is professional and as good as at far more pricey places. We were served promptly, accurately and with a wonderful playful French attitude.
The menu is classic American interpretations of French Bistro fare. And while not as authentic as we may have desired, nonetheless a wonderful collection of classics. Our soups, salads, hot and cold appetizers were just that – appetizing. Classic main courses such as steak frites, made with Angus beef were outstanding.
The wine list is relatively short and composed of primarily French wines. The selections were fine, but unfortunately they were out of a number of our choices, which is a major demerit for any place. We reluctantly chose a Washington State Colombia Valley merlot, which was surprising good after it had a chance to breath.
Since we had plenty to eat we skipped dessert, but will save room the next time we are there.
Bistro Chat Noir
22 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10021