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Cheri

French Restaurant

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Cheri34.5
brunch • salmon • filet • creme brûlée

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  • Photo of Ali Thorell
    2 years ago
    Super cute back garden patio - try for brunch
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  • Photo of DNA Info
    3 years ago
    Chéri is set up like a cozy house, with a long dining table, a piano, a garden out the back and chairs in front of a fireplace.
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  • Photo of NY Post
    3 years ago
    In two pretty, romantic rooms with just 45 seats in total, Paris-born chef and owner Alain Eoche offers only a two-course nightly dinner for $32. There’s no choice, you get whichever “table d’hôte” appetizer and entree strike his fancy.
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  • Photo of HZG2
    2 months ago
    We had dinner last night at Cheri (French). We stopped at the Restaurant by chance and what a great surprise. The food is well prepared, well served and reasonably priced. We sat on the charming outside garden taking advantage of the warm night. My wife and I shared the octopus and beef tartar entrees. Both were excellent and portions were generous. Service was efficient and cordial. Looking forward to coming back next time I am in the neighborhood.
  • Photo of Mebuckopal
    3 months ago
    While working in New York, we stayed in Harlem and right up the street was Cheri! I usually like to go for anything french, so we made reservations during the week. Cheri has a nice bar scene with tables for drinks on the street, a nice inside area for eating and drinking, and a fantastic outdoor garden in the back. service was fantastic! staff was very nice, and the food did not disappoint. We did the pate' and cheeses to start and some nice wine, the list is first class and affordable. french baguette ad toast points. Dinner was amazing! I had the octopus yum and my friend had the lamb burger, just like the one Jaque Pipin makes. very good, one to remember and recommend!
  • Photo of zfoodienyc
    4 months ago
    Friday night is live music night. It was hot out. Though the singers and musicians were talented, the volume was 11 ! We screamed to talk while next to each other. The doors were open and it was 80 degrees inside. We asked to chill the wine, but it still sent out warm after 20 mins. There was only 1 out of 15 entrees that was vegetarian, though we called in advance and were assured they had or would accommodate more options. We had 6 different meals and 4 of them contained string beans - strange. 5 of 6 of us didn't like our meals. The octopus was plain, the steak was overcooked and dry, and the veggie option was string beans and a mishmash casserole. I try to support Harlem digs, but unfortunately it was a bad night... I'm a foodie, and I know Alan has created a very pretty sophisticated spot with a nice outdoor cafe, and gorgeous backyard space - but he has to compliment it by stepping up the kitchen.
  • Photo of Kerry A
    5 months ago
    We live in Harlem and had been meaning to check out this place for a while. Sadly, we were extremely underwhelmed, and given the price point, downright unhappy. Let's start with the setting. While the back patio is truly stunning and the front patio is very nice as well, the inside is just...odd. There's a pretty fireplace in the middle of the room with, inexplicably, a large television hanging over it playing whatever movie was on TV at the moment. In addition, during our visit, there was a Destiny's Child album playing their old hits and at some point their version of the Christmas carol, Let It Snow, began to play. Bear in mind, it's July right now, and we were listening to a Christmas carol at a fairly high volume. The bar takes up a large part of the interior space, and it just has a very cheap look to it especially in light of this being a "nice" restaurant. There's a black curtain to the floor in the front, and behind the bar is one of those neon light up signs advertising the specials. I should also mention that they seem to only have a license for beer and wine, so it's not clear why the bar takes up so much space. On to the food. Nice, warm, seemingly homemade rolls to start, but it was all downhill from there. I had the salmon ceviche and was turned off by a sour smell (credit to the waiter who asked if everything was okay). My husband had the chicken liver pate and it arrived in an unattractive presentation without brioche toasts (they were brought to him on request) and he didn't enjoy the flavor. Main courses ranged from mediocre to good, but were all overpriced given the simplicity. My "stuffed zucchini" was just a split zucchini filled with an overcooked log of lamb burger. My husband's lamb burger was good and the accompanying potatoes were actually delicious. I wouldn't go back, even for drinks given the fact that they have no liquor license. I do want to mention a very nice waiter who went out of his way to bring a dessert for my father-in-law's birthday.
  • Photo of chauvinjuliette
    5 months ago
    Excellent restaurant ! Everything is very good especially the french toast with salted butter caramel
  • Photo of amezey
    5 months ago
    My wife and I went last night with another couple to Cheri, a French restaurant at Lenox Avenue between 121st and 122nd Street. At 6:30 the restaurant's outdoor front seating area was full with people having drinks and eating tapas. Inside it was still quiet. We were seated in a beautiful outside garden area, served by a knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive waiter. And then the fun began with drinks, delicious bread basket a charcuterie plate with the mainstays being the cornichons, the mustard, but especially the pate. That was followed by a large plate of tender octopus served with an aioli and vegetables. We finished with a superb steak au poivre, done perfectly. Spoiler alert, my wife's family is French and we lived in France for two years. We know French cooking. Our waiter was from Gabon, a former French colony in West Africa and the owner, whom we met, is French. The price of the meal was very reasonable, especially for an authentic French restaurant. We will be back there soon.
  • Photo of bjlauratis
    7 months ago
    we dont know which was worse the food, the service or the noise level. Nice decor but that's the only good thing we can say about this restaurant. big disappointment. wd never recommend.
  • Photo of SeanSouthey
    8 months ago
    Cheri is a garden of delight! Sitting outside, in a garden, in NYC, in Harlem - we experienced graceful service, dishes that satisfy the palate, magical mimosas, and an easy elegant ambiance. What a lovely way to start the weekend!
  • Photo of Vale068
    8 months ago
    We went on Sunday after the gospel cerimony. It's a lovely place with nice singer during the weekend and good vibes around there. The food was delicious. The bill was reasonable - even if they charged the service then asked for the tip, it seemed unusual to me -. Anyway, I recommend this place!
  • Photo of Gary B
    8 months ago
    Had a great dinner on Saturday, the duck was wonderful, the steak was first class. Great night with three wonderful courses. We will definitely be back soon. The service was good and atmosphere relaxing.
  • Photo of JetSettRhett
    9 months ago
    I've dined here many times and have never been disappointed. The food and ambience has always been wonderful. Alain, the owner is always so kind and gracious. Oddly there is something very "old school" feeling about the space. It's very unique. My only complaint is the music. I don't expect French music per se but random music like Bon Jovi, Celine, Whitney, Britney etc is not want you want to hear while dining on French Cuisine. Oh, and they should get a liquor license. :-) Request the patio!!
  • Photo of Susan H
    9 months ago
    Fantastic food--loved the Paris tartin. Good music on Sundays, friendly crowd and staff. Hachis parmentier also excellent. Hope to return. Convenient to historic Saint Martin's Church.
  • Photo of LovesDessert
    9 months ago
    We used a Groupon and was pleasantly surprised with this French Bistro. Housed in a brownstone. It has several tables inside by the bar. Piano for live music on certain nights. Outside dining in the garden. Great service, great food. Ample size portions. Must try chevre salad. I enjoyed the shrimp with leek sauce. My BF liked his peppercorn steak. We shared a raspberry tart. Would come back again.
  • Photo of curmudgon3216
    a year ago
    Small but very nice relatively new restaurant for Harlem. Not an extensive menu but everything out party of 6 had was delicious. We had one person that needed Gluten Free and was able find several offering that met her needs. The patio looked great but January was not time to be seated outside! Wait staff was very attentive and even was able to split the check 6 ways for us! Definitely a place to return to in the future.
  • Photo of Beth100
    a year ago
    What a delightful restaurant! Ate here with 2 other people last week. Great atmosphere, friendly servers, food was yummy (we had a carrot soup to die for, goat cheese salad, burgers and lamb burgers). Dessert was terrific chocolate mousse and a yummy raspberry tart. We will go back! And the tables aren't on top of each other-a plus!
  • Photo of rodkeenan
    a year ago
    Oh so Lovely to have the owner on premises makes all the difference in the world. We always run into people we know from all over the city in this Harlem Gem.
  • Photo of Elina S
    a year ago
    I did order champagne, and get bad sparkling wine. I doublecheckt that it was really champagne when I ordered. Tilasin shampanjaa ja sain huonoa kuohuviiniä, vaikka tilatessani varmistin että saan shampanjaa.
  • Photo of Gagopedertr
    a year ago
    Decor: nice ... Service: horrible. We were the only customers, but we had to wait every time we wanted to ask for something...the employees were watching tv all the time...the waitress cleaned the table with a dishwasher sponge... she brought the bread and butter after we ate our first plates... we felt like we were bothering the employees for being there....Here is the reason why they don't care of serving properly: they include a 20% charge on your bill!!! Food: average, expensive for what you get. We asked a bottle of the house Beaujolais (Cheri): the waitress didn't open it at the table... just brought it opened, fridge cold and it tasted like it was opened days before... We do not recommend this place at all...
  • Photo of scotto746
    a year ago
    Last night I had a great time at Cheri. I sat at the bar and listened to the music. A trio of musicians played some jazz in the background. The food was wonderful and the staff was so friendly. I recommend the Creme Brulee-delicious!
  • Photo of jay paul m
    a year ago
    It's hard to know where to begin when writing a review of a restaurant everybody seems to love but leaves you wondering if they were all smoking the same hallucinogenics. Went with my wife (her birthday so wanted something special) and close friends expecting great ambience, service and, most of all, food. First, I want to be clear, the owner and staff are happy, fun loving, nice people. So much so, that having a good time with each other seems to be what they do best. Restaurant guests just seem to be an afterthought. So let's start with the good. Music! There was a Brazilian chanteuse there, Debora Watts, with her pianist and guitarist, who were excellent. Great Brazilian jazz and other classic vocals that saved the evening. Worth the price of admission, only this is supposed to be a restaurant not a supper club. Once the menus were brought to the table, literally French novels with the first few pages replaced with the menus, confusing at first but nonetheless clever, were brought to the table, we placed a wine order. A few minutes later we were informed that said wine was sold out because it was a busy night (8 PM on Saturday and the restaurant was not exactly bustling). Ok, not a huge problem we ordered an alternative, reasonably priced and good. We ordered bottled water. Whoops, out of that also. Still, not a problem. Sparkling water works almost as well. Now for the food. I can only describe it as mediocre and largely underseasoned. The appetizers were far better than the mains. Chicken liver pate and salmon rillettes were good and the portions were generous. Tomato tartare and mozzarella along with the gazpacho were ok also with very generous portions. For the mains, two of us had the octopus, again a very generous serving, plated with zucchini, sliced artichoke hearts, haricot verts and a boiled potato. Everything lacked seasoning, particularly salt which I typically use very sparingly. From a taste perspective, the standout on the plate was the haricot verts. Other mains included the salmon with leek sauce, good but for our taste, the salmon was slightly over cooked and the very typically french beef tartare which was just ok. In summary, the service was horrible, inexcusable, but, on the rare occasions we were able to get someone's attention, friendly. The food was the biggest disappointment in that it was spectacularly average. Not at all what we were expecting. To be fair, maybe it was an off night. Unfortunately, we won't ever find out since New York City is the last place you ever want to waste a meal. One final note, the restaurant is not air-conditioned and pricey for what you get.

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