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“The plague of restaurant week”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Red Cat

Red Cat
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Ranked #161 of 13,551 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Cross street: 23rd & 24th Streets
Transit: C or E Train to 23rd & 8th Avenue 1 or 2 on 23rd & 7th Avenue
Description: This Old Chelsea food hall is a New York original. The Red Cat's combination of come-as-you-are sensibilities and straightforward, satisfying, and occasionally irreverent cuisine instantly establish the restaurant as a favorite with New York diners. As Frank Bruni wrote in the New York Times, "The Red Cat feels vaguely colonial and tavern like, except when it feels downtown-gallery cool, and apart from those moments when it feels modestly and eclectically elegant." If you are unable to book online, please call us directly and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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“The plague of restaurant week”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

I've been to this restaurant many times. I love it and its sister the Harrison. The chef actually oversees the kitchen doesn't film the tv shows all day. So this is really more about what restaurant week appears to have evolved into: a feast for cheapskates. The place is mobbed on a Wednesday at 8:45 in the dead of summer. I look around and half the tables HAVE NO ALCOHOL on them. I am presented a lovely 38 dollar resto week menu along with the regular menu. Ask the very nice young man serving us a wine question to which he doesn't know the answer promises to come back w the info comes back w rushed wrong info. Entrees are, very Uncharacteristically, way late. My gf's pork chop then comes back WAY undercooked. They apologize sincerely fix it and comp us a dessert because these are pros and nice people. But I am annoyed because I didn't get what I expected from my evening so that the resto week folks could be served. And to the kids: we were all young and poor and learning about Restos A glass of wine or a cocktail is part of it. The red cat has extremely fair prices for the quality of the food and service. Support them by springing for a couple bucks for a drink. Or.....stay home.

Visited July 2013
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lovely experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Delicious food.

But what set this apart was the knowledgable, attentive service. Our waiter helped us figure out what we wanted to eat and drink.

We'll be back.

  • Visited August 2013
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TORONTO
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“"Always Better Than The Last Time"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

OK, so we have visited The Red Cat now five times within the last five years, and this time we brought our friends to see what they thought since we were celebrating our wedding anniversaries together. They absolutely thought the same as us, from the service to the ambiance, food experience, all was incredible. We thank the host for that complimentary extra touch of bringing us champagne to start the evening. I had the trout and my wife had the chicken,
both were cooked to the finest for us. Try the various salads, they are so fresh and tasty. We will go back again in the fall for sure.

  • Visited August 2013
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

We went for anniversary meal. Although menu said no substitutions, chef made a few changes on sides for us. Nice staff and atmosphere. Female staff should be allowed to wear pants.

Visited July 2013
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What eating out in New York is about.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had a wonderful dining experience and great service at the Red Cat. It was a hot summer day and the home made ginger ale was just what we needed after a hectic day. Then we moved on to a lovely rose. We had the fish special and a perfect size steak. The highlight was the zucchini. Prepared freshly with so much flavor. We had a couple of celebrity sightings while we were there. The menu had enough variety to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. I will return again.

  • Visited July 2013
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