The Red Cat

The Red Cat

New American Restaurant and French Restaurant$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • Has a stamp of approval from Food Network and The New York Times
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  • lauren s.
    "definitely get the tempura green beans like everyone says."(5 Tips)
    Food Network
    "... a local legend serving sauteed zucchini, seared tuna, and everything in-between...."(3 Tips)
    j. greyston h.
    "the dirty burger or tasty burger"(3 Tips)
    Annie L.
    "Get the bacon tempura - not on the menu or for the faint of heart (seriously it..."(5 Tips)
126 Tips and reviews
  • tempura
  • good for dates
  • cocktails
  • burgers
  • off-menu items
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  • Guest of a Guest
    The Tasty Burger is the undiscovered star at The Red Cat. Loaded with gruyere, bacon, and pickled onions, then sandwiched between an English muffin, you can get your meat fix without the carb guilt. Read more
  • jessica m. h.
    The Red Cat's over-the-top deep-fried bacon dish has been on and off the menu sporadically since its inception. And though it's currently off, the restaurant assures us it's always available.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMarch 12, 2014
    Order The Dirty Burger loaded with VT cheddar, grilled onions, and a fried egg. Also: their Tasty Burger with bacon is, well, quite tasty. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 16, 2013
    If you sit at the bar and order wisely, you can certainly eke out a meal for not much more than $15/head. It was a light meal, we were certainly full when we left, and more than satisfied.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Ted Allen's favorite, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, is The Red Cat, a local legend serving sauteed zucchini, seared tuna, and everything in-between. Find more tips at FN Local Read more
  • Brian T.
    Brian TothNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best american cuisine restaurants ever. You can order anything, and will be perfection- pork chop, crispy skate... Make sure you start with an amazing cocktail!
  • Risa
    RisaSeptember 21, 2012
    Grub Street off-menu dish: Tempura Bacon. "The over-the-top deep-fried bacon dish has been on and off the menu sporadically, though the restaurant assures us it's always available."
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CMay 23, 2015
    Down-to-earth place with friendly staff and exceptional food. Everything we had was delicious. I recommend the pistachio semifreddo w hot fudge and flourless chocolate cake!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 3, 2011
    Rarely would you choose to order something as simple + ordinary as a BLT at a restaurant of this caliber, but the BLT here is out of this world perfect w/ an unusual twist of dates for added sweetness
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonDecember 10, 2016
    Arctic char fish on beets is buttery and delicious. The tempura greens are great. The Montenegro Manhattan is a delicious twist on the original. The mai tai wasn't good. Bland and watered down.
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandySeptember 8, 2013
    Great food, ambiance and a wonderful waitress who heard my mom mention wanting just a small bite of dessert and brought us chocolate truffles on the house.
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoOctober 4, 2014
    Resy gave me the pro-tip that the tempura string beans are the jam... and they sure are. Get them for the table!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Admire funky décor like barn siding and rotating artwork while enjoying perfectly-cooked zucchini, fresh burrata, and grilled beer brats with mac and cheese.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UOctober 19, 2014
    Baked fontina will completely fill you up (shared with someone at that). Sunday brunch seems to be enjoyed by mature audience which makes it real brunch, not drunch.
  • Marcia L.
    Marcia LeeJanuary 6, 2016
    All around top performer across categories. Sauteed zucchini appetizer is unlike anything I've ever had. If you're ordering grappa, know it comes rather large.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheyMay 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything's good. They'll serve their great burger (a bar special) anywhere in the restaurant, just ask for it. You'll have to ask for their excellent herbed fries on the side.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha ShermanFebruary 26, 2015
    The zuchini is so simple and fresh. A classic dish here. Fried green beans are also great.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    To know: The burger isn't offered on the dinner menu, but diners can ask for it and it will be prepared for them. Read more
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerMay 29, 2015
    I have never been a fan of salads. Because they are boring. Not here. I will wholeheartedly recommend you eat a salad here. Order two different ones, they're really good.
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuSeptember 29, 2012
    Get the bacon tempura - not on the menu or for the faint of heart (seriously it might give you a heart attack) but oh so delicious
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    This "pioneer of Chelsea" features a quick sauté of zucchini w/ toasted almonds & pecorino. Pair w/ a glass of 2008 Cava Rose from Mont Marcel = perfection!
  • Jannie
    JannieFebruary 15, 2014
    Amazing brunch menu - the huevos rancheros is tops and the oxtail fusilli and green bean tempura are a must have!
  • lauren s.
    lauren sandonatoMay 2, 2016
    definitely get the tempura green beans like everyone says. I can't wait to try this place for dinner, brunch was phenomenal.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneJanuary 8, 2012
    Back before the overpriced condos and trendmongers of the Meatpacking, Red Cat was making delicious, creative New American cuisine for the art gallery set and other locals. Still as good as ever.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzJuly 29, 2012
    Instead of peanuts or party mix, they put out bowls of radishes at the bar. Oh, and the spicy watermelon habanero margarita is an @$$-kicker.
  • Ingrid O.
    Ingrid OstbyMay 28, 2011
    everything I had here (and the service) was so so so good. even the extra dry cappuccino at the end of my meal was perfect. i recommend everything.
  • David S.
    David SteinbergerJune 19, 2016
    Amazing crispy salmon, pork, and chocolate peanut butter mousse. Nice Montenegro Manhattan cocktail too
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MissenJuly 21, 2011
    Good restaurant to walk to after Sleep No More. The burger (not in the dinner menu) is good enough to justify passing up everything that is on the menu.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Had a tough night here. Place is great, just ordered wrong. Chicken liver appetizer didnt sit well with us. Pass on it for something a bit less adventurous.
  • Mary Ann P.
    Mary Ann PorchMay 14, 2010
    Start with cocktails - can't go wrong with the Violet Spritzer. Then, order a side of tempura green beans. Not listed as an appetizer, but they'll serve it as one. Next, calf's liver = Divine.
  • Teeks
    TeeksDecember 1, 2013
    Absolutely delicious pumpkin panzenella salad! Just a tad small portion. But that should not stop you from ordering it!
  • Tony B.
    Tony ByersApril 27, 2011
    I agree with the other tips, tempora green beans are amazing. Randomly found this place by walking past it, best piece of luck this year!
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoOctober 4, 2014
    More in the mood for the "unch" part of brunch? The Tasty Burger is delicious🍔👌
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesAugust 27, 2010
    Red Cat is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York:
  • Christine Y.
    Christine Y.November 11, 2014
    Amazing food and fantastic service! The zucchini app is so simple but delish. Try it!
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    We love chef Bill McDaniel's Bacon Tempura. Want to make this delicious dish yourself? You can find the recipe in "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads
  • Alex D.
    Alex DrApril 10, 2014
    Delicious place with a certain je ne sais quoi. Get a seat at the counter. Locals only.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BradleyApril 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    In April at the Red Cat then the Aprils Shower it Pours cocktails... Cant hurt to check it out!
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Try chef Bill McDaniel's bacon tempura. Want to make this delicious dish yourself? You can find the recipe in "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanAugust 30, 2012
    Of the appetizers my favorites were the buratta, fried green beans, and scallop risotto.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOOctober 2, 2012
    This Chelsea stalwart opened in 1999, when New York’s gallery scene was still transitioning to Chelsea. Now, the cozy restaurant is an art world dining institution. Read more
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenAugust 13, 2014
    The food is good and the portions are decent. Their restaurant menu is particularly a good deal compared to others.
  • Robyn L.
    Robyn LahleinJanuary 25, 2016
    Great American staples. Fantastic service. Order the off the menu burger.
  • Winnie T.
    Winnie TSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fontina cheese. And for a Lo-carb decadent app eat it with the the radishes instead of the bread.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SilerNovember 6, 2013
    Wow - the fact this place is on 175 lists says it all. Good food - nice relaxed ambiance.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HMay 6, 2015
    Great service and good food. Also good for taking a break from the galleries
  • Hafiz H.
    Hafiz HudaJanuary 20, 2012
    Ate here years ago, but my favorite thing was the tempura bacon. Every item on the menu is simply amazing.
  • sarah c.
    sarah campbellFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best homeade gingerale, carrot cake, radish bar snacks. Currently enjoying the Cranberry side car....delish
  • duane l.
    duane lawrenceOctober 22, 2011
    Entire menu is fantastic, but the cheddar grits appetizer is my current favorite.
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    In the summer months, the tomato heirloom salad is so fresh. Their signature dish is the Tempura String Beans with a mustard dipping sauce. Read more
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 31, 2015
    Excellent food (though quite rich). Try the zuchini starter.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 1, 2011
    You are actually better off ordering apps for dinner, they have an amazing selection!
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KludtSeptember 30, 2009
    So, I thought the bacon tempura would be gross but delicious. I almost asked not to have it. But then I did. And in the was gross and delicious. Very, very delicious.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheyMay 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If Amy's at the bar, ask her to make you a rye manhattan on the rocks. Best in the city.
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YanceyMarch 15, 2013
    Donuts great...didn't need as much sugar...but good. Be careful to not drop the chocolate on your silk blouse. (oops)
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany SAugust 23, 2010
    It sounds boring, but the sauteed zucchini with toasted almond is a signature. Don't miss it. Also love the cod.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BradleyApril 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    "Friend" The Red Cat on Facebook for special secret words to get free/discounted cocktails!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KOctober 15, 2012
    Try the lobster pierogies and octopus salad- amazing!
  • amita s.
    amita singhApril 27, 2013
    the red snapper crudo and sweet pea ravioli are perfect for spring.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    I’m so in love with both the hearty food and the adorable pastry chef Colleen Grapes. -Zac Young, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽March 20, 2011
    Try the baked fontina w/ herbs and garlic for melted cheese gooey goodness
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherNovember 16, 2016
    Real good American food. Been around for years
  • Rex H.
    Rex HammockMarch 7, 2011
    In such a wonderful restaurant, I wouldn't recommend the french fries unless they really deserved it. And they are.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RAugust 25, 2014
    A Chelsea classic, still turning out well made food. Take your parents here.
  • Cassidy
    CassidyNovember 16, 2012
    Use the bathroom furthest from the entrance - the photo opposite the toilet will make you giggle.
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezSeptember 1, 2011
    If you don't know what is ask but it won't matter because it is all good!
  • Byron B.
    Byron BrewerMay 11, 2010
    Ask for an order of the tempura green beans to share as an appetizer. Try eating just one, I dare you.
  • Cindy
    CindyJune 26, 2011
    Relax at the bar with a blackberry prosecco before your dinner reservation.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanAugust 14, 2014
    The skate is a pretty solid fish choice.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LevineApril 24, 2013
    Try the fried string beans they're the best!
  •  Jonathan L.
     Jonathan Libov November 17, 2014
    The skate and polenta dish is phenomenal
  • Iris X.
    Iris XuDecember 15, 2014
    Amazing food. Get the duck!
  • Gianna S.
    Gianna SantelliAugust 8, 2015
    The homemade ginger ale is a delicious non alcoholic alternative.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SApril 24, 2011
    Don't miss the cocktails or the tempura green beans
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJuly 10, 2012
    Chelsea's best kept secret. Fantastic food and service.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Red Cat as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Rachael
    RachaelOctober 3, 2011
    The Dancing Sugarplum cocktail will make you want to dance!
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 23, 2014
    Their new brunch is a big success.
  • Andy T.
    Andy TowleDecember 14, 2012
    Get the green bean tempura. It's De-Lish-ous!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Harold Dieterle, chef of Kin Shop, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tempura of green beans. Read more
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GillApril 17, 2016
    The asparagus were fantastic.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineJuly 1, 2012
    Classic dishes served fresh. If gallery hopping, stop in for a bite first.
  • j. greyston h.
    j. greyston holmesMarch 12, 2014
    the dirty burger or tasty burger
  • abbie m.
    abbie mooreJanuary 5, 2011
    THE BEST. So fresh and tasty. Always love the radishes.
  • Suresh
    SureshJuly 15, 2010
    Sweet ricotta beignets w/apricot jam & balsamic syrup. To die for.
  • Colleen K.
    Colleen KellyFebruary 11, 2016
    Tempura green bean amazingness
  • Peter R.
    Peter RomanielloJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sarah is great addition to the staff
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoOctober 8, 2012
    Secret Menu Item: Bacon Tempura
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YApril 17
    When did this place become so old school but yet so fresh?
  • Travis W.
    Travis WaggonerMay 21, 2016
    Skirt steak was excellent.
  • Jay S.
    Jay ShawOctober 2, 2015
    Am I missing something? Lunch here was pretty bad. $17 for a subpar slice of mushroom quiche and an interjecting waiter.
  • Don H.
    Don HogleAugust 5, 2016
    Shrimp tacos and the burger
  • Mitchell R.
    Mitchell RJune 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the dirty burger
  • Tribeca
    TribecaApril 11, 2012
    Gourmet cuisine for all your locavore desires.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 16, 2010
    Great menu, wholesome american cuisine, and a place you could go back to over and over again.
  • Bola
    BolaJune 25, 2010
    super cute place. shrimp fritters are great.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HarrisonJuly 10, 2013
    Great steak dinner here
  • Franco D.
    Franco DoglioliJune 9, 2016
    Everything was perfect!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeoJanuary 15, 2012
    The burger is outrageously good
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony De RosaJanuary 14, 2012
    Fried oyster sammy is the bomb
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