The Red Cat

The Red Cat

New American Restaurant and French Restaurant$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • 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)
124 Tips and reviews
  • tempura
  • good for dates
  • cocktails
  • burgers
  • off-menu items
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David S.
    David SteinbergerJune 19, 2016
    Amazing crispy salmon, pork, and chocolate peanut butter mousse. Nice Montenegro Manhattan cocktail too
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Teeks
    TeeksDecember 1, 2013
    Absolutely delicious pumpkin panzenella salad! Just a tad small portion. But that should not stop you from ordering it!
  • 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:
    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
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoOctober 4, 2014
    More in the mood for the "unch" part of brunch? The Tasty Burger is delicious🍔👌
  • Christine Y.
    Christine Y.November 11, 2014
    Amazing food and fantastic service! The zucchini app is so simple but delish. Try it!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanAugust 30, 2012
    Of the appetizers my favorites were the buratta, fried green beans, and scallop risotto.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SilerNovember 6, 2013
    Wow - the fact this place is on 175 lists says it all. Good food - nice relaxed ambiance.
  • 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
  • Sam H.
    Sam HMay 6, 2015
    Great service and good food. Also good for taking a break from the galleries
  • 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
  • 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.
  • duane l.
    duane lawrenceOctober 22, 2011
    Entire menu is fantastic, but the cheddar grits appetizer is my current favorite.
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 31, 2015
    Excellent food (though quite rich). Try the zuchini starter.
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