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Tree Bistro

190 First Ave., New York, NY 10009 40.7297 -73.983708
nr. 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-7171 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Bistro, French
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Official Website

treebistro.com

Hours

Tue-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun-Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.

Prices

$18-$24

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

East Village

Profile

“Dinner and a glass of wine for under $45, till midnight. What more could the neighborhood ask for?” wrote our critic in 2007, when we first checked in on Tree Bistro. It turns out the neighborhood could ask for a lot more. In 2007, David Chang opened his second Momofuku restaurant, Ssäm Bar, and was just crystallizing his reputation as a bad-boy chef. The three-year-old Per Se was possibly the most worshipped restaurant in town, where you could have one of the city’s most elaborate and priciest meals — if you could get in. Tree Bistro, by comparison, with its low-key, accommodating service and pretty back garden, was relaxed, accessible, and affordable, with disarmingly good food from a Gramercy Tavern vet. But the immediate area alone has in the past decade seen plenty of places open where you could have a low-key, relaxed, excellent dinner and a glass of wine until late in the night. Not one but three Filipino restaurants; two Empellóns; Ducks Eatery, which closes at 3:30 a.m. on weekends; and Good Night Sonny, which closes at four nightly — to name just a few. So does Tree Bistro hold up in an era where we’re far more food obsessed than even the first Yelp reviewers could have imagined in 2007? Not quite. You’ll have a fine meal, but nothing will stun you. The seafood linguine with clams and mussels is fine; so is a rich roast chicken with mashed potatoes. The backyard, while pleasant, is covered. There are better options in the East Village. What you can go to Tree for, mostly, is reliability — friendly, easygoing service, and a menu that will challenge no one but accommodate everyone. But the wine’s still inexpensive.


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