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Bright Food Shop

216 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 21st St.
212-243-4433

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

80% would go back.

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Say goodbye to another Bright Star in NYC

By mbatelli on 6/6/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The culinary lights of Chelsea will be a little less bright tonight as the Bright Food Shop and Market locks its doors for the final time. Dona Abramson and Stuart Tarabour and their wonderfully quirky restaurant and Hispanic market are the latest victims of skyrocketing rents in Chelsea. My condolences go out to those of you who never enjoyed their catfish tacos with asian slaw and the TO DIE FOR cheese cake. We will miss you guys.

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267 out of 615 people found this review helpful.

Aggressive Owner

By Blanc on 6/25/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

After six years of dining at Bright Food, my conscience will not allow me to return. Continually watching and overhearing the aggressive bearded gentleman (co-owner?) berate his employees during lunch has left a sour taste in my mouth for which the moderately interesting food (for the price) can no longer compensate. If you do go (bearing in mind into whose pocket your money inevitably winds up), go in the evening when the candles are lit, the cooks are relaxed and the waitstaff laughs, forgetting about the help ads they clandestinely searched throughout the day.

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405 out of 784 people found this review helpful.

dependable weekend brunch stop

By foodaholic on 1/7/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Perfect place for weekend brunch in Chelsea before heading over to Greenmarket: varied/innovative choices, good prices, no attitude. The corn pancakes are fantastic. Be specific about your eggs and hope for the best.

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390 out of 823 people found this review helpful.

Get out the Shades!

By hey_hon on 1/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Bright it is, the food I mean. A delicious Green Chili Posole accompanied by a hearty wedge of cornbread was enough to make me go back (I went for the added turkey chorizo option but you know what, it doesn't need it), the breakfast burrito was just as yummy. The margaritas are good too, not too sweet, not too tart. An interesting menu, the decor isn't much but so what!

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410 out of 822 people found this review helpful.

Best Pancakes

By colpo on 5/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

While all food items are very well prepared here, the cornmeal pecan pancakes served at breakfast are superb. I also love their eggs rancheros-style, better than competing versions from other straight-up mex joints. Salads are well done, and the bread basket is recommended. Wash it all down with a Blenheim's Ginger Ale for some real snap! I haven't gone wrong here yet.

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