Ponty Bistro - Harlem

4.4
305 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
Owners and executive Chefs Cisse and Chehk welcome you and your guests to experience Ponty Bistro's "African Fusion," cuisine, featuring the sophisticated flavors and cooking traditions of Senegal and West Africa, combined with French and Mediterranean dishes. Our goal is to offer the most exciting, memorable meals you will ever encounter, designed to leave a satisfying experience with every bite, no matter what time of day you join us. We will welcome you with warm hospitality and exceptional service. Our guests return because of the entire experience at Ponty Bistro. Our motto is "Good Food, Good Friends," so please join us. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals. We also offer a weekend brunch.

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 4:00PM - 6:00PM

What 305 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was quite excellent here. Will definitely return. Staff was attentive and the dishes were fresh and delicious. A little pricey, but mostly worth it.

M
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food (brunch) and ambiance was amazing. Ended up sitting outside sipping on drinks for hours- haha! Looking forward to returning!

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second time having lunch here. The French Toast is absolutely the most delicious that I have ever tasted. Look forward to returning.

D
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Late night with my best friend we had a great time. The food was Fantastic. Entertaining and knowledgeable. It was our first time coming but we will definitely come back. Thank you

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've already shared a copy of the menu with friends to alert them of Ponty Bistro. AND look forward to the opportunity to go again.

DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the restaurant and travel there from Queens. I take people there and they are always pleased with the lunch or dinner experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I was very displeased with my last experience here. I’ve been to ponty 4 other times and had nothing but good things to say. However, during my last visit my favorite dish, the Africana Muscles, smelt extra fishy and tasted as if they had gone bad. Furthermore, my main brunch dish, Florentine Benedict, was ordered with everyone else’s entree but never came out with the entrees. When I asked where my food was, there was a confused look by the manager who I then watched put my order in, followed by zero apology by the waitress. I received my food once everyone had completed there meal. Very unfortunate experience after I had spoken so highly of this establishment to friends and family. I don’t know what going on Ponty Bistro.

t
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food is tasty and service is friendly and helpful. 139th Street from Fredrick Douglass Blvd to Adam Clayton Jr. Blvd. is beautiful.

MM
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ponty’s Bistro. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating.

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and great ambiance, will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Belated father’s day

SJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was on point and the service impeccable. My party sat outside which was the perfect decision on a Sunny Sunday. My oooonly complaint was the lackluster drinks...it was more juice and sugar than alcohol which is a no no in NY. We don't do weak drinks. Otherwise...everything else was phenomenal.

DR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The people at Ponty went out of their way to make sure we were happy. The food was wonderful. The ginger and hibiscus juice drink was amazing. And they paid very close attention to all our requests. Will definitely come back.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place!

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food delicious! My only criticism is that the portions are HUGE!!!! I just hate throwing food away!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent. Our table had the wild mushroom risotto and the shrimp, both of which were very good. We shared the artichoke salad which was tasty and definitely enough to share. The atmosphere is pretty casual so the quality of the food was a nice surprise. Noise level was pretty high, I assume because there was a large group in the bar. Will certainly try this place again.

DW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ponty was great; very welcoming and considering it was Father's Day the noise level and service were excellent. We enjoyed our time there and plan to return soon.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

My daughters and I took their father out for Father’s Day. We had a 1:00 pm reservation, did not get seated until 1:30 pm. The food was mediocre, our eggs were over cooked and my daughter waited 15 or more minutes for her food while everyone else had theirs. I got pretty sick afterwards, don’t know if it was the salad or entree that made me sick. Will not be going back again.

J
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always, Ponty Bistro was exceptional. Busy, loud night with live music. Service was good considering every table was full. Food was fabulous. We strayed from our favorites to a few different entrees. Everything was great. Simply one of the best restaurants in Harlem.

DL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Second time I’ve been there with friends. Doesn’t disappoint. Relaxing food is great and stFf is attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food came out extremely late (abnormal long wait) and no courtesy adjustment on bill for lateness. Actually, an item ordered that was NEVER received was still placed in the bill.

To be clear the owner is a wonderful man who cares for his customers but this was just poor planning and execution for a busy brunch day!

They MUST do better!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My folks came uptown to visit. We loved it. This place is phenomenal. Great space. Food was exceptional. The best mussels (Africana) I’ve ever had and such rich deep flavor. Entrees were all great. We can’t wait to go back.

B
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I wanted my teenage nieces who had just graduated high school to experience finer dining, so I decided to try Ponty Bistro because I was impressed with the menu. Our appetizers were just ok. The gougeres were visibly burnt on the outside, and their overall texture and taste were off as well. And I love those, so I know what they’re supposed to taste like. The calamari was hot and fresh, but were weirdly served with tarter sauce. I asked for aioli, but was given a sauce that resembled remoulade. When you call a dish Dakar chicken wings, I’m expecting some flavor. But the plain fried wings were completely unseasoned. The pineapple sauce that accompanied them tasted like something from a jar that could be purchased at the grocery store.
Thankfully, our entrees were much better. Two of us had whole Grilled Branzino served with a medley of vegetables. The fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The vegetables on top were not as flavorful as I would have expected and as described by the waiter. My young ladies both had pasta dishes with various seafood that they both said they enjoyed.

For the price, I was expecting an exceptional meal. What we got was a sufficient meal.

CI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! Great Neighborhood spot. Seated promptly with an option of where to sit. Choose to sit outside since the weather was so nice! Service was on point. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff food service all exceptional! It's our go-to place!

DB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food and ambiance.

SN
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Made reservations at this neighborhood bistro for 6 adults and 3 small kids for Sunday Brunch. Everything was superb! The table was ready upon our arrival, outdoor and shady as requested. Food and beverage were great quality, while not exactly what we ordered. (Asked for absence of an ingredient, was added to dish anyway.) Very relaxed environment, don't be hangry or in a rush!

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

While our waitress was excellent, to no fault of her own, our meal took near 45 minutes to arrive.

DL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were early but were seated immediately. The staff was very attentive and the food was wonderful. We were old friends that were able to leisurely sit and talk never feeling rushed by staff. Definitely a place to go back to

AE
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was friendly and food was delicious!!!

MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Harlem.

PO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We have had lovely meals at this restaurant in the past and encouraged friends to come uptown to try this restaurant. Unfortunately, this evening was a disaster. None of the appetizers or entrees came out together, so some people had to sit with no food watching other people eat. One of the orders did not arrive at all, and when we asked for it, the staff asked if we had actually ordered that dish. One person substituted salad for fries, and fries were brought with the meal and no salad was brought out at any time. No one offered us a chance to order second drinks or to look at a dessert/coffee menu. This was a big disappointment, and I will not be coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

This was my second visit to the Bistro. My first experience was great. This one was disappointing. Service was poor. After waiting for a receptionist, we finally began walking back to the dining area ourselves. Our waitress was pleasant, but inexperienced. The spinach and poisson yassa were good, but the Mussels Africana was a bit off (sauce wasn’t as good as usual). Also, the drinks were a bit off. Finally, after requesting the check once we finally had to ask again 10 minutes later. I would not visit again on a weekday.

RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A special treat. Great food. Warm ambiance. Service is charming.

C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The selections of Moules is worth checking out. The Moule Africaine was deliciously spiced and easily shared. Lamb burger was perfectly prepared. Yasser Poulet was satisfying and the fish dishes were splendid. Great bar scene and live music. Having just returned from Senegal we relished listening to Titi. A fab find.

T
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent ambiance! Service was attentive and drinks were delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was attentive and helpful. The food was wonderful and at a great price.

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I was really excited to try this new restaurant in Harlem but was very disappointed with the food and service. It's touted as French & West African cuisine, and I was expecting the dish that I ordered to be flavorful and spicy. Unfortunately, it was neither. The waiter brought us the wrong side dishes to add further insult.

k
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we ordered was very flavorful and the portions are a good amount. Had the calamari for an appetizer and the grilled bronzino with fried sweet plantains and julienne salad for my entree. Both were worth every bite!

CR
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent service and attention. Highly recommend!

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