Ponty Bistro - Harlem

4.6
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331 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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 331 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Went To Open table as I wanted a place in the Harlem Area. Great vibe and everyone was very pleasant. Highly recommend and will return

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delish and the staff is welcoming and attentive

SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Arrived early but still had to wait over 30 past reservation time for a table. Excuse was an earlier “incident”. Food was good but expensive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was wonderful!! Our waiter was very attentive! I highly recommend Ponty

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Healthy/big portion. Food could be more refined in presentation but tasty. Staff was a bit stressed.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food! Get the mussels with the African spice sauce. The yassa Poulet was delicious (generous portion!). We will be coming back. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable, and friendly with the kids on our group.

b
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Tasty mussels and fish and chips
Wonderful service as rolls were fresh. Folks both drank and ate at the bar. Nice holiday crowd during light snowstorm .

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really tasty food and service was really good, even though a little bit of wait for us to be served.

Overall worth the price for the quality!

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been wanting to try this place and decided to reserve a table for my birthday dinner.....mannn this food made our bellies so happy!! Everything was delicious, the staff was great, I’m so happy with my decision to go here. Also, I had a large group and they were able to seat all 13 of us with no problems and everyone still had room. 10/10

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Wonderful food. Had the Thanksgiving pre fixe and it was perfect. Good wine. Service was good, a little underwhelming. Overall good experience.

F
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was a great place. It was our first time there, we will be back!
The food was excellent and the restaurant had a really nice vibe. Everyone at our table had something different and it was all delicious. ( Branzino, Rack of Lamb special, Le Poulet Tagine, Penne Alla Vodka, sea bass special ) Not a bad plate! Drinks where great as well!
They even had a DJ playing some afrobeats vibes. Great experience all around.

SP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best lobster BLT I've ever had! The service was wonderful and I'll return again!!!

S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch today with my friend from Chicago. We had the lamb burger and the lobster BLT! Both were excellent but the Lobster BLT is a must do!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

Bartender didn’t show up behind the bar until about 10 minutes. Inattentive , no personality, and had to ask for everything e.i.i water, drink menus, silverware, etc.

MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, quiet dinner on a weekday early evening. Delicious red wine sangria with fresh fruit. My favorite restaurant in Harlem.

LF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

I’ve heard such good things and Ponty did not disappoint

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Ponty Bistro many times for birthday celebrations, business meetings, dates, girls night out. Yesterday was for a family gathering. Everyone loved the food, location and ambiance of the restaurant. The first timers of the group kept saying that Ponty Bistro “deserves a few more visits because you can’t try everything in one sitting”.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!
Everything listed in the rating was outstanding...nothing more needs to be said.
Thank-you

RS
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was outstanding, an interesting mix of French and Senegalese, and the staff couldn't be nicer. Our only complaint was the noise level - my friend and I hoped to enjoy conversation, but that was impossible. The restaurant seems noisy in general, but an hour or so after we were seated (on a Friday night), they had a d-j playing very loud music.

BN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was incredible, we really enjoyed our diner

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Drinks could be better, service was fair but food was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Would go back.

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The owner is beyond personable. He always comes by and she hi. He takes pride in the food and it's a place where I plan to come back

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a weekday lunch, the everything was excellent.

KD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place!!!! Great food and service. Wait staff are some of the nicest!!! I’ve tried 2 different mussels dishes . Excellent!! Wonderful branzino with Senegalese spices and the best tarte tatin. Definitely recommend this French African.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

m
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
13 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 England
29 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food is nothing out of this world, taste like homemade. Which is not bad, but when I go out I want to be surprise by the creations of the chef. Not very gourmet. Service was good and nice place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and great ambiance, will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Belated father’s day

SJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place!

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