Nice Matin

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2517 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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"Nice Matin, named after the largest daily newspaper in the South of France, gives the Upper West Side a splash of Provençal sunshine and a heady introduction to the cuisine of Nice, home of the pissaladière, pan bagnat and, if we are to believe the menu, a whopping big burger topped with comté cheese, smeared with aioli and served with a heap of rosemary-flecked fries. It's the best thing to happen to a hamburger since Daniel Boulud worked foie gras and short ribs into an all-beef patty. The pleasure is all on the plate, and it carries right through to the desserts.", William Grimes - NY Times.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food , specificly duck liver mousse. Excellent service. Little to noise on summer time due to open doors.

p
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Our waiter of very knowledgeable and attentive. Each meal came out perfectly and we had a lovely booth giving us a chance to talk and hear each other. We will be back.
Thanks.

S
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always good with attentive service. Wonderful gluten free menu however they now charge $1.00 a slice for gluten free bread. Seems kind of ridiculous. Chocolate mousse dessert is in itself worth the visit

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Not sure why this place has such high ratings. The food portions were scant ( particularly the crab Cobb salad), service was spotty and ambiance left much to be desired.
No return visit for us!

E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Altogether good, very recommendable. We found the noise level interfered with conversation which at brunch was a bit overwhelming. Brunch delicious and beautifully served.

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

This was a disappointing visit to Nice Matin, chiefly due to the erratic service. Example: After not receiving the customary bread and butter by the time my first course arrived, I asked for it. After a delay, a server brought a single slice of cold bread, telling me he’d be back with butter. The butter never arrived. The folks at the adjacent table had better luck, receiving a basket of bread with butter, after placing their order.

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoy dining at the Nice Matin when we visit New York City. It's a great location and the restaurant has a light, upbeat ambiance. The waiters are always very friendly, efficient and professional. The food is great.

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistently good food and service!

CC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Elizabeth was wonderful and took the extra time to make sure the dish we wanted to order could accommodate the various food allergies of a member of our party. The food was delicious and very promptly delivered to our table. Thank you for making our first meal in New York a nice experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service was polite but indifferent
Had to ask twice for water refill
After a wait, had to ask another waiter to find our waiter to bring dessert menu

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I often lunch at Nice Matin . Great atmosphere and service... food consistently good and this last time I ordered a salad that had a dressing that was spicy, I asked them to please redo the salad with plain oil and vinegar and they didn’t hesitate... they were extremely accommodating. That’s just another reason why I love Nice Matin . They are very customer oriented and aim to please.
I recommend it highly!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. My wife and I have been visiting for many years and still feels great to visit.

AH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We ate outside which was very pleasant. The noise level was moderate because of that. Nice Matin has an outstanding wine list and a good selection of typical bistro favorites but well done.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As soon as we sat down the light were dimmed so low I needed a flashlight to read the menu. Food was very good but it was so dark I couldn’t see the food

RW
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful Friday night and really enjoyed despite the construction going on. Very well run restaurant.

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really love this place, but warning Amsterdam Avenue is busy and noisy during the day, we should have sat at an indoor table, though it was such a beautiful day when were there.

CW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

This was my third attempt with Nice Matin. The food consistently underperforms. The steak frites was tough. The octopus was slimy. The endive salad simply tasted weird. I'm sorry to report that despite it's great wine list, the quality of the food doesn't cut it. Also, our server was in the weeds all night.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Nice Matin is a terrific restaurant. At weekend brunch, it is too noisy and hectic for my taste, and the service suffers, but for breakfast, lunch, a late dinner, or just a drink at the bar, it is one of my favorite places on the Upper West Side.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside. Perfect when the weather cooperates

BW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Nice Matin and it's "taste of provence" reputation were perfect for me and my guests.

Sadlly, it was nothing more than an breakfast/brunch diner. One guest and I had the chopped salad w/shrimp. The salad was very finely chopped and had little of any variety . The shrimp were all curled up and neither attractive to look at or eat.


The bread and rolls were fine, the coffee fine and the birthday creme brulee with fruit was both attractive and good.

The dinner menu may have more attractive choices, but , based on this experience, I cannot recommend nor nor wood I choose Nice Matrin again


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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for a brunch on the Upper West Side to hang out with friends or family.

M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great consistent place for dinner. Love the outdoor dining

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am pretty much a regular at Nice Matin and the experience has always been great; particularly when our server has been Caitlin Hammond.

AL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food is always very good and just the right proportion for a healthy lunch. We eat here and at French Roast quite often.

LT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good; our entrees were excellent, although it is a limited menu. The quality of the appetizers was less consistent. The drinks, particularly wines, are very overpriced. Service was excellent, and if the weather is good, the outdoor seating is very pleasant.

V
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible food, actually made me feel sick, no butter for toast awful waiter

DW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a guest of the hotel next door we experienced breakfast several mornings. The service was very good and the ambience was perfect. We also had after dinner drinks two times and everything was very nice. As it was also restaurant week we also had a tasty dinner at a very nice price. Thank you to this restaurant for a very enjoyable evening.

l
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I usually find the food at Nice Matin to be excellent but it fell down this time. Two of us had the lamb special and it was more grizzle and fat than edible meat. First time I ever walked out of this restaurant dissatisfied.

SK
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have been going here for nearly 20 years but never tire of the combination of genuinely authentic Mediterranean cuisine filtered through a French sensibility and the best wine list in NYC. There are a handful of other first tier wine lists such as at 21 or Daniel but nothing approaching the special value here. Beautifully aged gems exist for less than price at wine store if they could be found. Beverage director Avram is an industry legend who has mentored sons at prestige locations all over city and he always has a spot on recommendation. My view is nobody has better Burgundy, Bordeaux or Rhône choices!

i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Consistently good. Always enjoy being there. Please offer more selections

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful wine list especially for older Burgundies

WS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious salmon entree and chocolate dessert to die for. Also extremely pleasant baritone Happy Birthday on request

r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A bit squeezed for 7 people and a bigger table extension with 2 top could have helped. Food and service always good.

BA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had yet another excellent meal at Nice Matin! Service was accommodating and flexible and allowed us to talk for a while without rushing the food. The quality of the food was excellent - as usual. Look forward to the next time...

AM
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always top-notch. Interesting food with new combinations (beet tonnato anyone? Olive-crusted salmon?) added to the regular bistro fare (escargots, pissaladière, pistou, steak-frites) — always excellent, and excellent value too. Amazing wine list, and very good sommeliers to help you out (Carson is terrific). They serve till at least 11.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

My salmon dish was served lukewarm, my wife's scallops were not served hot either, and the scallops were not well prepared; they were soft (likely over cooked ).

PF
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

To be fair, Nice Matin is one of our favorite restaurants, partially due to the menu but most certainly due to the staff - the welcome is genuine and the Ravioli Basarda exquisite.

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , ambienace and staff, easy to make reservation .

V
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been there several times before, and it used to be fine, but this time it was really great, making me wonder if they got a new chef. While the space is a little tight, the room temperature a bit warm, and the noise level a bit loud (but really not too loud), it was all appropriate for a French bistro. Perhaps we were luckier than average, but the service was perfect, including from the sommelier. The food really shined. I had the tuna tartare and the roasted chicken, which were both sophisticated and delicious, and cooked just right (well, at least for the chicken). And good portion sizes. I’m told the burger was really good too. And the fries were great. Though I thought the chocolate cake was a bit disappointing. One difficulty was that the wine list is WAY too long, making it difficult to sort through - I wish they had a Cliff Notes version. But we ended up with a great Cote du Rhône. As it’s not the most expensive restaurant around, it’s a very good value. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for the building’s scaffolding to be gone to enjoy the outdoor seating!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was outstanding.

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