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Ponty Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gramercy Park
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218 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2519 (Between 18th and 19th Street)
+1 212-777-1616
11:00 - 23:00
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Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This order came to $41 plus change without tip: It was an overpriced cheap ripofff that was very poorly executed and frankly extremely disappointing. Here's why: I ordered 2 Entree Salads: Grilled Chicken Paillard for $18 and Asian Steak for $20.00. The majority of the 2 plastic containers in which each salad was contained was -- at best -- 95%... More 

Thank michellelassoff
Manchester, Connecticut
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272 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

You are welcomed with warm hospitality and great service at Ponty Bistro. To experience the sophisticated flavors and cooking traditions of West Africa combined with French and Mediterranean accents was a treat. Try the Moules Africana (mussels with African spice sauce) and Fish Fataya (Sengalese empanadas, baby greens, North African spices sauce. Kudos go to the chef and the Ponty... More 

Thank Adventure Diva
New York City, New York
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1,349 reviews
932 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 720 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Unique combination - African and French. Comfortable space, but very empty at lunch. Service was just okay. Only three tables filled and the waiter spent most of his time folding napkins in the rear of the restaurant, not monitoring tables. Food took a very long time to be delivered - not a good quick lunch restaurant. I had salad, chicken... More 

Thank James S
New York City, New York
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The food at this restaurant is influenced by Mediterranean and North African spices. I've enjoyed the Chicken Tagine and other dishes. The service is good, the prices reasonable and the ambiance is cozy.

Thank NYCsenior
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing food and service! The waitstaff was so friendly and the food was really incredible. We went with 8 people for a birthday dinner. They were very accommodating to our large party and got us an amazing birthday cake. We came with a groupon deal for 15% off and they gave us even more discounts as we talked to them.... More 

Thank Ray N
Peaks Island, Maine
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93 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

A delightful place -- comfortable quiet seating, good service, and most interesting cuisine. I believe it's based on French Senegalese cooking. My fish with a spicy sauce, my sister's muscles with a different spicy sauce, and a less spicy squash soup were all great. We'll probably be back next time we're in the city

Thank ArthurFink
New York City, New York
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Decided to try someplace in Gramercy, other than Friend of The Farmer, for brunch. Have had dinner here before but never brunch. Pleasantly surprised but brunch menu. They have a 11/2 hour bottomless brunch for $25.00. We chose other options. There are 4 eggs benedict option. I had the smoked salmon and my companion had the crab. Delicious! And the... More 

Thank nyctraveler230
Long Island, New York
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Tried Ponty Bistro for a business lunch based on very good reviews. The specialty dishes were great tasting and deserts fantastic.

Thank MHirko
Troy, New York
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We went for brunch in a group and everyone ordered different items. All of them were great. You can request to make your food less or more spicy, according to preference. Service was friendly.

Thank SeemiPal
Albany, New York
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

The menu was a bit eclectic...with Senegalese dishes and things like lobster ravioli and penne vodka. I tried the the sea bass yacca and it was very good, but I haven't a clue if it is authentic. Hubby had the hanger steak and it was delicious. No problem getting a table at 7pm on a Wednesday night. With two drink,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
French, African, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2519
    (Between 18th and 19th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 4, 5, 6, N, R, W, Q and L train to Union Square / 14th Street Station will leave you just a few blocks from the restaurant. You could also take the #6 to 23rd Street. The M101 and M102 stops within a block of our restaurant on Third Avenue going uptown or downtown.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighbourhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: +1 212-777-1616
Ponty Bistro is a West African, French and Mediterranean restaurant in Gramercy Park that offers a worldly experience in a laid back atmosphere.

The chefs take great pride in guaranteeing the freshest ingredients for every dish. Their menu offers a unique combination of Senegalese and West African cooking traditions, with the added benefit of contemporary culinary practices. The result is incredible dishes which reflect the chefs' culinary traditions - with a modern twist.

The restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, is the best choice for affordable gourmet meals in Manhattan.

The bistro also offers catering services, special events, and daily delivery from 9 a.M. To 11:30 p.M. The cozy, festive space in the heart of Manhattan is perfect for every occasion. Catering from Ponty Bistro will turn every off-site function into a culinary event to remember. The unbelievable medley of French, Mediterranean, Senegalese, and West African cuisine is unmatched in sophistication and flavor.

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