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Posted by Jon on 08/27/2013
I keep wanting to like this neighborhood place. Croque Madame is lackluster, as is Tuna Tartare. I thought steak frites would be foolproof but ended up with at least 1/3 fat on plate. Often forget to bring a second glass of wine. I guess they depend on tourists.
Posted by anonymous on 06/15/2013
Not that amazing. The brunch prixe-fixe deal was not worth it. Their fruit salad=lackluster (not so fresh diced & cubed apples & oranges). Better deals elsewhere.
Posted by Rosey L on 02/14/2012
Our party of four suburbanites had dinner last Saturday night. The service was friendly and attentive. Our orders were well prepared and attractive. The menu selection is appropriate, not large but varied, given the 40 seat size of the place. We will go again.
Posted by Rob from Manhattan on 10/17/2011
I live around the corner from Matisse and my wife and I, and another couple finally got around to trying it last week. I think what stands out most is the atmosphere here; not overly romantic, but definintely sexy. I would undoubtedly take a date here if I were not married. The food was solid and certainly flavorful, nothing really stood out, but also no one had anything to complain about (and my friend is a chef). That being said, you will not leave hungry- the pot of mussels my wife got was nothing short of tremendous. The service was very good, I never I had to ask for my water to be refilled, they gave us extra bread for dipping, and were constantly clearing the pot of empty mussel shells. In short, there are a lot of similar restaurants in NYC, but coming here definitely is not a mistake.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2011
Poor service . Waiters take your orders and then forget to give the order to the cook.... We waited 2 hours to be served. No appologies from staff. Food is not very good either.
Posted by From The Hood on 06/23/2011
There are many French bistros in the city...and Matisse is one worth putting on the rotation. Now that they have outdoor seating it's even more enjoyable. The food is hearty French fair and I keep going back to try different dishes. They make a fine martini and have drink specials so that sitting at the bar can be a fun way to spend time.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2011
Although the setting is lovely, the food did not taste fresh or well prepared. With so many great French bistros in the city, there is no reason to return to Matisse.