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190 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009-4004 (at Btwn 11th & 12th Ave)
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Best

Tree is a real East Village find. Laid-back but attentive service, cozy atmosphere, unpretentious and delicious food, nice portions. Our group really enjoyed comfortingly famil...

Worst

This place smelled so good, I couldn't WAIT to get in. The bartender apologized - there was a party in the garden so there was only seating at the bar - sitting and eating at the ...

delightful and delicious 1/11/2011

Tree is a real East Village find. Laid-back but attentive service, cozy atmosphere, unpretentious and delicious food, nice portions. Our group really enjoyed comfortingly familiar dishes like risotto and roast chicken made with just a little special flair -- cauliflower risotto with pinenuts; fennel slaw and pomegranate seeds with the roasted chicken. Bistro standards like the steak were spot on, served with frites that were out of this world - hard to find the perfect french fries, but Tree nails it. And something about their string beans, ate 'em one after the other just like candy. Garden in the back is nice too, and the owner was friendly and gracious with our large gang. Glad to find Tree and will be back soon and often! more

Great Place 12/2/2010

Great spot in the east village! I live in the area, go there often for their awesome pre-fixe and the french onion soup! more

Cute little French Restaurant 8/2/2010

I came to tree because I got an online coupon for 50% off at Tree. I decided to try it out and enjoy the discount. I ordered the whole fish and my boyfriend opted for the steak soivre. At first I thought to myself: French cuisine = small portion. When our entrees arrived, they were actually huge! My whole fish was sea bass and it was already deboned. It has a great flavor of lemon, salt and pepper. My boyfriend's steak is seasoned with pepper corn sauce and comes with pomme frites. It is tender and juicy and it is 10 oz! They also have an extensive list of wine available and an outdoor garden in the back. It is definitely a cute neighborhood eatery. Pros: Good Food more

New Heights of Mediocrity 5/28/2009

While the food was fresh and the portions large, the preparation showed a truly shocking lack of imagination and almost total incompetence in execution. Ie., a "hacker" in the kitchen. Don't waste your money, there has got to be 10 better places within 3 blocks for the same $ or less. Pros: large portions Cons: the food more

Great date spot and beautiful garden! 2/7/2009

Had dinner from their pre-fixe ($25!) menu the other night and was so pleased that my friends and I are going again next week. I started with the french onion soup that was divine and my steak was delicate and flavorful. My dining companion had the salmon, which he loved. The desserts were just as lovely, a perfect and affordable meal. There is a beautiful garden in the back which is also heated, can't wait to go back there for my next dining experience. I highly recommend! Pros: Pre-fixe menu $25! Cons: none more

Tasteless 2/4/2009

I went with a friend tonight only because I had a gift certificate from restaurant dot com. The waiter tells us they no longer participate in the restaurant dot com thing and refused to acknowledge our gift certificate even though we bought it before they stopped participating. Disappointed and annoyed, we order from their overpriced menu. The salad came with absolutely no dressing on it. Just a pile of dry lettuce. The steak was flavorless, unseasoned and tough. My friends' salmon was completely tasteless, along with the lentils that filled his plate. My creme brulee was grainy and in a shallow dish so the majority of each bite was the crunchy hard top and not the custard. Overall I feel like I wasted money and was completely unsatisfied with the tasteless meal and unaccommodating waiter. Stay away from this place. Pros: French Onion Soup Cons: Everything Else more

Best French in EVillage! 11/3/2008

One of my favorite restaurants, the garden is beautiful and the front dining area is really sweet. The french onion soup is wonderfully executed, it's the best I've had since my last visit to Paris. The mussels are also fantastic, fresh and the sauce is amazing. The short ribs are decadent and cooked to perfection. Also try the steak, it's to die for...seriously. One of my evenings there, the chef was so nice and altered a dish for my partner who is allergic to dairy. That's really hard to find and I highly recommend, not only for the food but for the great service Pros: Food is excellent, love the option of eating indoors or out Cons: Bathroom is downstairs so not ideal for the wheelchair bound more

chop this tree down 10/1/2008

Dinner plans at the new 4th Avenue eatery Ippudo were all sorts of f**ked when I strolled up to an 1 1/2 wait. The bio on the chef is absurd, something about a food theme park and renowned chef from Japan, n-e-way. That didn't work so I meandered around the E. Village along with G until we stumbled upon Tree (you like that rhyme?). My partner, aware of the not so favorable reviews, decided we brave it. Quaint, rustic decor and the potential for a quiet, tasteful eating experience seemed almost likely. We decided to eat in the outdoor seating area in the back although it was quite cold. When the menus came I was extremely disappointed, just another restaurant biting off Cafe Devillian type offerings. Completely un-inventive, sub par and under seasoned. The first 2 requests for wine were returned with the response, "unavailable". Though, as a consolation, we were offered a bottle twice as expensive as the others($65+). Outside of 2 women 2 tables down all over each other...that ended up in the bathroom(seriously)...this was a completely drab and uneventful eating experience full of mediocrity. Shiva would have to come down from heaven for me to eat at this place again. more

Head waiter's night off? 5/27/2008

This place smelled so good, I couldn't WAIT to get in. The bartender apologized - there was a party in the garden so there was only seating at the bar - sitting and eating at the bar is my favorite! Then it went down hill. The service was AWEFUL!!!! They were soooo confused: Does this go at this table? No? How about yours? I suspect that the table 2 down from us (out of 5) got our food as they came in 40min after us and got served. We left. We had an hour and a half before having to leave for our movie, and our food NEVER CAME. There was no one directing the orchestra. They bring shame to professional waiters all over the city! Pros: Good wine list Cons: SERVICE more

Wow!! 4/25/2008

It is the best restaurant with the best ambiance.I was there last saturday and it was my best dinner ever.Thanks to them more

This place has the "Wow" Factor! 9/20/2007

I love love love this place! I had my baby shower 2 weeks back in the garden and it was fantastic! Everything that was on the menu had that "wow" factor. Chef Andrew Robinsons recipies are a true treat to the mouth! They have also done wonders to the inside decor since it was Brunettas....Run Dont Walk to this restaurant!!! Pros: Food, Decor, Service, Food... Cons: NONE! more

Charming hidden find of a restaurant. Lovely... 9/2/2007

Charming hidden find of a restaurant.\r Lovely garden.\r \r Food: simple good bistro fare. more

Charming hidden find of a restaurant. Lovely... 9/2/2007

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Charming hidden find of a restaurant. Lovely garden. Food: simple good bistro fare. more

Great outdoor seating and French Cuisine 8/20/2007

I recently visited Tree for a birthday celebration and was very pleased. It's truly a 1 of a kind restaurant in NYC. Immediately upon entering, we were greeted and shown to our table in the back garden area. This is a nice cozy atmosphere situated outside, ideal for a great summer night. The attentive wait staff kept the water glasses filled and the fresh rolls were plentiful. The wine list had many notable selections at reasonable prices. Food was excellent, loved the steak au poivre and the tuna tar tare. Even the vegetables were fantastic! If you want a nice cozy affordable French place to eat and enjoy a great day/night, then this is the place. Pros: Ambience, Service, Great Food more

Bad service, Good food 6/24/2007

I try to not complain with restaurants as much as possible but the service here was absolutely terrible. We waited over 45 minutes for our food. I read the profile written here about the small kitchen and it's right, had the staff been a bit more attentive, the experience would not have been so awful. The table next to us waited about 15-20 minutes for a side of cream cheese. The table on the other side got a side of bacon after they had eaten their entire meal. The staff seemed really flustered for what was not a packed restaurant. On the upside, the food is really delicious if you don't mind the wait. And it's pretty well priced. Pros: Good Food Cons: Bad Service more
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  • Tree, in the East Village section of NYC is the place to go to for outdoor French dining all year round. You will be happy with any selection of wine or beer. But the atmosphere is the best part! With its neatly tucked away outdoor garden, Tree restaurant offers one of the most elegant outdoor dining experiences in NYC. Perfect for any private special event, all lovers of French Cuisine must come try our new Fall menu.

Editorial

  • The Scene
    The interior of this tiny store-front space hasn't changed much since its days as beloved restaurant Brunetta's. East Villagers--those who live there, and those who party there--wait at the bar for a table inside the intimate, warmly lit dining room, or better yet, in the plant-filled, 60-seat back garden. The small kitchen can be slow, but the gracious, knowledgeable service helps ease frustration.

    The Food
    The bistro fare is as fresh and steadfast as the restaurant's name would imply. In a richly decadent rendition, foie gras is seared, so that a savory crust protects the creamy center. Potato galette anchors a pink, mouthwatering mound of tuna tartare, green peppercorns add zip to a thick, well-charred steak and tender fennel gets along swimmingly with the subtle flavor of flaky ruff fish. A few bad seeds sprout up, however, especially dull desserts like gloppy chocolate mousse and freezer-burned gelato.

  • 5/7/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue- Thu: 5pm- 11pm Fri- Sat 5pm- 12am
  • Payments:

    Cash, American Express, Visa, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    East Village, Downtown
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