Ponty Bistro

Restaurants, Pan-African Gramercy
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Ponty Bistro
Venue says We are an excellent choice for fantastic gourmet meals at affordable prices. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night, 7 days a week.

While strolling along Third Avenue, it would be easy to pass by this French-African restaurant. Its narrow, somewhat generic exterior—improved when the front windows open onto the sidewalk on warmer days—doesn’t stand out nearly as much as the flashier Italian trattoria and French bistro less than a block away. Judging by Ponty’s half-capacity crowd on a recent Saturday night, too few people are clued in to this newcomer, which is a shame, since chef Chekh Cisse (Daniel, Vong) produces solid fare that should at the very least have a neighborhood following. Plump mussels come cooked in a fragrant coconut-milk broth that’s infused with lemongrass and mellow Senegalese spices. Butternut squash soup, warmed with a mild chili-pepper heat, was also enhanced by creamy coconut milk, lending the otherwise standard preparation an international twist. Most entres continue the fusion theme, with a West African touch enlivening bistro standards. Cisse’s steak frites was the best dish we tried: Tender sirloin, grilled a perfect medium-rare, had been seasoned with peppery safsafa seeds, the spice notes playing off the traditional au poivre sauce that lightly bathed the meat. A whole rosemary-stuffed branzino, meanwhile, grilled and served with semicrisp plantain chips, featured moist meat flavored with a simple squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Desserts, like tiramisu and orange crme brle, were well made but predictable. Once the meal was over, the one thing the kitchen left us wanting more of were those Senegalese flavors, which may be just what the restaurant needs to emphasize if it wants to stand out.

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Ponty Bistro says
We take great pride in using the freshest ingredients in the preparation of all of our dishes that fuse the sophisticated flavors of West Africa, France and the Mediterranean. We have combined our Senegalese and West African cooking traditions with current culinary practices to create enticing dishes that reflect the flavors of our heritage with an added modern twist. This allows us to offer some of the most enticing, memorable fare you will ever encounter.

Whether dining in or ordering out, we know Ponty Bistro is an excellent choice for a gourmet meal at an affordable price. Bring your appetite and a few good friends, free Wi-Fi is always available for our dining guests.

Catering services are also available and we deliver daily from 9 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. We do in home and corporate catering and would be happy to answer any of your questions. Feel free to contact us to discuss your event.

Bon Appétit!
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By: Time Out New York editors


Venue name: Ponty Bistro
Address: 218 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: between 18th and 19th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 8am–midnight
Transport: Subway: 6 to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Georganne S

Amazing African mussels, 2-for-1 martinis, friendly service. And I get to be the hero since none of my friends have heard of it yet!