- $49 for $80 Worth of Upscale French Cuisine for Two or More People
Tucked into a space beneath the Lenox Avenue brownstone of its chef-owner, Chéri immerses visitors into a dining experience that is decidedly French. The cozy boutique restaurant opens its doors for dinner every day and for brunch on the weekends. Here are a few things that have made it a Harlem destination since it opened in 2014:
The owner, chef, and host: French-born Alain Eoche truly is welcoming guests into his home. Spirited and friendly, Eoche ran a successful restaurant in Paris—Le Marais—before moving to New York and realizing his dream with the opening of Chéri.
The food: The menu features duck-leg confit, hand-cut sirloin steak tartare, salmon-saffron casserole, and even organic burgers, including one stacked with brie and chimichurri. Each day, though, Eoche supplements the standard menu with a three-course prix fixe dinner created with ingredients picked up from local markets that morning.
The vibe: It's no mistake that Chéri feels like a Parisian living room, especially considering the chef lives right overhead. Pops of color dot the whitewashed dining room, where the centerpieces are a large family-style table and a piano that's used for nightly jazz performances. Outside, an intimate garden flourishes during warmer months, enveloping diners in bamboo and exposed brick.