About Us

Now celebrating our 11th year anniversary, Bistro Chat Noir has become a New York Classic! Located in a 1939 Louis Candela designed townhouse, Bistro Chat Noir features cream striped, custom fabric walls, crimson banquettes and low lighting to wrap guests in a romantic glow, while enjoying delectable French cuisine made with the freshest and finest local ingredients. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 


Bistro Chat Noir is tucked in the lower-level of a townhouse at 22 East 66th Street, and welcomes diners with it's unique blend of fine French cuisine and Southern hospitality. The bistro is perfectly located between picturesque Central Park and chic Madison Avenue shopping. The neighborhood consists of some of the most beautiful townhouses, notable museums, elegant gardens, and pre-war apartments in New York City.  Families and children abound the tree-lined streets. A handful of front-patio tables remains as cozy as the day it opened, ten years ago. An antique lamp lends a sexy glow by night to this georgeous side street location The combination is enchanting!


Bistro Chat Noir recently completed a light refresh by acclaimed interior designer John Christensen.  The redesign features warm, ambient light, lovely padded, cream and caramel striped wall fabrics, a perfect complement to the crimson banquettes and classic wainscoting. The result is a sumptuous and captivating atmosphere, like a classic Parisian style dining room, only larger! Beautiful oil paintings from the family collection of Paris-born Louis Latapie and signed Nicolas prints grace the bistro walls. Distressed white oak floors feel cozy and clean under handmade bronze sconces created exclusively for Bistro Chat Noir by local blacksmith, Steve Joslyn. Guests are also invited to enjoy the outdoor terrace all summer, fall, and spring, weather permitting.


Suzanne Latapie and Chef Mario Hernandez curate the "tres Francaise" menu that's  "very ladies-who-lunch friendly."  The menu of salads, fish, pasta and meats covers all the bases. The perennially popular Meyer beef dry aged New York Strip are delectable examples of chef Mario Hernandez's skill and unparalled talent.  Seared Salmon on French lentils, goat cheese soufflé and amazing lobster salad are all exquisite in presentation, taste and quality. Recently Mario and Suzanne have added several healthy additions to the menu that include a quinoa burger, tuna burger and shrimp scampi on carrot and turnip "noodles" taste fabulous.


Bistro Chat Noir has played host to over 100 private events and buyouts. A neighborhood gem, Bistro Chat Noir is continually chosen as "the" place to host a rehearsal dinner, weddings, birthday parties, as well as post art gallery and movie premier openings.  Elegant, yet approachable in every way, Chat Noir is the perfect venue for a private party. Also very popular are the family holidays;  Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and the ever popular New Year's Eve dinner-dance. Suzanne looks forward to each holiday season and welcomes her guests at Bistro Chat Noir as family, and New York City her adopted home. Now, an Upper East Side staple since 2006, Bistro Chat Noir has also played host to numerous celebrities and local dignitaries.


About the Team:

Suzanne Latapie, Founder/Owner


“You are only as good as your last meal,” says restaurateur Suzanne Latapie. Delivering on this promise and giving guests what they want is her mantra. Suzanne is a firm believer in unique, owner-operated restaurants, thus embracing everyone who enters Bistro Chat Noir like they’re part of the family!

A North Carolina native, and passionate about treating clients as old friends, she has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant business. A dedicated owner and manager, Suzanne Latapie worked in several of New York City’s finest culinary establishments before opening Bistro Chat Noir.  Calling on her southern roots, she combined her love of hospitality, international travel and healthy living as inspirations behind this charming, intimate, Upper East Side eatery,  whose menu features a diverse selection of seasonal French fare. Suzanne’s background in dance and choreography influenced her to create a menu with a focus on fresh, delightfully balanced interpretations of French classic cuisine. Working in restaurants is a longtime passion for Suzanne, who is very involved in the New York City dining scene. She also taps into her many travels abroad to destinations like France, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina to explore her love of food and discover new and exciting ingredients for her guests.

Mario Hernandez, Executive Chef

Originally from Puebla, Mexico, Mario Hernandez brings more than 15 years of experience to Bistro Chat Noir. He began his journey at La Goulue, where he first met Suzanne Latapie in 1994. He trained under some of the best chefs in the Bistro business  -- Philippe Schmit, (La Goulue), Antoine Camin, (Orsay), Laurent Tourondel, (Brasserie Rhulmann) and then as the executive chef for the La Petite Abeille group -- Mario has a clear passion for cooking and an unwavering drive for perfection. There is always love in the plate of his every preparation.