French bistro in the heart of Times Square's Theater District
Pergola Des Artistes is a small family-run French restaurant modeled on the bistros you'd find in the French Pyrenees.
If you're looking for good food at a reasonable price, Pergola is for you. If you want haute cuisine, you won't find it here. Many of the recipes were brought over from small villages in France.
Established in 1963, the decor is still simple and reflects Marie & Jacques' vision of what small French restaurants looked like in their home town of Cominac.
Christian, Marie and Jacques' son, now runs the restaurant. The restaurant has always been a place where tourists, locals and the theater crowd can get a good meal and be out in time for a show.
“Great little gem with pre-theater dining.”
5 of 5 stars | Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile
Having lived in the city for years, when I look for a restaurant in the theater district, I don't want a tourist trap. I do want excellent food. Pergola Des Artistes provides just. A small bistro, through a small entry tucked into W46th Street, it has been there for over 50 years, though it was our first time. There was a pre-matinee pre-fix lunch that even included a glass of wine! Lobster crepe was delicious as was the veal ragout. Dessert was also wonderful. The atmosphere was nice. Yes, it is small and tables a little close - that is real New York City dining. The staff was also friendly and helpful.
4 of 5 stars | January 5, 2015
Came here for pre-matinee lunch. Wasn't expecting much honestly, because I assumed it would be a tourist trap.
When you walk in, you feel like you are walking back in time....1963, to be exact, the year Pergola opened. I doubt much has changed since then. Don't come expecting anything modern or hell, even anything that was invented post 1975. However, the food was tasty and comforting as only old-fashioned French can be. We had the duck ragout over pasta and the beef bourguignon, both were rich and had delicious, long-cooked flavor.
But the thing that sets this restaurant ahead of the crowd was the service - the owner was warm, friendly and so kind to all the guests. He went above and beyond to make everyone there feel comfortable. I truly felt like I was a guest in his home. I'd definitely come back to enjoy some old-school French cuisine next time I'm seeing a show.