French / Mediterranean

East Village


Get directions | 112 E 11th St , New York, New York 10003


Hours | Tuesday – Saturday 5PM-12AM


We like Tao. Sorry, that came out wrong. We understand Tao, and appreciate it for what it is: a cavernous party restaurant for people who want to do sake bombs, shout things, eat handfuls of popcorn shrimp, and temporarily drop any pretense that they’re adult human beings. Depending on your mindset, you can have a great time there. And when we went to Cathedrale, the latest spot from the people behind Tao, we anticipated something similar. Unfortunately, this place takes the worst parts of the Tao experience and leaves most of the fun behind.
Cathedrale is a massive spot in the bottom of an East Village hotel specializing in vaguely French food. It’s a pricey, elaborately designed restaurant where Heidi Klum hosted a Halloween party featuring the likes of Ice-T and Dylan Sprouse, and the food here is occasionally pretty good. But, with its soups du jour, stiff service, and dad rock soundtrack, it also feels like a club restaurant undergoing a midlife crisis. Without the ridiculousness the Tao Group has become known for, there isn’t much of a point in coming here.
To get to Cathedrale, find the Moxy Hotel on 11th street, walk down several flights of stairs, and enter a space that looks like a fancy mall bistro inside a dystopian place of worship. It has some big booths, a bar that could seat every person you’ve dated up to the present, and a table covered in apples, breadsticks, and champagne on ice (all of which appear to be purely decorative). And just past this luxurious-looking spread, there’s a dining room with ceilings high enough to inspire awe, rumination, and slight nausea. It’s an impressive-looking spot, but a few minutes after sitting down, the effect wears off, and you wonder what’s next.
Unlike Tao, there aren’t any sake bombs or bachelor parties to keep you entertained – there’s just food. Of course, food isn’t a bad thing for a restaurant (most people expect it), but going to a Tao Group spot purely to eat some gummy steak tartare and a $37 plate of forgettable sea bass is similar to attending jury duty just to hear someone call your name. Sure, they call the sea bass by its French name (loup de mer), and there are few items on the menu that are legitimately worth ordering – like the pristine caviar omelette and baguette with rotisserie drippings – but there’s no element of fun to justify the high prices and mostly mediocre food.
Despite the huge space and constant crowd, Cathedrale is boring. Does that mean you’ll find us at Tao later, drinking $20 vodka sodas while we try to get the DJ to play the 2 Chainz remix of ‘Bubble Butt’? It’s doubtful. But given the choice between Tao – a place that feels like a dream you’d have after drinking several Four Lokos – and the relative snoozefest known as Cathedrale, we’ll take the former any day.


(212) 888-1093


Lioni Burrata
Hors D’oeuvres
East & West Coast Oysters half dozen / 24
Mignonette & Fresh Lemon

Warm Dates 7
Marcona Almonds, Roquefort Cheese

Pommes Dauphine 13
Potato Croquettes, Eggplant Aioli

Hen of the Woods Brochette 19
Mâche Salad, Basil Pistou

Hamachi Crudo 21
Blood Orange, Florence Fennel Black Olive Oil

Lioni Burrata 22
Marinated Peppers, Lemon Thyme, Chickpea Pancake

Yellowfin Tuna Cru 23
Poppy Seed Crisps, Green Olives, Cherry Tomato Preserve

Steak Tartare
Onion Soup Au Père Louis 14
Gruyere, Dry Sherry, Crouton

Salade Verte 16
Radish, Pea Confit, Cucumber, Sherry Vinaigrette

Tomato Provençal 18
Capers, Shallot, Champagne Vinegar

Steak Tartare 19
Horseradish, Olive Tapenade, Gaufrette Chips

Belgian Endive 21
Ruby Red Grapefruit, Macadamia, Buche de Chèvre

Octopus Grillé 25
Fresh Red Chili, Tomato Ragoût, Oregano Breadcrumbs

Potato Chip Omelette 29
Kaluga Caviar, Crème Fraîche

Faroe Island Salmon
Winter Squash 33
Butternut, Delicata, Grains, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Pané Diable 35
Breaded Chicken Breast, Mustard, Endive, Asian Pear

Mediterranean Orata 35
Dandelion Greens, Capers, Lemon Confit

Rotisserie Chicken 37
Parsnip, Spigarello, Kishka, Chasseur Sauce

Faroe Island Salmon 37
Sicilian Oregano, Ceci, Rapini

Black Truffle Fettuccine 51
French Butter, Cracked Pepper, Parmesan

Lamb Chops 55
Romanesco Cauliflower, Mint, Taggiasca Olive & Fig Tapenade

Filet Mignon
Plats Royale
8oz Prime Cheeseburger 28
Cheddar, Tomato Provençal, Pain au Lait Bun

8oz Filet Mignon ’Banquiere’ 59
Paris Mushroom Duxelle, Bordelaise

14oz Entrecôte Au Poivre 64
Escargot Butter, ‘Steak Frites’

24oz Prime Aged Ribeye 85
Rotisserie Leeks, Sauce Vert

Broccoli Rabe 12
Garnet Sweet Potato 12
Market Cauliflower 12
Spinach 12
Macaroni Gratin Jambon 14
Wild Mushrooms 16

Mimosa Flight
Brunch Bubbles
Chandon Garden Spritz 18 gls | 85 btl
Brut Sparkling Wine Infused with Natural Extracts of Orange Peels, Herbs and Spices

Mimosa Flight 90 750mL | 125 magnum
Spiced Apple Cider, Orange Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Peach Pureé

Cote d’Azur Brunch Cocktail
Matcha Made in Heaven 16
Rhum Clément Coconut Vodka, Oat Milk, Matcha

Garden Variety 16
St. George Chile Vodka, Ancho Verde Liqueur, Specialty Bloody Mary Blend

LES Cold Brew 17
Real McCoy 12yr Rum, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Espresso, Cardamaro, Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Sevilla Bellisimo 18
Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin, Tuaca Liqueur, Mandarin Orange, Lemon, Sparkling Wine

San Simón 19
Milagro Silver Tequila, Pomegranate, Hibiscus, Habanero Shrub, Lime

Lemmy Caution 20
Dickel Rye Whiskey, Tobacco Nectar, Xocolatl Mole, Orange Bitters

Cote d’Azur (serves 4) 45
Ketel One Peach-Orange Vodka Botanicals, Peaflower Tea, Lemon, Sparkling Wine

Olive Oil Muffin 5
Sour Cherry Scone 5
Croissant I Chocolate Croissant 5.5 I 6
Banana Chia Seed Loaf 6.5
Pastry Basket 16
Olive OIl Muffin, Sour Cherry Scone, Croissant, Banana Chia Seed Loaf, Yuzu Marmalade

Raw Bar
East & West Coast Oysters half dozen I 24
Mignonette & Fresh Lemon

Smoked Salmon Rillettes
Salade Verte 16
Radish, Pea Confit, Cucumber, Sherry Vinaigrette

Avocado Tartine 17
Egg Mimosa, Toasted Seeds & Sprouts

Tomato Provençal 18
Capers, Shallot, Champagne Vinegar

Smoked Salmon Rillettes 19
Brioche Toast, Crème Fraîche

Burrata 22
Nardello Peppers, Chickpea Pancake, Lemon Thyme

Yellowfin Tuna Cru 23
Poppy Seed Crisps, Green Olives, Cherry Tomato Preserve

Potato Chip Omelette
Eggs tout de Maison 18
Three Eggs Any Style, Potatoes, Salad

Cacio e Pepe 19
Soft Scrambled Egg, Crouton, Pecorino & Black Pepper

Shakshuka 22
Baked Eggs, Tomato, Peas, Fresno Chili

Frittata Bianca 23
Egg Whites, Spinach, Potato, French Feta

Contadino 25
Two Poached Eggs, Brussels Sprouts, Honeynut Squash

Potato Chip Omelette 27
Kaluga Caviar, Crème Fraîche

Pain Perdu ‘Suzette’
Pain Perdu ‘Suzette’ 22
Citrus Marmalade & Maple Syrup

Salade Niçoise 27
Tuna, Anchovies, Potatoes, Eggs, Green Beans, Red Onion

Buvette Steak ‘Au Poivre’ 27
Crispy Potatoes, Sunny Side Up Egg & Salsa Verde

Salade Catalina 27
Baby Lettuce, Peas, Cucumber, Choice of Chicken, Tuna, or Salmon

8oz Prime Cheeseburger 28
Cheddar, Tomato Provençal, Pain au Lait Bun

Grilled Chicken Paillard 29
Watercress Salad, Endive, Stone Fruit

Faroe Island Salmon 37
Sicilian Oregano, Ceci, Rapini

Crépinette Sausage 10
Crispy Potato 10
Thick Cut Black Pepper Bacon 11
Fresh Fruit 12

Crème Caramel
Apple Beignets 12
Spiced Apple Compote, Calvados Caramel Sauc

Crème Caramel 13
Madagascar Vanilla, Fresh Blood Orange

Meringue Gâteau 14
Vanilla Cream, Lemon Meringue