RDV - Rendezvous is Chef Kfir Ben-Ari's modern French bistro. Located in Harlem, just two blocks from Central Park, Rendezvous serves modern French Mediterranian cooking with a personal twist. His exquisite creations from Foie Gras to grilled salad prepared with the best performed French techniques will leave you asking for more. Our carefully selected wine list includes affordable wines from all over France, as well as New York State. All delivered in a simple yet elegant atmosphere. Come have your next Rendezvous with us at RDV and celebrate la belle vie!
Kfir Ben-AriExecutive Chef, Sommelier, Owner
Born and raised in Israel, Chef Kfir Ben-Ari found his calling to cuisine at an early age so when the time came to choose a career the choice was simple. After graduating from the school of Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France - the culinary capital of the world - Kfir came to New York to work for Daniel Boulud. Working with top chefs allowed him to master his French techniques while discovering a world of produce and flavors. After one year in five star restaurant he decided it was time to take on a more casual and affordable version of high dining. That's when he received an offer to run Paradou in the meatpacking district where he developed his own version of modern French cooking. Ten years after, Rendezvous came to life, a dream came true in his own neighborhood, Harlem. As a Mediterenean born, he leans towards south east France cuisine accented with middle eastern touches and a diversity of products that is trade mark to his New York experience. The result is a modern New York take on French cuisine that will invite you on trip to new undiscovered flavors.
Our Sommelier is passionate about wine and loves to share his knowledge and experience with our guests, proposing wine pairings and telling stories about the history of the wine and the wine making process. His passion took him to wineries around the world, from Europe to South America and the United States. As a result Rendezvous offers a carefully selected yet affordable wine list with wines from France and New York State. Discover Riesling and Gewurtztraminer from the Finger Lakes region and Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Long Island. If a more traditional wine is on your mind we always carry Chinon and Sancerre from the Loire valley as well as Bordeaux and Burgundy. Next time at Rendezvous, make sure to meet with Kfir, he is looking forward to meet you.