Arte Cafe
Arte Cafe

Arte Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artecafenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125017014
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Camillo Bassani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Large private and semi private rooms available.
  • Private Party Contact: Victor Lopez 2125017014
  • Special Events: We've hosted The Drama Desk Awards for the last three years for 400 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1,9,2,3 Trains to 72nd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking lots available on Amsterdam Ave. and 74th Street.
A word from Arte Cafe
Arte Cafe located in a landmark brownstone, features a large outdoor garden with a water fountain. Just steps away from Central Park, Chef Camillo Bassani, formally from the Hasseler Hotel in Rome, presents upscale pan-Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, fresh meats, fish, pizza from a brick-oven and sumptuous desserts. Private rooms are available for all events and budgets.
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Arte Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (91)great for outdoor dining (85)great for brunch (42)good for groups (41)great for lunch (34)fit for foodies (34)romantic (33)special occasion (30)kid-friendly (16)notable wine list (8)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A consistent winner!
    BethyZVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my go to neighborhood place. Great Italian comfort food served in a welcoming environment. Fast and friendly service. Whether you dine in or order takeout you know you will have a delicious meal every time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Downhill?
    jordon50VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been to the restaurant dozens of times in the last 10 years. I used to love it. But in the past year, the food and service have truly deteriorated. At brunch today, the service was absurd. The waiter was pleasant but inattentive and honestly pretty stupid (example: when my friend, a former alcoholic, ordered a Virgin Blood Mary, he pushed her to have alcohol in it!). The food arrived, including an omelet that was wet because it was covered with the salad, and eggs benedict that were ice cold and served on an untoasted English muffin. Inedible. It took us forever to get the bill and then to get the waiter back for us to pay it. This has been happening too often here. Sadly, I suspect that I won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A reliable UWS restaurant
    love2eatout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a delightful restaurant I am always confident in suggesting when asked to come up with a place to meet for dinner. The ambiance, food, location and prices are all great. I appreciate the outdoor spaces - the back garden is quite lovely in warm weather and the front outdoor space enables diners to be outside without having street traffic right next to one's table. There is a cozy, friendly feeling inside - will keep this on my 'go to' list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This choice is always a great one. When in season the backyard garden is really nice. The front patio is also fun, you can people watch and eat really delicious food! I have dined with family, with friends,solo and with a date! If you are dining solo it is a friendly comfortable place.Don't waste these lovely fall days, sit outside for brunch or lunch! (We tried a lot of different pastas , eggplant parmigiana (don't be afraid to ask for less cheese if you are eating light) delicious! The frittata is very good and the bacon is crispy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This city sleeps.
    Certaldo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food is usually good here and it has a nice outdoor dining area on West 73rd Street which is not noisy. They also have a patio for dining in the back, but it was closed on a warm, late summer night. When I arrived to claim my reservation they asked where I wanted to be seated, which I found odd, since I specified where on my Open Table reservation. Luckily they had one table still available outdoors in front. We had a reservation for 8 PM which is a typical dining time for most of us here in the city. There was not time for dessert since the kitchen had already closed by the time we had finished our meal. The staff was cleaning up and taking in the tables and chairs as we were still sitting there! We did dessert elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Neighborhood Gem
    thediplomat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Arte is a consistently reliable dining experience in terms of food, service and ambiance. We have had lunch, dinner and now brunch there and found each time highly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • poor service, burnt food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I went for a Sun brunch. We got our bread AFTER the meal was over, Eggs benedict toast was hard as a rock, pancakes were burnt, table was wobbly (they couldn't fix it), waiter was gruff and complained TO US about being too busy. I was mortified since I brought my guests there from out of town. Dinner was always reliable here and I have been going there for over ten years. But I would never go back for brunch. It was the worst brunch service I have experienced in my 15 years in NYC!
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  • Perfect!
    pastabasta
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love this place! Fresh, delicious food and absolutely a must if you value authentic Italian cooking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Tudaisey
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Invited our two friends who were there for the first time and they loved it. We sat outside in the front area and had our little maltipoo with us. It was a bit warm out, but you can't control that! Food was excellent. Even their gluten free dish for our friend was excellent. I had the pasta primavera this time and it was delicious. Will come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Basic Italian Food
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    They are a neighborhood staple and have been consistently good for many years. I love it when the garden is open, but sitting in the front was very nice. The service was slower than usual this time but its usually quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable!
    veganfoodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I went to Cafe Arte on recommendation, and I found it to be all that my recommenders said it would be. My only real "complaint" is that I often had to wait for water refills for a substantial amount of time. But otherwise it was a fantastic experience. One suggestion: more vegan options--the ones you have are wonderful, and I think there could be some more equally delectable ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    Tudaisey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had another fabulous evening sitting outside in the front area of the restaurant. Ordered the spinach ricotta ravioli this time. Fabulous! Going again this weekend with friends. My hubby got the pizza with pepperoni. Also delicious. Nice thin crust. Shared the Caesar salad. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner
    NYCBB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ate on the patio. Was quiet, food delicious, service good. Liked it well enough to buy a gift certificate for a friend. had veal piccata - was tender and delicious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and fabulous
    Tudaisey
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We love this place. Went with our family in from Chicago and my sister in law said that the pesto dish was the best she has ever had! We sat outside in the front area which is below street level which makes it even nicer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian on upper west side
    Cgswildcat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our group of 6 went after a long day of covering Manhattan as tourists. Convenient walk from hotel, great food and service. Lovely tables street side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Neighborhood restaurant with good, solid food. Attentive staff and happy to please. Salads seemed plentiful. Salmon entree a bit skimpy. Pasta was good. No complaints from guests. Nice bread basket. Noise level easy to converse with others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • il mangiare fuori
    NolaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place, especially in warmer weather, because you can eat outside in either the front or back garden. The food was great, the pasta al dente. The preparation was very important because we took our Italian friends. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First time there and would definitely go back if in the neighborhood. For and service were both good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looking forward to a return visit
    Loves2dineout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Arte Cafe was recommended by a friend who lives on the Upper West Side & I must say is a judge of good food from prior recommendations. We were 4 people for dinner. All had different entrees & everyone enjoyed their selections. Portion sizes were large, salads were large enough for two people to share, those that had dessert truly enjoyed their treats. Our waitress was very attentive as was her assistant. Lovely ambience as well. I most certainly will return & have already spoken about this neighborhood charmer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AngieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful outdoor garden. Service was adequate. Reasonably priced wine list. Food was just okay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite New York dinning spot.
    HankNYCDining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have been coming to Arte Cafe for more than twenty years. It holds a special place in my heart. Part of my love affair with New York.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find!
    mvickiea
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Needed a close location to the Beacon for a show and found Arte Cafe. It's a little hidden being off the main avenue, but that makes it more intimate and less noisy than a place right on Columbus. We didn't check the wine menu, but they offer quite a few selections by the glass. The food menu offerings offered something for everyone, pasta, meat, fish, pizza, salads. We went with pasta since we were under the gun for time, but I would like to come back and try a full selection of dishes. The service was very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good enough to return . . soon!
    dinetime
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very pleased with all--the food, the drinks (perfect martini made the way I asked) and good service. Will definitely return to try many dishes that I considered appealing. I will not be a stranger.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Arte
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed eating outside, and the food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience
    bbessa
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was our first time there and we loved it. The calamari appetizer was delicious. The four cheese pasta I ordered was also really good. I can't remember everything we ordered but everything was really good. I made a reservation for 9pm and we were seated immediately. The staff was very friendly. There is outdoor sitting as well. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This neighborhood Italian restaurant has consistently good food. I love eating in the garden in the good weather. Otherwise, inside its too noisy for me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    ladymoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It's great food but poor service all around. I was really disppointed b/c the food was good they need to train the staff to be more professional, prompt and alert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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  • Dependably Good for early Dinners
    TJreview
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is our dependably good place for dinner, especially before the theater or Lincoln Center. Unlike most restaurants in the area, they're open all afternoon so, whatever time you come, they'll have service. Their lunch special (which is served til 6 PM!) is a great bargain and the food is dependably quite delicious. The service, however, is not so good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Dining
    Prof
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were seated in the garden at the rear and it was perfect for brunch(and I would think for dinner as well).Highly recommend ed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Lovely brunch in garden.
    JervVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was just so nice. We had a pleasant brunch just what we wanted for a beautful Saturday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pepperoni
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    VERY ARTFUL AND GREAT ITALIAN FLARE. FOOD IS EXCEPTIONAL. TAKE YOUR RELATIVES THAT COME TO VISIT ESPECIALLY FROM ITALY THEY FEEL AT HOME.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MartB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We are attending a production of King Lear in Central Park @ the Delcarote Theater. I've always loved Arte Café. It was a great choice. My daughter & two of her colleagues of her Company joined me. The appetizers, dinner selection, wine & beer were all wonderful. Great service by our waiter who also recommend the great Brooklyn Beer, wine & appetizers. Next time we go we'll sit out doors (which I never do in NYC) but here it would be lovely. Can't recommend this wonderful restaurant for it's value, ambiance, wonderful food & great staff. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Short-staffed for the evening??
    GW2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Upon arriving for dinner, the hostess kindly accommodated our request to dine outside. After being seated and given menus, it took over 10 minutes for a waiter to take the order, more than 10 minutes for drinks to arrive, and more than 15 minutes for appetizers. He forgot the order, and the food was hastily assembled; you could tell it was quickly thrown onto a plate. Then, after asking three servers/busboys for plates, my companion had to get up and ask the kitchen for plates himself. While the food was mostly good, as it usually is, the service was terrible and lacking. It was embarrassing for me to have recommended the restaurant to a friend, who owns a restaurant in San Francisco, and whose service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Average Service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to Arte Cafe on a Saturday at 11am for brunch. The overall environment was very comfortable and casual, but I was disappointed with the service. It took 10 minutes for us to get a glass of water and get the waitstaff's attention. There was only one other table at this time, so it was not an excuse of being too busy. The food was decent. Fairly large portions for the money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Arte Cafe
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've been going to Arte Cafe for many years. I'm so happy that their outdoor garden has reopened. It's a terrific space and quieter than inside. The food is delicious. I had salmon cooked to perfection. The 3 people I was with also loved their meals
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    alikVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Never a bad meal -- consistently good experience for food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Outoor Dining!
    Portia
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Arte Cafe is more than a neighborhood favorite - it's one of our favorite places for outdoor dining in all of the UWS. There are two outdoor dining areas - in a protected area facing 73rd St, which hardly has any street traffic and is both lovely and fun for people-watching, and a back garden. The other evening we had a birthday party for a friend there - the staff quickly put together 3 tables for a cozy party. For apetizers we ordered a selection of cheeses and meats that was perfect. The pasta is excellent, and there's a great selection of wines - we especially like the Italian options. All reasonably priced. We also enjoy Arte around the Corner - which offers some of the same menu items and even more , including great salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Brunch
    urd202VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Really good outdoor seating (they were able to give me a table outside even though I hadn't specified on the reservation). Street was quiet, so was able to have good conversation. Didn't feel rushed at all during brunch and there was always someone available when we needed something. My friend and I got the spinach ravioli - it was fine (nothing exciting), but a lot of their other dishes looked great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All time favorite
    Tudaisey
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Arte cafe is a dependably great place to go with two outdoor eating areas. Roomy indoor eating areas as well, where you are not too close to other people. Food is great every time so far. Took the three kids to celebrate my birthday and ate outside in the back area which is quite spacious with an awning they can open up should it start to rain. Waiters were attentive and friendly. All around a very lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dynamite Brunch
    JayT
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is an excellent brunch spot on the UWS. The menu is delicious, and brunch runs until 4pm. They offer a $20 bottle of champagne for mimosas, etc, which is a great deal. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and the food is very reasonably priced. A!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.