Arte Cafe
Arte Cafe

Arte Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artecafenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 501-7014
  • 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, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Miguel Qzada
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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, celebrating 21 years of serving the Upper West Side, features a large outdoor garden with a water fountain or sit in our main dining room close to our cozy fireplace on a chilly evening Just steps away from Central Park presents upscale pan-Italian cuisine with artisanal homemade pastas, fresh meats, fish, pizza from a brick-oven and sumptuous desserts. Private rooms are available for all events and budgets.Visit our "Roman Holiday Room" for your next event. We also feature an amazing selection of wines by the glass, such as Barolo, Amarone, Barbaresco, Peppoli and smaller vineyards or try our imported Italian drafts such as Moretti Rosso and Peroni while having $1 oysters and $1 meatballs, calamari fritti, prociutto di parma or zucchini fritti at our bar.
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Arte Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (109)great for outdoor dining (66)good for groups (54)great for brunch (51)fit for foodies (48)great for lunch (37)special occasion (34)romantic (34)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (17)late-night find (14)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent food good service, dined early
    Casahooly
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    They had A nice selection in the price fixe, great wine selection
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    randomfoodlover
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was my second time visiting this lovely restaurant I will be returning once again, being that the food has been excellent both times and the waiter is always friendly and willing to explain items that may not be familiar to you, without using a condescending tone which I find very helpful. I recommend trying the Polipo which is Octopus as an appetizer and the White Chocolate Panna Cotta for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Love this place. Mimosas and Bellinis are fabulous. The pancakes were great as well. Good options for a very reasonable price, especially in New York. I would recommend to anyone around the upper west side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Stephanie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wonderful experience with good food,service and ambience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible food and worse service
    Peterr14
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Dinner for two was a disaster. Loudest dining room ever with two huge parting tables. Mediocre cheese board led to gummy pasta and attitude. Never again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Cheflover313
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Went with a group. Didn't know they had price fixe. We went for it because it came with a bread pudding dessert that we were all looking forward to. Most items on price fixe had an extra charge. After an ok meal were looking forward to dessert, only to be told we just getting sorbet. Oh well. And they wouldn't substitute. False advertising. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • can't go wrong at Arte's Cafe
    Penelope
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. Service always polite and competent. Food REALLY good and portions generous. One can also have a conversation without loud music to compete with. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CultureVulture
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    2nd dining experience, just as exceptional as the first, one week ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I enjoyed the openness and space not normally found in NYC venues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When you need to eat Italian out
    WellseasonedVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    An okay place, popular with locals. It is huge, so the best thing about it is even if there is a line and you have a big party, you won't have to wait too long. The food is acceptable, so as long as you don't go with high expectations you'll be fine. The beverage service was a nightmare -- after many tries to get a vodka gimlet -- the waiter insisting the sugared rim and a lemon slice is the way it is served -- I had a nice cold beer. Stick to basics and don't have high expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely place to dine
    The50sFan
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have been to Arte Cafe many times over the years. They have economical prix fix menus and the food is wonderful. Conveniently located near bus and subway stops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excelent food
    erangel100
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Outstanding food and a family place. The service was really focus on you. Is a non missed place con the west side bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbjbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    food and service was mediocre. Wouldnt recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pleasant dining experience
    DQ88
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service. I found the wine list to be exceptional including by-the bottle and by-the-glass. Prices were reasonable and the menu offered ample selections and varieties, mostly northern Italy choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and atmosphere great but....
    WeLoveBrunch
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I made a reservation for this place based on a Thrillist review for Best Brunch Spots in NYC and treated my best friend for her birthday. The waiter took a very long time to even come to our table to greet us. After doing so, he took another 20 minutes to take our food order. The table behind us (party of 6) arrived after us and was served their food before we even ordered. Everytime we looked for our waiter he was at the bar staring into oblivion. When we got our food it was great! It was delicious and hot. The bus boy was very helpful and attentive in getting us any additional condiments. When our waiter finally came around, we asked him for additional napkins, he turned to the emtpty table next to us, gathered all the napkins from there and put them on our table. Really?? Will I be back? Yes, I love the food and the atmosphere, but I will make sure I dont get this waiter again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable
    TudaiseyVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We come here often. Our last visit they changed the menu a bit but did not dissapoint. This time since it's gotten colder out they removed the outdoor seating in the front. So we had to eat inside which is fairly noisey but not impossible to deal with. We could still hear one another. I had the pasta primavera and hubby had the meatballs and pasta and both were excellent. The Caesar salad was shared and was enough for the both of us. We topped it all off with a cappuccino. The waiter at first thought we said a "cup of tea" so when he corrected it he didn't charge us the extra cost of the cappuccino which was nice. The cappuccino was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Alizok
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    At first we were not too excited about this place but once we got our food our opinion changed. Great food definitely coming back and recommending it to my friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood place
    EllemayVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a pleasant evening. The special octopus salad was skimpy on the octopus and was not worth the price. The pasta dishes were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zivitzekis
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    always enjoy eating there . Very reasonably price and always dependable
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Birthday My Daugher Ever Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Took my daughter here for her 18th birthday after the Breast Cancer Walk. I made reservations and once we got seated and I turned around, the place was packed. My waiter was apologetic for not staying on top of refilling my Mimosa so he said it was on him, nice touch! My daughter had the Spinach Ravioli and to see her mouth water and her eyes roll to the back of her head when she took a bite was all the thanks I needed. My Eggs Benedict were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spencer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant is a good place to get your value for your money. The specials are very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Bikergal50VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We hadn't eaten here in quite awhile, but am happy we went back. The service and food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissatisfaction
    ElsewhereVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The noise level made it impossible to converse. The wait staff was disinterested and unavailable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good brunch!
    mmmpizza
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good food, nice waiters, no wait- definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but no servers
    WiglafVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was excellent but we waited in vain for a server in the main dining room, then moved to the bar where the bartender was quite attentive, but had to go back to the kitchen herself three times to get our food. In other words, food service was nonexistent no matter where we sat. Everything tasted great but we'd have to go back again and get normal service before we'd recommend this place. Our visit was at 7:30 on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    Robm
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Solid food, decent prices for lunch.. The steamed mussels and bread were delicious and Chicken Pillard was done perfectly. Service was pretty slow..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food, horrible service.
    bkfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The service makes all the difference. I could be okay with the average Italian fare - the decor is sort of charming, and it is an easy neighborhood choice. But the service at my last visit was so very bad that it verged on hostile. Ordering mix-ups, rolled eyes from the put-out waiters, and when I ordered a bottle of wine, the waiter tried to sell me on a bottle twice the price (I didn't ask for his opinion). Definitely one of those times I considered leaving no tip at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious but loud and crowded
    1234
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was very good and the waiters were attentive and responsive. The room were we in was small and very loud. People frequently bumped the backs of our chairs which was annoying. It was also very loud and was hard to hear on the other side of the table (we were a party of 5 sitting at a round table). There were lots of children around as well which contributed to the noise level. I think if timed well (go earlier) or request to sit in the back room (was very quiet), then it would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ugh terrible service!
    Foodie12345
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place used to be amazing I'm not sure what happened. Went for brunch on Sunday with 3 girlfriends. The waiter was in a total daze, took our order and didn't return until it was time to get the check. The guy who brought our food spilled our toast on the floor and could have cared less. Asked someone for butter, he rolled his eyes and never re-appeared. Would not recommend - there are much better places to go in the neighborhood!
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  • Totally not pleased with the food.
    BerdieVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We used to like going to Arte Cafe but we were there for Sunday Brunch and we didn't like the food. Now we went for dinner this week with our son and daughter-in-law. The food was so salty and unappetizing and we did not like it at all, all four of us felt the same. It has definitely been downgraded on our list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food wad excellent. I had a great meal. They also have great selections on drinks. The only negative I would say is they lack in customer service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave C
    Pickyperson
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been there several times they never disappoint. Had a family get together everyone walked out happy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Previous experience was good. This time service was rushed and food was not as good. It was difficult to get waiter's attention. Food was dropped off abruptly. The weather was good, but we were not given opportunity to sit outdoors. We were shown to table in the middle of the restaurant. Very noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice space, disappointing food
    SFFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Came here with my family last weekend. Seven people, seven different dishes. Space is lovely and the service was very attentive but the food was mediocre at best. The fritata was so overcooked it was rubber and the sauce on the pasta tasted like ketchup. Everything else was fine but not even of average quality for a casual Saturday lunch in NY.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Perfect UWS Eatery
    DanRVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    There are hundreds of places to dine on the Upper West Side but the Arte Cafe is perfect. The meals are varied and tasty and the wait staff are prompt. We like to dine there on special occasions in front of the fire place or in the summer on the patio outback. Sometimes I just have a quick bite at the bar. For a casual night or a family gathering you will enjoy your meal and time at the Arte Cafe
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service and food
    DinerUWSVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was horrible. The waitor tossed the bread on the table and toss the salad plate. He asked us for drink orders without providing a wine menu. The food took an hour to come out for us two customers when the restaurant was not busy. Once the food came out, I was handed an entrée that I did not order and repeatedly told the server that I ordered chicken parmesan. The server didn't speak English and just kept saying "lasagna?" The wait staff disappeared for long periods of time. I had to go up to the hostess to ask to speak to the manager. She brings to the front the "manager" who appeared to be a bus boy who put on a sports coat. We walked out of the restaurant.
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate