Arte Cafe
Arte Cafe

Arte Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artecafenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125017014x
  • 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, 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 cozyfireplace on chilly evening Just steps away from Central Park 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.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 or zucchini fritti at our bar.
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Arte Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 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 (95)great for outdoor dining (73)great for brunch (47)good for groups (43)fit for foodies (38)romantic (35)great for lunch (33)special occasion (28)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (10)hot spot (8)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    Elsewhere
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but no servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian on upper west side
    CgswildcatVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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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