Casa Lever
Casa Lever

Casa Lever

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.casalever.com/
  • Phone: 2128882700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday:

    Breakfast 7:00 am to 10:00 am

    Lunch 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Dinner 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm



    Saturday:

    Dinner 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alessandro Caporale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: for catering information please contact alice.garretti@casalever.com
  • Special Events: for special events information please contact robin.gustafsson@casalever.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 53rd Street
  • Public Transit: M and E trains at 53rd Street/5th Avenue

    6 train at 51st Street/Lexington Avenue
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: nearest Icon Parking Systems at 62 East 54th Street, between Madison and Park Avenue.
A word from Casa Lever
Manhattan sophistication meets superb Milanese classics at Casa Lever, the new restaurant from the family that brought you Sant Ambroeus.
Modern art and timeless architecture set the stage for Italian classics, curated wine and creative cocktails. The epitome of Milanese spirit, Casa Lever is where Manhattan goes for a taste of 'La Dolce Vita.'
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Casa Lever reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (14)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (7)romantic (7)good for groups (7)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • FranVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent from start to finish -- I could not think of anything that should change or be improved upon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveNYandfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    as usual casa lever delivered. good food in a good atmosphere. the noise level though is too much. always good and attentive service
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Was here when it was called "Lever House"... Now it is called "Casa Lever".... Still wonderful....cuisine,atmosphere and service to match... However, it was quite noisy as it is located in a business district..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed!
    Back2nyc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Other than the wine, my meal was very disappointing - scallop appetizer was cold, the cod was tasteless (the potatoes too). My friend barely touched her caprese salad and her salmon dish was bland and cold. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PGM3VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Too pricey for what you are getting. The service is good, but the noise volume is too loud, the acoustics do not help. Wine list starts too high. It is hard to enjoy a meal once you get the check of such size.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casa Lever never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food and service. Fun atmosphere, but a little load.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    dudeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is fast becoming our go to restaurant in New York. The food is just like being in Italy. You must try the Vitello Tonatto with it's perfect balance of flavors. The service is warm, friendly and spot on. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casa Lever rocks!
    MilacikVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Fantastic new dishes on the menu - duck and lamb are to die for and so is their new Heritage Green Cycle chicken entrée! Amazing wines wonderfully paired by sommelier, charm and smiles all around dining room that spread happiness and satisfaction. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I can't say enough great things about Casa Lever. It's perfect in every way, starting with Adil at reception. Extremely professional and welcoming. Food is delicious. Service impeccable. Most beautiful room in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality Slipping
    BenNearSeattle
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've eaten at Casa Lever three times in the past 12 months (I live in Seattle). The first meal was charming, food was great, wine selections awesome. We ate there again about 6 months ago, and the service and food had slipped. This time, the service was inattentive and the food was just OK -- and the word must be getting around that their quality has fallen because only a third of the tables were taken on a Saturday night from 7:00 PM until we left at 8:30 PM. The space remains lovely -- especially with all the Andy Warhol portraits. But CL needs to put a General Manager in charge and hire a new chef and regain a sense of urgency and focus!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Verdesole
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I'm Italian, this is an Italian Restaurant. Here the food is delicious , innovative, well presented
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, really weird service!
    tmkccmuVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I had a strange meal at Casa Lever on Wednesday. The food was great. There is a beautiful menu and the specials were even better. I had a great asparagus appetizer and the pasta of the day. My meal was almost spoiled by slow and peculiar service. After my entree was served my waiter never returned. At one point two diners, the hostess, and a server, who patiently stood with the diners drinks on a tray, stood between my table and the next one. One of the diners butt was inches from my face. After about 5 minutes they all left only to return 10 minutes later. My dessert never arrived (I had ordered a mousse from a passing maitre'd) Finally paid at hostess station where I was comped my dessert "to go"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Business Lunch
    JMNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great midtown location for business lunch. Excellent food and service, able to converse without feeling obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food
    Love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had dinner for four on a Thursday night. Food was very fresh and delicious. Had a variety of appetizers including caprese and beet salads, pasta, soup. All were quite good. We especially liked the Dover sole and Cod fish selections. For dessert, we had the gianduia milk chocolate and hazelnut crunch and a sponge cake choice which were also wonderful. Nice wine list and good atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and Warhol images along the walls. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 504 reviews are from the Casa Lever reviews archive.
  • Solid performer
    Kwintzy
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    A solid midtown resto with a vibrant bar scene (outside) and fine dining inside. Very much a happening place and which everyone in our group commented on being very "New York" in terms of style.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Each time better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Continues to be the best Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. Creative menu and a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the downtown relative
    dondraperVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Wine over priced. Menu limited...boring even. Same for desserts. I mean ..really?..for this price?? After dinner coffee..black..was cold. Are you kidding? Wow..what a waste.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere, not great prices
    LT11VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit, but the prices are a bit steep. Cocktails were delicious, and the wine list was extensive. Definitely caters to the week day business crowd, which is too bad. If this place were 30 blocks south, on a Saturday night, it would have been packed (when we went, it was half full).
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem in the Big Apple
    JGronlier
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great 1960-70 decor , architecture , Art and feelings Food and service are outstanding Power place to go for lunch and romantic for dinner !
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    WexOneVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    While service remains outstanding and responsive, the kitchen continues to underperform and, considering the prices, that's just unacceptable. Example, a side of something called "crispy potatoes" arrives as cut fingerlings covered in the cooking liquid in which they were sautéed and bearing no resemblance to anything "crispy." The rest of the food at our table was desultory at best. Were the food the equal of the decor and the service, Casa Lever would be at the top of the list rather than a place of expensive mediocrity.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On the money
    CLOakanddaggerVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Casa Lever is clearly an energetic, finance heavy meeting / dining spot. Food is always good, expensive and if you aren't seated on the east wall of the restaurant, very conversation friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SanFranciscoVisitorVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    While the food was good and the service correct, the restaurant was a disappointment. The fish dishes, halibut, were correct; but some of the vegetables were actually cold -- uneven temperature. The rabbit dish was reportedly excellent. Service came with an attitude, correct but filled with attitude. The noise level was high enough to interfere with conversation. The most startling was the wine menu; while varied and of quality, was ---- for a California used to high quality American and European wines ---- considerably overpriced. Despite its New York success, we wondered whether the restaurant would survive in San Francisco.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overall the food was a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    overall the food was a little expensive for what it was.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch
    MilacikVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had the most fantastic brunch at Casa Lever on Saturday. Food was phenomenal, service personable and attentive and the soft beats and singing of the Cuban Band the perfect addition to the atmosphere. We will be back next week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artistic & Historical Casa Lever
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great food surrounded by Andy Warhol originals with an historical location. The Lever skyscraper was the first to be built with glass and concrete in 1951.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall good, but bad price / value
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I think you can have an excellent meal in New York with the same great service and atmosphere for half the price. Good for them if they can attract and retain the business. I would like to see a wine list with many more bottles under $100. It feels like it starts at $100 and most of the bottles are in the $200 to $400 range. I was steered towards a 2004 Barolo for $235 - which I really enjoyed - but felt just took me over what I really wanted to spend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dinner
    whitejasimine
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We occasionally had a dinner for family and friends gathering. Always have a nice time with food, wine selection in artistic atmosphere. They give a private banquette seats if you request. It would be nice if they add more seasonal menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I enjoyed our
    Roselynd
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner last Saturday. The staff was cordial and helpful with regard to the menu. The presentation of the food was nice Portions were a good size. The bread was delicious. Wine list was great We found parking right outside on the street - big plus. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Amazing food, environment and service. So far my best steak experience even though it is not a steak house. Brought in a cake for my husband which was bought somewhere else but they did not charge us for the service fee for the cake.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    opens early, at 7, so perfect for the early breakfast start. Very quiet and service is attentive. Food choices excellent for this sort of thing. Staff is very pleasant and so no reason not to go
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a memorable meal
    Jill
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My sister and I come here every time we are in town and we are never disappointed. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. The chicken was outstanding and the rigatoni was unbelievable. Thank you for always making our evening memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner for five
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fantastic ambiance among the Andy Warhol pieces of art. The architecture is stunning. The food very good. The only thing that we didn't like was the noise level - but I guess this is almost everywhere in New York City the same, it's everywhere too loud. It was our third time in the Casa Lever over the last five years - we always enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, i had a good time, and
    TobyBVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Nice, i had a good time, and it's a very attractive space. But I found the food to be not very special, given that prices were on the high side. Quite good, and it was all very nicely presented. But to me, nothing particularly flavorful. I had a good time but I wouldn't see any particular reason to go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A magnicifent space
    betty
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    When I entered the Casa lever I was very moved. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful and elegant places I've ever been to. It will make it a priority on my next trip to new York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Dinner
    YOLO
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Chose Casa Lever as it was close to a business meeting/appointment. Must have been at least 8 years since my last visit and it was actually much better than I remember (of course, back then it was Lever House). Wasn't super expensive and food was awesome. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Great ambiance and classy food, with good location to Midtown East for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Unique
    GoodEatsVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Casa Lever is one of a kind and definitely NYC. The ambience retro and modern all at the same time and the food is excellent. The service is always excellent and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a fine place for business breakfast
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Early morning meeting--excellent place to meet and talk. It is expensive, and it seems that an expense account is assumed. But if atmosphere is a consideration, this is a very good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional as always
    uesider
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Perfect food, perfect service, amazing wine. Just a fabulous evening all around. Casa Lever never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casa lever
    jben
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I was there with clients and i must say that the noise level was very high. we could barely hear each other. the food was very good and the service efficient rather than friendly. the is fairly expensive but the location and the quality of foods can explain this.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic