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Cipriani - Dolci
Cipriani - Dolci
  • Address:
    89 East 42nd Street
    Grand Central Terminal West Balcony
    New York, NY 10017
    Neighborhood:
    Midtown East
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $31 to $50

Cipriani - Dolci Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cipriani.com/en/services/restaurants/cipriani-dolci
  • Email: dolciny@cipriani.com
  • Phone: (212) 973-0999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily:11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Fabio Schiattarella (212) 973-0999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vanderbuilt and Park Ave
  • Public Transit: Metro-North
    Subway
    4,5,6 and 7 trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cipriani - Dolci
Opened in March of 2002, Dolci has fast created its very own Cipriani "scene" thanks to its chic ambiance, attentive service and well-priced Venetian menu. The restaurant offers all day casual dining, and the bar has become a lively after work meeting place, renowned for its charming bartenders and sensational tower of prosciutto.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "my friend, who came for vacation, said that he'd rather go to McDonald which is cosy, but no tips required"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Cipriani - Dolci is a great place to have a quick dinner prior to heading back out to the burbs and after a long day at work. the service staff is friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere is fun. Who would have known that sitting above the hustle of Grand Central Station could be so nice."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Unfortunately, had a poor experience. We did the restaurant week deal and my dish was overcooked and had little flavor. THe service was poor. Very disappointing as I have heard good reviews of this restuarant. On the up side, dessert was excellent - some kind of lemon chiffon cake."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I would only recommend this restaurant because of the great views looking over Grand Central Station. What I didn't understand was how they prepared my dish. I ordered pasta with bolognese sauce which was brought out in a large serving bowl on a tray and then the waiter preceded to scoop out half to my plate and half to another plate that was going to a different table. It was bland, slightly warm and the pasta was undercooked. The food was less than average and expensive, but I'm sure that's due to the location."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Grand Central Station is a spectacular place to have dinner with friends! And the food is excellent!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Uninspired selections at over the top prices. Skip the menu and go straight to the desert tray. Their signature cake is lovely."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food is really delicious, the service is wonderful and what could be better than dining in Grand Central Terminal?? But unless you get one of the tables right at the railing, you're very crowded in and it's way too expensive for a meal in a train station."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We treated out-of-town friends to dinner at Cipriani-Dolci as it was convenient to all. Many were taking advantage of Restaurant Week so while it was not a long wait to be seated, it was a tight squeeze to get into our table. The non-bench seats were in the narrow aisle which was used by waitstaff carrying trays and diners looking to be seated which made for a crowded feeling. The servers were pleasant and attentive and the food was good, but it was more about the taste than the portions. If you are looking for generous plates of food perhaps this may not be the place to dine--tastes great, less filling!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The choice from the restaurant week lack excitement. Of the 3 course meal the dessert was memorable. A coffee dessert cake."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had reservation, but table wasn't ready. We waited for 20 min. It was too crowded and noisy. Food came 30 min wait, and it was already cold and taste was not good enough."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Well I was expecting a really a great time for my birthday lunch celebration with my family (4 all together) but it didn't work out; instead of enjoy the place an food as per many great reviews we were rushed all along not sure if because they were busy or the fact that we were dining from the restaurant week menu. The restaurant itself is very crowded and with a really cold weather we had you have to layer up and at the time of sitting it was very uncomfortable trying to take out our coats, there s not much room as it is for you to move and/or you need to be very careful to avoid hiting the people on the next table or to knock out somethig else. Maybe Spring & Summer will be a better time to pass by."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Very fun location as it's inside Grand Central Station. Lucky enough to have gotten a table with a direct view of the middle of Grand Central Station. We were able to take advantage of Restaurant Week, so a prix fix lunch @ $25. Not a lot of food, but really just enough. Would definitely go back again. It is noisy, however, but that's part of the ambience!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food and service was good but felt like we had people standing over us while waiting to be seated and our seats and table kept getting bumped as people passed on their way to their tables. A little too cramped to a completely enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week and the menu was not impressive, the portions much smaller than usual. I wouldn't recommend it. There are so many better places!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "very hectic--but what do you expect for the middle of Grand Central? Had to wait 15 minutes for my reservation--but the Matre'd handed me a Bellini on the house--nice guy! Got a table right at the front of the balcony-- the greatest view. Had the restaurant week manu--the best was the dessert-a tiramisu in a tulip shaped chocolate cup!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food was very basic and the presentation incredibly poor. Even if it is for restaurant week they should make an effort to present better. The side order rice pilaf was plain rice on a plate withy noting added, no presentation at all ! Horrible. I was overall very disappointed."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I had necer written a review, but I felt the need to do it. The food was meh. Overpriced. Definitely not what we expected. Does not live up to the "Cipriani" name."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Restaurant Week chicken lunch inedible. Beyond disappointed. Never returning to Cipriani again"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Based on reputation and pricing expected more at this restaurant. Surprised by the plastic ware and overheard another customer ask the waiter who said they were having hot water issues and could only stay open by using the disposable plates etc. I told the waiter they should let people know before they are seated as it really takes away from the experience. The food was OK, service just OK too."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Upon arrival, we were told that, due to a hot water issue, we would have to dine with plastic plates, which was fine. I used to be a waitress, so I understand that these things happen, however I was not expecting the chef to use that as an excuse to abandon presentation. Our entrees came out with the meat on one plate and side on another, like we were eating in a cafeteria. I ordered Chicken Spezzatino , and they served me some concoction that looked like the free samples of Cajun chicken that Chinese restaurants give away in food courts, and I tasted pretty similar to that as well. To top it all off, our waiter was rude and inattentive. He walked away from me when I was asking a question and took too long to bring coffee and the check."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We made reservations through Restaurant Week and no one called to confirm, thankfully that wasn't an issue when I got there. The dishwasher was broken so this fine dinning establishment was serving everything on plastic plates and with plastic silverware, which would have been nice to know before we got to the restaurant (to their credit, they did tell us when we were being seated but it was too late to go find somewhere else since we were starving), and the food was sub-par. The Chicken Marsala was little chunks of chicken with Marsala sauce that wasn't great, and no mushrooms or anything else. The "rice pilaf" was simple white rice, and the veggies weren't seasoned, just plain steamed. Bland and underwhelming."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The drinks were terrible and the food just average. I was waiting more. It was a .disappointment."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I am 17 years old and I went to cipriani for dinner with 6 of my friends and we we're pleasantly surprised to be treated very nicely by the staff despite our age. Our waiter was very friendly and patient, answering our questions about the menu and helping us out with splitting the bill between two different methods of payment. The food was very good and it's a neat spot to be in, right in the middle of the hustle of a Grand Central. overall a great experience, I would definitely go back and recommend to others!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service... Definitely a must place to have a 'smart casual dining' and enjoy Grand Central buzzling ambience...."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Every thing was served on plastic items: glasses dishes silver ware... The food was presented awfully. No taste at all."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Seated us by the door where it was 17 degrees outside. We had to put our winter coat during dinner. Plastic plates, utensils and styrofoam cups were used which was a huge disappointment. A lot of reviews were highly recommended this place. This was the worst experience we had. They claimed that their dishwashers were broken..... why some tables still used glasses and plates?! Then they had the nerved to charged us full price on the food. Won't be back at all"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week. Menu was different to website, food was decent and of course sitting in gct to eat was great. However, they had a problem with the hot water and so couldn't wash dishes so everything was served on plastic plates, plastic knives and forks, plastic wine glasses! This was ok but I really think the hostess should have been telling people before they were seated rather than people being horrified a $18 glass of wine was served in a plastic cup!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The place was heavily overbooked. Tables were over 20 minutes late and too close. No place to wait away from the cold coming in from outside"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Located on the balcony in Grand Central. Limited choices with restaurant week menu, but the main dish (certain kind of fish) is pretty good."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "At first we were a little concerned after reading all the mixed reviews online, so we told our waiter (Rocky) and he said "Trust me you will not be disappointed." Rocky was right, everything from apps to our dessert was excellent. The portions may have been a little smaller due to Restaurant week, but we left satisfied. We will definately go back especially when Rocky is working."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I booked Cipriani Dolci prior to our short trip to New York to experience the legendary Cipriani experience. I had to speak to a bar man on arrival as all the restaurant staff were stood in a group chatting amongst themselves. The food arrived which we all found ok, nothing special. 2 girls were seared near us and as they went to order were told they had stopped serving food, which I thought was terrible. After paying my bill $300 I had to get myself out of the restaurant by removing the barrier with no help or acknowledgement from any staff and no thank you or goodbye either. It felt very much like a mediocre restaurant trading on a big name and lacked the friendly italian hospitality."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I ordered the restaurant week menu. The portion was incredibly small. The service was very dry - no smile or warmth."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We took advantage of the restaurant week menu, which had a good variety of food, nicely portioned and very tasty."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Made a 1pm reservation, but didn't seem to matter...we weren't seated until 1:30pm (seated after three businessmen walked up, talked with the host on the side, and were seated immediately in front of us...infuriating after standing there for 30 minutes). Finally seated at 1:30pm at a table for four that we thought would fit nicely in a doll house. After sitting there for at least five minutes, a server finally decided to take our order. Didn't get water and bread for another five minutes, had to ask multiple times throughout the lunch for more water (even though there seemed to be 20 employees swarming around the restaurant). The server did the bare minimum, never asked us about our meal. Horrible service overall. Food was ok."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I had initially made a reservation for 7.00PM but got there earlier---- the Staff was very courteous & accommodated us immediately at the time of arrival"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The Cipriani Dolci bar in Grand Central has always been a favorite late night stop while waiting for the next train. The elevated perspective in the main terminal allows one to take in the atmosphere of this beautiful, historic space. The food was excellent as was the service. Restaurant week offers the opportunity to experience this venue at an affordable price."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "spinach salad small but okay fish was very nice but another salad is served as its side cheesecake dessert is humdrum"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Everything was great, besides the chicken Marsala that had a lot of butter on it... Bit too heavy. But for lunch during restaurant week, it was a great experience. Mostly because the location is awesome! And out table was right on the mezzanine... Great vibe."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I tried this restaurant during Restaurant week and found the portions sizes to be very small, the restaurant tried to make up for this by plying us with bread. We had to go elsewhere to get additional food as we were all starving. I would not recommend this restaurant unless you have very deep pockets. I try to take advantage of the offering during restaurant week to sample a variety of places and if I like, I recommend to other and will go there several times. For sure will not be dining at Cipriani any time in the near future."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've been to Cipriani - Dolci several times b/c of the ideal location. But the food, service and small venue makes this restaurant mediocre at best. Let's start with the service. The wait staff is good but the hostesses are non-responsive and not at all helpful. I arrived during a time when no one is in the queue and I had a reservation and waited for attention...waited for a long time. Mind you the hostesses and I make eye contact but no one help me outside the main host. It was ridiculous. Cipriani - Dolci is living off the reputation of the flagship restaurant. With so many great options in the area, I would recommend finding a venue that is not so small and overcrowded. And, the cuisine is quality is better and not as bland."
    Dined on 2/21/2014