Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan
Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan

Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nickandtoniscafe.com/
  • Phone: 2124964000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, Bar Service Only: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday & Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Realmuto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Suitable Dining music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Columbus & Broadway
  • Public Transit: 66th St - Lincoln Center Number 1 Train.
    72nd St - Broadway & 72ns St. 1,2,3 Train.
    72ns St - Central Park West C, B.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Rapid Park Industries 15 West 72nd Street.
    Icon Parking Systems 155 West 70th Street.
    Lincoln Center Garage 146 West 65th Street.
    Icon Parking Systems 60 West 66th Street.
A word from Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan
With a focus on local products and seasonal produce Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan prepares fresh food simply. We source locally whenever possible and shop the NYC Green markets with twice-weekly visits to our neighbors at the Tucker Square market and others the including Union Square and Ft. Greene markets.


The wood fired oven puts out perfectly crispy pizzas everyday at lunch and Sun-Thurs at dinner. Friday & Saturday nights be prepared for a special treat because, although there are no pizzas, many house specialties such as the Roasted Chicken, Whole Fish of the Day, or Scallops are prepared in the wood oven.


We have a diverse and high quality selection of wines by the glass, and a moderately priced wine list. We also feature a full bar and an extensive cocktail list including a number of house infused alcohols that suit the seasons.

** For reservations of parties of 5 or more please call the restaurant directly.
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Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (14)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Server was the only problem
    Diner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was fantastic, had a great table in the corner. All of that was overshadowed by a rude and condescending server. He was stretched with a large party, and therefore took it out on us. Service was slower than we would have liked, however we sat patiently. When we asked a busboy a question, we were suddenly challenged by the server who told us not to speak to the busboy again and made a highly inappropriate and threatening comment. Our group brushed it off since it was so awkward. His anger issues ruined our meal, and the evening. We paid a lot of money for a rare evening out. Might as well have have stayed home ans saved $. Management must know about this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Consistently good food and service. Stop in any time of day and there is something good to eat. they stay open throughout the day, so you can get a delicious small plate or wood fired pizza at 3 or 4 pm in the bar. Accommodating, great attitude. Small plates are the best -- and lots of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed dining
    Mags
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had reservations and felt like regulars when greeted on arrival. The food was excellent and service outstanding. We both had fish dishes which were cooked perfectly. We pent hours chatting over our meal and never felt rushed. This will be a place we'll come back to for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    momoVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Dinner at Nick & Toni's Cafe never disappoints - good food, ambiance and staff! A great place to dine in a neighborhood overcrowded with mediocrity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location, lousy fod
    lesa
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were going to the ballet so chose this restaurant because its convenient to Lincoln center. And remembered fondly meals at their East Hampton restaurant. The food here was so bland, poorly presented and unremarkable. I've had better in old fashion mom and pop Italian in Brooklyn. Amazing they do a lively business, i don't know how they can get away with this, especially at these expensive prices. the restaurant has a nice ambiance though, its fun and the location is great. They really need a new chef!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food near Lincoln Center
    photogalVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A pretty restaurant, near Lincoln Center with good food and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • didn't have a good table
    grandmaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I like Nick and Toni's Cafe a lot. It is a great Lincoln Center Restaurant and everybody is always very nice. The last time I was there we were seated at a table for 2 so that I was looking down a stair well which was unattractive. The restaurant was not full when we arrived and we had a reservation. The ambiance would have been better at a better table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont fawn over the regulars so much
    OldSchoolVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visiting Lincoln Center, we stopped by here for lunch and were seated next to a table where some diners sat who were obviously frequent diners to this place. The food was very good, but the waiters basically ignored us while checking in on the regulars every 2 minutes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reasonable 3 course meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    At Nick & Tonis they have a 3 course meal for $40! It's delicious! The dessert options are fantastic, there are relatively few options that come with upcharges and the salad I had was fantastic!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lincoln Center Goody
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Try sharing lots of appetizers, salads and pizzas for a fun and satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great late night dinner
    HappyeatersVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Actually went on Open Table from my seat in Lincoln Center before the show and saw good reviews. The place didn't disappoint, dinner after the show was perfect. After a very friendly and professional welcome and seating, two of us shared three small plates before entrees; clever and beautiful presentation of very delicious food. The server was exceptionally friendly and engaging not only with us but all other tables; impressive since clearly this was the end of his shift. Our new go to place for dinner before or after performances at LC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lincoln Center Sure Thing
    finnin212
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Recently went to the Opera with a friend from Europe, and wanted to find a place close by to the Opera. I'd been to N&T's several times and knew it would be a good spot. But boy have they stepped up their game since my last visit. It was the first dinner serving of their new fall menu. It did not disappoint. We both had fish for our mains, Fluke and Tuna, cooked perfectly. And we both had starters, I had the figs and my friend had the crispy chicken livers. Both were presented beautifully and just yummy. The excellent wine list allowed up to pair our dinner choices with some lovely wines. Expert friendly service. Make a res...or you will wait. I have a new pre-show fav!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific
    sabrinaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I can share how terrific this place consistently is!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a joy
    Chudsy
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Terrific service, very good food...free of pretense...where we go for Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new regular place for us
    David
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nick and Toni's Cafe is just around the corner from us and is a great find. Everyone is friendly, the food and service are great. The chef experiments successfully. We've been there twice in the past week and will be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Pre-Theater Dinner
    JoeNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Light foods or pizza, served quickly if you need it that way, or relax and dine normally. Ultra thin pizza crust, good appetizer selection. We arrived too late for a full meal and really appreciated the front desk man's assistance to help us get in and out quickly. (an amazing 25 minutes from entry to departure) Two hot appetizers and a pizza later, we made the show, with time to spare.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great for dining pre-Lincoln Center event. Very nice prix fix alternative.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS GREAT
    123abcVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our first choice pre Lincoln center; with good reason---great food and service ---we will return soon!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinahVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Location, good food and service are consistent which is why we return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RodneyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent neighborhoody place near Lincoln Center. I put down moderate noise level, but can be tough on conversation when it is full and and diners are energetic. We keep going back, finding the food consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nick & Tired
    dawndinesoftenVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Used to be a favorite go-to restaurant in our neighborhood, but not for awhile. Tried again recently but my young girls shared a dried out turkey burger and soggy fries. Nick and Toni's turkey burger used to be one of our favorites! We were not asked if we wanted any drinks with brunch and servers seemed much more intent on speaking with one another rather than their customers. I had shredded chicken salad, which consisted of some greens and stringy burnt pieces of chicken. And greasy, gristly pieces of skin. Would never eat that salad again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great meeting spot
    D3good
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I hosted a lunch for old friends who enjoy good food and conversations. Nick & Toni's didn't disappoint. The pastas with velvety sauces, a baked peach with Gorgonzola and proscuito and heirloom tomatoes were wonderful. The desserts were delightful. My only negative comment is that the expresso was watery and weak. But I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pizza
    NCgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service here was not attentive nor fast enough; even when we asked for a dessert menu there was no interest in getting it to us in a timely manner. We ordered the Zucchini Squash Blossom as an appetizer as I thought the server said it was zucchini and blossoms, but no, we paid $8 for one little greasy blossom, such a disappointment as we love fried zucchini. The margarita pizza was good on a nice thin, crispy crust. We decided to skip dessert as it took so long to get the menu, we feared we would miss our show waiting on a dessert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant dinner at N&T's Manahattan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Stopped for a quick dinner at Nick and Toni's. It was early when we arrived and we were the only diners in the place; by the time we left they had a full house. Service was responsive and pleasant and we appreciated the server's recommendations on menu choices. The arctic char was plentiful and seasoned well; and the squash salad underneath was light and refreshing. The arugula salad was plentiful and the marinated olives brought to the table with the bread course were an nice treat. Prices were reasonable and the dessert rounded up a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Setting is delightful
    LBer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pizzetta just ok and not hot and very overpriced for the portion. Will try again for brunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong.
    Story
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food and very nice people. We love it here. It's a great neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meatball heaven
    Ptvnsx
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nothing pretentious. Just good solid food served by friendly staff. "Stolen" meatballs are a must.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REally good Lincoln Center find
    StafVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a really good Italian restaurant near Lincoln Center with a pizza bar and quite friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There was a little glitch with our reservation, but the manager handled it as well as possible. We really enjoyed the pizzas and zucchini, and the pork chop was delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy to be back
    DobbsDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I thought I had read that Nick & Toni's Café in Manhattan had closed and was sad that one of our favorite places to dine before Lincoln Center performances would no longer be an option. Luckily, we discovered it is still open and made a reservation. Happy to be back and nibbling on olives and dipping delicious Italian bread in olive oil while perusing the menu, we chose to order a la carte, but it is also possible to order a 3-course prix-fixe dinner with smaller portions. My husband had his favorite appetizer of chicken livers, but I opted for the special salad of arugula, beets (chunks of red and golden ones), and goat cheese. We both had the special fish: fluke, pan seared in their brick oven and served over a corn and squash medley. Yum
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A dependable neighborhood gem
    Nikki10023VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I eat here regularly, often before or after seeing a film in the neighborhood. I can always count on getting a good meal. Most recently I had the Artic Char with quinoa salad. It was delicious. The service is fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Swordfish special was good but chicken was disappointing. Chicken itself was well cooked but sauce/gravy tasted and looked like it had been made days/weeks before. East Hampton needs to provide cooking lessons on this basic chicken dish.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • could have been better
    jbrbVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    although mostly the food was good, there were some disappointments. There were five in my group pre Lincoln Ctr Theater. Two salads arrived soggy and beyond SMALL. If you can't be generous with a salad that's not good. Two of the men ordered pasta which was very good ,but again , so SMALL that they were left hungry. My fish was ridiculously small, not even a small filets worth. The portions were two small- they were all like appetizer portions with a big price ticket. There are better places to go in the hood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 525 reviews are from the Nick & Toni's Cafe Manhattan reviews archive.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We love this place - it is tiny, and warm and comforting. The food is always great - this time, we had the individual pizzas - thin crusted and delicious and a lovely bottle of Malbec. Our server was funny and sweet, but also most efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • what happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Hopefully this was just an anomaly. We love this place and usually the service is good. They were slow when we were there and the waitress just stood across the room and never came over to our table after taking our order. Others did but our food took forever to come out. The first course came out more quickly and then the second we waited for over 30 minutes and the waitress never came over to talk with us. We ate there twice in the last week. Once for dinner and once for brunch. Dinner was good service. brunch was the flow one. The brunch food was GREAT, once we received it. Hopefully it was just our waitress. I am going to give more stars so I do not effect the rating because normally they are a great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    NIck and Tony's is consistently great! The location is central to Lincoln Center and some wonderful shopping. The restaurant provides excellent food and service. I recommend it to everyone who chooses to dine in that particular part of the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Best for preconcert dining in Lincoln center area. Food and service are consistently very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UWS=SMH
    foodieNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I love living in this neighborhood but the restaurants cater to diners with deep pockets and taste buds that haven't worked in years. If it's expensive and you don't have to turn down the music or switch tables three times to move away from the air conditioning/kitchen/restroom then I guess it's acceptable. This was our fourth visit to Nick and Toni's and the same condescending server taking too many tables while the server that greeted us stayed at the bar to drink after his shift was enough of this joint. Price point floats around $100 a person if you order ala carte with drinks and I regret being too lazy to travel 25 blocks for a place that cares.
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  • Nick and Tonis
    RobieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Attentive service and good food. Out in time for performance at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love it here
    JazzyLady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We are satisfied repeat customers. They make the best vodka gimlet in town. The fish dishes are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.