Cellini

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Cellini’s culinary style of chic simplicity produces a menu of astounding freshness and creativity. We began with a masterful rendition of cornmeal polenta wedges with masses of slivered shitake mushrooms and a calamari salad garnished with beans and scallions, each set off with a hot, homemade foccacia, augmented with sliced crusty Tuscan bread. We next chose panzotti-supple half moon pasta filled with fresh, crisp vegetables lightly bathed in a delicate porcini mushroom sauce. A unique tubular pasta stuffed with the freshest fish and spinach under a seasoned fish stock was enough to show us that each dish here has its own personality, and is densely concentrated with flavor.
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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal as always!

NC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. Never disappoints.

AK
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and wonderful service!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was good for reunion people

B
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific food - best Veal Milanese in NYC and the veal with artichokes was also terrific.

Staff lovely - small issue with the bill coming to me before we'd finished our meal but was beautifully handled by the staff.

Outstanding venue.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Veal chop was tough . Appetizers were good . Disappointed as they were out of a requested entree. Good desserts .

C
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very nice place to go on a date. Ambiance a tad dated.. super classy though. Food was good, not outstanding but a great place to enjoy Italian cuisine. Dessert was probably the best part of the meal. Overall, service was excellent and would return

L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old style Italian restaurant with absolutely delicious home-made pasta. Service was attentive and prices were modest for midtown NYC. I loved it. My new favorite restaurant.

HS
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice neighborhood place. Pasta was delicious. Excellent service.

LF
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal before the theater! Made a reservation without a problem, the wait staff was courteous and attentive and the food was terrific. Service was quick, but not rushed and we had plenty of time to return to the theater. Would definitely return!

IP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine selection and the taste of their food succeeded expectations. Our experience was unparalleled! Amazing place!

PL
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fast and professional service, and friendly NYC atmosphere. One of our favorites.

AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was average and waiter forgot to bring our appetizer. I wouldn't dine again at Cellini.

r
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

neighborhood staple.. always very reliable and very consistent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food not as good as before.

LB
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from the service to the food! The service staff was very attentive and the food arrived quickly and was some of the best Italian we have ever had. All the way around this was a great choice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in New York

b
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Top-notch Italian cooking and an amazing focaccia to start!

SW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have eaten here many times and the food is always delicious! This meal was no exception- great spaghetti carbonara, great gnocchi, great salads and a wonderful special white bean soup with escarole and sausage. The detractors on this particular evening were that the restaurant was very crowded so service was spotty and we ended up at a table in the middle of the upstairs dining room so spent the meal being jostled by other diners and wait staff pushing past our table, bumping our handbags, etc. But the food was so good, everyone was very happy with their meal.

M
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cellini was recommended to me by a co-worker. I had lunch there the other day and it was a very pleasant experience. We had a reservation for 1pm, arrived on time and was seated immediately. Food was very good and tasteful and arrived 10 minutes after placing an order.
I was surprised how packed the place was. It was on a louder side but comfortable enough to carry a conversation.
Overall great experience. I would definitely go back.

NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Perfection! The food is incredible. Will definitely be back there again.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best veal parm

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P
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Variety. Inexpensive wines. Good service

BW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, your water glass is always full and staff is attentive. Food is cheesy

V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gnocchi in town.

t
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in NYC to see a play, and we always try to dine at Cellini. We were planning on trying another restaurant, but we decided on the sure bet, and went back to Cellini. We were not disappointed, and the restaurant was almost full on a Tuesday night, but we were able to get a table. Burrata caprese, lobster ravioli off the menu, and mushroom veal chop off the specials, paired with a couple of glasses of wine made for yet another wonderful meal. We will be back!

SW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Reliable and delicious midtown Italian. Love this place. I eat here at least once a week! Service can be slow but it’s very friendly. Cozy atmosphere. Love it!

AK
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always receive great service and fantastic food!

DL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Highly recommended!

a
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem in midtown East. Even though a lot of guests looked local, they treated us tourists with just the same hospitality. Lasagna was even better than the one I had in Italy. Definitely recommend and come back!

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been regular diners at Cellini for many years now and missed it while it was closed for renovation. Now that it’s reopened, the food is as delicious and well-prepared, the ambience as comfortable, and the staff as friendly and attentive as ever. We were also delighted to see that all of our favorite dishes have remained on the menu, and we hope that they always will. It all adds up to Cellini being one of our favorite and most frequently-patronized restaurants.

b
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The risotto primavera, risotto Tre fungi , the salmon primavera and lasagna were all well prepared and flavorful. The service was attentive, but not rushed. My only complaints are that there are no family style antipasti and that price of bottle of wine was double the price of the entree.

SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was impeccable and the expense was very reasonable! Highly recommend!

LN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, classic NYC Italian spot

J
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our second visit and we were pleased again. Nice neighborhood place with a cozy feel. Food and service are very good. Nice wine list.

E
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Usually great, service is slipping. Hard to get waiter attention for basics: water, bread, the check.

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing as always. We had the pear salad, lobster ravioli and a special chicken ravioli, plus the cheesecake. The service was not as good as normally, not very friendly and had to wait a long time for ac check but in all fairness it is Christmas time and they were VERY busy. We will definitely be back!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. What a hidden gem! And looks like it’s mainly locals that go there, so it’s not a tourist place. Angelo, the waiter was so wonderful! Very professional and quick. We had bolognese rigatoni and seafood risotto. Both were cooked to perfection! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here every time we are in NY

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service is very spotty. Food is just reheated pasta or chicken with sauce thrown on top. Would not recommend.