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About Cellini

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.

65 East 54th St
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday:
5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Madison and Park Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 751-1555

Website:
http://www.cellinirestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
There is also a private garage located directly across the street.

Public Transit:
E or M train to 53rd and 5Ave

Executive Chef:
Dino Arpaia

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate parties up to 10 - 200 people and have private areas available.

Private Party Contact:
Dino Arpaia: (212) 751-1555

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Cellini Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
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Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We were out in NYC for the weekend, after a couple of busy day's and night's, we were looking for a "low key" good food restaurant, and this is Cellini, it totally filled our expectations.

The food was very good, it was not unforgettable, but very good for the price.
The service was excellent, the waiters, the metre and the girl on the coat cloak were awesome.

Overall a great experience at an affordable price.

Tags: Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved this restaurant! It’s out of the way of the more touristy areas, and it had amazing food. Would highly recommend!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

For our last night in NYC we wanted some classic Italian. Cellini was a very good choice. Every dish was tasty, with the lasagna being the best of all. Service was very good. The staff was attentive. We enjoyed our meal very much.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect little Italian in Midtown. Family get together was great.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Across from Hotel Elysee, we reserved the last table at 7:30 (do make reservations) and we’re not disappointed. A glass of the Sauvignon Blanc and the reserve Malbec heralded a delicious meal. One order of Polpo (octopus app) was simply perfectly prepared and seasoned. The Branzini was tender and flavorful while the linguini fruiti de mare was chock full of fish, covered with a light tomato sauce. No room was left for sweets but i’m Sure they were equally outstanding.
We shall be back as soon as we r in town, you can count on it.
Jerrold Lerman

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Came here with some out-of-town business colleagues for dinner and we were impressed by the quality and taste of the authentic food. The wait staff was professional, attentive and the food arrived quickly. Having a well-organized coat check on a winter evening was a good touch. I would recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite places. We come here whenever we are close by. The food is delisciouos

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Cellini is a neighborhood Midtown gem.
Food is fresh, delicious, authentic Italian.
The meatballs are second to none, reminiscent of Nonna's.
There are a couple of healthy options, too, like the Pollo Paillard, and you'd never suspect how healthy given the flavor.
Salads and dressings are superb.
Every menu item is expertly prepared, with a sliver of delicious herbed bread and another of ciabatta accompanying each meal.
Service is cordial, professional and swift.
Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food and service consistently good as always. Caesar salad great!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very decent lunch. Nothing fancy. I had the soup of the day which was an Italian wedding soup and veal parmesan. The soup was exceptionally fresh and well seasoned. Same with the tomato sauce on the cutlet. The cut of veal I was provided was also well cooked — very tender. The staff was terrific. Well done!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very good lunch, the seafood risotto was quite nice with good shrimp, clams, etc. colleagues comment on loving the Parmesan bread. Upstairs dining room is quiet, good option for a midtown Italian restaurant when you’re looking for something that isn’t a steakhouse.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great. Food and ambiance both excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

In a city of many Italian restaurants, does Cellini really stand out? Based on lunch time meal, not sure it really does. All the basic choices are there and the food itself is good and nicely presented - but no real wow factor. Service was efficient without ever being friendly.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very good but the wine is rather expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of our favourite haunts for our annual trip to New York. We always come here at least once and recommend to others. Great atmosphere and consistently good pasta

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always excellent -- Everyone is GREAT -- Food always spot on

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was amazing but, the table location was awful. Smack in the middle of an already narrow dinning room. Was a Sunday night not overwhelming busy so why the service was so slow I'm not sure. Would have to think twice about a return visit even though our meals were really good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

$18.00 for an Absolut on the rocks is a bit much for this level restaurant...have never paid anything close elsewhere in the neighborhood..bring your wallet and a spare

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Cellini is a warm and comfortable restaurant in midtown. Excellent food and service!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for carbs before the marathon- It was perfect for a our party of 4 people . I would say the main dinging room at Cellini is "cozy" and relatively tight. All the food we tried was excellent- the baked clams were fabulous. The service was truly outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This has been a lunchtime favorite of people in my husband’s firm. We met a friend for lunch. The food is quite excellent. It is a bit loud over the lunch hour. We enjoyed ourselves and appreciated excellent service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Waiter didnt ask if we wanted dessert, wish theyd bring more bread around

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We hosted a friend from London for dinner, and she was thoroughly impressed. She had the white salad and the veal piccata, I believe. She claimed it was the best veal she had ever had,
which is quite a statement considering her world travels. We love the food and the amiable staff.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

east side midtown excellent Italian restaurant with quality food, great fresh tomato sauce.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Have been to Cellini for business dinners in the past, but took my wife this time as we were spending a weekend in NYC and were looking for good Italian food. Cellini is always consistent and in over a dozen visits, I have never had a bad meal. Service is always excellent, prices are reasonable for NYC including bottles of wine, and food is excellent. My pounded swordfish was done to perfection, as was my wife's chicken dish. No room for dessert this time. I have recommended Cellini to friends when visiting NYC and they have always provided positive feedback. Also nice that it's a bit less crowded and noisy on weekends, so a great choice for a Saturday or Sunday evening dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Calm, soothing ambiance. Delicious food and delicious wine. Authentic Italian food with a small Italian NYC vibe. Highly recommend. Reasonably priced for the quality.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Just terrific! I would definitely come again and certainly recommend to friends and colleagues.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Tip was added to the bill and not mentioned by the waitress

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went on a Sunday evening with the family. Nice easy dinner with good service and extensive menu. Great salads and some good vegetarian options. Friendly, efficient staff.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food, excellent service! Would recommend. Great neighborhood gem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great authentic and great quality Italian restaurant. Fantastic service as well.
Great value for the price and always consistent!!! It's one of the best Italian restaurant in town.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was excellent, service pleasant and efficient, staff smiled all the time and the restaurant was simply a pleasant place to lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Delicious as usual but service was a bit rushed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always wonderful: great, authentic food; comfortable surroundings; friendly staff and reasonably priced. And all in mid-town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I booked a table and asked for a high chair in my booking, but they did not have the high chair for me when I arrived. It was for my daughter's birthday. 2 hours before my scheduled time, I went to Cellini and left my cake there. They knew that it was for a birthday celebration for my daughter and they saw my daughter in the stroller. And again, they gave all three of their high chairs to another customer and left none for us. This is the worst birthday experience: having a booking and left a cake but ending up having to look for some place else last minute.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Ate here as a business meal while in town for one night - it was just what my colleague and I were in the mood for - some delicious Italian comfort food. The wine list was also very good and had some great wines at a reasonable price. Waiter was friendly and welcoming, would definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

great location and awesome food. Cannot go wrong. Will visit again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Fun
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and fast service! Cocktails were delicious. We are looking forward to going back to try additional dishes

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Markup on liquor was absurd, $25 each for single malt and mixed drink, but this is mid town Manhattan.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food and staff were both outstanding! I would highly recommend!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Cozy
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