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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.

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, Takeout, Wine

Cellini Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Healthy (7)
Romantic (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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.

Tags: Business Meals
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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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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful meal and ambience. Came here on a recommendation and was so well worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Have always had an enjoyable meal and experience at Cellini. The service, food and staff is exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Overall, it was very good, and I would go back often. Great spot. The hostesses (Floor 1 and 2) were very friendly. The wait staff was mediocre-to-average.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual, the food was excellent as was the service. An enjoyable evening with good friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

this is the best midtown Italian in NY for lunch. Service is the best and you can have an un-rushed biz lunch and be out in less than 70 mins.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and service! Pasta dishes are the best i ever had. Service is always very good!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent venue for business lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Good as always. But requested a table against the wall and did not get. First time. Probably because the hostess was on vacation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were not pleased by the fact that they charged us $10 for a dessert we never even ordered AND they tacked on an 18% service charge to the total bill. I thought tipping is supposed to be at the customer's discretion?! We were only a table of 2 people, not some large group!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Never disappointed. Excellent food, great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent in every way , great food and excellent but subtle service . Would highly recommend for any occasion !!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Second time here. Excellent. Service a little too quick.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I had a very good and enjoyable dinner at Cellini. The food for the most part was excellent with some slight misses which were still very good but not as quite as excellent as the best of what they served. (So food ranking should be 4.5.) Service was attentive and gracious, while relaxed and totally non-pretentious. The environment was likewise relaxed and friendly, even though it is in a rather formal neighborhood. So I am more than happy to recommend Cellini for an enjoyable evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

consistently excellent food, great service, well-paced meals, flexibility from the kitchen, and wide selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My first visit to Cellini after many years. Food was very very good. Loved the special appetizer with heirloom tomatoes. Very tasty with a terrific dressing. Then veal parmigiana. Delicious. Was not crazy about the potato served with the veal but the vegetables were excellent. For dessert the ricotta cheese cake. Really reminded me of my late mothers cheese cakes. For wine a pino Grigio villa Banfi.

A really enjoyable dinner with very very good service. Water constantly refilled and wine added when needed

Really worth a visit. Another benefit was lucky and parked my car in front of the restaurant at the city meter for $7.50

All in all perfect

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