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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

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
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Good for a Date (25)
Cozy (23)
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Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (7)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Seasonal (5)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We went here by 4 people.
They added 20% service charge on Bill automatically.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food in a pleasant environment. The tables are well spaced. The service was smooth and unobtrusive. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We've spent lots of time in Midtown east, and have walked by the "un-buzzworthy" Cellini a thousand times. Finally went in on a cold winter night and our only regret is we didn't do it sooner. It's old-school, neighborhood, white tablecloth Italian, closer to up-scale than sauce bucket. Service was warm and friendly but not cloying, and the menu was a straightforward collection of the usual pastas, chicken and veal. Comfortable seating in a relaxing, cozy room.

Yes, the veggies were just a minute or two past crispy, and the bread - while tasty - not warmed before serving, but portions were ample, the cauliflower soup (a special) was fabulous, the lasagna hearty and tasty, etc. And the prices are surprisingly reasonable; maybe the best dinner value in this pricey part of town. (All but the drinks, that is. It's a decent pour, but we paid $18 each for a scotch before dinner!)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was an amazing night due to the staff who made the night special along with the food was outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Cellini, the food was excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Superb food, attentive service and nicely priced. Lively atmosphere on the second floor. Would highly recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food. Servers had a bit of an attitude that detracted from experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Western KY)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best meal we had during a week long Christmas stay in new York. As good as Jeffrey Zacharian's "The National", and better, by far, than the Plaza's "Todd English Food Hall".

Cellini will be a stop whenever we find ourselves in Manhattan.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Cellini was recommended by a friend and it turned out well . The service was great, staff was friendly and the food was one of the best my wife and myself have ever had. We are trying to find time to make it back to the city just so we can go there again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, but the service was very fast paced and not personal for the price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pre-holiday crowd, very noisy but not really a problem. We had a corner table which allowed us to converse. Very good food. Prompt service. (The waiters were really hustling!) Favorite eating place in that part of town.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food came out way too quick we hadn’t even finished our bread yet and are main dish was brought out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food and service. Very noisy and set us back near the bathroom.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was excellent, the service fantastic, and the price was average for the city. We went there for a date but felt like we were sitting with the people to the left and to the right of us because we were seated so close. We literally had to move our table to get up from our seats.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Cozy with delicious food- with so many Italian restaurants in nyc nice to find an authentic spot - great ambience and delicious food- the octopus appetizer was fabulous - all salads well prepared - numerous pasta selections- the bolognese was perfect - veal dishes too - fish was cooked to perfection- nice varied wine list - excellent service too - enjoy

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Cellini is a great neighborhood restaurant

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The restaurant was extremely loud. It was actually difficult to hear each other.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I have been many times to Cellini and it never disappoints. You can bet on a great meal and great service every time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 12, 2017

You can tell that the food at Cellini is made with fresh ingredients and not just pre-made parts. The staff was incredibly friendly and kind, and they even took great care to make sure our toddler got his meal a bit early so he would squirm. Thank you so much!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Being Italian, Cellini's first became a favorite of ours in 4 years ago when we celebrated my late aunt's 100th birthday party there with family and friends.

The food, service and atmosphere always make for an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Cellini is a neighborhood gem. Great food, excellent service, comfortable interior.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Wonderful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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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vip
 (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 Orleans)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful!!!!!

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vip
 (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.

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