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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Authentic (28)
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Good for a Date (23)
Cozy (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Casual (11)
Romantic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Great all around, good service and food always

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

The lighting was ideal, the food was good, a perfectly sized restaurant for an intimate dining experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always good food and service whenever we take friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Cellini is a good old-fashioned Italian place. The food isn't novel, but the place doesn't aim for novel. It's well executed, served professionally. From appetizer to dessert, all good.

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 (London)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Good quality, straight forward meal with very attentive service.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great value for mid-town locale....service unassuming and efficient, overall ambiance is warm and friendly , food is solid S Italian cuisine - the dover sole was surprisingly Excellent! on my regular list for NYC trips

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Good solid Italian food with fast courteous service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was great. Service was okay. The only thing I was not too happy with was although I had a reservation, I had to wait to be seated since my colleague was running late. In the meantime, people who came after me were seated before me.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I used to love Cellini (have my wedding rehearsal dinner there and a few great meals) but haven't been in a few years and god have things changed. The service was awful, there were four of us and we had to flag someone to order, and then it took almost an hour for our apps. we were begging for some olives or cheese for the center of the table we were so hungry. But then the food came and it was awful. The chicken my husband had was like airplane food and my pasta carbanara was just watery overcooked spaghetti with watery/milky tasteless sauce. I had two bites and pushed it away. And the waiter when he took the plate away didn't even ask if something was wrong. We all left disappointed, though enjoyed each others company, but we won't go or recommend Cellini again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My impromptu dinner experience after arriving in NY in the evening from Denver was excellent. They accommodated me at the last minute. I had the veal parmigiana and it was delightful. The tomato sauce was light and did not mask the taste of the veal, which is a problem often encountered at other Italian restaurants. It included some tasty vegetables and a small dollop of mashed potatoes. There was plenty of food on the large plate. The service was prompt and courteous. Although I was alone, I did not feel alone with all the attention I got from the staff. The maitre d' even sat down with me and talked for a while. A small plate of tasty Italian cookies was provided, gratis, with my after dinner coffee. The ambience is cozy and authentic Italian. It is a smaller, comfortable neighborhood style restaurant, good for families and adults.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was our second visit to Cellini and came away with the same satisfaction with our meal and the service. Have already recommended it to a number of people!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Consistently good, great for business lunch as they get you in and out

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always the best. Never a let down. Service is impeccable and attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Cellini never disappoints whether for a business lunch or an evening with friends. Food is delicious and the service is attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Nothing exciting Food was bland - waiter couldn't figure out how to give us our check - gave us check for another table. I would not go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious and people were great! It’s a small little spot so a bit tight. Also, food arrives very quickly. It seemed a bit rushed. Overall very nice. Would go back!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great overall Italian, menu selection, well priced, friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 3, 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 29, 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 26, 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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 (New York Area)·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 16, 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 11, 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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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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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