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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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday:
5:00pm - 10:30pm
Madison and Park Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
There is also a private garage located directly across the street.
E or M train to 53rd and 5Ave
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Cellini Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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
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!
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.
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