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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Rockefeller Center

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A photo of Carmine's - 44th Street - NYC restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(27878)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Theater District
Booked 377 times today
Carmine's on 44th Street in NYC is renowned for its outstanding Italian cuisine. Customers frequently rave about the 'real Italian food' and its 'surprisingly delicious' flavours, describing it as 'simply the best'. Reviewers laud Carmine's for the traditional family-style Italian dining experience, with 'big and tasty dishes' that are 'perfect to share'. The Penne alla Vodka is specifically highlighted as 'delicious and flavourful'. The wine list is no less impressive with a vast selection of Italian wines like Sangiovese, Chianti Classico, and Amarone della Valpolicella. The bustling atmosphere, friendly service, and huge portion sizes add to the quintessential New York dining experience. According to many of the satisfied visitors, no visit to NYC would be complete without a meal at Carmine's.
A photo of Aunt Jake's Pasta Experience restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(398)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 14 times today
Aunt Jake's Pasta Experience is a gem for Contemporary Italian cuisine, as indicated by numerous glowing reviews. The restaurant offers a unique blend of interactive education and fabulous dining, providing an engaging and enjoyable experience that extends beyond the simple act of eating. As customers often remark, the pasta-making class is a fun experience, with friendly and knowledgeable instructors. They ensure visitors not only learn how to make a variety of pasta shapes but also immerse in the richness of Italian cuisine. Following the hands-on lesson, guests are treated to an exceptional meal. Reviews laud the food for its amazing taste and generous portions, some even asserting that Aunt Jake's is superior to any Italian restaurant in New York City. Whether you're looking for a unique date night, a memorable birthday celebration, or simply a delightful culinary adventure, Aunt Jake's Pasta Experience comes highly recommended.
A photo of Il Fiorista restaurant
4.5
Awesome(141)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • NoMad
Booked 24 times today
Located in the heart of New York City, Il Fiorista is praised for its exceptional contemporary Italian cuisine. The menu is applauded for its unique blend of traditional Italian flavors infused with floral notes, creating a dining experience that is both refreshing and memorable. The reviewers repeatedly admire the restaurant for its "excellent" and "very good" service, indicating its dedication to a fine dining experience. The ambiance is described as "beautiful", "light" and "airy", contributing to the restaurant's overall appeal. Not only does the food impress, but the drinks, especially the cocktails and espresso martinis, are highly praised as well. Despite the bustling location, reviewers note that Il Fiorista maintains a comfortable dining atmosphere, free from excessive noise and crowding. It's not surprising that it has become a favorite spot for special occasions and celebrations. The freshness, preparation, and thoughtfulness in portion control, as one reviewer puts it, truly underscore the overall quality of Il Fiorista's culinary offerings.
A photo of Cecconi's at The Ned NoMad restaurant
4.5
Awesome(273)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • NoMad
Booked 44 times today
Cecconi's at The Ned NoMad is renowned for its exceptional contemporary Italian cuisine. The restaurant has been consistently praised by diners for its high-quality food, excellent service, and inviting ambiance. Quotes from reviews reveal a delightful culinary journey, with patrons remarking on the "delicious food", "wonderful ambiance", and "perfect service". A standout menu recommendation includes the Branzino, calamari and Cacio e pepe. Whether you're part of a large group or dining solo, the restaurant caters for varying needs. The passionate team at Cecconi's not only execute a beautiful menu but also provide an unforgettable dining experience. This, along with its menu, makes it a prime destination for true Italian food aficionados.
A photo of Piccola Cucina Uptown restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1840)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 108 times today
Piccola Cucina Uptown is renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine, consistently garnering high praises from patrons who laud it as one of the best Italian restaurants in town. The diners particularly appreciate the warm hospitality, efficient and friendly service, and the casual, yet cozy ambience. The menu features a wide range of delectable offerings, including fresh, handmade pasta, high-quality seafood dishes, and creative salads. Past patrons rave about the restaurant's Italian wines, with numerous reviews complimenting their excellent selection. Moreover, the seafood crudo and delectable tiramisu have also been highlighted for their outstanding taste. From the reviews provided, it's evident that Piccola Cucina Uptown proudly delivers an immersive and enjoyable Italian dining experience, making it a must-visit destination for all food lovers.
A photo of Ninos 46 restaurant
4.3
Awesome(1132)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Midtown West
Booked 19 times today
Ninos 46 has established itself as a haven for those who love Contemporary Italian cuisine. Highly praised for its authenticity and quality, customers rave about their delicious dishes such as the porcini ravioli, lobster fettuccine, and whipped ricotta on toasted bread. Authentically Italian, the restaurant also provides a wide range of gluten-free options, a trait lauded by diners with dietary restrictions. The reviewers' claims range from "the best Italian restaurant I've been to" to applause for the "excellent service" and the "delicious and legit" food offerings. Conveniently located within walking distance of Times Square, Ninos 46 certainly exceed expectations and is recommended for anyone seeking a delightful Italian dining experience.
A photo of Cecconi's Dumbo restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(4742)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • DUMBO
Booked 186 times today
Cecconi's Dumbo, famous for its Contemporary Italian cuisine, has been lauded by many for its exceptional dining experience. The restaurant, nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, offers stunning views of the waterfront and the Manhattan skyline, creating an unmatched ambiance that guests find irresistible. Patrons have consistently praised the authenticity of the dishes, with one even singling out the vegan sausage pizza for its convincing flavor. The service has been deemed 'outstanding' and 'impeccable' by numerous reviews, with waiters like Mario and Sam earning special mentions for their kindness and attentiveness. Whether for the vegan dessert that is 'decadent and rich', or for the 'amazing' salami pizza, Cecconi's Dumbo has something for everyone, expertly blending traditional Italian cuisine with a touch of modern creativity, promising an experience that 'never disappoints'.
A photo of Cucina 8 1/2 restaurant
4.4
Awesome(625)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Midtown West
Booked 12 times today
Cucina 8 1/2 is an acclaimed Italian restaurant situated in NYC, known for its remarkable service, authentic Italian flavors, and aesthetic ambiance. The staff is hailed for their attentiveness, making every occasion special, from birthdays to anniversaries, with a variety of gourmet Italian dishes starring on the menu. Customers have particularly praised the "meatballs with extra cheese" and "special burrata with caviar." Their selection of wines is also a highlight, featuring some of the most beloved Italian varieties. Despite the occasional lively kitchen, Cucina 8 1/2 transports its customers to Italy, with an Italian customer stating, "it's like going back home and seating at the table of the most prestigious Italian Restaurants."
A photo of Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC restaurant
4.5
Awesome(8219)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Upper West Side
Booked 93 times today
Carmine's - 91st Street - in NYC is an exceptional example of fine Italian cuisine. This restaurant offers a diverse array of dishes from Steak to Seafood, and Desserts to Drinks, encompassing the very essence of Italian flavor. As per reviews, the restaurant is commended for its "great food, great employees, great atmosphere" and the "authentic Italian food" served in family style. The Lasagna is deemed as the best, with the eggplant parmigiana being so good, it's referred to as food made by angels. Another fan-favorite is the world-class Carbonara. With the consistency in service, taste, and portions, Carmine's has been praised as "outstanding" and "the best Italian in NYC."
A photo of Stella 34 Trattoria restaurant
4.2
Awesome(3372)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Midtown West
Booked 23 times today
Stella 34 Trattoria provides an excellent blend of traditional Italian dishes with creative touches that make it stand out. Situated on the 6th floor of Macy's Herald Square, this restaurant surprises customers with its high-quality cuisine and warm ambiance. The reviews speak volumes - customers rave about the "excellent service and food," with a particularly fantastic review for the chicken milanese, described as a regular's ‘go to’ for lunch. Pasta dishes are also frequently highlighted, with one party ordering every pasta on the menu and finding them "all fantastic!" The view of the city and the elegant atmosphere further enhance the dining experience at Stella 34 Trattoria, proving it to be a hidden gem of Italian cuisine.
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