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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Upper East Side

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A photo of Aunt Jake's Pasta Experience restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(477)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 22 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 Carmine's - 44th Street - NYC restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(28333)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Theater District
Booked 359 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 Il Fiorista restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(164)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • NoMad
Booked 21 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
4.6
Exceptional(299)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • NoMad
Booked 38 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(1904)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 70 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 Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC restaurant
4.5
Awesome(8289)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Upper West Side
Booked 113 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 83 1/2 restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1088)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 10 times today
Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, 83 1/2 has been consistently praised as a neighborhood gem for its authentic Italian food. Customers rave about the delicately fried crispy baby artichokes, creative pastas, and the standout veal chop parmigiana, calling it singularly the best dish in the area. The generous portions and fresh, inventive items have marked 83 1/2 as one of the best Italian restaurants anywhere. The restaurant’s cozy interior, friendly staff, and relaxing setting also reflect an old-world Italian touch customers enjoy. Most importantly, 83 1/2 offers a comforting, high-quality dining experience that keeps patrons returning.
A photo of Siena Cafe restaurant
4.4
Awesome(546)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 13 times today
Siena Cafe, located in the upper east side, is celebrated for its outstanding Italian cuisine. The restaurant consistently impressed guests with its top-notch food and service, as reflected in multiple glowing reviews. Diners speak highly of its "fabulous food", "authentic Italian" dishes and "imaginative" takes on classic recipes. Homemade pasta is highlighted as a particular culinary delight. Regulars consider Siena Cafe their favorite local eatery, lauding its excellent service, relaxing ambience, and reasonable prices. Offering meals that are both superb and hearty, Siena Cafe provides a distinctly pleasing dining experience that invites a return visit.
A photo of Mama Mia - 44sw restaurant
4.4
Awesome(1217)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Hell's Kitchen
Booked 17 times today
Nestled in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, New York City, Mama Mia - 44sw stands out as a favorite Italian restaurant amongst locals and visitors. Renowned for its tantalizing and varied menu offering such as 'Pizza 44', 'Shrimp Toscana', 'Chicken 44' and 'Fettuccine Champignon', and the celebrated 'Homemade Tiramisu' for dessert. Patrons consistently rave about the excellent service, live music, and romantic lighting. Most notably, a review lauded Mama Mia - 44sw for offering "great authentic Italian foods served in traditional style" while others dub it as "the best Italian in Hell's Kitchen." Mama Mia - 44sw has not only created a classic Italian culinary experience but a sense of community and familiarity where "the staff, Angelo and Victor were extremely friendly and welcoming."
A photo of Vicolina restaurant
4.4
Awesome(455)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Upper East Side
Booked 10 times today
Vicolina is a highly regarded Italian restaurant, recognized for its outstanding service and exquisite northern Italian cuisine. Located in the charming Carnegie Hill neighborhood, it has been praised by New York visitors and locals alike. Several reviews acknowledge the high-quality food offerings, specifically lauding Vicolina's pasta dishes and their unique ability to cook it al dente. Others commend the top-notch service, particularly the attentive and dedicated wait staff. The charming ambiance, which includes alfresco dining and an elegant atmosphere, also adds to the overall dining experience. Despite some higher prices, the consistent excellence and authentic Italian flavors at Vicolina justify the cost, making it a beloved favorite for Italian cuisine in the city.
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