Fabio Cucina Italiana

4.5
554 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With a career spanning across two continents and twenty-seven years of experience in Italian Cuisine, our Italian Chef has created an Italian culinary haven known as Fabio Cucina Italiana Restaurant located at 214 East 52nd St. Our Chef will make sure you have the ultimate dining experience and unforgettable taste experience.

Throughout his formative years in Rome, Italy and in NY, our chef has perfected signature dishes such as FETTUCINE Alla Fabio, made with porcini mushrooms and a delicate sauce that enhances the woody taste of the mushroom without overpowering the palate, and RISOTTO Crema di scampi, made with the freshest fish and lightest of creams.

our chef personally selects his produce and vegetables directly from the market daily, as he wants to ensure top quality and freshness of all his ingredients. The same applies to the pasta dishes - all are homemade and great attention is paid to preparation and detail. we will also go out of our way to prepare dishes upon request.

Support Fabio Cucina Italiana during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 554 people are saying
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johnloop
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was fantastic , very nice meal

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Jess
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I’ve eaten here at least 10 times. The service was a bit off but I know everyone is having trouble finding help. I think they were the best local place in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

MENU IS NOT UPDATED - everything was ~$8 more than advertised, be warned.

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NYC21
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The service was so slow. They only had one server for the entire restaurant. Everything took unnecessarily long.

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Jess
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I’ve been there many times. The food is consistently delicious and a much better value than others like it in the neighborhood.

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LuisA
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food, great service and ambience. Definitely returning.

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PetersG
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service tucked into 52nd street two doors down from a Hilton Garden Inn!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, from our greeting by the staff to the wine, food and service!

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KevinH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful evening fir my wife and I. The atmosphere has a beautiful almost ethereal quality. The food was exceptional and the service excellent We will definitely be returning when we are in town again

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Brett
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I would definitely dine there again.

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vipdisappointed
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pretty empty for Friday dinner so it was actually nice to not seat around other people. Good food & service.

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vipErikG
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot for mid-town east side of town, pasta special was fantastic

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VanessaK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time on Friday night. Restaurant was serving at reduced capacity (Covid restrictions), but they still offered a full menu of high quality dishes. We had many great courses, and my main course - homemade squid ink pasta with lobster and a spicy red sauce - alone was worth returning for.

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vipMensuraCec
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant is very pretty and they’re doing a great job with Covid restrictions. We had 5:30 reservations and got there at 5:25 and were immediately seated. The servers were very attentive and the food was good. My only issue is, when I found this restaurant online, it was the food that drew me in. But, because of the holiday, they only offers a prefix menu. There weren’t a lot of options for me, since I don’t eat veal or seafood. I was really looking forward to trying a few other dishes, but they weren’t available that day. Other than that, The dish I did order was as very good and I guess we now have a reason to go back!!!

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AnnaisV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My only complaint is that I made reservations to be seated inside due to the very cold weather. I was seated outside in their dinning area which is really nice but the cold was very uncomfortable.

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vipRobA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor set up. Staff was terrific and the food very good. Wonderful Italian restaurant in the neighborhood.

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ClareM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Part of my view of a restaurant is influenced by their wine offerings, the price of those offerings and whether that information is easily available before booking a table. There is no wine menu on the website of Fabio Cucina. I could probably have invested another 15 minutes looking for one but did not. Fabio Cucina should include its wine list on its website.
As it turns out, there is no wine on the list under $60. Had I known this, I would not have gone to the restaurant and for this reason and this reason only, I won't return.

Fabio Cucina Italiana
Responded on January 27, 2021

we appreciate your comment and we are willing to adjust the wine pricing and hopefully see you soon.

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vipRileyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant just the best great people amazing chef!!!

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vipChita
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The outside dinning area is well thought out and the tables provide adequate spacing and heat. The menu is predictable and looks appealing. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent attention from Rafael

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BrendaF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Since outdoor dining was our only option due to Covid restrictions, we were truly pleased by the efforts of the restaurant to create a wonderful dining experience in the front of the restaurant. Heaters were provided and lighting made the experience festive for the holiday week. The food was excellent and the portion size was perfect. Cocktails were just as we like them. Overall a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was amazing, food was exceptional. If I can give 10 stars they would get it

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Violet
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In love with this place. It’s was our first time here and would definitely come back. Food was outstanding and our server Ronnie couldn’t have been nicer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food! Great neighborhood find!

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vipRobert009
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My wife and I both had Veal dishes - Scaloppini and Veal Fabio. Both were excellent, I mean superb. The dessert - Crepe - was also first rate. Overall, a very nice dining experience.

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vipAndrewG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabio Cucina is always a great night out. We were dismayed to learn of Chef Chicco's departure but the kitchen was still up the same standards and the staff were all putting in extra effort.

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OliviaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. The food was unparalleled and the service was amazing.

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vipCrez
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experience and was really great. Chicco the chef/owner was patient with explaining the menu as well as friendly and entertaining. Most importantly the food was excellent. Orichiette was al dente and plentiful. The chicken with artichokes and asparagus had just the right amount of sauce and splendid taste. The chocolate molten cake with homemade strawberry ice cream was one of the best we have had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chico is a fabulous chef! Can do anything you want!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and outdoor ambiance were absolutely amazing! Highly recommend!

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StephenD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice people. Thanks for the memories.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first at this restaurant. Amazing place, really beautiful with good ppl. Delicious food! My sea bass was to die for😍 it was my birthday so we asked for a birthday cake, they brought two cakes 🤩 will come back soon💕

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly, great service and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with special date
Service excellent social distance tables-fine
Great ambiance good food good music
Felt like on vacation in NY amid Pandemic
Will visit again. Only partial critic-pricey
$166 ——for 2 glasses wine 2 cappuccino 1 salad 2 pasta entrees and 1 desert split plus tax tip Yet great experience!

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vipKeithS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The waiter said they didn’t have a drink menu and said they were unable to make the drinks we requested, and to keep trying. Many of the reviews we read praised this establishment for their drinks so this was strange.

When we went through many alternates, he argued with us and claimed what we finally requested as an alternate wasn’t along the lines of what we wanted originally. It was almost as though he was refusing to to give us the drinks after all the suggestions and requests. It didn’t come off as accommodating.

We were asking about cocktails and he said we should just have wine.

The calamari was rubbery and flavorless. After ordering the steak, we were told that type of meat was no good and that we had to have a more expensive substitute that upon receiving the check, was an item that was never featured on the menu to begin with.

The chef was nice about it but it was an exhausting experience and it was strange that something not seen on the menu appeared on the check. Would hope to not to have that waiter again. We felt uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience here was lovely. The owner and his wife introduced themselves and gave us 2 rounds of his homemade limoncello that is the best limoncello I have ever had! The food was delicious I can’t wait to come back here

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute gem. Happened to stumble here a few weeks prior and I’m so glad I did. Charming and accommodating staff, phenomenal food, great value! I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I plan on being back here every week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cute space , yummy pasta , delicious cappuccino!

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vipErrolD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

It's outside dining which in my view will never make up for indoor dining. However, under very difficult conditions exceeded my expectations

Of course, it had to rain, and the large umbrellas did a great job protecting from the elements

The food was great

FAQs

Fabio Cucina Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 688-5200.

Fabio Cucina Italiana is rated 4.5 stars by 554 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.