Fabio Cucina Italiana

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$31 to $50
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Italian
With a career spanning across two continents and twenty seven years, Chef Chicco Asante has created an Italian culinary haven known as Fabio's Restaurant located at 214 East 52nd St. Chef Chicco Asante will make sure you have the ultimate dining experience.

Throughout his formative years in Rome, Italy and in NY, he 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.

Chef Chicco personally selects his produce and vegetables directly from the market daily, as he wants to insure 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. He will also go out of his way to prepare dishes upon request.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town family visiting family. What a wonderful evening. The staff was extremely attentive and professional. We highly recommend Fabios.

MG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food presentation, quality and taste. Service is excellent. I've been here a few times and I've never been disappointed with whatever I order.

KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My veal was very disappointing. It was a tiny piece. Vegetables were cold.

MG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very small, charming place with very good food and excellent service. Quiet.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent family owned restaurant that appreciates their customers. We will be back.

MW
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here every time we are in the city......fabulous!!!! Always request the sacchettini......out of this world!!!

BW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding second only to the food. Chef came to our table twice not only to ask us about the meal, but to tell us his inspiration for the dish.

M
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came here for a business lunch. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about this place when I walked in and saw the cliche paintings of Sinatra and heard the Italian restaurant music in the background. Then the food came and we were blown away --the appetizers were great and the pasta was out of this world. I had the lobster ravioli, which were sublime. This restaurant is lovingly curated by its chef, who is always around to answer questions and say hello. This place is superb!

F
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ravioli were very good! Homemade, hot and fresh ingredients. Salad was wilted and no flavor, croutons were more like crumbs. Service was okay. Not sure I will return to this restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional business dining experience. Service was top notch, they were able to accommodate our request for a quiet seating area by letting us use their section in the back. The chef came by to greet us and tell us about his history. He handpicks his ingredients daily. The food was impeccable. The two pasta dishes were amazing: we had the ravioli special and the fettuccini dish that the chef made in front of our table and finished inside a big wheel of cheese. Veal was incredible, as was the Chianti wine. Tiramisu was delicious. We will be back! Five stars! And all the staff and chef were incredibly gracious and went out of their way to make sure we were happy.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there for a birthday lunch celebration. Both food and service was great! A little pricy for lunch and they charged us for the dessert - I simply asked if they do "something" special for birthday celebration. So the charge for that "something" on the bill was not expected... but overall good food and good service!

C
New York Area
333 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice food and service. Was here before. I thought it wss better the first time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Fabio Cucina and it did not disappoint! Delicious food and really wonderful service! We will definitely be coming back again!

LB
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I chose this restaurant for it's proximity to an event we were attending later in the evening and for the reviews the food received. The setting was very pleasant as was the very professional waitstaff. The calamari appetizer was good and the chicken (pollo a modo mio) was delicious. The chef's pasta dish needed more flavor in my opinion. Word of warning: the prices for many items are quite a bit higher than they are online.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. The chef/owner came out to see us impromptu. The ambiance is very subdued and warm. It was very quiet as well. They have lots of fabric to absorb sound. Service was spot on as well.
The food really stood out.
Club Bonafide next door as well. This is a great place to go for dinner before listening to some music.

CG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service os impeccable, the food delicious and the menu filled with fan favorites. Couldn’t have enjoyed it more and can’t wait to go back.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had burratta, fried chick peas and grilled artichokes combo appetizer. It was phenomenal. Homemade pasta and gnocchi for dinner was awesome. Chef came out and talked to us. He added some homemade strawberry gelato to our chocolate cake dessert order. It was amazing. It was held on to the plate with a dallup of the creamiest cannoli filling you can imagine. Cake was great too. I imagine the cannolis are amazing too as the filling seemed like cream.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great from the appetizers, to the pastas to the entrees. Service was excellent and chef came out personally not only to give us a comprehensive review of the menu and specials, but to also say he would make anything Italian that we wanted if we didn't see it on the menu. It was my daughter's birthday and the chef made it an even more special occasion, and topped it off with desserts on the house. Would definitely go back and recommend!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in midtown Manhattan that will never disappoint you. I make sure to dine here every time I visit my daughter in NYC. Chef Chicco is outstanding and the service is superb. You will not find better Italian cuisine in NYC. I highly recommend it.

n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, fresh dishes and friendly service!

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place to go for lunch?
I have a wonderful friend who is 99 years old and this is his favorite lunch spot. We love the food and our host genuinely loves making our lunch experience a special one. I hope we will have many more lunches at Fabio.

M
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good it was a creative Italian menu we came at a slow time and unfortunately for us we were seared very quickly and did not get time to relax and enjoy thr restaurant

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly. We arrived 30 min early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us without any wait. Food was amazing.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch is really reasonable for the quality of their food.

BB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent attentive service!

FD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a native new Yorker but live in NORTH CAROLINA now I come to celebrate my birthday back here! I always eat at Fabio’s as it’s just perfect and I hate leaving the restaurant as the people are amazing! Thanks for my beautiful birthday the other day on August 15🥰 see u again during the holidays and of course my birthday......Nobody does it better than Fabio’s and I’m picky because I’m Italian 😊

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a gem. Discovered this from an OpenTable search and didn’t disappoint. Excellent food, unobtrusive but well trained service. Actually able to have a conversation. Can’t wait to go back.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Have been here half a dozen times and will keep coming back. One of the best, most consistent local Italian places with a really nice feel.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff!

s
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, super comfortable chairs, delicious food

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Fabio Cucina -- we just took friends from London there and they loved it, too! We had a great time. Delicious food, charming setting, perfect service! Highly recommended.

G
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here. The air conditioning was out but they had fans going in the people there were more than accommodating. The food was more than delicious and the complimentary dessert was a pleasant surprise. Would definitely recommend.

NM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. Fell in love with the food. I was so impressed with the place that I'd recommend to all. Excellent service, food, ambiance, location. What else can I say other than go there and taste the experience.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word - perfect! Everything was absolutely amazing - the food, the staff... and the chef coming out to greet the guests and chat with them was also a nice touch. Thank you for helping to make my BDay dinner even more memorable! Definitely will be back, and definitely recommend this place!

t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Highly recommend!

B
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Meager portions, extremely high prices for that quality presented and food that tastes no better than your local pizzeria...

DG
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends in the city for a birthday. Food was fabulous and service impeccable! Nice quiet place to actually talk- hard to find nowadays!

GR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place with friendly and knowledgeable servers happy to accommodate customizations of dishes. Food quality is excellent and the place is cool and elegant inside without pretension. Excellent pasta and seafood. It’s become a regular place for us when we are in NYC.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dinner. The quality of service, food and atmosphere was superb. From appetizer to main course to dessert the meal was outstanding. My wife and I had a great conversation with the chef. The experience had a small neighbor feel with authentic Italian flare. I highly recommend eating here.

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