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About Fresco by Scotto

Fresco by Scotto is a family owned Italian restaurant in New York City. The concept is simple: serve delicious, fresh, seasonably inspired food in a warm atmosphere. Fresco by Scotto Restaurant has been opened since November 1993. It’s well known as the power broker’s lunch and star-filled entertainment industry dinner. Fresco by Scotto is often referred to as the “NBC Commissary”. Fresco by Scotto is owned and operated by the Scotto Family—Marion, Rosanna, Anthony, Jr.and Elaina Scotto.

34 East 52nd st
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Park & Madison

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 935-3434

Website:
http://www.frescobyscotto.com/

Entertainment:
"People watching at it"s best" Zagat

Catering:
Please Call Elaina Scotto or Natalie at 2127542700, we will handle all your catering needs.

Parking Details:
Parking available after 6pm on the street. otherwise private parking lot on 52nd st. Park and Lexington

Public Transit:
5th ave station on E and M line. 51st street station 6 line. 47-50 station B,D,F.

Executive Chef:
Beau Houck

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Fresco will be open Sunday, Dec 17th with our regular ala Carte Menu!

Fresco will be open Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 24th with Prefix Menu "A Night of 7 Fishes" ~ Adults $95 per person ~ Children's Menu $50 per child for children under 12 years of age ~ all beverages, tax & gratuity are extra!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Fresco by Scotto will be open New Year's Eve ~ Sunday, December 31th from 5pm to 9pm with our regular ala Carte Menu. Last reservation is at 9pm!

Private Dining

FRESCO by Scotto can accommodate private parties.

Fresco by Scotto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (60)
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Authentic (38)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Groups (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Comfort Food (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Fun (21)
Romantic (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
People Watching (19)
Cozy (18)
Casual (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Love Love Love the Scotto Family.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, service and vibe ! Love the feel and the setting !

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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·Dined 3 days ago

I was there for dinner with 2 of my grown children, after a show & seeing the tree. I hadn't been there in many years & it was fantastic! We loved everything!

Tags: People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Had to wait 1 1/2 hrs to sit with a reservation. Chaotic. Over books

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Arrived at 7:00 for a 7:15 reservation. Told 20 minutes. Had to return a glass of wine because the glass smelled like bleach. Bartender agreed, "Yes, sometimes we do not rinse well enough." At 7:50, bartender sent over a round as an apology that we were still waiting. Finally seated at 8:00 after a stern conversation with the hostess. Lamb chops were delicious. Pasta was so overcooked, that it was mushy and ragu was runny.
Waitress, while efficient, never once smiled. Very disappointing overall dining experience.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

We ate here twice in our 4 day stay in NYC!! This is a must!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Love everything about Fresco. Atmosphere, food and service all top shelf

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

had a very enjoyable business dinner. Noise level was way better than most restaurants as I could hear without straining.

Service was great.

Food was outstanding.

Really great all around.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely meal wonderful staff and you feel well taken care of Drinks were excellent and food and service was outstanding Would love to return soon

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Had lunch with friens for Christmas
Were seated upstairs which we prefer (less noisy)
Food and service excellent
Love the family feel
Excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was great as always. Service was mediocre like our last several visits.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I frequent Fresco by Scotto primarily for business lunches, however on this occassion I brought my mother and daughter here on a Sunday night after the Christmas show. The reservation was prompt and Clea was very very patient with my mom who had alot of questions and had some food sensitivities. The food was excellent as usual. I would highly recommend it!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

I am so glad we made reservations and got to enjoy this gem of a restaurant. We were a party of 3. The meatballs were the best I have ever had. The linguine with clams was exceptional as was the cannelloni. Do not miss out on this gem.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The hostess called both staff and patrons baby. She didn't check us into our open table reservation. Our table was cramped next to the folks behind us. The wait staff took the place settings away from our two kids when we sat down but never brought them anything to eat with or drink from - even after we asked, repeatedly. Service was basically non existent after we ordered. We waiting for over 15 mins to pay our bill while our waiter took a photo with another table. With SO many other amazing restaurants in the area, don't waste your time here.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

I was really looking forward to celebrating my birthday with my wife here but unfortunately it was disappointing in almost every way. This is not quiet intimate dining, the tables are inches away from each other and there was very loud and obnoxious party of 20 screaming at each other behind us. We waited a while for our waiter to arrive yet our dinners appeared in less than 10 minutes after we ordered them, hardly anytime to enjoy our drinks or even the breadbasket that took longer to arrive than our meal. The restaurant was packed, so it really makes you think how much attention goes into the preparation of the dishes, especially since my meal did not come out as I ordered it. I declined to have it taken back as I hate to waste food and hate even more having my wife eat alone while I wait for my meal.

From sitting down to paying our bill was literally 35 minutes, it was crazy, we actually joked that we could have made a show. If I would have known they rush you out, I would have ordered an appetizer just to prolong the meal. The worst part of the evening is the waiter takes your credit card at the table and asks how much gratuity you want to add. In your head you are thinking, you ignored us at first, then you threw the food at us and my order was wrong. The women at the large party behind us have started singing/screaming Donna Summers songs and the people at the tables inches away from you are staring at you waiting to hear your response to how much you are going to tip this guy...what else can you say but 20% and try to get out of there faster than the food arrived.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

We were just taking a long weekend in NYC and tried Fresco because it had been mentioned to me as a nice restaurant. It was very good Italian food and the service was wonderful. The place was full but only had a 4-5 minute wait for our table for 8:00 reservations. It will be on my list for a place to return.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

Loved every minute. Staff is amazing. Food is great. Everyone is so friendly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Our first time here and it was wondeful. Great food drink and impeccable service.
Our experience was pleasant and relaxing.
Server was helpful suggested get options and specials. My wife opted for the risotto special while I went with the cavetelli with broccoli and sausage. Both were superb. Highly recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was very good and the waiter was amazing!! He described everything in perfect detail, was attentive to our every need, and everything from drinks to food to desert was perfectly timed. He had a great attitude and I wish I remembered his name because he was that good. I would request him special the next time I go. We went early before the main dinner rush so we didn't have to wait for anything.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time in NYC for the Christmas holidays. Our dinner as one of the best meals my family has ever had together. A wonderful time. Will go back every time when in the city.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I love Fresco, because the food is delicious and the service is perfect

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We head to NYC often for business and pleasure. We enjoy our dining experiences, but Fresco was by far one of the best thus far. The family who owns the restaurant was onsite and were pitching in all night long. They are warm and friendly as was every staff member. Our meal was delicious. I was a little disappointed they didn't have the traditional Ricotta Cake that evening as it is my favorite, but my husband had the Banana Pudding and it was fabulous. It was our first time going to to Fresco but we will be back soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

wonderful meal...met our son in the city before seeing a show...service was impeccable ..not at all rushed...everything was delicious from the meatballs to deserts...would definitely dine there again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is our third time dining at Scotto & it is always outstanding. Everything went very well. Anthony made us feel at home and the food, wine & service was spectacular! Highly recommended. Looking forward to our next trip to the city so we can go back there again.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Christmas in the City

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very bad food, noisy Angry people at the nect table. Service ok

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent! Both of us had the pork shanks with risotto. Outstanding! Plenty of food. I'm a big eater and these were more than enough. I sent them an email asking for the recipe to serve on Christmas. Let's hope they send it to me! The waitstaff was very knowledgeable about all the ingredients and were very patient with our questions. Recommended wine with our meal was over the top good.

Will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We live in Oklahoma but have for several years made the trip to NYC in December. We always dine at Fresco by Scotto. Food is always great, service outstanding. Absolutely our favorite restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was fresh of high quality and perfectly prepared. The service was impeccable and not rushed. The drinks were also expertly prepared.
The pricing is a bit high, but I did not get that feeling of being taken over the coals...Great job Scotto family for running a tight ship!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The wine by the glass was only fair (chardonnay). My wife had salmon which lacked flavor. My pasta was very good. Our waitress was very dry (no personality, almost as if she did not want to be there) and not very attentive (never asked how we were enjoying our food). The restaurant was very busy which may explain what was mentioned above.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Got the reservation same day. They were 10 minutes late seating us, which is acceptable. The food was very good, the service attentive without being overbearing, and the ambiance quite nice. However, the tables were really close together and it’s a bit noisy, my only gripes. But in midtown Manhattan crowded noisy restaurants are the norm. This is an excellent eatery, I would go again in a heartbeat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

They were very friendly and accommodating. Loved the waiter he was so helpful and friendly and recommended good things on the menu. The food was delicious and would highly recommend this place to other friends and family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was great enjoying the restaurant but too pricey

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Love this place!! Food is excellent, atmosphere is great! Family owned and operated for many years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Overall the experience was good but that being said the table beside us knocked their bottle of red wine onto us covering our purses and purchases (clothing) in red wine. Our table was cleaned up promptly and we were given a take out bag for our purchases because our bag was soaked and unusable but the purchases required cleaning and our purses were stained. I felt that the restaurant should have at least comp’ed one of our rounds of drinks at a minimum if not more. It somewhat ruined the evening which happened to be my birthday.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Extremely pleased with the serice and food. Brought a friend who had ever been to Fresco and she will also definitely come back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We travel to NYC from Kansas City several times a year and always take the opportunity to have dinner at Fresco by Scotto. I have never been disappointed.
What an establishment!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Next time in NYC I will be stopping in! A must stop. And very good quality, staff is knowledgeable, and the owner was saying hi.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service were great! This was my second time and I will be back. I had a party of 6 and was seated upstairs. The room was a bit bland and nowhere near the ambiance we would have had if seated in the main dining room. Next time, I will make sure I ask to be seated there.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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