La Masseria

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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La Masseria Restaurant is inspired from ancient fortified farmhouses that in the Puglia Region of Italy are called “Masseria”. Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Pino Coladonato, grew up on a Farm in Puglia. He was forced to eat whatever was available but soon was tired of bean puree and decided to take matters into his own hands, creating new ways to use the same few ingredients. Now, with limitless ingredients to choose from, fava beans, chickpeas and lentils are still a core element in many of his entrees. Interior Designer Libby Langdon has created a warm, inviting dining atmosphere. Rustic and relaxed, with plenty of old world charm. Oversize iron sconces custom made from antique wrought iron gates punctuate the walls, and artful displays of antique farm tools mixed with various authentic Italian photographs all add to the farmhouse appeal. The 250-bottle wine list encompasses all regions of Italy with few of the best American and the rest of the world.
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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed the food, the service, and the ambiance at La Masseria. Service is outstanding, and the value extended at this fine restaurant is excellent for a fine dining experience in the theatre district. We recommend La Masseria to all friends!

l
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a late dinner here, post-theatre. I'd been wanting to try the restaurant for some time and happy I finally made it there. The place is beautiful -- a rustic warmth, great lighting and flora -- particularly lovely on a coldish winter night. The service was very attentive and professional and the food was uniformly excellent. I had a fantastic salad with beans and goat cheese and pasta bolognese. He had the fried zucchini and what he said was one of the best veal chops he'd ever had. The portions are actually fairly large. I would definitely share an appetizer next time. We also shared a excellent dessert -- apple tart with ice cream and raspberry sauce. The restaurant is pricey, but no more so than other midtown places of this calibre. And they pour a reasonably sized glass of wine, which is more than many other high-end restaurants do. We will definitely add this to our go-to list for the future.

J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant does an excellent job on positioning the tables so you are not sitting side by side next to another party. The gnocchi was delicious and light. The service was excellent ! Will definitely go back.

RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I had a few issues, overall if you in a hurry to catch a Broadway play, this place will get you out ASAP. I arrived a little early for my reso on Monday night ( theaters are closed) and had a drink with my party, only to be asked to pay the bill rather than move it to the table ( pet peeve), then we were told we had to order out appetizer with dinner at the same time ? Only after I insisted as we had not looked at the menu did the waiter relent and take the app order. Food was great and arrived promptly but no dessert or coffee was offered.

For Italian in NYC, there are many choices. Unless your going to a show nearby, you could do better.

JN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, and the presentation is wonderful. I thought the service, all of it from the hostess to the wait staff to the bartenders to the servers, was exceptional. I left a big tip because they deserved it!

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone.

L
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always; food delicious, service superb, consistently good in all ways.

DR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service fabulous!
Very convenient location to theaters and Time Square.
The Salmon was the best I have ever had and my friends loved their pasta dishes.

E
New England
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar with Valentina. She is a delight. Food was excellent.

BH
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have been to La Masseria several times when I visit NYC. We were seated upon arrival and the service was prompt. Our meal was very good.

I would definitely go back!

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We completely enjoyed our dining experience. The meals were all excellent and the service superb. The waitstaff was attentive and unobtrusive. We spent a longer than normal time and did not feel pressured to finish. This was our third visit and was as outstanding as the first 2 times. We will definitely rerun when we visit NY.

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Seemed a little disconnected. Staff was often bunched up chatting. Just not a locked in really good restaurant experience.

DH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! Great place to go on a date or with a group. The grouper special was wonderful!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They told us we didn’t have reservations after a show.

LG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service, very good food! Had a late meal after a play.

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Our table was perfect, our waiter was attentive and the food was fabulous. Great wine list.

BD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tight schedule and the staff worked with us to meet our timetable.

TR
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable...great food and service!

DC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. I will be going back soon and will recommend it to friends.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place! Never disappoints.

BD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the wait staff is excellent, great atmosphere, the food is superb!

CW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Attentive service, nice atmosphere, outstanding food. I consider the prices very reasonable for food quality and ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had! Food came so quick! I got a rose upon leaving from the manager! So kind!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We felt we were shunned from the moment we walked in. We had to wait 20 minutes for our reserved table; they didn’t take our coats (others were being taken); we were seated in the first table by the front door; and as we left, other women were offered roses and we were not. The food was good but we were very disappointed how we were treated.

BH
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always enjoy our experience. Atmosphere and food are very good. Wish more fish chooses. Prices of specials very high.

D
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Around Broadway show time it is kind of hectic and the service is good but not terribly attentive. The food is good. The portions are very large and the price reflects this. I don’t think anyone who is not extremely hungry could really finish the whole meal. I don’t know the policy on sharing entrees but they did serve a hood spinach salad to four of us. It is pretty noisy but fortunately we were in a corner. Might not seem desirable to some people but it was to us since we could mostly hear each other

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The restaurant is wonderful except for the following:
We were seated at a very small table in a very tight space. It was very uncomfortable being right on top of others. It was very loud and couldn’t even talk to my wife. After dinner we told the manager about our unpleasant experience and he said that is just the way it is. My suggestion is not to space tables so close and add noise dampeners to lessen the loud sound from people trying to talk over their neighbors. We will probably try some other restaurant when we return.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite in NYC. As always everything was excellent!

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had lunch at La Masseria during restaurant week. Just by chance, we all ordered different appetizers and different main courses - and everything was excellent. In addition, I ordered a dessert from the Restaurant Week menu for a $4 supplement, and it was very good; my daughter ordered creme brulee (not on the Restaurant Week menu) - I thought the $11 was a little high. Service was attentive but we did not feel rushed. We will definitely be back to try some other dishes.

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Salad too much dressing.

F
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfectly cooked my friend asked for well done which it was. The veggies on the plate where grilled perfectly.

CS
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a 60th birthday at La Masseria, and it lived up to the reviews. Delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent service. Looking forward to returning!

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had buffalo milk mozzarella app which was really good. The tomato was fresh and ripe, plenty of prosciutto and the cheese was flavorful. Next was lamb and porcini mushroom cavatelli. The pasta tasted home made, the rest of the dish was like lamb stew and the mushroom flavor was barely there. The other dish was a veal special which I believe was saltimbocca. There were 3 veal medallions maybe 4 inches in diameter and super thin-too thin for our liking. Not enough for an entree; served with mashed potato, about a half cup. There are NO substitutions allowed for any reason. We asked for a pasta instead of the potato and veg. We were offered a half order of pasta with an up charge in addition to the potato and veg. I can understand for restaurant week menu but when you are paying top dollar for a meal it’s disenchanting. For dessert we got the ricotta cheesecake. It did not have the consistency of Italian cheesecake, more like NY cheesecake, creamy and dense with the ricotta cheese flavor slightly coming through on the back end. I would not call it Italian cheesecake for sure but it was good. Also we had the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. It was good.
Bottom line, if you don’t mind spend top dollar for mediocre food, it’s your place. We won’t be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and loved the atmosphere.

Even though my friend and I went for a restaurant week, regular menu in general was reasonably priced.

Service wise, really liked the gestures from staffs. Putting freshly grated extra cheese and pepper table side was good, but would’ve been better if had knowledge on which dish needs it. Last but not least would’ve been better if the waiter was more sensitive pouring water. Splatter tiny bits on table.

Overall loved the experience and definitely will make a visit sometime soon

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Over-priced and underwhelming.

WS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, food very good, good palace for business meal. However, our waiter kept hovering and asking us if we were ready to order 3 times as we were in middle of conversation!

JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience at La Masseria. The staff was cordial, service was very good, and the food was outstanding. The atmosphere was also very nice. Overall, very enjoyable.

M
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and so was the service, I’m already planning another trip here.

L
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious pre-theater lunch. The menu had something for everyone and we all loved our entrees.