Arte Cafe - Chelsea

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Arte Cafe's newest location in Chelsea, Manhattan, a unique eclectic ambiance. Presents an upscale Italian cuisine with artisanal homemade pastas, fresh meats, brick-oven pizzas and gourmet desserts. A spacious Main Dining Room with exposed rustic brick walls, ornate black chandeliers, and Scalamandre’s iconic zebra wallpaper creating an atmospheric motif throughout. Expanding beyond are two private event rooms, the Middle Room and Back Room. Available for special occasions at all budgets. Have a brunch, lunch or dinner sit-down, passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktail party or a buffet style event of your choice. Arte Cafe - Chelsea serves Lunch ($18 3-Course Prix-Fixe & A La Carte Menu), Happy Hour (Everyday 12PM-7PM at the Bar & Lounge Room), Dinner and Brunch ($29 Brunch Special | Bottle + Entree) during the weekends.
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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and staff was attentive. The food was quite good and a lovely selection of wines. The seating area is spacious so you don’t feel crowded in by the tables next to you.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waitress was pushing us to order.

MB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a late dinner with a fiend on Saturday night. Lively atmosphere , loved the music but not too load. The food was excellent- tender Finn greasy crisp fried calamari, delicious thin crust pepperoni pizza and al dente pasta- orchietta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Chocolate mouse was rich and had extra dark chocolate shavings inside- big portion. The host - River was very friendly and helpful, with an upbeat personality. We will definitely tell our friends about this very spacious place with lovely decor and traditional Italian favorites on the menu. Looking forward to trying more items on the menu which was priced moderately.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff was attentive to our table, menus has a good selection and all the food tasted delicious. $16 pastas, but servicing size was good.

FC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The atmosphere here is very pleasant and the tables are not on top of each other. The branzino is excellent with roasted vegetables and we both enjoyed it. For dessert I had apple tart with vanilla ice cream and it was delicious. My friend really liked the tiramisu. The prices were good for a Manhattan restaurant in Chelsea. I highly recommend Arte Cafe.

TB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Could not get anyone to turn down the damn music - inappropriate for the dinner hour and thumping loud all the time!

J
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, atmosphere and service, consistently delivers a great dining experience.

GG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My 2nd visit in one week. Great after the Irish Rep or on the way home from the theater. Beet salad was delicious. Both pastas were cooked and sauced properly. The restaurant is spacious ... no banquettes. There is actually space between the tables. Edison was our waiter both times. Very solicitous service. Will return.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I KNEW ARTE CAFE FROM UPPER WESTSIDE BUT I VISITED NEW LOCATION AT ARTE CHELSEA WITH MY FRIEND AND IT WAS AMAZING. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT. EVERY ONE WAS FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL. WILL COME BACK SOON.!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time there. Food was delicious. Excellent service. Delightful cocktails.

J
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arte Cafe continues to provide a great dining experience; good service, food, value and nice ambiance - a welcome addition to the area. Highly recommend.

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Arte Cafe overall was a disappointment. I wanted to like it, the decor is lovely and the food was pretty good. The service was really slow though and quite rude. One of the waiters even cat-called one of my friends while there as she was walking to the restroom, not okay. Will not return!

k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Arte...there a few times a month. Love the vibe and the food and drinks are always delicious

c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food Food is freshly prepared and portions generous. A great casual neighborhood place. Give it a try !

c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good value. Delicious casual meal

KD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Discovering that Arte Café had a prix fixe menu as well was great!! Food was excellent and would recommend and look forward to going back again very soon.

BE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The drinks during happy hour were well made, tasty and fairly priced. The price fixed dinner was economical but the food was underwhelming. The minestrone was tasteless as was the pasta bolognese. A grilled octopus appetizer was excellent with a good char and firmness. The branzino filet was quite good.

MG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The branzino fillet both my guest and I had was so over cooked I found it inedible. I also found it peculiar that after picking up my guest’s napkin, which had fallen to the floor, the server didn’t ask if she needed a new napkin. No one was seated near us so it had to be hers.eventually I had to take one from another table to give her. I would not recommend this restaurant.

ZP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

There was a party in the next room that was very LOUD. The waiters did not bring forks and there were no spoons to serve the appetizers. The empty bread dish was not removed when the new bread was brought to the table. Mixed greens were not delivered with my steak order

FW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We thought the $18 fixed price was great. We were very full after our three course meal. The staff was very friendly and quick. I would go back, and recommend to a friend

j
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good: food, ambiance and service. Our 'go to'

N
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Big fan of the uptown version and this one is almost as nice. The big space probably has the potential to get noisy but it was really quiet when we were there. The prix fix is a great deal and all of the options are really good- even with a few having a $2-5 upcharge it is a great deal. We enjoyed meatballs, mussels and two pastas. The pollo pazzo was divine. Service was fine but could have been friendlier given that it was virtually empty. Cocktails are well done- a tad pricey given the rest of the menu but worth it!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

18 dollar pre fixed menu was excellent. Staff was very inviting and on point the entire night.

T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Wanted to like this restaurant but the service was so poor - we rarely saw our server and were outside so had trouble getting anyone’s attention. Had the tuna tartare and was not good - such a standard dish but the tuna wasn’t fresh nor high quality.

DT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had the prefix and the food was mediocre. The desert was excellent

P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable space. Polite attentive service. Prices and portions reasonable and very well prepared.
You either play no music or keep it low, which is so nice for those of us who want to talk and be heard. Good happy hour too. Nice staff.

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that Arte Cafe is in the neighborhood. We have lived here for over 17 years and always went to the Italian restaurants that held the space and they were all so good and family friendly. Highly recommend it for dinner and their Happy Hour is so much fun.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Out of the seven brunch meals ordered, four had to be sent back. Even the pancakes were burnt.
The manager and waiter were apologetic, but that didn’t make up for the bad food

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food / management very attentive and came back 2 days in a row for happy hour. Shrimp tacos on happy hour menu are fantastic!

S
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Tuna tartare appetizer was good. Skirt steak main course was tasteless and not rare as ordered. My partner's veal piccata was passable. Service was polite but very spotty. Servers did not know which of us had ordered which main course.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. We would come back again.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went here for their great happy hour menu and sat outside, but were not allowed to have the HH menu it was only for the bar. My friend asked for an exception since we were the only ones in the restaurant and they said no. So we finished our drinks and went somewhere else.

B
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect neighborhood gem.
Some of the best fried calamari ever

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here tuesday night for dinner with husband. Service good. Our table looked out to 7th ave. Half inside/half outside. Could people watch. Could also hear the subway. Restaurant only half filled.
We had chicken and veal. Nothing special.
Good neighborhood spot. Not sure I would travel.

OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good on par with the sister restaurant on upper west side. Clean and modern. Service is good not great, new restaurant new people, with time service will
Become great. All staff was pleasant and accommodating.

M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had high hopes being fans of the Upper West Side restaurant. But this experience was terrible. As soon as the waiter realized we didn't want drinks he started to have an attitude. It took forever to order. We had to get the manager involved to get our food (it took well over a half hour) and when it arrived some of the food was lukewarm or cold.

They did comp us for the meal, which was appreciated, but overall we won't be going back there.

BTW -- The restaurant is large and airy -- but the noise level is very high. Despite it being only about a third full we couldn't hear each other.

K
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

You can change the name, but that doesn't mean you can't up the game. After changing tables to sit on a chair with cushioning, we then endured a slanted table that should have been fixed or removed from the dining room. Ordered two glassed of wine by the glass, pinot and syrah, both were stale and tasteless. When we told the waiter, he took them back, brought new bottles to open, and actually had the nerve to tell us we were right, because he tased them!!! Really?
Ordered an appetizer to share,had to ask for plates, since the bread plate was tiny. No salt or pepper on the the table, busboy brought pepper and put it on the whole appetizer before asking us.
Pastas were good, linguine with clam, and mushroom ragu on pappardelle. Tiramisu tasted like the refrigerator. Waited forever for a check while our waiter was chatting with people at the bar. First and last time.

l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent.

c
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Give the restaurant a chance!!!!! Food is quite good and prices reasonable, but The current incarnation of the restaurant as Arte cafe is only around 2 months old or so, and needs work and patience. Our waiter was charming and efficient, but the service needs tightening...like a serving spoon included with the fried zucchini (which was fresh and delicious), or receptical for shells with the clams, refilling of water glasses, etc. It’s a big space and needs promotion like they have on the upper west....

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

This place has gone downhill since it first opened.