Arte Cafe

4.3
2645 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
West of Strawberry Fields, Arte Cafe located in a landmark brownstone, celebrating 22 years of serving the Upper West Side. Just steps away from Central Park presents upscale pan-Italian cuisine with artisanal homemade pastas, fresh meats, fish, pizza from a brick-oven and sumptuous desserts. Private rooms are available for all events and budgets.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch $18 Prix-Fixe: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 501-7014
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Located near Central Park West, Arte Cafe offers catering and venue options for Birthdays, Corporate Events, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, and various other events. We accommodate with servers, bartenders, and paper goods if need be.
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Cross street
Columbus Avenue
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Parking details
Parking lots available on Amsterdam Ave. and 74th Street.
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Public transit
1,2,3 Trains to 72nd Street or the B, C on 81 Street - Museum of Natural History Station.
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Special events & promotions
The Drama Desk Awards for 400 people.
Recipient of Ospitalita italiana Award for Authentic Italian Cuisine
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends on the Upper West Side at an authentic family Italian restaurant. Open from 12pm-11pm, serving our regular a la carte menu. Come join us!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Merry Christmas! We will be open featuring our full a la carte menu! We look forward to seeing you from 12pm-11pm.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

$60 4-Course New Year's Eve menu with a complimentary glass of champagne. Join us with family and friends on the Upper West Side for a spectacular night, let's welcome 2019 together!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2645 People Are Saying
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VG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arte Café never fails to please. Made a last minute reservation, and even though they were hosting a large party, we still got a seat (granted we got there early) before the place filled up on a Thursday night. Great food, very nice staff who work hard to make sure the customer is happy.

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MA
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and an abundant menu! Probably the best Italian I've had in a while. Multi-generational--saw couples and extended families. Very warm and comfortable restaurant.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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TD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service have always been excellent. Tables far enough apart that you can actually have a conversation. Their 3 course menu for $18 is one of the best values on the UWS. I think its goes from noon until 6

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our "go to" place for pre theater.
Food is so authentic and delicious!

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JL
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I do not understand Arté and their policy of playing music while the dining room is already terrible noisy. No one was enjoying this ambience The service was not great. We had to ask for the Parmesan cheese and pepper twice. Meanwhile, one waiter was constantly refilling our water glasses. My party of 4 just found the noise unbearable and when we asked them to turn down the volume, the waiter said "it isn't loud."

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GB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very Disappointed.
We went on a Monday at 6:30 PM in early December. Half the restaurant was being used for a holiday party so they took us out the door, walked us down the street and entered the dining area by another door. Waited a bit and the waiter came. We placed ordered wine and then placed our dinner order. Soup (broccoli puree) came after a bit and was tasty and served piping hot. Finished that, plates were cleared and then waited for our entrees, and we waited and waited. Unfortunately our waiter had disappeared so we continued to wait. He finally made a re-appearance, I flagged him down and asked what was the delay. He ascribed it to the party which he was helping to serve but would check on our order. Then we waited, finally after 45 minutes the entrees arrived and while they were good (even though the pork chop parmigana was pounded too thin and as a result was dry) we were too annoyed so it was impossible to enjoy them.
It did not seem as though other tables were having the same experience so it seems like we had the misfortune of arriving at the exact wrong time and having the exact wrong waiter (he had told us earlier that he was new at the restaurant).
I had looked forward to dinner at this restaurant based on the prior reviews and the location but was very disappointed. We were pressed for time so I could not speak with anyone at the restaurant that night, but I did send an e-mail to them the following day but no response as yet. All of the ratings took a hit due to the incredibly poor service and lack of attention which essentially ruined the entire meal.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Arte Cafe for about 20-years. I love it! Great food and reasonable prices. Accidentally I inputed the wrong date in Open Tables for the reservation for celebrating my friend's birthday. Even though the restaurant was crowded, they made a place for my friend and me. Saving the day. Thank you!

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s
New York Area
445 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

the food is always reliable although the service is always spotty. if that were improved, it would be so welcome. always enjoy the eggplant parmigiana and there is a good wines by the glass selection.

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Very noisy at Sunday brunch. Too warm at table in the rear. But food was very, very good. Would definitely return for lunch during the week.

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HW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We were a group of 4 seated near an extremely loud, large group. Very loud talking and banging on their table. This has not been our experience in the past at Arte.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good stuff

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D
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Parma prosciutto arugala pizza, great happy hour

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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Arte consistently offers a price fixed dinner.during the week.
We had salmon and chicken dishes and both were tasty.
This is my neighborhood go to dinner place to enjoy a leisurely and moderately priced dinner.

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S
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived in the middle of a rainstorm. The hostess who checked us in neglected to record our Open Table reservation correctly. We were seated in the dining room which is charmingly decorated. The service was efficient but our waiter was a bit distracted. We chose the pre fixe dinner - meatballs, fettuccine with meat sauce for my husband and salad, chicken francese with spinach for myself. There was an included tiramisu for dessert. The food was well prepared and nice and hot. The tiramisu was also very well done. We ordered coffee to accompany our desserts. When we left, the restaurant was very busy, a good sign.
Our only complaint is the failure to record our arrival for our Open Table reservation. We contacted Open Table and reconciled it with them.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, had a really early dinner at 4p after catching a show at Lincoln Center.

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T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

So disappointed! We have been going here for years. The waffle used to be the best on the UWS but the new one today is tasteless and chewy. Don’t know why they would change the batter. Ut I suppose there is a new chef. And the “fresh” orange juice was definitely from a can, thick and soupy. Sad to see what was a terrific brunch go downhill.

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m
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for Thanksgiving - the service was really good, the food was ok....I would go back for Italian food

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O
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were in NYC for Thanksgiving holiday and chose this place based on the reviews. The Italian menu was phenomenal as my daughter and son ordered of it. As for the Prix Fixes Turkey Day menu, it was OK. The first 2 courses were excellent but the main course was a bit dry on the turkey and

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E
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were offered our dessert before our entrees were served. Huh? I know they were slammed, but clearly they forgot to serve our dinners. I forgive them because it was Thanksgiving.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, timing, quality of food (and variety) and value for a group of 16 on Thanksgiving was fantastic. Many thanks!

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D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stupendous Thanksgiving Dinner! Wonderful multi-course meal, very generous turkey dinner, and our leftover turkey was so tasty the next day! Second Thanksgiving in a row - The Best! Thank you Arte Cafe!!!!

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FD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been going to this restaurant for 10+ years. I've always brought friends and family as the food and service has always been really good and the portions seemed to be in line with the prices. This past time was slightly disappointing. Three out of the 5 of us ordered the pasta with eggplant. I think the three of us were disappointed. The portion seemed to be that of an appetizer. The recipe change was disappointing. The other two meals seemed enjoyable - especially the skirt steak.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable Dinner

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NJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Recently returned to NYC from NJ. Arte looks to be a reliable local go to place on the UWS. Good food & attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was bland. Service inattentive.

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TR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were there on a Friday night, so we knew it would be full, but there are so many tables so close together that it does feel crowded. Service was pleasant and attentive. Very good. It was just noisy. What really wrecked the ambience for me were the giant tvs over the bar with sports showing. I did not expect this to be a sports bar vibe with that name. A little disappointed in the whole place. Food was ok.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When I made my online reservation, I specified that this was going to be a birthday celebration for my guest and I requested a birthday dessert with a candle. I repeated my request to the person at the front desk when I arrived. He somewhat dismissively said he knew that already. However, although someone at the table next to us got a birthday dessert and candle, we did not. I had to ask the server in front of my guest. Very disappointing.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and ambience- good deal
we enjoyed our evening

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S
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant on the Upper West Side. Do not miss the chance to dine here. It is located on West 73rd Street and it is very convenient if you live in gthe neighborhood. Even if you do not, it is worth the trip as the food was fresh and delicious. The service was very good and they had a long list of specials. It is the type of dining venue which is good for an evening with a friend or a couple of friends. Tables are not crammed together so you have breathing room and you do not have to share your dining space so you do not feel cramped. The staff is friendly and nice and they are there when you need their service. Give the restaurant a try and you will return!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there for a very important business meeting but our waiter kept coming back over and over and he interrupted our conversation several times. I would recommend this restaurant for a casual dinner with friends. Food is fantastic.

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RT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Remembered coming here years ago for brunch. This was first time having dinner here and the food was outstanding. Appetizer was fantastic, the main course was great and even dessert was superb. We will definitely explore other dishes in future visits.

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g
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Wait for meal was ridiculously long. We think they must've forgotten about us or put meal order in late. Wait person brought me my glass of wine on the house & barely apologized. I had to approach manager after our meal... this was After my cousin spoke to him when we were still waiting for our meal. When asked, he agreed to give 20% discount but he then abruptly walked away from me. Really? Way to lose a customer. Service standards there in the toilet - shocked the manager didn't come by our table after food was served to apologize & offer to comp us something at that point. Unimpressed!

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I requested a table out of the way where a group of friends could catch up over a birthday dinner- table was perfect, the food wonderful and the service was great including a birthday song and candle.

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N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I am a regular because its consistently good all around. Love it!

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The noise level was atrocious. We were seated right next to a huge party that should have been in a private room. There must have been 30 people in that party, and not enough wait staff. Service was poor at best. We waited far too long to order drinks. Drinks took too long to arrive. When we asked twice for another glass of wine, it was never delivered. Very disappointing. Also one of the appetizers we ordered was wrong— it had prosciutto in it, and the person ordering was vegetarian. When we tried to correct this with the server, he just walked away. Will not go back again. We brought out-of-town guests to this place and it was very embarrassing.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at great value. Good location and easy to get to. Price fix from 12-6pm is a great value with good menu selection

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B
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Marathon Dinner. Very good food. Restaurant was crowded due to the events of the day. Service was a little spotty- mainly the kitchen delivering all the meals. A good spot to go to. Accommodating to large crowds.

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W
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitiers were really stretched and stressed due to the packed house with Marathoners. But we will be back again for the good food and normally quiet atmosphere.

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BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was so noisy and so busy within 15 minutes of our arrival, it took several minutes to get
the attention of a server. We actually saw them running up and down aisles, they were busy.
The food was delicious.

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