Arte Cafe - Upper West Side

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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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OT
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was loud, seemed to be understaffed as service was slow and incomplete-brought coffee without spoon, dessert without fork. The eggplant parmigiana was good, but a small portion of eggplant. On the other hand, the tuna tartare had a slight kick to it and was delicious, plus a big portion. Actually, that is the only reason I would return...

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

After waiting an hour for our appetizers, we were simply told that the kitchen was all backed up. No estimate as to how much longer we would have to wait. We were told the manager would be over to speak with us. He never came, so we put $20 on the table for the glass of wine and iced tea we had and we left. The foursome next to us also apparently had waited forever and was complaining. Such a shame, as the restaurant was really cute and local for us.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited an hour and a half to get our food - with no apology. And the food was mediocre and not very large portions.

Also they do not respect reservations - we arrived on time and they said we would have to wait 15 to 20 minutes and that everyone one in front of us also has reservations and there were no tables available.

We will not return.

VS
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Charming and cozy little Upper West restaurant. Visited on a busy Friday night and were surrounded by couples and families all seeming very happy and comfortable to share a delicious meal together. The food was fresh and presented beautifully and the ambience was perfect.

MD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Columbus Day and the restaurant was nicely busy. There was only one waiter and he did an excellent job waiting on all the tables. He was patient and attentive even though he was alone (except for the bus boys. The food was delicious and the surroundings were nice. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed our meal.

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Generally very pleased with my my meal but the salmon was disappointing this time.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Been to the restaurant a number of times and like it however on this occasion they did not honor our reservation and did not have a table for us for over 40 minutes.
We sat and ate at the bar.

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

Computer issues were blamed for our poor service and overdone dinner...pork chop was actually scallopini ..dry and overcooked..

CD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood place, and it shows, because it seemed that the whole neighborhood was there on Saturday night! Despite the full house, the place never feels that crowded nor that noisy. It's a wonderful place with wonderful food and a very accommodating staff.

MT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice neighborhood Italian dining.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , cozy atmosphere and wonderful service !

BI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable neighborhood Italian for decades now. Particularly good value priced luncheon specials.

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great restaurant, can count of consistency and pleasant exoerience..

v
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Extremely noisy which made it very difficult to enjoy the meal. The food was very good and the waiter was doing his best with the amount of tables he was assigned. There was a group of five who were exceptionally loud, yet the manager did nothing to ask them to tone it down.

EI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arte Cafe was wonderful! The service was excellent - just enough time between courses - and attentive. Our waters were filled frequently. The portions were a good size and the food delicious. The waitress brought us small after-dinner drinks, compliments of the restaurant. I plan to go here again.

MR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I find myself on the Upper West Side, Arte Cafe is my go-to choice. I like the menu choices, and the service is great. Friendly staff, good wine and food.

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the prefix dinner, which included an appetizer, entre, and dessert, for $18. The portions were generous and the food was delicious. Service was prompt and flawless.

TF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always greeted and treated as old friends when we arrive. Attentive wait staff and the food never fails to amaze. Prix fixe menus make this restaurant a must.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had to wait 45 minutes for our plates to come. Excuse was that they were having a private event (which they have all the time)

SG
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Arte Cafe is one of the best values on the UWS. The food is reliable and typically quite tasty. The menu is broad so there's something for everyone, including kids. They have a lot of space so it feels spacious including 2 options for outdoor seating when the weather is nice. The only issue is the slow service. Took a loooong time to get our food. And there's no reason for a restaurant not to have salt and pepper on the table. The fresh pepper mill is always a nice tough, but not when you have to wait for someone to bring it to you.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and Halibut Special was great. I pasta chicken and vodka sauce.

Great place

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We have been to Arte cafe many times and continue to do so BUT in the future I shall check to see if you have any large parties. The noise level was bad and you didn’t have enough staff working.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was really slow
Food was average better during the week w the lunch special
Sunday brunch omelette was really average

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service - eggs over cooked. Great tiramisu

EA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was exceptionally delayed (50 mins) and there wasn’t a proper apology or explanation as to why

RM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Italian food, cocktails, service and atmosphere. We will be back.

C
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed enjoying brunch. Great service delicious food. The bottle of mimosas is must. We'll be be back soon.

MT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice experience. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was tasty. Red snapper special was a big hit.

UW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the prix fixe menu at lunchtime. A great value.

E
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Used to love this place, and went there often. Last time was just so-so and decided to give another try. Hadn't been there for awhile. We'd assumed that they'd do brunch on Labor Day Monday, but they really didn't. Food and service were o.k. but not like they used to be. Their usual excellent panini weren't on offer, and the two alternative sandwiches were boring/tasteless.

D
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good value, friendly place, I like the Parma Prosciutto with extra arugula, short ribs, spaghetti bolognese,

RD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent value and the food is excellent. I love that the lunch menu doesn't end until 6 PM. The 'happy hour' at the bar is also something I do quite often. The place is quiet, at least until about 6 PM which when I usually leaving. Waiters are very pleasant, but occasionally you might have to remind one of them that they forgot to bring you something you asked for. But I'll certainly be going back again. And again.

BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Poached eggs & Eggs Benedict eggs overcooked - everything else was fine

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, little expensive but worth it!

YM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and Amazing service was excellent.

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can always depend on the consistency ..the great food and great service. Continues to be my/our number 1 choice in the neighborhood, the Upper Westside/Lincoln Center. Has great restaurant environment, and the entire staff is professional AND pleasant. We tried other restaurants in the area, but always come back to ARTE!!

d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We enjoy Arte Cafe and dine there on a regular basis. It is always full of energy and NY noisy. We know this. The problem for us at this visit was that there was a group of about a dozen extremely noisy people having a party (?) in the main room of the restaurant. They seemed to have no awareness that they were in a public space and that there were other people there besides themselves. The restaurant could have given them tables in a private room or another section. The noise was absolutely unacceptable. One of our friends left and waited outside because the sound was unbearable for him.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

They were out of all the good champagne and blamed the distributors for being closed for 3 weeks. This is Manhattan...get it together and if you are going to advertise champagne at a great price...have it in stock!!!

OS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the people where nice

w
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy coming to Arte Cafe. It is probably one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. We were entertaining out of town guests last night. All went well until today when I got an email from Arte telling he that my reservation was cancelled. I called them and said how can that be since I personally checked in saying I was using Opentable, the maitre d told me my guests were at the bar and we had dinner outside. The man who I talked to blamed it on Opentable and gave me no resolution. I hope someone helps me as I have a copy of the bill and am not happy.

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