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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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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d
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a wonderful evening! Our server Wilson was great!

A
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We gave the UWS location another try after having a fantastic experience at the Chelsea location. Although we ordered the same exact dishes (Stinco d'Agnello and Tagliata al Tagliere), they were not as satisfying, somehow the execution is better at the Chelsea location.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine day

LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant with really good solid Italian food. We had the arugula salad and pasta. The arugula salad was refreshing and flavorful. It was not drowning in dressing and was topped with sweet thinly sliced pear. The gnocchi were hand made with a light fluffy texture. Overall very good.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Great location. Very comfortable dining room. Food is consistently excellent. Service is consistently extremely poor. We keep going back for the food and convenience. Asked multiple times for bread to no avail. While staff is plentiful they are focused on getting food and drink orders with little follow up as to any additional needs. Had to track down a waiter just to ask for a check. People at the table next to ours were practically in tears repeatedly asking for a check so they could make an appointment only to be consistently ignored.

MK
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent value & food

JR
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service where great. Wonderful staff.

C
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Second experience here. First one was during the week with a light crowd. This one Saturday night and it was a full house. Service was abominable - from first drink order right through waitress late returning after presenting dessert menu. I am now annoyed with myself for normalizing the tip. It should have been 15% tops. Don’t need to list the details, just beware on busy nights.

MS
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for pre theater at Lincoln Center! Short bus ride or walk away. Lunch pre fix is served until six. Great value and oh, so good!

TK
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed a terrific lunch at Arte Cafe. The mista salad with strawberries, the gnocchi with mozzarella and the apple strudel were all excellent. The prices are quite reasonable and the service was excellent.

MG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The service and ambiance are great . The food is always great too.

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They gave away our 7pm reservation! We then had to wait for approx 30 minutes to get seated. Ultimately they seated us in a room that was VERY NOISY!! Then the table next to us, a large party with kids, spilled a drink on the floor right beside us (thank god it didn't splash us). The staff placed a cone to avoid having anyone slip and then it took them 15 minutes to decide to bring out a mop. The mop smelled like ammonia!!! WTF. We have been to this restaurant before but never again. They really have dropped in service.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I have been a regular customer for many years. I always enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and very often have taken my friends for lunch or dinner. This was not the case this Saturday, dinner. The service was poor. I usually order the chicken Milanese which is excellent. This time I ordered scaloppini di vitello. The scaloppini were cold and chewy. Same w the pasta Bolognese, this dish is usually delicious which was not the case this time.

BE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant and good value. I highly recommend it.

AM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My sister and I dined here the other night as a recommendation from a friend. It was amazing! The food was great and the price was awesome. Will be back.

w
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, dependable and clearly puts the customer first! Stays on my priority list of recommendations to friends and clients.

LW
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The lunch special is a very good deal. The choices are good and the portions are generous. The Caesar salad was good and the pastas were excellent. The tiramisu was very nice as well.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVE Arte Cafe! Great meal and service!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family-friendly, excellent service, good value -- especially for the neighborhood.

SA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had a group of 10 with 4 kids and felt very comfortable at the restaurant. The eggs, steak and benedicts was good, the toast was really dry and stale and we had to wait a long time for butter. The servers were patient and pleasant.

AF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Definitely one of my go-to places for a quiet and leisurely lunch with a delicious prix-fixe menu. Fabulous service and a great deal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this spot, it is never very crowded and the food is great! They have a really good lunch pre fix menu. I highly recommend.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. A true bargain for NYC. Just wish the dining room was a little more updated!

EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was delicious!

SL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is great a d authentic and we've been going for years. Our waitress was great but the bussers and other servers need more training. They were taking plates as we finished and made us feel rushed. Waitress made up for it but something for the restaurant to be aware of so they can fix it!

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was horrendous from start to finish. The maitre d sat my friend at one table and me at another. She seemed to have no clue as to what she was doing. When I arrived, I asked her if the other party had arrived yet and she said no. Then she proceeded to seat us separately. When we told her she brushed it off

We were seated for 2 hours prior to going to a
Show at the beacon theatre which started at 9:30. We informed the waiter prior to ordering. The only thing that came was our appetizer. By 9:05 our dinner still wasn’t served. The waiter didn’t even apologize and proceeded to bring the food at 9:15, at which time we had to leave without eating.
Nit only that, you would think
that they would have offered to pay for our drinks but nothing!
Unprofessional, uncaring, rude.
Will never return and advise others to stay away.

E
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were happy the restaurant accommodated our group (7), agreeing to change from a rectangular table in a back room to a round table in the main dining room. The service was efficient and courteous. The food was good, although some orders were not quite accurate (angel hair pasta instead of the requested penne). Nice, moderately priced restaurant that worked well for a small family reunion.

RM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable evening at Arte Cafe. Excellent food, friendly staff, great waiter, and a relaxed ambience makes this my go-to restaurant for a local night out. Even my hard-to-please mother had a good time. Well done!

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Arte Cafe! It is my “go to”restaurant! Great food, affordable and the service is always great (except for one bartender who just shouldn’t have that job...he seems to not want to be serving anyone!). All other servers there are very friendly and attentive! The Management Team is also very attentive and on the ball! Thank you, Nebiyu, Luciano, Adriana, Leslie...

g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall Arte is still good value.
The New Year's Eve menu was good for its price, but they ran out of one of the deserts we picked as well as of bread. Service was slower than usual and by the time we left staff seemed too exhausted to greet us as usual.
In short, taking into account the volume of business that night, I think they still offer good value, but quality of food and service was uneven.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

New Years Eve was the event, but it was chosen from past every day and generally positive experience. Restaurant wasn’t as well prepared for the rush as I’d have hoped, and suffered in quality and other dining experiences. But staff gets credit for trying!

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nye prifixe. The portion sizes are huge and worth the money. They also provide a glass of Prosecco which was great!

ED
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was pretty delicious but the service completely blew me away. We were there with 2 little kids and the waiters were so attentive. Walking by and nudging silverware and glasses in from the edge before I even noticed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Incompetent waiter got orders wrong. Spilled things

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Christmas Afternoon

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our family Christmas lunch. The staff was kind and made our experience very memorable!

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food is delicious but the service was terrible. We waited one hour for our entrees & the waiter seemed surprised when we asked him what happened to our food. Only 4 of the 6 entrees came out & 15 minutes later the other 2 appeared.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our 8 month old and they were very accommodating. Great atmosphere for a family meal.

DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arte Cafe accommodated my party of 14 people, including four children after The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. We had a separate room with another large group which worked out well. The food was excellent and the service first rate.
Our server was particularly attentive to the children ages 6-8. When I booked the reservation, the manager called me immediately. Originally, I had reservations at a restaurant across from Lincoln Center; however, when I added guests to my list, the restaurant canceled on me unless I agreed to a fixed banquet menu and a beverage package for all my guest including the children. Crazy!

VF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's easier to hear your table in the room to the right - the room to the left is too loud. Also, there should really be a family vs. non family section - way too many unbehaved children running around. Excellent food & service though.