Arte Cafe - Upper West Side

4.3
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2939 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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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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4.3based on recent ratings
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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

SA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

S
New York Area
18 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
4 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.

1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I live in the neighborhood and frequently dine at Arte Cafe but I must advise the dinner selections and presentation this week was really outstanding. This was far above the standard "good" rating that I have come to expect.
Being the holiday season the restaurant was very busy and had added additional tables in the main dining room plus opening the second area due to the number of patrons.

I hope that the excellent attention to detail in the menu continues.

C
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Good food, service needs to improve. Big and noisy.

JB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved it Felt especially cared for in spite of it being a crowded lunch time. Food great. Chicken piccata the best!!!

MR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wilson was great

H
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My wife meal of ahi tuna was ok. My veal saltimboca was more like Marsala. Drink we’re good.

HW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The best! Food always great. Can accommodate small or large party. So pretty! Service god.

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good food in a nice atmosphere.
Note: service not good on Saturday nights
Note: sit in main room, if possible

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was not at the usual, the pork chop parmigiana was dry, and the pasta side dish had too little tomato sauce.

U
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Artie’s especially the fixed price lunch and weekday dinners. That said still great value for very good food at anytime.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good and reasonably priced but the service was a bit uneven. I will definitely return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My experience here was terrible. I made reservations for 7:30, but when I arrived just at 7:35, they told me we’d have to wait 10 min. After waiting 25 min, we politely asked when our table would be ready, at which point the hostess was rude to us and gave us no indication of when we’d be seated. After 35 min, we decided to leave. We were treated very rudely by the staff and never got so much as an apology. Terrible service and incredibly rude staff.

j
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Do not hold large birthday parties here! My friends and I were celebrating a 20th birthday party here and reserved because it was an Italian place that accommodated large parties. However, the service was extremely slow (had to wait 1.5 hours for food) and the servers were rude and spoke badly of our group near us. There are plenty of other overpriced Italian locations on the UWS with better food and good service.

RO
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service, no matter how busy. One of my favorites in NYC...

B
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood restaurant with special menu from 12-6 pm weekdays.
Good service and ambiance .
Enjoyed the lunch!

g
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food good service great neighborhood place for all meals

E
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood favorite!

BW
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, especially attentive with large groups and meeting type meals. Wonderful experience and convenient location.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was good especially the food. The busboy was a little over zealous and needed to make sure we were finished with each course before taking the dishes.

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Saturday night there seems to have been an issue in the kitchen. With 4 adults and 3 children our Food took over 1.5 hrs to come out. Service was pleasant, but we would have appreciated some communication about what was going on. Instead our table, and others around, were being avoided. In the end, the management was responsive to our humble ask to remove the added gratuity (we were planning to compensate the service, of course) but to adjust the bill due to the bad experience. We appreciated the gesture. The quality of the food suffered in this process, sad to say. Its a great neighborhood place and has lovely holiday decor. hopefully they can fix whatever is going on in the kitchen.