Arte Cafe - Upper West Side

4.5
3154 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
*We are following proper CDC guidelines with our re-opening! Call with any questions.*

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3154 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NYCtoLAtoNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious brunch. Eggs Benedict & Bottomless Bloody Mary's

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Lynne
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Arte Cafe has been a regular for me for many years.
This was the first time I was a bit disappointed. I understand that things are difficult due to our Covid lives. But service wasn’t up to par (not the server’s fault as he was working hard to be attentive.) There weren’t enough servers. Food came cold. With such a large outdoor structure and indoor dining, it’s time to bring back staff. I will be back. Thanks.

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vipNicemeal2
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out with friends in over 1 year! Wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I had a Easter Dinner reservation here with my girlfriend. We were seated inside next to a big table full of young children, very loud and screaming young kids, running around in the dinning room. It take 15 minutes to get the waiter to come to our table and great us and get our drink order and give us the menus after I had asked several time the busboy to get my waiter. This is unacceptable service at this high end restaurant on a Easter dinner. We had to beg for to be served and never the server or the manager came over if it was all ok or how is your food or service. Waiter absolutely not interested to serve us or explain the menus or offer us any specials or even try to up sale the menu. Food was dumped on our table by the runner of busboy like we are in a dinner. I had spent $170 for two on a service that is worst than Mc Donald’s, with a food quality which is belongs to a 1920 diner with out any food presentation on the plate. M Easter Dinner Celebration was completely ruined by uncaring waiters, cooks , chef and Managament . This is not the way to treat your customers during this pandemic times. It was my first and last time that I go to this restaurant. On top of this open table email me after my dinner that I was a no show on my reservation. I had to call the restaurant to correct they mistake and mark my reservation as arrived. I still tip 20% on the check, even that m girlfriend suggested not to fDo it.

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Divasings
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

A group of us (all vaccinated) decided to meet for Easter Brunch. The brunch menu was the usual. Food at Arte is predictable, well prepared and nicely presented. Decadent and delicious. As usual, service was friendly but as always extremely slow and rather disorganized. This has been the problem for years. If you are not in a hurry, and patient, it is always a good value. Arte has done a GREAT job in the back patio. Covid compliant, and actually really pleasant, unlike the average streetside huts set up all over the city. A nod to normalcy.

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MindyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor dining space (street buildout and patio)

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BMNS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant.

Food is always good. And service as well.

Never disappoints.

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vipTova
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went early on a Sunday night. Seating was perfect for Covid rules. Waiter very attentive. Always a good bet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful back room.

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vipRichardB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good and friendly neighborhood Italian

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Illya
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here several times and it exceeds expectations every time. Great food. Attentive service. And the best outdoor space I've seen in the City.

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vipMotherof4
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was delicious. Back patio is very nice for outdoor dining. Wine was delicious and reasonable.

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bustermom
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a birthday dinner in the back garden, which is outside, under a partial roof. It was a lovely evening, so it was much nicer. Service was attentive, food came hot, and we were very glad to have chosen Arte Cafe for the occasion.

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TerryT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was lovely in their garden dining spot

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vipMprnyc
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great neighborhood place, out front, or in garden

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Lizzie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst food I have ever had in my life. Service took forever. The quattro formaggi pizza tasted like actual SOAP. Have never experienced this in my life. The bolognese tasted like a tomato with parsley.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We reserve two tables one for the kids and one for the adults we asked to be put in the back area outdoors of the restaurant. When we came they refused to give us the two tables and they wanted to combine us with one table of six we were not happy about that

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vipJustinB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mia was terrific. Great night. The restaurant and outside closed area looked terrific also.

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vipBOBBY629
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food as always - sad that the ambience was lacking the buzzy bar and usual crowd which is such a part of the atmosphere at this great neighborhood restaurant, but hoping it will return!

TK
vipTK719
New York Area
245 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to dine indoors again at Arte Cafe. The tables were nicely spread apart, so it feels very safe. My mista salad, gnocchi and profiteroles were all fantastic as usual. The service was great as always. My new favorite Italian restaurant on the UWS.

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Pittsburgh
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good salmon and chicken—a bit pricier since the pandemic.

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BryanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing back patio brunch experience! An UWS-must.

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JScan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat especially during covid as they have ample room outside (under heaters) and inside. Food is great and fantastic value. Ambiance is wonderful! Love the back patio. Service is awesome. Enjoy!

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vipElisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor set-up. Warm heaters and well-spaced!

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NatN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Arte Cafe is an Upper West Side staple, meaning, it's dependable when it comes to the quality of the food, the ambiance, and the service. It's not going to "wow" anyone or knock socks off, but it's definitely the kind of place you can confidently bring family or work colleagues for a solid experience. Plus, they're one of the few places on the Upper West with a substantial backyard heated patio area that doesn't feel cramped and was lovely even before Covid.

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Dasindonna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The roasted salmon with spinach and side salad was excellent.
The waiter was not very nice but the busboys/servers were very nice.

The only other issue, sitting in the back, it was cold as the outdoor garden was open.

They followed protocols and distanced tables.

Keep your Open Table confirmation with you. Although I made the res and even called in the morning, The gentleman could not find the reservation.

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Jules
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect neighborhood brunch spot with lots of brunch and Italian food options.

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Ruth
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to dine with friends during COVID. Great covered outdoor garden. Plenty of room between tables. I will probably only eat here until Dr Fauchi tells me otherwise.

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Singing
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend there for her birthday lunch. We saw inside and had a wonderful time. I have gone there before the insides of restaurants were open and we comfortably sat outside in the cold. They have heat lamps. We had the zucchini appetizer and a salad and shared fettucine bolognese. The meal was excellent. The staff was warm and welcoming, and when they found out it was my friend's birthday, they lit a flaming candle and gave us both free glasses of prosecco. I love going to this restaurant!

JM
vipJohnM
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great as usual. However the service was really slow. I think a lot of the restaurants in New York are trying to balance keeping a reasonable staff with increased demand for dining. That said they’re always really nice there. When you go, be sure that you don’t have any time constraints.

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vipJenniferL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, great food and love the extra touch of blankets!!!

MR
MarianR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at Arte cafe was excellent. Service was a bit slow and the main room was cold because the door to the backyard dining space was left open. We requested a bottle of Prosecco but they didn't have any. It seems like it may take restaurants sometime to gear back up.

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vipCashmoney
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Heaters were good and social distancing good. Staff helpful

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Pittsburgh
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We felt very safe, warm, and the pizzas were delicious!

GB
GilbertB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very Clean and Spacious place, Italian Cusine 100%

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED THIS PLACE!

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vipSSIM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arte Cafe is our place on the UWS.
The outdoor garden is warm cozy.
Food and service are outstanding!!!
A must try!

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vipWendyP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ate indoors and social distancing was well enforced. Food was average. Service good. Dessert menu needs to be expanded. All in all a casual dinner.

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JudyG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor space in the garden got very loud when it filled up. Did not seem safe since everyone there was not wearing masks because they were dining and drinking. Several large groups were closely seated at crowded tables.

Aside from that, food was good and I would return at an uncrowded time.

FAQs

Arte Cafe - Upper West Side does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Arte Cafe - Upper West Side is rated 4.5 stars by 3154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.