Arte Cafe

4.2
2520 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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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Delivery or takeout
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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; $15 Prix-Fixe: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; 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
We offer catering for Corporate Parties, Weddings, Bar mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, and various other events. We accommodate with servers, bartenders, and paper goods if need be.
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Neighborhood
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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.
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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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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Large private and semi private rooms available.

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Reviews from verified diners
2,520 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
51%
Very Good
31%
Good
11%
Fair
3%
Poor
3%
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DR
1.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been going to Arte Cafe for years. It seems that they keep changing managers or management and the restaurant goes from very good to terrible, the main dining room was half full due to a private party in another part of the restaurant and people eating outside. However the noise level was extremely high so we opted to sit at a table top in the bar. Unfortunately, they could not get the a/c strong enough to cool the room. Plus the fact that some of the bar crowd got quite animated and that area too was noisy. We ordered one appetizer and one entree each, we were three people. The app came out quickly, but it took over an hour to get three entrees. As we sat there sweating, no one came over to say the kitchen was back up or offer any explanation. When we questioned the manger they blamed it on the private party. The waiter on,y came over after we spoke to the manager to say it would be coming out soon.

If they can’t handle a private party with not that many people, and the restaurant, they should limit themselves to one or the other. It’ll be a while before we try this one out again!

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R
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great Local Restaurant & Good Value. Great management.

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SB
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

My only complaint was the AC was not on high enough for such a hot summer night.
Other than that, lovely restaurant with delicious food.

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JL
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Outstanding food and service in a charming, cozy environment.

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J
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We've been back here a few times. The menu is good, the place is spacious and not on top of each other but the ventilation and circulation of air, during the summer is amateur time. Either that or they want to save money on the AC. When you ask them to do something about it they seem almost powerless to help. They seem to be under orders.
We also had a table whose extension leaf kept dropping on one of my diners and they couldn't fix it...annoying.
I like the place so I will try me more time then I am done.

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CB
2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We've been here many times... usually everything is fine, but this time we had a waiter who didn't put our ordes in correctly (twice) and when he gave us the bill (which was correct - $228), we gave him 2 credit cards and he brought back 2 payment slip to sign showing each card had been charged $50!!! (instead of $114 each)... had we not been honest and pointed out the error, you would have been out of over $100.

Also, there was a table near us with 4 young women (one, it turned out wasn't so young) who were laughing loudly and carrying on, and even though we complained to the waiter, nobody asked them to keep it down. I finally went over myself as they were leaving and pointed out how loud they had been (they laughed at me...).

All in all, this was NOT the kind of experience we expect at Arte. Very disappointing.

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d
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Stopped for dinner on the way to Lincoln Center and it was a very good meal and value....varied menu and eveything was well prepared...however...
the restaurant needs to do something about their AC...we were seated in the back and it was unbearably hot/humid. Despite several requests nothing could/would be done.
While we would definitely come back for the food, but only once the weathr cools dow...

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

One of my favorite brunch spots. Food is always delicious

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b
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere. Top-rate, attentive staff, but never felt rushed. Only complaint is that restaurant temperature was too hot.

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NY
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Decent and interesting Italian food at decent price for NYC Upper West Side. Comfortable. Early bird special during the week is a good deal

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great experience for our large group. Food, service, wine... all top notch, and they were accommodating for our large family and kids.

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f
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Good food, good value BUT too loud unless you can sit in the garden in the rear -BUT they rarely open that.

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D
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Nice ambiance, good bar scene, way too noisy main restaurant area, Pizza bread went downhill... tor dry

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PD
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Wonderful!! We’ll be back!

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OT
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Disappointing. Service was poor. Our food came out before our salads were finished. We did not have complete set ups. Had to repeatedly ask for our club soda. We needed to request bread, oil and water. It should have been offered. For the $$ spent, it should have been better

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W
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We sat outside, and wehn it rained they quickly moved us to an adjacent table under the umbrella. Very good pasta Bolognese. I wish you'd have tartufo for dessert.

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i
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Food was good and reasonable, but service was spotty

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SS
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Friends Birthday

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JK
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Excellent food, service and venue. The lunch special has gone up 20% from $15 to $18.
It is still a good deal, but perhaps I won't be lunching here quite as often as before.

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OT
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The owner did not want to seat us in the back garden patio which we prefer as he said that they couldn’t accommodate a party of 5. He said they don’t seat large parties in the back because of noise. They finally did offer us a seat on the back garden patio after we took a look and said they were 2 adjacent tables they could put together. This was after they had made us sit in the front first.

The service was very slow. Half way through our meal they seated a party of 9 people near us. I don’t understand why they would lie about seating larger parties in the back. I really like this restaurant but it left a bad taste in my mouth to have to fight for a table that was available.

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SG
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I had a lovely lunch with my friend. The food was great and the entire staff was very friendly. I was with my small service and they were very accommodating. We stayed a long time after lunch with wine and dessert and no one bothered us. We will definitely go back again, and again!

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OT
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I ordered a dish with poached eggs. This is the second time I have done so at Arte. And it’s the second time I have sent them back because they were over cooked. For $16 for eggs, they should do better.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very accommodating for a last minute large party with a stroller! Food was delicious!

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B
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I have frequented Arte Cafe since it opened approximately 25 years ago. Have always had a good time and wonderful meals at a bargain price. Thank you.

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n
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Had the Pear salad and swordfish entree. Both super. Wait staff was very attentive. We were there on a Friday evening. Lots of families with kids, so was fairly noisy. A little pricy, but worth it.

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AG
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

as always, we all enjoyed everything we ordered

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PH
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The ambience has been updated since I was last there (a year ago), and I like it! The food was as delicious as ever. Arte Cafe has been one of the must go places I experience when I go to NYC with friends. Excellent food!

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C
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had invited some friends from out of town that arrived more than an hour late. The staff could not have been more gracious and accommodating. While the food was excellent as usual what we will always reme,her is how kindly we were treated.

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JR
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We come often. However, we wish they would buffer the noise!

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w
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

As vegetarians, we always find tasty veggie options at Arte Cafe. Our waiter was particularly helpful and friendly, as was the entire staff.

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H
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I've eaten here many times and like it. However, their a/c needs fixing. It was 88 degrees the other night and the place wasn't cool enough. For some reason, the door was open and they didn't listen to us when we suggested strongly that it be closed.

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PK
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We ate in the courtyard and it was a lovely experience. The food was very good but it was really the charm of the courtyard that made the evening special.

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c
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Lovely food, good service. One minus: the sound level is too loud.
There is a lovely back garden, but it does have tables for parties of eight

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J
3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The reputation was that the service was bad. This was Not our experience.
The Waiters were attentive and very efficient and the food was good.

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J
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I was there for brunch with my friend. Bunch menu was a great selection. Overall service and food was excellent..!! we will comeback...

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OT
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

A great choice for delicious and nicely-served modern Italian cuisine in a laid-back and kid-friendly setting.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Just came from taking my mom to one of her favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. We came for Saturday brunch and it was better just to stay home . We had a waiter whose name is Raudel. He ignored our table and didn’t even inquire if we would like anything else. His service was Very poor and acted as if he didn’t want to be there . The management need to redo their training ASAP!
Food was as always delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food, service and ambiance wee very good. Had the branding and husband had rigatoni. Prompt service. Gavi wine good.

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SH
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Delicious food, friendly and accommodating staff. I especially like that they take reservations.
My "go-to" place when seeing a show at the Beacon.

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CP
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food is good. Service is consistently poor. Staff is not attentive

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