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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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Super polite managers and attentive servers.

SP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very crowded, table by the door, late deliver of food to
2 out of 4!

D
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Must be a new Chef. The Linguini Vingole rather bland tasting and few clams. The Pizza with Prosciutto & Arugula, Arugula very sparse and the dough bland too

B
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We were offered seating in a desolate side room even though the restaurant was empty and asked for a table in the main section only to find that we had to move again halfway through the meal due to a procession of waiters knocking into us as they passed. The food was unappetising, most of what we ordered being uneaten. A pity as I have had good meals there in the past!

JG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arte Cafe has been our neighborhood restaurant of choice for over 15 years. Great ambiance, friendly staff and excellent food.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried minestrone rather than the salad- was delicious!!

SE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Arte Cafe three times. The quality of the food and of the service were consistently excellent. The pasta dishes we tried were outstanding, especially the lasagna. The veal piccata is also great. It is not cheap, but prices are reasonable compared to other comparable options in the UWS. If you are up for an early dinner -- or a very very late lunch -- the prix fixe option is a bargain by NYC standards. Highly recommended.

f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Prices low for PRIX FIXE but non descriptive
Fair
Like a diner

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Getting tired of same menu!!

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to everyone. We were a big group for brunch celebrating my mother’s 65th. I had a 2 year old running around. Everyone was so patient and gracious.

PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an extensive menu with appealing choices, which were well prepared. .
The prices were extremely reasonable, so there was good value for the price, and the service was excellent..

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My appetizer was cold and entree was warm not hot. I had sirloin steak this time the size was much smaller than 2 weeks ago

SJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointed...restaurant wasn't busy and my Chicken Piccata was served luke warm and had obviously been sitting under the heat lamp for a while.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, drinks are affordable, service is friendly and efficient, Management Team very friendly and aims to please! This is my "go to" home away from home!

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Arte café. Great service and delicious food

j
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely setting where conversation can actually take place!

GK
Sydney / NSW
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food in this restaurant was exceptional, I would recommend to all. Very Authentic.

PS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was awesome.

d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine day

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

My only complaint about the service is that it took ONE HOUR to get our food!

LL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 11, 2020
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
50 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent value & food

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

Food and service where great. Wonderful staff.

C
New York Area
85 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
95 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
18 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
156 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
7 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
18 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.