Cafe Fiorello

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$31 to $50
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A forum for Lincoln Center’s performing arts culture for nearly 30 years, Café Fiorello features a sprawling bar filled with more than 50 kinds of antipasti. Finished in warm wood, brass and mirrors, the main dining room suggests a timeless charm. In addition to the hot and cold antipasto specialties of vegetables and seafood, the menu features updated Italian classics and specialty dishes, as well as a selection of seafood, steak, veal & pasta.

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Daily 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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D
New England
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been going to Fiorello's for more than 35 years. There is a reason it's had such longevity. We've never been disappointed there. The food is always excellent, the service is friendly and attentive, it's so convenient to the venues at Lincoln Center. Here's to another 35 years!

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants for several years right across Broadway to Lincoln Center.

L
New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to enjoy a delicious Italian meal . Typical NYC prices but the portions are generous and food delicious . Very convenient if you are going to a performance at the Lincoln Center .

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over priced for what you get, but you’re paying for the location...

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Prompt but not pushy. Loud but not overly so.

E
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway excellent and consistent. Great value.

ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. The turn off was that while we were eating the busboy started sweeping the floor next to us.

The ‘reserves for’ plaques were nostalgic and fun to look at but they weren’t clean.

Overall very good experience

JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Fiorello is a classic New York pre-theater bistro. The food meets a high standard; the service is on point; and the energy of the city vibrates the room.

EM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic friendly service and amazing large portions of food!

JJ
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Waitstaff inattentive. I waited 15-20 min for my check!

JF
Salt Lake City
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun environment!

f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I don't know how they do it. No matter what time of day, the caliber of service and food is always excellent. Friendly and accommodating service, no push to turn the table. A menu that works for everyone, vegan, gluten-free etc etc. And the Tiramisu!!!!

p
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have eaten at Fiorello's many times, but this was our first lunch there. We began with a major problem: I had booked for friends from UK, but was unavoidably delayed and had to delay the reservation by 30 minutes. As I was unable to reach my friends (their cell phone did not work in USA), I left a message for them at the restaurant letting them know I would be late and had changed the reservation time. Shortly after the new reservation time, I called the restaurant to let them know I was on the way and to check that my friends had received my message. I was told my friends had not been seated. When I arrived, I was again told they had not arrived; when I asked about my message, he had it & read it to me, but then I spotted my friends, who it turned out, had arrived at the original booking time, not been given my message, had been seated for an hour and in fact had finished eating their main meal! We joined them and after some delay, the waiter arrived to take our order.
As always, the food was excellent; we ordered the Prix Fixe menu, which seemed to be good value; Caesar salad, meat balls, beet carpaccio and wedding soup were all excellent. We followed with one spaghetti carbonara, rather rich and heavy, & 3 red snapper, full-flavoured and very tasty. However, my soup arrived in a bowl, rather than a cup, which I didn't notice as I was busy apologising to my friends. When reviewing the bill later, I realised the waiter had probably made a mistake and passed on our order as from the main menu rather that the Prix Fixe. (when I ordered, I asked for "the wedding soup from the Prix Fixe menu"). As my friends paid, I felt very bad that they had ended up paying more than they expected to.
I realise that the staff were probably frazzled that day as there was a major flood in the area, but the fact that my message was not passed on, that I was misinformed that my friends had not arrived, and that there was a mistake re the order spoiled our celebration.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cafe Fiorello is one of my favorite restaurants in the Lincoln center area.
Hope to go there again soon.

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This was my 6th visit in last 12 months. We made reservations on Open Table for 6 pm on a Saturday night. The table we were seated at would have made Oompah Loompahs claustrophobic. The waiter was neglectful from the beginning. The food, as always was amazing. It arrived quickly and was hot and delicious. Being seated by the waiters service area added to the closeness, but not their attention. I had dirty silverware dropped on me, the wrong check, (already paid for) and then the requested after dinner coffee forgotten. Overall, an OK experience, not what one expects from Cafe Fiorello. For $170 for 2, one would expects the amazing food, but the service needs attention.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food...It was jam packed with people the evening we were there.

LN
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must try the Vanilla Méringue Cup!! Best dessert. Good food, good value great location for Lincoln Center.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for an evening at Lincoln Center
Food and service are great and the location is perfect

FB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, very accommodating, excellent food cooked with care, fresh quality ingredients and nicely presented. They even came around to the tables with warm chocolate cookies.

i
New York Area
243 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Fiorello. The food is consistently good and diverse enough to go almost ever time you're in that area as we are with the Philharmonic.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Maybe it was an off night. Espresso machine was broken. Can’t get a hamburger before 8 pm!! What is that all about? The grill is not on? Takes too long to cook for pre-theatre?
They are fast and convenient to Lincoln Center but there are other choices equally fast and nearby.

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiorello is always a stand out option before or after an evening at Lincoln center. Great food and I especially love the updated menu. I do wish the cocktail menu was a bit more inventive to match the dining experience. Fortunately there are very good wines.

JM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The location near Lincoln Center is prime and the food is good. But the downside is that it is always crowded and noisy.

J
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always great
convenient food terrific
great for after Opera or theater

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The restaurant was very crowded and the Mayr d kept saying in a minute or 2 I will seat u
It definitely took a lot more than a minute or-two

We had tickets for the opera and so felt very rushed through our meal
Although the meal was pretty good it was on the cold side and we did not have the time to get it heated since we were seated well past our reservation
Not a relaxing experience for a costly meal

b
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We are regular customers. It's always frenetic pre-theatre but they do a great job of service professionally, friendly and also fast. Food was excellent. Its always a plus that they pass out chocolate cookies, and the chunks of chocolate at the host stand are appreciated. The one negative is that it was so crowded that they put us at a table that stuck out into the wait staff's narrow traffic lane so I got bumped a lot - I don't think that table should be used.

r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

food was very good. service was uneven, had to ask for the waiter to come to the table several times.

CA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Vegetable appetizer small dishes not as delectable as before. Pasta still very decent. Great atmosphere, convenience, and late night hours are a compensation. Wish the food were as good as it was many years ago.

WS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant on the upper west side. Every time we visit NYC, we dine here at least once.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a fun experience.

BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best blueberry pancakes in the entire world!!!
Artichoke omelette always a favorite.
Great crowd, great service- a real N.Y. favorite.

n
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Eat here all the time and the ambiance seemed particularly frenzied tonight. Had vegetable assortment from the bar and the squash had hard seeds that should have been removed. Other veg were good. Our Dover sole was somewhat dry. Would have sent it back but it was too busy to make a scene and we needed to make a curtain across the Street

CL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have dined at Cafe Fiorello several times and have always been amazed. The service, from the moment we walk in to the point that they are returning our checked coats, is attentive but not overbearing. The food is excellent and leave room for the chocolate mousse. Reservations through Open Table is a must!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a 70th birthday for three of us, as noted in my reservation. It was also mentioned to the waiter. People at tables nearby received dessert treats with candles and singing. We were not offered this.

OT
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to meet and have a wonderful meal with outstanding service!!

GM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced. Food just ok.

LW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch at Cafe Fiorello's before catching a performance at the MET at Lincoln Center. Service was pleasant and quick, but not rushed. My mom and I split the gooey omelette which was delicious with roast potatoes, roasted red peppers and onions, and a small side of salad greens - plenty for two small appetites. Be sure to make reservations in advance as this place is a popular stop for many.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful breakfast experience. Artichoke Frittata was out of this world so was ham & eggs benedict!

M
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The host was a bit "gruff,;" however, the server was friendly. The food was fine but nothing exceptional. Liked the individual pots of coffee but the first cup was not as hot as would have been expected given we were the first breakfast customers to be seated at 9 am. It was crowded by the time we left so clearly it is a favorite among others

DW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service, despite being a bit busy, was good