Cafe Fiorello

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Italian

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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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EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find near Lincoln Center. Very cozy, nice wine by the glass and good service.

TA
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cafe Fiorello has many choices and always good food. They have small dishes with many veggie and seafood choices. Great pizza options with so thin crust. Pasta is great choice, extensive sea food choices, from steel head salmon to dover sole. Salads and steaks. Perfect place if you are in Lincoln Center area before or after performance. Simply you cannot go wrong with Cafe Fiorello.

BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The portions are very large. They can all be shared by at least 2 people.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I always like the food there, but brunch was a serious disappointment. Our omelettes were dry and bland. I really should have sent it back, but I was too hungry. It's hard to believe that Fiorello's would serve such Denny's-like meals. Management should really speak to the brunch chefs. Our waiter was a champ, really nice, catering to our every need with enthusiasm. The maitre-d's were, as always, quite welcoming, gracious, and cheerful.

GB
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We felt rushed, totally out of place for a Lincoln Center restaurant.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fantastic pre- or after- show stop for dinner and drinks. Efficient, lively and excellent cuisine!

g
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place to dine before going to any event at Lincoln Center. The food is wonderful, the service is terrific, and it's right across the street! I love this place.

Y
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Festive atmosphere for reliably well prepared brunch and Italian staples. Great pre-theater service. Antipasto bar and pizzas are always good choices. A bit pricey like everything near Lincoln Center but always fun.

NP
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience1

MY OPENTABLE RESERVATION GOT ME SEATS CLOSEST TO THE TOILET


Food was good.
Service was satisfactory.

In my experience, seats closest to toilet should be last used and reserved for parties without reservations not parties with reservations.

Although they attempted to apologize after I complained, I asked why was a party with a reservation even placed at a table next to the toilets?

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great choice for the Lincoln Center area. Consistently good with nice extras like a bowl of chocolate at the door and fresh baked cookies passed around during dinner. The half dover sole serving with asparagus is perfect as a main course and we never miss the chocolate mousse with whip cream for dessert.

K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fast and furious and the most efficient performance of any restaurant staff possible. A woman brushed two glasses off the table while donning her coat. A pit crew wept in and the glass was swept up before she said, I'm so sorry! A table for 5 was needed, the manager was placing set-ups and 4 men jumped to action to grab extra chairs and glasses without having to ask. I have food issues, ordering out is always a pain, a discussion, a negotiation. OMG! I ordered, it came perfectly, I enjoyed, and I was shocked! It is a pre-theater bustle for sure, and the noise is loud, but you can still talk comfortably and you simply can't beat the service and the fact that they serve a huge variety of vegetables from the antipasta bar.

AH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selection, food was tasty and the service was great!!!
We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food very mediocre some people could not even eat their dish.

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food and service is good but the crowded seating arrangement makes it uncomfortable.

MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been coming to this restaurant for years and it’s been declining steadily. The table are so close together - it must be a fire code violation. An older gentleman with a walker had a very difficult time figuring out and hen navigating his way out. We ordered a pizza for the table. It covered a large plate. They used to be a large square sized portion. I ordered a three vegetable plate. The Brussels sprouts were undercooked and the portions were smaller than they used to be. Due to the high volume of customers, the service was not great. What happened to the restaurant we used to love? Will not go back soon.

o
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious brunch. The antipasto is always excellent. The noise level is loud which makes it hard to hear.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Missing the good old days at Café Fiorello when food was outstanding, especially the vegetable choices. Food is a pale shadow of those good days

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

This used to be my go-to place for brunch before a performance at the Met. But yesterday the service was awful. We waited 15-20 minutes before our waiter came to ask if we wanted beverages or to take an order and that was only after we flagged down the Maitre'd to have him send the server over.

When the food arrived (finally) after another long wait, it wasn't up to par. The side of sausage was over cooked and dry, my omelet was only OK. We were seated at 10:30 and didn't get out until 12:15 and that was NOT because we lingered. It was disappointing as I had a guest with me. I guess the place has become too popular and can't keep up the quality with the demand.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food.

NK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious

JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was not up to par.Brussel sprouts had stem attached and hard to chew Salad was not as good small amount of cheese,walnuts etc open lasagna was good

DD
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the tastiest grilled artichokes and thinnest, crispiest pizza crust in New York!

F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food and service is consistently excellent. Thank you!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, the best. I will return as soon as possible.

WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been here in a couple of years, so very very glad to get back. A wonderful meal before the MET opera, we enjoyed it wonderfully. Kudos for a superb waitstaff and a kitchen which works wonders! I hope to get back soon.

RS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mid-week brunch before a show at Lincoln Center. Cafe Fiorello was the perfect place! Good food. Lovely atmosphere, good service and very convenient to the theater. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return.

s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, a bit pricey. Large portions

O
Las Vegas
82 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I think we've eaten here 20 times times in the past few years. The Italian Wedding Soup is delicious and the chocolate moose is epic.

NF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Food was well prepared, fresh and delicious. Menu has plenty of variety. Very attentive staff
without being overbearing. There was no rush even though it was crowded. Food came quickly. Reservations are recommended.

RT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.... the lasagna was probably the best I’ve ever had.

AN
Miami
62 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every year going to the Opera in NYC is a special occasion. So why not celebrate it with a very good meal. Cafe Fiorello has always been a perfect place to celebrate and in any occasion or even for an everyday dining. Thanks Cafe Fiorello for acomódate my request. Great food. Great service. Great place.

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very very noisy, but worth the noise for the quality of everything else.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and great service. Beautiful sitting outside and enjoying the neighborhood

u
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Superb service, excellent food, great table, but as always very noisy!

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

this was so much better than my last visit. server was prompt and attentive

n
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always dependable with good food, and they get you to Lincoln Center on time. It can be crowded pre-theater, but service is swift.
Wonderful varied menu. Only place (with Trattoria del Arte) that has an affordable half portion of Dover Sole (love it!).
Another outstanding feature is the antipasto bar with great vegetarian choices.

AM
New York Area
205 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried artichoke hearts a la giudecca, veal Parm with pepperoni . . and lots of health options too. Exceptional service and a great room with fair prices, too. I never go anywhere else when I’m near Lincoln Center.