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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-opera dinner perfectly located across from Lincoln Center. Choice of tables, near the window, near the action or in the cozy, quiet back of the restaurant (my choic). Perfect, attentive service. Food and wine were delicious, no kidding, right down to the bread (which you have to ask for, so please do). We shared the clams oreganata for an appetizer, which were just like my Italian grandma's homemade. I had the pappardelle pasta with black truffles, that was to die for, and my son had the pasta carbonara, which he said was excellent. I highly recommend Cafe Fiorello. I will be back.

SZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Love the chocolate mouse for dessert

MC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My mom and I love coming here for dinner before the opera, and this visit was just as lovely as any. The vegetable antipasto is our favorite!

CR
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and service good but was disappointed with ice cold bread.

AM
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm consistently impressed by Fiorello. The pastas are always excellent and the Branzino remains a favorite. We got desserts this time and of course they were excellent as well. Please keep it up!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure!

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Artichoke inlet was a winner

WB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Very good food. Unbelievably noisy. Also, if a fire broke out everyone would succumb. The layout is problematic.

S
Miami
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always bustling but you can actually hear each other talk! The food is excellent with tremendous variety. Prices a bit high but we’re never sorry we went.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I requested a seat change which was so much better!! The original seat was broken besides being so extremely tight, not surprised, as normal size adults could barely fit.
Great food and service.

S
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this restaurant and go there whenever we go to Lincoln Center for a performance. The staff is terrific, the food is wonderful, the portions are usually enormous.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We actually had to waive our hands in the air to get the maitre d's attention. Our waiter took 45 minutes to come over to our table after taking our order, and our food came after an hour.

PM
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food never disappoints. My avocado toast was perfect. The margarita pizza is always delicious. And we tried something new - the cacio e pepe pizza. Sublime!
Feels like home here.

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I rarely give five stars so this is as good as it gets. Food is always excellent but the noise level is way more than I would like. Best to wait until warm weather when you can sit outside

LK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant, delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. A good place to go before or after a show at Lincoln Center. A favorite!

f
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here many times, but this visit was special, based on the food we ordered.
First off, their meatballs are made from Beef, no pork, so that's a good start for some...like my wife.
They have added a lasagna dish that is the best I have had anywhere in the world. Made with one big noodle, the size of a small pizza and filled with short rib meat and short rib meatballs and of course cheese. Absolutely out of this world.
For a starter we had their baked clams which were fabulous.
Ending the meal with Profiteroles...what could be better.
Great dining, service, ambiance and food taste.

LM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We shared the lasagna which was quite good, but the salad at $14 was overpriced for the quality. The drinks were also overpriced. This restaurant is average but not really worth it.

C
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The water was excellent. The food was good, but the noise was pretty awful. I wish I could come when it is not so crowded!

B
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent business lunch at the rear of the restaurant, where it was quiet, secluded, yet service was impeccable. Basically an excellent experience all around.

DO
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

GREAT! We were looking for a place to eat before going to see my nephew play at The Julliard School. We decided on CF and was worried about a few reviews in Yelp. However, we were quite surprised with the service and hospitality we received from the entire staff. I thought I lost my phone and they went beyond to try to find my phone. I am definitely going back the staff was very diverse and you get an international feel of fully accepted. My wife love the cosmo. The star was our server - Mr Lenden. Thank you for a nice time.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-theater light dinner...but love to go after the theater goers have left, enjoying a less hectic atmosphere where you can enjoy dining. The food is always wonderful! And the pail of mousse and whipped cream is delicious and fun!

RW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-Lincoln Center event, much better than the event itself (yeesh!), We informed the maitre d that we needed to be out by a certain time and he informed the waiter, who was great. Delicious food and great service. We were in the back, so it wasn't as noisy as in the front. A winner!

k
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the meal and the service were excellent. I was there for a business lunch. The noise level increased toward the end of our meal, but nothing crazy.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having been there before, I was really looking forward to this dining experience again but was disappointed with the lasagna being over cooked and the seating that we were given, tucked in a corner having to ask the tables around us to move when we needed to get up and go to the bathroom or leave at the end of our meal.
I will plan to visit again, and hope that the experience will return to my original visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food - price was fair considering location and food. Seating was a little cramped but had very nice neighbors on both sides which made it a pleasant experience overall.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good restaurant for pre dinner show for Lincoln Center. Food and Service was exceptional. Varied menu for varied tastes. Second time for dinner. Served quickly. Team concerned about diners who have tickets for show.

HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have been going to Cafe Fiorello for years. We go before or after the ballet. It is so convenient and the food used to be very good. The last few times we have gone the food has been uneven. Last night was the worst and it is unlikely we will go again. I had been fasting all day so that I could eat the lasagna. I love their take on lasagna, open faced, meatballs, crispy noodles unique and delicious. It was awful this time. I think I was eating raw sausage meat. I ate a small portion and stopped I did not want to get sick. My wife told the waiter when he came to pick it up. My wife had a bolognese that was burned. My espresso was cold and my wife's coffee was luke warm. I am giving it 2 stars overall instead of 1 because we enjoyed it in the past and our appetizers were good, and the deserts were good too. It is very expensive and the waiter did not even try to make good on the lasagna. Sad that we will stop going, hopefully they will figure things out.

I
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late last minute Wednesday lunch. Fiorello’s always is reliable for good food in a pleasant setting. If requested, service can be prompt and fast paced. Enjoyed a salmon burger, crabmeat and avocado salad, huge portion of chocolate mousse, glass of Barolo. Fine lunch with friends.

m
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna ever! Service is wonderful.

MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great restaurant for a big family or a casual italian dining experience. kind of loud (it's a big space). food was good but not a great place for an intimate dinner if that's what you're looking for.

b
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

best lasagna ever!

our server was beyond patient!

CR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tickets to the ballet and ate here first. Haven’t been in years. It was just as wonderful as i remembered. Great food and great staff.

J
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome evening. Not completely all 5 cuz lots of couple seating on booth tables and we were offered small table and fried artichoke portón small for price but very good. Had the cauliflower Milanese, zucchini Parmesan and eggplant rollatini and they were awesome. Great service from Nick. Our chicken and veal pepperoni Parmesan to die for. Best limoncello pie.

SG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiorello is Fantastic !!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food premade

CP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So happy to find the tables and the whole room, decorated in full Valentine Day decor, with red balloons and even a big, chocolate heart, at our table! 🎈🎈Lyndyn was our superb waiter and when I asked for the Lasagna, he cautioned me, that although it was fabulous, it was not in the traditional, layered, dish form! FLAT he said but it looked more like a pizza, to me, so he was so kind to take it back and I settled on another entree, instead! Sorry, guys, my name ends in a vowel so I was quite disappointed with that!

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for breakfast. Plentiful coffee, great service, wide selection, good food.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Convenient to Lincoln Center and good for a pre-show meal. It's a bit over-priced, especially the wines by the glass. This is out-weighed by the convenience of the location. The vegetarian anti-pasto spread is a good choice. There was very good tiramisu for dessert.

AH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seared tuna was heavenly

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and very accommodating for those with dietary restrictions. I had the roasted chicken with spinach which was quite delicious. I have eaten at Fiorello several times and it has been consistently good.