Cafe Fiorello

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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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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a charming Italian dining experience. Outside and inside dining. Great food. A must if you are in the city.

HS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and convenient to Lincoln Center.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food and service were good. But, as usual, it was much too noisy.

KH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anti pasta veggie dishes were superb!
Super fun experience with great wait staff, food and drinks. Great value.

A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Antipasto bar as fabulous as ever. Pastas were a little disappointing this time, but this neighborhood fave still delivers a good experience.

EA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Very unaccommodating service. Not willing to make small changes (e.g. type of lettuce, dressing) in menu items. Seated us in a back room with two tables. Although it was quiet, as requested, the wait staff completely forgot about us. Side of spaghetti was $7.00 for barely a cup of pasta. Very expensive. Disappointing meal.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining before opers

RB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very noisy very crowded food ok

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Well run organization. Got to our performance in plenty of time and without any anxiety. Knowledgeable waitstaff solicited our preferences and made very good recommendations. Did not feel rushed. Very noisy but acceptable trade off to meet performance timetable without worrying. Will recommend and will come again. Thank You!

WL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our waiter Al, he made great recommendations, very knowledgeable about all the dishes we were interested, served us promptly and got us out for our show in plenty of time. This was our 4th time at Cafe Fiorello..... You must be good because you’re the only surviving restaurant on the block that’s been there over 20 years!!! The tiramisu was also outta sight!!

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the wait staff is always courteous and efficient; very well trained.
The antipasto bar has great choices and hits the spot every time; surprised more restaurants don't have this.
And it's always enjoyable to dine al fresco and watch the sidewalk traffic.

B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love to eat there in the back where it's less noisy. Had an amazing dinner of Dover Sole and asparagus.

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch before opera

d
New York Area
319 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is not as good as in the past which is why we have avoided going there for the last two years. Again, it was just ok and not special. Service was friendly and efficient.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always love eating here. My only problem is deciding what to choose since it is all so good!

LG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Great location if attending an event at Lincoln Center-a five minute walk, easily accessible. Seating (with a reservation) was prompt and courteous. Tables are very close to each other making it easy to unintentionally overhear others' conversations and vice versa. Waitstaff was generally available and service was timely and not rushed. Food quality was fresh; may want to offer more than 3 small pieces of foccacia; it seemed a bit stingy. Overall, we've been before and will undoubtedly partake in the future.

b
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff could not have been more helpful in seating us where we wanted to be. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the evening very much Thank you.

a
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliably excellent food here...chicken parm could feed 2-3 normal people, best meatballs in Manhattan. Superb any time perfect before Lincoln Center.

T
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good, reliable, esp before Lincoln Center productions.

S
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed and seated in a comfortable booth. Our drinks were delivered promptly. My partner had the small filet of sole with asparagus which was very good. I had the rigatoni which I enjoyed. It’s always comfortable returning to Cafe Fiorello.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The roasted brussel sprouts and fried artichokes were too greasy. The fish was excellent. Lovely sitting outside, even in the rain, and service was good.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

You can always depend on a good, delicious meal at Cafe Fiorello --from the appetizers to the salads, pizzas and main dishes. I've returned many times and have never been disappointed. A bit noisy and tight seating during peak hours for lunch and dinner, but the food is first rate Italian fare.

TE
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Can you give less than one star? That’s what this place deserves!! Had to wait 15 minutes to be seated for a 6:00 reservation, waited 45 minutes for a pizza, which never came. Left and only explanation was “we’re very busy”. Completely uninterested in customers. Save your money and go to a REAL restaurant!

FC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very popular, service a bit slow, so if you have a curtain time, chose wisely and tell your waiter.
the focaccia was a bit soggy

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

It's unbelievably noisy oh, the service was mediocre

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another great meal and once again Linden was our waiter and made the experience even better!

AW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Jammed on a Saturday evening, but prompt seating for my rez. Enjoyed the Dover Sole. Never had a bad meal there.

RT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a really good excellent value meal

RK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were attending an 8pm performance at Lincoln Cter - we arrived with reservations at 6pm and were seated promptly.
Our waiter was pleasant and congenial - our bottle of wine and appetizer came without delay; however, our food took FOREVER to come out - we had ordered broiled sole and 2 pastas with bolognese sauce; nothing complicated. It was not till 7:10 that our entrees were served. Our waiter recognized the problem and brought some complimentary antipasto while we waited, but although we appreciate the gesture and the dishes we ordered were good, the meal was rushed as we had to eat quickly and head across the street.
We have often come here before performances with no problem, but the kitchen failed us this time!

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

This must have been an unusual day. Extreme noise from a private party we asked to be moved and from the time of the move we were disregarded. Our order took almost an hour to arrive. nobody apologized or made any arrangements for us to be serviced. They didn’t even bring the check for 15 minutes after it was asked for. at that point i gave up paid a wrong bill and left
i usually give a 4 or 5 star rating but i was mist generous this time in giving a 2

a
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location for an après theater drink/meal. Food was ok. Service was fine.

V
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently excellent. From the pizza to the great Italian dishes to the incredible chocolate mousse dessert-we are always impressed for a casual reasonably priced NY restaurant. Service is awesome, outside patio is nice—we would highly recommend. The veal pepperoni parmigiana is phenomenal!

NN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I usually rate Cafe Fiorello excellent on most things, however this evening was not up to par. Because of traffic we were about 12 minutes late for our 5:30 reservation (which we called up on the way to let them know) - - I do not believe that this really impacted us. The wine and our appetizers arrived in a timely fashion. We had a NY Philharmonic concert that was starting at 7:30 PM and we had to wait an inordinate amount of time for our main course - - and therefore had to rush to make the concert.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistently good. Very convenient to Lincoln Center.

M
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We haven’t been here in a while and it’s clear they’ve changed the menu quite dramatically. Where there used to be several veal dishes, now there are theee, two of included cheese. The veal has largely been repywith chicken. The crab salad was ok. We came this time because one of our guests wanted good pizza and here Fiorello did not disappoint. They’re thin crust pizzas are still excellent. The noise is pretty robust but that’s not news.

PJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fiorello's is a staple for me. Brunch before a Saturday matinee performance at Lincoln Center. Always dinner at Fiorello's before opening night at The MET. Great food. Excellent service. A bit noisy. Consistent high quality.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was prepared fresh with an Italian flair that was exquisite.

F
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was there for brunch w/8 girlfriends this past weekend. (Not my first brunch there which have always been good.) Had a reservation and we were seated right away. Waiter was great - very personable and eager to please, made suggestions when asked and no special requests were a problem. Coffee drinkers said it was great coffee. Our food was very slow to come out though and so they brought out some type of bread/pastry with blueberries and raisins which was good (could have used some butter/jam). Was a nice gesture. Then about 30 mins later they brought us two plates of various hot and cold items from the antipasto bar...another nice gesture which our group appreciated given that it was already an hour from the time we ordered when our food finally came! (Others around us got their food much faster, so not sure what it was about our table of 8 or our order that was a problem). Everything we ordered was very, very good. Pancakes were huge and very good as was French toast. Since we weren’t in a rush and the service was very good (Hunter took great care of our table) and they acknowledged our wait with the complimentary treats as we waited, atmosphere is pleasant, and it was easy to have a conversation so we were all happy with our experience and will definitely return.

BY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and Food is EXCELLENT!!! Peperoni Chicken parm is Awesome! I just had the Pizza and its incredible as well!! HIGHLY recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Very unhappy being seated squished at a table for 2 - clearly the worst table in the place. We were in and out in 35 minutes —

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