Come Prima Ristorante

4.7
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171 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
It takes most people 10 minutes to get from 1st Avenue to Madison Avenue. It's taken Salvatore Lombardi 30 years. Obviously, Mr. Lombardi is a man who does not like to rush. You see, Salvatore ran Campagnola, one of New York's most famous Italian restaurant for over three decades. So, when it came time to open his own place, he chose carefully. Mr. Lombardi practically invented hospitality, and it is evident the moment you enter Come Prima. The ambiance, service, and of course the food, add up to an evening you won't soon forget. And best of all, Salvatore won't forget you.
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SD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Had a wonderful experience. The Food was great! The Wine List is terrific. The waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. We Will return.

CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The service was not great and the food was not good and super expensive, we spent $300 for two and it was terrible disappointing.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty tough pricy Italian food in a chic ambiance.
Service is nice and precise.
Overall good experience but you could expect more value for money.

BM
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good service and the food was OK, but pricey for what we were served.

n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS SUCH AN ENJOYABLE EVENING, EVERYONE LOVED IT

F
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The high point was the food. Salads, pastas and fish dishes were all excellent. Something about the service and the ambience wasn't quite clicking -- it may have been that the pretty but shrill folks at a neighboring table were sucking up all the oxygen. It's pricey: nearly $500 for four with tax and tip and a very modest beverage tab. (The wine choices were limited and the markups vertiginous, so we stuck with cocktails.)

I
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Expensive. A la carte menu. Nice room. Empty for Friday lunch from 12:45 to 2:15. Unenthusiastic but good service. Do try.

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We made a reservation for New Year’s Eve and apparently there was a system error and our reservation wasn’t supposed to have been accepted. We found out when we got there and had to wait 35-40 minutes for a table. Normally we would’ve left but we had no choice being the night of New Year’s. We didn’t even get an apology. Actually, they were bothered by the fact that we didn’t include a baby in the reservation. We had to push our new year plans because of this mistake and their lack of consideration was astonishing. Food is good but pricy.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Teníamos reserva 20.45h para 4 ( con dos niños de 12 y 15).No nos sentaron hasta las 22.15h!!! Estábamos agotados de caminar por la ciudad.La espera de los platos fue inadmisible.Hasta las 23.10h no trajeron comida,mi hijo se durmió esperando.Una pena porque la comida era buena.No se puede maltratar así a los clientes.Y carísimo para lo que fue la cena.

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JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We chanced on Come Prima using OT and were delighted with our find. The staff was courteous and engaging, the food was delicious and just as described. Excellent cannolis. Enough without being too much.

ME
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solicitous hots, professional staff, well prepared food. Expensive

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

EXCELLENT SERVICE! Treated beautifully from the moment we entered the restaurant through our delicious meal! A wonderful neighborhood gem.

DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Nice atmosphere

F
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently fabulous food and great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. Great food and friendly.

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful, service was attentive, the atmosphere was totally classy and comfortable. Great evening.

JA
Miami
85 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner. Personal feeling service; great food, wonderful ambiance! Bravo

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant.
Food very good , atmosphere great service great!!!

TK
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Italian food served in a most sophisticated setting. It's a bit pricey - but still reasonable for Madison Avenue. It's nice and quiet at lunch time.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space with excellent service. Delicious Italian cuisine and a great wine list. Five star experience.

AL
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. Friendly. menu is varied and delish.

j
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful in every regard! you are transported to a different time and place- food is spectacular with an attentive and available wait staff who are intimately familiar with the menu. Salvatore is the ultimate NYC host / front of house man in the business. If with family or business or simply out with friends NO BETTER PLACE on the east side!

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant with amazing food, top notch service and a beautiful atmosphere where you can hear the person sitting next to you. I highly recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seated 35 minutes late, next to the door (with door opening every 5 minutes, waiters going out to smoke), security alarm rang for 10 minutes before the manager disabled it. Service was beyond poor, bread was stale and dry, pasta and appetizers were mediocre, though pricing was insanely inflated for what they delivered. One of the worst experiences in NY in years, scoring in the worst quadrant on price/quality in recent memory. Avoid this place if you can.

S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only have great things to say about Come Prima. The service was great, staff was very attentive and friendly. Everything we ordered was terrific.

r
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Continental style. Upper East Side chic meets Manhattan media.

D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quaint, intimate neighborhood restaurant on the Upper East Side. The staff - from the bar to the table - made us feel at home and took great care of our party. The food was incredible. I will be back!

ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our new go to restaurant for truly wonderful Italian food, old world and contemporary all at once. Outstanding menu, food, service. As if we were in Italy.

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the service is of another time, so lovely.

EG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful evening.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Will never go back

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food is poor and overpriced! The smallest plates of beef carpaccio I have ever seen. $30 a plate! The breasola plate was twice the size. It seemed that the restaurant was running out of beef. The "special" pasta was Black ink linguini with lobster Fra Diavolo. It was bland, no hint of spice. Mushy pasta! The lobster tail was cold and dry, probably cooked the day before and kept in refrigerator. $56 a plate!
There are few excellent italian restaurants in the area for the same price. This one is a joke.

MG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable experience
Marcelo from Romania
Exceptional

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We received excellent service and appreciated the chance to visit in a quiet environment. The food was superb, including desert.

DD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our second time eating at this resturant. We live out of state and look forward to enjoying a meal here. The staff are very friendly and and the food is excellent. Salvatore is always very friendly and is over seeing the operation carefully.
It was the day before my wife’s birthday and he made sure her dessert was decorated and they sang happy Birthday.

BK
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quiet place for lunch on upper east side, clean elegant decor. Great food and service.

S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and good food. Family birthday dinner was fun and recommend👍

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic, Service was terrific. Atmosphere was good. Drinks were good BUT WAY TWO EXPENSIVE. A Ketel 1 Martini $22

EL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Marcellle was a great waiter
Really enjoyed our dunner

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I’ve ever had. The service is first class and the food is to die for.