Finestra

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$30 and under
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Italian
Finestra Restaurant Fine Italian Cuisine is a Manhattan restaurant providing the best Italian food. Whether you are here for weekend brunch, getting some take out, or joining us for dinner you will enjoy our fine Italian cuisine and family friendly atmosphere. We offer lunch specials, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, a full bar, and even classical guitar music on Wednesday and Friday nights. Our convenient Upper East Side location in New York is close to Sotheby’s, Hospital of Special Surgery, New York Cornell University, Cornell Weil Medical College, Helmsley Medical Tower Hotel and Belaire Guest Facility HSS.
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RU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finestra is my new favorite restaurant. I am expecting my nephew and his girl friend for a visit

and I intend to bring them here. Food is great and the ambiance is comfortable and warm.

Service is also great and the waiters are all helpful.

TF
Atlanta
68 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner for three - my wife, her brother, and me.

Finestra is a small, lovely old school Italian restaurant. And there is nothing bad with that, especially considering the chains and other tourist traps one can find in Manhattan.

We started by sharing two orders of the mussels in a spicy red sauce. The portion was small - so two orders were needed for three to share.

My wife and I then shared the chicken parmigiana over spaghetti with marinara sauce. This was excellent - and the chicken was cooked perfectly - moist and tender, while the pasta was a perfect al dente.

My brother-in-law had veal amoroso (a variation on veal scallopine). He said it was delicious and left a clean plate.

We then had dessert. My wife and I shared ricotta italian cheese cake - which was very good - but not the best we have had.

My brother-in-law had the chocolate mousse cake - which was a large portion that said was excellent. He accompanied this with a cappuccino that he said was delicious.

Dress is casual. Service was excellent - with no pressure to turn over the table.

Worth giving Finestra a try if you crave good Italian food.

OT
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like this place. Food is tasty. Staff is friendly snd the restaurant is quaintly decorated

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food was delicious. My salmon was fresh and cooked at perfection. For dessert I had their homemade Tiramisu. Mmm..simply delicious. My husband and I had dinner here a few times we always enjoyed our meals.

RU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finestra was a very good value. The service and the food was exceptional. They took care of our

coats and explained the specials. The menu was large enough that there was a choice of entrees

and we were served our drinks and bread as soon as our order was taken. We will soon be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was slow coming out of kitchen but the waitstaff was doing their best to make it fight. Food was very good but not abundant.

ME
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. There were no ceiling decorations that night - they are getting ready to hang winter decor.

s
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was excellent and food was delicious

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it very much. The decor is colorful and charming. The service was warm and helpful. The chicken Paillard very good as well as the salmon frittata. Have the tiramisu. We will go back!

RU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My eating partner was late for our reservation but the server was very polite and said there was no

problem and she seated me. I really dislike waiting for someone and she made me comfortable

and gave me a menu and I ordered a wine while I waited.

DB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really charming neighborhood Italian restaurant. Staff is very friendly and efficient. Food is very good.

g
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i always enjoy it and they always have a delicious pureed soup for me. It is my favorite for that neighborhood.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The fish special was fresh and delicious. We had Tiramisu for dessert. Yummy! We loved their wine serving size. We will be back.

CJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch and it was overall a very nice experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It would be nice to have background music playing until the live music begins.

SH
New York Area
386 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely neighborhood place. Comfortable and relaxing. Good food.

NJ
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Finestra and go whenever we’re in NYC for Dr appt at MSK. The food is always good and we love that it’s never overly noisy. Had the salmon with mustard sauce this time. Really good! Looking forward to going back.

C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to the restaurant. All three times we have dined at the restaurant and all 3 times family was not disappointed. Food tasted fabulous.

g
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delightful! The seafood salads were delicious and generously sized. My friends and I celebrated a birthday and the staff could not have been nicer. They were accommodating, kind and gracious

t
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Husband and I shared a Caesar salad which was tasty. He had the linguine with clams and I indulged in the gnocchi with marinara. Both were very good. I would give them both an excellent if we hadn't just been in Italy. You know how that goes. Wine was perfect but, unfortunately, no room for dessert. Our waiter, Sal, and another waiter, Paul, were both the most congenial servers we have ever met. We will return our next visit to NY in a few weeks.

JK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant. The prices are moderate, good service & the food is good.

NJ
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really like this restaurant. First of all it’s very cute with colorful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. Second of all the food is really good. They make a great blood orange martini and the homemade tiramisu is worth the calories. As for dinner...the pizza is a thin crispy crust, just the way we like it. Both the veal and the chicken francese were delicious and I love the papardelle contadina. The duck special with risotto was also delicious. Will be back again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely return!

KM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was average. Server took too long to take the order. Window was leaking and they didn’t do a thing to remediate the situation. Would not return nor recommend.

PJ
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delish I went back the next night and ordered the same meal

CP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled seafood salad of the lunch menu was delicious, the shrimp perfectly cooked. Service attentive and friendly. An attractive room, noise level very low. And a great location, just a block away from Sotheby's auction house. I'll be back!

EB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Unusually attractive neighborhood Italian with reliably good food, quiet and appealing.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice old style Italian restaurant tucked away in the UES. Servers were friendly and accommodating. Space is small and intimate yet capable of handling 1 or 2 large parties of 8-10 people. Food was delicious and serving size was ample.

L
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food and service are always good- our favorite local restaurant.

OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and a lot of choices. Moderate priced. Friendly staff

ME
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The colorful umbrellas decorating the ceiling are always a delight.
The live guitar music is lovely and doesn't interfere with conversation.
All members of the wait staff are pleasant, helpful, and know the menu.
Simone is a lovely and welcoming manager.

l
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting my daughter, and after reading the reviews, we decided to give it a try. We are so happy we did! Our server forgot to order one of our appetizers, but we were so full from our delicious clams, and were just served our tasty pasta, veal and meatballs that we didn't even want it when she offered to bring it out. Our server was so nice that she brought us each a glass of lovely port at the end of our meal. Overall the food was delicious, great service, and a wonderful evening. We will definitely be back!

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were at a hospital in the neighborhood, so we took a chance, made a rervation, and we were so pleased, we are going again tonight!

ME
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!
The decor with paintings and miniature umbrellas is delightful.
Service staff are excellent, as is food.
For me, close to home - 3 N/S blocks.

I have recommended Finestra to others for years and have increased their business as a result.

C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner n my wife’s dinner tasted fabulous. I will definitely be coming back after my next HSS dr appointment. The service was great as well.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was quite good though a bit expensive. Service was great. They let us sit and enjoy our company without being bothered. Attentive but not cloying.

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating birth of grandchild

RB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The grilled seafood salad was excellent at a moderate price. Service was quick and fruendly

s
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good neighborhood gem. If you are visiting any of the local hospitals, this is a very welcome respite.

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so happy this restaurant was recommended. Close to the hospitals and just the place to sit and contemplate with friends who have ill family members. We will be back!