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Finestra

4.1
235 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Finestra Restaurant is a Fine Italian Cuisine located on Upper East Side. We are open for indoor dining (50% capacity), outdoor dining, take out and delivery. We follow CDC rules and strictly adhere to social distancing.
Outdoor we have individual heated bubbles available for your comfort and safety. We follow CDC guidelines and we strictly adhere to social distancing.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 235 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.1
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4.0
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLimincello
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

our local favorite- not a week goes by when we are in town that we do not visit Finestra!
A lovely place.

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vipSparky
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A neighborhood gem. Really delicious food, salmon and chicken parm were excellent.

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disappointed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst meal I ever had in New York City.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. Service was perfect. Pasta was over cooked and tasted like Alfredo sauce and wasn’t pleasant. Veal was amazing and the stracciatella was perfect!!

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vipRestaurantEd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Not sure if it is due to the pandemic but the food is subpar and extremely expensive.

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vipMichael
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Terrible food and overpriced for a neighborhood place. Won't return

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vipExit109
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great soup!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The filet mignon on the menu was not an actual filet mignon (based on my limited knowledge of cuts of meat) but was still very tasty. Service was great, prices fair.

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vipSarahA
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Appreciate the plexiglass between tables.

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vipSparky
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

neighborhood gem, delicious pizza, great outdoor seating arrangements.

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vipnjdiner
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very good dinner at Finestra. We were greeted promptly and requested to sit indoor. They accommodated us and we had a nice table. Music while dining is important to me as I don't like loud fast music while dining and carrying on a conversation over drinks and dinner. The music here was a quiet and pleasant background. This is the start of good dining. The food was very very good. I had fettucini with meatballs that was excellent. Good food and good service is a reason to return to this restaurant. My only suggestion would be to get better Italian bread for the table.

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KR12
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for Valentine's Day. Cozy, private, heated outdoor bubbles, wonderful food, fantastic service. Looking forward to returning.

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vipKathleenR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience

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vipSparky
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific individual enclosed space outside. Great service, very reasonable and delicious pizza. Neighborhood gem.

Finestra
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thank you for being our customer. We appreciate your business. See you soon.

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vipKerner5000
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Covid set up!!! Ate in the plastic “igloo” with heater! so warm! the branzino was fabulous and lovely wine and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup. The food was delicious. I love the fish special. Their Tiramisu is amazing. A great experience.

Finestra
Responded on January 22, 2021

Thank you for being our customer. We appreciate your business. See you soon.

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vipwendyg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Good food, attentive staff and reasonably priced. A definite neighbor hood gem.

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Cazy23
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch was delicious. The waitress was very good as she kept ensuring we were fine with our meal. We Will definitely be cming back again for lunch or dinner.

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vipBatbet
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. People lovely and outdoor seating very comfortable

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vipSharonH
New York Area
408 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Friendly staff and ample portions. Always try to support local places especially in trying times. Thank you Finestra for serving the upper east side.

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

Lovely restaurant with nice waiters

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RUTH
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.

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vipTheFussies
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 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.

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RUTH
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MaggieE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Staff was excellent and food was delicious

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CarolC
New York Area
8 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!

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RUTH
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.

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DebB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipgrandma
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 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.

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

Enjoyed lunch and it was overall a very nice experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipSharonH
New York Area
408 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely neighborhood place. Comfortable and relaxing. Good food.

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vipNJgrandma
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.

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Cazy23
New York Area
28 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.

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vipgloriaa
New York Area
39 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Finestra using the Order Online button. Finestra also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 717-8595.

Finestra is rated 4.1 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.