Finestra

4.4
181 reviews
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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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ME
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating birth of grandchild

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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s
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood Italian fare. Always order their specials.

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L
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

we call it our local - always a pleasant experience in every way! good food- good service and a lovely evening always. We will keep coming back.

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SG
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday dinner. The food, service and atmosphere was delightful. This is a neighborhood gem and I will be back - often.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been several years since my wife and I have been to Finestra and throughout the experience on Thursday, 4 April, we kept asking ourselves 'why?' The waitstaff was quite helpful, the food was excellent, and although filled with lunch guests, the noise level was reasonable.

We are already planning to invite our dearest friends...and will share news with others as well.

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EB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty surroundings, quiet ambience, tasty food. Excellent neighborhood choice.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little spot with delicious food and excellent service. Would recommend!

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LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice evening and good value. Quick, friendly service. We enjoyed our Chicken Marsala and Eggplant Parm.

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g
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love to come here since I can only eat soup and they always have something for me. It is always delicious. The people with me enjoy the regular menu.

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M
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were delicious but the main course which was the fish of the day was inedible! It looks like it was cooked earlier and had no taste...The tiramisu was delicious but all in all, it was way too expensive of a dinner for a neighborhood place! Will not be back.

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JK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Great food, but the place needs some remodeling. Decor is very dated. (1990's) There is no atmosphere.

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TP
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good spot for lunch. There were 6 of us, and they were very accommodating.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood place on the upper east side. Always good food and great service. We’ve been coming here for years and never had a bad experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is exceptional and extremely friendly. The decor and ambiance was fun and relaxed. There was someone there playing music that was romantic and not overly loud. The food was great, the tiramisu was fantastic!

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L
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

our favorite local Italian restaurant- when we are in NYC we return there at least once a week. Food is always good - no problem with the service and we like the staff.

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DO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find - we'll definitely be back! Very convenient to Sotheby's auction.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here following a visit with a family member at Sloan Kettering. The staff was extremely nice. When there was a small issue because my boyfriend got veal instead of chicken (he said “I’ll take the Francese” which the waitress heard as “Veal Francese”) she was very apologetic and they gave us free desert to make up for it. The food was excellent. Definitely going back to this place again!

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my son for lunch before a doctor appointment. The staff were very accommodating and the food was delicious! I would go back any time.

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E
New York Area
244 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Even after repeated requests the food, while tasty, was not served hot. The bread needs work. The restaurant is not inexpensive. The staff is very pleasant, but I do not want to spend $150 for two people (two appetizers, two mains, a side of veggies, and three glasses of wine) and have my food lukewarm.

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PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was very pleasant and prompt . Great!

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very low key Italian restaurant. The food was good and the staff was very attentive. I would definitely go back again.

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T
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and wait staff. Solid if unremarkable food.

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FM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Basic Italian. Nice dinner with excellent and friendly service. Just the right amount of attention. Not hovering, but never far if we needed something.

Great neighborhood place. Good value and nice portions.

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a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food good service.
A little noisy but not a huge problem.
Price comparable for Italian restaurants in the area

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BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to Finestra with my father who is in a wheelchair and the restaurant was very accommodating. I included this detail when I made the reservation on Opentable, and a waitress met us outside the restaurant to help us up the ramp and had an easily accessible table waiting for us right inside the front door. And on top of that, the food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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BF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice surprise, cozy, good food, music on a Friday night

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Friendly, courteous and professional staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I went with my little boy and everyone was so friendly.

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S
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good meal,... great service, large portions, moderately priced neighborhood gem! Will definitely return.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Wasn’t too pleased with the food. Probably won’t go back, although it was a cute place.

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EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finestra was very festive and the service extremely friendly. I eat there often and enjoy the variety of dishes. Recommend!

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EW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Finestra!

The food is always excellent and the service is fantastic.
Great neighborhood spot.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Professional, courteous and very efficient staff. Loved the experience

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Finestra has a Great menu and the food is fresh and delicious. Nothing fancy but very good. Welcoming staff and good service!

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