Firenze

4.3
64 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Authentic
A romantic, warm, inviting candlelit setting with an elaborate wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:15pm, Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am.
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Phone number
(212) 861-9368
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Caesar Mandelli
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Catering
Please contact Emanuele with any catering or private dining inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 80th & 81st Street
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Public transit
4, 5, 6, Q to 86th Street
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
64 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
24%
Good
10%
Fair
5%
Poor
2%
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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r
New York Area
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service and had to remind waiter to bring a second bottle of wine. Food was about average.

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JW
Houston
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Quiet atmosphere. Food was very good.

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IS
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time here. Very pleasant to sit, eat, talk. Option to sit outside, weather permitting.
Nice presentation of food.

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g
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our family enjoyed our Father's Day dinner at Firenze and we plan to return.

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m
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my brother's 78th birthday for prix-fix lunch, but also ordered off menu. Restaurant wasn't busy and waiter attentive. Food was excellent. So glad they moved, former location was not as airy.

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B
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Firenze often but this was our first brunch/lunch. We were joined by 4 friends and this was also the first time we were part of a relatively big party. The staff was very accommodating and our friends couldn't thank us enough for introducing them to this lovely place. Food was wonderful, as always. We love Firenze!

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S
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant to sit outside for dinner. Food was good (swordfish and tuna special with calamari). Salad was good too. The bruschetta brought to table to begin was delicious, as was the bread. Had a nice rose wine for a warm evening. Service was great! I will be back.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a romantic restaurant! Delicious food. So much attention to detail. Definitely will go back!! Highly recommended

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a
New York Area
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The meal we had was weak starting with cold and old bread . I do not thing these people have been to Italy . Room is pleasant , people were friendly. This Italian cuisine would be acceptable maybe in the mid west not in NYC

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PS
New York Area
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This was a horrible experience with kids. We walked in and all the staff were extremely grumpy. Then the waiter was very rude. Waiter did not announce any of the specials, and when we asked for additional plates he went away mumbling under his breath. When we got the plates they were wet. Overall a completely horrible experience.

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N
New York Area
2.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I figured I would try this restaurant based on how nice it appears both inside and out. The food was very bland and uninteresting. When I asked the waiter for a rose wine by the bottle (there are none on the wine list) his response was "we have one" and brought us the bottle. It was the only one they had so we agreed to try it. Amongst 3 of us dining, we shared one salad and had three entrees. The bill was nearly $200 including tip. We obviously got taken on the wine and were very disappointed with the food (enough to not order dessert). I hope they consider replacing the current chef with one who cares about quality of the ingredients and with some creative talent. Until then, I will not be returning.

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GJ
Miami
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A large party was seated next to us, that's always going to be noisy, otherwise very nice.

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J
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited NYC for the first time in 4 years. We used to have an apt. there and ate in Firenze frequently. We took 6 of our friends from Florida to eat there on Friday, April 27th. They all said that Firenze was their favorite restaurant while visiting in NYC. Great food and great service.

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EL
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great food and service. Will be back.

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LR
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is unbelievable!

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews, but I felt compelled to after eating at this gem. Everything we ordered was beyond excellent! I cannot wait to make this my local spot!

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JM
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with two friends for a birthday celebration and we were very happy with the experience, from beginning to end. We have long been a fan of Firenze. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We stopped in for a late lunch, and we we're thoroughly satisfied. The chicken and buckwheat soup was fresh. Our main plates we delicious too. A nice portion of pasta pomadoro and chicken... Two glasses of wine with dinner, and a fantastic piece of Tiramisu.

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OT
New York Area
1.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant’s Valentine’s dinner was a total disaster. We left after waiting over 2 hours for our entrees-and were told it would be another ‘hour’ before we could even take the food home. The servers had no idea why the kitchen was so delayed. The managerial staff did not make any attempt to keep us happy while we were happy. The only positive -to their credit -they did refund the cost of our meal as we were leaving

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OT
New York Area
1.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

They were obviously over booked and couldn't handle the crowd. We were sat at 7:15 and still had not gotten our main course at 9:45. Also, there was a mandatory prix fixed menu for Valentine's Day that was not advertised on their website or Open Table, and they had no prices listed. The service was slow, the food was mediocre, and the dinner was way overpriced (over $90 a head- revealed to you when the check arrives). In addition I found this restaurant to be inauthentic (e.g., the wine list had a limited selection of Italian wine and instead offered California and Australian) and I would not recommend visiting if you are seeking a Northern Italian experience. Very disappointing considering how wonderful the previous Firenze restaurant was.

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b
New York Area
1.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant over booked and overcharged for a poor meal on Valentines Day. We had to spend 3 miserable hours.

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KA
New York Area
4.0Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pleasant experience. Reasonable prices for a nice meal. Service was attentive.

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AM
Charleston
5.0Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, food and menu. Highly recommend for a cozy, quiet dinner!

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CS
New York Area
4.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service was not good most likely because it was New Year's Eve. They also seemed a little disorganized. The restaurant was extremely noisy. It is probably better for a special dinner , but not on a holiday like New Year's Eve.

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S
San Francisco
1.0Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Extremely poor all around. One meal was barely edible. Very noisy. Veal tough. Preparations not high end cuisine. Poor service. Expensive too!

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SD
Vancouver
5.0Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and the best quality. Reminded me of my trip to Florence.

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B
New York Area
5.0Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience. Quality Northern Italian dinner. Quiet restaurant. Excellent service. A neighborhood gem.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. We had ben to the ither location last Christmas and when we came back to town we knew we would go back. It is out of the general tourist area but very easy to get to from midtown by bus. We knew the restaurant would be bustling later in the evening on Christmas day so we booked for an early dinner at 5pm. Service was attentive and not rushed which is exactly what we like. Food was amazing and we had calamari and bruschetta to start which were tasty and a great start. I had the branzino for the main and it was cooked to perfection. Sadly too full for dessert. Will definitely go back when in town again and highly recommend this place.

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NY
New York Area
5.0Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to eat at this neighborhood favorite. We are treated well and the food is wonderful. There are always daily specials and a friendly staff. You can pop in for a drink as well. The bar is cozy, service is great and you can eat at the bar as well.

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R
New York Area
5.0Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not for everyday meals owing to prices, but otherwise very good food and lovely atmosphere.

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J
New York Area
1.0Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would love to tell you about Firenze but when we went to the restaurant at the time of our reservation there was a sign in the window saying they were closed due to a gas leak. Neither the restaurant nor Open Table informed us about the closure and we were forced to scramble to find another restaurant that could take us on such short notice. While the gas leak was out of their control, calling the people who had confirmed reservations to alert them Was NOT. Very very disappointing.

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BR
New York Area
2.0Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Third time there and finally was seated at the right time. Service was slow, meandering and uninspiring. Food was good but not better than any other Italian place in the neighborhood. Average all throughout.

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St. Louis
1.0Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place overbooks its reservations. Had a bar full of angry guests being seated more than 30 minutes after their reservation.

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FD
New York Area
5.0Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Firenze. We were a party of four and everyone enjoyed their different meals. We were there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was full. Service was very good and not rushed. The waiter apologized for dinner taking a little longer but none of us noticed. We will certainly return.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite restaurant on the Upper East Side. All the staff are extremely welcoming. The bar area is great before dinner and the food is always consistently delicious. Love it!

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R
New York Area
2.0Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Since the fire destroyed their former location, this FIRENZE was extremely disappointing. We had always been impressed and pleased, but all four of us were in agreement that there was a major problem from beginning to end. Though apologetic, minimal attempts to rectify the situation were insufficient. We were saddened as we looked forward to returning. It is very unlikely that we'll return. With the experience we had, we don't expect this restaurant to be around much longer.

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m
New York Area
5.0Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been coming here for 25 years for the Veal Lambrusco! Everything else great too.
Our automatic "Go-To" place for Anniversaries and Valentines Days especially.
Still remember our now 22 year-old in a portable car seat next to our table being fussed over by the warm staff while we ate our Lambrusco many years ago. Great food and great memories here.

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M
New York Area
5.0Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed when the original Firenze burnt down. I was delighted to know it relocated. The food as usual was superb. The staff was very attentive

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B
New York Area
5.0Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good to get back to Firenze. Food as good as ever. The special green bean/mozzarella salad was superb and my Vitello Lambrusco just hit the spot. Took friends who love veal and they raved about their meals. My wife's halibut was also terrific. Keep it up Firenze!

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PP
New York Area
4.0Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the new location. Could easily pretend I was in Italy. The food is delicioso!

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