Flora Bar

4.6
406 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Taking cues from its older sibling estela, Flora Bar is a New American Seafood restaurant rooted in elegant preparations and eclectic ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Brunch
Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(646) 558-5383
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ignacio Mattos and Jacob Nemmers
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 74th & 75th Street
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Public transit
6 to 77th StreetQ to 72nd Street
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Special events & promotions
For parties of 7 or more, we offer a nightly prix-fixe menu.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

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What 406 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice wine list and some very good dishes. Highly touted lobster dumpling was greatly over salted. Shellfish very good.

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DB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora Bar is a unique and memorable experience. I've dined there several times and have never been disappointed, and can't wait to go back again. The Clams and the Lobster Dumplings are a must-try!

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been often having both dinner and lunch at Flora . The food is extraordinary, the atttention superb ,
the choice of wines huge , as well as drinks .
It has a avery interesting menu ,you can have a regular three or two curses meal but there's such a choice that you can have a tasteful and original meal of tapas sharing with others .
Some hits of the menu : quite unique the urchin starter and the red endives with pecan salad .
Absoluty worth visiting it !! It's located at the Met Breuer and the architecture of the building is to die for !
The decoration respectful of such a beautiful building .

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, great ambience. The menu could use a bit more options...service was great!

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely space, big and open, yet at the table intimate. I ordered the steak and candied beets, between the uniquely cooked beets, the steak done perfectly and the flavors together, made it a meal I won’t forget. My wife ordered a dish she didn’t quite care for (she can’t do too much acidity) we seldom order a dish then return it based off our personal taste but the staff was extremely accommodating, polite and quick when she decided to order the chicken. The sign of a great restaurant is how well the chicken is cooked: it was superb! Juicy, tender and very flavorful. It was a great romantic dinner at flora and we’ll be sure to book another table when we’re back in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all points

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UE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

While the food was tasty, there’s nothing I feel like is worth returning for. Ex., the lobster/crab dumplings were good but the Yusuf broth was extremely salty.

I feel like you’re paying for location more so than the menu. $24 for 4 lamb ribs?

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SK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was very good, service was friendly and the food was delicious!!!
Perfect for a lunch with friends
Will go back

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The menu layout is confusing. It would be easier to navigate if the format was small, medium and large or snack,starters mains. Instead of 20 starters and 4 mains.
The only stand out dish was the chicken and chicory but I’ve no idea why it had half of avocado with it but this was delicious. Service was not sincere and slow. Noticed other tables got bread but there was none on the menu to order and none was offered to us. The snow crab was clearly bought in cooked in brine, it was salty and dry. Tuna tartar was nice. Potatoes croquettes were a total rip off and under seasoned.
The view of the empty terrace made the restaurant look cheap and canteen like.

Cocktail were very good.

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AD
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service well cooked nicely presented food and good ambience - not your average museum cafe!

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Flora Bar seems to be a different restaurant on a Sunday. The food and service are so much better on a weekday. Fortunately the wines are still good. Will not go there again on a Sunday.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, really great food, expensive, but wonderful wine

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

very sophisticated and delicious food. Remarkable menu on a variety of whiskey. We definitly will come again.

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JG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and will return

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LT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff. We enjoyed our meal. Happy to return.

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NH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal there. The service was excellent and the food exceptional. Love the setting as well.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Good food. Very bad service.

Left my credit card behind and staff and management made it impossible for me to get it back.

Have never experienced such bad and unresponsive service from a fine dining establishment.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We went for lunch And the service was so slow !!!!

My salads had to much dressing !

No vegan starter or main course on the menu !!!

It’s a beautiful place but it need to be more professional and up to date the menu for those who cares for the climate change ....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We are regulars at Flora. Has been our favorite restaurant on the east side BUT on Sunday night, they were apparently understaffed in the kitchen and we had to wait an unbearably long time for every course. In fact our entree came just as we were about to leave. Fish overcooked and bun on my waygu burger was burnt to a crisp. If this had been our first time, we would never have gone back. Our server was great and apologetic -- and did take off the fish entree and gave us free drink. Still, a very disappointing experience.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The space is hip and interesting. The photos are a bit misleading however, when on the premise you immediately realize you are eating in a basement.

The food was adequate, nothing extraordinary. The cocktails were the real homerun of the evening.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I love everything about Flora Bar except the slow, inattentive service and portion size of meat based entrees and martinis, but the service is the real issue. When we ask for ice or water or anything else, it takes forever to get the item. Our friend's martini took a long time to arrive and the drink was smaller than the martinis he has had elsewhere; in fairness, I don't drink martinis and thought the shape of the glass might make a person think the drink looks small. Our creme brulee dessert was thrown on the table as if we were at a diner, which was disrespectful to the chef because it was one of the best creme brulees we have had! The beef entree our friend ordered seemed very small. The salads, halibut, and tuna are appropriate sizes, and fantastic! The waitress who took our order was warm and welcoming, but the people who brought the food were indifferent.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food and amazing architecture

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The croquettes were cold in the middle; the kids’ waffles were sad, lukewarm and deflated; the eggs in the shake hula were partially raw. Inattentive service. I was so very disappointed in our lackluster brunch.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best meal and best time! Ignacio is an amazing chef!!!

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DS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Devine experience in an environment that provokes all of the senses. The menu was exceptional through out all courses.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent but the portion of the main course was minimal and only accompanied by a couple of leaves. The portion of my fish was tiny and for the price it was too small and measured.
Price is too expensive for the size of the portions
Excellent and attentive service.

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. And as a lover of brutalist architecture, you can’t beat the setting. If you haven’t been, go

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Día de los muertos. Great mariachi.

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious and very creative. Many items on the menu required further explanation, and it seemed to frustrate the server when we asked questions. Eggs are only served one way in all dishes, fried. Service was slow, and there was little flexibility to bring basic condiments outside of the plates as served. We were there for a very special occasion and arrived as the first guests but were not seated first nor acknowledged for the occasion.

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r
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Your food is excellent. Your wait staff was one of the worst I have ever experienced. An occasional diner would not return because of the wait staff. We are in the neighborhood and will return because of the quality of your food. The issue was our specific server who was inattentive and spotted numerous times on her cell phone, avoiding her duties. At on point we got up from from the table and directly interrupted her cell conversation after we had waited 30 minutes with no service.This is the second time for this experience for us. Other times your staff has been quite good. More supervision needed?

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Really wonderful food and beautiful restaurant. Noise level is extremely high, and combined with terrible accoustics (cement walls), it's extremely hard to hear your companions -- actually makes the meal quite stressful. On last visit, I struggled to get waitstaff attention for something after my order was in -- waved my arms quite vigorously for several minutes while 3 waitrons chatted with one another in center of the room and others passed by unseeing.

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FR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. We went for my husband's birthday. It was really lovely inspired food. A bit cashy - small plates - the idea is to have lots and lots of little plates - but they are priced like full meals. We left starving since no one explained this to us. It's in a museum on the UES but we were still a little surprised since we'd eaten at Cafe Boulud the night before for less money - and only had appetizers (basically) at Flora Bar. Go to this place - go with lots of money - and order everything! It's worth it - but was a splurge for us. It was clearly not a splurge for the other patrons, and how to order seemed to be a closely guarded secret.

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JC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So the food was remarkable. I have been jonesing for the croquettes all week. In general I can’t say I’m impressed with most NYC dining but this place is the real deal.

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KM
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a great and casual serting

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Seating is very close to your fellow diners. You have to compete to talk over their conversations. The chicken was almost raw. Have coffee in the lounge, better value for your money

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SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A downtown gem on the Upper East Side with gracious staff and delicious food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Bread is amazing as usual at all there restaurants. The endive salad is the star of the show as was the shrimp/uni bite. Some gripes about the tuna tartare sadly and the ribs!

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HS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Spectacular setting, outstanding service and engaging and knowledgeable wine waiter. Flora Bar exceeded expectations of an eatery in a major gallery.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, delicioso y trabquilo

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FK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The quality of the food is not as good lately
Presentation has slipped

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