Flora Bar

4.5
339 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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4.5
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Far, far better than the week before when we waited more than an hour to be served after ordering.

Do NOT go in the evening where the music is deafening.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Every dish from start to finish was fantastic. Excellent cocktails and excellent service as well. Loved the ambience. Will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Dishes were excellent -- perfectly prepared, presented. Comfortable table spacing, good acoustics and lighting. Climate (room temp) just right on a hot/humid evening -- cool, but not freezing, as many places don't seem to be able to regulate room temps. Wait staff was flexible, well informed about all dishes, and always available, but not, thank you, doting.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The shrimp in our shrimp cocktail were mushy. The lobster and crab dumplings were tasteless

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

First time at Flora. Very good food and service. Interesting menu. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It was lovely. Our 2nd time here and again everything was fantastic. Highly recommend scallop crudo, endive salad, lamb ribs. Special mention goes to the red snapper and sea urchin with red shrimp. Can't wait for our 3rd visit.

In addition, the cocktails are great and the decor/ambience is really incredible....thank you Marcel Breuer. Only minor gripe was slight delay in getting additional drinks.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The Second time to dine within 30 days. The second time the waitress was not great for attending.
She forgot the dessert and coffee to bring together.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We had a lovely time at the Flora Bar. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the food and wine were great.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The food is great, but it is a little on the pricey side for lunch.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

My second visit and probably my last. There is a very superior attitude from the wait staff. I asked for some bread with my appetizer and I was very seriously told, “ We don’t serve bread before the main course, it might interfere with your palette. Really? The cost for what you get is disproportionate.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Portions are small and quality is highly variable.
Lamb spare ribs were 90% fat bordering on the inedible. Delicious salad was served on a plate which made it almost impossible to cut because the leaves hung over the plate. The dessert menu was more a deserted one. The least expensive wine listed was $55 a bottle - - a fair rose.

Have a drink on the patio and cut your losses for a rather overpriced dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Love this place. Its not cheap but has a great cocktail and wine list. A wonderful place to meet a friend for lunch, dinner or just a drink.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food is always good and I have been there for both lunch and dinner.

service has always been good.

I wish the music was set at a lower level.Have always liked places where the piped in music just accompanies the meal- adds to the pleasure of dining out.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food is very good and menu very original !
Great bar ! Wine : very complete list !
Service good.
Nice crowd!
It’s at the Met Breuer , outstanding arquitecture .
Very chic !

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

This is a pretty busy restaurant, located at the Met Breuer. For someone visiting the museum, it is a very convenient place for lunch. The food is passable. Two of us had a bowl each of $30 soup dumplings, which one could probably get in a good Chinese restaurant for $10. The bowl had only broth and dumplings, and two leaves. The other person in our party had a brunch like meal, with egg and a minuscule sandwich. It took 20 minutes to get iced tea and a mint tea, as the bartender was too busy. (I did not know that bartenders prepare tea, but you learn something new every day.) Service was good otherwise. So, if you don't mind having very small portions, or if you have eaten before your meal, this is a good place to go.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The chicory salad was not good at all. We were not served the lamb dish we were charged and paid for. The ambiance was really nice, but we were sorted behind a pillar. We were celebrated our daughter’s 15th birthday but it was not made special. This was an unfortunate dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent Burger and Endive salad! My favourites! Never disappoints

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We come to the restaurant very frequently. The sommeliers (Matthew and Jose) are really amazing. They created one of the best wine programs and they know all about the wine makers. We have been there more than 20 times and we love that they chose a great and new wine for us EVERY time. It is like going to wine lessons with amazing food. During the summer, we seat at the terrace and we bring the kids. They remember the food allergies and the overall experience is amazing. The food is one of the best in NY and the best BY FAR in the UES...I only wish that the menu will be changed more frequently, but the new addition of the whole turbot now in the summer is super!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Delicious food the whole turbot was perfect but to charge for the side of fries when the fish was $100 is a little ridiculous

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food quality. The service was subpar and would have made the difference in the quality of the restaurant because the chefs were clearly intending this to be a better experience through the quality of the food.
We asked why the chocolate parfait looked like a chocolate ice cream to the man who was wearing a suit (what does he do?) and he laughed and walked away. It was the strangest and most unprofessional response we ever received in a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Lovely space with wonderfully fresh, inventive and complex food. Nice wine list, and gracious service without being too stuffy or over the top.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Read the reviews and was a bit hessitant about going since the reviews were mixed. Glad we went - food was very good, great ambiance, service was attentive but my only complaint is that we waited for an hour to get our last dish (we shared plates and that's what is recommended). They need to improve their kitchen logistics!

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Glad to sit outside. Menu strange. Either full meal (we were at lunch) or too small other courses. My iberica ham was delicious, but no variety only with good bread. My friend had wonderful crab, but not even a piece of bread or leaf of lettuce to go with it. Expensive for that small (if elegant) luncheon. Pinot Gris was excellent. Won’t be back unless menu changes.
Love the museum though!

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Pleasant open, airy design and location. Tables have no tablecloths (at least not the lunch time we were there) . Food can be very good - fresh, tasty, original, and pretty - but not all dishes were knockouts. Service in my experience pleasant but mediocre and we were subjected to long waits before the order was taken. Good wine list although no sommelier arrived to advise.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Lovely use of space and great outdoor dining on a nice summer evening. Excellent service as most Meyer establishments can boost about. I didn’t love the menu. The tuna entree was excellent, but the other dishes did not impress. Odd name for such a fish-centric focus.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent food! I love Flora Bar. Foos is light and super tasty!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great outdoor patio (not on the street). Relaxing, spacious, delicious food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I did not read the review before visiting the restaurant. Just reserved due to the MET visitation.
I and my friend enjoyed the food and their services.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I love the food. I know Flora Biddle and like the name.
It's a bit loud. I wonder if you could add some sound muffling materials?

See you again ,

James

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food and atmosphere was great, service was spotty and at times, very slow and unresponsive...

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Complete perfection. Exquisite meal. The dishes were intricate and creative but light. The waiter was a delight. Flora Bar has gotten it right on every level. The Met Breuer building also creates a dramatic backdrop. My new favorite in Manhattan.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Flora Bar does not miss a beat. From the ambiance, to the service, to the amazing food, I would and do highly recommend this restaurant for every occasion. We ate most everything on the menu and nothing come up short. Seafood is perfected. Things not to be missed: oysters(they were perfect, slightly briney and plump), the uni and shrimp, sweet; fluke with tomato, bright; the lobster and crab dumplings, light and airy with and amazing yuzu broth. You must order the omelette with caviar! Even the single cheese with honey for dessert was perfectly paired.
Looking forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Perfect for post-lunch exhibit viewing. Especially if you come on a weekday, be sure to reserve, and they are very solicitous of clients who book through Open Table. We asked for "a quiet table", and got probably the only one in the house!

And the food— white shrimp appetizer, split; maitake (mushroom) sandwich; and (very rare) tuna with spicy mayo and other veg garnishes—was delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food is delicious (best tuna tartar I have ever had) but even the entree portions are small, and there should be some reasonably wine on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

AmaIng experience! Great service, amazing and delicious food. Everything was perfect! Special thanks to José, maitre d’ and Jess our fabulous waiter. Our night was perfect and amazingly delicious!!

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Terrible experience! The restaurant was too cold for us. We asked the hostess for an outside table, she told us it would be a 30 minute wait. After 40 minutes I asked about the table to which she responded “we cannot move you, we have reservations for all the tables outside”. Manager came over, didn’t even apologize just said, “that’s the way it is” The worst customer service!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Had a perfect morning with my parents. Food was outstanding and bright. You really did a nice job balancing my dad’s dietary restrictions and high expectations (not always an easy feat!)

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Really excellent and exciting menu well executed and with friendly, natural staff. One of the few times I feel I got value for money in NYC.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The music was unusually loud-not the normal background music. Service was good.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was incredible! Perhaps better than Estela. However, food didn’t arrive with a timely manner. “Entrees” arrived while we were having appetizers. Brought up this issue with our server. Unfortuently, she told us that’s how it is. She stated that if we prefered it to be spreaded out, we should have addressed it earlier. (How would customers know they have this tradition of putting 4 plates on the table around the same time) This incident sort of destroyed an almost perfect dinner.

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