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About Flora Bar
Taking cues from its older sibling estela, Flora Bar is a New American Seafood restaurant rooted in elegant preparations and eclectic ingredients.
New York, NY 10021
Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am–4:15 pm
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
between 74th & 75th Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
6 to 68th Street Hunter College
Q to 72nd Street
Ignacio Mattos and Jacob Nemmers
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch
Special Events & Promotions:
For parties of 7 or more, we offer a nightly prix-fixe menu.
Flora Bar Ratings and Reviews
We arrived on time for a 2:00 lunch reservation. That being said, we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated - not an experience I'm used to, considering I use Open Table all the time. There was no where to sit while we were waiting, and it was upsetting to see others seated before us. The kitchen and servers seemed to be struggling to get food out - I'm not sure what went wrong. But, the house offered us each a glass of wine while we continued to wait, and eventually we were seated. Our server literally fawned over us, we dined on croquettes and shimp for an appetizer and had Halibut, dumplings with a wonderful bottle of wine. We shared a terrific cheese course at the end of the meal. Other than the unfortunate wait for a table, our experience was wonderful, I'd go back again in a minute. This is a great spot for lunch or dinner, after visiting any of the Upper East Side museums.
Interesting and unique menu consisting of many smaller items that can easily be shared. Unique combinations of ingredients. Interesting slightly non-traditional menu. Very good food. My guests loved the sea urchin dish. I loved the croquettes and the steak was excellent
There is a limited lunch selection. A Caesar salad with nothing but 4 or 5 croutons does not warrant $17.00. No bread is served. The salad was pieces of romaine lettuce artfully positioned on the plate. My friend had a fish with shrimp and the shrimp were tiny and probably out of a jar.
A complete overhaul of menu is needed.
You could go to Flora for many reasons: the building, the scene, the vibe. But you really go for the food - wonderful, imaginative cooking. They do it through first-rate ingredients, a terrific sense of seasoning, and unusual preparations - definitely a meal to go out of your way for.
Terrific cocktails, friendly and accommodating service ... and if you don't always hear yourselves easily among the energy of the room, that's a small price to pay. (And incidentally, the prices themselves are hardly out of line for such quality in New York City.)
Get a reservation ... if you can.
We liked the space very much,brutalist architecture with the view out to the sunken garden. The service was excellent. The wine list was great and our selection was delicious. Of the dishes we ordered, two were absolutely delicious but one, the lobster and crab dumplings in broth was , for me, absolutely uneatable. There was some flavour in it that I could not stand. It was very unusual.
Found this spot looking for dinner for New Year's Eve. While ultimately didn't stay for the midnight champagne toast, happy for a great new place to indulge in a tasting menu. If you need a swanky spot for a date or anniversary (and have a big budget), Flora should be on your shortlist. The food from it's modern deconstructed sushi to mouth-watering halibut (yes, really), is amazing and the wine pairings were all great. The scallops with orange were delectable, and the duck breast rich and divine. Even the bread and butter was interesting and was a great way to cleanse the palate between courses as well as makeup for the smaller portions in a tasting menu. The ambiance was great, modern like the Met Breuer, but with some traditional and classy elements like the holiday decorations and the live music, which was really the perfect touch. Pretty much the only thing I didn't like was the desert but that was mostly an expectation miss - I thought layer cake meant chocolate and developed a craving, so was a little disappointed when it was only lemon. When compared to like deserts elsewhere it wasn't bad. The other main detractor as you might have got from the beginning of the review is the price. While technically in the range of other high-end dining experiences in Manhattan, dinner for two was the literally most I ever paid for a night out, twice the price of some other award-winning tasting menus in the city.
Beautifully situated in the lower level of the Met Breuer (the former Whitney) Museumon Madison Avenue, Cafe Flora is an overpriced disappointment. Service was glacial despite a nearly empty room. The short menu was shockingly priced, the dishes mediocre. The Museum has acquired a total forgery.
Oh dear, not their best day by far. We waited a very long time for our last dish (did a tasting with oysters, sardines, rock shrimp, pork ribs and their dumplings. The gap between the ribs and the dumplings was 20 mins. Then thought, yes, let's have dessert. That took another 25 min. What started as a lovely, leisurely lunch with fantastic over the top oysters and great, friendly service devolved into a foot tapping waiting game for someone to notice we were fed up.
Not sure I'll rush back. We've gone for the room and when you get a great table, it's really something. Tucked behind a concrete pillar next to two braying girls having lunch and complaining didn't help. There have to be better choices on the Upper East side on a Museum date/day.
This place is way over priced for the experience.
The portions are minuscule even by European standards. And I ordered the steak au poivre and they used flank steak, and maybe two mouths full pieces for $36.
The service people were friendly and generally helpful but no one could make change of a five dollar bill for the coat check. It’s a credit card only place. Definitely would not waste the money to go there again.
Dear humans of Open Table, Perhaps it was just my experience. But it was a bad one. Perhaps the chef was away on leave and they left a plan B chef. It’s the holiday season indeed. It really was a deception because I LOVE the sister restaurant, Estela. The snow crab didn’t taste super fresh. The lamb was good but nothing memorable. The duck was so sad and depressed and stale, bland, pale, with a strange texture. And lastly, my lobster and crab dumpling had a yuzu sauce with a horrible taste. I’ll avoid analogies. I can’t believe this is the real experience. I prefer to believe it was a bad day in the kitchen. But I must say: go to Estela instead! Run.
We loved the food and the place itself, and even more the service in the restaurant. The waiters are very kind, helpful, and professional at the same time. We have decided to completely follow recommendations given by the waiter and we made the right choice- absolutely everything was fantastic!
We went for the Christmas Eve menu - Highlights of the night show that the chef is a genius at poultry - particularly the quail appetizer and the duck main course. Kudos also to the party chef - amazingly delicious sesame ice cream and cookies. An enjoyable evening, all in. Happy 2018!
Excellent new cafe at Met Breuer!
Modern ambience with light coming in from outside space gives this place a nice feeling. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. Oysters and lamb ribs were delicious. Portions are small and it is pricey, but a new gem which fits perfectly with the museum. Not open long and already extremely busy
Liked it much better than the Met on 5th which needs a facelift
Had a small end of year Office inner at Flora Bar and we were all very impressed. We had expected it to be good based upon research, but it definitely exceeded our expectations. The use of the space in the "Old" Whitney basement is so much better than anything in the past. The ceiling lights of the museum are reflected in the huge glass wall to great effect. For a concrete space it was very quiet and private. The service staff were all great and all of the food items were special. Definitely try the Jerusalem Artichoke Dessert.
This was my second trip to Flora Bar. The setting is lovely. The wait staff is attentive. However, I was taking my friend out to lunch as a holiday present and raved to her about the place.
We started with a glass of champagne which was quite good. Things went downhill from there. I ordered the tuna with pistachios and she ordered the halibut. The tuna was overcooked (it was supposed to be rare). I didn't want to make a fuss so decided to just try to go with the flow. This was a mistake. My guest's meal did not arrive until a full 15 minutes after my meal.
We then ordered another glass of champagne and the waiter poured us white wine instead. He later realized his mistake and comped the wine.
I expected better from a place that has been so highly rated.
The food was creative and excellent, my favorite was the Uni and Red Shrimp. However it is a small portion and expensive. My only complaint was that all of the food was brought to the table at one time. I forgot to tell them to bring out the appetizers first and then the entry. I don't think one should have to do this but obviously they want you in and out.
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