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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.

945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Brunch
Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am–4:15 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
between 74th & 75th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 558-5383

Website:
http://www.florabarnyc.com/

Public Transit:
6 to 68th Street Hunter College
Q to 72nd Street

Executive Chef:
Ignacio Mattos and Jacob Nemmers

Additional:
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a five-course prix fixe menu at $175 per person, with an optional $120 per person wine pairing.

Flora Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (64)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Great for Lunch (46)
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Good for a Date (45)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Casual (26)
Special Occasion (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Business Meals (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Afternoon Coffee (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Tapas (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
People Watching (13)
Seasonal (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Romantic (12)
Healthy (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Scenic View (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Authentic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food and service! Being patient with my guests being an hour late!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food - fresh, creative, elegant. Good wine list, wine service not entirely on par.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an amazing meal! Service was excellent, food was delicious and creative, and our wines we perfect. Thank you!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined 4 days ago

Unfortunately, my cousin ordered the tuna and became violently ill all night long. It must have say out too long. Otherwise it was great.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great clean food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love Flora Bar but wish that young children were not allowed to be there after 7pm. We adore children, but crying toddlers can really spoil the wonderful ambiance of a restaurant such as Flora Bar.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent as usual

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It’s a fine atmosphere with even finer food in an unexpected locale.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had dinner at the Flora Bar on a quiet winter night after a snow storm. Therefore, could not accurately assess ambiance. Food was expensive and disappointing. Better to be less creative with food items and give a better value to customers b

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We went to the museum and thought it was great. We went to lunch at the Flora Bar and were blown away by the experience. The food--from the presentation to the combinations of flavors and textures was exceptional. We will return, but not soon enough.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The waitstaff was particularly accommodating when my business colleague asked that no one be seated next to us. Above and beyond, they were patient.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Good but very pretentious. The attention was slow but good

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

prices are ridiculous for lunch items."shrimp roll" for over $20 is rock shrimp on a brioche bun with a side of potato chips. Boring and very overpriced. would avoid it next time. too many other places to eat if you're going to the museum.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

While portions are not large, the quality is outstanding. Less is more.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding evening with someone very dear to me. Thank you,

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is AMAZING! Don’t miss this gem! Everything on the menu is creative and delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Although the food is fabulous the service leaves a lot to be desired.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Server asked about allergies and was told peanuts and nuts then served french fries cooked in peanut oil. This delayed meal. No big apologies for life threatening error.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Portions were too small. Waiter was willing but inexperienced. Some mussels did not open, but were brought to the table nevertheless.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

6 oysters $25.00 had to send them back came with vinegar already on them, main course of tuna also to much vinegar. Wine list expensive. Love the staff.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very interesting venue and an appealing menu. Several of the dishes were OK and only seemed partially developed. For the price, expected much more. Average for its class of restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Every dish was excellent and very innovative. Perfect seasoning. The setting was elegant and no thumping music. I would go back there anytime. Service was s0-s0.
It is expensive.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

excellent inventive food. everything we tried was great. service impeccable. very friendly

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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