Flora Bar

4.6
375 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 375 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a great and casual serting

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
4 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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OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cooking and atmosphere are the best! I had a wonderful lunch date.(^ ^)

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, genuine, expert service. Warm and welcoming. Food gorgeous and delicious. Bartender sent over a cocktail for my birthday! A TEN!

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience and meal. Service was top-notch all around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

More than one hour waiting for the food and when it arrived part was cold ( burger).

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with excellent ingredients like chanterelle mushrooms or Japanese beef, that make your dinner a little pricey. If it’s worthy or not, it depends on you. Excellent for a restaurant inside a museum.

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EW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

It's hard to leave a real review because the food took FOREVER to come out. We ordered 5 plates at the waitresses recommendation for 2 people. We got 1 thing at the 1hr20min mark, then another 20-30 minutes later, the crudite arrived. Crudite was a bowl of ice with small raw veg stuck in. Does that take almost 2 hours? And a plate of sliced ham. Very bizarre. They did give us 2 little hush puppies to apologize at about the 1hr 15 minute mark, but I had to beg for bread and butter. So you want to savor and enjoy the experience, but when it takes that long, it's hard to appreciate the delicacies, when you are starving. For the price, service should be outstanding.

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A
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waitress ( that looked messy) made sarcastic remarks and when my Husband called it out ,she couldn’t handle it and disappeared ,for long periods of time,(almost ignoring us)
The croquettes were greasy and tasteless
We asked for medium well for the steak ,and it came beyond raw.
They took some things from the bill at the end , but this does not compensate for the terrible service and the bad experience.
New York has great restaurants ,and it doesn’t need one more mediocre ,pretentious and unprofessional venue.

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DT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and not well organized: e.g., main courses were not served together. The service was otherwise attentive and polite.

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JV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora Bar is always a pleasure. The food and service are impeccable. And the wine list is outstanding!

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SS
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate at Flora because we were at the Breuer, and the food is good. Unfortunately, despite my confirming the booking the previous day by telephone and checking in at the hostess table, I was later notified by Open Table that I hadn’t showed up. Seriously? Not what one should expect from a good restaurant where one spends upwards of $100 at lunch,even in NYC.

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AK
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Fod timing and attention to detail could benefit from improvement

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Flora is a pretentious place with a limited menu of overpriced food. In spite of having a reservation and arriving to an empty dining room, we were seated against the only brick wall in the place, rather than looking out at the garden. We asked for a different table, but were told they were all reserved. When we pointed out that we also had a reservation, we were told that nothing else was available. It will not surprise you that when we left two hours later, the restaurant was still 2/3rds empty. So much for customer service.

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Very over-priced. The dumplings "entree" was good, but it was more like an appetizer, except for the $32 price. Our waitress was very slow and forgot two items, although we were there early, at a time when there were few customers.

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a bad visit.

Stunned to see the beer I ordered came in a can. Appetizers were fine but my wife and I ordered the same fish entree, which came out together, with one completely undercooked. Sent it back, took so long they obviously forgot about it. So both people ate their entrees alone. Food is minuscule at very large prices. Staff knew that they had messed up and comped the entree without asking.

So very refined that we both ate the dollop of puree that had so little flavor neither of us could identify it. Had to ask to find out it was pureed nettle and parsley. Who knew?

Go elsewhere.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and inventive dishes. Highly recommend.

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BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew has put together an interesting wine list and the food is terrific!

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant, the food is delicious, bread outstanding, drinks perfect. Excellent service. We were hoping to sit outside the other night but it wasn't possible.

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CE
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great get together place after visiting the museum

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food - check out the menu. One can carry on a conversation. Pricey but I've never felt it wasn't worth it.

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J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora Bar never misses a beat. From the moment you walk in until you leave, everything is seamless. The Hosts are friendly, the service polished, and the food amazing. Every dish is thought out and finished perfectly.

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y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem! Great food in a very pleasant setting.
We need more restaurants like it in the upper east side.

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m
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A little disappointing on this visit. Service was competent, if (very unusually) a little snarky. The dining room is a pleasure at lunch with light pouring in and high ceilings. The food was good but not exceptional. As one person remarked, the tuna tartare on another table looked like Spam. Not a good look!

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F
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Outrageous prices for tiny servings. Wagyu burger looked only slightly larger than the size of a silver dollar, dwarfed by its bun. $24. Embarrassing for a serious restaurant.

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Room very attractive, staff attentive, wine list nicely curated with helpful sommelier.
Food well prepared but a tendency to go overboard with some flavour elements, like the broth for the lobster ravioli, which was a trifle fishy for my tastebuds.

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MW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora is one of our favorite restaurant in the entire city. The food, space, and wine program are all so artfully composed

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r
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wine pour was stingy— 4oz— should have been 6oz particularly considering the price

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flora never disappoints! Best place on the UES.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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

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