Flora Bar

4.5
422 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
On December 31st, ring in the New Year at Flora Bar with live music by Thor Jensen and a six-course prix fixe dinner menu including sea urchin, black truffles, and roast duck.
First seating $175 per person.
Second seating $275 per person.
A la carte dining from this menu is available at our bar and in our lounge on a first come, first served basis.
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–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 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/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, comfortable and fun

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CD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were delicious. Knowledgeable servers. Would definitely go back again.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Well crafted cuisine in an iconic architectural landmark setting. The cocktail were equally well crafted, although slightly tart. The ambience was serene in the middle of the day, but active. The service, from the server to the host, was excellent. Both provided our party with excellent recommendations, were polished with clear diction, and provided attention at all the appropriate times. We would be happy to return,

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p
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

オリジナルで個性的なお料理でした。大晦日の特別メニューで、うにやまぐろの前菜、かにとアボカドのタルトなどシーフードを中心にメインは和牛も選べました!とてもおしゃれなお客がほとんどで、日本人旅行者としては場違いな気もしましたが、スタッフも優しく、楽しめました!デザートも凝っていて、美味しかったです!

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I dont usually give reviews and if I do, I like to give good reviews. However, I feel obliged to alert the public about this place. I would give it no stars if I could. I live in the area and stopped by for dessert with a friend and was extremely disappointed as they managed to get our very simple order wrong and our server Dylan didn't once stop by to apologize, this was surprising as it was a Sunday night and the place wasn't busy at all. We ordered 2 chamomile teas, which our server confirmed as we were ordering but instead, they brought us 2 verbena lemon teas. My friend thought the creme brulee she ordered was salty. To be fair, I enjoyed my hazelnut cream chocolate parfait dessert. We are Latinas and suspect that their extremely poor service was based on their quiet but, by their actions, very salient and loud racism. Especially our server Dylan who managed to get our order wrong and didn't apologize for it and didn't once stop by to see how we were doing. When they finally brought our chamomile teas, these didn't taste like chamomile but like plain water, even after having left the tea bags in the pot for a while. They seemed to have been used chamomile tea bags. My friend noticed our server was talking with a colleague while looking our way and laughing. I am sad to say but I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Stay away.

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m
New York Area
205 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Flora Bar's brunch had some interesting selections, including a seafood sausage composed of lobster, crab, scallops, and shrimp. The sausage was accompanied by cabbage poached in a vin jaune broth. Absolutely delicious. The cabbage had an amazing consistency, the vin jaune broth was heavenly, the sausage itself was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Service was a little dilatory but accommodating and helpful. The light during the day, because of the huge windows, is great, even when the day is overcast.

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ML
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails and has the wonderful ambiance of the Met Breuer museum. Entrees are artistic and delicious. However, the experience is pricey so you might reserve this restaurant for a special occasion.

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AG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the good things — food, service, ambience. Flora Bar will continue to be on our “to do” list for New York!

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OT
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Portions much too small

Prices very high

Service VERY pretentious

Would not recommend this testaurant

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MV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Don’t go for food. It’s a win because it’s inside the museum, looks lovely, close to the museum mile, and a great spot for a break or a date. The service is very intrusive, they don’t care if they interrupted your conversation, so don’t go on your first date. Go for drinks only. They have prices of an upscale restaurant that knows what it’s doing but it doesn’t really know what it’s doing- unless we want to know how to skillfully kill burrata, we don’t want to order their burrata salad.

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SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A little overpriced and not enough casual choices with vegetables

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EZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We usually love place, but something seemed to be up. The only two mains that interested us (omelette and halibut) were not available, with nothing offered in their place. Drinks came long after food. Servers were forgetful though apologetic. Everybody gets to have an off day but at this price level it’s a little hard to swallow.

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. The food is delicious and the place wonderful

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!

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g
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very knowledgeable staff, both about the food at the wine list

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
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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SH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

what a fun find--even my vegetable hater husband loved the beets here, and the staff was delightful. highly recommend for a couple

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
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 on December 11, 2018
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
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
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 on December 9, 2018
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 on December 9, 2018
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
5 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
5 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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D
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
16 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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