Permanently Closed - Florian Cafe

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453 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Spontaneous Italian

Florian Café is conveniently located on Park Avenue South between 18th and 19th Street close to Union Square, Gramercy Park, Beth Israel Medical Center, and New York University. Join us for a leisurely lunch, casual fun dinner or a late night bite and a cocktail.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 869-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
at East 18th Street
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Parking details
Icon: Union 16
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Public transit
Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q & R trains to 14th Street Union Square
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Special events & promotions
Please call 212-265-0100
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in otherwise unexciting Midtown/Grammercy area. Crab cakes were a standout as was the avocado quinoa salad - wow. Came here for lunch, wasn't too busy. Good for families.

KS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. The server was a little scattered and forgot one of our appetizer orders. The small plates were strangely sized. Some were enormous and some were tiny. The pizzas were crispy and nicely cooked. The pasta with clams and calamari was so good! We didn't have dessert but it looked yummy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some good Italian snacks work some good drink deals? Perfect combination for post work happy hour. Also a great spot for a date, you and your partner can share a great pasta dish and still have room for their amazing cheesecake.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy when we go. Love the ambiance, great service (special hot cookies) & always delicious.

AD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't go wrong. Don't even think of a better place and location and hospitality - date,, big group, with a kid even - bar, etc. Hands down you would be wrong to not be right by going.

DP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite pizza in NYC, always a mix of traditional and creative varieties

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for dinner with my wife for our anniversary. Before being seated we were having a really nice conversation with the Maitre d'. Our anniversary came up briefly and when we were seated he sent over some champagne which was a great gesture! The restaurant was also really accommodating, I had my heart set on spaghetti carbonara, which was no longer on the menu, but the kitchen was kind enough to make it for me. It was delicious! Also order the warm burrata.
Will be back!

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff made the night great. Food was delicious. Too noisy and needs for character. Would help if they could open windows to let noise out or even put padding on walls to absorb noise.

SF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I was at Florian maybe a month ago before a show and the service was awesome! Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and understood we had a show to catch! Just over all a great time!
I went back with a friend and although it was packed for a Tuesday I did not receive the same service as I did the first time. Despite the lack of service I will still be dining there. overall atmosphere is nice and the food is good! Chicken parm!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Where are the reviewers with good taste in food. The food was not worth the money at all. The crowd is an older crowd so don't go if you're looking for a younger demographic. Overall, extremely disappointed and embarrassed that this was the place I chose to meet up with my friends.

JQ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the lobster pizza!
Great and friendly service!!
Would come back!

JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great, attentive service. Pretty layout. Solid food for the price.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great local eatery, good value, lots of menu options and great pizza

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff at Florian are lovely people--welcoming, knowledgeable, and attentive. From the moment you arrive, they make you feel welcome. The food is lovely too, being fresh, creatively prepared and seasonal. (The restaurant clearly makes the most of the Union Square Greenmarket, just four blocks south.) We ordered the fried squash blossoms as our appetizer, and they couldn't have been more tasty! Our party of four people each ordered one of the specialty cocktails, and they were terrific, particularly the New Fashioned and Brigitte's Cosmo. All of our entrees were delicious, and we shared the ice cream for dessert--absolutely great! This was our third visit, and we'll be back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Florian Cafe! From the moment we walked in, I was smitten. The ambiance is really great and they were playing early 2000s R&B. Definitely my taste in atmosphere. We had an unbelievable bottle of wine, the food and cocktails were outstanding. But the cherry on the cake is the warm chocolate chip cookie that's offered at the end of your meal! Would absolutely recommend for celebrations, a fun evening out with the girls or a date! LOVE.

DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

For the entree need more staff. Hard to fill a mans stomach.(the salmon)

BL
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time with my friends at Florian Cafe! The food was delicious and our server Kevin was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and attentive. The managers were also super kind. They each came over to make sure we enjoyed everything and even brought us free cookies at the end! I would recommend this place to anyone!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

tres bonnes pizzas.La lobster pizza est tres marrante et bonne en plus. La glace pour deux en dessert vaut aussi le detour....gargantuesque. Bref une bonne soiree.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stylish venue with lovely food and great service. We were there for brunch and as there was no one at the bar, we were able to converse without shouting.

l
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can say enough about the food it's fabulous and most of all I love the staff, it's like coming home to have lunch. Can't beat feeling at comfortable, as it makes the dining experience do much better.

T
Philadelphia
129 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Looking forward to dining at Florian--was not disappointed-great decor--delicious food--wonderful waiter--have the fantastic ice cream for dessert

l
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its like coming home to mama and she happens to be a darn good cook. Love this place and staff even more. Great food

K
Atlantic City
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I very comfortable place for dinner. The food is very good and the staff is very nice. The decor is very pleasant. The wine list is solid. It is a place I would definitely come back to and recommend. We had a drink at the bar when we first arrived and they had a Italian Buffet set up for their Happy Hour.....a very nice touch!

OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service are great. We were first seated at a table in the back room with a large group behind us and the noise level was unbearable. We asked to be moved to a quieter table and they handled it immediately.
The portions are very generous. I ordered the chicken parm which was delicious and I ended up taking a huge piece home and I got 2 more meals out ot it.
I also love they way they bring freshly baked chocolate chips cookies out on a cookie sheet and walk thru the restaurant to pass them out.
This is my second visit for dinner and I will be back. I have also been there after dinner for drinks at the bar which is also nice.

BU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really wonderful service nice to have cookies large portions with excellent food.

BH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great as always, food wonderful, service great, simply fun and highly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Florian does not disappoint. They are oh so welcoming and gracious hosts. I asked for a table in a quiet corner and they acknowledged that request the minute that I walked in. We were seated towards the back of the back room. I recommend it if you'd like to hear the people that you're dining with.

Food is yummy with nice size portions. And then there are the hot chocolate chip cookies that are offered at the end of your meal. Yum!

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spaghetti and meatballs in NYC. Best and only meatball and short rib pizza in NYC. Warm homemade cookies offered off a cookie sheet gratis after your meal. Good service.

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have been here and it doesn't disappoint. The service is excellent, (thanks Guy) and the menu offers a nice variety of small plates and entrees.

l
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great breakfast menu and love their Goldilocks which consists of scrambled eggs with salmon. So good!

W
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Florian cafe is simply a wonderful experience. Jeff and Antonio make it an amazing experience.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the city! Always have a wonderful experience with delicious food and service.

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had a very "New York brasserie" feel, a real sense of place in the city.
Great service and food options..get the off the menu breakfast pizza, it's divine!
They manager checked in with us and a waiter came around at the end of the meal with freshly baked oatmeal cookies...we had a lot of fun and great food. Will definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an amazing meal with fantastic service. I come here again and again!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was immediately concerned about noise level but has requested a quiet table and was relieved that conversation was audible. Had yummy special pasta with house made pesto for starter and beet salad. Both very good the pesto quite special. Ordered the chicken parmigiana and was surprised at how delicious it was. Same concept as at Quality Italian of large thin pizza inspired parm but this was better and cheaper. Will come again and have already recommended to friends.

BL
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A large cavernous room w/ huge Romanesque style statues & decor, which is really cool. Mostly Italian w/ large portions & available in single or double servings. Either way great value & a lot of food, at least of the dishes I had. They also have burgers which are excellent, worth a trip

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Will definitely go back

LS
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Nice and professional cousin to their uptown twin Fiorello's cafe. Good atmosphere and not too noisy.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely open space, always reliable for a good meal. Very lively sometimes too noisy but I keep going back. Chicken parm is great so are the pizzas.

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