Island

4.5
559 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Island. We have proudly been the neighborhood favorite in Carnegie Hill since we opened our doors in 1986. We take pride to offer the freshest seafood (think Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Lobster Roll, Maple Glazed Salmon or Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl to name a few), a great variety of fresh salads, a burger that people die for and much more. We have a bar where you can dine or simply enjoy a cocktail or a glass of of wine (our entire wine list is served by the glass). Our warm and thoughtful service is hard to find in New York and is what continues to keep our customers coming back. We hope that you will come give Island a try and become one of our new regulars!

Please note that we cannot take reservations for specific tables or specific sections though we will do our best to accommodate a request. Reservations made for outdoor seating may be along the sidewalk or in our Pavillion depending upon which tables are available upon arrival.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 559 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/26

Great menu, friendly staff and good ambience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful! My fiancé and I live around the corner and we just found our local restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly and helpful! I would recommend everyone to try it out

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Rich
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy snd quiet atmosphere. They know how to cook fish of all types. We would definitely return.

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JoyceD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service is usually a 5, we had our finished (empty) first course plate on our table throughout the entire entree course. Wait staff and bus busboys walked by the empty plates that I had pushed to the side at least 20x.

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PeteT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, comfortable atmosphere. Well done.

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vipLive2eat
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We asked for a club soda that came in a short whiskey glass for full price. That was the only problem.

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vipExwaiter
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was prompt, food was very good. I would recommend for lunch

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Bltri
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed that they didn't check vaccination status at the door for inside dining. Other than that our visit was great, we stayed 2-1/2 hours and no one tried to get us out the door.

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TomP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

High-quality yuppie fare in a pleasant room decorated with handsome prints of yachts. Outdoor seating too, of course. A neighborhood favorite, so it's full of Upper East Siders.

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BrunoQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go to Island on Madison Avenue. Good food. Good service. Good price

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vippolo
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The burger m was overcooked and made me sick a few hours later. The tuna was also overcooked.

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vipBrittneyB
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic stop for lunch prior to heading to Museum Mile. Their tomato soup is delicious. The lobster quesadilla was as well. Great afternoon/lunch time cocktails for a day off.

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vipDeannaN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved weekday lunch with my kids at Island. Very kid-friendly with special menus and crayons. Delicious food and great service. Outdoor heat lamps kept us so warm. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to meet close to Mount Sinai. Fish entrees were all excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and delicious food.

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JeromeK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent.

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vipNYCMom
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect place to meet a friend for lunch!

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CrawfordD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Island is a favorite restaurant of ours. The only problem is it is incredibly
loud during the dinner hour, and at lunchtime when there is construction activity nearby.

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KCEL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

A cute little spot on the upper east side. Our server was sweet but we had to constantly ask for more water and anything else we needed. Some items on the menu were perfect- the chopped salad- but others were meh- the crab cake sliders. Because there are so many other choices I wouldve expected better service and food.

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vipJustintyme
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Island always pleases! There is a variety of dishes offered at their Sunday Brunch and each is wonderful! The wait staff is warm, friendly, professional and usually attentive. The ambiance is lovely.

I highly recommend Island when you visit or live in the upper east side of the city.

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1234
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch was delicious, the only disappointment was we didn’t have room for dessert.
The server forgot to put in an order but it was brought out fairly quickly and the complimentary brioche made up for it.

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CarolineY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, not over-salted like many restaurants. Island Margarita had a kick! Appreciated the patient waitstaff; my dining partner and I were deep in conversation and the waitress was unobtrusive getting our order.

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vipPumba2
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent selection and food. Service seemed a bit stressed. Seemed like not enough coverage and the very capable people were stretched a bit more than they would have preferred.

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vipEvyNY
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very pleasant dining experience. Nice ambiance and quiet with attractive lighting and well rounded menu.
My swordfish was delicious and nicely plated.
We started with the humus which was bland and badly needed some kick.
Good service and will be back for sure

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vipMichael
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service ( not the waiters fault ) was incredibly slow. We waited almost 40 minutes for our entree to be served.

Island
Responded on October 24, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, sorry you had to wait Micheal. We take pride in our service and look forward to serving you better next time. We hope you to see you again soon!

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BarbaraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The best neighborhood restaurant.

Island
Responded on October 24, 2021

Thank you Barbara! We look forward to having you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food cold. Entrees served not at the same time. Undercooked items.

Island
Responded on October 24, 2021

Sorry you had an unpleasant experience. We take pride in our service and look forward to serving you better next time you come. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipMeetup
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is really good. Ambience always nice. Food takes a little bit long to come to table, but worth waiting for. Best salmon I’ve ever had and sweet potato fries were hot, crispy and delicious

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NewInTown
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were seated right away with a friendly server. But the hamburger and grilled cheese sandwich we ordered were below mediocre. Food took exactly an hour to arrive after we were seated. We used to love Island but see now that it is no longer the good quality UES neighborhood restaurant it used to be.

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vipDianaD
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We would not eat here again. The kale autumn salad lacked flavor needs a better dressing and maybe some cranberries or raisins. I’ve eaten a lot of salad and this one was very boring. The hamburger was decent. The roasted chicken flavor was good but the cauliflower was supposed to be Parmesan dusted and there was not a hint of parm flavor. I wound up eating it dipped in chipotle Mayo that came with the burger. Nothing at all remarkable about this place, except the server was a very nice young man. The food ingredients were of a good quality just not a personal preference for me to seek out this place again.

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PaYaYa
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A great neighborhood restaurant. Really good comfort food Attentive server Decor makes you feel you were in Nantucket
Our favorite place to eat on upper east side

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vipLauraO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible wait staff with consistently great food!

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CindyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch menu. The outdoor seating was comfortable and had a good atmosphere

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vipTat1
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On a lovely early fall evening, we sat outside and shared a calamari appetizer. We then each had the lobster quesadilla and shared a slice of key lime pie. My friend had a mixed drink, and I had white wine. Food was delicious. Staff were solicitous and did not rush us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is great! Love the environment and food! Perfect place for date, family or meet with friends.

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viplen126
New York Area
191 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island was outstanding. The staff and servers were personable, friendly, and helpful.
The kitchen turned out dishes quickly and the food was excellent. A maple-glazed salmon and sea bass were perfectly prepared. We were checked in quickly and served promptly. We liked everything about Island and plan to return.

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vipgourmetgal
New York Area
397 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lunch at Island is as relaxing as the name would suggest. Everyone is warm and friendly and the food is simple and delicious. Crab cakes and avocado toast are my favorites, but I haven't had anything I didn't like. And now that they've added a particularly charming outdoor structure, I look forward to eating outside all the more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistency! Always ! Lunch, dinner, outstanding food and service! Dessert selection might improve though.

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vipjewele
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not up to it’s usual standards. And we were offered an outdoor table on the sidewalk next to the garbage bags. Seriously. Not acceptable. Won’t be rushing back

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vipHurstdoc
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at the table enjoyed the food very much. Great waiters!

FAQs

Island offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.5 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.