Island

4.3
151 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Welcome to Island. We have proudly become a staple in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood ever since we opened our doors in 1985. We take pride to offer the freshest seafood (think Lobster Roll, Glazed Salmon, Crabcake, 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 (we have a great variety of wines served by the glass). Our warm and thoughtful service is hard to find in New York and is what continues to grow the group of 'regular' customers that frequent Island. We hope you'll come give Island a try.

Please note that we cannot take reservations for specific tables though we will do our best to accommodate a request.
What 151 People Are Saying
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentines day not ideal time for dinner. Not one item on menu special for VD and staff seemed either short or overwhelmed. We had better experiences on quieter nights there

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HJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

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DT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Island remains a favorite of mine. The staff is kind and gracious and where else could I go and hear an hour or more of the Grateful Dead, quietly and unobtrusively I might quickly add. Please do not change and please do not close!

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WJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent basic menu and sea bass special was superb.
I also come back for the tomato soup

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch in between Guggenheim exhibits.

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BS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming neighborhood restaurant with a quiet dignified buzz.

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P
Jackson Hole
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The hostess was extremely unpleasant. She claimed I had no reservation even when I showed her my confirmation. Then she tried to make us leave or change tables before we were finished our meal as she wanted the table. The wait staff were wonderful- pleasant and helpful, even offering us a free dessert to apologize for hostess’s behavior. It was a small damper on an otherwise nice meal.

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JA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!!

Our soup was great!

Our salads were as well.

And they have a limited menu (with specials), which, actually, I much prefer.

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s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant to go to with friends, also very child friendly. Food was great.

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OT
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely little neighborhood place with GREAT salads and very good food, generally. I am glad to be a regular patron.

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s
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ran in for a quick lunch with my husband before heading to a concert at the 92 ST Y. Was recommended by a friend. Wasn't expecting all that much and boy, was I pleasantly surprised. It was a very quiet day so the atmosphere was perfect for a relaxed meal. And the food was absolutely delicious. Really good bread and olive oil, very tasty roasted tomato soup and a fabulous baby kale salad. Husband had the quesadillas. Attentive service. We don't live in NYC but when back would definitely return here. Just delightful.

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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

was a very good experience service was excellent food and drinks were both good as expected. The ambiance was excellent and noise level good. I would recommend it and I will go there again.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine . However we did have to wait for our table .

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TT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My favorite local place

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DT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Island remains one of my favorite places. There are so few spots in Manhattan, specifically the UES, where I can have two drinks, write two emails and reflect a bit all before anyone asks me what I would like for dinner. I appreciate the chance to unwind without feeling any pressure to get on with things.

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FM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to Island with a friend and we had a lovely lunch. The popovers were delicious and my goat cheese omelette was also. Coffee was quite good and service was attentive. It’s a bit expensive but that’s the neighborhood. Yes I would return again.

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KA
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maine lobster quesadilla is delish!

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Will definitely go back again.

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SQ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely restaurant, excellent food and popovers to make it more memorable. Seating is tight, so difficult to hold a private conversations.

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to Island for both lunch and dinner and liked it very much. It's in our neighborhood, has an attractive decor, and good food. We're always searching for a place that is quiet enough to have an actual conversation, and this worked (we went early to make sure--6:45, but it was still OK at 7:30 but getting livelier. The staff is friendly and we felt at home.

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MF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Usually, the restaurant is great, but this time the food was not very good. The pear salad was terrible and so was the potato leek soup.

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n
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were looking for a restaurant for an early dinner after visiting a museum on Fifth Ave., and were glad to find Island. We enjoyed our meal, especially the soup, crab cakes and duck. Service could have been a little more attentive - if felt like they were under-staffed - but was fine. Island a good place to know about in this neighborhood, and I will return.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant does not disappoint! It’s great for a casual dinner, a special dinner, lunch, brunch, everything! The food is excellent and the staff is lovely!

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You can count on this carnegie hill favorite for a lively familiar crowd, reliable and tasty fare and friendly service.

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I had a beet salad that was good but too small for a main course. Desserts were very disappointing.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was quite good. Only negative was they didn’t recognize the reservation made through open table. Was confusing. Food delicious.

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

Much better place for lunch than dinner.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I eat there once a week. Don’t like the tables along the bar. If you aren’t facing the person you are eating with...it’s really not engaging or comfortable

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and you are always welcomed upon arrival Service was good as well.

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MN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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SQ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A lovely restaurant with a pleasant nautical theme. The popovers were delicious and the food good (we had salads). It is tight in there and we were uncomfortably close to other tables, unable to sit over our meal and enjoy it for long. Service pleasant but not pushy.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our food ended up taking over an hour and a half. My friend even asked me if this was normal and if we should try to find the waitress. One table nearby had arrived before us and also hadn't received food, but another table had arrived after us, received their food, and paid their bill. I was really so shocked by the service. The waitress didn't even keep us updated until we had waited an hour. Even then, she only came a couple times in the hour and a half to tell us "Just two more minutes". Even though they gave us dessert for our trouble, I will be wary recommending them anymore.

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OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I ordered a bloody mary which i don't drink very often but thought i remembered they made a good one. oops, it was terrible. nothing good to say about it.

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AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Had the Lobster quesadillas and the vegetable stir fry.

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BO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

‘Great food, ambience, service, value. ‘Love Island. Thank you!

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F
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for family dining and everyday easy
Love the burger!!

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HJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

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CW
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very good food in a neighborhood environment.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Courteous and efficient staff with delicious food and drunk!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and food is only okay!! There are so many better brunch places in NYC. Don’t waste your time!

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