Island

4.5
537 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 537 people are saying
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vipPumba2
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

Island
Responded 3 days ago

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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The best neighborhood restaurant.

Island
Responded 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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
39 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
8 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
32 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
190 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!

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vipMichelinMan
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true port in the storm during the Pandemic, Island remains a constant! Great staff, service and food. It never gets old. The alfresco dining has been upgraded and now fittingly channels beach club cabanas!

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vipPacer
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Best menu. Something for everyone. We all enjoyed the food and service was friendly but not overwhelming. Wish there was a place line Island in more neighborhoods.

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vipKathyGE
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We came to Island to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and unfortunately our meals were underwhelming. My poor husband ordered the filet of sole with asparagus. He offered me a taste, but I noticed its fish smell was very strong and declined. Within 1 hour after our meal, my husband was ill with GI symptoms. ( I am a health professional and recognized this was FOOD related) It put our 25 year old wedding vows, " In sickness and in health" to the test! We won't be eating or celebrating at Island ever again.
The only highlight was that we had a lovely server from Ireland.

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vipDavidT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time presenting my Excelsior Pass, both a thrill and a real privilege. I love Island, great service and a lovely, comfortable, unhurried ambiance.

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vipjjjj
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island us a respite in an empty sea of closed restaurants and construction. The service is impeccable and competent while the good is delicious, right sized and on point. You won’t be adrift at Island. 5 Stars!!!

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LauraJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely dinner!

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vipUsuallyLowMaintenance
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Seated 30 minutes late, no apology, no offer of a complimentary drink or desert, very slow service and then tried to sneak on a 20% tip on a party of 6

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and varied menu when you just want to eat out instead of being at home

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AllenL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every offering is good. Selection is a matter of personal preference at the time.

Island
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you Allen! We appreciate your review. Hope to see you soon!

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AgataP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and excellent service

Island
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you Agata! We work hard to consistently deliver excellent service. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Hope to serve you again soon.

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vipHerb
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All around, a good eating experience; outside area nicely done.. Made special trip to drink Nolet’s gin, but, alas, it is no longer at the bar.

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AgataP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Attentive staff

Island
Responded on August 27, 2021

Thank you Agata! We appreciate you. See you again soon.

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vipjanicep
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Comfortable outdoor dining. Excellent waitstaff. Our dinner was delicious and served in an enjoyable atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Non existent service and tiny portions place has gone downhill

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vipEileenR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I originally requested outdoor dining, but it was in the 90’s, so we switched to indoor. Thankfully they could accommodate us.
What a beautiful room! Very airy and comfortable.
The food was great, as was our server.
No complaints.

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vipJustintyme
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Island is a wonderful go-to place on the upper east side. The food is always good, the service is excellent and the ambiance is lovely.

Reservations are honored and the wait staff is professional, friendly and welcoming.

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vipImpressions
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I haven't been to Island in over 30 years. I was very curious as to what I would think after all this time. It was even better than what I remembered. The food was really good and the setting in your outside cabana was so pleasant. The waitress was pleasant and accommodating and made us feel like we were her only table. A really great idea to return.

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vipMadameAmbassador
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for Sunday brunch!

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HarrietM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

A week or so ago I had the tun burger. It was excellent and much larger than the one I had last night. I ordered it medium, and it came with red. I had to send it back. The taste was eh.

Server did not follow my instructions. I asked for seltzer, and she forgot to bring it. I finally had to ask for it at the end of the meal.

She rushed us, and wanted to clear the plates before I finished eating.

Based on my last night's experience, I would not recommend it.

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vipredrabbit
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice and bright decor. Mainly seafood restaurant, with nice wine list. I brought my mom for dinner. Our waiter was attentive and food was yummy.

FAQs

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

Island is rated 4.5 stars by 537 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.