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Island, New York, NY

Island

4.6
4.6
1002 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 996-1200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We are pleased to offer catering services to make your event special. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
  • Private party facilities
    We are pleased to host private events of varying sizes. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    92nd & 93rd Sts
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,002 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,002 Reviews
  1. LyndonT

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great except the appetizer. The shishito peppers were "doused" in sauce. A lighter touch was required.

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  2. PatriciaH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant...I go all the time. the food is very good and the staff is very nice, efficient and warm....!

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  3. SholehA

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible evening...manager Raymond was very rude to us. The hostess first sat us a table in back by staircase and kitchen, then my son asked to move us and she gave us 2 choices. We picked a table in main dining room (which i had requested on open table) and the 4 of us were sitting down when the big, bearded manager demanded we stand up and vacate the table. I mentioned i had requested NOT to be in back and hostess agreed to move us. He was loud in front of other diners and kept saying we have to stand up and vacate the table. I asked him why he said someone had a reservation, i said well so do i he said someone specifically requested that table i said i didn't know you could do that. Anyhow he was getting aggressive standing over us, so my husband and i and 2 boys got up and asked where he was going to move us to and he said in front by the door (cold draft) away from all ambiance. Sad part is NOONE sat at the table he made us get up from, so he was being discriminatory in who he wanted to sit there. We live in NYC and eat out a lot but this is the first time i 've experienced such humiliation. Not going back there after it has been one of our favorite dining spots. Just sticking with our regulars Amaranth, Avra and Bilboquet where they accommodate us wherever we want to sit.

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  4. Pamelah

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to Island because they are so nice when we come for dinner with our grandchildren. It is a neighborhood gem!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Feels like home. Love it!

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  6. EricS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was super friendly and professional. They made note when we entered that it was our Anniversary. Food and drinks came out promptly and tasted amazing. And they gave us a dessert for free for our Anniversary. Will definitely return!

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  7. LaurieL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is mediocre. I left lunch hungry. The service was spotty. The inside needs sprucing up.

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  8. Debo

    New York City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming, comfortable environment, attentive service, delicious food!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice ambiance and good service. I will be back!

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  10. WestVillageWolves

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place, a relaxed hang on Madison Avenue with amazing food. I love chicken curry, but it’s usually made with dairy and mayonnaise, and these guys don’t. It’s a lifesaver. See you soon! 

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  11. kbs1

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in a tight space but enjoyed ourselves. The menu is a list of comfort foods and the crowd seems to be mostly from the neighborhood. Friendly vibe. Very good staff.

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  12. Tasty2

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every visit to Island is a pleasure. Every single one. Because they are so totally consistent, keeping quality and service head and shoulders above other places I’ve tried in the neighborhood. A fan.

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  13. RMC92

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Island is our neighborhood favorite. It never fails-on several levels.

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  14. Arthur

    New York City

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Island always gets 5 stars from us but the Tuna Burger seems to have slipped.

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  15. RebeccaH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The space is lovely, but the service was very slow and the food was mediocre. The crab cakes had so much breading in them that I couldn’t taste any crab, and the chocolate sauce on the brownie tasted like Bosco. I was quite disappointed.

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  16. TimT

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The team that manages Island is very professional and friendly. It is a neighborhood feeling and the food is always excellent. We live around the corner and we always feel at home when dining at Island. Bravo!

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  17. PamelaK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Azad is a fabulous and affable waiter. It is always a pleasure when he waits on us.

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  18. DebbieM

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Island The food, service and ambiance is first rate. Great neighborhood restaurant Very enjoyable afternoon!

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  19. Rhodro

    New York City

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful, friendly, comfortable! Very pleased! Harry, our server, along with the rest of the staff, were very accommodating!

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  20. BettinaK

    New York City

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really delightful place for lunch. Good food, great service, and comfortable atmosphere. They make you feel welcome and happy to see you.

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  21. MKStudio

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant. Like old New York. Comfortable yet sophisticated. Beautiful setting. Quiet lovely neighborhood. Wonderful service.

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  22. Parksloper

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch! Love the menu and the service is always fantastic.

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  23. Gigi

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely neighborhood lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We rely on Island’s consistently attentive service and great luncheon fare! Thank you!

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  24. nelleth

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend Island! We had an early dinner here and it was both lovely for the adults and comfortable for kids. Great food and service plus delicious cocktails. The staff accommodated numerous requests with a smile. We particularly enjoyed the steak tartare, the sole, the chicken curry (dairy free!) the guacamole, and the raspberry-pomegranate margarita. The place filled up very quickly on a Sunday night, so I recommend reservations. The noise level jumped a bit too as the place filled, but it wasn't uncomfortable. Most of all, it's just fun to find a place kids are welcome, but it's still a nice night out for adults.

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  25. ChristopherC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good considering it was a busy Sunday afternoon. However, the food was just average. The omelet was similar to what you get at a diner and the potatoes lacked flavor. The crabcakes had a bit of a fishy taste. Overall not a memorable dining experience.

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  26. Windy

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great neighborhood eating establishment. Pretty environment, good food and good value.

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  27. Marty

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Island. We're here 5 or 6 times a month for lunch. Very pleasant atmosphere, good food and really great service. Wait staff is terrific and we recently met John (lunchtime maitre d'?) who was very gracious in helping with seating. Thank you, Island!

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  28. SuzanneW

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great ambience- excellent staff, good food and very well run…

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  29. BarryB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    near perfect as usual.Party of two one with a walker.Staff is extremely helpful.Food is good and prices are reasonable.

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  30. annp

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solidly good food- flavorful and classic fare. Cozy ambiance but a bit loud when fully occupied because tables are close together. Attentive staff.

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  31. Jessek

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Island is always a pleasure. And in that neighborhood.... a bargain!

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  32. stashy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Still a pretty & buzzy spot, BUT... 1. Rezzie for 1`:00, made weeks before, not seated until 1:20 2. Food took forever to arrive, but only half our order was correct. 3. Second half arrived 25 minutes later. 4. A brief apology for whole mess. comped only with a mediocre desert 5. If you're coming for lunch, wait til 2:00,better service and bearable noise.

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  33. Dede

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s the BEST place for lunch on the Upper East Side - delicious food and great altogether!

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  34. nycm

    New York City

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this friendly neighborhood staple. Always delicious!

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  35. Barbara

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great neighborhood restaurant with various American food to satisfy anyone's taste buds.

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  36. sarahl

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    It was a cold night and we needed to sit with coats on because table was near the door. It's a very crowded place and they try to maximize seating by putting tables in every available space so it feels a bit chaotic. I would go back in warmer weather to sit in the outside covered space but avoid otherwise.

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  37. AnilB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I am a neighborhood resident and I always enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Island. The staff is great.

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  38. LizB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Island always delivers! Great food, service, everything.

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  39. Julia10028

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Every item had something slightly wrong with it—for example we ordered penne with tomato sauce and received penne with butter instead. One person ordered scrambled eggs without bacon and it came with bacon. We had to follow-up to get one coffee that had been ordered and when someone asked for toast, they were told “we don’t have toast” which seemed an odd response given we were there for brunch.

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  40. Davenyc

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood restaurant with excellent variety and friendly staff!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Island does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Island also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.6 stars by 1002 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Island

1305 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Additional information

  • Cross street
    92nd & 93rd Sts
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 996-1200
  • Catering
    We are pleased to offer catering services to make your event special. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
  • Private party facilities
    We are pleased to host private events of varying sizes. Please call the restaurant to inquire.
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