Island

4.6
368 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 though we will do our best to accommodate a request.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 368 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMaryelizaA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Island. Even during these difficult times..

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out local favorite restaurant where my daughter had her first meal out. They are doing everything right with outdoor dining too. Thank God for some normalcy in this pandemic. We love Island!

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vipEatingOutinNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went back for the second week in a row. My go to outside dining choice is now Island. The outdoor seating is good. The food is excellent and the service couldn't have been nicer. I almost don't want to write this so that it doesn't get too hard to make a rez.

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vipKayleighM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come to Island often and it is always such a great experience! I was nervous to dine outside in the cold but their outdoor setup was perfect. So cozy and cute! Staff was so sweet as always and food was delicious! The French Toast was so yummy and their Espresso Martinis... LOVE. Highly recommend :)

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vipSamanthaK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor covid friendly dining

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vipKarimM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood gem with great outdoor dining set up!

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vipNYCPapa
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining experience and neighborhood gem and great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice staff and excellent social distancing!

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vipRobertA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food.

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vipLaury
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We were three sitting inside. I requested a corner table from Ottavio, on the phone. He reassured me it would be waiting. Nothing. The pleasant lady who greeted us was able to arrange a table anyway. one in our party was a childhood friend who flew into New York for a surgery and we got together after 60 years. She lives in Chile and we were in primary school together for two years, in Istanbul. The food was unimportant but the Salads Nicoise... how can seared tuna have strings of fat in it? My wife said her crab cake, served over spinach, could have been a woolen glove. I n noticed our guest left half her order on the plate. Having said all that, I liked the decor, the ambience and the general feel of the place. I might give it another try before condemning it forever.

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david
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food during a difficult time.

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vipSusan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Island at least once a week. Like the food and the service. It is like being with a family. Great to be on the sidewalk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always terrific- delicious food, cold martinis, and great service.

DD
vipDemandingDiner
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

You expect a certain level of freshness at a seafood restaurant. The tuna in the tuna poke was brown from sitting in a marinade for too long. The lobster in the lobster roll was dry and tasteless, suggesting something that the restaurant purchases frozen, rather than prepares fresh. Wine glasses are also a joke - totally incorrect for proper wine service.

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vipDouglasG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The Eggs Benedict was sub par.

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Hopieb
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Island is a nice neighborhood restaurant with a menu that offers something for everyone. The service was excellent, the food delicious, the ambiance was a tent on the sidewalk (!) and it is a friendly, pleasant place to enjoy lunch.

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Nhnycgirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and cheerful. Tables were spaced very far apart and all precautions taken.

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vipConGo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful restaurant. Very accommodating during the pandemic. But they are digging up Madison Avenue and you can't hear anything at lunch time. Hopefully, this will end!

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vipDede
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful - this time, dining outdoors, of course, there was jack-hammering going on across the street - just unfortunate. But a great restaurant!

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vipDede
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to eat at Island...and they’re being very careful in terms of virus prevention!

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vipMyrnaD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

food was not prepared as requested. Returned several times. food was not hot

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vipromih
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Back table was just ok... food was very good service was excellent!

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vipStephasaurus
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setting and very good food, thank you! Will come again soon.

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Zaraya
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went to the Island to celebrate my birthday. I ordered the snapper entree, my date ordered the lobster roll. Food wasn’t incredibly flavorful but was plated pretty. The cherry old fashion was delicious. Staff was attentive. Ambiance was romantic. I would return for the drinks and ambience.

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KimberlyG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice menu choices. Food was very good. Service a little slow, but believe that was because they were busy and only had two servers working. Would definitely go again.

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viplizp
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I have been to Island many times and I am sure it is because of Covid but the food was mediocre at best. My curry chicken salad sandwich could not have been more bland and it had more apple then chicken. Meh!

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NinaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, gracious service, and a pleasant ambience. The maple-glazed salmon with brussels sprouts is terrific. And it would be very hard to say no to that brownie with vanilla gelato!

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vipAgataP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Staff did everything to make outdoor dining experience as comfortable as possible

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vipJZ123
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Ambiance was nice enough, and servers were nice, albeit slow. Food itself was horrendous and way over priced for what was served. We will not be going back.

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liligabor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a neighborhood bright spot. Great ambiance inside and out.

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EmilyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with pleasant outdoor atmosphere. Delicious food. Great service.

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vipArthurGI
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chef, Abad always prepares to your specifications, plus his exquisite handling! I miss Adrianna, for special waitstaff understanding...She'll be back soon.

They're all great and I'm pleased to join them again, after a bit of a Pandemic sabbatical.

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vipArthurGI
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake was a most efficient and attentive waitstaff. Was nice to see the GREAT Kitchen staff again. Thank you!!! Arthur GI

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vipRKB17
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I was disappointed, during the past few months I've dined Island and have had very good meals. Brunch this time was unfortunately not good. Burger was overdone, bun hard, fries were ok. Service was exceptionally slow.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing such an amazing job with the pandemic. Lovely outdoor eating setting with comfortable chairs and heat lamps - feels Parisian. Service is very good. And food is amazing as usual. So grateful to have this lovely spot in our neighborhood

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vipcurly
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kale salad anywhere

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AndKar
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch, great staff! Perfect way to spent a lovely afternoon!

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vipIvyNYC
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night! The meal was delicious. The service was excellent. The outdoor seating arrangement was best it can be. We felt very respected and safe with COVID-19 protocols and other diners were very considerate of the staff with mask wearing as well. This was a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.

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vipcarolineF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is wonderful to be back at this neighborhood classic! The attentive and friendly staff made dining outside as friendly as it used to be inside. Special attention was given to my elderly mother, and we were accommodated at a table that was suitable for her. The food was as delicious as ever! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy restaurant, ate indoors for brunch/lunch. Food was well prepared and tasty, the staff was friendly and accommodating. Nice nautical themed decor.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Island using the Order Online button. Island also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.6 stars by 368 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.