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About Serafina Always

Everyone, from beautiful models and young professionals to families and businessmen on power lunches, flocks to Serafina Always' for its energetic ambiance and delicious cuisine found in this upbeat three floor restaurant.

Based on a very authentic approach to Italian food and using only the highest quality ingredients, our cuisine originates from family recipes handed down from generations of cooks and adapted by Vittorio Assaf and our team of professional chefs.

Choose from a variety of homemade pastas, pizzas and fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables. We offer over 20 varieties of thin crust pizzas made with 00 Italian flour, filtered water, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt from Sicily.

33 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday:11:30am - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am Sunday 11:00am - 12:00 am

Cross Street:
Park and Madison Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 702-9898

Website:
http://always.serafinarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
A public Icon Parking Lot is located right next door

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Serafina Always Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (10)
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People Watching (7)
Special Occasion (7)
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Fun (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Pasta dishes a bit bland but well prepared. Tiramisu fantastic! Service was good overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great for kids! Service was fantastic

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Wow! Absolutely delicious!!! Everything we ordered was more than expected!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

As an Italian, I would say that this restaurant needs a complete overhaul. I was embarrassed to have taken my date here for a valentine's day diner. This was NOT Italian food. The calamari was good, the tar tar was good. The linguini and ravioli was about the same quality of a store bought package. I was craving Italian so badly, that I drove home to visit my family to make a real Italian meal. I suppose that is a silver lining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Terrible experience. After specifying that my daughter had celiac disease and needed her food to be prepared separately, we were assured that precautions would be taken. Our nima sensor detected gluten in our food, which is unacceptable. We waited 25 minutes for the food to be prepared again. Then our waiter insulted us for asking questions about the bill. Not to return again!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 29, 2018

In the past we have made it a habit to come here down from our hotel when we come to NYC. We have always enjoyed it tremendously, albeit not gourmet it was always consistent.
That said this trip will cure us. I don’t want to waste the time or a meal in the city on this. It has become very corporate and uninspired. Don’t bother as there are tons of better options!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have a subscription to 59 east 59th Street and have eaten here several times. The food is always delicious and the service is always excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. The service was spotty and we (a group of 10) were mostly ignored. The Bloody Mary’s were awful and when we asked for some olives, Tabasco, and extra tomato juice to help, we were met with some attitude. Then most of our meals were cold, over-cooked, and not very good. The whole experience was incredibly disappointing from a restaurant at which I’ve had such great experiences in the past.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very quick and attentive service. Food was perfect for what we wanted. We sat on the second level, with a street view. The bar and downstairs portion of the restaurant were much livelier. We would dine here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

A bit noisy but good food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great! Loved it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Serafina has become kind of tired. Same menu for 15 years. Food was mediocre. Service was slow and with attitude. Hadn’t been in years. Will take it off the list, just not worth it.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pizza was cold. Beer was warm. Steak was undercooked then overcooked into a hockey puck. Service was abysmal. Don't waste your time or money. So many better options and restaurants that care about their customer experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awful experience, avoid this location

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Noisy, obnoxious service especially the seating hostess. Service slow, had to ask 3 times. Too crowded, too busy. Food not bad but I won't eat there again it's just an overpriced local . Tables on top. Owners trying to churn as much money/ tables as poss.....

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food, ambience and price. You can’t go wrong here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Booked this restaurant for New Years Eve as it didn’t advertise a Prix Fixe menu which one of the reasons we booked it, normal menu lookd good and plenty of choice at a reasonable price. When we got there around 9.30pm on NYE they then informed us of the Prix Fixe menu, it seemed a little too late (and cold -15C) to start walking around looking for somewhere else. Unfortunately due to ingredients I can’t eat there was only 1 starter out of 2 choices I could choose from, the kids didn’t really fancy any of them and 1 main meal out of 3, which was fish, potatoes and green beans, there was only 1 desert which was a piece of tiramisu between 4 of us, again, I couldn’t eat this and the kids didn’t like it as it had something in it, possibly liqueour. The final amount for this was $473. Such a shame as I was looking forward to it as the regular menu looked fabulous. Felt ripped off, wish they would have put it in their website about it being a Prix Fixe menu!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Disappointing
Hostess is harried. She tried to seat us at the bar. Once seated at a table, we ordered delicious homemade soup ($9.50 each). The meal was straight downhill after that. Bread is ok. Dining experience is rushed, more like a luncheonette than a restaurant. Din is intolerable. Main courses, lasagne and rigatoni, were mediocre at best. They were $19.50 each, and weren’t even freshly cooked. I think they were related in a microwave...Tables are on top of each other. We would never return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Service was incredibly slow. Though we were seated at a table where waiters were constantly crossing, it was difficult to get attention. Our busboy was more attentive and helpful when we could get his attention, but the waiter left us hanging and at one point seemed to disappear completely. Additionally, the food is VERY overpriced for what it is. I ordered the spaghetti squash dish, which was decent, but not worth $19, especially not for the portion and the sprinkling of other veggies and sauce offered alongside it.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The staff essentially ignored us. We were planning a night out, would have liked a second round of drinks, couldn’t get anyone’s attention. The food was cold and tasteless. It took 45 minutes to get the check. I’ve eaten at other locations and had great food and lovely service. This was a huge disappointment and I won’t return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Italian, nice ambiance...servers not so great. Quite rude would sum it up. I felt like were being served by a waiter in Chinatown.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was delicious, the waiter was rude!
I would still come back for the food though.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food and service were very good, however, they sat us at a table close to door, so we were cold most of the night.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Always a sure bet! Food is diverse for everyone. Consistent with quality of food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant itself is nice and the food was good, but the service was not. Everything was rushed from the second we sat down. We had to ask for bread and our drinks several times and the wait staff seemed annoyed by us asking normal questions- example for grated cheese and bread. Definitely not impressed by the service and the food was good, but there is definitely much better to be had in the city... this just fits a good price point if traveling w/ a large group and trying to keep costs fairly low.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went for brunch the first time and there was hardly anyone there. It was empty and the food was not good. It’s a dinner place I guess.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I’ve had many great dinners at this restaurant but the dinner on Saturday was poor. The food was dry and cool, the service was slow, and the area in which we were sitting was too crowded.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good for kids. Convenient for groups.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were initially placed at a table second in from the front door and it was cold each and every time the door opened. When we asked to be changed to another table, we were accommodated; however, I question should we even have had to ask. The restaurant should know that table receives drafts from the outside particularly on a cold winter's day. The service was brisk and the food came quickly, perhaps a bit too quickly.
Overall it is always an easy place to go for a lunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I arrived with my 8 girlfriends for a fun saturday night out. We were seated upstairs in a quieter section even though downstairs was definitely a more vibrant scene. After 5 minutes, the waiter came over and told us to be quiet even before we ordered anything.

Then we ordered drinks and it took 25-30 minutes per drink. When we complained to the waiter he stated that we shouldn't order cocktails and should just get wine if we wanted to drink. We were confused by this and questioned why and he said well obviously theyre taking too long. It was a Saturday night and there is no excuse to wait 25-30 minutes for a drink when you are sitting at a table.

They did comp us desserts but it was beyond repair.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was the worst I’ve ever had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Made reservations an hour before. We were seated right away and were served immediately. Great food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Three bad boos out on the UES for some GNO!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We arrived at Serafina for our reservation and we were seated promptly at a table very adequate for our party of 6. Our party arrived at staggered times (not planned) but the staff was so very accommodating to us and made all of us feel most comfortable. The service was impeccable and our dishes arrived just as we hoped when we ordered and they were the perfect temperature. Thank you for a most enjoyable relaxing evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were a little worried about all the reviews saying service was poor, but for us it was excellent (Saturday night, ~7.30pm, party of 6).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Most disappointing was that my reservation, both online AND by phone, had not been registered and I had to wait 15 minutes for a table.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 29, 2017

the good was quite good but service was really horrible. We had to wave down a waiter to place orders and when we finished our (first) drinks a bus boy came by and just took the glasses - we had to stop him and ask for another round. I would go back because I liked the food and the pricing but really it is very noisy and the service needs improvement.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

COMIDA MUY REGULAR, SERVICIO MALO , NO ESTUBO BIEN EN GENERAL

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Waiter was very rushed. Brought out appetizers with main course and never cleared the table. Just pushed the plates to shove them in

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