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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Cozy (9)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for a Date (7)
People Watching (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Good for kids. Convenient for groups.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (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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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Three bad boos out on the UES for some GNO!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 30, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a good experience with this restaurant. The food and service was very good. Highly recommended.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The other reviews are spot on - this place has GREAT FOOD, but the service is horrifying. We were a table of 10...and our waitress had 2 tables of 10 right next to each other. We waited a while before we even got water on our table...then it was another 15 before the drinks were ordered....then another 20 before food was ordered. Then when the food arrived, it was mixed up with the other table's food.

However, it was worth the poor service because it was GREAT food and of great value.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything was great but too noise ! The waiter was nice and mived our table!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

New York is not New York without dinner at Serafna

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had good food and service pre theater and attending a show at 59 East 59 theater nearby

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We go here a decent amount but the other night our waiter seemed distracted and took forever just to get water and we had to proactively ask for everything

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was slow and cold. The cocktails were terrible. Both my pasta and my husband’s pasta were totally bland. My mother-in-law’s risotto was good, but not worth $30.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was good, but the service with the exception of the host was absolutely awful. We were not acknowledged when making requests to the server he would just walk away without saying anything. The bread was hard as a rock, like a hockey puck. Our dishes we ordered were very tasty and flavorful - just wasn't the best overall experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Hostess screwed up check in

Therefore I was contacted that I did not check in

I believe the problem was quickly addressed.


Many thanks open table

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good consistent food reasonably priced in casual lively NYC environment.

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

Expensive for what we got. Someone stole my umbrella and there were no apologies.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were in Manhattan for a getaway weekend. Though we have our favorite restaurants, I wanted to try a new one. After researching Open Table ratings and reviews, I settled on Serafina, and we were not disappointed! It was the perfect cozy spot for a rainy Sunday night in the Big Apple. The tomato basil focaccia was amazing, unlike any we’ve ever eaten. The chopped salad was delicious as well. I had the limoncello farfalle bow tie pasta with shrimp, and my husband the pounded breaded veal Milanese. My only complaint was that the portions were so adequate that we couldn’t finish our entrees! And then we were traveling, so taking it home was not an option. We will definitely revisit Serafina next time we’re in town. If you’re reading this, and have never been, you should too!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, People Watching
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Since discovering Serafina, it has been my go to restaurant for any occasion. The ambiance and food are excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Serafina provides good food served efficiently. The restaurant gets a bit noisy making business conversations trying at times but the food makes up for it.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Serafina was good, very friendly waiter helped a lot.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awful service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

How bizarre that Open Table names this restaurant Serafina Fabulous Grill. The actual restaurant names it Serafina Always. But what's in a name? The food was not fabulous nor were our dishes grilled. As to 'always': nah, this particular Serafina is a 'pass'.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was traditional Italian. The service was awful after the waiter took our order we didn't see him again had to ask the busboy for our check. Food was good put nothing that was spectacular.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was fine, but the service was lacking. Our server seemed to be distracted and rushed, but somehow it took quite awhile to get anything brought to the table (such as bread). I hesitated a moment before ordering a cocktail and sensed his annoyance with me. Also troubling was the fact that I left my credit card behind by mistake and the restaurant made no effort to contact me, even though the reservation was under my name and they had my email via Open Table. It is one of the more affordable options around 59E59, so I would possibly return, but I would explore other options first.

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

Great food & service. Matteo made sure we had everything we need for our meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Good service and genuine Italian food made for a quick but enjoyable business dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Go early or late, but anytime between 12-2 is too noisy ,,frantic. At off hours, it is very good.
Pizza is excellent , salads are big and deelish.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food great service always a good experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food. Both my wife and I had different fish main courses. Both were excellent and cooked perfectly. We had a wonderful experience and will return if we are back in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I like the Serafinan restaurant chain. it has good food and many locations in Manhattan and White Plains.

Tags: Casual
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