Serafina Always

4.4
585 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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CF
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

They keep forgetting to give us the bread and olive oil, and we never got one. The service is fast. But not very friendly. To the joint we felt rushed out. Pasta is always very good.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

primi buoni servizio veloce mise en place inesistente ambiente privo di insonorizzazione consigliabile renderlo piu' confortevole lo

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is always a great go-to in Manhattan. I took my family there for dinner, as they hadn't been to New York in a while and had never been to Serafina before. They were all pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and quality of the food, which they continued to talk about all throughout the next day! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

ER
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and hefty drinks!

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food is mediocre. Pasta is dry and over priced for its quality.

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always try to make it special. We couldn’t sit outside but they made it work

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want GREAT pasta dishes and excellent pizza - Serafina is the place to go!! Can never get enough of this place...

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness I can't stop thinking about the food I had at Serafina Always! Both pastas shared at the table were amazing- one was homemade fettuccini with red sauce, the other shrimp pasta w light lemon sauce. I was in NYC visiting from the Midwest and I think I found my PLACE for every future visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is one of my favorite restaurants in NY
Food is always perfect!!!

GK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was subpar and wait staff rushed us. It’s not that great of service and deeply disappointed at the course recommendation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Look at my profile. I frequent lots of restaurants and I have been to Serafina many many times but this time I got the worst service ever. I went to the manager trying to be polite but it was a disaster unfortunately the last time I visit this establishment.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The manager & host was great. Very accommodating. He helped find a table that could accommodate my son’s stroller since he’s too little for a high chair and was sleeping. He even helped my husband carry it up and down the stairs to their second floor dining area.
Food was fantastic as always.

CM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The staff and service was excellent. However, the food was dry and very bland

s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We are regulars at this Serafina location (Serafina Always E61st) and the food is reliably good. I do think that the service should amp up the personality a bit. It is a busy place but you don't need to feel that your server is bothered by taking care of you- especially when you are expedient at ordering and turning over the table. Finally, I am BEGGING them to please add more nut free options to the dessert menu. The profiteroles should be offered with a chocolate sauce, not just Nutella sauce. It's a simple offering that would go a long way with your nut allergic customers. In summary: good people watching, good food, good spot.

r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

quick, easy, stress-free option for 'fast food' italian

S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very convenient and consistently good. Nice menu with many options...all the pizzas are stand out. Service very nice. The only drawback is the noise level. Had to move our table once and then it was still pretty noisy. At peak times really hard to hear each other.

A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was A-OK. The house Rose wine was lovely. The vegetarian platter was delicious. The side dish of brussel sprouts were too hard to eat, the replacement spinach too garlicky to eat more than a bite of.

p
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue for a business lunch upstairs. They are very retentive.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service wasn’t great. We were the only table for brunch at 11:30 and I had to flag someone down to take our order. He came to the table and just said “OK?”. We were a party of 6 and could have been great tippers! But no one batted an eye in a nearly empty restaurant the whole time to provide any level of hospitality. The food was fine, nothing amazing, but a good selection of choices form the brunch and regular menu and a decent kids menu.

JI
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Highly recommend the Burrata with tomatoes.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was too hot
No ac!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Forgot one persons meal and then kind of ignored our table the rest of the time after that.

S
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were waiting for friends who were late and the staff was very understanding. My pasta lemoncello was excellent and the pasta with sausage too was very good. Our friends had the brunch menu. Very nice feeling in the restaurant

MN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent especially truffle pasta! And very cosy place with a nice atmosphere. But the service was horrible! We had to find someone to order, we had to ask for the bread, and finally when pasta came in the waiter asked if we wanted some cheese, but never showed up, so I had to get up and find hi,. There was another party close to us, that has got his full attention, he was there all the time, smiling, serving...Evidently we were not right kind of customers. So bad!

GB
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food...large portions. Burrata with peosviutto amazing. Carbonara enuf 4 two.

M
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.

NE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love his place !!! Excellent Italian food. Pizza and pasta selection great!!

l
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

How was Serafina always? As good as always. It's a favorite spot for a light bite before 59E59 theater.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The constant 1990s pounding disco thumpa-thumpa is embarrassing and annoying. It may be great for tourists and the tables of 14 year old Upper East Side trust fund kids who their parents send there for dinner with a credit card (I counted seven tables of the squealing future planet killing bankers), but for normal New Yorkers, it's a nightmare. Staff is very uninterested in getting you a new glass of wine, and the prices are nuts for the abusive ambiance.

R
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

In a neighborhood primarily populated by high-end restaurants, Serafina Always is a reasonably priced alternative. It's quite attractive and tends to be visited by an energetic crowd that can raise the noise level to impressive heights. Even so, it's a worthwhile choice when nearby. Spaghetti cacio e pepe was quite good. Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe was so-so. Their version of Caesar Salad was OK. Don't expect to be blown away by the food, but you will get decent cuisine and fine service. We'd go back.

AM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was delicious. Very simple and not over salted but so flavorful. Everything was cooked just right. Service people were so nice too.

l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food and service. Casual ambiance, tight quarters. Good value.

LB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love the food I have no idea what to order from the menu.

OB
London
22 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and value for money. Staff were very accommodating

EM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place, good atmosphere, not nealy as crowdeded as other locations. Good brunch, famlies welcome

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have been twice this week, once for brunch and once for dinner. Decent food, at prices that are reasonable for midtown Manhattan. Waiter service attentive and friendly, though front of house a little less so. Generally recommend Ed though.

PA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was just not up to par.. couple was seated beside us after we were seated and they had already finished their meal before we received ours..

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a dinner at Serafina on Saturday night and it wonderful. Great food, exceptional service and the view from the second floor was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and nice place

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