Serafina Ludlow

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$30 and under
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Italian
Situated on a popular corner in the Lower East Side, Serafina Ludlow is surrounded by indie boutiques, art galleries and newly restored apartment buildings in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Floor to ceiling glass doors give diners views of street activity, and they are opened during pleasant weather to enable al fresco dining. Our cozy bar provides a great space to enjoy unique cocktails.

The beautiful mosaic pizza oven produces a selection of over 20 Serafina pizza varieties, or guests can chose from signature dishes including Ravioli “Degli innamorati”, Focaccia di Sofia and delicious Panini sandwiches. We offer a selection of homemade pastas, grilled fish and meat, and fresh salads for dinner. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available as well as an exciting dessert menu.

Parties of 10 or more, please contact us directly at (212) 358-9800.

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid! A drunk manager took our order, we weren’t sure if it was some random drunk off the street, that’s how uncomfortable we felt. He checked up on us once and then probably was gone to the bar around the corner! The other servers in the restaurant didn’t cater to us because they weren’t responsible for our table and when clearing our food, I was still eating mind you, I had to chew down quicker so he can grab my plate. And it was NOT closing time... Serefina is a good restaurant, this location, garbage!
Don’t get the meatballs, they are over cooked!

TI
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Attentive staff. Their GM Santiago runs a smooth operation. Very friendly. One of my favorites on the LES

A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service! We had the best waiter in NY!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with some friends for my birthday. Very cozy atmosphere. Food was delicious. Amazing dessert. Service was great. Very nice place!

AL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

an amazing restaurant. it was my birthday and they gave me the private room for free! such good food and great service.

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

part of my party was late but they were so accommodating and nice about it. two of us has pasta - penne vodka and gnocchi in pomodoro sauce - and my friend got the margarita pizza. we enjoyed the pasta but my friend said the pizza was just ok and her moscow mule wasn’t that great

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience

T
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I've been to several of the Serafina locations and I always have a great time. Serafina Ludlow did not disappoint. It's consistently great.

SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Love the ambiance and the food. Well priced as well I believe I will be returning

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was AMAZING and do fresh. The waitress was lovely. We had such a good night, we returned for brunch the next day and had the exact same great experience.

b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I had four friends staying in the City overnight before heading out on a cruise and needed to select a restaurant close to their hotel. Having eaten at other Serafina locations in the past and having enjoyed them, I selected the Serafina Ludlow. To be fair, I believe my negative impression was most likely the result of poor service. Our waiter was totally aloof; she didn't listen, and acted as if she could care less if we were there. We had to repeat most things; food came our wrong; and towards the end of the dinner, when she was at the table, she looked me right in the face as I asked for something. She continued to stare blankly, so I asked again, louder, then she responded. Every other person who approached our table was very professional and pleasant. As for my food, I ordered the caprese salad. The tomatoes were tasteless. For my entree, I ordered penne alla vodka. It was lukewarm at best and the sauce was gelatinous. It was similar to when I bring home leftovers and have only partially heated them. My friends generally thought the food was very average. The only saving grace is that, as far as Manhattan restaurants go, it was moderately priced.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Excellent service! Glad we tried this place!

MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Our waiter was very attentive and extremely nice. I ordered the filet mignon burger (without the bun) and the chef sent it out beautifully plated with a delicious mixed green salad. OMG the burger... It was amazing! The pizza was fantastic too!! Definitely going back! The food alone makes it worth it. Delicious!

SE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, staff was very professional and accommodating for our party of 9! Bruschetta was so fresh and delish, highly recommend💙

l
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Saturdays brunch for 3 before going to the Tenement Museum. Typical brunch menu for a nice brunch place. Eggs Benedict was delicious
Good omelets, with anything you wanted in them. Service was efficient and pleasant. Definitely recommend. And.easier to get a reservation than at some other places in the area.

A
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

perfect summer night meal. The avocado brussel sprout salad was definitely worth it. We share a gnocchi dish which was delicious.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Serafina. The Cacio e Pepe is incredible.

JS
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good fare and drink. Great salad and pizza.

C
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Upon arriving for a 7p reservation on July 4th, I was met by a very rude staffer. They had all of the doors open and it was almost 100 degrees out, so perhaps he was just hot. Had I known there would be no a/c I would have booked elsewhere. That detail should be included on their OpenTable listing in the summer. He wanted to seat us on the hotter side of the restaurant and when I asked for one of the open tables closer to a breeze he said it was reserved and was again rude. I insisted and he caved, but never provided menus or water. The two people that waited on us ended up (mostly) saving the evening. They gave us a free round of drinks as an apology.

Use common sense in 100F weather and close the doors and crank up the a/c. Serafina is a mainstay in NYC, and I expect better.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was our first visit to one of the Serafina restaurants. It was a pleasant experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The pizza was delicious, the plates were just the right size, and house wine was very good.

SM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so was service! Also they had really good happy hour deals!

MH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was faster than expected. I would come here again.

LW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Serafina Ludlow! We were in NYC to see a play that was nearby and had a wonderful dinner! The bartender made me the best cosmopolitan that I have ever had. The service was timely and the food was amazing. I had the spinach and ricotta homemade ravioli and my husband had the salmon. Highly recommend and we will be back the next time we go into the city!

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food, and good atmosphere. As others have mentioned, the service was less than attentive (we had to try multiple times to get our server's attention when we wanted the check) but overall would say that it was a good experience! Just ensure that you have enough time to make up for slow service when you dine here.

JQ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Arrived one hour early for our reservation, they accommodated within five minutes. Our 30th Wedding Anniversary, meal was tremendous we weren't rushed, service was excellent. Couldn't ask for a better evening!

DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

The service was absolutely terrible! The waitress was non-existent the entire evening. We waited nearly 30 minutes to order drinks/food, then they delivered the pizza at the table 20+ minutes after people we were all served and then we waited nearly 20 minutes for the bill to come. Really disappointing experience, given it was the first time for many and a birthday as well. I have been to some of the other locations but I would be reluctant to try this place again unless there was a serious upgrade to the service.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was literally terrible. We finished our food and 30 minutes went by before anyone even cleared the plates. My boyfriend and I wanted to see the dessert menu and when I finally flagged down our waitress after 30 minutes of ignoring us her reply was “are you good?” Definitely won’t be going back.

C
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good. The layout of the tables and the service both have an oddly over-anxious, money-making feel.

BS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend here for lunch. There weren't many people there so the service was great.

We ordered calamari and bruschetta for appetizers and both were delicious. I ordered the Rigatoni Alla Bolognese and it was great.

I would recommend this place.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early just after a visit to the tenement museum. Staff and service was great. Restaurant was not that crowded but had a steady arrival of customers. Margherita pizzas Tuscan style delish. Great tiramisu. Very nice dinner option for those of us on the early side with kiddos

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food wasn't great for the price. The service was okay, not very attentive. I wouldn't go back there.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong with the food or the service. They make you feel like family!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staffs were so nice and friendly and the food were so delicious. Definitely will go back there again.

G
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was fine, but not great. Decor was nice, but we were ignored by the waiters, possibly because we were not 25 years old.

PE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Unfortunate nasty writing on bathroom walls

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Bar or Italian Restaurant? Was not comfortable enough for family dinner.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were 11 or 12 minutes late and they did not have a seat for us. I understand they are supposed to hold a reservation for 15 minutes.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sat with no server ever approaching us. Should not have to wait 20+ minutes for water with other open tables.

SS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant with good vibes great food and amazing customer service.