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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T
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JS
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good fare and drink. Great salad and pizza.

C
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Unfortunate nasty writing on bathroom walls

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

Family brunch

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was cheerful and helpful while also being attentive to our needs while on a busy Saturday night. Highly recommend!

B
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Amazing lobster ravioli and great pizzas ! Wouldn't recommend the jalapeno marg, stick to the wine.

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and pizza

AR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I had been to your Ludlow location multiple times and very disappointing from the minute we walked in. The Restaurant was cold we were seated next to a space heater. When asked to be moved, the response was sorry thats it! (the restaurant was empty). Additionally, all 3 of us agreed that the food was just ok. I had to send back the Prosciutto and Burrata. The Burrata was runny, tasted sour and unlike any experience I had eating Burrata. Though the manager was accommodating he told me thats how it should be. Tremendously disappointed in the end all I had time was my started salad as we had limited time for dinner. The rest of the group thought the food was just ok. I guess the 3rd time is not a Charm!

d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Portion of fish may have satisfied a pigeon, but was way too small for a human.
Rest of meal was good.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Poppin’ little place in a super fun and trendy part of Lower East Side. Will come back every NY trip.

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