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Island, New York, NY

Island

4.6
4.6
724 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Island. We have proudly been the neighborhood favorite in Carnegie Hill since we opened our doors in 1986. We take pride to offer the freshest seafood (think Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Lobster Roll, Maple Glazed Salmon or Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl to name a few), a great variety of fresh salads, a burger that people die for and much more. We have a bar where you can dine or simply enjoy a cocktail or a glass of of wine (our entire wine list is served by the glass). Our warm and thoughtful service is hard to find in New York and is what continues to keep our customers coming back. We hope that you will come give Island a try and become one of our new regulars!

Please note that we cannot take reservations for specific tables or specific sections though we will do our best to accommodate a request.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 996-1200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We are pleased to offer catering services to make your event special. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

  • Private party facilities

    We are pleased to host private events of varying sizes. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    92nd & 93rd Sts

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 724 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place, good food, friendly attentive service, terrific urban Easr Side ambiance.
  2. DD

    DiningDiva

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always, hit the spot! It’s the place in the neighborhood that my husband and I frequent regularly.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Slowest service of my life. Many people were just leaving halfway through their meals. No apologies. Very frustrating.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu and service. Lovely outdoor cabin. Couldn't be better!
  5. S

    Salmon

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The neighborhood go to place. Salmon always cooked to perfection.
  6. R

    Rosey

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was really very good but service was slow and we didn't get many updates.
  7. DT

    DavidT

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Island is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a spacious zinc bar, sidewalk dining comfortable indoor dining. My daughter and I had brunch there, nothing fancy, French toast and a Mediterranean toasted cheese sandwich, both entrees were well prepared and satisfying. We asked to eat at the bar, which worked well. We were carefully attentes to and never rushed, also make sure to sample the popovers.
  8. NW

    NW1234

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We sat at an outside table which was located on the sidewalk, partially blocking the entrance to the parklet. This is a terrible table unless you are dining alone!
  9. LK

    LynneK

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We are frequent guests of this restaurant, although quality of service has deteriorated substantially over the past few years. We’ve allowed a lot of leeway because of Covid and the difficulty in getting help these days. However, last night we brought two couples with us to our “local favorite, reliable, “restaurant, only to be surprised and disappointed in the poor service and food was not up to par, probably because it was sitting and not delivered in a timely manner to the table. Although ultimately the manager did make a compensation for some of the stress of the issues , it left us embarrassed and apologetic to our friends and assuring them that this is not the norm and that we frequent this restaurant regularly because it is usually reliable.
  10. m

    merrim

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always good food, homey and good service
  11. PB

    PaigeB

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lovely spot, friendly service. Only problem is our food was only fair to middling. Eggs Benedict were cooked through, and breakfast potatoes were not cooked nearly enough. Very good bloody Marys, though.
  12. DT

    DinaT

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite neighborhood restaurant-always great food, great service
  13. GG

    GeminiGirl

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and gracious servers
  14. o

    operalover

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Don’t order the veg stir fry. It consisted of an overwhelming amount of broccoli and red pepper and just a few small slices of mushroom ( you had to search for them in the dish), accompanied by rice. Nothing else. Lucky I added shrimp to the dish. Overall, a boring, tasteless dish. So disappointed as I generally like this restaurant.
  15. EW

    ElliotW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at one of Carnegie Hill’s best restaurants
  16. SL

    SteveL

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good in every respect. We sat inside because of the humidity and sidewalk activity due to the construction in the adjacent building.
  17. F

    Foodhunter

    New York Area

    265 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    265 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Really poor service. We waited for a long time for someone to see our table. Then we ordered something different from what we ordered. Food just average.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, excellent food and very attentive staff.
  19. IR

    IRG1641

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Pretty good, expensive food, watered down drinks and ok service. The atmosphere is great.
  20. J

    Justintyme

    New York Area

    171 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Island was hosting a lovely French Rose dinner sponsored by Whispering Angel. The menu was lovely, the food was excellent, the service is always outstanding and the ambiance is wonderful. You cannot find a better place to enjoy dinner on the upper west side than Island. It's a favorite!
  21. RM

    RMC92

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, good service from personable staff, and pretty setting. My favorite neighborhood place!
  22. P

    Pattie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    The food was delicious. An understaffed restaurant so our wait for food was more than an hour. Once it arrived it was delicious. I would go back but I'd keep a close eye on the time and alert them we were not served.
  23. E

    Excellent

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, food, and a GREAT bartender!!!
  24. E

    Eatoutinnyc

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Just fine. In my hood which makes it a good spot
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Well done. Excellent food and service.
  26. BH

    BarryH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Prompt service, interesting menu, good lunch experience
  27. p

    peterk

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My friend and I shared a few items from appetizers to entrees. It was ok.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always good
  29. C

    Cherisse

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    After a lovely visit to the Jewish Museum, my girlfriend and I were looking for a nearby brunch spot. The menu at Island seemed appealing so we booked for the next available time slot. While the outdoor dining section was popping, the inside was less crowded, though it filled up over the course of our meal. We were seated at a charming two-top in the middle room. While it took a little while for us to order food and receive drinks, we were in for a very pleasant meal. The food was uniformly delicious; to start, we shared a bowl of gazpacho and a small kale salad. The gazpacho was a pleasant consistency and flavor. The salad, fresh and crisp, with tortilla strips that provided a nice crunch. Next, the french toast and the chicken melt sandwich, sans mayo. We both really appreciated the fresh berries served with the french toast, a pleasant assortment of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. The chicken sandwich, a panini-style preparation, packed plenty of flavor without any nonsense. This is a grown-up chicken sandwich, not like the deep-fried monstrosities you see slathered in calorie-rich sauces. The french fries, on the other hand, will appeal to all with a sense of taste. I will say that the service could have been better. We had to wait a while for our menus, and our water wasn't refilled when we finished our glasses. They brought out our mains before we finished the starters, and then we were left with the dirty dishes on our table for the rest of the meal. I think a little more communication and coordination, and a greater sense of responsibility towards customer service, would make Island a really standout destination.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love island. It has been my go to over 20:years in Carnegie hill, but the Tuna Poke was quite a disappointment for near.y 25.00. It was not really poke and scarce with the tuna, mostly avocado and chips. A salad would have been more reasonable, ie beet salad which would have been what it said it was Tha is not to say I won’t continue to frequent Island, but not order a “poke.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Island is our go-to! Food is hit or miss sometimes but they totally make up for it in their service and overall vibe. We won’t ever stop going back.
  32. PL

    PatrickL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The dining is consistently great and the service is always phenomenal!
  33. A

    Aldafa

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    good neighborhood staple. Nothing too exciting. We went for lunch. Burger, panini, quesadilla. nice atmostphere.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch environment! The drinks could have come a little faster but other than that, perfect!
  35. L

    Lauren

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and waitstaff are wonderful
  36. MG

    MichaelG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and service! Highly recommended.
  37. F

    Fanny

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service great, attention great, food selection perfect. Food prep and taste just right
  38. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although it was 90 degrees, we sat outside and it was very pleasant
  39. TG

    TomG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sesame Tuna and Crab Cake was delicious. Highly recommended. Tom G
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I can’t say how many times I have been to Island, but every meal is wonderful. Usually there got lunch and eat outside. Food is very good and the staff and service is warm and friendly. Can be a little noisy on Madison Avenue but there outdoor seating is cool and very comfortable! Thank you for another wonderful time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Island offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.6 stars by 724 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Island

1305 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Additional information

  • Cross street

    92nd & 93rd Sts

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 996-1200

  • Catering

    We are pleased to offer catering services to make your event special. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

  • Private party facilities

    We are pleased to host private events of varying sizes. Please call the restaurant to inquire.

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