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Serafina 79, New York, NY

Serafina 79

4.5
4.5
818 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Please notice that all reservations are for indoor dinning.
Outdoor dinning works on a first come first serve policy.

Our original Serafina restaurant offers a cozy dining room and a family-friendly roof terrace. Located on the second floor of a bi-level building in the heart of Manhattan’s art and museum district. 2 blocks from the MET! Enjoy our authentic Italian menu, prepared with the highest quality ingredients. Featuring homemade pastas, over 20 varieties of pizza from our cherry-wood burning oven and grilled meats, fish and vegetables.

Not handicap accessible.


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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    79th Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    4 & 6 Train, exit on 77th Street
  • Additional
    Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 818 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

818 Reviews
  1. Phil67

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The pasta was overcooked, mushy. Service was slow. Not inexpensive either. $100+ per person.

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  2. KathyL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The salads are not what they used to be. Sauces are heavy and noise is loud. I will think twice about having anything other than the pizza there.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is very convenient on UES. The food is normal with decent prices on Madison Avenue. They have a good quality of wine by glass compared to some restaurants that pretend to be upscale and serve cheap wine with a high price tag.

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  4. Birthdaygirl12

    New York City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not thrilled with two dogs at the next table who occasionally wandered over to visit but the food is good and they let us sit since it wasn’t crowded for dinner.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, great food, romantic evening with my girlfriend

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The gnocchi was okay, but the pizza did not taste anything.

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  7. SusanV

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great friendly service. Good food. Tables are too close together to be enjoyable.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Henry. He makes it like a return to a friendly pub — with great Italian food!

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  9. MaryEllenB

    New York City

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    It was freezing cold outside and we were seated near the door. Even with my coat on indoors I was miserable. I couldn't wait to leave.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought a group of students learning about Italian Art and Culture after exploring the Lehman Collection at the Met and the food and service/ambiance all excellent. One commented on how delicious the cacio e Pepe is compared to the one they learned to make the week prior, same for carbonara. Fun to try things they know how to make in a vibrant Upper East Side original Serafina- the vibe is very authentic, as if in Italy, even the bread was low salt like Tuscany. Molto Bene, Grazie!

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  11. FRUSTRATED

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place for lunch or dinner. Great selections with delicious outcomes. Friendly staff. Never disappoints.

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  12. StellaV

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! Amazing, very delicious food! Great service!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Definitely needs an interior upgrade. Delicious food and great service

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  14. Jean

    Puerto Vallarta

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo muy rico y buen servicio, el lugar agradable y en buena zona

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  15. ShannonL

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were visiting NYC from CA during winter break and wanted an Italian food experience worthy of New York-style Italian food. Seraphina did not disappoint. It was amazing. We sat on their first floor, which is actually upstairs, in a cozy little room with only about ten tables, all positioned to take advantage of the large picture windows overlooking Madison Ave. We started with a caesar salad and the prosciutto and burrata plate, both delicious. My husband had the Ravioli al Tartufo Nero, and I ordered the filet. The sauce on the ravioli was so good I was dipping my steak in it. We were with our two teen daughters, and they each ordered the gnocchi di mamma and cleared their plates. The servers and all the staff were fantastic. This was the perfect Italian night out for us.

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  16. Maia

    Baltimore

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was terrific, and the prices reasonable. We love this location of Serafina. The only thing that keeps us from noting this restaurant--and location--as outstanding is that both our servers never cracked a smile. The only man who smiled warmly to us was the gentleman who placed our plates on the table. Both of the other men always had stern expressions. Is this a new thing? I like to feel that my presence was welcomed warmly and I did not. Neither did the other two people in my party.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress recommended we share a pizza and salad. It was the perfect portion for two. The salad was outstanding, dressed perfectly, and the pizza was equally yummy. We split a scoop of lemon sorbet for dessert and it was so light and tangy. One of our favorite eatery’s to visit when in the city.

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  18. closetcritic

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best authentic Italian food —pasta, pizza,salads. . . Everything!! You won’t be disappointed!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wish we sat on 2nd floor and not 3rd, cold temperature and decorative. Waitress was good, but had a heavy accent and couldn’t understand her. But, everything was lovely.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening! Staff was professional and attentive , food and service excellent!

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  21. gelivme

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Comimos pizzas, buena calidad de ingredientes y muy bien elaboradas. Nada extraordinario, pero sí muy cumplidoras.

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  22. AllisonS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Avocado San Pietro salad was literally inedible. Drowning in some sort of creamy sauce. Possibly the wrong sauce when I look it up? Kids pizza was also inedible. Cheese barely melted…it’s supposed to specifically be a pizza place. Thought it would be safe to pick a Serafina for lunch but this was disgusting and disappointing.

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  23. JudithM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is excellent. Service is very good. Seating is a little close.

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  24. JamesH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    A little understanding, accommodation, and sensitivity is the minimum expectation from a host of a decent restaurant - Serafina should look to maintain this standard. Unreasonable host insisted on making my 87 year old mother-in-law climb three steep flights (probably not to code) up to the third floor roof enclosed dining terrace. He had seats available on 2nd floor that could have easily been swapped with our assigned seats. He was so unreasonable about fixing what was such a simple issue, I am sure he had some other motivation. Also, Serafina’s third floor is a letdown compared to 2nd floor - noisy (all hard interior surfaces), hot, and humid. We loved this restaurant, but bad service inspires us to look elsewhere.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! My daughter said it was the best pasta she’s ever had

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  26. CarolN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Sound proofing needed on ceiling etc. My friend, an interior designer, agreed.

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  27. Foody

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great choice I made with this restaurant.The portions were outstanding and the food was excellent! Great location and it is a place I will return to when I come back to NYC.

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  28. FoodiefromNJ

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 7 and they gave us the perfect table. We had a lovely time and the food was amazing. One of the best bolognese sauces I've ever had in a restaurant and the pasta was clearly homemade and delicious. A special treat was the Focaccia de Sofia as an appetizer. So yummy!

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  29. LeonACan

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good risotto! Attentive server! Cozy environment but short in space.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my boyfriend to Serafinas for his birthday. The ambiance and food/drinks were amazing!! We had a walk to fabios and a version of a old fashioned. Only little thing i hoped for was that since i made the reservation umder a bday they would do something a little special. But other than that we had a great time

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  31. shellyp

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Very busy restaurant but service was seamless. Great staff. Excellent food. Close to the Met. Definitely on the favorites list.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good salmon on kale salad. Chocolate cake also delicious.

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  33. DanaM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The layout is very cramped and the stairs between floors is steep but the food and drinks are lovely

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food and service in the UES and a combination of casual setting and classy oven main room.

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  35. ReneeE

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You can count on delicious food and excellent customer service at any Serafina in the city. My loved ones and I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time this year at the original Serafina 79, 1022 Madison Ave., just south of East 79th Street. Serafina served its regular menu and a Thanksgiving à la carte menu. We could order whatever we wanted. ⭐️⭐️🌟⭐️⭐️

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. Great place for any occasion.

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  37. Donna

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is good for a simple Italian meal.

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  38. PESNJ

    New York City

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We stopped by Serafina 79 after a visit to the Metropolitan Museum. It was a perfect place to have a delicious, quick dinner. It is family friendly and the place has a buzz.

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  39. RickyA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s our go to neighborhood restaurant. We love taking friends there for a nice easy dinner.

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  40. Datt100

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice warm aesthetic when entering. Helpful and kind staff. Great spot for dinner after a visit to the MET. Food tasted great and good value.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Serafina 79 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 734-2676.

Serafina 79 is rated 4.5 stars by 818 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Serafina 79

1022 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10075

Additional information

  • Cross street
    79th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    4 & 6 Train, exit on 77th Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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