Serafina 79

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Serafina 79 features 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.
Our very authentic Italian menu features the highest quality ingredients along with a creative twist on simple, original Italian dishes. Enjoy homemade pastas with pesto, hillside cherry tomatoes, porcini mushrooms, caviar, truffles combined with our signature sauce. Choose from simple marinated meats, fish and vegetables. We offer over 20 varieties of pizza made in the centrally located cherrywood-burning oven. The unique combination of an intimate setting with warm Italian music, charming service and deliciously good food have kept the restaurant’s stylish, celebrity-studded clientele as well as local families coming back for years.
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DW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic dinner on 81st after visiting the MET. Food preparation and taste was excellent

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Très bonne adresse où les mets sont exquis digne d.une trattoria italienne voir encore mieux que celles qu’on a l’habitude de trouver en Italie.
Great place

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Requested seating upstairs, was sat in the middle of the lower level, at an obviously added table for Valentine’s, very close quarters. Food was fantastic. Service was on the slower side.

TV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding at Serafina, it's a great neighborhood gem.

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious food, lovely menu.
We came up the stairs in the middle of rain. I felt the staff could have been more proactive with helping with our wet coats and umbrellas.

Also, when the restaurant isn't full, it would be nice to be offered a larger table. Squishing into a small space when other options are available would have been appreciated.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The hostess was extremely rude and the noise on the upper level was ridiculous. many groups of young girls on the upper deck speaking at unreasonably loud levels and the staff did not care. Lovely dinner ambience on the first level, but we did not get to experience that. Overall not a great experience. I won’t be back to this particular location

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, good atmosphere. Serafina is my 'go-to' restaurant when I find myself on the upper east side. The pastas, pizzas and salads are all excellent! And you won't go wrong by ordering a main course as well! The service is well-timed, but they don't rush you out the door, so you have time to converse and enjoy the meal. I'm sure I'll be returning at some point soon!

JL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good pizza, great antipasti and good service!

The place is comfortable as well.

Highly recommended!

G
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, we enjoyed everything! The service was also very very good!!!

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is truly mediocre and overpriced. The restaurant is actually not anywhere close to as clean or well appointed as one would expect to given the premium. And they were out of the entree I wanted. Screaming kids on top floor.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The seating was extremely tight and there was a bit of a draft but it was nice!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Serafina as a family on weekends. The food and service are always good and we know that people are more understanding in case our children misbehave a little. I’d recommend downstairs for adults and upstairs for families and teenagers.

RA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood place to eat. Food is always great. Great for the family.

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Serafina79 is always well managed. Food is genuinely fresh and tasteful. Atmosphere is great. Enjoy being there with family and friends. Highly recommend.

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good here. It’s a welcome oasis of value priced meals in an astronomically expensive neighborhood. Highly recommend—never disappointed.

D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina doesn’t fail to deliver. If I had to comment on one thing at the 79 street location it is that their staff should smile more. The tips are great... act like it.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very average pasta

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic. We all loved the mushroom appetizer and crustini di Sofia. The lobster ravioli was also amazing!

OT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, friendly, welcoming spot. Try the tartare. It's swoon-worthy.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tight, tables and chairs are very close

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Upstairs seating is best----away from the noise and crush, and with high ceilings, much more conducive to conversation.
Hustling, bustling always. Food is superb, if supremely overpriced.
Always attentive good service. Convenient to the MET and Central Park. A fancy family place where jeans and kids are comfortable.

v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great!

AG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall five star experience, food, service, ambiance all great.

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most enjoyable lunch with friends. We even stayed for dessert and coffee. Just wonderful. We always enjoy ourselves at Serafina. The staff always are attentive. A real delight. We usually only dine for dinner but lunch was delicious!!!!!!

s
New York Area
500 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

very good wines by the glass, pizzas and salads with efficient staff. a good spot if going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! We love Serafina

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extremely small place, we were almost sharing the table with other diners. I really don't think it's a restaurant that I visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for a birthday dinner.

F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible pizza margarita. The sauce and cheese actually slid off the pizza as soon as I lifted it from the server. Embarrassing.

HS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My go-to after the Metropolitan Museum. Reliable simple food, manageable prices, efficient service. The space could use a little freshening.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Food was really good.

a
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

very nice neighborhood place. Excellent for conversation, no loud music! The lighting was good, not too bright. I liked the server let me taste several different wines. The house pizza was fabulous, the thin sliced beef was nothing special- too thinly sliced!
The downside is the restaurant did NOT take my 0pen table coupon which I had with me. The manager said their system didn’t support open table coupons. That was annoying.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service took way too long
Waiter tried to overcharge and instead of apologizing he came up with a stupid lie to cover up
Then he put 20 percent tip on the machine before he let me sign it.

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It took 30 minutes to get my focaccia Ligure, I think the deliveries are prioritized over customers sitting in the restaurant.

NS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Yes! I loved my experience at Serafina 79. We sat upstairs on a beautiful saturday.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience upstairs with a darling atmosphere. The gourmet pizzas are not to be missed.

L
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really nice atmosphere. A little slow service to start and then food served very quickly

e
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the waiter and the whole personal were really nice. very young people, but really nice, polite and profesional.

BS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good place for taking young children who can feast on great pizza

r
Dallas
75 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Very small. Had buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto, paglia with light tomato sauce & mushroom ravioli. Really excellent & would definitely go back. Also a fabulous cappuccino. Hot & perfectly done!

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