Serafina 79

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352 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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
25 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
498 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
74 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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Friendly accomodating staff. Adrian was a nice atyentive waiter. Busboy was very edficient.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went during a lunchtime on a Thursday and there was a very long wait between our salad and the pizza but as good as always very fresh Pizza are very good would recommend

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For the amount of money we paid, the experience was not nearly what we felt like it should have been. The bread served to be eaten as Burrata was cold, ruining the entire experience of the appetizer. The pasta was good, but seemed to lack the wow factor that Serafina promises. The ambiance in the restaurant is wonderful, but our server practically did not interact with us. He only came to take our order and give us our check. In fact, the person bringing the food seemed far more engaged with our experience than the waiter himself. Overall, we left the restaurant feeling pretty bummed considering the buzz around this particular location.

ET
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The food at Serafina 79 was excellent and it was so convenient being a short walk from the Met where we were spending our Sunday. The portions here are not too big, just right. The dessert was the same- pretty light. It is a little noisy and crowded at this location but the service is quick. Only one bathroom so there is usually a line for women. Also navigating this restaurant would be a challenge for someone who isn't able to go up and down lots of stairs.

MK
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

DO NOT GO HERE IF ANYONE IN YOUR PARTY IS ADA. To enter their is stairs no elevator at all. When we got upstairs although my reservation was with Open Table I got a table alright it was on top of the bar. Literally 5 wait staff were next to our table conversing. There were other tables when I requested a change they would not change us. The next table a 4-top had two men at it. They refused to give us the one next to it. I could not sit comfortably with my leg (in a large cast). I ended up leaving. The manager was exceeding rude! I don't care if it is NEW YORK I wouldn't go back there! I have eaten at two of there other restaurants they were fine. This one STAY AWAY. I ended up going to Avra Estiatorio with NO reservation as I was not able to make another through open table. They were VERY nice and accommodating!

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fun scene -- lively. Drinks are expensive, though.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was just okay. Not worth the price in my opinion. The food was bland and the service was not very attentive. My water remained empty throughout the meal. We ordered the tuna and salmon tartare to start. Absolutely no seasoning, which isn't completely abnormal but normally there's a sauce to offset the fish. For an 18 dollar appetizer I expected a little more flavor. The farfalle limoncello pasta was no better than a basic, low end italian restaurant.

Also, it was our anniversary, which was listed on the reservation and it was not acknowledged. Just things I wouldn't expect from a restaurant like that; we won't be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday dinner for our 26 year old daughter

RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! I just can't say enough about this place!! #Bravo

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch with my mom and dad. It was both their first time there. I have been to other branches and always its good service and food. Server and food runner were really polite and helpful. My parents enjoyed their meal. We had a good time. Will definitely be back.

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