Serafina 79

4.4
471 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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. 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.

UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY: In adherence to the NYC mandate, all eligible guests 12 years and older must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter our restaurant. You will need to provide proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to enter & dine indoors. The following are acceptable proof of vaccination with a matching valid ID: NYS Excelsior Pass, State or Country issued digital pass or Vaccination Card. Unvaccinated guests are welcome to dine outdoors. Outdoor dining is on a first come, first serve policy.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 471 people are saying
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vipSusannam2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

I used to love Serafina - the service, the food et al

Alas, my meal yesterday with clients fell super short.

Food took 45 min and did not come all at the same time
the pizza were mediocre and were not exactly what ordered (extra mozzarella means extra not half)

Only highlight was the Sofia pizza that is still amazing

Maybe Covid made things worse? Sadly no plan to go back as was very disappointed

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MaryT
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful and the appetizer portions are big enough to be a main course! Fun cocktails too!

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Nativenyer
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Made a reservation but had to find a table on my own- survival of the fittest. Waited 20 minutes for setup and 45 for food. Chicken salad had 2 small PCs of chicken. Had to keep hunting down server and had to track down my bill folder after gave it to the waiter in order to actually pay my bill. Host was apologetic and tried to help but the experience was Very disappointing and out of the norm for this restaurant— west side location seems much better organized.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Too hot. We sat on the 2nd floor and the temperature was unbearable

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The outdoor space was pleasantly decorated with bright and lively looking flowers. It was comfortable and the service was attentive! I always enjoy the salads and pastas the most. I would definitely return!

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vipAnnieS
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not honor reservation

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MaxB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, casual but with great service. Would happily return.

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SmoothieChic
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for a wonderful evening. Felt well-cared for and well-fed!

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RobertS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, attentive, personable service. I've been a few times and will definitely be going back again.

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HPNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is always good. Service was nice. But the place was way too loud for a quiet lunch. Who needs loud music???

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service.

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JuliaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Server was fantastic -- food was great too!

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lemon pasta with shrimp was delish.
Always very good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alicia was the best waitress. Great experience, will definitely come again!

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vipElaineS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was very ordinary. Device was not great. All in all it was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was okay.

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CharlesW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch to celebrate an anniversary with friends. Our expectations were exceeded! They treated all four of us to "bubbly" and were very accommodating of our request for a table on the roof. The server was attentive and helpful. The food was excellent. It is the right combination of a casual setting with a menu that offers lots of options and service like a more expensive venue. In a neighborhood of overpriced restaurants, this one offers reasonable prices. We look forward to returning.

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MaryT
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant, especially the appetizers and pizza. One problem this time was we ordered the seafood risotto special (expensive) and received the mushroom risotto instead. We were pressed for time and couldn't send it back and it didn't seem that the servers even knew there was an error. So we paid +$10 for the dish we actually received.

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vipgourmetgal
New York Area
395 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It wasn't clear to me that a reservation on Open Table meant I intended to eat INSIDE, but the host was very nice and there were tables available outside so I could make the switch. They were closer together than I'd experienced anywhere else on the UES and I was surprised they hadn't put up partitions. So that would be my main deterrent for not going back anytime soon. The pizza was very good, with a crisp crust and quality toppings and the salad was very fresh (though $20 seemed high even by Madison Avenue standards). The service was top notch, which made the experience pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Solid service. Killer lobster

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very kind for my children

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MargaretC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food is delicious but the service was terrible. We had a reservation at 8:30 and were rushed the whole time because the waiter said the kitchen was closing at 9pm. Then they brought all the food at once-- appetizers and main courses all together and ignored us the rest of the time. They were too busy cleaning. I don't know why they allow people to make reservations at that hour if everyone is so eager to go home. Would only recommend if you go early. Perhaps you could get better service.

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MarkG
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a late lunch at this excellent trattoria. Dining outside offered great people watching and fresh air on Madison Ave. We ordered mushroom ravioli and linguine with mushrooms, peas, and chicken. The pasta was cooked perfectly, presented piping hot. Grated Reggiano Parmigiano quickly followed. Flavors were tasty and enjoyable. Service was excellent: attentive, timely, but never intrusive. We will return whenever we're on the upper east side of Manhattan.

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DebR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely room and enough space between tables. Pizza and pastas were great. Fabulous and attentive server, I think her name was Sarina.

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vipmidtown
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall it was pleasant. It apparently, as we’ve experiencing elsewhere, wait staff is new and as known as they come be.

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vipprofes
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were seated on the 3rd floor, difficult for me to climb. elevator should be available or the into consideration age of diners

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vipValerieC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh,quality ingredients ; lovely service; delicious ice cream,yum!
Gracious manager;will be returning.

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Ronmidwife
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor luncheon with friends.

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vipElizabethS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant for a pre museum lunch. the only drawback, the couple at the next table face-timing while dining...

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Avat
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina always is a hit. the service is fast and friendly. I always love the food when i try something new.

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vipsc1961
New York Area
318 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service and food were just fair, much better options in the neighborhood

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The extensive menu was only enhanced by the specials of the day which made choosing difficult but rewarding.
The quality of the food was matched by the quality and attentiveness of the staff. We will definitely return to this gem for another afternoon of dining pleasure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Perfect for lunch or dinner in the city. Amazing pizza and we definitely recommend the meatballs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Rude service, bland food

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PickyGourmand
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Had a delicious outdoors lunch late April. Returned mid-July for early Sunday dinner. Brussels sprout salad, which had been fresh and vibrant in April, tasted like it had spent a couple of days in the fridge. Pizza was ok but not hot out of the oven. The latter probably because the restaurant under-staffed. The waitress who was covering the top floor solo did a great job keeping things moving.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Tartare Sophia had no flavor and diet coke no fizz.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is lovely- pictures don’t even do it justice. The food was great too, and the service fast. A bit pricey, but understandable for what you’re getting (and the area).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved!!! Food is so delicious! Intimate dinning.

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MariaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Not the Serafina I used to know...Arugula and steak salad was not good at all. Meat tasted old and the arugula was drenched in a tasteless dressing.
The waitress was very nice, but slow and not attentive during the meal, did not ask if we wanted dessert.
The room was air conditioned, but still warm and not comfortable.
No longer my go to choice in that area. Too bad

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Their were 4 mice running around on the floor

FAQs

Serafina 79 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Serafina 79 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 734-2676.

Serafina 79 is rated 4.4 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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