Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.29mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.32mi
  1. Distance: 0.29mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.32mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.29mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.32mi
  1. Distance: 0.29mi
  2. Distance: 0.31mi
  3. Distance: 0.32mi
  4. Distance: 0.32mi

About Vinateria

Vinatería is a beloved neighborhood restaurant, rooted in the rich culinary traditions of Italy and Spain, and the philosophy of using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Vinatería’s vibrant yet comforting dishes are cult favorites among Harlem locals and visitors alike, from Spicy Veal Meatballs with Parmigiano Polenta; and Pollo al Mattone (chicken under a brick) with caper pan jus; to a selection of expertly house-made pastas. The acclaimed wine list is chosen from small producers, and is full of surprising yet accessible finds, while the artisan cocktail program uses house-made syrups, seasonal produce, and fresh-grown herbs from the restaurant’s own windowsill gardens. Vinatería is built on the enduring relationship between fresh ingredients, deliciously prepared food, and life’s moments of enjoyment.

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10026
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am


Saturday: 10:30am - 12:00am


Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(212) 662-8462

Website:
http://www.vinaterianyc.com/

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Details
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Vinateria Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for a Date (16)
See All
Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Romantic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
255 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was our third visit and it NEVER disappoints. The staff is knowledgeable and professional and the food is perfect! It’s a small cozy place which makes it feel like you are not just a number. My favorite place in the city for sure!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A great place in Harlem near the Apollo Theatre. I had the grilled octopus app and the whole roasted branzino entree and both were very, very good. The rest of my party had the pan-seared scallops, the black spaghetti, and the rosemary pappardelle - all got rave reviews. Our server was efficient, friendly and adorable. She wrote nothing down during our ordering and everything arrived perfectly and was placed at the right person's seat. They didn't have the wine I ordered and as I was choosing another one, the manager (owner ?) offered me a better wine at the price of the bottle I'd initially ordered. Not necessary but a very nice touch. We'll definitely return on a future visit to NYC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Looking for a good place to eat in Harlem that would satisfy everyone's pallet. This was the place. There was gluten free, vegetarian, Italian. it was a bit noisy, but we were seated in the back, so we could at least talk across the table. The maple cheesecake was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Three dishes were amazing but one had some eggshells in it by accident.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service2
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was tasty and the pricing was reasonable. It was a little loud so I could barely hear the server. She had a hard time managing our table of 8.
But overall it was a cool place and I have already told a few people to go!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a lovely meal here celebrating my cousin's engagement. The space definitely gets louder as it fills up, but it's not at all unbearable. Appetizers were great (bruléed cheese salad for me, fried calamari with fried chick-peas for my mom) and the cocktails were creative. Overall, I'd call it an Italian spot, and definitely innovative. All of our entrees were delicious, although my duck was a little too over-the top (duck breast, duck leg confit over a white-bean ragout and, inexplicably, house-made pork sausage - the sausage was just too much). That said, dessert (a pot-de-creme) was excellent and I would absolutely go back! Our server was lovely and we all had a great time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and service were great but the noise level was so high that it was impossible to have a conversation across the table without repeating oneself frequently.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service5
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I recently had a birthday dinner there with 12 friends. Vinateria was so warm, welcoming and delicious! They took the the difficulty out of hosting a large party by allowing me to pre-order bottles of wine and appetizers in advance. Upon arrival my guests were greeted with the wine and food, which made for a lovely evening. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our second time--last time brunch, this time dinner. Friendly, warm staff. Delicious food. We loved it.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
·Dined on November 7, 2017

If I can give this place more stars, I would! The food and drinks were amazing and the staff, especially Ms. Fay made the experience even more spectacular. Very welcoming environment from the phone conversations to the in-person meet. I would pay my money to dine here anytime!! My new favorite spot

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Brunch, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wonderful intimate neighborhood place with tasty food and great staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent food , drinks and service. My favorite restaurant in Harlem.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was our absolute favorite restaurant in Harlem, but they must have changed the chef in the kitchen because the last two times the dishes that we always order were ok and not as delicious as they used to be.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Limited menu (a good thing because everything they do prepare has high quality ingredients & all all we have tried has been perfectly cooked). Their wine list is on the pricey side but the choices are excellent in quality. Service is quite good and staff are helpful and accommodating. Overall, a reliable place to go for a really nice evening out in informal surroundings if you don't mind prices that seem a little bit high to us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent, delicious, fresh and creative food. Loved the meatball and the octopus appetizers. Also our server was outstanding and really knew the menu.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I've been here a few times for dinner/drinks, but this was my first time for brunch. While it has the usual crash of people for brunch, we felt very well treated. The hostess and our waiter were attentive and kind. I went with my mom and she is a hard grader and she enjoyed it! We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was a great evening with friends and everyone had a great meal.
Good service and lively.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

We've been wanting to try this neighborhood spot for awhile, and gave it a shot on Sat. night for a special dinner. Our server seemed bored with us from the start. We ordered drinks and an appetizer. The drinks didn't come out until well after the appetizer was served. Then we had to pester our waitress to order entrees. I asked a few questions about ingredients, and the waitress again stared out into space as if she couldn't care less. Our entrees came out super fast, while we were still working on the appetizer and hadn't yet had a chance to touch our drinks. There is no way they were made fresh, given the time frame between when we placed the order and when we got it. The menu was interesting, but when we got the food the flavors were nothing special. Better service would have increased our enjoyment of the food, though- things don't taste very good when you are made to feel like a bother. The best part of the meal was the olive oil to dip the bread, which had a unique garlicky note. We had a delicious dessert, but then waited 20 minutes and had to ask 3 servers before getting the check. The lighting was dark and it could have been cozy, but the restaurant was very loud. The metal wall turned what would have probably been a pleasant buzz into a din. There are too many good options in the neighborhood to come back here for food that is alright and service that is poor.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love it!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We enjoyed the good immensely.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Fay the owner is Exceptionally warm and engaging. This reflects in her team and the entire Vinateria experience. Very good food and wine selection. It’s one of our go to places.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always such a great time and keep up the great menu! excellent service and yummy food! Black pasta is the best and my favorite.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Happy Hour, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I love this place. This was my first brunch there, and everyone left very happy! The cod fritters were outstanding, as were both of the poached egg breakfast variations and the octopus spaghetti. Thanks for another wonderful experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Their brunch is great! Staff is very nice and attentive. Love this place!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent, well prepared food and really good service. They handled one glitch in one of our food orders extremely graciously and quickly. The place is popular and crowded so can be noisy, sometimes making it hard to converse easily but mostly was ok. The wine list has limited moderately priced options but the contents of the list are quite high quality. All of our choices of dishes were delicious. In short, not a cheap night out but we'll be back when we'd like to eat really first-rate food in informal surroundings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The staff was so sweet and helpful. My fiancé brought me flowers and they brought us a vase. We may have dropped some food on our clothes and they brought us tide Togo! Besides that the food was delicious. We eat out a lot and always want to go back to vinateria!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very Good overall. I would include more Malbec selection.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

we had such a wonderful time. i couldn't have asked for a better surprise in my neighborhood - hope it stays a secret

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

My husband and I went here for our 2nd wedding anniversary and had a wonderful evening. Our waitress was very attentive, kind, and patient with our ordering. Two glasses of champagne were delivered to us upon our arrival and we were congratulated on our anniversary. The food was absolutely delicious. The dark chocolate zeppolis are out of this world amazing. Everything that came out was cooked to perfection. Perfect to take anyone deserving of a treat!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My fiancé and I came to celebrate our engagement. They were super warm and welcoming when we arrived. They gave us a complimentary glass of champagne which was a nice gesture. The food was delicious and service was great! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We moved next door and we love this place!!! the Wine list is excellent, and the beer selection, while not super plentiful, is very good!!

we love the food! Hangar steak is my favorite, but they have got great salads and seafood

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 6, 2017

Returned to Vinateria after meeting the owner's mother gracious Faye at the bar 2years ago and wanting to go back:
lovely bartender Ashley welcomed us in and recommended excellent red wine, the dinner was full of delicious food- steak and polenta stood out,- the servers were genuinely friendly and helpful. Excellent!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Pluses: The atmosphere was great. We did not have to wait for our table, and the service was friendly. The food was fairly priced. Minuses: All of the five meals we ordered were over salted, and the chicken special was overcooked and dry. Overall, this was not a bad choice, but not a great one either.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great place for gluten free dining. It's good to have it so close to home.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 27, 2017

Delicious food, beautiful ambiance, and of course being in harlem is the best of all!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a wonderful experience at Vinateria, whether I am doing dinner for two or ten. Recently I brought a large group here later on a Friday night. Our table was set with menus in advance, and a few latecomers were easily accommodated with extra chairs. The specials, such as a watermelon salad with haloumi, were a real treat; and some of the staples, such as polenta with wild mushrooms, were delightful -- garnering raves even from our Italian-born/raised friends. We came close to licking our plates clean! The wait service was outstanding; the food came at a good clip; and our need to put multiple credit cards against the bill was relatively stress-free. Oh, and for dessert just remember these three words: OLIVE OIL CAKE. I can't recommend Vinateria highly enough and have been a repeat customer for the past two years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We eat here quite often and have never had a bad meal. The wait staff is great super attentive. The atmosphere is cozy and well designed.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was my first time in the restaurant that pulled me into a different section of Harlem that is up and coming. It was Harlem restaurant week, so we took advantage. The meal was nice and the service was very friends. We got their early, so it was quiet, but I could sense that the noise level was rising.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were seated immediately. After all, it was 5:15, not crowded at all. We asked for happy hour cocktails which are available only when seated at the bar. The bartender was very accommodating & brought the drinks to our table. Not usual service. The food was good and the small number of customers afforded us the ability to carry on a conversation without screaming at each other. 2 hours later, it was a full house. A very popular neighborhood spot. Great for weekend brunch too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The wild mushroom entree was excellent! The staff was very patient, we were so busy catching up that we took forever to look at the menu and order. We never felt rushed.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.