Vinateria

4.5
293 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American
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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
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(212) 662-8462
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Casual Dress
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Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was very good, but the noise level was intolerable this visit. It has always been loud the previous two times I have been there, but seemed much more noisy this time. We could not pursue a conversation. The restaurant was almost full when we were there. For this reason, I would not return. Isn't there some dampening equipment you could purchase?

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TR
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food every time we come to Vinateria! Great decor: stylish, hip, well lit. Gorgeous bar, drinks and extensive wine list. Loved the pork chop, the Brussels sprouts and the monkfish special, and every friend’s plate of pasta was wiped clean. Bravo!

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten there in the past, but wasn't impressed. That changed the other night. The food was great, and the service superb! I'll definitely be back.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t sure the restaurant got my Open table reservation so I called. Tom answers and says come on in. When I got there he greeted me by name and brought us right to a waiting table. The rest of the evening followed suit with excellent table service and very good food. I would definitely recommend this plane to anyone looking for great food and service along with a warm and friendly Atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinateria is one of the best places in our neighborhood! We love it here :)

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l
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. (I live in the neighborhood.) The food is wonderful and unpretentious, the drinks are great, the service is lovely and the whole place is warm and festive. My latest visit, I was with four old friends. Almost everyone had brightly flavored salads and wonderful pastas. (I had the roast chicken, which is ridiculously good.) Everyone loved it -- and commented on how reasonable the prices are for such a delicious and lovely meal.

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SN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went here for a date night, it was very crowded and very loud. Our “reserved” table was right next to the hostess station which was not very nice so we chose to sit at the bar instead. Really really delicious food, acceptable service, good wine, VERY loud, not much personal space.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was incredible, tho portions small... the service was kind but hilariously chaotic and not very professional. It was Valentines Day, so we’d like to try it again on a less busy evening:)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love all: food, ambience, service,... And we will return.

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HC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, great pasta, special appetizers, special NA drinks, and great location. Ok, this is a great special place! We really enjoyed my daughter's 19th. Thanks to all the staff. We will return.
Bests,
Chris

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first visit to Vinateria. It was great 👍🏻. The food and service were exceptional. Will definitely return
Anne and Tom
ROCKAWAY BEACH NY

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El sabor de los platos fue insuperable, hermosa presentación y una atención espléndida

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant week menu. Coffee and sparling water included. Great value.

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P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it- delicious food superb service amazing vibes! Went for restaurant week and ordered the croquettes, pork chop and chocolate panna cotta. Service was on point with attentiveness and knowledge, special shoutout to the guy who kept bringing our table fresh baked bread❣️Went at 630 and didnt seem too busy but it definitely picked up as the night went on. Recommend for dates, friend get togethers, and impressing people. Will definitely be back, the table next to us had mushroom polenta and brussels sprouts and it smelled/looked amazing 👌🏻

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p
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lots of wine choices but none that were familiar. We finally chose a Pinot Noir (the only one on the menu) only to find out that they were out of it!!! We ended up ordering the waitresses suggestion but didn't care for it. The food was okay but not good enough to rate a second visit.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been here for drinks a few times in the past, but had dinner for the first time with an old friend last night.
Man, is the food good! I had the branzino, (which was lovingly deboned, flavorful and stuffed with spinach) and my buddy had the steak. We also ordered the brussel sprouts which came way before our entrees (we wanted them together) but were sweet and crispy and really delicious. I didn't drink, but my companion did, and really enjoyed his martini and two glasses of wine. There were too many kids and strollers for my taste (it was 8 pm on a Wednesday night), but overall the ambiance was lovely. The service was also good, my favorite waitress from Yatenga gigs there as well.
Definitely a nice place to go on a date.
You should go!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable, great service,excellent food. I would highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very different and diverse wine list and great food served by friendly staff. The space can feel crowded and noisy depending on your table/location

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. I made a reservation for dinner for two. It was my husband's birthday. He didn't want to make a deal of his bday this year. Anywho, I mentioned in the online reservation that it was my husband's birthday and the staff made our little dinner out feel special as a result. We have eaten here several times before over the years, and the service is always impeccable, and the staff is amiable.

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LK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Came for brunch. The food was pretty good. It's really nice that the brunch options include a coffee, mimosa or bloody mary. Makes it a decent value; without the drink, it'd be a bit pricey. Unfortunately, service was not very good.

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SB
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Friday night during restaurant week..... Place was packed, tables set tight, noise level elevated. Nice venue during a quieter night.
Menu is interesting particularly the pasta dishes and food is well prepared. Good but not extraordinary. Service is attentive, pleasant, professional. Wine list is varied, nicely curated, well priced. Excellent value.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinateria is definitely my favorite neighborhood restaurant in Harlem. It easily competes with fine dining restaurants in other neighborhoods in Manhattan. The octopus appetizer is quite good with roasted potatoes with an exotic flavor. The pastas, including the black spaghetti and the Paglia e Fieno Fettuccine ( oh my!) were phenomenal! For dessert the olive oil cake is a very nice finish to the meal. You really can’t go wrong at Vinateria.

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BG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable venue for a relaxed meal with friends. Very good wine list. Attentive service. All-in-all, a keeper.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

consistent go to restaurant. never disappoints whenever I go.

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v
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Vinateria never disappoints. The food is always great and the service is impeccable. This time the food was even better than usual. I was here with someone from Boston and he was really impressed with the quality of the food.
My only small complaint is that the place was jammed and even though i reserved quite in advance we were seated at a table right near the door when I always prefer further to the back.

thanks for a lovely evening

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Italian food with a good vibe. Pastas were great and easy to share, and some solid mains. Gem in Harlem.

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DD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The host and waitress were very attentive. They even charged my phone for me behind the bar. The veal meatball with polenta starter was pretty good. The meatballs were flavorful and well seasoned but my polenta was cold when it arrived. The brussel sprout side was delicious. Overall a nice Saturday night dinner experience.

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WS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was attentive and informative without being overbearing. The cocktail was delicious (7ate9) and our grilled octopus appetizer was terrific, with other flavors adding to the taste: citrus, pepper. So good. My date had the hanger steak which he said was very good, but the broccolini and potatoes sides were even better. I had the black spaghetti with octopus, bay scallops, and mussels. The slight crunch of bread crumbs on top was a smart touch. It was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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CN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cute restaurant. A few more items on the menu would’ve been great. Calamari was AMAZING! Goat Sausage Pasta was really good. Recommended Cabernet didn’t disappoint.

Server was extremely engaging and was very nice. I didn’t catch her name, but she was Caucasian with shoulder length hair. Thanks for the food pairing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! They asked whether we wanted to sit side by side or across from each other. They had been told ahead of time it was date night. Although we had one of the last sittings of the night, they DID NOT rush us out although it was Christmas Eve. The Greek wine recommended by the bartender was a real treat as we had no idea about Greek wine. It was our first time there but will not be our last time.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinateria is an amazing restaurant. The food was delicious for a reasonable price for New York’s restaurant. The portions are generous. The deserts are all delicious. Will definitely recommend it.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on a Thursday night in December, and could not have been more pleased. From the very start, we felt as if we were treated like royalty. I had called earlier in the day to notify the restaurant that we were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday, and they clearly went above and beyond to make it a special evening for him. The drinks, food, ambiance and service were all exceptional. We constantly had our waitress and managers checking in on us.. I would be more than confident recommending Vinateria to anyone. Thank you once again for such a pleasurable experience, and helping to make my boyfriend's birthday a memorable one. We will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have been to the restaurant 3-4 times before, but not in the last 2 years. On this visit, a large group contributed to a deafening noise level. I enjoyed two primi dishes, but my husband found his pasta without taste. We intended to order dessert but the waitstaff was not on top of their game.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Vinateria! Second time in 1 week! Amazing pasta! Great Octopus!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Picked this restaurant off a map looking for somewhere to eat near the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Boy, did we hit the jackpot! The food was outstanding- one friend said he'd never had a better chicken dish, and he's a world traveler! The scallops with Brussels sprouts, beets and pork belly was so delicious! We had a great dinner overall, and will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

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s
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is very nice; been here several times. The food is good, made great leftovers. The service is notably friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant restaurant, excellent food, good wines (at NYC prices) , attentive service. Recommended as a Harlem gem

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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BC
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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l
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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