Vinateria

4.7
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321 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant. Great food and better service. It’s a very intimate restaurant with the low light setting. I’ve gone here for drinks with my wife during the day and a few times at night for dinner with the fam. My kids love the food. Food is always tasty and fresh. One of Harlem’s best restaurants hands down.

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AllieL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this restaurant! The service and food are always great.

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vipMacaroon
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding great food and wonderful service. We regularly take our 2 1/2 grandchild who loves their polenta and meatballs. They treated her very well

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant ! I love the vibe the people and most importantly the food simply phenomenal!

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AshleighC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is attentive and warm. Food is always delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vinateria is one of my all time favorites! You get the downtown Manhattan dining experience/vibe right in Central Harlem. The food is amazing and the service is always on point. We loved our server, Karli :) can’t wait to go back!

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vipHarlem
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always well treated at vineteria

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vipLoriS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! The appetizers were fabulous: grilled octopus, crochettes & meatballs over polnta.
My only issue was I ordered the whole bronzino and the waiter asked if I wanted it fileted or whole, but the skin wasn't cooked (I was expecting crispy), so why would I want it whole? My friend had it fileted and it was much easier to eat (boneless). Otherwise, wines, ambience, value was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

The restaurant itself was wonderful, but it seems like they did not actually understand that I had a reservation and clicked that we weren’t there, even though I gave them my name and said we were checking in for our 5:30 reservation.

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vipDoui
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is fabulous, inventive, artful, and satisfying. They have an excellent and comprehensive wine list. The staff is absolutely lovely, but we had a few glitches with our order, although they were very solicitous in making things right. What makes it less that 5 star is that the tables are literally butting up against each other so it feel a bit like a school cafeteria, and the noise level is deafening.
As we were there on a Friday during restaurant week, I would go back hoping that it won’t be so sardine packed and noisy.

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Jimmy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a very special restaurant in Harlem. Food and drinks are excellent. Highly recommended this place.

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Zephyr
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! The service was supreme! Celebrating a birthday, I brought in cupcakes and they presented them beautifully with a birthday song sung by a trained tenor in Italian. You must go... everyone must visit. The owners mom and dad visited tables and they were fabulous as well. I hope to come back for dinner, having just returned from the California wine country, I hear their wine list is one to review! Thank you for a wonderful celebration!!

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WestCello
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had small plates (octopus) and seafood. All delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The first time we booked a reservation here for dinner, we waited about 40 minutes (past our reservation time) because they were behind on seating before leaving. Second time we went to try again for brunch, it was a solid meal but you’re uncomfortably close to people, the food is very average, and I wouldn’t recommend it

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vipIMIllan
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delightful with delicious food (don’t miss the happy hours oysters!) with very knowledgeable staff. A real find!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife and I went and we were impressed. Kathleen was a great waitress, she knew the menu and answered any questions and made suggestions. The mussles appetizer was a great choice, the sauce was very tasty, the soppressatta took it over the top. I had the home made pasta was really good, my wife had the lamb chops, which were cooked perfect. I had a nice Spanish wine as well. Tom the manager surprised us with a chocolate cake dessert on the house. Definitely will go back. Good experience.

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vipRayUWS
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over the years we've eaten here several times, but never for Brunch. The Brunch has a varied menu, which is good, but some of the items weren't great - we feel they excel with pasta dishes. And the Bloody Mary is fair, at best.

We always enjoy eating here, and swinging by to just have drinks.

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vipjoethelawyer
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great place to sit at the bar with your girl, talk, drink good cocktails and wine and eat above-average food. Totally worth it. Fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything really good—food and service. We really enjoyed getting tastes of the different wines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Very cozy. Great service. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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vipJohnD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Franco, our server, was top notch. He made the evening. Grazie, Franco!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit noisy, the service was good but not excellent, a smile will go a long ways. Now the food was absolutely outstanding! The wine choice is excellent as well. Overall it was a great experience!

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vipquieromas
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was great but the service was so so. Our waitress disappeared for like 20 minutes.

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viporlando
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I live walking distance from Vinateria and try to save it for special occasions. There is B2, La Diagonal and Lido all nearby. They are all good but V is on top.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best mussels I have ever had. The sea scallop entree was delicious. Service was great. Wine was great. First time trying and extremely impressed. Will be coming back again for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Anniversary Celebration!

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LucilleM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

HB
vipHoneyBrownFoodie2dine
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Harlem beautiful place vibe terrific food!

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