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Vivolo, the family name, long associated with fine dining and Italian cuisine, is located at 140 east 74th street, New York. Vivolo, established in 1977 by owner Angelo Vivolo, is nestled in a charming 1875 townhouse occupying two floors.
You enter into a rich English redwood paneled dining room and antique oak bar with a working fireplace. Ceilings beamed with dark wood create an overall intimate, friendly and romantic atmosphere. A "café" alcove offers several secluded tables or the perfect setting for dinners for 10.
The second floor of Vivolo has the look of a turn-of-the-century parlor with a gold leaf trimmed ceiling and working fireplace. The parlor floor is also a favorite for private parties.
New York, NY 10021
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Corner of Lexington Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cucina Vivolo, a gourmet Italian café located next door to Vivolo, offers in-house dining, take-out, delivery and catering services.
All items from the Cucina Vivolo menu are available for take-out and delivery. A special brunch menu is offered on Saturday - all day long - at our 74th street location.
Private Party Facilities:
The Vivolo Restaurant Group is your complete party solution. Whether you want to have a party in one of our four restaurants, or if you would like us to cater your next event, we will be delighted to work with you in selecting the best possible menu for your event - always with the same Vivolo quality and service!
Private Party Contact:
Linda Kaplan: (212) 308-0112
Bar Dining, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Vivolo Ratings and Reviews
Vivolo has been around for decades and has shown its staying power while so many other restaurants of its ilk in the neighborhood have come and gone. The menu is appealing, the food is dependably good, the prices are appropriate, and the service is excellent. Even though the restaurant is small (two floors of a town house) and the tables quite close together, the noise level remains sufficiently low to permit easy conversation, so it is the perfect spot for a pleasant evening with a friend (or friends), a colleague or a spouse. It is a neighborhood favorite.
Setting is comfortable and perhaps romantic. New Year’s Eve, after all.
The salads were first rate as was the dessert but everything in between, the main courses were unmemorable. My wife’s chicken was somewhat dry. My veal was terrible. Three small medallions, one that was the consistency of a rubber band with roasted potatoes that were, perhaps, warm, certainly not not hot, as they should have been.
What more can I say.
This place felt like a tradition on the first visit. Warmly greeted into the wood-paneled room of an old townhouse, the staff was welcoming and accommodating. The menu was diverse and affordable, ditto the wine list. The food was delivered in perfect time and was delicious. Lots of good reviews brought me here with out of town guests who I wanted to impress. I assumed the bad reviews were written by sour people difficult to please - I was right. It was a lovely evening and I'd recommend it in a NY minute.
Very nice neighborhood restaurant. They have a prix fixe menu before 6:30pm but you have to ask for it...they don't offer it. The tables are close and unfortunately we had a loud party next to us in the holiday spirit. But nothing that was the restaurant's fault. Good Italian food with creative dishes. Would definitely return.
When we arrived they sat us in a front enclosed porch area with only three tables. I asked if we could be seated in main room as there were three empty tables but they said no that they were for larger parties. Those tables were eventually filled and in one case with a smaller party than ours. After we were seated they would not honor the three course price fixe dinner. We had a 7pm reservation but they said we needed to be seated by 630pm. I told them I did not see that described on their website and asked them to offer the price fixe menu but they refused. With that I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The appetizers came out luke warm. This seems like a place for older people in their 70’s and 80’s who live in the area snd walk to the restaurant. El Paso.
The waiter was in a rush to serve then he recommended the osso buco and then told me it was not available. I had to ask for everything--they were not attentive at all to my needs and although I dined alone I am certain my bill was that of two people because of what I ordered and the wine I consumed. Too many good restaurants for me to return to this one. Maybe the waiter was having a bad nite.
After getting appetizers, we waiting over an hour for main course. Spoke to water 3 times then to owner. Just got a nod and he walked away. Food came finally and was missing a main ingredient (sausage). Chicken dried out. Friend's veal was inedible. When we told waiter, he just brought me a few thin slices of overcooked, tasteless sausage. Would have made good business sense if we were offered an apology or maybe a free dessert or coffee. Will never go back.
Long time patron of vivolo years ago. Recently took two important clients. Ordered the Osso Bucco that was a really bad piece. All bone and no meat. It should have been thrown away. The Maitre D gave me a hard time about taking it back. Finally brought me another dish after my guests were finished eating. Did not bring the pasta side back to me. So very disappointing as it was a favorite of mine. Lient's dinner was cold and had to be sent back.
Glad to see wonderful old neighborhood favorite of 40 years ago still thriving in my old Upper East Side stomping grounds. Still convivial, attentive service, still serving excellent quality Veal Parmigiana. Acceded with pleasure to my request for Veal Marsala (not on menu). Not expensive by UES standards, and well behaved crowd of young and old enjoying themselves without ear splitting trendy acoustics. Long may Vivolo reign!
Made the reservation thru open table but called the restaurant twice to make sure that my party of 11 guests would be seated on the first floor. Upon arriving two of the guests were already seated on the second floor which was not even air conditioned and it was 86 degrees outside. After complaining they accommodated us where I was promised though it was a bit tight. Second misunderstanding came when I requested the pre-fix menu and was told that it ended at 6:30 once again had to speak to the maitre d' and find out why I was told one thing and now another. Apparently the menu I was told of was called the 40th anniversary menu which was a pre fix too. The staff was not forthcoming about the menus. Food was ok and the value was good for the number of courses and wine included. We made the best of it since we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday with a group of friends. I wouldn't go back . There are plenty of great Italian choices out there.
The restaurant apparently was hosting a private party upstairs, but that is no excuse for wait of over one hour for our meals (we were told it would be 1/2 hour because my wife ordered rock Cornish hen, and that was acceptable to us). My wife's cocktail was (supposed to be) the fairly popular Aperol spritz, but the bartender must not know how to make it as there was no sign of any prosecco or other bubbly wine--just club soda. My glass of wine was just ok. The first course, which arrived relatively quickly, was an arugula salad, which was well past its prime. Others near us, who appeared to be regulars, seemed to get better attention and quicker service. The food was mediocre for a restaurant in NYC. The host appeared to know of the long delay in our meals but made no sign that he cared. We went there on the recommendation of a friend in the neighborhood, but we have to question his judgment. We won't be going back and will tell our friend of our disappointment.
We dined with another couple which requested Vivolo to celebrate her birthday. I am very happy they enjoyed the place, however my husband & I did not. Baked clams had no taste. Bronzino which was suggested by the waiter was not pretty & had no taste. The meatballs were a bit too soft & but delicious, the pasta special was also outstanding. Not my scene for atmosphere either. Old school, super small -- 5:30 reservation we were the only ones there. Small round table that left my husband & I looking at the wall. Happy they had some retro art of MM hanging. I will never go back. On the other hand my friend said she would!
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