Arte Cafe - Upper West Side

4.4
2734 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Lunch
West of Strawberry Fields, Arte Cafe located in a landmark brownstone, celebrating 22 years of serving the Upper West Side. Just steps away from Central Park presents upscale pan-Italian cuisine with artisanal homemade pastas, fresh meats, fish, pizza from a brick-oven and sumptuous desserts. Private rooms are available for all events and budgets.

Special Offers

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Cinco de Mayo! Happy Hour from 12PM-7PM | Cocktails $8 | Beers $4 | Wines $7 | Small Plates: Oysters $1 - Tacos (Fish, Octopus, Shrimp) $3 - Quesadillas (Short Ribs) $8 - Guac & Chips $9 - Pizzas (Margherita, Pepperoni, Sausage) - $10 - Fried Calamari $7 - Mini Meatballs $6 & More!

Sunday, 5 May, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat mom to a specially prepared Arte Cafe Mother's Day Brunch or All Day $50 3-Course Prix-Fixe Menu (Our regular A La Carte Menu will also be available). Enjoy our authentic Italian restaurant at our NEW location in Chelsea, Manhattan!

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Arte Cafe with our Easter Specials. Join our family-owned Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side or at our NEW location on Chelsea, Manhattan!

Sunday, 21 April, 2019

What 2734 People Are Saying
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SP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and the pre-fix menu was very well priced with good options.

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JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Been coming here for years. Salads, pizza, pasta, all excellent.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We love everything except the seating. The chairs are all terrible, the most uncomfortable ever and all 4 of us agreed.

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PL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I met a good friend here for Saturday brunch (much less noise and hubbub than during Sunday brunch) and really enjoyed it. My goat cheese and spinach omelette was tasty and too ample to finish. Her burrata salad looked luscious. So did the various Eggs Benedicts passing by. The service was a little lax (we had to flag down a waitress with great effort just to get salt, butter, and a coffee refill). But it was very pleasant, and the dining room is pretty. We’ll be back!

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A
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I had an 11:00 reservation for Saturday brunch and for the first half hour or so was their only customer! The service and food were both very good!

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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely evening. The food was very good, we all enjoyed our meal. The service was wonderful.
We found it noisy for a while, due to a very loud table, but I guess there isn't much you can do about that. We will definitely go there again.

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JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food and service. However, the noise level in the restaurant is so loud that one must shout to be heard. And that necessity adds to the noise level. How about some fabric on the walls to blunt the noise and more room between tables?

The previous page has "energetic" as the only choice for the loud noise, but it is frankly far too loud and ultimately uncomfortable and even unhealthy.

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s
New York Area
470 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

always consistent in food and drink and this time the service was good which was a pleasant change. and always enjoy the eggplant parmigiana and the little muffins at brunch.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Have gone many times, but this time we waited almost an hour between appetizers and mains without explanation or apology. Bread pork chop was too dry to eat. Also much louder than usual. Must have been an off night (I hope).

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SH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was delicious! We had the Cacio e Pepe and the salmon. Waitress was great too!

The table servers forgot to bring us bread though served everyone around us and the drinks from the bar took an unusually long time. Our dinner came just after we got the drinks.

We do really like this place and will come back again!

Thank you!

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LS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love the ambiance of the bar and the dining room. Service was great, the wine was delightful, and our meal was fresh and delicious. We'll definitely be back to sit outside on the patio.

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F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I eat at Arte Café a lot. Waiter was great; they all are, but this one was exceptional. Thanks for good caring staff altogether.

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Will be back

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D
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Parma Pizza is excellent

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s
New York Area
470 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

we were lucky this time as there were not too many diners and so it was fairly quiet so that we could carry on a pleasant conversation with our business associates. the food is always consistent if only the service was more welcoming and attentive.

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p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and friendly service at a reasonable price

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T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

perfect restaurant for dinner if planning on seeing a show at the Beacon

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PE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The young man who served us , Jose B.
was very attentive .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I was a bit surprised they didn’t have special cups for water for kids. Our glasses seemed a bit smudged too, could have been cleaner looking. The menus were also stained.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service was slow and food not as good as usual

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Nice food. Bloody awful service. Waiters slammed plates and barely spoke.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Have been a loyal customer at Arte Cafe since the week it opened. Have never had a bad meal or a bad experience. The food has always been ideal.

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SL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was professional and friendly and the meal was delicious! This is my favorite neighbor hood restaurant. It can be both casual and “special” — a real gem.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good food food. As others have noted a tad loud. Good was slightly delayed but waiter took care of us and made sure to apologize. Very good experience will be returning.

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and staff! Delicious food.

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F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The last time I was there with friends and it was lovely. This time the food was mediocre and the paper on the table cloths is a real turn off.

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s
New York Area
470 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

always enjoy the eggplant parmigiana and the little muffins at brunch are a delicious treat. we were lucky this time with the noise level being tolerable which can often be a problem here.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

I got injured at this restaurant! They have a non- sense system that forces the bathroom doors to close quickly. I was with my 3 year old son getting out of the bathroom when the door abruptly closed and hit me right on my face. I have now a hughe bump, bruise and swelling on my face. I spoke with the manager and explained what happened and how having a system like this in the bathroom doors doesn’t make any sense and is a hazard, and his response was “no one has gotten hurt before”. Well... I got visibly hurt! The staff was very nice and brought me ice. But management said they were not planning to remove this door system!! It’s so irresponsible to have a system like this that closes bathroom doors very quickly on people without any warning. Thank God the door closed on me and not on my 3 year old! We are not coming back.

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l
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, and many options to choose from on the menu. We can't wait to go back!
The interior is very attractive and comfortable. The food is authentic and served hot, what more do you want in a meal?

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Delicious food but mediocre service. The waiters and busboys seem bored and some don’t even make eye contact.

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BH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Reliably good. Service was sketchy, as there was only 1 waiter. Of course, we were there at an "off " hour.
Staff always very nice and accommodating. Truffle French fries are the best!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is a great place for groups. Large space for New York with good food.

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L
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant we frequent often

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Found piece of metal in food

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p
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

if they spent a modest sum on acoustic ceiling tiles, the grim level of noise would be lower. a bit more expenditure on hard surface walls would also make the place more enjoyable. food: we selected fish, served fairly cold but vegetables were well prepared. in sum: nothing special other than the level of noise that's enough to chase this client away.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arte Cafe was as good as it always is, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The cocktails were great, as was the food and wait service.

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KL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem. The brunch is the best deal in the neighborhood!

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A real asset to the neighborhood. I've been coming here for years and the food is always good and the atmosphere lively and attractive.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Our server was beyond rude. He began clearing the table while we were still eating the food on the plate, reaching across us as we dined to begin removing our plates.
We asked a question about the menu and the server snapped that we should read the menu.
Totally shocking. last time I will go there. Ditto my dining companions.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a lovely evening and the service was fast.

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