Arte Cafe - Upper West Side

4.4
3284 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
*We are following proper CDC guidelines with our re-opening! Call with any questions.*

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3284 people are saying
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vipBaumer
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good but dare I say not as good as advertised on Open Table; Yelp 3.0 more accurate. Just not that special in a town filled with Italian treasure restaurants thus, too many great Italian options in NYC to return here.

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HELENES
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Previous visits food was better. Also will now avoid the Garden. While very pleasant atmosphere, noise level much too loud. Back to the. Street for outdoor dining

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vipUWSDiner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor patio

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vipDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Trying to be fair here during the pandemic - so many restaurants are hurting for chefs and staff. But this was especially disappointing. The margheretta pizza for appetizer was fine. But the entrees - pasta with ricotta and eggplant, chicken Parmesan and grilled calamari salad - were no better than any diner. The calamari was so rubbery, and the salad so soggy, that it was truly inedible and had to be sent back. Waitstaff was apologetic and did remove it from the bill. We used to like Arte Cafe. Won’t be going back.

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vipJohungry
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service ever. No one ever came to the table. Had to literally go to the hostess to get any help 45 min later. Avoid this place.

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Moriagh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Used to be great. Made a reservation on a Jewish holiday knowing that would assure a parking spot outside and quieter inside. Called before arriving to say I may be late, but was left on hold for 25 minutes. I disconnected the call after the long wait.
The service was not great considering it was quite. Seemed very unpolished, didn’t refill waters nor offer bread. Our food was not as good as used to be. My calamari was served cold and the ceaser salad over dressed . My steak was expensive - not worth the money, the spinach seemed like a frozen store brand, not fresh by any means, it was bland BUT the fries were very good, like they used to be.
I don’t mind spending money especially for a special occasion. We looked forward to the evening out. I have to say I feel taken advantage of and disappointed and embarrassed by the fact my quest said they saw a big mouse running by the base board. So, I won’t be going back EVER. ☹️

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Foodeater
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arte has been one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants for many years. I am so happy they have survived the pandemic. Last evening's meal with friends was truly celebratory. The food, as always, was wonderful and the service was excellent. We sat in the garden, very quiet, nice atmosphere

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vipPippahoney
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood place! We go often and always enjoy ourselves.

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AnneG
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it’s my go to place
the food is always good and reasonably priced

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vipsandy
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was almost non-existent and the food was over-cooked and brought out while we we still having our salad. We event could find the waitress for our check! I've been there in the past and it was good. 👍 This was terrible except for the outdoor garden space.

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vipChickieB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We go to Arte frequently and when not sitting outdoors, like to sit in the patio, because it's (usually) fairly quiet and lovely. Not so last night!!
There was a party of 14 middle aged men sitting not far from us who made so much noise with their yelling and cheering that a party of 10 people also sitting nearby asked to be moved to indoor seating!! That this loud, in considerate party of 14 wasn't given or asked to sit in a private area was so unacceptable to me and my husband and friends, all of whom are in our 70s and 80s and were hoping to have a lovely, quiet meal together. If they weren't asked to move to a private area, the owner should have at least asked them to keep down the noise and didn't. Our dinner was, unfortunately, less enjoyable because of it. There were more than 14 other people (the rest of the diners in the patio) who were annoyed and inconvenienced by these men's boisterous behavior.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I wish I could give 0 stars. Avoid at all costs. TLDR, horrible service, terrible food, and absolutely tragic management.

To start, the “Garden” was an enclosed brick room with a junky clear plastic roof, crammed with noisy birthday parties and kids running around. We asked to move outside.

Once there, it took 15 minutes for a waiter even to come to us, 15 more minutes to get drinks, and 15 more minutes to get cold (and totally disappointing) appetizers (avoid the arancini and meatballs - both are horrible. But also just never go here).

We didn’t get our entrees until an hour and 30 minutes after we got there and only could get one drink and two horrible appetizers in that time. The entrees were cold, so we refused to accept them.

Server was total absent and multiple tables near us had to go up to the hostess to ask for help.

I asked to speak with the owner who had moved from the front to hiding in the back due to so many tables complaining. When I told him we were having an awful experience, he quibbled with me about the temperature of our entrees.

I get that it’s COVID, everyone is short staffed, etc. but this is truly the WORST NYC dining experience I’ve ever had. EVER. And the very worst part was the owner/manager who was completely unwilling to take responsibility.

For future potential patrons’ sake, I hope this atrocity of New York dining goes the way of the dodo bird and we can have a better option in its place on the UWS.

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LondonClipper
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at Arte. Happy to see this neighborhood institution thriving.

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vipFlushingFirstTimers
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to Arte Cafe. I was pleased to see that I was required to wear a mask and that my vaccination status was checked upon arrival! I started my meal with a margarita and asked that it be made sweet. When it was served, the woman waiting on me asked if it was sweet enough. It was very nice that she asked it was satisfactory. When I told her it was not, she promptly made a new one that was wonderful! I ordered the crab cakes over mushroom hot salad and found it very tasty. For dessert I had the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream. It was warm and wonderful. At each serving, I was asked if the dish was satisfactory. The service was warm and attentive. The restaurant offered indoor seating as well as an attached covering seating area and a detached one on the sidewalk. Lots of options!

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vipwnpverona
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a local neighborhood restaurant, the food was surprisingly good. I had a mixed salad first and a pasta dish. Delicious! Great service. Sat in the covered patio in the back of the restaurant with two friends and we had a great time. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Good drink. Good conversations. Ate outside and a bit removed to an area with a table of six. Waiter was still attentive. Definitely recommend and will return.

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LFTL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service
Request for outdoor seating honored
Table for eight waiting for us

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KenS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Combination of the fried calamari and Caesar salad with a bottle of red wine was a good start. Followed up with pasta and chicken served perfectly. Service was very attentive and professional.
Great Diner

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vipJohnM
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Like everything in the City, restaurant food has gotten really expensive. Otherwise, I love this place

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vipwestsider
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent; my top choice for shared enjoyment of food and experience when it counts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Ambience was nice and service was great… Food, not so much. Mediterranean salad was pretty basic, grilled calamari just OK… I’ve had better. Then for entrée we had branzino and swapped out the veggies for broccoli rabb. The fish had zero taste and the broccoli raab wasn’t cooked enough and was very tough. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh well…

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vipMsMM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Enjoyed the back patio space. Food was good but ordinary.
Didn't seem to have enough help.

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Love2Dine
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was cooked perfectly and delicious. The service was just the right pace. The price value is perfect as everything was pleasant and a good Saturday night experience!

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BackBayBaby
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a disappointment! We were visiting from Boston and wanted to celebrate our 44th anniversary here. We arrived 20 minutes early and someone at the restaurant said, “We open at 12. See you then.” How nice would it have been if they said, “We know it’s hot today. Feel free to have a seat until we open.” We returned, said we reserved online (where I mentioned our anniversary) and were seated. Bellinis were ordered and they were good. I asked the server what type of bread was served with the egg breakfast, he said he’d find out. I said, “ not white, I hope.” He never returned with an answer. Sure enough…one piece of white toast AND it was the heel of the loaf!! I wouldn’t serve that to overnight guests! I mentioned it to him and he just shrugged. No mention was ever made of our anniversary. Even a complimentary scone would have been nice. Time to find a new place for brunch.

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vipUWSfoodlover
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful- attentive and friendly. My “go to” restaurant. And all our entrees were delicious .

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EmilyC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, love the garden in the back, a lovely surprise and nice to have fans moving the air around too. Had to go find the waiter a few times as we were tucked in the back. All things else was lovely!

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vipTerrific
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific evening and wonderful neighborhood spot. Good food, good service, lovely garden.

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JanetS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service. Backyard is lovely relaxing environment. Great martini.

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vipDinner
New York Area
321 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent always. Such a great location near the Beacon Theater. Food, Drinks and Service always excellent. Will return again.

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JULIREBEL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

FOOD IS GOOD, SERVICE NOT SO MUCH

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vipNYEater
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely a go-to restaurant for locals and visitors. The diversified menu offering everything from pizza to beautifully cooked entrees, moderately priced wines by the glass, and attentive service make it a special dining experience. The attractive street-side dining and garden offer many sitting options. Well worth a visit. We are planning a family birthday celebration there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I love coming here
I was surprised the salad on the side of the eggs was wilted and inedible
You can do better

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Alanf
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend Arte Cafe to a friend. Service was good, Food was real good and reasonably priced.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
526 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always enjoy their outdoor garden especially when hardly anyone else is there. My favorite dish is their eggplant parm that I get with some broccoli with garlic. The service is always a bit off but doable.

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vipDanny
New Mexico
30 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good but the service was abysmal-not because they were busy

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SueBNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant inside and also does a very nice job with outdoor dining. Food and staff are terrific. Every single thing we have ever had there has been enjoyed. The social distancing is plesant and safe as well. Very comfortable and enjoyable place.

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vipMelB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Waited one and a half hours for food to come without the waitress coming over even once to apologize or give a status. Spoke to manager who seemed incredulous but still did nothing. We left without food. Too bad because it used to be a nice place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, would definitely return.

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Miche
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A relaxed and delicious meal shared with friends in a lovely garden setting on a Summer’s evening was delightful!

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StacieT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Cocktails and cheese platter were great! Pasta dishes were lacking flavor and our server disappeared.

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Arte Cafe - Upper West Side is rated 4.4 stars by 3284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.