Cellini

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1192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Cellini’s culinary style of chic simplicity produces a menu of astounding freshness and creativity. We began with a masterful rendition of cornmeal polenta wedges with masses of slivered shitake mushrooms and a calamari salad garnished with beans and scallions, each set off with a hot, homemade foccacia, augmented with sliced crusty Tuscan bread. We next chose panzotti-supple half moon pasta filled with fresh, crisp vegetables lightly bathed in a delicate porcini mushroom sauce. A unique tubular pasta stuffed with the freshest fish and spinach under a seasoned fish stock was enough to show us that each dish here has its own personality, and is densely concentrated with flavor.
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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was very good and moderately priced, a rare thing in mid-town Manhattan.

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Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The eggplant parmigiana was fantastic. Although it was an appetizer, they gave me an entree size. All parties enjoyed their meal. Service was great!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came here Friday night and the food was execellent, it has a home cooked feel and the waiters were very attentive. Overall Cellini is worth a shot and also not a bad value for the amount of Pasta they serve

MW
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints -- a great spot for lunch or dinner.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff is wonderful!! Food is delicious and more then fairly priced!!! Had a GREAT time!!!!

g
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Cellini. Always warmly greeted by the Beautiful Dorothy. Angelo provides top notch service Food is always good.

ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service in a quiet comfortable atmosphere with delicious traditional Italian food.

AK
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy my dining experience here.

LS
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

We welcomed by a half-clad waiter, served inedible dished and paid a much too steep bill. Never we’ll repeat that experience.

MR
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great choice for a solid lunch- have been often and always a 1st thought for a business lunch

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent! Reasonable prices. Great food. Good area of NYC.

SL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Not Italian food. Not good food. Waiters made no efforts.

R
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and always great service. Never a disappointment. Linguine with white clam sauce, veal parmigiana and ricotta cheesecake. Perfecto!! Thank you always.

AK
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience!

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Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Our first course of eggplant parmigiana was outstanding, unfortunately that was the highlight of the meal.
We followed with the pasta carbonara which was almost watery and very thin tasting, veal Milanese was dry and the arugula salad on top was very plain and hardly dressed. The veal Marsala had a nice flavor but was really not special.
There was a nice choice of Italian reds to select from and pricing on the wines was a good value.
I wanted to like this restaurant more, it has this old time Italian feel but it just didn’t live up to our expectations.

MV
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We discovered Cellini's during our last visit to NYC and made a beeline there our first night on this trip because the food and ambiance are that good. Since my last visit, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and the restaurant was able to accommodate my request for gluten-free pasta. The meal was delicious and satisfied my need for NYC Italian food.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Sit downstairs it's got upstairs

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always enjoy eating at Cellini's! The service is top notch and the food is always outstanding. This is my new go to place.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

good food. friendly servers and helpful with suggestions. Cozy atmosphere

KA
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We can't recommend Cellini's enough! Such a hidden gem and the best authentic Italian food in the city! We will definitely be back soon!

S
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Three different waiters waiting on party of 6. Orders confused and food very mediocre. And pricey.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was excellent

ER
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

He ido muchas veces. Era un muy buen sitio de comida italiana.
Esta vez me decepcionó todo, la comida, la atención y los precios.
Definitivamente no volvería. Bajo mucho la calidad

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A neighborhood feel in a Midtown Manhattan location. Great service. Reasonable prices for Manhatten.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was fantastic! The service was a bit slow but it was an off night but the food more than made up for it! I would definitely return and we are picky eaters.

PS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was amazing - everything was perfect

JG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Tiny portions for what you pay

LE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great time. They prepare a cake with candle and sing a birthday song.
My friend was so happy. Thank you.

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Absolutely excellent place for lunch. Great food, ambiance, they know what they are doing for the lunch crowd

t
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food very good, great location in midtown. Excellent service. Unfortunately despite a number of open tables, a group was sat next to us that insisted on playing loud videos on their cell phones and talking loudly. Their actions not under the restaurant's control but seating us so close together when unnecessary was. Will be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

My evening started fine with an excellent martini from the friendly bartender. Then things went south. We chose to eat upstairs because of the noise level on the first floor. The air was stuffy and the surrounding decor noticeably sparse. Not being approached by a waiter, we had to ask who our waiter was. Our waiter approached but didn't introduce himself, so we had to inquire his name. We ordered wine by the glass with our dinner, but had to request refills as we had to do for our tap water. After finishing my lasagna and salad which were not particularly memorable, the waiter brought the check without asking if we wanted dessert and/or coffee. Bottom line, the food here is okay, nothing special, and the service is completely lacking. There are just too many other way wonderful Italian restaurants in Manhattan to enjoy for us to repeat this mistake again.

V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here to celebrate a Happy Birthday and they surprised us with a Tiramisu for the birthday celebrant. Food, dessert and wine were very good. 2 of us wanted to split 2 entrees and they accommodated. They split the 2 entrees on our dishes which was very convenient. We didn’t have to split them ourselves. They do not rush you out of the restaurant either.

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for business lunches - it can be a 20 minute fast delicious meal or a slow 2 hour delicious meal. I’ve been coming here for business lunches and dinners for 15+ years and it’s consistently great. The grilled calamari is the best I’ve had outside Italy.

MO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food consistently good, varied menu. Great spot for easy and comfortable dining.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love this restaurant. The menu is varied and delicious. The staff is efficient and helpful. A great midtown place for a meal.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is outstanding. Servers are attentive & I have never had a bad experience there.

LD
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good environment ... courteous crew... . good price per value .

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great meals and service. Never disappointed. Good value and fast.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service at this white table cloth midtown experience. Try the specials, and while they have a bar, the wine list has some moderately priced gems to choose from. Lemon Tart is a sweet version, but Creme Brulee, and classic Italian Cheesecake are top notch.

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