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Island

4.5
344 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Island. We have proudly been the neighborhood favorite in Carnegie Hill since we opened our doors in 1986. We take pride to offer the freshest seafood (think Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Lobster Roll, Maple Glazed Salmon or Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl to name a few), a great variety of fresh salads, a burger that people die for and much more. We have a bar where you can dine or simply enjoy a cocktail or a glass of of wine (our entire wine list is served by the glass). Our warm and thoughtful service is hard to find in New York and is what continues to keep our customers coming back. We hope that you'll come give Island a try and become one of our new regulars!

Please note that we cannot take reservations for specific tables though we will do our best to accommodate a request.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 344 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipStephasaurus
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor setting and very good food, thank you! Will come again soon.

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Zaraya
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We went to the Island to celebrate my birthday. I ordered the snapper entree, my date ordered the lobster roll. Food wasn’t incredibly flavorful but was plated pretty. The cherry old fashion was delicious. Staff was attentive. Ambiance was romantic. I would return for the drinks and ambience.

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KimberlyG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice menu choices. Food was very good. Service a little slow, but believe that was because they were busy and only had two servers working. Would definitely go again.

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viplizp
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I have been to Island many times and I am sure it is because of Covid but the food was mediocre at best. My curry chicken salad sandwich could not have been more bland and it had more apple then chicken. Meh!

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NinaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, gracious service, and a pleasant ambience. The maple-glazed salmon with brussels sprouts is terrific. And it would be very hard to say no to that brownie with vanilla gelato!

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vipAgataP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Staff did everything to make outdoor dining experience as comfortable as possible

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vipJZ123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Ambiance was nice enough, and servers were nice, albeit slow. Food itself was horrendous and way over priced for what was served. We will not be going back.

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liligabor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This is a neighborhood bright spot. Great ambiance inside and out.

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EmilyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food with pleasant outdoor atmosphere. Delicious food. Great service.

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vipArthurGI
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Chef, Abad always prepares to your specifications, plus his exquisite handling! I miss Adrianna, for special waitstaff understanding...She'll be back soon.

They're all great and I'm pleased to join them again, after a bit of a Pandemic sabbatical.

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vipArthurGI
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jake was a most efficient and attentive waitstaff. Was nice to see the GREAT Kitchen staff again. Thank you!!! Arthur GI

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vipRKB17
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

I was disappointed, during the past few months I've dined Island and have had very good meals. Brunch this time was unfortunately not good. Burger was overdone, bun hard, fries were ok. Service was exceptionally slow.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They are doing such an amazing job with the pandemic. Lovely outdoor eating setting with comfortable chairs and heat lamps - feels Parisian. Service is very good. And food is amazing as usual. So grateful to have this lovely spot in our neighborhood

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AndKar
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful brunch, great staff! Perfect way to spent a lovely afternoon!

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vipIvyNYC
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date night! The meal was delicious. The service was excellent. The outdoor seating arrangement was best it can be. We felt very respected and safe with COVID-19 protocols and other diners were very considerate of the staff with mask wearing as well. This was a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.

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vipcarolineF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It is wonderful to be back at this neighborhood classic! The attentive and friendly staff made dining outside as friendly as it used to be inside. Special attention was given to my elderly mother, and we were accommodated at a table that was suitable for her. The food was as delicious as ever! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice cozy restaurant, ate indoors for brunch/lunch. Food was well prepared and tasty, the staff was friendly and accommodating. Nice nautical themed decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service. A lovely young blond woman who could not have been nicer

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vipIRG510
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food is very good - my salmon entree was very moist and flavorful. The outdoor sidewalk ambience is very nice and the service is good but a bit slow.

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vippeterk
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Eating outdoors the service was uneven (sometimes there was a long wait to get a waiter's attention). The food selection is very good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal.

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vipIRG510
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I love Island and go there often as I live a couple of blocks away. The waitstaff is always so friendly and attentive and the food is very good. However, the service is sometimes a bit slow which doesn’t really bother me in general. The prices are a bit high but the food is great and good quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at Island for Sunday brunch with friends. The sidewalk dining was nice. It was quiet and the block is gorgeous. Food and service were wonderful. Will definitely be back.

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BarbaraA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Islands is always dependable. Good food and good service. Nice cheery atmosphere.

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lensdec
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service always great at this locals fave.

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MercedesT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the food.

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vipNate13
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Service was horrible. Never had a proper waiter. Hostess was confused. Food took forever. We’ve been eating here for years and many tables around us were frustrated

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vipArty
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

excellent food in a pleasant outdoor setting, with very nice service

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vipVisitor
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great neighborhood place.
Lovely servers.
Variety of food to suit any palate.
Good price point.

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JeromeK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very pleased. Tables well-spaced. Food excellent. Attentive service.

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GothamGal
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious flavors, special outdoor ambience. Feels like you’re in Europe.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were warm and friendly. Very attentive. The cobb salad was delicious and the shrimp cocktail was excellent

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vipSupt
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Granted, it was all outdoors, so I know that's a logistical challenge. The food was good, but the service and food arrival were very slow. Definitely need more waitstaff and dedicate waiters to specific tables.

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vipDorita
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

The food was below average. We ordered the hummus as appetizer it was bland . My husband ordered the lobster quesadillas and for the price we were expecting something more tasty . I ordered the red snapper that came with guacamole on top and a side of vegetables, I was expecting better food based on the good reviews. For the price the food was below average. The service was good though, but because of the food and the prices I give this place 2 stars.

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vipAvocadoadvocate
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still love island after so many years. They manage beautifully despite construction next door—so pleasant!

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NatalieB
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Servers were friendly and attentive. Beautiful atmosphere, safe social distancing, amazingn food.

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EdwinH
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Only drawback compared to Island’s usual good quality and ambience is the passing bus noise because of the temporary tables on the sidewalk. When indoor dining returns, all will be good again.

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Darkmjolnir
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For 2 people paid 220ish plus tips for almost 10 drinks, shared app, two main courses, and shared desert. I don'r go to the city much so i splurged and i feel like it was a good deal and food was excellent. We accidentally spilled a glass of wine and they replaced for free. Its the time of COVID so it was outdoor dining and for the city very quiet with so much less traffic. Plenty of room to spread out and we had a nice time.

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lesie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

The appetizers were dreadful. Soggy warm Caesar salad, gazpacho like tomato juice with a few chunks of fruit and vegetables. The island margarita was second rate, stick with a regular margarita. Main dishes and dessert were okay. Service passable, not great. Maybe it was an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed the new outdoor dining situation, though sitting right on Madison Ave is a bit noisy from the buses.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Island using the Order Online button. Island also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.5 stars by 344 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.