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Island

4.5
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301 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 301 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great casual neighborhood place. Great food and very good prices. Everyone loves it!

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vipEmilieM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a positive and happy space to meet and be together

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vipwelly
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Island is an amazing restaurant. The crab cake is one of the best I have had. Quaint and quiet! Would definitely go back

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vipUESDiner1
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great time for a lunch with good friends.
Good Food and Service.

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vipMims
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Waitress was friendly and charming and held the 6-person order perfectly in her head without writing it down. We celebrated a birthday, and the staff helped us.

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vipDiningDiva
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Attentive wait staff; reliably very good food; variety. Appealing ambience. Our “go to” place in the neighborhood.

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Thundercrack
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific neighborhood restaurant with consistent excellent food.

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vipAnnS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice menu and wine list. Good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always nice!

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Dining
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You’re in the cabin of a boat in New England! Attractive, neighborli and charming.

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MarcS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Where else would I go??? Cozy neighborhood place with great food and super friendly discrete staff.

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vipgoodmanners
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant...

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Freddi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They always honor reservations & service & food consistent !

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vipMerry
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Island is a reliable restaurant with good food in a nice, if sonewhat small space. The service is good.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
394 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Really really good salads.

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AnnE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I love New England food and I thought it was fun that the restaurant was shipped like the inside of a yacht. Decor nice and even the restrooms were downstairs just like the head on a boat. Tables small and tight. We made a reservation for Sunday brunch. Didn’t need one, the place was empty and hostess showed up from outside like the place just opened and she was late with her coat and hat still on. Food mediocre. I ordered just an omelette without home fries and without bread. Took along time for just eggs and mine showed up with a green lettuce salad on side with dressing! The dressing was on the omelette and I didn’t order a salad so gross. I wouldn’t go back.

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vipDeeDee1112
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Love the seared tuna and the cocktails here are excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very nice dinner - tables are pretty close

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JohnnyGg
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!

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Parrothead
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always reliable. Hard to beat. Neighborhood gem. Been going for 15 years. Love the place....

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vipAvidDinerNYC
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent sesame crusted tuna! Do order medium rare. And the house Cabernet is perfect. Always consistently good food and service here.

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SusanA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Island is my neighborhood go-to for good food, reasonable prices and friendly ambience. I go there about once a week. Never disappointed.

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vipMerry
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The ambience and the service were very good. The food was good but there was not a lot of variety in the main courses. It was somewhat noisy but not terrible. I would recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

This place used to be great. The food was just awful all the way around the table this time. No one enjoyed their meal.

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Impeccable
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely “grown up” atmosphere, especially near the fireplace. Very good food. I had the bass special. Which was hearty and cooked well. No Michelin experience, but excellent upper east side, up scale, fare at reasonable able prices.

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vipruthblue
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

My problem with Island is consistent: through the years the food is only average, nothing “tastes” as well as it reads. The food is sort of in a time warp: early 1960s, with a few concessions to modern cuisine. My grilled cheese sandwich was skimpy on the cheese, bacon was dull, bread looked wonderful but had no “bite.” French fries limp, undercooked. And why?

Does it matter? Yes and no. No, because Island is a mainstay of the UES; yes, because there were even empty tables over the weekend, which would not be the case were the food better. (Island’s neighbor, Sarabeth’s, was fully booked.) So in all, it’s pricey for not much quality. Even the people who bus the tables are distracted and hurried.

I’d love to see Island raise their game, and I can only assume the owners are content to coast along...

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vipjersey111
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed the food Interesting menu Tables too close together Could not have a private conversation

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jkjn74
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was much improved!
Ambience warm and Christmas -y.

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vipArthurGI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Timothy, the maitre d' is exceptional. She should be a politician. Adrianna is attentive and always has an eye to be sure you're comfortable and satisfied. Flavio is a new addition and also exceptional. You'll enjoy!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the staff warmly welcomes one and all! The food as always is delicious! I prefer dining in the bar area and I always meet delightful folks with interesting stories to tell!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu selection, service and ambiance. We ordered the crab cake and kale salad. Both were delicious!

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RannaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grabbed my family (6 of us) to sneak a nice brunch before the Christmas Rush and we couldn’t have had more fun at Island. Always know the service/food and ambiance is exactly - exactly what want. A great neighborhood brunch/lunch/dinner stop.

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LobsterLover
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent food and a relaxed ambience

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0007
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As always, Island provided consistently delicious food in a neighborhood restaurant that I have visited many times

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vipPhyllisR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very accommodating as I told them we were bringing a baby in a stroller. Food is always very good.

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viplesliehny67
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

This was our second dining experience at Island. Our waitress kind of ruined the evening with her attitude toward us. After we placed our order of appetizers and entrees with her, I had forgotten the Brussels sprouts side. So as she was leaving our table, I said oh can we add the side of Brussels sprouts too!! As I have been there before and they are delicious! They are on the menu as a side along with all the other vegetable sides which normally come with the entree. BUT our waitress, who was polish thought that because I said it last and after we had ordered our entire dinner, she thought for some bizarre reason that meant we wanted the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer! Hahah ans then she actually was arguing with us about it. Wow!! Yes mam I would love my creamed spinach and string beans as an appetizer as well hahah what a jerk! Set a bad tone for the ref of the night. Didn’t even ask if I wanted another glass of wine. Just took my glas away. She was so rude. The chicken meatballs we horrid and the plum tomato sauce had no taste. The tune poke was very tasteless. I’m done with Island

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Mary
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Utterly delightful, lively neighborhood restaurant. Food, service and vibe are out of the ordinary. It’s a bit of a splurge but always worth it!

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vipTsaritsa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Have been coming here for years and it is our favorite nabe restaurant however...they stopped having the Caesar salad and the mussels for Lunch???? only for dinner? That is a mistake. I would specifically come by myself for lunch just to have the caesar and the mussels. PLS PLS GET THEM BACK ON THE LUNCH MENU!

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viplesliehny67
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner. Not too noisy but it was busy. Such a pretty restaurant. The food was spectacular!

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vipmegH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Waiters and restaurant very unaccommodating

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Island does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Island is rated 4.5 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

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