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“Good Food, Alright Atmosphere”
Review of Cellini

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Ranked #731 of 13,754 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Madison and Park Ave.
Description: 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.
Texas
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good Food, Alright Atmosphere”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our first night in NYC, we wanted some good Italian food and the concierge recommended Cellini, as it was close to the hotel and within walking distance.
As most NYC restaurants, it was small and cramped. Tables have to be moved in/out to be seated. As another reviewer stated, the service was brisk. Almost a little too brisk. But I guess I'd rather that than having a waiter that disappears for periods of time..
My husband ordered traditional spaghetti&meatballs and loved it. I ordered pasta carbonara and it was very good as well.
The one complaint I have involves other people dining, sitting at a table behind us. It was a group of 3 men who were obviously drunk, being quite loud and rude to other patrons. When the woman at the front asked us how everything was when we were leaving, we told her good except for the table of obnoxious men behind us. She told us,"Well, we can't help that", when we told her they need to stop being served drinks, that they'd clearly reached their limit. I don't think it's a great idea to keep it flowing to a table of idiots at the expense of everyone else around them- Not good customer service.

  • Visited February 2013
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“RELIABLE ITALIAN”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Good Italian food in a traditional setting. Service can be a bit brisk, but the place is always buzzing and food is consistent.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Richard G
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Gnocchi!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner here early on a Sunday evening, no problem getting a table, ate with our kids and were treated very well. I had the Gnocchi, which was flat out incredible. Wife and daughter had a penne bolognese which was equally good and other daughter devoured the Tilapia. Dessert was also killer! $200 for four of us, including drinks for the grown ups, not a bad deal at all!

I'd discount the reviews complaining about getting a table, it's a good restaurant in Manhattan, you should expect that.

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1 Thank BillMDenver
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Columbus, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, awkward service”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Cellini was recommended by our hotel. The food was good, but the service was a little spotty. We both had appetizer portions of pasta - the spaghetti and meatballs was good, and the mushroom risotto was nice. I had a chicken special that was tasty, and my husband really liked the veal parmigiano. The waiter disappeared when it was time for the check, and one of the wait staff seemed to be constantly fussed at by the waiter and hostess.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank travelfam4
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Fine Italian option”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

This place is crowded, reservation is essential. Service is fast, there are many options in the menu, wine list is mainly italian. The food was very good, a real italian mean.

Visited January 2013
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