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“Fine Regional Cuisine”
Review of Felidia

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Ranked #354 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Transit: The 4, 5 or 6 to 59th Street or the N,R or W to Lexington Avenue
Description: Felidia is located in a converted Brownstone on 58th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Opened in 1981 by Lidia Bastianich, Felidia offers a warm atmosphere where you can still find Lidia greeting guests and fans. Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra has been with Felidia since 1996 and has brought an innovative touch to traditional ingredients and dishes from all the regions of Italy. Some of the restaurant's signature dishes include pear and fresh pecorino ravioli, veal shank ossobucco and limoncello tiramisu. Felidia also offers a delicious three course price-fixed lunch, Monday - Friday for $29.50 per person, making the restaurant great for business lunches or just a nice afternoon treat. For parties of 8 or more, Felidia offers our group dining menu rather than the a la carte menu. The group dining menu is a four course menu and includes our most popular dishes and seasonal favorites for $90.00 per person.
Reviewed May 25, 2014

The feel here is of a beloved neighborhood restaurant, the neighborhood being East 58th Street so the crowd looks to be very much elderly attorneys and cardiologists with their elegantly draped wives with their expensive hats worn through dinner. The staff hovers over people who are clearly regular customers, but everyone else is also treated very well and not ignored. But don't let the stodginess detract from the excellent cuisine here, carefully prepared and courteously presented. Every thing we had was very good and a few things were exceptional (particularly the pear and pecorino ravioli). And I didn't so much mind the stodgy feel as this is not a place to bring small children, so the experience is relaxed and generally quiet. A huge wine list is heavily weighted with very expensive bottles but there are also more than enough selections starting in the 40s. I enjoyed this place very much, though I'm not entirely sure it's quite up to the very steep prices. But rent isn't cheap on East 58th.

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Reviewed May 21, 2014

I was recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed. It serves traditional Italian cuisine, and the pastas we had were of a good standard. The crepe dessert is outstanding. What stood out was the efficient, attentive and unobtrusive service.
Interiors are dim, old world and romantic. Notwithstanding the high prices, this restaurant is recommended for the special occasion.

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Thank sodesa
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

This place is a safe, non-trendy place for older Upper East Siders to get decent Italian. While we were (sometimes much) younger than most of the diners, we did appreciate the civilized noise level and spaciousness of the upstairs dining room.

Our party of three ordered the thinly sliced sea bass, pear and pecorino ravioli, grilled octopus and string bean and ramp salad with ricotta for appetizers and the branzino, Wagyu flank steak and spinach orecchiette for main dishes. The meal started off with a big complimentary basket of breads and a kind of hummus spread.

The ravioli was deliciously rich and the grilled octopus was meaty and tender. Both were amazing. I thought the string bean and ramp salad was good but nothing to get worked up about, and the sliced sea bass was forgettable. For mains, my steak with truffle shavings was absolutely perfect—too perfect for the perfunctory whole baby potatoes upon which it rested. The shredded broccoli rabe could also have been livened up with a little more seasoning. The whole branzino was good, not great, but I was unimpressed with the orecchiette. It was nicely chewy, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. We enjoyed the mini cannoli and the complimentary plate of mini cookies was a nice touch.

The service was great—very professional and friendly but not at all overbearing. The prices make it more of a birthday-anniversary kind of restaurant, although I can’t honestly say the food matches the level of a special occasion. And for those prices, why was the sign in the bathroom reminding employees to wash their hands affixed with a suction clip to the mirror? The overall decor is outdated and a little worn in parts. There are definitely better, cheaper places out there.

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Thank TravelerNYC2013
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was a great meal and the restaurant is one of my new favorites. The decor is very traditional with excellent service and food. The menu doesn't have your traditional Italian dishes like spaghetti or lasagna. Maybe it could be called country Italian? Whatever it is, it is delicious. For my appetizer I had Cacio e pere. Pear and porcino stuffed ravioli which was delicious. The entree was Veal Tenderloins with asparagus which was some of the best I had ever had. The suggested wine was great and not the most expensive. For desert had a type of pudding with rhubarb which was paired with a dessert wine. Everything was great. It was not cheap but the dinner with wine and dessert was about $100 per person. Not an everyday restaurant but for a special occasion absolutely worth it.

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Thank CuriousMiTraveler
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

We enjoy dining at fine restaurants and do not mind paying for delicious food. However, after experiencing a good (not great) dinner at Felidia, we were shocked to see that they charged us $50 extra for "summer truffles." The extra surcharge for truffle shavings that were lightly sprinkled over our meal was not explained to us until we questioned the extra charge on the bill. Sneaky. It would have been appropriate for the restaurant to clearly explain the additional cost rather than to seemingly offer the shavings as a part of the meal that was included the cost. The service was great although the waitress spoke only to my husband. The decor was outdated. We will not return.

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Thank QueenofHearts1234
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