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“Business lunch among powerful people!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Fresco by Scotto

Fresco by Scotto
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Ranked #1,103 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $68
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Park & Madison
Transit: 5th ave station on E and M line. 51st street station 6 line. 47-50 station B,D,F.
Description: Fresco By Scotto, a true family business in NYC, has been serving fresh, authentic Italian dishes in our upscale, modern dining space since 1993, and we’ve loved every second of it. We’re proud to be a destination spot for locals and many high-profile guests, too -- any and all are welcome here with us. This restaurant really is a labor of love, and nothing makes us happier than sharing our passion with all of you. No matter the occasion, we’re sure to make it special and treat you to an evening of bites and sips you won’t soon forget.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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41 reviews
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“Business lunch among powerful people!”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

For some reason some places attract power and this place does. There is obviously a celebrity owner, that helps. Food though is very good and service attentive. It is a great place to bring clients to entertain over lunch. You feel like you are in an in place. A bit pricey for what you eat.

  • Visited April 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great server”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Its always easy to hype any establishment - for me it's about the atmosphere, the service and the food, and it matters greatly if they combine. We had a great welcome, but in part we arrived on the nose for our lunch reservation. Our server was first class and made for conversation, and properly represented the food offer and was knowledgable. Finally, the food, we savoured every mouthful, and in combination with two cheeky beers, had an excellent lunch. The place will be too intimidating for some with the power lunches, but sit back, engage with service team and I reckon you will get a much better experience for it. Many of the diners where meeting over lunch and this of course creates its own dynamic. For us the meeting we had was superb, we laughed with the server, ate some delicious food, and we're very well looked after. For the food 8/10 and for service 9/10. Will I be back - I very much hope so. Thank you for a wonderful lunch.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good food and service but thought I'd be more impressed.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We were a party of 6 out for a birthday. The sommellier helped us pick a good wine and didn't go straight to the triple digits! We had the chicken meatballs, Fresco bread and mini calzones for appetizers; all of which were excellent. For entrees: Two of us had the lamb chops with polenta fries and were thrilled with our choice! I ordered the spaghettini with vongole clams and was disappointed -- the clams were a tad chewy and the dish lacked overall flavor. I honestly can't remember what the other people ordered but there were no complaints (or raves). The birthday girl had tiramasu but didn't share because it was so delicious! The Bornboloni (donuts) and the cookies & cream dip were excellent too. I know it sounds like I should be giving this place more stars but overall I wanted to be wowed and wasn't.

I personally felt that the room was a bit bright for my taste. The bright lights make it less intimate. Note: The bathroom is upstairs. Our waiter was very attentive. Reservations are necessary especially for large parties. You may make them a month in advance. They are not on opentable.com

Because I live in NY, I have access to tons of excellent restaurants and hardly ever feel the need to return to one. Been there, done that.

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Tasty midtown venue more for political chowing”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We came here for a business luncheon. Thank goodness we made reservations because the place was crowded with many other business clientele. They seated us pretty quickly and proceed to ask for our drink orders. Great, since we were on a tight schedule.
With our drinks we also ordered some grilled flatbread which came with a garlic white cannelloni bean dip and also an order of fried calamari. The calamari was tender and crisp with just the right amount of salt and the peppers added a slight kick.
Waitress provided detailed description of their daily specials.
One was a branzino served with pickled beets, bok choy, asparagus and puréed sweet peas. There was also a gluten free pasta option on their standard menu - served with swiss chard, fried eggplant, grilled artichoke hearts and grilled cherry tomatoes in a light garlic tomato sauce.
The others ordered a pesto garlic gnocchi, lobster ravioli in truffle cream sauce (daily special), and shrimp fetticuine fra diavolo (spicy tomato) sauce.
Our drinks we never empty, our waitress excellent and attentive. Too full to order desserts we had to forgo the tiramisu, coffee, etc.
Thank goodness it was a business expense because the bill was expensive.
Specials ranged from $35-40. Average dishes run from $20-30.

  • Visited April 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

We had a selection of starters which were all good. Risotto for main which was lovely, just too much. The service was friendly and the restaurant had a lovely warm atmosphere

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