45 Tudor City Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.749486 -73.970044
Mon-Thu, noon-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, closed
Nice Italian Restaurant for a couple – I came over this place for a business lunch more than three years ago when it was L’Impero and the current Chef, Michael White was not there. I think Convivio was reborn to become a much nicer Italian Restaurant with Southern Italian flavor to provide better foods and services to customers. The atomosphere was very much improved.
With one bite of Antipasto, I realized the Chef must have learnt his cooking in Italy or must be an Italian Chef because ingredients were a full of Italian stuff and the way of cooking was an original Italian. Since I do not want to spend a lot to a bottle of red wine, I hope they will collect more at price less than $150.
More aracini please! – After living in New York for pretty much 10 years, I was embarrassed that I could not find this restaurant! What a gem. It's dark, welcoming and elegant, though it was very hot in there. You have to pump the air with that many candles lit. It took a long time for our waiter to help us, but once he did, service was great. We started out with the arancini appetizer, which is basically risotto croquettes. My god, unreal! My oriechette was good, but the portion size was very small. The gelati trio at the end was divine. I only wished it hadn't melted so fast because it was hot in there!
Overall, it's a great date spot and there is much attention paid to the food, wine, presentation, etc. Well done. With a few tweaks it could be amazing.
Hidden gem in Tudor City – My husband and I went here for a pre-Christmas dinner, and it was absolutely lovely. First, the room decor is really inviting. It's upscale, but it's not dark, maghony everywhere, like you're sitting a boardroom. It's very spacious inside with great colorful/ modern decor. Second, and most important, is the food. We had a 4-course menu and everything was fantastic. What I liked is that they're menu was very a-typical Italian, almost like Italian fusion. It was all very unique and delicious. Our server was very knowledgable about the food and was able to make great recommendations. We really enjoyed thsi place and will definitely be going back
Great Southern Italian Restaurant! – I took my boyfriend here for his birthday because he loves italian food. We had an amazing experience here. The decor and ambiance was perfect for a romantic night out. The wine list was extensive and yet had some surprisingly tasty, yet affordable kinds. The prix fixe option was a really great deal, but probably too much food for two people to get. I would recommend the fusilli primi dish, this was an excellent dish! For my secondi, I had the prime skirt steak which was tender and thinly sliced and perfectly cooked medium rare. The pastry chef was equally as great as the main chef too! Make sure to save room for dessert =) Our entire meal came to an affordable $150, even though we left with extremely full stomachs! I highly recommend Convivio!
Fabulous and to die for! – This place is spectacular. I found the service was superb. Our waiter really knew the menu and tailored the food to fit our vegetarian lifestyle. And the food? AMAZING! Check out more of our review at www.urbanherbivores.
Nice Restaurant, Good Food, Terrible Hostess and Coat Check – Everything at Convivio was very well done, the Food, Ambiance, etc. It all was ruined upon checking out of this Restaurant when it took them 25 minutes to locate my Coat. To make matters worse the attitude from the Hostess was horrendous. I was made to feel as though I was putting her out when all I wanted was my Jacket. It was an absolute fiasco. I won't bore anyone here with details but it absolutely ruined the whole evening. I missed my Train home to LI, had to take a different Train line and then a Cab to get Home. All because this young lady was hell bent on being "Right". I would NOT go back becasue of this.
An Italiante design and dishes from southern Italy are the winning combo for this Tudor City restaurant. – In Short
When Michael White, formerly of Fiamma, inherited L'Impero in 2007 he inherited an aging clientele and somewhat fuddy-duddyish space. In summer of 2008, in an effort to truly make the place his own, he gutted and reworked both the menu and the room. The latter is now marked by a lighter, more Italiante design featuring shiny white walls and crimson banquettes; the former, by a $59 pre-fixe menu featuring a vast array of the chef's characteristically bold but balanced southern Italian dishes. The result was both a critical and commercial hit, resulting in a perennially difficult reservation.
Excellent except the scaffolding! – I live in Tudor City so I thought I'd check out the "new L'Impero". Sat outside last week with a friend and had a variety of appetizers and the special of the day - the polpette. Everything we tried was excellent especially the arancini (riceballs). We had a great wine too I think called Grecco. Our waiter was very helpful and made us feel right at home which is exactly what I wanted out of my neighborhood restaurant. Although I have to say it would be 10 times nicer dining outside if they'd take the scaffolding down already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Convivio on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.