65 E 54th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.760050 -73.972829
Monday To Sunday From 12:00 PM To 03:00 PM Monday To Sunday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Excellent Food - one caveat – Cellini was recommended to us by our hotel. We were looking for high quality Italian food for a very discerning group - Cellini gave us exactly what we were looking for. We liked the ambience of the restaurant and the service was great. Most importantly the food was excellent.
Howerver, there were two things that soured our experience at Cellini. When we first arrived our waiter asked if we wanted antipasto "for the table" (this was before we even saw a menu). We were expecting a big plate of antipasto for everyone to share at the table. Instead, we received individual plates with white beans, a baked clam, mozzarella cheese, roasted red pepper, a baked shrimp and an asparagus. It all tasted great, but it wasn't until we received the bill that we noticed that it was $19 PER PERSON! We were shocked and almost felt like we had been tricked by the waitstaff.
The second issue was that the meatballs were made with veal and pork. Again, they tasted great, but the menu never mentioned that they were made with those two meats. Not a big deal but it would have been nice if they pointed it out on the menu - especially for those who don't eat veal or pork.
We all said that we'd go back for the great food, but once we had the issue with the antipasto we definitely had second thoughts. I would still recommend this restaurant for the food though.
Great Customer Servicce – My fiance and I brought my Aunt and 2 cousins who live in the mid-west to this cozy Italian restaurant after they told me they wanted good NY Italian food. I saw this restaurant by walking by and thought I would take a chance. They exceeded all of my expectations and more! The service was excellent as soon as we walked in the door and didn't stop until we walked out the door! The food was plentiful and delicious! I had the vegetable risotto and it was the best risotto I have ever tasted! The wine list was also extraordinary and we never had an empty glass. The waiters were constantly there when we needed a refill!
Better than expected – Dinner was fabulous. Our two college sons wanted Itallian, so this was a random choice. Experience perfect from start to finish. Conrad was great, recomendations perfect, atmoshere cozy. Would recommend to friends.
As much as Italian, as good as Italian – Service:
Helpful, averagely cognitive, and food was delivered to right people. Might have to request twice for some odd things like soda. End service was slightly rushy, which makes perfect business sence to me.
Check chef?s recommendations [a separate leaf in the menu], I requested soup and it was great. Delightful ambiance, fresh and delicious food with good amount of cheese.
Good – My husband loves this place. I have been here twice and have been happy with my meal both times. Another couple we ate with once did not like their entree. The service was very friendly both times.
Solid – It may not win awards for the friendliness of the service, but the food is excellent and the ambiance is pleasant. Also, even though the service may not be the world's most "friendly" it is gracious and... they don't rush you. If you are a live or work in the area and want a solid Italian restaurant with well-prepared tasty food and a great, reasonably priced wine list, you can't do better than this.
Not worth your time – I had a private dinner meeting here and it was the worst place I've ever been. The staff was not friendly at all. They were rude to my guests and me. Everything I asked them to do was questioned or ignored. For instance, I told my head waiter that my client has requested that no cocktails were to be served but beer and wine were complimentary. He refused to do this stating that if someone requested a cocktail he had to serve them! They moved my AV equipment without even asking me. When I told them I wanted the salads brought out early they said no. Also, they walked in and out of my meeting to bring food and drinks to another party. Suffice it to say that you should never ever have a dinner meeting here. This place was horrible, the staff was horrible and the food was horrible.
Worth the trip – They flat out run a quality restaurant, the owner is always looking to please everyone that walks into the door. The food and service is excellent, these people really get how to run a restuarant....I had a plate of pasta there last week, and the owner actually brought more out for me free of charge because i ate it so quickly......Stop by its worth your while
Waiter on break – If you want good service, this is definitely not the place to go. I had to ask them to give us menus and our waiter just kept disappearing. Entree was a long wait, getting the menu for the dessert was a long wait, getting the check was a long wait. Waiter didn't even give us back our change when we paid the bill, we had to ask where the rest of our money was; never been to a restaurant where they keep the rest of the change unless you tell them to. Bad service = not so good food
Lowsy Service, Marginal Food – Had lunch with some colleagues from work. The food was marginal at best, but the service was terrible - slow, unresponsive wait staff. To top off the lunch, the coat check woman lost my umbrella, then tried to tell me that I never brought one in with me. Then another man appeared and asked to claim his coat and she had lost his too! She then told him to take someone else's umbrella (which he did because he said it was nicer than the one he had brought!). When I told the manager about it, he told me that she had worked there for over 20 years and he had never seen me before and that she would never do such a thing. I reminded him that I just saw her do it and he basically called me a liar. Neither the coat check woman nor the manager ever apologized.
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