243 E 58TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.760338 -73.965435
Mon-Thu, 12pm-2:30pm and 4:30pm-11pm; Fri, 12pm-2:30pm and 4:30pm-11:30pm; Sat, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, 4pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown East, Midtown East (Turtle Bay)
Lidia Bastianich is best known as a celebrity chef, whose TV show helped teach America to cook Italian food. Felidia is her flagship restaurant and what's little known and less appreciated is just how regional the cooking is here. The Bastianiches originate in Italian Istria, the northeastern most part of Italy, an area that owes as much to Croatia and Austria as to Italy per se. You won't find dishes dominated by spicy peppers or tomato sauce here; this is a more refined, singular cuisine and that's what I value about it the most.
Inaccurate information on website – I visited Felidia last night for the first time. While the food was okay, it was not spectacular. The menu was overpriced and the service pushy. My biggest complaint is that their website advertises menu items that ARE NOT available in the restaurant! For those prices, a mistake like that is inexcusable. They need to update their website. Overall, it was a poor experience and I won't return.
Treat Women Badly – I had a reservation for about a month at Felidia, I was taking my editor to celebrate my new book deal. When we arrived, even though the restaurant had 5 empty tables, We were told we could sit by the kitchen door or next to the chafing dish where they deboned the fish. When I asked the maitre d about the other tables, the very curt reply was that they were all reserved. We finally sat next the work station. The waiter was unfriendly and the table was extremely uncomfortable for three people. Even though this restaurant is owned by a women, all the women who entered without a male companion were given lousy tables and the couples or men alone were given the nice spots. The food was quite good but not worth the attitude of everyone who served us. I have been to many restaurants in NY and quite like trying different chefs, but I have never been treated as badly. I will not go back.
Best Italian in NYC – People who pan Felidia's food don't understand good cooking. Only the freshest seasonal ingredients are employed in simple, elegant preparations that reveal their full flavor. The homemade pasta is finished tableside, which only adds to the freshness. I also shared a Japanese organic salmon for two, and we both agreed it was as good as any fish we'd ever had anywhere in the US, Asia or Europe. Highly recommended.
Totally Amazing! – I went to the dinner at Felidia last night and had the most AMAZING dinner. They had local farmers in from upstate NY who brought local produce and meats. It was the freshest food I had ever tasted. Everything was just really perfect. I spent a lot of time talking to the wine director who gave me some really great tips on picking wines that will pair with food. I thought for sure that he would try to sell me the most expensive bottle but he didn't he recommended the most delicious wine I believe it was from their owners label and it was under $40. Perfect first experience at Felidia I will definitely be back.
What a mess! Eat anywhere else!!! – The worst!
The servers stood around, talking and looking at themselves in the mirror. The salad was a disgrace, a bag of frisee with other vegetables to be seen. I would have settled for an olive in there. The pasta had to be sent back, it had a funny, sour taste, not the diablo sauce I ordered. All in all, a nightmare and not a cheap one. I will never go back and would warn anyone else to stay away.
Disappointing. We were a group of 8, mostly Italians, good cooks. Love Lidia's books, shows, recipes, but choice offered us was uninspired and limited (only tasting menu was available because of si – Disappointing. We were a family of 8 New Yorkers, mostly Italians, good cooks. Love Lidia's books, shows, recipes, but choice offered us was uninspired and limited (only tasting menu was available because of size of our party.) Outlandishly expensive, including $7 per bottle of water. Lovely wait staff, but would not go back.
Good food but bad service,especially cloak lady! – I went there with my husband.
Felidia had nice atmosphere. There are authentic furniture and red lights make the mood nicer.
At first, I felt this restaurant must be good. As I thought, food was not bad. I ordered shurimp rock with lemon garlic sauce. It was baked in oven. It was really tasty. But my husband plate was not so good. He oldered sea bass carpaccio. There were only three slices and a few asparagus. It's too expensive, I think.
Anyway, pasta that we ordered were avarage.
But I felt service was so slow and bad. After we checked menu, waiter didn't come to ask order until we call him. It took more than 10 min that he came...
After we had a dinner and finished check, and when we went to cloakroom, it happened.
The cloak lady asked to pay two dollars for each as tip!!
My husband gave her two dollars that he thought he would pay for me as well as himself.
But she must have thought I also would give her two dollals.
And she said to me that I also should pay.
Ofcourse I know two dollars are tiniy and I don't care about the price
but I think she is so mean and greedy!
At that time, I decided not to come back to Felidia. They have too bad service.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression – We decided to try Felidia again - maybe we were just unlucky on our first visit. Well, after a long wait, 30 minutes, for our 8:00 reservation we were seated at a great table upstairs which really beats the main level due to the "Tokyo Subway" effect of the waitstaff shuffling about the tables. Service was efficient, but we seemed to have four waiters. The wedding pillow pasta was divine - lots of citrus, very fresh and delectable. The bone-in pork loin was overcooked and completely dry to the point where even a steak knife wouldn't cut through it. So the grill guy went on break maybe, I don't know, but that pork was DEAD.
The after dinner tasty sweat treats were divine - A for effort, but with so many other choices in town, the restaurant needs to do better on the layout and food quality to garner a return visit.
Glad I went Back to Felidia! – I hadn't been back to Felidia for a few years and was in the neighborhood last Thursday night. I managed to get a table with no reservation. The food was better than ever. I had the Bianco Neri with Calamari which was out of this world for my appetizer and then I had the Cod with Tuscan bread soup for an entree. This place certainly still has its magic after so many years. Give it a try if you haven't been there in a while or try it for the first time, it wont dissapoint!
pear and pecorino-filled ravioli... – that pear and pecorino-filled ravioli is awesome, I should've ordered it as an entree though the soft shell crab special was delicious as well.
my only gripe about this place was when I made the reservation 2-3 wks ago, they made me give a credit card to hold the reservation and when I called the day of to confirm, the hostess was very rude and said there was no reservation etc. and damn near close to hang up on me. after making me spell my long last name 10 times, she finally figured out the person who took the reservation initially made it for June 29th instead of may 29. thankfully she said not to worry, that there would be a table for us when we got there, but she never apologized for being rude and not wanting to help at 1st. she?s lucky I didn?t see her there when I arrived, I was ready to get stank
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