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Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2010
I have been eating at Arte for many years and always enjoyed it. Never had a bad meal except for last night. One bad meal in hundreds is fine it was the way it was handled that was deplorable. Fish was not done as requested. It was sent back after my wife already had her meal. It came back "hard as a rock." It was inedible. The managed tacked on a charge and when confronted responded with a negative attitude. Not the way to treat a customer. Last night was last time.
Posted by IEatNY on 03/12/2010
I've had several dinners at Arte in the last few months, the most recent just this week. The price of the dinner prix fixe has gone down (!) to $12.95. Yes, they've cut some of the higher add-ons from the menu, but where else can you get a delicious 3 course (inc. coffee) Italian meal in a "real" restaurant for that price. Everything was well-prepared and tasty. I love the chicken piccata and the salmon main courses. Considering this is in a pretty expensive neighborhood, so convenient to Lincoln Center, and not far from the theater district, it's the best deal in NYC.
Posted by g-d on 12/23/2009
Went here for my wife's birthday with a large (10) group of family. This place was great. The food was excellent (wasn't expecting it to be so good, but it was terrific--very fresh and homemade tasting), the service was attentive and the price was spot on, even with drinks. Most of all, they were very accomodating. Didn't rush us at all after we stuck around for like 30 minutes after finishing coffee and dessert. The atmosphere was great too, not loud at all even with the restaurant mostly full on a Sunday night. Will definitely return.
Posted by Richard on 11/28/2009
Really disappointment on Thanksgiving day. Had great Italian food their in the past. They need to stay with what they do best. Lasagna with America yellow cheese did not work, cold turkey, stuffing and potatoes were taste less. We did get a free bottle of wine and coffee they tried.
Posted by Foodie on 10/20/2009
If you enjoy delicious Italian fare, tremendous food choices, attentive but not hovering staff, a great bar and all around intimate ambiance, then Arté Café will be your 'go to' restaurant. I have come a few times now and each time the experiences have been vastly different. Sitting at the bar and dining is fantastic (appetizer portions are large). One always meets locals who call the restaurant 'home'. Last night was my first time dining seated at a table. I brought some friends from out of town and they were thrilled. The salmon was perfect and the wine (Malbec) so affordable by the bottle for Manhattan. I am really looking forward to going back and, when the weather warms back up again, sitting in the back garden. I find that the dining experience in Manhattan is usually determined by the attitude you bring to the staff the minute you come through the door. They take your lead. If you are warm and appreciative, the night will fall into place. Arté Café is no exception. They gave us a fantastic meal and I will be back.
Posted by anonymous on 10/06/2009
I have never before written a review on menupages. I was motivated to write one after enjoying an exceptionally good meal of filet of sole last night. To the reviewer from a few weeks ago who was saddened by the disappearance of the sole from the menu, I understand your distress very well, and the sole is back! It was a generous piece of fish (two large pieces actually -- more than I could finish) sauteed and served in a light lemon and caper sauce. The fish was served (and probably cooked) in a coil, which looked great on the plate and probably contributed to the moistness of the fish. Arte Cafe isn't Michelin star quality; it is a local restaurant that serves simple Italian food at very reasonable prices. There is a wide selection of decent, reasonably priced wines at reasonable mark-ups. Am I the only one growing tired of restaurants that have sub-$20 entrees and virtually no wine under $40 a bottle? On a previous visit, I was less than thrilled with the pizza. Pastas are fine, but the sole was worth the trip. Hopefully, I will find more gems on their menu. If not, I'm quite content to have a great piece of fish or other good food at a reasonable price in a pleasant space.
Posted by anonymous on 09/09/2009
I don't understand why they changed their menu - I used to have a few favorites that I ordered regularly for delivery (and I mean AT LEAST once a week), and when they "upgraded" the menu to have fancier dishes at higher prices, they eliminated all of my favorites. What a great way to lose a loyal customer.