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Posted by teddy r. on 01/16/2014
I adore Italian food, in fact, prepare many dishes myself. However, lasagna is not one of them. It is time consuming and labor intensive. This would be the reason I order it at many Italian restaurants. Big mistake at Caffe Linda. It was overcooked, soggy and all around terrible. Even the sauce, which had all but dried up, was tasteless. Can not recommend this restaurant at all. It is in a midtown neighborhood of many hotels. Stick to restaurants in more residential neighborhoods where the restaurant must depend on returning clientele. I did like the convenient coat rack upon entering.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2012
None of the loud New York Italian greetings and overfriendly staff. Very good food, nice small and cozy atmosphere.. service could improve a bit, but the other stuff makes up for it. Definitely one to return to.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2012
Authentic italian cuisine , friendly and efficient staff. Make sure you try their lemon-basil margarita!!
Posted by Gary, Texas on 04/22/2011
Our first dinner in NYC was at Caffe Linda. Unique Salads like the Shrimp, Avocado & Garden Greens Salad we had. Very good. Loved the Black Linguine with fressh Lobster and Shrimp. It has a very spicy hot sause that perfectly compliments the sweer lobster and shrimp. BEST DESSERTS in NYC!!! The four of us shared Tiramisu (my Wife's and my favorite) and Cheesecake. Superb! My Mom loves chocolate, which she mentioned to the waiter, so they then brought out a Tartufo Al Cioccolato, free of charge!!!! How nice was that??? It is Fantastic!!! A very special experience. Prices were less than I expected for Uptown NYC, sepecially on entrees. Portions were good sized. We cannot wait to visit NYC and Caffe Linda again.
Posted by John H. Moore on 09/25/2009
Yes, I know, there are more famous, more fashionable, more glamorous Italian restaurants in town, but Caffe Linda just seems to have the right balance of what makes the essence of Italian food: simple but tasty, casual but with elegance; the staff is welcoming and provides caring service, the atmosphere is nice and warm (especially at dinner time: they play good music, light the candles... all you need for a nice date). I've been eating at Caffe Linda quite often lately and everything I tried was very yummy... Just once I wasn't satisfied with a salad and the waiter changed it for me right away. I had a delicious whole Branzino fish, wonderful linguine with fresh scallops and sweet pepper sauce (amazing!). They have great appetizers too, such as a crispy but moist grilled octopus or polenta with mushrooms. Nice wine selection too, and a good hard liquor bar. I sometime get a Cosmo or a Dirty Martini and the barman did a great job mixing them! And all of this for a very decent price that the more famous Italian places can't beat. I speak a little bit of Italian because my grandmother was from Calabria, and I often overheard Italian tourists eating at Caffe Linda complimenting the staff on the great food, saying it tastes just like home!
Posted by anonymous on 05/19/2009
i have been going to this place for years, perfect lunch place. lunch is generally packed so go early if you want a table. food is simple, delicious, abundant and most of all, pretty reasonably priced. chicken milanese is exceptional and salads are delicious!
Posted by anonymous on 04/22/2009
Quite possibly my favorite 'quick' dine-in spot in Midtown East. I'm not sure what they do to their tomato sauce, but it is incredible. Be sure to try the Chicken Milanese, one of the best i've had. I also love the black linguine with grilled shrimp in arrabiatta sauce. It really is a nice, affordable, consistenly good Italian cafe in midtown. If you're ever looking to eat well and do it for around $15. This is your place. One piece of advice - if you go for lunch get there at noon or shortly thereafter. The place gets packed and there's usually a wait between 12:30-1p. At noon, it's wide open Enjoy!!!