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Posted by Sabrina Coleman on 03/30/2013
We have been eating at Fino's for 4 months. We are have been staying at the hotel across the street. The food is consistently good and the service is phenomenal. This evening I called to verify the opening time and I was informed that they have a private event. I asked if it was possible to have take out. He said call back after 6 and they would make an exception. I called back after 6 and ordered. After I ordered he verified where I am staying, told me it was complimentary and had it delivered. The customer service was spectacular and the New York hospitality divine... We will continue frequenting Fino's until I head back to Texas. But, I will always return when I am in NYC...
Posted by Downtown Newyorker on 08/04/2012
My first time at Fino was in 2007, when I was living and working downtown. Upon entering, I was charmed by the circa 80s old school Italian decor, maroon-coated waiters and 70s era disco ball lighting. I was skeptical of the food at first, but was impressed by the free antipasto plate (in addition to well-toasted bread), which was just a hint of the delicious meal to come. (Note however, the butter falls flat and is hard, almost impossible to spread. No worries though, I opted for the richly tasty olive oil, which made a better accompaniament to the bread anyway.) I ordered the calamari appetizer and Dover sole in lemon wine sauce as entree. Because the restaurant was not very full, I was a bit nervous about the freshness of the seafood, but was blown away by the freshness and tenderness of the fried calamari. The Dover sole was also cooked perfectly, and was carved off the bone table-side. It tasted very fresh and the silky meat stood out on its own, with just a hint of lemon and dry white wine flavors. I only wish it came with a more robust side - there were only some steamed carrot sticks, one broccoli floret and some boiled new potatoes. I suppose you can always order a contorni, though the choices were limited. Anyways, after that first meal, I returned over a dozen times in the next 3 years. Recommend the veal scallopini, capellini pomodoro and crabmeat vodka capellini. I moved out of the area for a while, returning in 2012. Last night I went there with my boyfriend and am pleased to report that Fino hasn't changed one bit - still fresh, excellent service and old school decor. We shared the fried calamari (delicious, plentiful and fresh!) and tried the bufola mozzarella special appetizer. It was the real deal - soft and slightly tangy, with a wonderful creamy middle. I got the old staple, crab-vodka capellini while he got the vitello sette, veal with prosciutto and mozzarella. Wonderful! Thank you Fino for not changing!!
Posted by Evan on 11/16/2011
As most agree, the decor is dated, but the food quality, quantity and price are very good. Loved the complimentary olives, cheese, peppers ect.
Posted by NYC-dweller on 04/11/2010
Well, the place is outdated for sure. Only a couple of dishes that we tried were good the rest was left behind, the people I was with chose not to finish there meals. I would only eat here if you happen to stumble in on a Friday night for the fun entertainment and music, or eat somewhere else and just come in for a drink. I agree with others the decor feels 1980 hotel banquet room style. Go with meat dishes avoid the pastas and sauce!
Posted by NYer on 09/01/2009
This restaurant is one that Ny italian food got its name from in the 80's. fantastic food great friendly and attentive staff.....fantastic !!!1
Posted by D&A on 01/14/2009
This was some of the worst food we've had in quite awhile. The pasta was overcooked. My husband had a chicken dish that was overwhelmed by a vinegar taste. The decor is so out-dated we felt like we were in a hotel banquet room of the 70's. We will not go back
Posted by NY Foodie on 01/03/2008
Attended a retirement luncheon here on Jan 2nd. The best food and service. Working in the area, I will make sure to eat here again. This could become my very favorite Italian restaurant.