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Posted by steven on 06/12/2012
Since moving to the UES 1 year ago, this is the only restaurant we continue to return to (4 times so far). Outstounding food, value, service, and atmosphere if you like small intimate restaurants. sort of the opposite of Elios which we went to once. Due to 2nd avenue subway construction, a bit hard to find but worth it. They are very accomodating, making items such as veal picatta or marsala which are not on the regular menu. The sabayon, made at the table is exceptional.
Posted by T. on 02/19/2012
Excellent service, atmosphere, food...phenomenal. Best bruschetta I've ever had, and the apple dessert was to die for!
Posted by Scott on 01/12/2012
My wife and I recently dined at Firenze were very impressed. The service was amazing - very attentive and gave great advice on the food. We each went with an appetizer and entree - everything we ate was great and reminded us of our trips to Italy. Atmosphere was very nice - once you walk inside the restaurant you feel like you've left the city. If you have a chance to visit do so! Not cheap prices but the food lives up to what you pay!
Posted by Jo on 11/09/2011
We double dated here with friends and had a great meal and a great time. Service was friendly, charming, timely. Food was excellent - 2 chicken dishes, one pasta dish and 1 fish - all delicious. And, I love the decor...very Italy-like. Will go back for sure.
Posted by Park Avenue Snob on 11/06/2011
My husband and I have dined here over 20 times during the last year and a half. We are the quiet couple who come in Saturday night. No recognition by the manager/Maitre'd or staff, because we are not memorable by Upper East Side standards. The food is usually good, and I enjoy the charming, romantic quiet laid back atmosphere, great for Saturday Date Night. Last night dining at Firenze was a DISASTER. We arrived 5 minutes early, and were coralled into their small bar/foyer area which was littered with glasses, bottles and napkins. There were 2 parties of 4, and 1 party of 10 ahead of us. A group of 10 in a small romantic restaurant??? They did not initially acknowledge us, as one party of 4 decided to leave, as their wait was too long, they were begging them stay, that their table availability was imminent. They left, I thought the maitre'd was going to cry. Next, the party of 10 were seated. The maitre'd offered drinks to the remaining party of 4 as they were still waiting. WE were invisible to him. We were pushed against the bar, if you have been to Firenze, then you know it is a very small area as the group of 10 re-entered the foyer area, rejecting their table. So far, no one took our name, asked about our reservation, we honestly felt that Firenze wanted us to leave so they could concentrate on accommodating the larger parties. Twenty minutes later, we were seated at the table in front of the silverware and plates. Not a table worth waiting for. The waiter immediately started shouting the specials, I asked if we could have drinks first. And he left us, my husband smiled, and I said, that the waiter didn't ask us what we wanted to drink.......he left to take care of another table..........and that is how the evening went. No peaceful, low key dining experience with good service. My antipasto was tasteless, but all other items were tasty. I am not sure I will return, as paying close to $200, to be ignored, aggravated and shouted at doesn't make sense........
Posted by cbauer210 on 11/02/2011
I went here on a whim with my girlfriend not expecting much. We purchased a coupon on Living Social that needed to be used before expiration. Food was very good, service was well above average, and ambiance was very romantic. We were both very pleasantly surprised and will surely return. They really seemed to care and went the extra mile to make sure we were well taken care of. We even were given some nice after dinner cocktails on the house. All in all, the prices were pretty reasonable considering the quality of the food and level of service. I really feel for all these restaurants on 2nd Ave that are shutting down due the the east side subway construction. It's incredibly hard for a NYC restaurant without obstacles like that. I hope that this place makes it because it is truly a gem and we will absolutely be returning.
Posted by LG on 10/17/2011
Very friendly waitstaff, great food and service was great. Would go back again