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Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2014
We found this place on menupages while planning a post City Hall wedding luncheon and our expectations were beyond exceeded. We ate at the bar just to sample the menu and Walter made a recommendation that we LOVED! The cheesecake was the best I've ever eaten and the house wines were delicious. This place has old school charm by resisting the urge to update its decor maintaining the same ambiance since opening 50+ years ago.
Posted by laura on 04/10/2014
I was in NY for the 1st time, I live in San Jose California, I LOVED NY! We asked someone on the street for 'little Italy' restaurant suggestions, she said we HAD to go to Forlini's, and she was SO right! The food and service were excellent, but the best part of our visit was Joe, the owner. He was SO nice and treated us like we were family, I felt like he as my brother, taking care of us and making sure we had the best meal ever. When I asked if I should get the homemade NY cheese cake or the homemade cannelloni, he quoted the Godfather movie, "leave the gun, take the cannelloni"....we had a great laugh and I ordered the 'best ever ' cannelloni. The whole dining experience was SO memorable, it will stay with me forever!! So for the best restaurant experience, I want every NY vacationer, to go to Forlini's, you will have a blast! I will return to NY and Forlini's will be on the top of the list. :)
Posted by Nancy on 02/13/2014
I have been going to Forlini's for over 25 years. The food is always great, service is exceptional and the owners are the nicest people. I bring everyone I can down to this restaurant and have never heard a complaint. Everyone loves it!
Posted by Heidi and Rob on 08/29/2007
After spending a day shopping on Canal Street, my boyfriend and I stumbled upon forlini's restaurant on baxter street, and am so glad we did! Derek, one of the owners, recommended that we try their "gourmet dinner" -- an unbelievable amount of really good food for the money...a baked clams, mussels and other antipasta appetizer, a second dish consisting of three different kinds of pasta, a main dish consisting of three different dishes-chicken, veal and shrimp, and coffee and desert, all for about $40 a person, which is such a reasonable price for what is really a tremendous amount of food!! We left with our doggie bags and a new knowledge of the history of Forlini's told to us by Derek who really made us feel entirely welcome, just like family. We will definitely be back very soon!!
Posted by JW on 08/20/2007
Based on reviews and recommendations, gave it a try. The staff was exceptional and the food was excellent and very well priced. Had the clams casino (it wasn't what I ordered, but decided to stick with it as it looked good) and a veal chop stuffed with prosciutto and swiss - both were very good. The place itself is very dated and needs to be remodeled. I was very concerned walking in on a Saturday night at 7:30 and being only one of two tables. As I had some out-of-towners with me, I probably would look for someplace a bit more showy for a first meal in NYC, but would definitely come back knowing I could walk in without a reservation and get a very good meal.
Posted by John A. on 07/13/2007
I have been going to Forlini's for almost thirty years, and the food is an excellent example of true northern italian fare.Although the atmosphere has changed over the years, the food and service remain great, and the prices are moderate compared to comparable resturants throughout the city. I highly recommend this place...put it on your favorites list.
Posted by Dan Saragosa on 05/28/2007
I was walking through Chinatown yesterday traveling the length of Canal St., from DeBrosses, and was looking for a place to cool down. Turned down Baxter St. from Canal St.,and there it was, an Oasis amid the heat. Stepped up to the bar and was met by a friendly bartender who quenched my thirst with a Dewers and water. After watching the Yankees lose, Scott Proctor walked in two runs (the Angels went on to a 4-3 win) I decided to take in some sustinance. A fine menu, great variety of meats and seafood, pastas and appetizers, along with competitive prices, made for a good time. I highly recommend this place. A few more Dewars and waters I was on my way, having spent a quiet wonderful afternoon in New York. A treasure hidden among the clutter!