Serafina 79

4.3
425 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Reservations are for indoor dining only.

Outside dinning available on a first come, first serve basis

Please bring your mask if you need to enter restaurant premises.

Serafina 79 features a cozy dining room and a family-friendly roof terrace. Located on the second floor of a bi-level building in the heart of Manhattan’s art and museum district.
Our very authentic Italian menu features the highest quality ingredients along with a creative twist on simple, original Italian dishes. Enjoy homemade pastas with pesto, hillside cherry tomatoes, porcini mushrooms, caviar, truffles combined with our signature sauce. Choose from simple marinated meats, fish and vegetables. We offer over 20 varieties of pizza made in the centrally located cherrywood-burning oven. The unique combination of an intimate setting with warm Italian music, charming service and deliciously good food have kept the restaurant’s stylish, celebrity-studded clientele as well as local families coming back for years.

Support Serafina 79 during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 425 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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lisab
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu has changed they removed a number of their best chicken and fish dishes less choices, the menu is now mostly pasta and pizza high carb which I don’t eat.
I had the vegetarian spaghetti squash it was bland and dry. The prices are high for what you get. I reserved a table specifically downstairs and when we arrived was told they don’t take reservations downstairs: why wasn’t I told this in advance?

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EWalters405
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great conversation! Will definitely return!

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vipGatorjosh
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food quality was poor and extremely overpriced.

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vipKendellM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here before and the food was amazing. This last time it was not good at all. Both my friends meal and mine were really boring. Had no taste at all!! Not sure what happened! Very disappointing!

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teresaw
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A group of friends gathered in the city to attend a memorial service just up the street from Sarefina. We were happy that they were able to accommodate a group of 11 people. We were thrilled to be able to be together to enjoy a nice meal together! However, The service was poor.... extremely slow, our waiter was rude and dismissive when asked questions, He would come to the table and take your drink order from one person and not ask anyone else if they needed anything, but the final straw was when Seven of us were served our food and had completed our meals before the other four people received their food. There was no explanation or contact from the waiter. And it was not overly busy. One person in our party did speak to the manager who was no help at all. As a group we realize that in this post Covid environment, many restaurants are understaffed and working the best they can. However there is no excuse for the lack of service and rudeness from this waiter.

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Fipfip
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I have eaten far good parmiganas
and the salad portion is small and lack of sauce, my husband had a fungi pizza which was ok but nothing special

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Dave
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from beginning to end. Waitress was awesome, food was fantastic. Would definitely go back again

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vipsara212
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL grilled salmon caesar salad. service was excellent. can’t wait to go back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All plates great flavor! Amazing Burrata.

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vipWheresTheBeef
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Dinner for 6 came out sporadically. The 6th main course came out as the first 3 were finishing theirs. Absolutely no apology Or comping of the late entree. Food was average.

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vipstevenJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Having been there many times it is unlikely we will return.
Our waitress tried her best to help us but kitchen was OUT OF CONTROL!! Waited over an hour for pizza that came wrong.
Sorry sarafina you are ruining your reputation!

Sitting next to a previous manager of your restaurant who was there for dinner, he to said he was never coming back..

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vipCaitlinC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was horrible. Hostess barely acknowledged us. Waited over 20 minutes for our reservation. No apologies, nothing. When we got upstairs finally only 2 table were occupied. I understand that this is a weird time. Going from take out and outdoor seating only and now adding indoor as well but come on people, it’s a restaurant and you now have customers coming in. At least be apologetic when things aren’t going smoothly. You also might want to get more waitstaff as the waitress upstairs couldn’t have been nicer, she seemed very much on her own

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Reviewer517
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Serafina 79 was great! We had a reservation on Sunday evening and showed up with our two dogs. They were super accommodating and seated us outside, 15 minutes before our reservation while we waited for the rest of our party. The service and food were great, and I'd go back without a doubt!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Enjoyable! Shed a little noisy and service a little spotty but it must be a challenge for the restaurant to have people inside and out. They do seem a bit short staffed but I am sure with demand heightening every day, Serafina will rise to the challenge and take on additional staff. Food is always first rate.

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vipWendyV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Stopped for lunch after visiting the Met. Location was excellent, main courses were serviceable, dessert very nice. Very good service in the whole.

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vipJenniferC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager on duty was very accommodating and our server was swift and knowledgeable. Food and wine were delicious and their outdoor set-up is very nice with well done safety protocols. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with family

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vivostrow
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

You went over the top to celebrate my daughters birthday. She and her friends were so delighted!!!!
Thank you Henry for keeping an eye on them!!!

The food was delicious and the dessert was out of this world. The girls floated out of the restaurant feeling like princesses!

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anonymous
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

the service was slow, order incorrect, and mediocre over-priced food

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vipNANCY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Wet flatware, non-garnished appetizer snd overcooked entree was overwhelmed by the noise level. Kids got in trouble and screamed all the time.

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vipTere
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was abysmal. Food took forever. Salmon was NOT cooked to order. They’re in over their heads, for sure. Will not be back.

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vipJillNY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, tasty food cheerrful , good service, kid friendly

MC
MitchellC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The third floor of this location is my favorite spot in NY for dining. Indoor dining with an outdoor ambience. Soaring ceilings and massive (open) windows. And, of course, the wonderful menu and service that you would expect at all Serafina locations.

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RobertF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - pricey though - but in line with the area

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vipLincoln
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service; terrific welcome; delicious food- perfectly prepared!

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Kelly
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Serafina 79 is a very reliable spot. There was construction next door which was more funny than annoying to us, it made us laugh that our first foray out after months of being home was meet by that beloved city experience, the jack hammer. But it was nothing that a glass of Prosecco and nice pasta couldn't cure!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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vipAlissaE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were visiting NYC and needed to find a place to eat that was Upper Eastside, fine dining, quiet enough to hear ourselves, and COVID- safe: quite the challenge! And then I remembered Serafina! We made the reservation and arrived a few minutes early. They were gracious and seated us right away. Robert was especially kind and helpful, getting us drinks ASAP and leading us through a delightful and extensive list of specials clearly and with appropriate detail. We spent a lovely and leisurely evening catching up with dear friends. Could not ask for a better dining experience, especially in the current climate.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Had lunch there on a week day! Wasn’t too crowded but still reservation is a way to go! Waiter forgot to bring my coffee. He also didn’t bring spoons for pasta orders and I had to get up and actually find someone to ask since he wasn’t around. Water was not refilled on time. They also charge a 10 percent covid recovery fee which is fine but service was just bad.

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vipNancyGos
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

My family, friends and I love Serafina but am very upset that they have the nerve to charge 10% for a COVID recovery. It’s one thing to ask people to donate and another to put it on the bill. Sorry to say but won’t be coming back anytime soon because of this.

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MaryF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful visit -good fresh food, relaxing atmosphere, great staff, respectful spacing of patrons. This is a place I’ll return to.

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DeniseP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As I dont want lots of people going there at lunch it was extreme;y good.
As goo as I remembered pre-pandemic. The shaved Brussel sprout sals was devine!
And the same for my thin-crusted sautéed portobello mushrooms and Bechemal
sauce Pizza!

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vipVict
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to go to catch up with friends, while enjoying delicious Italian food

MJ
vipMichaelJW
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I usually do not check my bill, but this time I did after the fact-was billed for three items we did not have. The restaurant was not that busy, but felt rushed, and then on top of it billed for items we did not order.

I will contact them and see how they respond.

They responded quickly and effectively. I am quite satisfied and will go back.

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Veeee
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was minimal, not very attentive

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RichardM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was helpful and courteous. My pasta dish was excellent

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RuddyWasHere
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That truffle pizza is everything! But also, the tiramisu.

RC
RobertC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The staff were friendly and the setting was very nice. But our order took forever to arrive and, when it did, the pizza was cold. It was then replaced quickly and politely. But the experience was a bit disappointing. The pizza itself was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience w/ Birthday plate

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LRosen
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside with heaters and it was fabulous! They did a great job with the outside dining. Service and food wonderful as always!

FAQs

Serafina 79 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Serafina 79 also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 734-2676.

Serafina 79 is rated 4.3 stars by 425 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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