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Cinquanta

50 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022 40.757589 -73.975073
nr. Park Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-759-5050 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

cinquantarestaurant.com

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$14-$26

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

This venue is closed.

Many high-flying media companies and banks have long had their headquarters on or near Park Avenue in Midtown, giving rise to a slew of restaurants catering to the business-lunch uber-snazzy and the average-joe salad and sandwich eater. Cinquanta’s clientele is more Tony Soprano than J.P. Morgan. CEOs will find the unpretentious dining area less suitable for impressing clients than for enjoying a quiet meal to discuss second-quarter performance figures and strategy; its decor only vaguely nods at wall art, with multicolored, mass-produced plastic panels on one wall, and an uninspired carved-marble scene on the other. The kitchen, however, serves smartly conceived and moderately priced Italian standbys, from tomato and mozzarella salad to breaded pork chops seasoned in truffle oil. The grappa and orange sauce blend sweetly together and transform the pan-seared salmon into a tangy, inspired dish. Both grilled eggplant and calamari are tender, not chewy, and come with couscous and roasted peppers splayed decoratively across the plate. Most dishes are doused with extra-virgin olive oil, which can render some dishes a little heavy, especially problematic if you intend to finish your meal with one of the scrumptious cannoli.

Extra

Banquet rooms upstairs are available for private parties and can accommodate as many as 60 people comfortably; there’s an elevator for easy access to these levels.

Recommended Dishes

Pan-seared salmon with grappa and orange sauce, $21; calamari sautéed with wine, $16; veal scallopine "50," $22

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