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Vivolo

140 E. 74th St., New York, NY 10021 40.771741 -73.961361
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-737-3533 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

vivolonyc.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$14-$28

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

66th St. to 86th St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

Who says you have to sit among gilded frames and rococo statuary to enjoy old-school Italian food? The distinguished blazer-and-pearls crowd who frequent this elegant townhouse wouldn't dream of dining on rigatoni with meatballs and sausage anywhere else. While the mahagony-paneled walls, beamed ceilings and fireplaces date to the early 20th century, the restaurant (and many in the crowd) goes back only three decades. But the trappings are only part of the charm; the welcoming Vivolo family, who live in the rest of the townhouse, make everyone feel at home and the seasonally changing Northern Italian menu, which veers toward pastas and meats, strikes a tasty balance between old, familiar favorites and classics with experimental flourishes. Alongside a tender calf’s liver in white wine, for example, is an espresso-rubbed Cornish hen with a rich, smoky edge; elsewhere, prosciutto combines with mango for a sweeter twist on the classic cantaloupe combo. The customers clamoring for their regular tables know that the classic cannoli is always on offer for dessert. It's a sweet comfort that some things need never change.

Extra

Cucina Vivolo directly next door serves more casual fare and quick bites, to stay or go. There’s also an early bird prix-fixe three-course menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Cornish hen, $23; prime sirloin served garlic herb mashed potatoes, $30

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