45 Tudor City Pl., New York, NY, 10017
at 42nd St.
By Mercy on 7/19/2010
My first visit to this elegant restaurant was during the summer restaurant week. The Restaurant Week Menu was limited, but we managed to find decent meals. As an appetizer, I chose the chilled cucumber and almond soup with mozzarella and tomatoes. Very refreshing and perfectly balanced. My entree was slightly bland- rigatoni with broccoli rabe and a cheese I could not identify; but still quite edible. Dessert was perfect. An almond cake with cherry gelato- simply delicious and can also be found on their regular menu. They had well priced glasses of wine to go with the special menu as well, though their real wine list is extensive and impressive. You must, must, must try the pecorino patates (some version of a fried potatoe). Well seasoned with an excellent cheese flavor ingrained. Lastly, service was absolutely impeccable and not at all as described in the reviews below. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable with not a hint of arrogance as often happens when dining during restaurant week. I would go here for special occasions and reserved celebrations. Dining here is subdued and the crowd was older.
By Bachy on 11/5/2009
My wife and I had an excellent culinary experience marred only by the behavior of a disengaged hostess. The Chicken Liver Crostini was off the charts as were two Pastas, one with (too few) sea urchins the other a special that evening of Cavatelli covered in luscious cheese on a bed of I believe, a lamb ragu. The main courses we had of two beautifully prepared fishes was unfortunately just too much food after the great sfizi, antipasto,and pasta courses. The expresso ice cream soda for dessert was a refreshing finale- Wine list extremely reasonable full of great Italian varietals.
By kblack on 4/25/2009
The food was good, not great. The prix fixe was a good value, but overall experience greatly detracted any value of the food. Tables are cramped, service confused, slow, and a bit rude. For these prices I would expect a comfortable table to eat a meal and not to have to hunt down a waiter. Panna cotta was fantastic. Do your self a favor and go to Lupa or Babbo, or anywhere else if you are looking for a special meal.
By Clemence on 2/5/2009
I was going there without knowing what to expect on a restaurant week... well, good for me, the surprise was huge and very pleasant. Not only the staff didnt neglect us, but the food was so good!!! Seriously I dont have an easy palate, I appreciate a lot of things, but being amazed does not happen often at all. In Convivio, it happened! And it did because the chef is certainly talented but mostly because you taste how the ingredients are high quality. We had a very interesting spanish wine from Rioja that I recommend especially with fish : Marques de Murrieta, Capellania.
By Larisha on 2/4/2009
I had hoped our evening would be memorable. Clam appetizer: Broth weak with absolutely no flavor. Two clams were off and had to be returned. While eating appetizers, the server circled by our table with our entrees and returned to the kitchen. Bad sign. Pasta special: Although cold, the sauce was flavorful; however, the pasta was rubbery and required too much effort to chew. Short Ribs: no flavor...try Michaels Genuine in Miami! Dessert: although it boasted roasted bananas, they were simply cut and placed unceremoniously on top. One bright spot...the sommelier was well informed and helpful. Stay away. Really not that good.
By nyfood on 1/9/2009
the maitre d' or host or whatever you want to call him, was so creepy and rude! - he didn't even say goodnight to us when we were leaving. our waitress was angry because we didn't order wine or appetizers; we are big tippers and we, the two of us ate eighty dollars worth of food... regardless the waitress has no place making diners feel uncomfortable for not ordering the four course meal she suggested we do. i would go back if i hear there was a change in staff.
By dafergusny365 on 12/21/2008
I used to Live in Tudor City from 95 thru 02, and if Convivio was open during that time, I probably would still be living there. Food was absolutey excellent. Perfecty cook/seasoned/served, The sommolier was very helpful and knowledgeable and the food was great... It's a little off of the beaten path, but very much worth the effort !!! One of my top 5 in NYC A little pricey, but the food, again.. worth it
By sidenote on 12/16/2008
I wasn't amazed by Convivio, but it's undeniably one of the best places to eat in Midtown, with food and service you would expect from a serious restaurant. The pastas were the high point of my meal, while mains were a little disappointing and bland, but it's a fun place to eat, with delicious olives and lots of creative treats. Service was friendly, atmosphere is better deeper into the restaurant, as far away from the entrance / service desk as possible. Would definitely go back.
By cbill on 9/3/2008
Convivio picks up where the excellent L'Impero left off. Aside from a few design tweaks, Convivio is very, very similar to L'Impero: excellent food and service in an atmosphere that's classy without being stuffy. All the food my date and I had was excellent and the prices are far more reasonable than they need to be. Convivio may skew a tiny bit older than some hipster meatpacking joint, but that's just fine with me. The test of any restaurant is whether you'd go back and I can say with absolute certainty that I'll be back again and again.
By nycfood on 8/13/2008
We had a great meal at Convivio last night. The menu was filled with so many great options I could not make up my mind what to eat. Everyone's orders came out great and I can't wait to go bacl and will suggest to my friends. Some dishes of note: Yellow Tail Tomato and Mozarella Warm Seafood Salad Gnocchi Steak for 2 Steak Pizzaola