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Falai

68 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
212-253-1960

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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wonderful

By tomjester23 on 7/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Everyone at falai went out of their way to be overly accommodating. We brought some clients for dinner. They let us pick the table, take our time, they provided suggestions and even gave us parting gifts - made everyone feel special. It was treat!

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142 out of 255 people found this review helpful.

Amazing experience

By SamanthaGin on 4/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Amazing food, amazing night, amazing experience. I will be back again.

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127 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

What a price!

By BigG on 1/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I recently be back at Falai and I really got impress by the price and the quality of the food. The service was nice and I found everything perfect. It's for sure one of my best pick.

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107 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

One birthday night

By Fab on 2/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I heard about this place couple of time in the past and last Friday I decided to spend my birthday: it was very nice. The food was excellent, the risotto with red beets and lobster was amazing. It comes after the "crudo of Nairaghi", a fish from Hawaii prepared as a sashimi: wonderful. My Italian husband after tasting the "pappardelle" pasta wants absolutely to come back. I really appreciate the service: they reserved me a nice table closed to the kitchen and the idea to serve bread during the course it's great. The breads is amazing. I'm sure I will come back soon. I think this is a nice place for special dinner but also for casual dining.

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199 out of 381 people found this review helpful.

What experience...

By Murray70 on 4/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I heard about Falai several time and finally I've been there: what experience. The food is amazing, the service is ready to attend a wonderful night and for sure, I will be back again. The gnudi are wonderful, I loved the coniglio. Great wine paring.

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142 out of 252 people found this review helpful.

From Vogue to Falai

By JBro74 on 2/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

It was an incredible experience. I found this place on Vogue and I have to say the best Italian meal in town. Simply amazing.

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104 out of 196 people found this review helpful.

Amazing food, so-so atmosphere

By mminuskin on 1/28/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This was the most perfect meal I have had in a very long time. I went during summer, and my meal started off with a summer-vegetable salad, which was so beautifully presented with the freshest ingredients I've had in New York. The pasta dishes are wonderful, and I had a Rose wine that was exactly what I was looking for on a hot summer's day. The meal was fairly pricey for the amount of food and the plastic chairs did not give anything to the atmosphere, but the quality and presentation of the food, in my opinion, made up for any of these weak points.

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119 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

surprising tastes, elegant atmosphere

By shawly on 8/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had a WONDERFUL meal here. Went with three serious food fans, and all of us were surprised at how well put-together each dish was. Service was not spectacularly attentive, but the food, style, and lack of stuffy-ness more than made up for it.

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257 out of 482 people found this review helpful.

Great Nouveau Italian in an Interesting Locale

By goldeneats on 11/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

NYT Prediction: In the spring of 2005, the Times’ restaurant critic awarded the then-months old Falai two stars, a noble enough feat for so young a venture. However, I desperately believe it deserves a return visit. The older, wiser and more adept Falai, and its namesake chef, have grown a great deal in those four years. The space is beautifully adorned, the service excellent, and the food a wonderful celebration of where Falai has been and is going. I don’t see any reason for Falai not to rank among some of the city’s best restaurants – it may not have the locale or space as some of the midtown heavy hitters, but it certainly has the taste. Mr. Sifton, you owe it three stars. Full Review Here: http://tinyurl.com/yjbdazc

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121 out of 249 people found this review helpful.

i wish i could say excellent

By crosbystreet on 7/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I like the food at Falai, (in both places, soho and clinton) the baked eggs are amazing, the coffee is very good and the desserts and the breads are real fresh. I also like the decor (the chairs can be better). Although all the people are very nice the service at Falai is not that great...You may want to go there when you have time and you are not in a hurry. The owner loves food, and must be a nice person. So nice that he can not manage few slow employees. They do not have attitude, actually they are friendly and that is part of the charm of the place. But you can find yourself waiting for a long time just for a coffee... The food or the coffee can be cold... the bill will come once you are already late to a meeting.... It takes away from the friendly and cozy atmosphere... Some people do not come back. Too bad, it can be an excellent place, it has all the ingredients so please make sure the service is better and everyone is more alert and precise :)

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