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243 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Second Ave.
Delightfully met my expectations
By kbirdie on 2/1/2010
I watch Lidia all the time on TV and this restaurant met my high expectations. The Veal and Quail were most exquisite. The octopus appetizer was very bad, though. I was surprised since it is one of her signature dishes, but it was fishy and the grilled Octopus was like rubber. Definitely not worth $21. The Ravioli with Pear was just great. The service was impeccable and the Bastianich wine was delish and reasobly priced. Would love to go back!
By ErikinNoMa on 4/11/2009
Look, it's not like it was bad... But, with all the hype it really does dissapoint. It's just average. The service is fine, but the decor is awful - really needs a re-do. The food was a bit tired. The special house ravioli are good, but others seemed glue-like. The appetizer of poached egg over asparagas came solid (and the waiter said it was supposed to be that way - hmmm...). Steak was nice and so was the quail (though a bit dry). But again, there was nothing really special. I think the owners put all their time in to Del Posto. If you don't want to spend the money for Del Posto, try Becco -- the Bastianich place over on Rest Row that has much more flavor (though not as comfortable as Felidia).
By CynicalSunshine5 on 3/16/2009
Excellent food and service. The restaurant is a shining example of fine Italian dining - definitely make reservations.
Glad I tried it
By Heatherlovesfood on 2/25/2009
After eating at Becco a few times we decided to cross the park and try Felidia. We were so delighted that we did! What a dinner. Truly fantastic food, delicious pastas, fabulous veal and the best tiramisu I've had in years. Service was friendly too, we didn't feel rushed at all. I will definitely be back.
not worth the money
By audrey1 on 12/21/2008
Went there twice , both dissapointing even with second chance. Had the shrimp dish, smallest shrimp I ever saw. Service was awfull even though they tried. I wrote to them complaining they did not have the decency of a response. Save your money try something else.
By Ceci on 11/7/2008
We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Felidias. This restaurant was recommended by friends that live in the Upper East Side. The service we received was impeccable. We had the Branzino Alla Griglia and the lamb chop. Both were mouth watering and cooked to perfection. We paired dinner with their fantastic Bastianich wines. I was truly surprised to read negative reviews. I cannot imagine this place being anything less than perfection. We will be back to try other things on the menu!
No Service, Mostly Insipid Food
By tothemaxx on 4/8/2008
I was looking forward to eating at Felidia after reading so many good reviews. Went with a large group for the tasting menu and we were sold something completely different. The wine list was very extensive but the Sommeliers were absolutely inept and we were met not only with attitude and arrogance but also a complete lack of knowledge about what to pour and when. Considering that multiple thousands were spent on wine one would assume that the service would have been exemplary. Instead we were met with a "too busy" attitude. The risotto, which had been recommended, was absolutely terrible and unedible. Just avoid this place, it's absolutely not worth the time and money. The only thing that saved the meal was excellent company and our easygoing nature.
Don't believe the bad reviews!
By hermanifesta on 8/10/2007
I enjoyed a lovely meal here this past week. I'd read a lot about waiting forever for tables, but we certainly didn't. (May have also been because it was a Tuesday...) The beet risotto and pear/pecorino ravioli made my night. Also, order the antipasti if it's available. Ours had venison, duck, pork and boar. The veal three ways was delicious as well. I may have never had better sweetbreads!
Lunch at Felidia
By Kripaws on 6/25/2007
Cuisine was wonderful! Totally disagree with negative reviewers. Food and service were top drawer all the way. I had the price fix lunch: pear ravioli, pollo limone, orange liquer tiramisu. Portions not too large, not too small. Filling but not bellybusting. Most enjoyable. A tad more upscale than Becco, but didn't go for the decor. Ms. Bastianich's restaurants are top notch. Next will try DelPosto. PS..LEAVE THE KIDS HOME. Intimate setting where table conversations are the norm. A bit pricey for spirits ($30 for two glasses of wine), but hey, its NYC, and that means iit is what it is. Also location is kind of way up there from the center of things, but its worth it.
Client dinner turned to disaster
By vjc on 5/1/2007
It pains me to write this negaitive review,as I have enjoyed Lidia's receips for many years and enjoy her show as well. I recentally had a Client dinner at Felidias, and it was less than acceptable. The tripe which is a favorite and ordered in the past , was not served warm and was clearly not fresh.(smell and texture are measures) The signigure ravoli were tastless and served lukewarn, and were not presented in a fashion deseriving of Lidias cusine, nor the price. With regrets , I will not return.
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