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243 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Second Ave.
Felidia disappoints even ardent foodies!
By tazuru27 on 11/8/2006
What a discouraging experience in every way: reservations do not guarantee a comfortable seat; the waiter determines which specials not on the menu he will describe to you; the servers are clumsy and ill-trained, BUT most disappointing was the mediocre quality of the food. Since we travel to NYC only once a year, a special meal at a few of New York's best restaurants is something we truly look forward to. The waiter made sure we were overwhelmed with the white truffle choices, but he failed to mention the risotto. Another tourist couple wasn't even given the white truffle choices! I hope Felidia can continue to count on the ignorance of us PBS viewers or the loyal New Yorkers who are willing to pay high prices for mediocre Italian food.
Fantastic at Felidia
By newborn01 on 10/25/2006
This is the best italian food I have ever eaten. Regardless of your tastes seafood, meats or pasta, Felidia prepared these meals to perfection.The seafood was delicate and perfect. We were a large party and I tasted several other dishes, pasta, risotto and chicken.All were truly special. The dessert was homemade and delicate. I cannot say enough good things about this place. Each bite was an ummmm. The waiters were attentive, funny and kind. I even brought cookies home to my kids. I would go there again, it was a wonderful experience.
I'm glad I ignored the unfavorable reviews.....
By fredex on 9/25/2005
My family took my 82 year old mother to Felidia for her birthday. My mom is a big fan of Lidia, and we were delighted to find her in attendance. She graced our table with several visits, took a photo with my mom, and signed her menu. Mom was thrilled. The service was impeccable. The food was extraordinary. The octopus appetizer, (grilled chunks and thinly sliced/marinated) was tender, bountiful, and had a marvelous flavor. Tuna carpaccio was pristinely fresh and delicious. Osso bucco, was brilliant; braised with meat falling off of the bone, in a rich tomato-based gravy. Braised lamb shoulder was succulent. Beef cheeks were extraordinary, tender enough to eat with a spoon, calves liver so fresh, quickly seared on both sides, had the consistency of pate, served with strips of caramelized onions. Portions were more than adequate, and everyone was more than satisfied at meals end, a very relaxing 3 hours post-arrival. Dessert, a chocolate mousse cake with fresh berries was dense and fabulous, along with expertly prepared capuccino. Great Italian food starts with fresh, local ingredients, and these were found in abundance at Felidia. Thank you, Lidia, for an enchanting, memorable evening.
By foodaholic on 12/31/2004
Great food. Prices far more reasonable than the reputation. Service so frosty it would chill water in an icetray.
Service is terrible
By Lew on 11/27/2004
Took several clients who enjoy good food and wine to Felidia. Called serveral days prior to our reservation to speak with the sommelier and to pre-order our wine. He never called me back and told me when I arrived that he had been "too busy." The "too busy" attitude permeates the attitude of the staff. Go elsewhere, Felidia's not worth it.
WORSE MEAL I HAVE EVER HAD
By altattorney on 10/24/2004
I ate there with 5 friends on Sat night, 10/23. We were treated horribly. The service was awful and we hated paying a 20% tip (we had no choice) for horrific servers and service. We were treated like first time NY tourists. And the wait staff was less than helpful. Other than the appetizers, which were above average, the food stunk. The waiter did not know the difference b/w veal shank and veal tenderloin and the veal tenderloin was lousy. The lobster pasta dish was mediocre at best. It tasted like something you could find in any chain restaurant. The gnocchis were so bad that you should be ashamed to serve them. I will never visit another of Lidia's restaurants. I will never recommend any of her restaurants. It was the worst dinner I have ever had in a NY restaurant.
By Pietro on 9/10/2004
Everything was superb! Mostly the food, but also the friendly service, and the pleasent atmosphere... and Lidia.. oh, Lidia!!!! Good job!
By lutece on 3/8/2004
We were so disappointed with the food at Felidia. Yes, I met Lidia by the bar and she was pleasant. But, no, the food was nothing like what she makes on her Tv show. The best part of the meal was the bread basket. The seafood entree served to me was so bland and simple, absolutely nothing great or even good about it. The choices on the menu were odd and simply not desirable to our part of 4 people. The veal osso bucco was edible but far from special. The 'pear' ravioli was , yes, fresh and on the sweet side, but, no detection of pear or anything like described. All in all, this place had a nice atmosphere, good service and definitely very ordinary food with a strange menu. Hard to find any thing good if you didn't eat organ meats or any meat... Don't go here , its a rip off... Yes, the food at Becco is better
Good Food, but excellently Serviced!
By HarveyHardon on 8/7/2003
My experience with Felidia was unreal. The food was good at best, but the service more than made up for it. When I complained about my under-tendered meat, Lidia herself came out, took control, and made sure that my meat was well taken care of. I have to admit, when it comes to servicing customers, no one does it better than Lidia. She makes sure you want to come and come again.
By Nick227 on 7/24/2003
As good as this was, for value and pasta, try her other resturant, Becco, on the West Side.
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