Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > L'Impero

All Reader Reviews of...

L'Impero

45 Tudor City Pl., New York, NY, 10017
nr. 42nd St.
212-599-5045

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

70% would go back.

Write your own review

Not As Publicized

By CLI on 4/16/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

We were anticipating a really good evening based upon reviews. We already started to worry as we approached the restaurant's dark, poorly lit entrance on a cold, blowy night. The patio in front is all broken; high heels are tricky. The front door was backed up with a plastic sheet! to keep the cold out. The bathrooms were terrible. The tables are on top of each other and the host could offer nothing larger for two people; just a tiny table on top of everyone else. The food was barely passable and NOT as some reviewers raved. Small portions, and nothing memorable. The waiter had an attitude and had little input regarding wine list. The busboy was very good. It is NOT an elegant spot nor a place to linger over a nice cognac.We departed for the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South where they know how to treat a customer and KEEP a customer!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
228 out of 510 people found this review helpful.

Superlative Evening

By NYCPrincess on 2/16/2004

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

From one NYC Princess to the rest...you MUST go to this absolutely wonderful restaurant. From the moment you enter this beautifully decorated space everything is perfect. It is simply elegant without being stuffy. You would feel comfortable in an evening gown or jeans. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and very professional without being pretenious, (which they have every right to be). The food, in a word, sublime. I started with the Sweet Breads, then the Duck Foie Gras Agnolotti, and for a main dish I had the Orata. Each dish was flawlessly executed. Go for the prix fixe and save room for dessert. I love this place and intend to go back again and again.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
217 out of 432 people found this review helpful.

Superb

By bear on 7/17/2003

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

Literally one of the best restaurants in the city... I haven't experienced such amazing service in a long time. Food was prepared perfectly and came out at the exact time. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in great food, great service and a fabulous evening out.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
228 out of 419 people found this review helpful.

Posh but Not Tasty

By loremar on 5/19/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Service and decor certainly add to a restaurant. However, to become worthy of high marks, food should also be fresh and prepared well. On the night we ate at L'Impero the steak was dry and tasteless and the branzino had a fishy aura. On the whole, it was a very uninspiring meal.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
173 out of 364 people found this review helpful.

Clever culinary

By KenJamo on 5/9/2003

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

While its architecture and interior design provides a simple but wonderful backdrop to this new and exciting restaurant, it is the cuisine that makes this restaurant shine, My hat goes off to Scott Conant (Chef) and I truly believe Scott will define and set the bench mark for new and old chefs that want to create Italian American cooking in the future. My experince was nothing short of an extraordinary sense of privilege.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
167 out of 342 people found this review helpful.

Amazing...

By mushcat on 3/12/2003

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

I just love this restaurant. Every taste is bursting with flavor. Scott Conant does everything right. The only criticism I have is that the banquettes are low -- so I always request a table with chairs instead of banquettes. And I've always been accommodated. I can't wait to go back again.

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
193 out of 426 people found this review helpful.

excellent all around

By uptowngirl on 3/11/2003

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

I wish I could eat here every night! It was a wonderful experience and I was very pleased. I took family guests from out of town and they were very impressed. The staff is very accomodating and very friendly, but also professional. Chef Scott Conant has done an amazing job and it was nice to be able to compliment him at the door!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
209 out of 383 people found this review helpful.

A gem - NY needs more like this!

By suef on 3/10/2003

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

Impeccable service, inventive food and atmosphere to boot. I can't wait to sip an aperitif on the little outdoor terrace. Kids under 18 should not be invited!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
211 out of 386 people found this review helpful.

All ego and no taste.

By bambola on 3/7/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I should have known I was in for trouble when I asked the waiter for my pasta 'al dente' and he looked at me quizically and said 'well, i'll see if I can get to it fast enough'... Or, perhaps it should have dawned on me when a busboy came by with a breadbasket loaded with wholeweat and french and I asked him for the brown one and he said 'We don't have any brown bread anymore, it has too much fiber, but we have wheat or french'. Or, it could have been when the sommelier came back 3 times telling us our selection was 'not available at this hour'. I think it finally hit me when I saw my plate arrive, skate, all dried and shriveled up (probably sat waiting too long for the al dente pasta) on a bed of lentils that had turned into a mini block of concrete... I happened to be dining with a very fussy eater, and the arrival of his plate, after a 30 minute delay, a wrong order, made us get up and leave.. something I haven't done in this city in years... A restaurant in tudor city: YAY, L'Impero: NO WAY!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
178 out of 343 people found this review helpful.

an italian in tudor city

By Alan Katz (NY MAG) on 1/14/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

nestled in the out of the way but easy to reach tudor city you feel like you're someplace else. from the moment you enter through the velvet covered entrance till you hit the romantic lighting you know you have arrived. the food overall was terrific. the prix fixe tasting menu was spot on. it gives you the opportunity to sample from all areas of the menu and you'll be glad you did. from the salads to the pastas to the fish and game everything our table ordered was perfect (the angoletti, the lobster salad, the venison, the branzino). i wish i could say the same for the service...a little slow and inattentive. not terrible, just could have been better. overall--a winner!

Did you find this review helpful?
Yes No Request Removal
148 out of 293 people found this review helpful.

Add Comment

You will be prompted to sign in with your NYMag or
Facebook account.

  awful average excellent
In determining overall rating, food and service are given more weight.
Rate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Food
Service
Décor
Would you go back?

Some Hints:

  • The best reviews give a clear sense of why you liked or disliked a restaurant, bar, or store. And that means details. Mention specifics dishes, type of crowd, pros and cons...
  • If it's helpful to compare one place to another, go for it.
  • Come up with clever, funny, pithy subject lines, and write in the first person.
  • Don't forget to read the user rating guidelines and rules.
CloseUpdating your review
By
| Not you?
Advertising
Advertising
Advertising
Advertising