45 Tudor City Pl., New York, NY, 10017
nr. 42nd St.
By traveller12 on 5/27/2008
Although the clientele appeared limited to captains of industry, we enjoyed ourselves here; our meal was extraordinary. The homemade pasta is a transcendental experience. The creative focus of this restaurant is clearly on the food -- our waitstaff was far less experienced than that of, say, esca, the comfort level of the restaurant was only fine, the bread was average. But the pasta dishes were better than any I've ever tasted. We were treated very well even though we did not order a multicourse meal.
By Gianni on 8/11/2007
Went to L'impero the other night, Heared that Michael White was in the Kitchen. Let me tell you this is where it's at. The grilled Pancetta, Octopus and the Baccala were all awsome, seasond just right. Then we ordered the pastas Maccheroni, Orrechiette and the Ravioli.. truely the best pastas in NYC bar none. Entrees were great as well Swordfish was nice and fresh and also MR. Desserts were nice and sesonal, cherries and the apricot were to die for. Service was very atentive. What a great deal for $64.00, best deal in NYC. Everyone needs to try it out for themselves. Truely a gem for NYC. Mario and Joe look out. 3 stars
By thedonsl on 8/5/2007
Great dessert here, that's about it. Food is very good, however very small portions, I asked the server for bread 4 times because I was so hungry! Girlfriend ordered soup and wasn't told it was a cold soup. Place was empty, which now I know why. I wouldn't go back here. Bottom line, I had better food at the ballgame.
By luv2travel on 11/30/2005
Food was good however service was horrible. Waiter took forever to give us a menu and then they gave us bread 15 minutes later. On the whole the dishes were good. Desserts were nothing special. Would i go back? Probably.
By bliss8760 on 4/16/2005
I was absoulutely amazed at findng such an accomidating delicious restaurant in Manhattan. I honestly can't believe that anyone would find L'Impero anything but perfection.
By liberte on 3/28/2005
After hearing great things about L'Impero, we finally made it for dinner. Although the food was good, (though not spectacular) we were very unhappy with the service. Maybe our expectations were high, but you're paying $100-$150 per person, you expect a certain level of service. This was well below average. Won't be going back!
By sensei on 1/10/2005
Fresh white truffle pasta... it's worth it's weight in gold - and priced accordingly - but a truly sublime creation, not to be missed. Decor is soothing, cushy and opulent, service is attentive but not overpowering, timeliness and presentation of food was perfect. An exceptional culinary masterpiece in New York.
By Lex142 on 11/21/2004
My, what a cold place in a beautiful,warm neighborhood. We should have turned around the minute they skipped "hello". This is a noisy place with slow, dull staff.The menu is a mess. It is a shame. Great squash soup and a delightful coat-check person.
By emily1 on 10/14/2004
I have longed for properly cooked squid ink pasta and this is the place to go if you love intricate delicacies. The only caveat is the room itself, it's a bit stuffy.
By Kelkeelo on 7/19/2004
From the quaint outside seating to the inviting staff this restaurant is now my newest favorite place to eat. Though I came with my fiance and another couple L'Impero would also be perfect for a romantic dinner, a business meeting or a special event. I can't say enough about the food - the poached Black Bass, the moist tender lamb, the soft shell crab - yum, yum and more yum! Not to mention that the chef is a true class act who seems to know just what his clientele is looking for -understated class and quality - job well done!