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243 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-758-1479 | www.felidia-nyc.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm; Sat.: 5:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 4:00pm-10:00pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner; pre-theater
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE; PRIX FIXE LUNCH)USD 15-26; USD 20-39; USD 29.50
FAMOUS PLATESVeal tenderloin; pappardelle with duck and mushrooms; pear-/fresh pecorino-filled ravioli; limoncello tiramisu
DRINKS AND WINEWine (over 1,200 labels); beers
# OF SEATS100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - 3 private rooms able to accommodate 6-45 guests
SUBWAYLexington Ave.-59th St. (N, Q, R); 59th St. (4, 5, 6); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
As usually happens with restaurants started by television personalities, patrons from all over pack into the two lower-level dining rooms at Felidia hoping to glimpse TV chef, cookbook author, and owner Lidia Bastianich as she moves between tables greeting guests. It is, however, chef Fortunato Nicotra who dishes out the fabulous fare: traditional, sumptuous Italian plates (many inspired by Istria, the peninsula near Croatia and Slovenia from which Bastianich hails) like ravioli, veal shank, and the coveted tiramisu. The dining rooms are refined yet welcoming, pleasantly appointed with charming red chairs, mahogany wine cabinets, and ceiling-high flower arrangements. The reasonable three-course prix fixe lunch menu is perfect for business lunches or just an afternoon refresher.
A mature mix of moneyed Midtowners, couples, and foodie tourists.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This is a formal establishment (jackets required for men), so girls, we’d go with a silky blouse, cigarette skirt, and some Chanel pumps.
GO HERE WITH
Family (grown members, that is); a small party of friends; clients or colleagues; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The charming space, the flawless service, and, of course, the chance to chat with Lidia.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The prices can be rather steep, even for such delicious food.
GOOD TO KNOW
Contrary to rumor, Lidia Bastianich is not in house everyday. Caution: meals here are no fast affairs; be prepared to spend up to 2.5 hours for lunch and even more for dinner (hey, you’re here for an Italian experience, so a leisurely meal is called for). A bar menu is available for those in need of a quick fix or more casual setting. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you are in luck, because the kitchen has a gluten-free menu just for you. Be sure to try the limoncello tiramisu at the end of your meal…but also try to save some room for the free cookies that arrive with your check! Sundays feature both the a la carte menu as well as a family-style menu.
None, but sister restaurants Lidia’s (Pittsburgh; Kansas City); Esca (New York); Becco (New York); Del Posto (New York)
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