Cipriani Downtown��

★★★☆☆
  • 376 W Broadway

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Broome St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-343-0999

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Daily, noon-midnight

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Easy to Dismiss Cipriani as both showy and cliquey, but get used to it and you'll find one of the best tables in town. Great Italian food with attentive, responsive and tactful (discreet) service.

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★★★★★

Easy to Dismiss Cipriani as both showy and cliquey, but get used to it and you'll find one of the best tables in town. Great Italian food with attentive, responsive and tactful (discreet) service.

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the best cipriani in town

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★★★★★

the best cipriani in town

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The Cipriani Empire, the restaurant equivalent of the Roman Empire, has made its mark in New York City. With locations in Midtown, Soho and Wall Street, the Cipriani rivals restaurants such as Sant Ambroeus and Casa Lever. Each location (Harry Cipriani, Cipriani Downtown and Cipriani Wall Street) each have something unique to offer. Harry Cipriani is the more formal restaurant. The Cipriani Downtown is more for Manhattan's socialites who blow air kisses and drink Bellinis at 1 o'clock in the afternoon on a Saturday and the Cipriani Wall Street is more for the "power lunch" crowd. Being 17 and not an intern on Wall Street I, of course, opted for the chic and oh so fabulous Cipriani Downtown. Going to the Cipriani Downtown is essentially like going to Soho and purchasing a ticket for a two hour trip to Italy. Everything from the elegant tables and chairs to the almost wall length photo collages of photos ranging from Sophia Loren to snap shots of Florence just scream "Italy". Of course you can't forget the flamboyant chandelier hanging center stage in the dining room. The space isn't large so reservations can be hard to come by and for lunch the place tends to get packed all at once (usually around 1 o'clock). So I suppose snagging a 12:30 reservation was perfect. The restaurant packs everyone in so tight that you can often, unintentionally, eavesdrop on other's conversations. The crowd ranges from the uber chic Manhattan socialites to touristy families from Europe, and both ends of the spectrum come prepared with their Platinum American Express cards. The waitstaff while courteous and never rude, can have a few slip ups once in a while. But then again with about 15 waiters for such a small place, one can understand why it gets so hectic. Originally I had thought that coming to the Cipriani was solely for the scene, but the food was a surprising part of the trip. The fried calamari was superb and the Prosciutto di Parma tasted as if it was just flown in from Italy. As for the entrees, me and my party ordered the Pappardelle alla Bolognese, Penne with Veal Sauce and the Chicken Spezzatino Alla Pizzaiola. At first glance the portions seem small and feeble, but after a few bites you wonder how you'll finish it all. Certain pasta dishes are made for sharing and others are personal plates. But all tend to be around the same price ($25.95). The Pappardelle was cooked perfectly and the Bolognese sauce was tasty and full of chunks of lamb (which is always a plus). The Penne tasted fantastic as well and was cooked al dente, just to my liking. And of course no Italian meal is complete with out coffee and dessert and the Cipriani Downtown takes care of this with a small plate of cookies for the table, on the house of course. Though the prices may be high, its worth the trip. Some may say the Cipriani Downtown is only good for the scene and ambiance, but I found the food to be pretty good (though I must admit, paying $27.95 for Fried Calamari is a bit absurd. But then again you're at the Cipriani in Soho not Don Peppe's in Ozone Park, Queens). Be sure to visit this upscale, elegant Italian bistro whether it be for lunch or dinner!

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★★★★☆

The Cipriani Empire, the restaurant equivalent of the Roman Empire, has made its mark in New York City. With locations in Midtown, Soho and Wall Street, the Cipriani rivals restaurants such as Sant Ambroeus and Casa Lever. Each location (Harry Cipriani, Cipriani Downtown and Cipriani Wall Street) each have something unique to offer. Harry Cipriani is the more formal restaurant. The Cipriani Downtown is more for Manhattan's socialites who blow air kisses and drink Bellinis at 1 o'clock in the afternoon on a Saturday and the Cipriani Wall Street is more for the "power lunch" crowd. Being 17 and not an intern on Wall Street I, of course, opted for the chic and oh so fabulous Cipriani Downtown. Going to the Cipriani Downtown is essentially like going to Soho and purchasing a ticket for a two hour trip to Italy. Everything from the elegant tables and chairs to the almost wall length photo collages of photos ranging from Sophia Loren to snap shots of Florence just scream "Italy". Of course you can't forget the flamboyant chandelier hanging center stage in the dining room. The space isn't large so reservations can be hard to come by and for lunch the place tends to get packed all at once (usually around 1 o'clock). So I suppose snagging a 12:30 reservation was perfect. The restaurant packs everyone in so tight that you can often, unintentionally, eavesdrop on other's conversations. The crowd ranges from the uber chic Manhattan socialites to touristy families from Europe, and both ends of the spectrum come prepared with their Platinum American Express cards. The waitstaff while courteous and never rude, can have a few slip ups once in a while. But then again with about 15 waiters for such a small place, one can understand why it gets so hectic. Originally I had thought that coming to the Cipriani was solely for the scene, but the food was a surprising part of the trip. The fried calamari was superb and the Prosciutto di Parma tasted as if it was just flown in from Italy. As for the entrees, me and my party ordered the Pappardelle alla Bolognese, Penne with Veal Sauce and the Chicken Spezzatino Alla Pizzaiola. At first glance the portions seem small and feeble, but after a few bites you wonder how you'll finish it all. Certain pasta dishes are made for sharing and others are personal plates. But all tend to be around the same price ($25.95). The Pappardelle was cooked perfectly and the Bolognese sauce was tasty and full of chunks of lamb (which is always a plus). The Penne tasted fantastic as well and was cooked al dente, just to my liking. And of course no Italian meal is complete with out coffee and dessert and the Cipriani Downtown takes care of this with a small plate of cookies for the table, on the house of course. Though the prices may be high, its worth the trip. Some may say the Cipriani Downtown is only good for the scene and ambiance, but I found the food to be pretty good (though I must admit, paying $27.95 for Fried Calamari is a bit absurd. But then again you're at the Cipriani in Soho not Don Peppe's in Ozone Park, Queens). Be sure to visit this upscale, elegant Italian bistro whether it be for lunch or dinner!

Check out my blog: bit.ly/7KoJa6

Pros: Food, Decor, Crowd

Cons: Service

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my husband and i found our waiter to be friendly, the food fresh, tasty, and very simply presented.
We stumbled across the restaurant not knowing the history . it was raining and we were very casually dressed and walked in soaked to the bone and the waiter made a couple selections for us. we had a cucumber tomato salad and veal ravioli and wow best i had ever had, perfectly prepared. we had dessert and they even brought a complimentary piece of pecan pie. wow packed with lovely giant pecans! the cheese cake (not philly cream cheese, was delicious also. I'm picky about food and i thought it was one of the best meals had in a long time. of course i didn't walk in thinking it was "hot spot" place to be seen.

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★★★★☆

my husband and i found our waiter to be friendly, the food fresh, tasty, and very simply presented.
We stumbled across the restaurant not knowing the history . it was raining and we were very casually dressed and walked in soaked to the bone and the waiter made a couple selections for us. we had a cucumber tomato salad and veal ravioli and wow best i had ever had, perfectly prepared. we had dessert and they even brought a complimentary piece of pecan pie. wow packed with lovely giant pecans! the cheese cake (not philly cream cheese, was delicious also. I'm picky about food and i thought it was one of the best meals had in a long time. of course i didn't walk in thinking it was "hot spot" place to be seen.

Pros: not stuffy -some pasta made fresh- personable staff

Cons: expensive without the luxury

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CIPRIANI
55 WALL STREET, MANHATTAN 10005

Violation points: 26

Inspection Date: 12/19/2007

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.

Sanitary Violations
1.) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
2.) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
3.) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
4.) Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.

Previous Inspection Results

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★☆☆☆☆

CIPRIANI
55 WALL STREET, MANHATTAN 10005

Violation points: 26

Inspection Date: 12/19/2007

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.

Sanitary Violations
1.) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
2.) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
3.) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
4.) Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.

Previous Inspection Results

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Have eaten there three times because customers wanted to go. All three times food was borderline unedible. The people who go here to be seen, do not have a clue of what good food is. With the great restaurants and chefs that exist in this city, the fact that this restaurant stays open shows that P.T. Barnum was right, there is a s*cker born every minute!

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★☆☆☆☆

Have eaten there three times because customers wanted to go. All three times food was borderline unedible. The people who go here to be seen, do not have a clue of what good food is. With the great restaurants and chefs that exist in this city, the fact that this restaurant stays open shows that P.T. Barnum was right, there is a s*cker born every minute!

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I went to Cipriani with my wife. We should've walked away once we were handed the menu, which doesn't have anything below $25.95, except maybe starters for about $20. Anything with any type of meat is closer to $40. The prices there our way out of proportion. If you are wiling to pay those prices, you could have dinner at one of Mario Batali's restaurants, at the Blue Hill, Asia de Cuba, or other places where the food is truly excellent. Cipriani downtown is just a fancy cafeteria for people that want to show off. The wine I had was $9.95, and came in a cheap, tiny glass; and the wine was mediocre at best. The waiter asked if we wanted flat or sparkling water. I told him "tap water is fine". Then he brought a bottle of flat, bottled water. I didn't say anything because the bottle was open, so I though it was just tap water in a recycled bottle (which I seen done at other places). When the check came, we had been charged, I think $12 for the water. I think that if they don't serve tap water, the waiter should say so and not force people to take the bottled water. Also, they charged me more for my plate than what I believe the menu said. I didn?t even say anything because I was so upset that I didn't had it in me to start an argument for $10-$20. Anyhow, I left only about 10% tip, although 0% crossed my mind, and we spend over $120 on two ok plates and two tiny drinks. I work near the Cipriani at 42nd street and get takeout there at lest once every couple of weeks. I love the food at the 42nd location and I can get takeout for about $13, and is usually better than what I could get a Cipriani Downtown for $40+.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Cipriani with my wife. We should've walked away once we were handed the menu, which doesn't have anything below $25.95, except maybe starters for about $20. Anything with any type of meat is closer to $40. The prices there our way out of proportion. If you are wiling to pay those prices, you could have dinner at one of Mario Batali's restaurants, at the Blue Hill, Asia de Cuba, or other places where the food is truly excellent. Cipriani downtown is just a fancy cafeteria for people that want to show off. The wine I had was $9.95, and came in a cheap, tiny glass; and the wine was mediocre at best. The waiter asked if we wanted flat or sparkling water. I told him "tap water is fine". Then he brought a bottle of flat, bottled water. I didn't say anything because the bottle was open, so I though it was just tap water in a recycled bottle (which I seen done at other places). When the check came, we had been charged, I think $12 for the water. I think that if they don't serve tap water, the waiter should say so and not force people to take the bottled water. Also, they charged me more for my plate than what I believe the menu said. I didn?t even say anything because I was so upset that I didn't had it in me to start an argument for $10-$20. Anyhow, I left only about 10% tip, although 0% crossed my mind, and we spend over $120 on two ok plates and two tiny drinks. I work near the Cipriani at 42nd street and get takeout there at lest once every couple of weeks. I love the food at the 42nd location and I can get takeout for about $13, and is usually better than what I could get a Cipriani Downtown for $40+.

Pros: Hard to think of any

Cons: Way overpriced, innacurate prices and charges on check, mediocre food, tiny cheap wine glasses

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So I went to Cipriani's downtown with a friend last night. We were both excited to try this trendy, popular SOHO spot. Walked in & were seated immediately at a small table next near the bar. Little did we know that the service would be that bad! I'm not really a wine snob but more of a wine glass snob...we had our multipuciano in these tiny little glasses that looked like they cost $5.00. Come on Cipriani's! Now being a former waitress, I realize how important it is to act towards your customers. Our waiter needed some pointers...in fact, the entire staff did. The manager grazed the dining floor but never once made his way to our table to ask how we were doing. Guess our Gucci and Marc Jacobs bags didn't cut it. Our food arrived & it was just OK...definitely not worth the $41 my lamb chops were priced at. After I had finished 2 of the 4 lamb chops, they had THEN asked if I wanted the mint jelly that should have accompanied the plate upon its arrival to our table. Finished our entrees & we were approched by a different waiter to take our dessert and coffee order. I ordered green tea and my friend ordered a decaf coffee. Mind you, we are two people. When our tea and coffee arrived, the waiter had to ask who ordered what...are you serious? To top it off, we had ordered the apple pie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. When the ice cream came out, the waiter realized the apple pie hadnt arrived yet so took the ice cream back to what should have been the freezer. Approximately 4 minutes later when the apple pie arrived, the ice cream made its way back to our table, but this time, one of the scoops had completely melted and was pure ice cream soup. Now, I love ice cream soup but not at Cipriani's. So we ask for the bill & our waiter nods, finishes his conversation with his fellow waiter and THEN brings the bill. Not worth it at all and we hope the 10% tip we left got our message across. The restaurant clearly needs to step it up several notches!

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★★☆☆☆

So I went to Cipriani's downtown with a friend last night. We were both excited to try this trendy, popular SOHO spot. Walked in & were seated immediately at a small table next near the bar. Little did we know that the service would be that bad! I'm not really a wine snob but more of a wine glass snob...we had our multipuciano in these tiny little glasses that looked like they cost $5.00. Come on Cipriani's! Now being a former waitress, I realize how important it is to act towards your customers. Our waiter needed some pointers...in fact, the entire staff did. The manager grazed the dining floor but never once made his way to our table to ask how we were doing. Guess our Gucci and Marc Jacobs bags didn't cut it. Our food arrived & it was just OK...definitely not worth the $41 my lamb chops were priced at. After I had finished 2 of the 4 lamb chops, they had THEN asked if I wanted the mint jelly that should have accompanied the plate upon its arrival to our table. Finished our entrees & we were approched by a different waiter to take our dessert and coffee order. I ordered green tea and my friend ordered a decaf coffee. Mind you, we are two people. When our tea and coffee arrived, the waiter had to ask who ordered what...are you serious? To top it off, we had ordered the apple pie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. When the ice cream came out, the waiter realized the apple pie hadnt arrived yet so took the ice cream back to what should have been the freezer. Approximately 4 minutes later when the apple pie arrived, the ice cream made its way back to our table, but this time, one of the scoops had completely melted and was pure ice cream soup. Now, I love ice cream soup but not at Cipriani's. So we ask for the bill & our waiter nods, finishes his conversation with his fellow waiter and THEN brings the bill. Not worth it at all and we hope the 10% tip we left got our message across. The restaurant clearly needs to step it up several notches!

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i have to say the service was great in this restaurant and my boyfriend and i were treated very well considering the fact that i showed up in jeans and ugg boots and he was wearing his jeans and sneakers as well!! we did get tons of stares from the overly glam patrons that seem to think the ticket to getting in to this place is getting past the velvet rope. still, my boyfriend and i are not ones to care about what other people think. we were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival and the waiters took care of us immediately without rushing us through our meal. the food was not the best i've ever had but it was obviously freshly cooked and piping hot! still, this place is not for food lovers but more for people watching. if you prefer to dine at a place for the food then go somewhere else. but if you prefer to be at a place just because it's the IT place to be in regardless of the quality of food, then this is the place for you. don't forget to wear your best outfit and get dolled up so you can blend in with the rest of the crowd.

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★★☆☆☆

i have to say the service was great in this restaurant and my boyfriend and i were treated very well considering the fact that i showed up in jeans and ugg boots and he was wearing his jeans and sneakers as well!! we did get tons of stares from the overly glam patrons that seem to think the ticket to getting in to this place is getting past the velvet rope. still, my boyfriend and i are not ones to care about what other people think. we were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival and the waiters took care of us immediately without rushing us through our meal. the food was not the best i've ever had but it was obviously freshly cooked and piping hot! still, this place is not for food lovers but more for people watching. if you prefer to dine at a place for the food then go somewhere else. but if you prefer to be at a place just because it's the IT place to be in regardless of the quality of food, then this is the place for you. don't forget to wear your best outfit and get dolled up so you can blend in with the rest of the crowd.

Pros: great service

Cons: more of a club scene than restaurant

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I was having a day out with my boyfriend for out one year anniversary. We had an amazing lunch that day at a brazilian restaurant called Porcao (Park at 26th St which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!) and then went to see Cirque du Soleil At MSG which was also great. To top off the night we went to Cipriani as we had never been there before and heard the name a few times. Let me just say I am honestly sitting in my apartment drinking right now to forget about the experience. It was the brightest restaurant I've been to in my life, the tables are on top of eachother, and the waitress looked just like the clowns we saws at the show. Now, I've been to many high end restaurants in the city and there is nothing special about the food at all. When I sat down we debated leaving because of the loud, uncomfortable atmosphere but we stayed hoping the food would make up for the lack of everything else. We were wrong. It was just sad that's how we ended our one year anniversary. We ate our food as quick as possible and couldn't wait to get out of there. All I can say is if you want to have a nice dinner in the city there are too many great restaurants to end up here.

FYI. . . the girls who wrote on this website "this is their favorite restaurant" probably idolize Paris Hilton and have never paid for a single dinner there

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★☆☆☆☆

I was having a day out with my boyfriend for out one year anniversary. We had an amazing lunch that day at a brazilian restaurant called Porcao (Park at 26th St which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!) and then went to see Cirque du Soleil At MSG which was also great. To top off the night we went to Cipriani as we had never been there before and heard the name a few times. Let me just say I am honestly sitting in my apartment drinking right now to forget about the experience. It was the brightest restaurant I've been to in my life, the tables are on top of eachother, and the waitress looked just like the clowns we saws at the show. Now, I've been to many high end restaurants in the city and there is nothing special about the food at all. When I sat down we debated leaving because of the loud, uncomfortable atmosphere but we stayed hoping the food would make up for the lack of everything else. We were wrong. It was just sad that's how we ended our one year anniversary. We ate our food as quick as possible and couldn't wait to get out of there. All I can say is if you want to have a nice dinner in the city there are too many great restaurants to end up here.

FYI. . . the girls who wrote on this website "this is their favorite restaurant" probably idolize Paris Hilton and have never paid for a single dinner there

Pros: The wine, service

Cons: atmoshere, food,

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I don't like reading the reviews of people bitching about the food or the service... it doesn't really seem like they are "getting" this place. Don't go there unless you are in the mood to play. If you're not gonna glam it up and and get into your best gear and put on a smile a double kiss/grease the waiter and cha cha your way to your seat... there is no point in going. You might as well go somewhere on the upper east side for an early bird special... or better yet sit home in your pajamas and make your own pasta with your "sauze you buy at whole foods" ahahaha. Ciprianis kicks butt and they always take care of the ladies... isnt that what counts?

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★★★★★

I don't like reading the reviews of people bitching about the food or the service... it doesn't really seem like they are "getting" this place. Don't go there unless you are in the mood to play. If you're not gonna glam it up and and get into your best gear and put on a smile a double kiss/grease the waiter and cha cha your way to your seat... there is no point in going. You might as well go somewhere on the upper east side for an early bird special... or better yet sit home in your pajamas and make your own pasta with your "sauze you buy at whole foods" ahahaha. Ciprianis kicks butt and they always take care of the ladies... isnt that what counts?

Pros: The beautiful people and the glam factor

Cons: Less hospitable/discriminatory to the poor and unsexy

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With their current $10 million IRS tax evasion charge and the possibility of the feds shutting them down and the owners going to jail, I thought we should see what the fuss is all about. The man guarding the entrance in the way too tight tuxedo asked "doo... you have a... re...ser...va...cion?" I almost started laughing because it reminded me of a Steve Martin bit. Clearly he was no more french than the actor Antonio Banderez whom he looked like. It should have sent us running but there were four (one whom is an out of country house-guest) of us and we were hungry. We were seated at a cramped table pushed into the corner of the room. It was a warm, humid night but they had the doors open onto the sidewalk which was not very comfortable and it allowed flies and mosquitos to fly about and feast on us while we waited for our dinner. I don't mind mosquitos when I'm outdoors, but when you're at a "fine restaurant" spending a few hundred dollars for dinner, I prefer to be the host for our guests and not the mosquitos. It would have been appropriate if they included a can of Raid with the salty bread sticks. We ordered: I had their home made pasta with smoked bacon and when it arrived it was overly greasy and looked like a child's portion on a medium sized plate. And the sauce we buy at Whole Foods (Fabello) is superior. I'm not a big man but come on, it was insulting. I expected more for my $25 meal. And $12 for a bottle of flat water? It's obvious this place is coasting on a reputation created from a bygone era and services mostly tourists and the euro crowd who don't care about the food as much as being seen there. It's pre-ten-tious. The food is average. And it's extremely over priced. Save your money and your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

With their current $10 million IRS tax evasion charge and the possibility of the feds shutting them down and the owners going to jail, I thought we should see what the fuss is all about. The man guarding the entrance in the way too tight tuxedo asked "doo... you have a... re...ser...va...cion?" I almost started laughing because it reminded me of a Steve Martin bit. Clearly he was no more french than the actor Antonio Banderez whom he looked like. It should have sent us running but there were four (one whom is an out of country house-guest) of us and we were hungry. We were seated at a cramped table pushed into the corner of the room. It was a warm, humid night but they had the doors open onto the sidewalk which was not very comfortable and it allowed flies and mosquitos to fly about and feast on us while we waited for our dinner. I don't mind mosquitos when I'm outdoors, but when you're at a "fine restaurant" spending a few hundred dollars for dinner, I prefer to be the host for our guests and not the mosquitos. It would have been appropriate if they included a can of Raid with the salty bread sticks. We ordered: I had their home made pasta with smoked bacon and when it arrived it was overly greasy and looked like a child's portion on a medium sized plate. And the sauce we buy at Whole Foods (Fabello) is superior. I'm not a big man but come on, it was insulting. I expected more for my $25 meal. And $12 for a bottle of flat water? It's obvious this place is coasting on a reputation created from a bygone era and services mostly tourists and the euro crowd who don't care about the food as much as being seen there. It's pre-ten-tious. The food is average. And it's extremely over priced. Save your money and your time.

Pros: It's in SOHO

Cons: It's in SOHO

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i was so excited to try cipriani. the place was jammed (which i expected) and my friend and i were told it would be a 5 minute wait. after 30 minutes, we continued to check in with the host, who assured us that we were next. we were waiting for 1 hour before we were seated (people who came in after us were seated first--when we asked the host about this he mumbled something, but couldn't provide us with an answer). belinis were tasty (not overally special) and the food was just okay--salads were wonderful, pasta was SO tasteless (and i'm pretty easy to please when it comes to pasta!). after we sat down the service was great. i just think there are enough fun places in NYC to people watch AND have incredible food. cipriani, on this particular day, is not one of those places.

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★★★☆☆

i was so excited to try cipriani. the place was jammed (which i expected) and my friend and i were told it would be a 5 minute wait. after 30 minutes, we continued to check in with the host, who assured us that we were next. we were waiting for 1 hour before we were seated (people who came in after us were seated first--when we asked the host about this he mumbled something, but couldn't provide us with an answer). belinis were tasty (not overally special) and the food was just okay--salads were wonderful, pasta was SO tasteless (and i'm pretty easy to please when it comes to pasta!). after we sat down the service was great. i just think there are enough fun places in NYC to people watch AND have incredible food. cipriani, on this particular day, is not one of those places.

Pros: great salads

Cons: wait, bland food

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TERRIBLE service. Mediocre, poorly presented, over-priced food. And yet somehow they have buzz. AVOID.

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★☆☆☆☆

TERRIBLE service. Mediocre, poorly presented, over-priced food. And yet somehow they have buzz. AVOID.

Pros: you might see george clooney

Cons: everything. over-crowded.

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Maybe the worst culinary experience I've ever had in New York. The maitre'd is incredibly rude and yelled at his waitstaff. There are a million waiters - probably a 1-to-1 ratio - but somehow the service is horrible. My friend had a chocolate cake spilled on him and no one offered to pay for the dry cleaning. A waiter took my meal when I was halfway finished. The food is mediocre and incredibly over-priced ($25 hamburger and $17 mimosas). The space is way too crowded, so much so that the people watching isn't even enjoyable.

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★★★☆☆

Maybe the worst culinary experience I've ever had in New York. The maitre'd is incredibly rude and yelled at his waitstaff. There are a million waiters - probably a 1-to-1 ratio - but somehow the service is horrible. My friend had a chocolate cake spilled on him and no one offered to pay for the dry cleaning. A waiter took my meal when I was halfway finished. The food is mediocre and incredibly over-priced ($25 hamburger and $17 mimosas). The space is way too crowded, so much so that the people watching isn't even enjoyable.

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I have dined at many top restaurants during my travels in Europe and Asia, and Cipriani Downtown is very far removed from the top. The maitre'd or manager is rude and had an attitude (he doesn't realize that he's a only a chief server). My party was told to come back2 hours later at 10pm even though there were many empty tables (on a Wednesday night). Food was mediocre for an overpriced selection. Don't waste your time at this establishment. The owner of Cipriani should consider replacing his senior staff if he's serious about his business.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have dined at many top restaurants during my travels in Europe and Asia, and Cipriani Downtown is very far removed from the top. The maitre'd or manager is rude and had an attitude (he doesn't realize that he's a only a chief server). My party was told to come back2 hours later at 10pm even though there were many empty tables (on a Wednesday night). Food was mediocre for an overpriced selection. Don't waste your time at this establishment. The owner of Cipriani should consider replacing his senior staff if he's serious about his business.

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girls night out! we went there on friday night to celebrate my 30th birthday.we were promptly seated outside. 10 minutes after that we realize that girl seating next to our table is penelope cruz with some friends. wow..waiter was very friendly, food was good, i recommend chillian seabas and calamari. lot of sexi men, models, artist, fealthy rich people. feels like in IVY rest. in beverly hills.

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★★★★★

girls night out! we went there on friday night to celebrate my 30th birthday.we were promptly seated outside. 10 minutes after that we realize that girl seating next to our table is penelope cruz with some friends. wow..waiter was very friendly, food was good, i recommend chillian seabas and calamari. lot of sexi men, models, artist, fealthy rich people. feels like in IVY rest. in beverly hills.

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I guess I'm a regular now. I keep coming back to this adored establishment and really find no fault in the killer bellinis and wonderful service. I love the way the servers treat me. They go out of their way to give complimentary menu items and great seating. The atmosphere may be even better than the food. The best thing to order is the fra diavlo, calamari, or proscuitto. Anything with Chip's name on it is a class act.

2
★★★★☆

I guess I'm a regular now. I keep coming back to this adored establishment and really find no fault in the killer bellinis and wonderful service. I love the way the servers treat me. They go out of their way to give complimentary menu items and great seating. The atmosphere may be even better than the food. The best thing to order is the fra diavlo, calamari, or proscuitto. Anything with Chip's name on it is a class act.

Pros: Ambience, Great Clientel, Super Service

Cons: The Scene Almost Overwhelms the Food

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Who is the chef ???? I cook better and who is the manager ??? drop the attitude
Education please............go back home stop fake

0
★☆☆☆☆

Who is the chef ???? I cook better and who is the manager ??? drop the attitude
Education please............go back home stop fake

Pros: plastic fantastic............

Cons: service, ambient, everything

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I went with a Tuesday night party hosted by a promoter and was comped and also got to sample alot of really good appetizers! The broccoli rabe, aspargus, and scallops are notable, and the mixed vegetables are pretty yummy, as are the signature bellinis. The food is good but not amazing; true gourmands may be dissapointed, as people go for the food, the scene, the crowd, the name, the experience, etc. It isn't as pricey as I expected although it isn't cheap (entrees range from 20-35$). The crowd was pretty strange-- alot of tacky, flashy people with too much $ and not enough taste. I assume uptown is more sedated, elegant, and refined, as this one is honestly a bit declasse. Also, I think this one is considered trendy by Eurotrash, as there was an international crowd with money to burn but without much breeding or class to back it up. Made for a pretty fun experience though! The party I was with was great- a mix of models, photographers, artists, actresses, fun, beautiful people, etc. The upstairs is a sort of nightclub filled with tall, skinny women, eurotrash, and bankers. Pretty typical. I would go back, but it isn't a must-do. I would eat dinner there again, but not if I were paying. If I were to spend a decent amount of cash on dinner, I'd go someplace with EXCELLENT, not just "really good" food. But, if parents or friends were treating, I would go, knowing I would have fun, but not super-exciting time. Tuesday is fun, Sunday night is a model karaoke party upstairs.

2
★★★★☆

I went with a Tuesday night party hosted by a promoter and was comped and also got to sample alot of really good appetizers! The broccoli rabe, aspargus, and scallops are notable, and the mixed vegetables are pretty yummy, as are the signature bellinis. The food is good but not amazing; true gourmands may be dissapointed, as people go for the food, the scene, the crowd, the name, the experience, etc. It isn't as pricey as I expected although it isn't cheap (entrees range from 20-35$). The crowd was pretty strange-- alot of tacky, flashy people with too much $ and not enough taste. I assume uptown is more sedated, elegant, and refined, as this one is honestly a bit declasse. Also, I think this one is considered trendy by Eurotrash, as there was an international crowd with money to burn but without much breeding or class to back it up. Made for a pretty fun experience though! The party I was with was great- a mix of models, photographers, artists, actresses, fun, beautiful people, etc. The upstairs is a sort of nightclub filled with tall, skinny women, eurotrash, and bankers. Pretty typical. I would go back, but it isn't a must-do. I would eat dinner there again, but not if I were paying. If I were to spend a decent amount of cash on dinner, I'd go someplace with EXCELLENT, not just "really good" food. But, if parents or friends were treating, I would go, knowing I would have fun, but not super-exciting time. Tuesday is fun, Sunday night is a model karaoke party upstairs.

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Definitely a place to watch celebs, wealthy & beautiful people. We had home made pasta, it was ok, but the foi gras was awesome, & also great cocktails... Service was average... Of course, you come here for the scene with our good friends & that was just purfect night out for us.

2
★★★★★

Definitely a place to watch celebs, wealthy & beautiful people. We had home made pasta, it was ok, but the foi gras was awesome, & also great cocktails... Service was average... Of course, you come here for the scene with our good friends & that was just purfect night out for us.

Pros: Beautiful people, Great cocktail, Great scene

Cons: Service

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I live in the hood, and have used Cirpiani's Downtown as a place to catch up with a friend for years. The food has never been fantastic, but it's fine to balance the great drinks, and I consider it as paying rent.

I've never been so disappointed as last Sunday afternoon. The server was so obnoxious. I told him we weren't going to be ordering mains. He was constantly preasuring us to order more, after I repeatedly told him we weren't going to. He was trying his best to make us feel cheap!

Our bill was over a hundred dollars, and I declined to leave him a tip on my half of the bill, something I've only done once before. He came after me into the streeet to ask me if I "forgot" to leave a tip, or if there was a problem. I told him YOU!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I live in the hood, and have used Cirpiani's Downtown as a place to catch up with a friend for years. The food has never been fantastic, but it's fine to balance the great drinks, and I consider it as paying rent.

I've never been so disappointed as last Sunday afternoon. The server was so obnoxious. I told him we weren't going to be ordering mains. He was constantly preasuring us to order more, after I repeatedly told him we weren't going to. He was trying his best to make us feel cheap!

Our bill was over a hundred dollars, and I declined to leave him a tip on my half of the bill, something I've only done once before. He came after me into the streeet to ask me if I "forgot" to leave a tip, or if there was a problem. I told him YOU!

Pros: great drinks, nice people watching

Cons: too expensive, HORRID service, mediocre food

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The food sucks, the ambience sucks and the service sucks. So why do so many rich glamorous people flock here? You got me, but I know one thing for sure I have never met so many intresting people in my life. Everyone is so friendly, and since you are literally sitting on top of the people next you, everyone gets to know each other. I highly recommend the late night scene upstairs, but good luck getting up there you must know someone or you are out of luck.

2
★★★★★

The food sucks, the ambience sucks and the service sucks. So why do so many rich glamorous people flock here? You got me, but I know one thing for sure I have never met so many intresting people in my life. Everyone is so friendly, and since you are literally sitting on top of the people next you, everyone gets to know each other. I highly recommend the late night scene upstairs, but good luck getting up there you must know someone or you are out of luck.

Pros: good looking people, Bellini's

Cons: Food, bad ambience

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I am so happy there is a Cipriani downtown to meet my gals for brunch on weekends b4 shopping in Soho! Sometimes theres a long wait for outdoor area, but that's fine.

2
★★★★★

I am so happy there is a Cipriani downtown to meet my gals for brunch on weekends b4 shopping in Soho! Sometimes theres a long wait for outdoor area, but that's fine.

Pros: hip scene, laid back

Cons: crowded

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I don't mind paying for a meal at a fancy/name brand restaurant, as long as the food is decent and the service is good......I was visiting home in NY for about 12 days and this was the only chance I had to have a nice dinner in the City. Should have just picked a diner to eat at. You can not believe how disapointed I was. Food was average, price was high, service, terrible, a big minus. Take your money else where!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I don't mind paying for a meal at a fancy/name brand restaurant, as long as the food is decent and the service is good......I was visiting home in NY for about 12 days and this was the only chance I had to have a nice dinner in the City. Should have just picked a diner to eat at. You can not believe how disapointed I was. Food was average, price was high, service, terrible, a big minus. Take your money else where!!!

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The food portion was way too small and it was below average, i expected much more of this well talked about restaurant. The staff are well trained to keep the drink coming, in fact i am shock that my girlfriend and i were able to get up from our table, i had to tell the waiter to stop asking me if i want to drink more. If you want to see someone a big star thenCipriani is the place for you...please note it's going to cost you a pretty $300.00 for two. How yeah, look rich...if not, well just use your imagination! :( I wouldn't feel right recommending it.

1
★★★☆☆

The food portion was way too small and it was below average, i expected much more of this well talked about restaurant. The staff are well trained to keep the drink coming, in fact i am shock that my girlfriend and i were able to get up from our table, i had to tell the waiter to stop asking me if i want to drink more. If you want to see someone a big star thenCipriani is the place for you...please note it's going to cost you a pretty $300.00 for two. How yeah, look rich...if not, well just use your imagination! :( I wouldn't feel right recommending it.

Pros: Location, Meeting "movie stars"

Cons: Over price, no space to move..!!, baby portions

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If you want (old) people watching, a high energy vibe and good food and don't mind waiting for a table, crowded spaces and high prices, this is a good choice. Although the crowd quality has definitely declined....too many lip enhancements and bad nose jobs...more Dallas than NYC:-( And the bellinis are not hwhat they used to be

2
★★★★☆

If you want (old) people watching, a high energy vibe and good food and don't mind waiting for a table, crowded spaces and high prices, this is a good choice. Although the crowd quality has definitely declined....too many lip enhancements and bad nose jobs...more Dallas than NYC:-( And the bellinis are not hwhat they used to be

Pros: old people watching

Cons: expensive, crowded, lecherous men

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I love this place! If you want to see the beautiful, the rich, the rainmakers all in one place, go to Chip's downtown! Score a seat outside and you'll feel like your in the South of France. The food is yummy, and a Bellini is a must (invented by Cipriani!). I love the old school waiters, too...nice touch.

2
★★★★★

I love this place! If you want to see the beautiful, the rich, the rainmakers all in one place, go to Chip's downtown! Score a seat outside and you'll feel like your in the South of France. The food is yummy, and a Bellini is a must (invented by Cipriani!). I love the old school waiters, too...nice touch.

Pros: super chic, bellinis!, people watching

Cons: , can be crowded

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I had a really small glass of belini and paid $15, thats redicilous. Food is great but the portions are to small and its great for people watching.

2
★★★★☆

I had a really small glass of belini and paid $15, thats redicilous. Food is great but the portions are to small and its great for people watching.

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My wife and I went here for lunch. We both ordered pasta dishes ($21.50 each). They arrived on salad plates (5 inch diameter) which were only half full. I ordered canelloni and received four cigarette sized pieces of pasta and nothing else! My wife ordered a pasta bake and received some pasta noodles drenched in some fatty bland tasting cheese. It was so laden with oil she was unable to eat it.
I have no problem dropping $80 for lunch (including 2 drinks) but I expect to receive a plate full of food!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I went here for lunch. We both ordered pasta dishes ($21.50 each). They arrived on salad plates (5 inch diameter) which were only half full. I ordered canelloni and received four cigarette sized pieces of pasta and nothing else! My wife ordered a pasta bake and received some pasta noodles drenched in some fatty bland tasting cheese. It was so laden with oil she was unable to eat it.
I have no problem dropping $80 for lunch (including 2 drinks) but I expect to receive a plate full of food!!!

Pros: none

Cons: , over priced, bland

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Tables are crammed in there, so that they all touch. Many diners "trapped" in seats against the wall. If someone needs to use the bathroom, everyone must get up, so that table can be pulled out, freeing them to leave confines of their seat! No felt on bottom of the chair legs, so all night you heard chairs scraping on floor. Linens were of cheap fabric. As night (Friday) progressed, noise level got worse. Prosciutto was excellent, melted in mouth, but very costly at $18!! Veal ravioli was very good. However, my chicken dish was just chunks of meat, some very fatty, just thrown on a plate (although flavor of dish was pretty good). Overall, very poor presentation in all the dishes. As we left, restaurant and bar were packed. This place is clearly a "scene", but if you're a true "foodie", or want a nice dining experience, go elsewhere.

1
★★☆☆☆

Tables are crammed in there, so that they all touch. Many diners "trapped" in seats against the wall. If someone needs to use the bathroom, everyone must get up, so that table can be pulled out, freeing them to leave confines of their seat! No felt on bottom of the chair legs, so all night you heard chairs scraping on floor. Linens were of cheap fabric. As night (Friday) progressed, noise level got worse. Prosciutto was excellent, melted in mouth, but very costly at $18!! Veal ravioli was very good. However, my chicken dish was just chunks of meat, some very fatty, just thrown on a plate (although flavor of dish was pretty good). Overall, very poor presentation in all the dishes. As we left, restaurant and bar were packed. This place is clearly a "scene", but if you're a true "foodie", or want a nice dining experience, go elsewhere.

Pros: none

Cons: , poor presentation , cramped seating

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Sure, the staff doesn't thank you for comnig, - they're far too crowded for that. But the're quick, the food is good and well prepared, they're attentive in refilling your glass, and the environment is dynamic, cosmopolite and informal in a stylish way.

2
★★★★☆

Sure, the staff doesn't thank you for comnig, - they're far too crowded for that. But the're quick, the food is good and well prepared, they're attentive in refilling your glass, and the environment is dynamic, cosmopolite and informal in a stylish way.

Pros: quick personell, dynamic atmosphere

Cons: rather pricey

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I have been going to Downtown Cipriani's for over 5 years and have never had a bad meal. The food is top notch and that is not even the best aspect of the restaurant. It is a great scene and is the place to see and be seen.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Downtown Cipriani's for over 5 years and have never had a bad meal. The food is top notch and that is not even the best aspect of the restaurant. It is a great scene and is the place to see and be seen.

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This SoHo sibling of Harry Cipriani attracts ever-so-hip, Armani-clad businessmen, leggy models and bridge-and-tunnel types who like to hang out with the cool set. The glittering Murano-glass chandelier is but one element of the…

 

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