Restaurants, Italian Midtown East
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This midtown trattoria set up shop decades before serious Italian restaurants were a lira a dozen (A Voce, we’re looking at you). The food at Lidia Bastianich’s 58th Street gem is as exuberant as it was when it opened nearly 30 years ago. An octopus “mosaic” is a brilliant dish—an impossibly delicate slice of cephalopod terrine spiked with chives and served with expertly charred tentacles. Pastas, including the ravioli-like krafi, stuffed with mild cheese and sweet, plump raisins, are uniformly fantastic; larger dishes like a three-way veal (braised cheeks, tenderloin and sweetbreads) are as smartly composed as any you’re likely to see. Consider it required eating.


Venue name: Felidia
Address: 243 E 58th St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–2:30pm, 4:30–10:30pm; Fri noon–2:30pm, 5–11:30pm; Sat 5–11:30pm; Sun 4–10pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $30. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Maggie R

simply wonderful Italian for a special occasion (including Thanksgiving when the spread can't be beat).

Kristin S

Felidia is my favorite restaurant! Chef Nicotra is amazing and the food never disappoints! Choosing a favorite dish is like choosing your favorite child :)

Brian M.

This odd location restaurant has been a mainstay since they moved there in the early 1980's from Queens.  Located near the 59th street bridge, Felidia is a fantastic take on Italian cuisine that shows why Lydia Bastianich is at the top of the culinary world.  I started my meal with a beef carpaccio over arugula.  It went well with the wine and the truffle sauce made it more of a entree than appetizer.  For the main meal, the home made spinach pappardelle with duck was exquisite.  They offered truffle shavings, but I was already in truffle overload from the earlier meal.  Added bonus this evening, Lydia herself was walking around the dining room and working with the service to ensure everyone had a primo experience.