Island

4.5
584 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Island. We have proudly been the neighborhood favorite in Carnegie Hill since we opened our doors in 1986. We take pride to offer the freshest seafood (think Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Lobster Roll, Maple Glazed Salmon or Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl to name a few), a great variety of fresh salads, a burger that people die for and much more. We have a bar where you can dine or simply enjoy a cocktail or a glass of of wine (our entire wine list is served by the glass). Our warm and thoughtful service is hard to find in New York and is what continues to keep our customers coming back. We hope that you will come give Island a try and become one of our new regulars!

Please note that we cannot take reservations for specific tables or specific sections though we will do our best to accommodate a request. Reservations made for outdoor seating may be along the sidewalk or in our Pavillion depending upon which tables are available upon arrival.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 584 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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KristenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was lovely and the food was outstanding, the service impeccable. I only wish that I lived closer - it would be my “go to” restaurant.

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LilyanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Noise level was very low -.
Overall very positive
Staff friendly and efficient

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Becky was great! Thanks for having us

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BobL
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cheerful, well-paced service
Charming, spacious room
Reliably delicious

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vipNeilS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was great. Staff gave great recos and checked in with us the appropriate number of times.

Sole was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very comfortable seating outdoors and nice brunch selections. Added bonus was a popover and jam that was served gratis.

Carb cake sliders would have been better with a little less onion, but the sweet potato fries were great!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are never disappointed at Island.

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vipLorenaO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It’s always wonderful to spend an evening in the neighborhood at Island!

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vipJames
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another delicious meal!

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Local
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was glad to know to make a reservation even for 6pm due to popularity!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and atmosphere delightful. Perfect place for lunch after a museum visit.

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vipPLD212
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A gem. Consistently my go to that never disappoints.

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sylviaf
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

An unpleasant smell of damp mop was only negative to our experience

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Staycationer
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Varied and interesting menu selections, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. The pace for dining was leisurely.

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RMC92
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was gregarious and helpful, in particular the bartender, Steve, who made us feel very welcome while waiting for our table (we were early, they were not late in seating us). Food was excellent and waitress attentive even though extremely busy. Best place in our neighborhood by a long shot!

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RBC55
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Hostess was snippy and not gracious. She refused to seat our threesome at a banquette (despite our having indicated a preference in the reservation because one of our party has back issues), saying that the available banquette was reserved by a larger party coming in shortly. No larger party came in and she gave the banquette to another threesome. There were also two people seated at a different table with a banquette and she permitted the grandson of one of them to pull up an extra chair to join them.

Food good, though not special. The waiter brought the wrong omelet to one of our party, but told him he could start eating it until the correct replacement arrived, which was nice. Restaurant is pleasant and lunch/brunch menu is varied enough to provide a range of choices. Reliable if not exciting neighborhood place.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a cozy friendly happy environment. Outstanding service. Loved it!!

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vipLaurenN
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic meal at Island! Lovely space, attentive service, and I’m so glad we got dessert. Get dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a solid lunch choice for post Met. I loved my tuna burger and the delish warm chocolate brownie.

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vipcurly
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the good and service

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KARENK
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful and cozy for girls' lunches and friends' dinners.
Highly recommend. kk

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vipStaf
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

My friend and I had a very good brunch. The frittata was very tasty, their bread is excellent and hard to resist. We come often

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vipkarenl
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! Fun! Great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner with friends. Love the Christmas decorations! Very festive and delicious food.

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AndrewB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed! GREAT tuna burgers!!

Great Bloody Mary’s

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

11/26

Great menu, friendly staff and good ambience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is wonderful! My fiancé and I live around the corner and we just found our local restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly and helpful! I would recommend everyone to try it out

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Rich
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy snd quiet atmosphere. They know how to cook fish of all types. We would definitely return.

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JoyceD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Service is usually a 5, we had our finished (empty) first course plate on our table throughout the entire entree course. Wait staff and bus busboys walked by the empty plates that I had pushed to the side at least 20x.

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PeteT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice, comfortable atmosphere. Well done.

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Live2eat
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. We asked for a club soda that came in a short whiskey glass for full price. That was the only problem.

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vipExwaiter
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service was prompt, food was very good. I would recommend for lunch

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Bltri
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I was disappointed that they didn't check vaccination status at the door for inside dining. Other than that our visit was great, we stayed 2-1/2 hours and no one tried to get us out the door.

Island
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Our normal protocol would be to check for vaccination cards at the door. We do not check vaccination cards of people who come regularly since we have them as vaccinated on our records. We will make sure our hosts continue to check vaccination cards when our guests arrive. Hope to see you again soon.

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TomP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

High-quality yuppie fare in a pleasant room decorated with handsome prints of yachts. Outdoor seating too, of course. A neighborhood favorite, so it's full of Upper East Siders.

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BrunoQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Go to Island on Madison Avenue. Good food. Good service. Good price

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vippolo
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The burger m was overcooked and made me sick a few hours later. The tuna was also overcooked.

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vipBrittneyB
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic stop for lunch prior to heading to Museum Mile. Their tomato soup is delicious. The lobster quesadilla was as well. Great afternoon/lunch time cocktails for a day off.

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vipDeannaN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved weekday lunch with my kids at Island. Very kid-friendly with special menus and crayons. Delicious food and great service. Outdoor heat lamps kept us so warm. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place to meet close to Mount Sinai. Fish entrees were all excellent.

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JeromeK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent.

FAQs

Island offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 996-1200.

Island is rated 4.5 stars by 584 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.