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Azalea

4.3
4.3
1662 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A cozy addition to New York City's Theater District, showcasing the unique cuisine. Azalea's menu is unique for Italian restaurants. Simple and modern, each bite encompasses vivid flavors and traditions of the Brescia and Amalfi Coast regions.
The menu offers selections combining the rich, creamy sauces and hearty meats of Brescia with the fresh seafood and the delicate fruits and vegetables of Amalfi. Once inside, an 18-foot, gently curving mahogany ceiling serves as the blossom connecting the fine woodcarving of the front and side dining rooms and bar area. Georgia O'Keeffe's flower series surrounds guests as they choose from Azalea's distinctive menu and extensive wine list.
Azalea strives to be a place where extraordinary food meets exceptional service in a warm, comfortable setting.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 262-0105

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Huseyin Akbulut

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    1 (50th street)<br />C,E (50th Street)<br />R,N (49th street)<br />B,D (53rd Street)<br />

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,662 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. GT

    GaryT

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Schnitzel and squid pasta are recommended. Pleased with the service. We ate lunch outdoors on a Wednesday, matinee day. So it was a little too noisy and busy outside of the dining perimeter. This is a much better restaurant than you might expect from a tourist stop. They may not get a lot of repeat business (because the tourists go home) but I would and likely will gladly return.
  2. N

    Nancy

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious homemade pasta dishes close to theaters.
  3. DL

    DeeLC

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for a pre theater dinner. Waiters were great, too.
  4. CA

    ChrisA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was top notch and food was on point. Would go back for sure
  5. RI

    RICKK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and service. Johnny was a great waiter. Very courteous. Food and drinks were very good. Nice location after the theater.
  6. MT

    MarshaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We couldn’t have been more pleased. Appetizers we’re fabulous. Each dish was fresh and hearty. We were treated well and will be back
  7. EG

    EvelynG

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, atmosphere & delicious food. A must visit especially if heading to a show!
  8. KP

    KathyP

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I love Azalea and have been there several times . I love the food and service . I was very disappointed last night to find out that they allow smoking outside , including cigars . We wanted to enjoy a nice dinner outside and it was ruined by cigar smoke! The restaurant did offer to move us but we wanted to be outside
  9. LC

    LeslieC

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    This is an overpriced theater district restaurant. The food was decent but not for the money. And it was too loud.
  10. TK

    TommyKCT

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed an excellent dinner following a show. Booked based upon good reviews and we were not disappointed. Excellent food and very good service. Great location in the heart of the theatre district.
  11. S

    Samben

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our party of 4 all enjoyed Azalea and look forward to going back! We went for pre-theater dinner which was conveniently less than a block away from The Winter Garden where we saw The Music Man. We all ordered different things and thoroughly enjoyed it all. The menu has something for everyone. Dinner was delicious. The service was attentive and professional. And the prices were totally appropriate. We all will recommend Azalea to our friends and look forward to a return visit.
  12. w

    wendyg

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great pre-theater restaurant. This was our first visit and based on the excellent service and good food, we will definitely go back.
  13. MM

    MichaelM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food excellent service perfect dinner prior to a Broadway show.
  14. JR

    JimR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was mediocre and service was subpar, noisy atmosphere pre show
  15. AL

    AlisonL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My daughter and I enjoyed our pre-theater dinner very much. The restaurant was very convenient to the theater and the parking garage. The food was solid. We had Caesar salad, pasta and chimichurri cauliflower. Portions were perfect. The service was very good and the feel of the place was very nice. We are inside and noise was not a problem. I would definitely return.
  16. JG

    JimG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We loved how close Azeleas is to the theater. It was really nice and quiet. The rage was amazing, the chicken mornay was just okay and the bruschetta was good but needed more flavor. I would suggest putting the balsamic on it and not on the plate.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Always a pleasure.
  18. L

    Litteacher

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a lovely experience outdoor dining. Food was delicious.
  19. FL

    FLAVIOM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Understanding where this venue is in the heart of the theater district tailored to tourists, this is a very decent place to try The Branzino was very good So was the cauliflower
  20. JM

    JoanneM

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! The service was great! Staff were available for whatever was needed! Highly recommend!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The service was extremely slow even with being one of the only tables at the restaurant
  22. n

    noname

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    seated immediately. attentive wait staff. good portion size
  23. SH

    StacH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good. Not great. Small portion size for the price. Servers were super friendly and helpful.
  24. AL

    AliceL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good, served quickly and staff attentive. Should have chosen indoor table as noise from street right next to outdoor seating area was distracting. Would go again.
  25. d

    debra

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Azalea is our new go-to when going to the theatre...Food was delicious, lovely outdoor dining and what made it even more special was our waitperson, Aldo. He was so very helpful, friendly and professional!!!
  26. j

    janem

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Very nice outdoor space, and the waiter was very attentive. We enjoyed our lunch.
  27. RG

    RhondaG

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pre theatre dinner. Squid ink pasta and mushroom risotto were the best ever. Craft cocktails and attentive staff made this a great experience.
  28. C

    Char

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food was just okay. We had a variety of dishes and none of us were very pleased.
  29. SJ

    SmokeyJoe

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We ate here before pandemic and it just was not as great this time. Food was good. Wine list was mediocre. Ambiance not the same. You can do without the top 40 hits as background music. That was the biggest turn off and we will not go back.
  30. CA

    ChristineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was outstanding, as well as ambiance. Service was okay - not great. The waiter informed us at 11:57 that he could not put our order in until 12:00 since that's when the kitchen opened. I was also told this when I arrived early and again when they seated me; seemed a little bit of overkill. The waiter was nice, but seemed to have too many tables, and it seemed as though multiple people were serving us/getting us what we needed. Despite a somewhat limited menu, the food was GREAT - have already recommended to others and will definitely go back next time I am in Midtown!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Eat here if you’re seeing Wicked. Quick, good service. Food was fine. Limited menu. Not a restaurant for foodies.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was OUTSTANDING!
  33. LM

    LydiaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful pre-theater dinner at Azalea. Although pretty much a traditional Italian menu, the little changes that were made totally enhanced the flavors and presentation. My spouse thoroughly enjoyed homemade, fresh pasta Arrabbiata and my chicken mornay was tender and well drenched in a subtle mornay! Enough sauce in our entrees to compliment well the lightly steamed broccolini. Two major kudos for Azalea - i typically do not like cherry tomatoes and whole olives. The cherry tomatoes that capped my tartine were delicious, and the small bowl of herb and olive oil marinated small olives that accompanied a basket of crusty bread were incredibly tasty (although unpitted). Dessert was a treat, as well. Spouse ate every bit of a white chocolate, strawberry tiramisu, while I devoured a dish of excellent pistachio gelato. Recommend, recommend, recommend!!
  34. AS

    AmyS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Broadway show
  36. SQ

    SalcorQ

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot, great food and service. We enjoyed a scrumptious pre-show meal.
  37. SJ

    ScottJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific pre-show meal with family. We chose the spaghetti and chicken dishes and both were excellent. The staff was very attentive and helpful. We will definitely eat here again when the opportunity arises.
  38. TL

    TLW25

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Ate here after a theater matinee. We ate outside, which is good and bad since traffic can make talking an issue. The food was excellent. And very good service. Only issue was when offered the special appetizer, the waiter did not say the cost, and we, stupidly, did not ask. We were a bit surprised to find, when the bill came, that this dish cost more than our entrees. Luckily we can afford this cost, but highly recommend the restaurant announce this cost when making the suggestion; surprising patrons with exorbitant prices is not good policy.
  39. B

    Bday

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, new chef since last time we visited but food was still great.
  40. NG

    NicholaG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We went to the theater and saw MJ the musical, which was awesome and we highly recommend and I found Azalea online because I was searching for some good Italian food near the theater district. The service was very good and sitting outside was enjoyable although very noisy because there were foot taxis lined up right in front of the restaurant so every minute or so we heard ding ding ding of the bells. Oh well, it's NYC what do you expect!? The food was good but the portions are very small and the prices are really high. For example we had the Barrata appetizer which was barely enough for one person and it was $35. And while the waiter did serve bread upon request, it was stale. We have had much better Italian food in NYC. Plus side: close to theatre and good service. Down side: tiny portions and high prices!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Azalea using the Order Online button. Azalea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 262-0105.

Azalea is rated 4.3 stars by 1662 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Azalea

224 W 51st, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    1 (50th street)C,E (50th Street)R,N (49th street)B,D (53rd Street)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Huseyin Akbulut

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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