top of page
Best Italian restaurant in New York City New York

Food Menu

Experience the rich flavors of Italy at our cozy restaurant!
Fresh Homemade Pasta, Fresh Salads, a selection of Cheese & Charcuterie
Appetizer, Delicious Desserts, Artisanal Coffee

Brunch for the weekend and don't forget to explore our amazing
wine list, perfectly curated to complement your meal. 
Our menu has something for everyone!


 Monday to Sunday 11am - 10:30pm
235 E 53rd (bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave) New York, NY 10022
Tel. 646 590 2777

Salads
Our salads are prepared to order, using only the freshest ingredients.
Cafe Luce - Best Burrata in New York City New York
Burrata $18

whole fresh burrata, sun-dried tomatoes, baby arugula, shallot dressing

Cafe Luce - Best Caesar Salad in New York City New York
Caesar Salad $16

romain lettuce, shaved parmesan, crouton. caesar dressing.

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Caprese Salad in New York City New York
Caprese $18

fresh mozzarella, fresh sliced tomatoes, basil, roasted pepper, black olives, balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Cafe Luce - Best Italian Salad in New York City New York
Italian Salad $18

mix green, cherry tomato, onions, cucumber, black olives, italian dressing.

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Spinach Salad in New York City New York
Spinach Salad $18

baby spinach, candied walnuts, feta cheese, cherry tomato, golden raisins, cherry vinaigrette dressing.

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Tri Color Salad in New York City New York
Tri Color Salad $18

radicchio, endive, arugula, shaved parmesan shallot dressing.

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Appetizers/Sides
These dishes are great for sharing
Cafe Luce - Best Bruscetta Pomodoro in New York City New York
Bruscetta Pomodoro $12

3 pieces*,  fresh tomato, basil, olive oil, toasted foccacia

extra piece $4

Cafe Luce - Best Bruscetta Mediterrannean in New York City New York
Bruscetta Mediterrannean $14

3 pieces*,  roasted eggplant, crushed tomato, olives toasted crostini, topped with cheese

extra piece $4.60

Cafe Luce - Best Bruscetta Smoked Salmon in New York City New York
Bruscetta Smoked Salmon $17

3 pieces*, smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, toasted crostini

extra piece $5.66

Cafe Luce - Best Eggplant Rollatini in New York City New York
Eggplant Rollatini $18

Beautifully baked slices of eggplant stuffed with cheese and topped with our homemade marinara sauce

Cafe Luce - Best Grilled Octopus in New York City New York
Grilled Octopus $23

grilled lemon, mixed greens, roasted pepper, shallots, celery

Cafe Luce - Best Octopus Carpaccio in New York City New York
Octopus Carpaccio $19

served with arugula, sliced almonds, lemon oil

Cafe Luce - Best Fried Burrata in New York City New York
Fried Burrata $17

served with marinara sauce

Cafe Luce - Best Meatballs in New York City New York
Meatballs $16

4 pieces of homemade all beef meatballs cooked in our homemade tomato sauce

Best Zucchini Sticks in New York City New York
Zucchini Sticks $14

battered with panko & parmesan served with marinara sauce

Cafe Luce - Best Wine Bar in New York City New York
Hand Cut Fries $9

hand cut from fresh potatoes

Cafe Luce - Truffle Fries in New York City New York
Truffle Fries $12

hand cut from fresh potatoes, topped with parmesan cheese, parsley and imported white truffle oil

Cafe Luce - Best Grilled Shrimp in New York City New York
Grilled Shrimp $8

5 pieces of marinated shrimp

Cafe Luce - Best Grilled Chicken in New York City New York
Grilled Chicken $6
Cafe Luce - Best Fried Chicken Cutlet in New York City New York
Fried Chicken Cutlet $8

Lightly Breaded Chicken Cutlet

Cafe Luce - Best Foccacia in New York City New York
Homemade Foccacia

4 pieces $3.50

6 pieces $4

8 pieces $6

Charcuterie/Cheese
These dishes are great for sharing
Cafe Luce - Best Meat Plate in New York City New York
Meat Plate $24

selection of cured meats

prosciutto di parma (16 months)

soppresata hot

mortadella with pistachios

Cafe Luce - Best Cheese Plate in New York City New York
Cheese Plate $24

selection of cheese
gorgonzola
pecorino al tartufo
ubriaco del piave

Burger
100% Beef
Cafe Luce - Best Burger in New York City New York
Burger $26

all beef butchers blend truffle mayo, sliced mozzarella caramelized onions hand cut fries

Fresh Homemade Pasta
Our pasta and sauces are all homemade by our talented chefs, using the best quality freshest ingredients
Cafe Luce - Best Truffle Pasta in New York City New York
Black Truffle Pappardelle $32

Homemade pappardelle pasta ribbons stuffed with ricotta, in a butter sauce, topped with crisped sage and black truffle carpaccio

Cafe Luce - Best Aglio E Olio Pasta in New York City New York
Aglio E Olio $24

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Red Pepper Flake, Sliced Garlic

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Alfredo Mushroom Pasta in New York City New York
Alfredo Mushroom $26

mushrooms sautéed and cooked in a creamy alfredo sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Alla Caprese Pasta in New York City New York
Alla Caprese $26

Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Fresh Tomato, Garlic and Wine White Sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Alla Vodka Pasta in New York City New York
Alla Vodka $25

Vodka, Sautéed Shallot, Crushed Tomato, Cream... one of our most popular dishes

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Arrabbiata Pasta in New York City New York
Arrabbiata $24

fresh crushed tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and red pepper flake creates this fresh and spicy sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Bolognese Pasta in New York City New York
Bolognese $26

Ground Beef is simmered in red wine, onions, garlic, fresh basil and tomatoes to create our delicious Bolognese sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Carbonara Pasta in New York City New York
Carbonara $28

egg yolk, guanciale , parmesan

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Cacio e Pepe Pasta in New York City New York
Cacio E Pepe $25

Parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper and butter

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Diavolo Pasta in New York City New York
Diavolo $32

Shrimp, Sliced Garlic, Crushed Tomato, Hot Pepper Flake, Olive Oil, Basil.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Gorgonzola Pasta in New York City New York
Gorgonzola $25

Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Lasagna in New York City New York
Lasagna $26

Layers of Fresh Sheets of Pasta, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Ground Beef, Tomato Sauce, topped with Fresh Mozzarella.. the ultimate comfort dish

Cafe Luce - Best Limoncello Pasta in New York City New York
Limoncello $24

fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, egg yolk, parmesan cheese

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Meatballs Pasta in New York City New York
Meatballs $28

Fresh Tomato Sauce and Fresh Homemade, All Beef Meatballs.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Pesto Pasta in New York City New York
Pesto $25

Basil, Olive Oil, Garlic, Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Chicken Capricciosa Pasta in New York City New York
Pollo Capricciosa $32

Breaded Chicken Generously Covered with Fresh Arugula, Fresh Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella. Served with a side of Pasta in our homemade Tomato Sauce.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Chicken Parmigiana Pasta in New York City New York
Pollo Parmigiana $32

Lightly Breaded Chicken Topped with Melted Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Sauce, Served with a side of pasta in Homemade Tomato Sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Quattro Formaggi Pasta in New York City New York
Quattro Formaggi $25

Parmesan, Pecorino, Ricotta, Mozzarella.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Smoked Salmon Pasta in New York City New York
Smoked Salmon $31

fresh cream & mozzarella 
topped with toasted breadcrumbs.

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Cafe Luce - Best Tomato Basil Pasta in New York City New York
Tomato Basil $22

Our homemade tomato basil sauce

Choose your fresh pasta

Fetuccine, Fusilli, Linguine, Penne, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, Gnocchi $2, Mushroom Ravioli $2,

Gluten-Free Vegan Penne $2, Gluten-Free Vegan Spaghetti $2

Choose your add ons

Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Chicken Cutlet $8, Grilled Shrimp $8, Salmon $12, Fresh Mozzarella $2, Whole Burrata $8

Desserts
Our desserts are made in house by our chef
Cafe Luce - Best Tiramisu in New York City New York
Classic Tiramisu $10
Cafe Luce - Best  Nutella Tiramisu in New York City New York
Nutella Tiramisu $11
Cafe Luce - Best  oreo Tiramisu in New York City New York
Oreo Tiramisu $11
Cafe Luce - Best Chocolate Mousse Cake in New York City New York
Chocolate Mousse Cake $11
Cafe Luce - Best Panna Cotta in New York City New York
Panna Cotta $11
Cafe Luce - Best Pistachio Ricotta in New York City New York
Pistachio Cake $11

beautiful layers of pistachio mousse, whipped ricotta cheesecake, thin layers of sponge cake, crusted with pistachio pieces

Cafe Luce - Best Flan in New York City New York
Flan $11

baked custard, caramel sauce

Coffee Lover
100% Colombian by Devocion Coffee
Cafe Luce - Best Espresso in New York City New York
Espresso $4

double espresso

Cafe Luce - Best Macchiato in New York City New York
Macchiato $5

double espresso with a dash of frothy steamed milk

Oat Milk $1, Almond Milk $1

Cafe Luce - Best Americano in New York City New York
Americano $4

double espresso with hot water
Oat Milk $1, Almond Milk $1

Cafe Luce - Best Cappuccino in New York City New York
Cappuccino $6

double espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk.
Oat Milk $1, Almond Milk $1

Cafe Luce - Best Latte in New York City New York
Latte $6

double espresso, steamed milk, and a small amount of frothed milk
Oat Milk $1, Almond Milk $1

Cafe Luce - Best Cortado in New York City New York
Cortado $5

double espresso with a small amount of steamed milk.
Oat Milk $1, Almond Milk $1

Beverages
Cafe Luce - Best Acqua Panna in New York City New York
Acqua Panna $8

still water large bottle

Cafe Luce - Best San Pellegrino in New York City New York
San Pellegrino $8

sparkling water, large bottle

Cafe Luce - Best Soda Can in New York City New York
Soda $5

coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale, club soda, san pellegrino limonata, san pellegrino aranciata

Cafe Luce - Best Tea in New York City New York
Tea $5

selection of tea

Brunch
Brunch every weekend from 11am to 4pm. (Don’t worry pasta lovers, our fresh pasta dishes are also available for brunch)
Cafe Luce - Best Eggs Royale in New York City New York
Eggs Royale $24

poached eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, served with mixed greens and roasted potatoes

Cafe Luce - Best Eggs Florentine in New York City New York
Eggs Florentine $21

poached eggs, spinach, hollandaise sauce, served with mixed greens and home fries

Cafe Luce - Best Shakshuka in New York City New York
Shakshuka $21

three eggs baked in cast iron, with spicy tomato, eggplant, zucchini, feta cheese, scallion and capers

truffled egg_edited_edited.jpg
Truffle Scramble $24

four scrambled eggs, fresh mozzarella black truffle carpaccio served with garlic toast

Cafe Luce - Best Frittata in New York City New York
Frittata $19

unfolded omelette, mozzarella, cherry tomato, red onion, arugula

Cafe Luce - Best brunch in New York City New York
French Omelette $21

eggs, fresh herbs, marscapone served with mixed greens & lemon rosemary potatoes

Cafe Luce - Best Two Eggs any style in New York City New York
Two Eggs any style $9
Cafe Luce - Best Side of Bacon in New York City New York
Bacon $10
Cafe Luce - Best brunch in New York City New York
Croque Madame $21

our croque madame with an Italian twist! brioche bread, mortadella, mozzarella, tomato, topped with sunny side up egg served with mixed greens

Cafe Luce - Best Prosciutto Panini in New York City New York
Prosciutto Panini $21

Homemade bread , Fresh tomato, pesto, burrata Served with fries and mixed greens

Cafe Luce - Best Soppresata Panini in New York City New York
Soppresata Panini $21

homemade bread arugula, roasted red peppers, spicy mayo served with fries and mixed greens

Cafe Luce - Best Mortadella Panini in New York City New York
Mortadella Panini $21

homemade bread, ricotta, sautéed mushrooms, spinach served with fries and mixed greens

Cafe Luce - Best French Toast in New York City New York
Nutella French Toast $19

brioche bread, fresh fruits, nutella

flufly pancakes.heic
 Fluffy Pancakes $19

homemade pancakes, fresh berries topped with cinnamon butter

Cafe Luce - Best Waffle in New York City New York
Belgium Waffle $18

waffle, fresh fruits, whipped cream, maple syrup

Cafe Luce - Best Italian Ricotta Donuts in New York City New York
Italian Ricotta Donuts $14

Warm, Fluffy Donuts, freshly made per order. Served with mocha cream

Happy Hour
Happy hour Monday-Friday 12pm - 6pm on select Wines by the glass
Cafe Luce - Best Happy Hour in New York City New York
House White $10

on select white wines by the glass

Cafe Luce - Best Happy Hour in New York City New York
House Red $10

on select red wines by the glass

Cafe Luce - Best Happy Hour in New York City New York
Prosecco $10

on select Prosecco by the glass

Wine By The Glass
We have a beautiful selection of wines from only the top wine regions in the world. Enjoy our excellent choices of wines by the glass, as well as our superb selections by the bottle.
Red
Default_edited.jpg

Barolo 21/84

Monte Degli Angeli - Piedmont, Italy - 2019